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Steve owns and operates Geomedia Inc, a marketing technology company that specializes in geo-targeted consumer analytics and advertising media planning. For more than 20 years, Geomedia has been a leading innovator in applying data science and Geographic Information Systems to retail marketing. Steve is passionate about mentoring youth and developing talent and works actively to link STEM grads to the workforce. 

A media industry leader, Steve is a past director of the Retail Advertising and Marketing Club of Canada (RAC) and chaired the RAC National Symposium from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Canadian Media Directors' Council and the Retail Council of Canada. Steve holds a Graduate Degree in Management from McGill University and a BA (History, Economics) from Bishop's University.
Along with his wife and two daughters, Steve has supported and participated in various fundraising activities for both New Circles and the Sunnybrook Foundation. He is a coach and champion for girls in sport.


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Armughan Ahmad is a technology executive with 20+ years of experience helping clients undergo digital transformations. He has built globally diverse teams that digitally engineer business functions using exponential technologies to deliver innovative customer experiences to deliver differentiating business outcomes. He is a passionate driver of the digital economy and a dot connector, transforming industries by bringing together a complete ecosystem of government policies, start-ups, technology alliances, research and acemedic bright minds. Armughan’s passion is fuled by sucesful digital transformations that harmonize human and machine partnerships in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Armughan has delivered award-winning innovative Cloud, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Mobility and Security solutions aligned to clients' front, middle and back office business functions across North American, European and Asian markets. He has worked at, and collaborated with, start-ups and large corporations, delivering new and improved customer experiences across financial, manufacturing, retail, telecom, energy, public sector and SME industry verticals. Before joining KPMG, Armughan served as the Global Senior Vice President & General Manager at Dell Technologies leading their Solutions, Cloud and Alliances business by leading engineering, product management, marketing, services and sales functional teams. He previously held executive positions at Hewlett Packard and 3Com, building world class teams that are powering the Fortune 500 and commercial industries. Armughan serves on many non-profit boards and is a passionate promoter of girls’ STEM education, mental health awareness and refugee resettlement programs. Connect with Armughan on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aahmad or on Twitter @ArmughanAA


Executive Director
Covenant House Toronto
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Mark Aston, a passionate and well-respected not-for profit leader, assumed the post of Covenant House Toronto Executive Director in July 2019. Mark has dedicated his career to taking action against poverty and homelessness and brings a unique passion and specialized knowledge to Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk. Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. First as Executive Director and, later, as CEO of Fred Victor, he transformed the organization into one of the leading agencies addressing homelessness and poverty in Toronto. He has extensive and varied experience in public policy development, system change initiatives, Board and sector leadership, revenue development and volunteerism. Mark is committed to improving the quality of life and providing opportunities for people experiencing hardship, poverty and homelessness. To this end, he founded and leads the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness, a volunteer organization comprised of 50 organizations—including Covenant House—focused on ending chronic homelessness in Toronto. Mark brings a shared focus of respect, compassion and unconditional love to the work we do supporting youth who are transforming their lives and exploring their potential.


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Born in the rural community of Thessalon, Ontario, WireIE President and CEO Rob Barlow understands the importance of serving the under-served. Rob, an entrepreneur by nature, has held key positions in companies such as Hydro One, Clearnet, and TELUS. Rob began his career as a lineman for Ontario Hydro, where he realized the stark inefficiencies that are caused by the digital divide. He took this as a call to action and joined an emerging cellular company, Clearnet. After learning the ropes of the wireless industry, Rob understood that there was a bigger impact to be made by focusing on the digital divide, so he created WireIE.
In 2007, Rob and a small team founded WireIE based on the conviction that everyone deserves to be connected to the digital economy, regardless of where they live. With a passion for empowering under-served communities, Rob and his team have taken WireIE from the start-up it once was, to an award-winning international network operator that’s unleashing the potential across Canada and the Americas.
Throughout his entire life, Rob has been a serial philanthropist. Since WireIE’s conception, 3% of the company’s yearly profits are donated to charities focused on bridging digital divide in under-served communities. He has also been involved with charities such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer, Hope Air, Ocean Wise, Covenant House, and more.
Overall, Rob’s philosophy is, “money’s true worth is its ability to help the people that need it more than you,” and he takes this message to work with him every single day.

Mark Baxter

Semple Gooder

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Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation is an industrial roofing and architectural metal contractor based in Toronto that specializes in providing exceptional workmanship in the construction industry and in historical restorations for over 70 years. Mark is the President of Semple Gooder and has over 20 years of experience in a number of roles within the company. Mark holds an RRO (Registered Roof Observer) designation and is also the Vice President of the Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (OIRCA). Mark and his wife Lara, are the proud parents of three boys. Mark and his family are passionate about the outdoors and enjoy many of the activities that it has to offer.



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Growing up as a teenager in Las Vegas and having to survive on the streets for several months Interware’s Managing Partner, Stephen Beale, understands firsthand what it’s like for the youth at Covenant house. Stephen strongly believes in protecting our youth and providing them with opportunities to thrive that they may not otherwise have. Stephen was given his opportunity when he joined Interware back in 1984 and found his passion in the field of information technology. Today, Stephen is a managing partner at Interware, a leading cyber security, IT professional, and support organization. Interware provides cyber security solutions and management from desktop endpoints all the way up to the cloud. Stephen leads Interware’s Cyber Security division and has completed security audits for many organizations across several verticals including nonprofit, charities, health care, education, and retail. When Stephen is not working he enjoys travelling and plans to explore the world with his fiancé Mary.


UBS Bank (Canada)

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With over 37 years of experience in the field of international wealth management, Ms. Bevan demonstrates a depth of expertise as a versatile and dynamic business leader. Ms. Bevan was educated in England and holds a B.A. (Honours) in Modern Languages (French/Spanish) and History from CCAT in Cambridge. With UBS AG since 2007, Ms. Bevan brings to Canada decisive leadership and extensive management skills, with a proven ability to significantly increase revenues in an intensively competitive environment. Prior to joining UBS in Canada, Ms. Bevan spent 15 years in New York, working for Barclays Bank plc which was then acquired by RBC. At RBC she headed the international wealth management division in New York. Prior to New York, she worked for 15 years in London, England where she started her financial markets career with Nesbitt Thomson Bongard Limited followed by Credit Suisse and Citibank NA, covering and traveling to Latin America and various corners of the world. She sits on the Board of UBS Bank (Canada), Mitacs ,BIRS and Fields Institute and on the Advisory Board for start-up concepts Palette Inc. She is a regular volunteer for a number of initiatives each year and weekly volunteers in the OOTC initiative (Out Of The Cold).

Kelly Bourque



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Kelly Bourque is a capital markets professional with almost 25 years of equity research experience. Her current role is Head of Business Management for equity research at Canaccord Genuity, which is the largest independent investment dealer in Canada. She joined the firm eight years ago, following more than 15 years at BMO Capital Markets.

At Canaccord Genuity, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Canadian equity research department. This includes oversight of equity research reports, technology solutions, and recruitment and development of research associates. She is also responsible for coordinating global research efforts, working closely with colleagues in the US, UK and Australia. Kelly is a licensed supervisory analyst and a founding member of Canaccord Genuity’s diversity committee. She holds a BA (English) from the University of King’s College.



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David Bradt is Executive Director, Equity Derivatives Sales at CIBC Capital Markets. David has held roles at various financial institutions over the past decade servicing North American pension funds, asset managers and insurance companies in the equity derivatives space. David holds an Honours BA (Economics) from Queen’s University in Kingston.

Outside of work, David enjoys squash, tennis and skiing. David lives with his wife, daughter and son in Toronto.


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Following a career in investment banking, Alan established a business that provides independent strategic and corporate finance advice to leaders amongst corporate, institutional and government clients. Founder clients are based in Canada, the UK and Australia. Prior to his current role, Alan spent 12 years Deutsche Bank based in London, where he led the Natural Resources Group since its formation in 2007, with responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance activities across the Chemicals; Oil and Gas; Metals & Mining; and Power, Utilities & Infrastructure sectors globally. Alan sits on the Board of Directors of Entrepreneurial Scotland Group Limited, and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Entrepreneurial Scotland (Canada). Alan moved to Toronto in 2016.

Michael "Pinball" Clemons

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Michael “Pinball” Clemons is one of the most well known Toronto Argonauts alumni for his career both on and off the field. "Pinball" had a long 12 season career as a player in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts after a brief stint in the NFL. He holds the record for most career combined yards with 25,396. Since retiring in 2000 “Pinball” has been head coach of the Toronto Argonauts multiple times becoming the coach with the second most wins. He led the Argos to Grey Cup victory in both 1997 and 2007. Off the field “Pinball” is known for his community involvement, supporting numerous organizations and starting his own foundation called the “Pinball Clemons Foundation” whose vision is to empower youth through education by bringing them from the margins to the mainstream.


Paul Coffey is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman. Over Paul’s 21 years in the NHL he played for 9 teams and has represented Canada in different international championships including the Canada Cup and the World Cup of Hockey. Paul is ranked as the second all-time among NHL defenceman in career goals, assists, and points. He has won 9 Stanley Cups, 3 Canada Cups, 3 James Norris Trophies for best defenseman, and holds the record for most goals by a NHL defenseman, scoring 48 in one season. Included with the many honours and awards Paul has received during his NHL career, he has also been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and will be inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in September of 2017. Paul has been named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Currently Paul participates in many successful business ventures including his Kia Dealership in Bolton, Ontario. He volunteers as a coach for the Toronto Marlies Minor Bantams 14 Year-olds in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. Paul lives with his wife and their three children.



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Johnny specializes in corporate finance, securities law, private equity and public and private mergers and acquisitions. Johnny advises public companies, closely-held companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies on a wide range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and capital raising, and governance matters. He also heads Goodmans’ Private Equity Group. In 2008, Johnny was named one of Canada's Leading Lawyers under 40 by Lexpert Magazine. Previously, he was an associate in the New York, Hong Kong and London offices of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.


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Kevin Coon is the Managing Partner of the Toronto Office of the law firm of Baker & McKenzie. Kevin is a member of the Labour and Employment Practice Group. He has served at the United Nations International Labour Organization over the last decade in various roles as part of the Canadian Employers Council and the United States Council for International Business. He is one of only a few Canadians certified as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional by the U.S. Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Paula Courtney


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Paula Courtney is President of the Verde Group, a research consultancy specializing in helping companies improve customer retention and employee engagement. A passionate change agent and entrepreneur, she believes that organizations remain competitive and profitable when they are brilliant at the basics of service delivery.

The Verde Group's Canadian and US retail studies have been published globally in over 35 publications, including Business Week, Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal and Fortune. A frequent conference presenter, Paula has delivered keynote presentations for various industry and professional associations and is also a regular guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business.

Paula holds a BSc in Psychology and a post graduate certification in Personnel and Industrial Relations (CPIR) from the University of Toronto.


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Leadership is not simply a role that you fill; it is an action that you take each and every day. It is this philosophy that guides Cisco Canada President, Rola Dagher. Over her career of more than two decades, Dagher has worked with some of the brightest minds in the technology industry while honing her natural leadership style. Dagher joined Cisco from Dell EMC where she held a variety of leadership roles in sales, channels, and IT. Most recently, she served as Vice President and General Manager of the Canadian Infrastructure Solutions Group and was responsible for leading the company’s server, storage, networking, solutions, and systems engineering businesses, delivering innovative and disruptive technology solutions. Prior to this, she also held various sales leadership roles at Bell Canada for 15 years. Since taking on the role as President in 2017, Cisco Canada has quickly emerged as the company’s top globally performing region. Dagher oversees all facets of the company’s business including sales operations, engineering, services, finance, and marketing. Yet, Dagher will be the first to say that her success is a direct reflection of the dedication and drive of the entire Canadian operation. She understands the importance of collaboration, compassion and curiosity – values that she helps instill in her colleagues. Dagher believes in diversity of thought and has made it her mission to empower and nurture employees, regardless of gender, culture, orientation or age. Her commitment to empowering women is shown in her role as Americas President for Connected Women, a program that encourages more female participation in the high-technology industry. Dagher also advocates for immigrants and mental health awareness which truly defines her as a leader far beyond the technology sector. Most recently, she was awarded the 2019 Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) Woman of the Year award as well as being selected as one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant winners for 2019 and CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list. She was also named the “Lady of the Cedar” by the Lebanese Embassy and received a 2018 Leadership Award from the Lebanese Chamber Business of Commerce. Dagher’s work combined with the top-down focus on destigmatizing mental health within the broader Cisco organization, has helped Cisco Canada become recognized as a Great Place to Work for mental wellness and women, as well as a Champion of Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health in 2019. In addition to her role at Cisco, Dagher sits on the board of Cedars Cancer Foundation and is an advocate for pediatric and young adult cancer patients. She is also an active member of the 30% Club, promoting growth through diversity in the workplace. As an active member of the Business Council of Canada, Dagher accompanies her C-suite peers to shape public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world. Yet, through all of her accomplishments, Dagher firmly believes that no one achieves greatness in a silo. As one of the few female leaders in technology, she believes that you have to “Learn it. Earn it. And return it.” And this process is one that she continues to work through at every stage of her career.

Donna De Winter

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Donna de Winter is an industry veteran with a track record in strategy, finance, and operations at leading high tech companies across North America. Donna recently joined Q4 as its Chief Operating Officer where she’ll help scale the customer centric service model globally. Prior to joining Q4’s executive team, she worked on a consulting basis with their executive team and several other tech companies. Donna was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Vision Critical between 2013 and 2017, and was instrumental in developing and executing the company’s financial strategy and transition to SAAS. She has also held a number of leadership roles within the technology sector throughout her career.


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Sue is a unique, results driven, dynamic, People and Business Operations executive. Her strong business acumen, strategic thought, intuitive leadership, along with strong execution, technology advocacy has earned her a reputation as "an agent of change" and strong "people influencer" both at the leadership table and across organizations. Her direct approach, strong professional and personal values set her apart.

Shelley Doyle


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Shelley Doyle is a Vice President in Brookfield’s Infrastructure Group, responsible for finance and operations of the Infrastructure Funds.

Prior to joining Brookfield, Ms. Doyle held senior finance positions within the Canadian retail and manufacturing industry, namely within George Weston Limited, Loblaw Companies Limited (including Joe Fresh) and McCain Foods Limited. Her responsibilities included finance, financial reporting, business planning, supply chain, information technology and strategic planning. Ms. Doyle started her career in the audit practice of KPMG LLP.

Ms. Doyle holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.


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Daniel is a serial tech entrepreneur and Co-founder of Key. Key has over $2B in top-tier real estate tied up to create a new model for homeownership which replaces the conventional mortgage and allows someone to own a home with only $25K. Daniel sold his last two venture-backed companies and joined Airbnb full-time where he managed growth in their top tier markets. Daniel has been named Top 30 Under 30, a Canadian G20 Delegate, and while still in college, he was named the top student entrepreneur in Canada and one of the top three student entrepreneurs globally by Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Daniel spoke at major events such as the G20 YEA in China where he also completed a 100km race along the Great Wall. He also spoke on impact entrepreneurship in front of 20,000 youth at WeDay and has been invited for one-on-one meetings with world leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Prince William, and Kofi Annan.

Jeff Fan


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Jeff Fan is the Canadian and US telecom, cable and media equity research analyst at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets (GBM). Jeff is a top rank equity analyst with 20 years of equity research experience. He joined Scotiabank GBM in 2009 and prior to that, he held a similar role for 10 years with a global investment bank. Over the years, he has garnered numerous awards for his research of telecom and cable companies. Jeff was ranked #1 by Greenwich from 2015-2019. From 2014 to 2018, he was a “TopGun” telecom analyst in the Brendan Woods International survey including the #1 ranking in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Telecommunications & Wireless. Jeff is a CPA and he received his CFA Charter in 2000.


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JONES is an integrated media & content solutions company driven by proprietary data technology, redefining and enhancing brand experiences for consumers through effective delivery. Cathy is the CEO, President of JONES and has over 25+ years of experience in a number of roles within the advertising landscape. Cathy holds an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, an executive diploma from Harvard Business School and volunteers for various organizations. Cathy and her husband Greg live in the Blue Mountains area where they enjoy the outdoors, and especially love watching their two sons thrive in their early adulthood.


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Toni Ferrari is the Senior Vice President, Internal Audit at Scotiabank. Toni brings extensive governance expertise to her role having held senior roles in risk management, compliance, finance and audit primarily in the financial services industry. She is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about developing staff into leaders and promoting Women In Leadership through her extensive mentoring and coaching activities. With two children of her own, Toni is passionate about supporting our youth to achieve their true potential.


Managing Director & Global Head of Financial Sponsors, TD Securities
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Tamara leads the Financial Sponsor team for TD Securities serving the private equity, infrastructure, and pension plan investment community. In her 20 years of private equity and credit experience, Tamara has built a reputation for being a creative and entrepreneurial change agent, building consensus, creating high performing teams, and driving value across a mid-market private equity portfolio. Prior to joining TD, Tamara built and led the successful post-investment value creation business for Ontario Teachers' $35 billion private equity arm, creating a systematic, repeatable transformation agenda across the 60+ company direct investment portfolio that consistently delivered top quartile returns. In addition, Tamara sat on the Private Capital Underwriting Committee, chaired the Portfolio Monitoring Committee, and took on key leadership assignments in strategy, HR, and digital innovation for the fund. Tamara began her finance career at Scotiabank in Corporate Credit where she was responsible for determining credit-worthy leveraged buy-outs and became a direct investor at Ontario Teachers' Merchant Bank. She held board roles at Amica Senior Lifestyles, Exal Group, Alliance Laundry Systems, and Women’s College Hospital. Tamara holds a BA Honours Economics from Queen's University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. She is a CFA charterholder and holds the ICD.D designation.


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Jhad is a Managing Director on CIBC’s Equity Sales team and is very involved in CIBC’s Culture of Care and the One for Change campaign. Before joining CIBC 10 years ago he worked for other investment dealers in Toronto and Montreal and in consulting roles prior to that. Jhad holds a B.Comm. from Queen’s University and completed his CFA and the Financial Services Leadership Program from Schulich. Jhad lives with his wife and two daughters in Toronto. Issues surrounding youth, equity and social justice are central to the family’s philanthropic endeavors.

Doug Gilmour is a former professional ice hockey player, retiring after 20 seasons in the NHL. Previous teams he has been part of include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadians, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Black Hawks, and Buffalo Sabres. He was a member of the Calgary Flames’ 1989 Stanley Cup Championship team and a two-time All- Star. He has also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward in 1992-93. His uniform number 93 is retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He has coached for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies as well as the Kingston Frontenacs, and is currently a community representative for the Maple Leafs.


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Ken brings deep capital markets and global thematic domain expertise to Forthlane. During his cross-border career that has spanned over 20 years, Ken has brought the ‘World to Canada’ and 'Canada to World'. Prior to returning to his native Canada in 2017 to build Forthlane, Ken was the Capital Markets Strategist at Precocity Capital, one of the world’s largest global resource hedge fund launches in 2016. From 2009-2015, Ken acted as Managing Director, Canadian Institutional Equity Sales at BMO Capital Markets (BMO) in New York City, where he had extensive relationships with premier global macro and equity long/short hedge funds. Prior to his role at BMO, Ken was a core partner at UBS Securities Canada, where he quarterbacked the firm’s New York City efforts in creating actionable ideas for thematic oriented investors. Ken also led Credit Suisse First Boston’s Canadian Equity Capital Markets Group, where he advised many of Canada’s leading companies on cross-border equity, debt and M&A transactions. Ken began his career in Corporate Finance at Scotia Capital in 1996 after completing his Bachelor of Commerce (First-Class Honours) at Queen’s University. He currently serves on the Global Advisory Council for the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and on the boards of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation (Toronto) and Sustainable America. From 2014-2017, Ken served as the Chairman of the US Foundation for Queen’s University. In 2008, Ken was named a ‘Community Hero’ by the Toronto Football Club for his mentoring work in Regent Park (‘Boyz 2 Men’ program) and in 1999 he was selected the Big Brother of the Year (In-School Mentoring Program) for the City of Toronto.

Christopher Guthrie

Hillsdale Investment Management
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Mr. Guthrie is responsible for establishing corporate strategy and leading its implementation and execution. As Chief Investment Officer, he also has ultimate responsibility for all portfolio management decisions made by the firm. Mr. Guthrie has more than 30 years’ experience in investment management. Prior to founding Hillsdale in January 1996, Mr. Guthrie was one of the original employees of a Toronto-based investment counsel firm responsible for the design and sale of software and models used in the management of quantitative equity portfolios. Mr. Guthrie is a member of the Education and Research Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), as well as Hillsdale’s representative on the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG). Mr. Guthrie is frequently invited to speak at industry conferences and CFA Institute events.


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Duncan Hannay has over 25 years of experience building and growing businesses in the financial services and technology sectors with roles including: President and Chief Executive Officer of Street Capital Bank of Canada and Street Capital Group Inc., Chief Operating Officer at FINASTRA, President of Global Lending Solutions at D+H; Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing at Scotiabank; Managing Director and Head of Online Brokerage at Scotiabank; and President and CEO at E-TRADE Canada Securities Corp. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and has completed the Strategic Management in Banking, Business Administration and Management program at INSEAD. In 2010, he was inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Gallery, and in 2013, was named Strategy Magazine’s “Marketer of the Year.” Duncan has previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked, or at-risk.


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Graham Jones works at Scotia Prime Brokerage where he supports investment managers, pension plans and hedge funds with equity and credit financing. He lives in Toronto and Mulmur with his wife, visual artist Debbie Farquharson. They have two sons -- one in Health Sciences at McMaster University and a second at Greenwood College in Grade 10.



AST Trust Company (Canada)
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Margot Jordan is the President & CEO of AST Trust Company (Canada). As a corporate leader with a proven track record of innovating and growing businesses in the fintech and capital markets industries, she has more than 20 years' experience in financial services, working closely with clients on all corporate matters, including going public in Canada, mergers & acquisitions, securitization and corporate governance.

Margot currently serves on the board of the Securities Transfer Association of Canada (STAC), is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2017.



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Diane Karnay practices corporate and commercial law in the Business Law Group of Wilson Vukelich LLP. She provides general corporate advice to both for-profit and not-for-profit clients, negotiates and implements commercial transactions, and has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, information technology, e-commerce, privacy, information technology and business process outsourcing, franchising, trade-mark and copyright matters.

Diane graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours BA in English, and earned her law degree from the University of Windsor. She has practiced law and been involved in legal/business affairs, both in private practice and as corporate counsel, for over 25 years. She has represented a leading national company in its procurement and management of software, hardware and technology services, including complex systems integration design, build and implementation projects, strategic alliance arrangements, onshore and offshore outsourcing transactions, online services, and both straight-forward and complex licensing projects.

Diane is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Technology Law Association, TechConnex, and the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs. She is honoured to be on the Board of Directors of Covenant House, and looks forward to sleeping out on November 21, 2019!


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Martin Katz is Founder and President of Prospero Pictures. One of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada, Martin’s credits include Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, a decade-long relationship with celebrated director David Cronenberg, on his films Spider, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars, for which Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Award at Cannes, and Bronwen Hughes’ Stander, which the London Observer called “the greatest heist film since Reservoir Dogs.” Martin’s television project Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is an Award-winning series co-produced with Rocket Pictures and his series Ice Road Truckers is among distributed around the world and is one of the highest-rated series on History Channel. Martin holds degrees in law from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.


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Graham joined Bombardier in May 2010 as Director, Operations, Q400 Program. In April 2012 his role expanded and was named General Manager of Aerostructures and Site Services. In October 2013 he was nominated to General Manager, Operations, Q400 Program. On May 1, 2014, Graham was promoted to Vice President, Global Operations and Toronto Site. He oversees the manufacturing of Global Business Aircraft and Lear Jet Wing with over 3500 staff and skilled aerospace technicians on site; leading the teams into the evolution and manufacturing of the Global Business Jet family. He is continually evolving the site to accommodate the latest technology in aircraft manufacturing, facilitating the build one of the most versatile long range business jets in the world, the Global 7500 and the introduction of two new aircraft the Global 6500 and 5500. Graham has 27yrs experience in the Aerospace Industry and originally joined us from Airbus UK where he held various managerial positions in Operations and Lean Manufacturing.


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Wolfgang has worked in wealth management for 19 years. You may know him from his appearances on television, giving his expert opinion on the market. He is a PR machine and has his own one-hour weekly radio show in Toronto on AM640. Called, HiFi Radio, (short for high finance), Wolfgang considers this on air work excellent research and preparation tool for keeping on top of current and emerging trends, events and issues in the market. Plus he has a lot of fun doing it. Wolfgang still makes himself available nationwide to media outlets as a financial commentator. That’s on top of managing more than 200 million dollars. Wolfgang considers himself the “product” clients buy into and feels privileged to manage their money and help people better their lives. But he also wants to better the lives of youth in Toronto. Wolfgang believes strongly in Covenant House and has been a long-time contributor. Last year was his first year participating in the Sleep Out and despite the frigid temperatures he found the experience extremely rewarding and humbling. He is warmed by the good work that Covenant House does for youth but is saddened that there are still too many young people homeless and alone. He thinks of his own children each time he sees a huddled youth on the street and hopes someone would give to help his child and he strives to help others. He knows his children are very fortunate, but luck and circumstances can change for anyone.

Mark Klym

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Mark Klym is Director, Real Estate Investments at OPTrust, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with assets of over $20 billion and investment professionals in Toronto, London and Sydney. Mr. Klym has more than 25 years of real estate experience with a strong background in strategy, development, investments and relationship management. He is part of a team responsible for managing OPTrust’s portfolio of office, retail, industrial and multi-residential properties that are both owned directly by the fund and in pooled real estate assets across Canada and internationally. Prior to joining OPTrust in 2013, Mr. Klym held positions of increasing importance at various institutions including Oxford Properties and TD Investment Real Estate, where he was involved in domestic and international investments, development and asset management. He holds an Honours B.A. in Urban Development from The University of Western Ontario.


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Alex Kroon is President of Canada House Clinics (CHC) which helps renew lives with medical cannabis. CHC operates 14 cannabinoid therapy clinics across Canada helping Veterans, Boomers and Seniors with simple to complex health issues. CHC is part of Canada House Wellness Group which is a vertically integrated cannabis operation including a Licensed Producer and technology division. Alex has over twenty years of leadership experience across many sectors. He has been fortunate to be part of four rapid growth companies including three start-ups. Alex also has an executive position on the board of the Learning Enrichment Foundation which provides child care, skill training and employment services to priority neighborhoods in Toronto.
Alex graduated from Engineering Physics at Queens University and has worked in management consulting, telecom, online, and healthcare sectors. He lives in the Beach with his wife Elana and two sons. He enjoys outdoor adventures including having twice completed the West Coast Trail.

Larry MacGirr


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Larry is a dynamic and inspirational leader with over three decades of experience in healthcare. He has a bold vision for HealthHub and believes strongly in the power of technology to positively impact healthcare providers and patients in Canadian healthcare settings.

Prior to becoming HealthHub’s CEO, Larry held various leadership positions with companies like Novartis (CibaVision) and Pharmascience. Larry has a history of working across multiple market and product sectors in Canada and the US, including branded pharmaceuticals, generic pharmaceuticals, consumer OTC healthcare and medical devices. He has held multiple progressive roles in sales, marketing, operations, financial management and senior management positions, including General Manager, President, Chief Operating Officer and now CEO.

Larry and the partnership team acquired HealthHub (previously called Hospitality Network Inc.) in September 2018. Building on the company’s 50 years of history, Larry has crafted a renewed vision based on the use of innovative healthcare engagement technology.


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Shane Magee is involved in a number of projects, but the one that has been the most fun lately is advisor to a young entrepreneur who has established the Muskoka Waterline Inspection Company. 

Shane is putting a plug in here for his niece, Emma, who has a pretty cool concept for property owners in Muskoka that get their water from lakes and want to know what’s going on with their waterline and pump by way of a high-quality video. You can check out Emma’s site at www.muskokawaterline.ca.

Shane is a results oriented executive and value building leader with a proven ability to propel business forward by building high performance teams. Previously, Shane was the President and CEO of Clean Water Works, the President & Country Manager of ASSA Abloy Canada, has enjoyed a past career in Canada’s aerospace sector and is quite involved as a member of YPO. He enjoys skiing, fishing, splitting wood and hanging out with his family. Shane resides in Toronto with his wife and two children.


After a strong sophomore season with the Niagara Falls Thunder of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he amassed 91 points and 223 penalty minutes in 61 games, Brad May was drafted 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He would make his debut with the Sabres during the 1991-92 season and chipped in 11 goals during his rookie campaign to go along with 309 penalty minutes. As his play improved, his role increased the following year and culminated in a series winning overtime goal against the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 1992-93 playoffs where he would earn the nickname ‘Mayday’ after Rick Jeanneret’s infamous call of his game winner. May would spend parts of six and a half seasons with the Sabres before a trade to the Vancouver Canucks in 1998. He would spend the next two and a half seasons in Vancouver before being dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes in 2000 and would return to the Canucks in a trade in 2002. He would then head to the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent prior to the 2005-06 season and was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks midway through his second season with the Avalanche. The trade worked out well for Brad, as he would play a big role in Anaheim’s playoff run and won his only Stanley Cup that season. May opened the 2008-09 season with Anaheim but was dealt to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the season. He would play the remainder of that season with the Maple Leafs before signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings for his final NHL season in 2009-10. May represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1990 and the World Championships in 1996. Throughout his NHL career, May played in 1041 regular season games, scoring 127 goals and adding 161 assists for 288 points along with 2248 penalty minutes.


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CEO/Co-Founder of SkinGen International Inc., a company with proprietary products in the dermatology and medical aesthetics arena with operations in over 40 countries. John has held progressive senior management roles in North America with multinationals commencing in 1995 and co-founded SkinGen in 2007.John currently lives in Lawrence Park, is happily married, and has three highly active boys, aged 12, 15 and 16.

Mike McCarthy


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Mike McCarthy joined MHI Canada Aerospace Inc. as Vice President Operations in April 2013. He was appointed President in April 2014 and now holds the position as MHICA's Chairman of the Board. MHICA is responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the Bombardier Challenger 350 Wing and the Global 5000/6000 Wing and Center Fuselage. McCarthy's major objective has been to effectively lead the operation through its Bombardier business transition from MHI Nagoya to Canada and position the company for growth. Since then, he has worked to build and establish MHI Canada Aerospace as a world class heavy aerostructures supplier and strategic North American aerospace manufacturing site. He also serves as a Director for the Ontario Aerospace Council. Mike was recognized in 2016 by the Mississauga Board of Trade receiving Mississauga Business Person of the Year honors. MHICA was then also recognized in 2017 as Mississauga's Large Business of the Year.

McCarthy began his career in the aerospace industry with McDonnell Douglas Canada in 1977 as a mechanic. With a background in manufacturing, quality and lean principles, he held various positions within the company progressing to Director of Operations through the merger with the Boeing Company in 1997. Over the span of his career, he has developed comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of the business. He worked extensively on MD-80/90, MD-11, F-18 and B-717 major structures fabrication and assembly programs along with complex part fabrication / processing for C-17, Delta Rocket and 737 platforms.

He graduated from the Executive Development Program at Queens University. During his time at Boeing McCarthy graduated from the Boeing Executive and Leadership Development programs at the Boeing Leadership Centre. He also graduated Shingijutsu Kaizen / Lean Manufacturing training in Japan.


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David McKibbon is responsible for the leadership and management of Cadillac Fairview’s Project Management team and projects. David joined Cadillac Fairview in 2013 as Vice President, Project Management and has played a key role in expanding the Project Management team and enhancing processes to execute $4 billion in development projects. David holds an Architectural Technology degree in Project Management from Ryerson University.


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David McQueen is a Toronto based Partner with Ernst & Young LLP, and is the Canadian leader for Performance Improvement Advisory (Consulting). His practice area is focussed on leading clients through large scale business transformation optimized with technology, process and people. David holds an honours degree in Economics from Queen’s University at Kingston, and a master degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is an avid skier, sailor and amateur green egg aficionado – with a love of cooking for friends and family, including his wife and two sons.


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Dave is Chief Compliance Officer BMO Capital Markets Canada. He brings to the role nearly 30 years of financial industry experience spanning a number of different areas including retail banking, operations, agency and proprietary trading as well as trade supervision. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School.

In his spare time, Dave has engaged in numerous pursuits including climbing, cycling and most recently constructing a backwoods cabin. He is passionate about the future of youth in Canada and is the father to an aspiring engineer and a special needs daughter.



Senior Global Advisor
Dentons Group, a Swiss Verein
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Ken works as part of global leadership at Dentons, the world’s largest global law firm with more than 17,000 people in over 170 offices/ 60 countries. Ken has overall responsibility for the ongoing development and integration of the firm’s China Region which comprises more than 7,000 people in 44 offices. Based in Toronto, Ken spends a significant amount of his time in China, primarily in Shanghai and Beijing. Prior to joining Dentons in 2014, Ken spent more than 35 years with international professional services firms, working with clients around the world. Ken has lived in both the United States and Canada. His experience in the legal industry includes a senior advisory role based in New York with the global law firm White & Case (2013-2014) and as a member of the senior leadership team based in Toronto with the Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault (2002-2012). Prior to this, he was a Global Partner, and the Managing Partner, Canada for the consulting operations of Arthur Andersen. During his 24 year career with the firm, he worked in the Toronto, Boston and Ottawa offices. Ken has significant experience in designing and delivering business and technology improvement for large, leading and innovative organizations. In 1991, he founded Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies recognition program, which currently continues with Deloitte. Ken is a CPA and is a long standing member of the Ontario Gold chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Ken currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Covenant House in Toronto. He is also on the Board of a large private company.


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Sean is a partner at Deloitte LLP and is the leader of the public company Audit & Assurance practice in Toronto. Sean has over twenty-four years of experience providing audit and assurance services to Canadian and US multinational companies, primarily in the financial services and consumer industries. Sean began his career with Deloitte in 1995 and has been based in both the Toronto and London, UK offices, and specializes in both traditional audit as well as accounting and financial reporting advisory services. A current and past member of Deloitte Canada’s Audit and Assurance leadership team, Sean is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and holds both the Canadian chartered professional accountant and US certified public accountant designations.


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Jason Mullins is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of goeasy Ltd. Publicly traded on the TSX, goeasy operates a non-prime consumer lending business, easyfinancial, which aims to improve the lives of everyday Canadians by putting them on a path to a better tomorrow, today. Jason has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, along with 17 years of progressive experience in financial services. In his current role, Jason provides leadership to a growing team of 2,000 associates across 350 locations throughout Canada. He is also a Team Leader for Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, on the Foundation Board of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, a Director on the Board of Crosslands Church, and was previously on the board of the Vancouver Chapter for the MS Society of Canada.

Jennifer Newman

SVP, Enterprise Service Delivery
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
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Jen joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2009 and is current the Senior Managing Direct of the Enterprise Service Delivery team with the Operations Division. Jen’s team manages relationships with Teachers’ internal business partners to support their technology, data, project and change needs. Jen has more than 20 years of experience in finance, technology, operations, project delivery and change management. Prior to working at Ontario Teachers’ she worked for CIBC, the Bank of Montreal and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jen is a CPA, a B. Comm (Honours) from Queeen’s University and holds the ICD.D designation.


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Mr. Owsiany joined AccertaClaim Servicorp Inc. as President and CEO in May 2016. Before joining Accerta, he held various positions at TELUS Health, and he has more than 20 years of global operations and sales experience with Canadian- and U.S.-based, multinational corporations, which included postings in Japan, Singapore, the U.S., and South Africa. In his last international posting, he held the position of Managing Director of Sterling Commerce Asia (a subsidiary of IBM) where he managed the Asian operations from Singapore. Mr. Owsiany holds a B.Comm. from Concordia University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and he has participated in various executive programs including Harvard University (Cybersecurity), Wharton-SMU Research Center, and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also deeply involved in serving and supporting various not-for-profit organizations across the Greater Toronto Area.

Sue Paterson


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Susan is a Director of Client Development for RGP where she is focused on supporting her clients in various industries with their project consulting and execution needs, including providing operational support on a day to day basis during interim vacancies. She provides her clients with expertise across the following areas: finance & accounting, audit, risk & compliance, information management (project managers, business analysts, etc.), human resources and supply chain management. Prior to RGP, Susan worked within KPMG’s Audit practice and within the HR department where she was responsible for all recruitment. Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). She is honoured to be on the Board of Directors of Covenant House, as well as serving as a member of the Finance and Property Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee. She looks forward to sleeping out on November 21, 2019! In addition to her involvement with Covenant House, Susan serves as the Chair of the Foundation Board for the Child Development Institute and is actively involved with the Out of the Cold Program in Toronto.



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Brian is the President of Pendergast Sales located in Mississauga Ontario. Pendergast specializes in cold storage solutions and construction projects throughout Canada and the Northern USA. Brian, through his company Mallon Group, is also a successful real estate investor of commercial property. Raised in Southwestern Ontario and a graduate of Western University – when it was called UWO, Brian currently resides in Port Credit with his wife Eleanor and 4 children. Brian would like to thank his friend Brent Chapman for encouraging him to get off the couch and make a difference by contributing to this worthy cause.



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Bryan Pilsworth is the President & CEO, Portfolio Manager – Canadian Equities of Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc. He joined Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc. (FGP) in 2007 as a senior analyst covering the Telecom and Financial sectors and became FGP’s Small Cap Canadian Equity portfolio manager in 2012. In addition to his role as President, Bryan is co-manager of FGP’s Canadian equity mandates. He is a member of FGP’s Investment Committee and the FGP Executive Committee, a group he joined in early 2014. Bryan’s career began in 1998 with the Financial Services Strategy practice of Accenture and continued with a consulting role for U.S.-based McKenna Group. He later moved to the BCE group of companies, where he worked closely with the Bell Aliant management team. Bryan was involved with strategy within Bell Canada’s “National Markets” organization that consisted of Bell Aliant, Telesat, Wholesale, and Bell West. Bryan graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (MBA) and from Carleton University (BComm). He was on the Dean’s Honour List at both universities. Bryan is also a CFA charterholder.


President and Scientific Director
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Dr. Laszlo Radvanyi Laszlo was educated at the University of Toronto, earning a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry in 1996. He is currently the President & Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research at Toronto MaRS Discovery District (OICR; https://oicr.on.ca/). He brings over 30 years of strong oncology research background in academia with more than 120 publications as well as leadership experience in international pharma and biotech. Laszlo joined OICR from EMD Serono (Merck KGaA), where he was Senior Vice President Global Head of the Immuno-Oncology (IO) Translational Innovation Platform (TIP) and Senior Scientific Advisor for Immunology and IO. While at EMD Serono, Laszlo rebuilt and re-organized the IO research platform and rejuvenated its target pipeline. Prior to joining EMD Serono, Laszlo was a Professor in the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for 10 years. While at MD Anderson, he ran an integrated clinical and basic research program in adoptive T-cell therapy for solid tumours and is an expert in the field of tumour-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy and other cell therapies. Laszlo was also the founding Chief Scientific Officer of Iovance Therapeutics (formerly Lion Biotechnologies), a >$3 billion market cap company commercializing TIL therapies for melanoma and other cancers. At Iovance, he led the initial research and development activities leading to two Phase 2 INDs, with one of these trials aimed at regulatory approval of this therapy for advanced melanoma patients. He also has 7 patents in the cancer immunotherapy and cell therapy field. Laszlo has been the recipient of numerous scientific awards and is a member of a number of scientific advisory boards, such as Keystone Conferences, editorial boards, such as the Journal of Immunotherapy for Cancer (JITC), and is asked to speak at many national and international conferences on cancer therapy. He also sits on a number of biotech and investment advisory boards, such as Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (formerly MaRS Innovation) and other biotech companies and organizations.


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Peter Redmond is the President of Purves Redmond Limited, one of Canada’s leading privately owned insurance brokerage and group benefits advisory firms. With offices throughout Canada including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, PRL works with clients from all of Canada’s major industries, both on their domestic and international operations. In addition to its corporate clients, PRL provides quality service and products to high net worth individuals for their personal insurance needs. To learn more, visit www.purvesredmond.com


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Sharon Rudy co-leads WATSON’s Director and Executive Search Practice. Based in Toronto, Sharon joined WATSON to lead the firm's expansion in Ontario, offering a distinctive approach to serving organizations driven by purpose and dedicated to making a better Canada. Over her 24-year career in search, Sharon has earned a reputation as a hands-on, trusted partner who is motivated by building lasting relationships with clients and candidates. Sharon works closely with board search committees in the selection of Presidents and CEOs for multi-stakeholder, mission-based institutions across Canada. She has also developed a specialization in the Chief Human Resources Officer function across all industries. Sharon takes the time to understand the unique circumstances and dynamics of every leadership and director mandate and is committed to supporting lasting success beyond the placement. She has worked with boards in their most important role, the recruitment of their organization’s CEO, and then gone on to assist those CEOs in building the right leadership team for the next phase of evolution and growth. Sharon's experience intersects the private and public sectors, and she understands the nuances of varied ownership structures and multi-stakeholder environments. She is equally adept and comfortable serving not-for-profits, large publicly traded companies, and the unique needs of family businesses. Notable work includes recruiting President and CEOs for The CAMH Foundation, The Conference Board of Canada, Women's College Hospital Foundation, University Health Network (UHN), the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and the University of Toronto. Sharon's professional career in search includes 20 years with a global search firm. Prior to her career in search, Sharon taught history at Queen's University and interned for Public Affairs International in Ottawa, and with the International Affairs Directorate of Environment Canada. Sharon earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and her MA and PhD in history from Queen's University. She is a board member for SHAD Canada and was a founding board member of the Accelerator Centre at the University of Waterloo. Sharon has served as a volunteer committee member for Women Against Multiple Sclerosis and MS Research Foundation and is currently a member of the gala committee for True Patriot Love Foundation.


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Sunil Sachdeva is the CIO for the Promark Group of Companies. Sunil is responsible for developing the overall technology vision for the company, maximizing cross-company initiatives and collaboration, and overseeing the individual companies, which include Cellular Solution – an Authorized Bell Mobility Dealer, Liberty North Capital, and Bubblebox.

Mike Salveta

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Mike Salveta has been with Pivotal Integrated HR Solutions since 1996 and is a Partner in the Company. In his current role as President, HR Solutions, he is responsible for leading and overseeing our HR Management client solutions. Mike is a Certified Human Resources Leader.

Rob Shewchuk


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Rob Shewchuk is the Director & Area Leader for the Cloud Economics business at Microsoft Canada. After joining Microsoft in September 2017, he has been pivotal in the orchestration and empowerment of bringing together Field Sales, Inside Sales, Technical and Partner teams to deliver the best of Microsoft Cloud technology to our Canadian Customers. He has 20 years of experience in technology including Management positions at IBM Canada, Director of Sales at Amdocs and most recently as Regional Vice President at UXP Systems Inc (a former Canadian G500 Company). Rob is a Leadership Team member at Microsoft for both SMC Canada and the broader Marketing & Operations division. Rob and his wife (Pam) along with their two boys (Benjamin & Carson) live in the Greater Toronto Area.


Managing Director
Clariti Strategic Advisors
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Bruce is a 7 time sleeper and Chair of the Executive Sleep Out Committee. He has volunteered for Covenant House in various capacities since 2011, and sits on the Board of Directors. Bruce Chairs the Finance and Property Committee, is a member of the Governance Committee, and is a Youth Mentor at Covenant House. Bruce is also the Managing Director of Clariti Strategic Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on delivering high touch, independent advice to mid and upper-mid sized businesses. Within Clariti, Bruce is focused on leveraging his deep network in the asset management business developed over the last 30 years.


Head of Hotels & Multi-Residential
Oxford Properties Group
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Tyler Seaman is responsible for all aspects of Oxford's hotel and multi-family businesses across North America, including new investments, development, brand relationships, asset management and financing. Oxford is the real estate arm of OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System). Oxford’s hotel portfolio includes six, iconic assets with a total of 3,200 rooms across Canada under the Fairmont, Park Hyatt and InterContinental brands. Mr. Seaman was instrumental in developing the residential platform at Oxford Properties including approximately 12,000 apartment units globally and over $3.0 billion in assets under management and growing. He has over 20 years of experience in acquiring and asset managing institutional quality properties across North America.


Safran Group
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Jim Smillie joined Safran Landing Systems Toronto in Sept 2007 and is the Director Supplier Performance, Procurement & Supplier Quality. Safran Landing Systems is the world leader of aircraft landing and braking systems and has partnerships with 30 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, and supports 27,000 aircraft that operate more than 60,000 landings daily. Jim has oversight for more than 100 Suppliers in North America in support of the manufacture and assembly of Landing Gears Systems for multiple Commercial and Military Programs for Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier. Safran Landing Systems Toronto is located in Ajax, just east of Toronto and employs 700 employees, the site has been manufacturing landing gears for over 70 years from concept to in-service support, including sales and marketing. Jim has spent his entire career in aerospace that began with McDonnell Douglas Canada in 1978 and he held various senior management positions within the company through the merger with the Boeing Company and a short stint with Goodrich Landing Gear now UTAS. Jim would like to acknowledge his friends Mike McCarthy and Paul Coffey for encouraging him to join in and make a difference by contributing to this wonderful cause.


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Derek joined Castle Metals in 2007. With over 20 years’ experience in the metals distribution industry, he has held various positions across Canada and the US and is currently the General Manager of Canada. Founded in 1890, A. M. Castle & Co. is a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain services, principally serving the oil and gas, commercial aircraft, mining, and general machining sectors. Its customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of medium and smaller-sized firms. Within its metals business, it specializes in the distribution of alloy and stainless steels; nickel alloys; aluminum and carbon. Together, Castle operates service centers located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Derek and his wife Kelly are proud parents to Chloe, who is presently in her first year of Kinesiology at Brock and Ethan who is in grade 10 and plays hockey for the Minor Midget Oakville Rangers. They spend their spare time in hockey rinks across the GTA.


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As vice president and district manager for PCL’s Toronto district, Bruce is responsible for the overall operations in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario. With three decades of PCL experience, Bruce has spent more than 25 years with PCL in Toronto. He has been part of PCL’s leadership teams in Calgary and Toronto. Bruce holds a bachelor science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and Ontario.


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Frank Stadler is principal and founder of Crusader Asset Management Inc., an investment management company that provides advice to institutional investors. Frank has nearly 30 years of capital markets experience, having held many senior management positions at a Canadian Schedule 1 bank. Before founding Crusader, he was a Portfolio Manager and Global Head of Derivatives Advisory for a very large mutual fund company in Canada, where he managed two funds with assets under management in excess of $3 billion. Frank presently manages the Lysander-Crusader Equity Income Fund, a public mutual fund. He most recently served as Global Head, TAA, and Chair of the Asset Mix Committee for the Ontario Pension Board. Additionally, he managed both a global equity market neutral portable alpha fund and a global long short FX fund for the Ontario Pension Board.


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Julanne (Jules) Steele co-founded BeachHead in 2005, developing the company into one of the nation's fastest growing IT HR agencies. As co-leader of BeachHead, Jules and the BeachHead team provide Tier 1 business and technology solutions to some of Canada's leading Financial Services, Telecommunication and Fortune 10 clients.

In addition to her business pursuits, Jules is active in charitable fundraising development, having twice chaired the AMREF Health Africa Marketplace Gala, an annual event that raises funds to ensure access to good health for the most vulnerable people in Africa. Jules has also been a past co-chair of the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund's Fresh Start Gala, an agency that provides access to treatment for youths fallen to substance abuse.


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Jacqueline (Jackie) Stewart is owner/director of Coloured Aggregates Inc., a family run business located in Aurora, Ontario, serving a wide range of professionals in a variety of markets throughout Canada and US. Coloured Aggregates Inc. quarries, produces and distributes an impressive range of colours and mineral types of specialty aggregates and sand. Jackie is responsible for all operations and corporate services.


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As a partner in KPMG Canada’s national office, Mag collaborates with teams and companies from across Canada to resolve accounting questions arising from complex transactions in an environment of continually evolving accounting standards. Mag is committed to developing talent and creating a collaborative, inclusive environment believing that a diversity of views leads to well thought-out solutions and an engaged team. As a mother of three incredible teenagers, Mag and her family are particularly grateful for this opportunity to broaden the scope of their concern for the homeless and at risk by supporting this crucial cause through Mag’s first Sleep Out. Mag holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).


Clariti Strategic Advisors
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Rahul Suri is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clariti Strategic Advisors, an independent Toronto-based investment banking and strategic advisory firm. Prior to founding Clariti Strategic Advisors, Rahul was an Operating Advisor with The Carlyle Group, a U.S. based global alternative asset manager with close to $200 billion of assets under management. Rahul was previously the Head of Growth (Emerging) Markets investment and corporate banking with BMO Capital Markets. From 2000 to 2008, Rahul was a was a senior executive and one of the top five named officers with Celestica Inc., a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions within the electronics manufacturing industry. At Celestica, he initially devised and executed the non-organic growth and diversification strategy for the company, following which he took over full P&L responsibility and engineered a highly successful turn-around of the company’s multi billion-dollar Enterprise division. From 1989 to 1997 Rahul was a senior lawyer and partner with Davies, Ward & Beck (now Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg), where his practice focused on M&A and corporate finance. In 1997, he was hired as a senior M&A professional by BMO Capital Markets, where he practised until his move to Celestica. Rahul has written and delivered several papers on derivative products and innovative financing techniques in mergers and acquisitions. He was nominated for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Rahul has been a visiting professor at Queen’s University Law School, where he taught advanced corporate law and M&A and has served as Policy Advisor to the Chairman and Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. Rahul serves on the board of Health Hub Patient Engagement Solutions Inc., a leading healthcare solutions provider, and is the Chair of the Board of Daisy Intelligence Corporation, a Toronto-based applied A.I. SaaS company. Rahul is actively involved with giving back to the community. He sits on the board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as on its governance committee, and for eight years, Rahul was a board member (Vice Chair) at Covenant House, a charity dedicated to the care of homeless youth, where he also chaired the governance committee. Rahul has an M.A. in Law from Cambridge University, England.


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Jim Taylor is the Founder and President of Activo Inc., Since founding Activo in 2005, it has grown to become one of Canada’s largest network infrastructure services companies with offices nationally with the head office in Markham, Ontario.

Mr. Taylor is a successive entrepreneur having previously founded his first company, ICS in 1988 and subsequently selling it to Cygnal Technologies in August 2000. He worked for Cygnal for 3 ½ years as both the President of the Service Provider division as well as sitting on the Board of Directors before leaving to start Activo.

Activo annually contributes to various charities such as Sick Kids Hospital, Children’s Wish Foundation, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and sponsors various community events. Jim enjoys spending time with family, being at the cottage and both watching and playing various sports.

Danny Timmins

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Danny Timmins is the National Cyber Security Leader of MNP, a market leader in Cyber Security Services and Solutions in Canada. Danny is responsible for setting the long-term direction and vision and overseeing the Cyber Security operations at MNP. Danny's leadership not only extends to business, but he has also been involved in the community for over 24 years as a volunteer. His volunteer work has included being a coach, manager, chairperson and president of different sports teams, clubs and charities.

Michael Waters

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Michael Waters serves a dual role as Chief Executive Officer of The Minto Group and Minto Apartment REIT. As CEO of The Minto Group, Michael has spearheaded the transformation and growth of Minto from a wholly-owned family venture into a world-class, fully-integrated real estate investment management company. In this role, Michael oversees all aspects of the business from corporate services to asset management, acquisitions, dispositions, development, property operations and homebuilding in Canada and USA for Minto’s growing portfolio. As CEO of Minto Apartment REIT, Michael oversaw its initial public offering in 2018 and is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the REIT including investment growth and capital structure. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in real estate finance, investment and development and financial advisory services. Prior to joining Minto, he served in a variety of roles at Intrawest Corporation, a large resort developer and operator with a presence across North America. Earlier in his career, Michael worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and KPMG LLP. He serves on the Board of REALpac, Canada’s senior national real estate industry association. Michael served as a member of the Board of Governors of Algonquin College from 2013-2019, as well as a Director on the Board of the Algonquin College Foundation from 2017-2018. Michael attended the University of British Columbia and holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He holds both the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.


Hillsdale Investment Management
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Lis Wigmore has over 30 years of experience in corporate real estate, finance and governance. Ms. Wigmore is a Partner with Hillsdale Investment Management, an independent investment firm with over $3 billion assets under management. She is also on the Board, and Chair of Governance, for Pinchin Ltd., Canada’s largest environmental engineering consulting firm. Recently, Ms. Wigmore was a Trustee of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX:AAR.UN), a REIT with an enterprise value of $3.5 billion, and was on the Board of Invesque (TSX: IVQ), a company that invests in healthcare real estate in the US and Canada. For both organizations, she served as a member of the Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee. Ms. Wigmore was also Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Governance for Fred Victor, a charitable organization that improves health, income and housing stability for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. Before this, Ms. Wigmore was the Chief Operating Officer of IPC US Real Estate Investment Trust, an internally managed, TSX-listed REIT with 12 million square feet of office space in the US. Ms. Wigmore has also held various senior positions with Reichmann International, Campeau (Camdev) Corporation, and the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. She holds a Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. She has attained a Certificate in Human Resource Management Essentials from University of Toronto (Continuing Studies) and a CERT Certificate in Cyber-Risk from the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.


Executive Director
Catalyst Canada
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As Executive Director, Tanya van Biesen is responsible for the growth of Catalyst in Canada, working closely with CEOs, senior executives, and Supporter organizations across the country to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. She is a recognized and accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the executive search sector, and is a passionate advocate for gender equality as a driver of economic growth and progress.