Who's Sleeping Out

CHAMI AKMEEMANA

DIRECTOR
CONSENSYS INC.
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Chami Akmeemana is a serial entrepreneur with several successful exits and currently a Director at ConsenSys Inc. He is also the former Fintech advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission. Chami also sits on several boards of start-ups in the Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and VR/AR space (Humaniq, Stack, UCash etc). Chami is a former semi-professional rugby player and volunteers with a number of youth charities in Australia, Canada, and Sri Lanka with a special interest in trafficking and mental health related projects.

JOHN BARCLAY

PRESIDENT & CEO
SOUTH WESTERN INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
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John joined South Western Group in May, 2014 to re-energise one of the country's leading Wholesale/MGA brands.

South Western Group is a Wholesale Insurance Intermediary/Managing General Agent offering a broad range of insurance solutions for specialty, niche products and hard-to-place business. Since 1961 we have proudly provided underwriting expertise to independent insurance brokers across Canada.

MARK BAXTER

PRESIDENT
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.

ROD BELL

MANAGING DIRECTOR
THE FUELING STATION
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After graduating from Queen’s with an Honors Economics degree, Rod Bell began a career in marketing with Colgate-Palmolive. There, he worked on several products, including the flagship product, Colgate toothpaste. Later, he would bring his expertise to the Toronto market Video-Van-Go, a video delivery business. Following this venture, he took on the investment industry, marketing commercial real estate to institutional investors. In 1994, Rod founded Channel 500, an independent, below-the-line marketing communications agency with roots in Direct Response TV, radio, print and online. The agency serviced such clients as Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace, Scotiabank, Ford, and IBM to name a few. Rod is back in real estate, presently the Managing Director of The Fueling Station – a service station for entrepreneurs who know the value of surrounding themselves with people they can relate to. There are presently 3 Fueling Station locations in Toronto servicing over 100 companies. Rod is also an active board member of The Belinda Stronach Foundation which is the perfect vehicle to give back and help vulnerable communities in our world.

ALEXANDRA BELLAMY

PARTNER
KPMG LLP
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Alexandra has over 19 years of experience in a number of different roles within KPMG, including internally focused professional practice and marketing roles as well as client facing engagement roles leading both small and large engagement teams for a range of Canadian private and Canadian and US public companies. Professional and Industry Experience.

Alex is a partner with 18 years of experience serving clients in KPMG’s TMT practice. As the leader of our Media and Entertainment practice in the GTA, she actively supports and participates in key industry associations and events.

Alex has held a wide range of technical and industry roles in the firm, including three years in our department of professional practice where she was responsible for our audit committee and other external communications, complex accounting matters and national technical accounting and regulatory training programs. She has also been the GTA’s Audit Quality and Learning Leader and most recently co led the launch of KPMG’s new Lean in Audit product in Canada, an innovative new product which combines Lean principles with audit process documentation and analysis to deliver operational value add to our clients as part of the audit process.

STEPHEN K. BENSON

PRESIDENT AND CEO
BENSON STEEL LIMITED
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Steve is the PRESIDENT AND CEO of Benson Steel Limited (Benson) and is responsible for all operational and financial matters of Benson while maintaining a clear and focused view on client needs and changing market factors.

Benson Steel Limited is a family owned structural steel manufacturer with over 37 years’ experience in providing steel solutions for its clients in both domestic and foreign markets. Benson is a well-respected steel fabricator in the Canadian and international market place.

With over 40 years of experience in the steel and construction marketplace, Steve imparts a vast knowledge of experience relating to steel fabrication, client relations, financials, marketing, foreign markets and safe work procedures. Steve graduated from York University with an Honours of Bachelor Arts majoring in Economics and minoring in Physical Education in 1985, as well as attended the York University’s Schulich School of Business Family Business Program. Steve has attended Queens University for the MBA Finance course criteria and also has attended The Quantum Shift Program at Western University, Ivey School of Business where he was appointed a Fellow in May 2016.

Steve has sat on many industry committees of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) and has been Chairman of CISC Ontario Region, Chairman of the CISC National Audit Committee, Vice Chair of the CISC National Board of Directors and Chairman of the CISC National Board of Directors. Steve has also been recognized by the Toronto Construction Association on two occasions in the “Best of the Best Awards” category.

Steve has 3 children. They enjoy outdoor activities, skiing together in the winter and cottaging in the summer. They are all active in their communities. In this capacity Steve is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Church of the Kettles in Muskoka. Steve has also sat on the Board of the Caledon Ski Club and was Co-Chair of the Athlete Development Committee at the Caledon Ski Club.

Steve has had the great privilege of representing Ontario and Canada on 3 separate occasions over the past 30 years. The 1982 World Championship Three Day Event Team as a groom, The 1987 Ontario/Norway Rotary Business Exchange Team and in 2003 as a member of the Canadian Masters Triathlon World Championship Team in Queenstown, New Zealand.

MITCH BOUCHARD

HEAD OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
SAP CANADA
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Mitch is part of SAP Canada’s leadership team and is the national head of Financial Services. Prior to working at SAP, Mitch spent 18 years at IBM Canada in various leadership position. Mitch’s career has provided him with the opportunity to work and live in many of Canada’s largest cities having spent time in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto. He is married with 3 children and now calls Toronto home

DAVID BRADT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CIBC CAPITAL MARKETS
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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.

Alan provides independent strategic and corporate finance advice to leaders amongst corporate, institutional and government clients globally. Prior to his current role, Alan spent the majority of his career in investment banking, latterly at Deutsche Bank based in London for 12 years. Alan led the Global Natural Resources Group since its formation in 2007, with responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s corporate finance activities across the Chemicals, Energy, Metals & Mining and Utilities sectors globally, and was a member of the Corporate Finance Executive Committee (EMEA). Prior to joining Deutsche, Alan worked at HSBC for four years, and before that within a variety of industries. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics. A native of Scotland, Alan recently relocated to Toronto.

BRENT CHAPMAN

PRESIDENT & CEO
DREAM INDUSTRIAL REIT
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Brent Chapman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dream Industrial REIT with over 28 years of experience across all facets of the real estate industry. Prior to joining Dream, Mr. Chapman was a Managing Director for Guardian Capital Real Estate. Prior to being with Guardian, Mr. Chapman was President and CEO of GPM Investment Management and a director of Integrated Asset Management, the parent company of GPM. His career includes holding various senior positions in asset management, leasing, property management, acquisitions, financing and development with Oxford Properties and Talisker Corporation. Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) and a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) both from the University of Notre Dame.

ARJUN CHOWDHURY

DIRECTOR, ASSET MANAGEMENT
MORGUARD INVESTMENTS
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Arjun Chowdhury is a director with Morguard, responsible for the asset management of the company’s REIT office portfolio across Canada. Arjun has worked extensively in real estate finance, private equity and strategy for over 12 years across North America and India.

Previously, Arjun headed up the capital markets team for Cushman and Wakefield for their Western India operations. He started his career with Merrill Lynch in Chicago and has also worked with Morgan Stanley in Miami.
After completing his high school in New Delhi, India, Arjun pursued his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University, USA and later obtained his master’s degree in business administration (finance and strategy) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Arjun is an ardent fan of cricket and enjoys learning about disruptive technologies. A former mentor at Covenant House, Arjun and his wife live in Oakville with their two children.


MATTHEW CIVICHINO

VP- ELM INSURANCE BROKERS INC.
PRESIDENT- ELM LIFE AND GROUP MANAGEMENT INC
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ELM Insurance Brokers Inc. has provided a complete solution for personal and professional risk management since 1989. They offer insurance resources and construction bonds in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and soon to be throughout Canada. Their services feature a client-specific approach that provides customers with the best possible value. ELM is a proud member of the Toronto Construction Association, Mississauga Construction Association, Surety Association of Canada and Insurance Institute of Canada.

Prior to following in his father’s footsteps and the company he founded almost 30 years ago, Matthew worked for large Canadian Insurer as a commercial lines underwriter. Following his time there, he then worked with one of the largest Canadian Surety’s where he learned the duties of financial underwriting and analysis. In 2009 he joined ELM. He is now the VP of Contract Surety and Commercial Insurance. Matthew is also the President of ELM Life and Group Management Inc. which he founded in 2013. ELM LIFE facilitates all Individual Life Insurance products and Employee (Group) Benefits.

Matthew was one of the founding member of the Surety Association of Canada’s Young Professional’s committee. This year Matthew was also named a “TOP 10 under 40” by The Ontario Construction Report.

Over the past 3 years Matthew has also be an advocate of supporting Mental Health awareness and has participated in the RBC Race for the Kids marathon in support of youth mental health.

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.

DAN COLDWELL

CHIEF MARKETING & COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER
PACE CREDIT UNION
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Dan Coldwell is PACE Credit Union’s Chief Marketing and Community Relations Officer. Dan is passionate about his community and is involved both personally and professionally. At PACE, he oversees their community investment initiatives and is very hands on in understanding the benefits of the programs that they support. Outside of PACE, Dan is the chair of the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation and a fundraising committee at Southlake Regional Health Care Centre. Dan is a hockey coach in the Aurora Panthers organization. He lives in Newmarket with his wife Sheryl and their daughters Danielle, Adrienne and Emily.

JOHNNY CONNON

PARTNER
GOODMANS LLP
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Johnny Connon is a partner in the Corporate Department at Goodmans LLP. He specializes in corporate finance, securities law, private equity and public and private mergers and acquisitions, and represents a wide variety of issuers, including public companies, private equity funds and entrepreneurs.

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.

KEVIN COON

MANAGING PARTNER CANADA AND CHAIR GLOBAL POLICY COMMITTEE | BAKER MCKENZIE
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Kevin is a labour, employment and global human rights lawyer. He is certified as a Compliance and Ethics Professional and Certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Labour Law. He assists companies in addressing both local labour and human rights issues within their organization and throughout their supply chain. He serves on the United Nations Global Compact(“UNGC”) Advisory Board for Sustainable Supply Chains. He has made substantial contributions at the UN International Labour Organization, in various roles, including on the Committee on the Application of International Labour Standards, labour standards drafting committees, and Committees of Experts. He led a team to prepare a UNGC Guide, “Business Framework for the Rule of Law” which was developed to support the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is active and supports initiatives related to addressing human rights violations and in particular, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labour.

PAULA COURTNEY

PRESIDENT
VERDE GROUP
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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.

ADRIAN DAVIS

PRESIDENT & CEO
WHETSTONE INC
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Adrian Davis is the President and CEO of Whetstone Inc. A Certified Speaking Professional, Adrian is also an author and expert in strategic selling and account management. He is frequently called upon to advise senior management teams and sales groups on the optimization of sales performance and the development of strategic client relationships.

PHIL DECK

CEO
EXTUPLE INC.
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Phil is an investor in venture, early stage and major technology companies though his company Extuple. Phil began his career as an investment analyst and venture capitalist but moved onto the operating side of the business as ceo of Certicom, a provided of cryptographic toolkits, from 1993 to 2000. In 2001 he took on the turnaround of MKS in Waterloo and spent 10 years building it into a leader in software application lifecycle management before its sale to PTC in 2011.

Now he invests in growth companies, primarily those in cloud based software. Phil has worked extensively with charitable and public sector organizations including a 24 years relationship with the Canadian Opera Company, an 8 year stint on the board of the Bank of Canada and a recent trip to the Arctic with True Patriot Love to support wounded soldiers.

Phil is particularly interested in the challenges facing people with mental health and addiction from his experience of many affected family members. He understands that the challenge of homelessness is complicated, primarily driven by mental health issues and in much need of greater understanding by all of society.

ANA DOMINGUEZ

PRESIDENT
CAMPBELL COMPANY OF CANADA
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Ana Dominguez is the President of Campbell Company of Canada since August 2014. She is responsible for the strategic business direction and overall leadership of Campbell Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Campbell Soup Company.

Originally from Colombia, Ana has extensive international and Canadian marketing, innovation and general management experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Ana joined Campbell Canada from SC Johnson where she held a variety of positions in Colombia, USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico & Caribbean, and most recently as the General Manager, Canada. Prior to SC Johnson she worked with Procter & Gamble in Colombia.

Ana serves as Campbell Canada’s representative with the Food and Consumer Products of Canada Board of Governors, is on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst Canada and on the Board of Directors of The Grocery Foundation, focused on addressing child hunger in Ontario.

Ana received a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Schiller International University in France, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

Ana and her husband, Alvaro are the proud parents of 2 sons, Martin and Camilo, and currently reside in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

LYNN FACTOR

CHILD & YOUTH ADVOCATE
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Driven by her unflagging commitment to social justice, Lynn Factor has devoted over 35 years to improving services and programs for society’s most vulnerable children. Presently Lynn serves as Child Witness Advocate with the Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC), preparing child victims and witnesses of crime to testify in criminal court. She is Chair of the Board of the Children’s Aid Foundation and a Board Member for Covenant House. She has been named to the Order of Ontario, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and an Arbour Award from University of Toronto. She has been an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Ryerson in the Faculty of Community Services since 2009.

MIKE GEORGE

PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-FOUNDER
TRISURA GUARANTEE INSURANCE COMPANY.
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Mike George is President and CEO and a Co-founder of Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, a leading Canadian specialty lines insurer. Trisura employs 120 people in offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. In 2006, Mike realized his long-term dream of starting a Canadian insurance company built on the belief that bringing together an expert team, focused on delivering exceptional experiences to all stakeholders, would create a firm that professional commercial insurance brokers and their clients would want to support. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science from McMaster, is a member of TEC Canada’s CEO forum and is on the board of the Ontario Chapter of Children’s Wish. Mike, his wife Patti and their three sons, live in Aurora.

MARCUS GILLAM

PRESIDENT & CEO
GILLAM GROUP CONSTRUCTION
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Gillam Group Inc. is a progressive, service-oriented construction organization based in Toronto, Ontario, that specializes in delivering projects in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors through a partnership model.

Marcus is a professional engineer (Queens University, Civil Engineering) and holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. He is a member of Young President's Organization (YPO). Marcus is the recipient of a Toronto Construction Association “Best of the Best” award and the British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) for innovation in construction.

His experience encompasses leadership roles on many complex construction projects both in Canada and abroad, with some over $400 million, and under a variety of delivery models including public-private-partnership.

FRANK GUSE

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT
CIBC
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Frank Guse is a skilled risk professional with more than 10 years' experience in Risk Management, including Enterprise, Market and Credit Risk, as well as Treasury and Balance Sheet Risk. Frank has been with CIBC since April 2014 where he is currently the EVP Risk Analytics, Reporting and Credit Decisioning. He focuses on Strategic Risk Analytics, Risk Reporting and Policies, Credit Risk Model Development, Personal and Small Business Adjudication, and Risk Infrastructure. Prior to joining CIBC he was at McKinsey and Company where he was an Expert Associate Principal and responsible for introducing and implementing tailored ideas for risk recognition, quantification, and control in McKinsey's Risk Management Practice. Based out of Germany he has consulted clients across Asia, Europe and North America.

Frank holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation. He has earned degrees in Business Administration and Economics and a PhD in Quantitative Finance.

LISA HAMILTON

PARTNER
BELL TEMPLE LLP
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Lisa Hamilton is Partner at Bell Temple LLP and Co-Chair of the Health Law Group. For more than 70 years, Bell Temple LLP has earned a reputation as a leading insurance defence litigation boutique. The Health Law Group works closely with many health care professional associations and their insurers to address complex complaints, discipline, litigation and appeals. Lisa studied Psychology and Philosophy at UVic before obtaining a JD at the University of British Columbia in 1989. A supporter of Covenant House for over 20 years, Lisa is a dragon boat racer, tennis player and 9-ball enthusiast. She is married to Mark Quail, music and entertainment lawyer. They live in Toronto with their two children, Michael and Madeline, and dog, Maestro Puccini.

DUNCAN HANNAY

PRESIDENT & CEO
STREET CAPITAL BANK OF CANADA
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Duncan Hannay is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Street Capital Bank of Canada and Street Capital Group Inc. Prior to joining Street Capital in September 2017, Duncan held the position of Chief Operating Officer at FINASTRA, the third largest fintech provider in the world. Duncan has more than 25 years of experience building and growing businesses in the financial services and technology sectors with roles including: President, 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. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and has also 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 currently serves as the past Chair of the Board of Directors of Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth.

NATALIE HEISLER

MANAGING DIRECTOR - ANALYTICS
ACCENTURE DIGITAL
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Natalie Heisler is a Professional Services Executive who has spent her career driving client expansion and revenue growth with analytics software and service providers in the Americas and internationally.

Based in Toronto, Natalie is currently Managing Director - Analytics, Accenture Digital. Accenture Digital combines Accenture's capabilities in digital marketing, mobility and analytics to help clients provide better experiences for the customers they serve, create new products and business models, and enhance their digital enterprise capabilities and connections.

Natalie has previously held territory and global leadership roles with Qlik, SAP, MicroStrategy and SAS. Prior to Professional Services, Natalie began her career as a Statistician for DuPont.

Natalie holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Psychology.

BRANDON HEXHAM

PRESIDENT
PINNACLE GROUP INC.
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Brandon Hexham became the President of Pinnacle Group Inc. in 2014, and has been with the company for over 20 years. As President, Brandon oversees all daily operations of the senior staff and provides guidance to all staff in order to achieve their corporate goal of exemplary customer service and technical expertise. Brandon also leads his firms’ national operations, looking at roofing and building envelope issues for clients across the country. Pinnacle has opened offices in several provinces, to which he oversees, and ensures are providing the same level of service nationally. Brandon holds a BA from York University, an RRO (Registered Roof Observer) designation from RCI, Inc. and a GRP (Green Roofing Professional) designation from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

MAUREEN JENSEN

CHAIR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
ONTARIO SECURITIES COMMISSION (OSC)
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Maureen Jensen is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), which administers and enforces securities law in the capital markets of the province of Ontario.

Prior to her appointment as Chair and CEO, Ms. Jensen was the Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the OSC. As the senior member of staff, she was responsible for coordinating and managing the organization’s day-to-day operations, including its enforcement, market regulation and compliance functions.

Before joining the OSC, Ms. Jensen was Senior Vice-President, Surveillance and Compliance at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the national self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada.

Prior to the formation of IIROC in 2008, Ms. Jensen was President and CEO of Market Regulation Services Inc., the independent national market regulation services provider for Canadian equity markets. Ms. Jensen has also held senior regulatory and business positions at the Toronto Stock Exchange and had a 20-year career in the mining industry, holding both executive and technical management positions with several resource companies.

Ms. Jensen is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) and holds the ICD.D designation.

IAN JOHNSON

PRESIDENT
JOHNSON FINANCIAL GROUP INC.
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Ian Johnson is president of Johnson Financial Group Inc. (JFG), a financial services advisory firm working with individuals, entrepreneurs and SMEs that he founded more than 30 years ago. Ian’s goal is for JFG’s clients to be unstoppable! The team at JFG is dedicated to impacting people’s lives by helping them think through their future, measure results and make adjustments as their lives unfold. SME business owners will also find much-needed support and guidance from JFG in implementing and managing employee benefit programs, helping in the quest to attract and retain their most valuable resource. Ian and his wife, Laura, are residents of Aurora and are the proud parents of three children. Ian volunteers his time with several youth-focused initiatives and is an ardent supporter of youth sports, having coached many boys' and girls' hockey and soccer teams. Ian has served on two industry Agent’s Advisory Councils, is a past president for the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and was named Business Person of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

ALEX KROON

CEO
PATHWAY COMMUNICATIONS
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Alex Kroon is looking forward to his second sleep out. He is CEO of Pathway Communications which manages IT infrastructure for corporations, charities and governments. The Pathway group of companies has been a serial pioneer since 1995. It provides Managed Services, Inbound Technical Contact Centers, IT Security, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Internet services leveraging the first certified Tier III data center in Canada. Alex has led organizations in Technology and international Health Care following management roles in management consulting and telecom. He studied Engineering Physics at Queens and enjoys outdoor adventures such as the West Coast Trail. Alex is on the board of the Learning Enrichment Foundation which provides child care, employment training and life skills in priority neighborhoods in northwest Toronto.

NOOREZ LALANI

PRESIDENT
MOD DEVELOPMENTS INC.
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Noorez Lalani is President of MOD Developments Inc. Since its founding in 2009, MOD Developments has grown to become one of Toronto’s most innovative real estate development firms specializing in high-density development with a focus on architectural excellence, heritage preservation and city-building.

Mr. Lalani received a law degree from the University of Windsor, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2006. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, where he specialized in Real Estate Finance and Development. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lalani received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Before joining MOD in 2009, he worked in the corporate finance group and commercial real estate group of a prominent Canadian law firm and worked as an account manager for the Toronto Dominion Bank Real Estate Group where he was responsible for underwriting and managing various residential construction loans in the condominium and home building sectors. Mr. Lalani has served on the Artscape Extravaganza Fundraising Committee and is a past Board Member of Distress Centers Toronto. Currently, Mr. Lalani sits on the Strong Start, Great Future Campaign Cabinet for the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

SCOTT LAMPARD

HEAD OF GLOBAL MARKETS
HSBC BANK CANADA
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Scott is Head of Global Markets for HSBC Bank Canada. He’s responsible for the bank's sales and trading foreign exchange and fixed income businesses as well as management of the bank's balance sheet liquidity and interest rate risk.

STEVEN LARKIN

DIRECTOR OF SALES CANADA
DELTA AIR LINES
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Steven Larkin brings 20 + years’ international travel industry experience to Delta and has a diverse professional background, having worked in both the travel trade and airline industries. As director of sales Canada, Steven’s responsibilities include corporate and agency sales as well as community engagement and brand building. Prior to Delta, Steven served as president, Canada with Intrepid Travel and also worked for Virgin Atlantic and assisted with the launch of the Toronto – London service in 2001. Before his time with Virgin, he was sales manager, Western Canada for Singapore Airlines where he led the team’s corporate and agency contracting efforts. Steven lives in Toronto and is an avid world traveller, having explored 83 countries and all seven continents.

Through Connie’s philanthropic causes she has participated with supporting the Arts, Covenant House and TCDSB providing bursaries through her late husband’s foundation. Never understanding the word “No”, she has been quick to jump in on community activities knowingly to make a difference.

DERRICK LEUE

PRESIDENT
PROLINK
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Derrick Leue is the President of PROLINK, Canada’s Insurance Connection. PROLINK is a leading insurance brokerage focused on developing and managing custom insurance programs for professional associations and their members. PROLINK is based in Toronto and employs more than 70 people.

Derrick joined PROLINK in 2005 to become a shareholder with a vision to grow PROLINK into a national insurance brokerage. Prior to PROLINK, Derrick began his career in marketing, business development and consulting roles with such firms as KPMG and Morningstar.

Derrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster and is an active volunteer for kids sports programs in the GTA. Derrick is an avid skier with his wife Tami and their daughter and son.

SHANE MAGEE

CEO
CLEAN WATER WORKS AND NO-DIG | ROBICHAUD
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Shane Magee is the CEO of Clean Water Works and No-Dig|Robichaud, Canada’s leading trenchless rehabilitation service providers focused on the sewer rehabilitation industry in Ontario and Quebec. 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 & Country Manager of ASSA Abloy Canada and has enjoyed a past career in Canada’s aerospace sector. He has an MBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business. Shane currently sits on the regional board of YPO in Canada. He is also a past board member of the Muskoka Ski Club where he enjoys skiing with his family. Shane resides in Toronto with his wife and two children.

MICHAEL MCCARTHY

PRESIDENT
MHI CANADA AEROSPACE INC.
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Mike McCarthy joined MHI Canada Aerospace Inc. as Vice President, Operations in April 2013 and was appointed President in April 2014. As president, he is responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the Bombardier Challenger 350 Wing and the Global Wing and Centre Fuselage. McCarthy began his career in the aerospace industry with McDonnell Douglas Canada in 1977. With a background in manufacturing, quality and lean principles, he held various positions within the company progressing to Director, Operations through the merger with the Boeing Company in 1997. He worked extensively on MD-80/90, MD-11, F-18 and B717 major structures fabrication and assembly programs along with complex part fabrication / processing for C-17, Delta 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.

CHRIS MILDON

CHIEF SALES OFFICER
MCLEAN HALLMARK
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Chris began his insurance career in 1985 working in sales at a mid-sized insurance brokerage. In 1989 he moved to Redshaw, a key developer of insurance brokerage management software, before returning to the brokerage business through the acquisition of The Insurers Financial Group (IFG). After selling IFG in 2009, Chris worked as an independent consultant for three years then rejoined the insurance brokerage community in 2012 by bringing his extensive experience to head up the sales team at Moore-McLean. Chris is also Director of Spring Rains Developments, a fraternity of Canadian Business Volunteers who desire to contribute to the advancement of developing nations.

NANCY MILLS

VICE PRESIDENT
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
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Nancy Mills is a Vice President at RBC Capital Markets. In her role as Business Manager, she is responsible for managing the impact of regulatory and technology change as well as business development activities for the Commodities Sales and Trading desks. Nancy joined RBC six years ago and has over 20 years of cross-derivative asset class experience in roles ranging from Front to Middle to Back Offices as well as Technology and Operations. Nancy is a strong advocate for Community Engagement and was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community through the 2016 RBC Community Leader Award. She is also the Co-Chair of the RBC Capital Markets Corporate Citizenship Committee. Nancy holds an Honours BA from Queen's University, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Certified Professional Accountant.

CAROLINE PAPADATOS

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
LOYALTYONE
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As senior vice president of Global Solutions at LoyaltyOne, Caroline Papadatos sits on the executive committee and leads global alliances, consulting services, corporate marketing and thought leadership at LoyaltyOne. She manages corporate partnerships in South America, EMEA, Asia and the US. With her extensive practitioner experience in loyalty, customer-centricity and brand management, Caroline is a successful B2C and B2B change agent and has a proven track record in delivering innovative customer loyalty and retention strategies to drive sustainable loyalty business results. Her past executive roles include senior vice president of marketing for Rogers Communications Inc. and Head of customer marketing for Sears Canada.

SUSAN PATERSON

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICE
RGP
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Susan is a Director of Client Service 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 Recruiting Group 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). Susan serves as the Chair of the Foundation Board for the Child Development Institute and is actively involved in several charitable organizations, including serving on the Policy and Stakeholders Relations Committee for Covenant House Toronto.

KEVIN PATTERSON

GROUP HEAD, TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS
CIBC
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Kevin Patterson joined CIBC in 1984 in the officer-in-training program in the Retail Branch Network. He held various positions in the branch environment prior to joining Inspection Division as an audit officer. Kevin later assumed the dual operations and technology roles as vice president, Integrated Financial Systems; after, he joined Internal Audit and Corporate Security to lead technology and operations audit practices. He went on to become chief auditor, then executive vice president, Governance and Control.

In his current role as Group Head, Technology and Operations, Kevin is responsible for all of technology, operations and corporate services for CIBC globally. Kevin is married with four children.

TRACEY PEARCE

PRESIDENT, DISTRIBUTION AND PAY
BELL
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Tracey Pearce leads the team that distributes, licenses, and markets all Bell Media conventional networks, specialty and pay channels, non-linear content, and TV Everywhere services to its BDU partners on traditional and digital platforms. Pearce is also responsible for CraveTV and high-profile pay TV multiplex The Movie Network, including HBO Canada. She serves as a director on the boards of Discovery Channel (Canada) and CTV Specialty, and also maintains an executive role supporting Bell Media's English-language factual specialty channels.

Pearce has been instrumental in strengthening Bell Media's pay, SVOD, and specialty offerings, including launching Much Digital Studios; signing landmark program supply and branding agreements with SHOWTIME, HBO, and Comedy Central; the national expansion of The Movie Network/HBO; and the acquisition and launch of Bell Media's first lifestyle channel, Gusto.

Pearce joined Bell Media in 2001 from Goodmans LLP and has held a number of increasingly senior roles including Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Senior Vice-President, Business and Legal Affairs, and lead counsel for Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.

In 2016 Pearce received the Women in Film & Television – Toronto's Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business.

BRIAN PENDERGAST

PRESIDENT
PENDERGAST SALES
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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.

MATT PICKEN

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT MANAGING DIRECTOR
CAPITAL MARKETS – JLL
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Matt is the National Practice Lead for JLL’s Capital Markets division, where he is responsible for the origination and execution of commercial real estate investment transactions across Canada, with a focus on the Greater Toronto Area.

With over 18 years’ experience in commercial real estate, Matt has worked for many of North America’s leading investors, comprising public companies, corporations and pension funds, advising on many of the largest development and income property transactions completed in Canada.

Over his career, Matt has been involved in excess of $8.0 billion of transactions, spanning predominantly the office and industrial asset classes. Prior to joining JLL, Matt was a Partner at Brookfield Financial, and also held the position of Vice President with RBC’s Capital Markets group in Toronto between 2005 and 2009.

Matt holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario. Matt was the President of the Greater Toronto NAIOP Board in 2014, and is involved in several Canadian charities, including, Prostate Cancer Canada, JDRF and Covenant House.

BRYAN PILSWORTH

PRESIDENT & CEO, PORTFOLIO MANAGER- CANADIAN EQUITIES- FOYSTON, GORDON & PAYNE INC.
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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.

CHARLES QUENNEVILLE

MANAGING PARTNER
PLATFORM INSURANCE
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Charles (Chuck) Quenneville co-founded Platform in 2014, helping to develop one of the nation's fastest growing commercial insurance brokerages. Platform offers insurance and surety solutions, specializing in the construction and real estate sectors. Chuck is proud to work with some of the best people in the industry, and their accomplishments were acknowledged by winning the Insurance Business Best Broker in Canada award for 2016. In addition to his business pursuits, Chuck actively supports multiple charities and fundraisers. He recently led the Platform team for the Make a Wish Children’s Foundation, a charity that grants once in a lifetime experiences to children who are ill. Furthermore, Chuck supports Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization that strives to end world hunger.

JAWAD RATHORE

PRESIDENT AND CEO
FORTRESS REAL DEVELOPMENTS
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Jawad Rathore serves as the President and CEO at Fortress Real Developments. His extensive career began in financial services in 1997 and he opened his own firm in 2001. In 2002, Jawad expanded his business to include a real estate division, that has grown into what Fortress is today. With a focus on marketing, Jawad’s time is spent growing the brand by teaming with some of Canada’s top developers which has led to the company holding a portfolio of over 80 projects across 10 major markets across the country.

Jawad’s commitment to different charitable endeavours has led him to be a senior advisor and participant in several fundraising ventures including North York Harvest Food Bank, the executive committee of Covenant House CEO Sleepout, part of the chapter advisory board for the Children’s Wish Foundation, a six year gifting program to Hospital for Sick Children and one of the largest private donors in the history of MLSE Team Up Foundation. Jawad has also led Fortress to be a pillar partner for Giants of Africa, a global initiative by Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.

PETER REDMOND

PRESIDENT
PURVES REDMOND LIMITED
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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

KERRY REINKE

CHIEF RISK OFFICER CANADIAN DIVISION & GLOBAL HEAD OF ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT - MANULIFE
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Kerry Reinke is Manulife’s Chief Risk Officer, Canadian Division and Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management. In this role, Kerry is a member of the Canadian Division Executive team and accountable for the oversight of all risks, regardless of source, including enterprise, market, insurance, credit and operational risks across the Canadian business. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining the Company’s Global Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework at industry best practice levels and ensuring it meets all stakeholder needs. Key areas of focus include risk governance, risk appetite, risk reporting, risk technology, and regulatory liaison. Prior to joining Manulife, Kerry was the Chief Risk Officer of one of Canada’s largest independent Trust Companies. In that role, Kerry was a member of the Executive committee and reported directly to the CEO and Board. Before joining industry, Kerry gained over ten years of experience in the banking and insurance sectors at Deloitte & Touche LLP in their Global Risk and Capital Management Practice where he led a number of complex banking and insurance engagements in North America, Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting/Finance from Saint Mary’s University of Halifax, NS and is a Charter Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.

BRUCE RIVERS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
COVENANT HOUSE TORONTO
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Bruce Rivers, a highly regarded child welfare expert and advocate, took over the reins as Covenant House Toronto Executive Director in late 2011. Bruce has held a number of senior executive roles, including almost 20 years as Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. More recently, he served as CEO of Community Living Toronto. Bruce has been an active member of numerous national and international groups devoted to research and advocacy. He is married and has a 27 year-old daughter.

GREGORY ROSS

PRESIDENT & CEO
FORESTERS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. & FORESTERS FINANCIAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF CANADA INC.


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Gregory Ross is President and CEO of both Foresters Asset Management Inc. (“FAM”) and its affiliate mutual fund company, Foresters Financial Investment Management Company of Canada Inc., (“FFIMCO”). Greg has 30 years of industry experience. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the firms and for building and growing their operations. Under Greg’s guidance, his equity and fixed income teams manage over $10 billion CAD in assets under management. Greg joined FAM, (formerly Aegon Capital Management), in 1998, as a senior fixed-income portfolio manager. During his tenure with the firm, Greg has also held the roles of Senior Vice-President & Head of Fixed Income and Chief Investment Officer. Prior to joining FAM, Greg held several roles at Elliott & Page Ltd., including senior fixed-income portfolio manager and fixed income trader. Greg was also a fixed income trader at G.E. Investment Management. Greg graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Philosophy in 1991. He is a member of the Toronto CFA Society and the CFA Institute.

SUNIL SACHDEVA

CTO
PROMARK GROUP OF COMPANIES
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Sunil Sachdeva is the CTO 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 – a corporate fulfillment channel for Bell, Kappa4team, K-Way, Majestic Mills, Liberty North Capital, and Java-U.

DAN SAUCIER

VICE PRESIDENT, CENTRAL REGION
TJX CANADA
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Dan is the Regional Vice President of Central Canada where his main focus is driving sales, delivering a truly unique customer experience and taking care of the over 9000 associates he is responsible for. He has spent over 8 years with Tjx Canada where he truly feels empowered to make a difference in people’s lives. Dan has spent his entire career in retail working at senior levels with some of the best organizations in the world. He grew up in small town New Brunswick and his profession has afforded him the opportunity of traveling and living all across this great country and in some of the largest cities in the United States. What makes Tjx so special and a great place to work is the company champions and supports associates at all levels to volunteer and participate in events such as this one, where one can give back and truly and make a difference in the communities we live and work in.

GREG SCOTT

FAMILY PHYSICIAN
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Greg Scott is a family doctor in Kingston, working in the community for the last 28 years. He has had patients from all walks of life including many with mental health and addiction problems. He is involved with the Queens University Medical School and has two boys (young men) who are recent Queens grads. His wife Brenda is a consultant who continues to work on her PhD. They both love to ski and bike.

BRUCE SHEWFELT

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICE & MARKETING
BEUTEL GOODMAN & COMPANY LTD.
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Bruce Shewfelt is the Managing Director, Client Service & Marketing at Beutel Goodman & Company Ltd., one of Canada’s largest independent institutional asset management firms. He joined Beutel Goodman in 2014 and has over 26 years of investment industry experience. Bruce is responsible for all of the firm’s institutional client service and marketing activities, he is also a member of the Beutel Goodman Management Committee and sits on the Board of Directors. Bruce was CEO of Connor Clark & Lunn’s Private Capital division before joining Beutel Goodman in 2014. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Covenant House Toronto and is a member of the Property & Finance Committee.

BRUCE SONNENBURG

VICE PRESIDENT & DISTRICT MANAGER
PCL CONSTRUCTORS CANADA INC.
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As Toronto vice president and district manager, Bruce is responsible for district operations in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario.

With three decades of PCL experience, Bruce has spent close to 25 years with PCL in Toronto. He has been part of PCL's leadership teams in Calgary and Toronto, most recently as vice president and district manager in Toronto. Bruce holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and Ontario.

JULES STEELE

CO-FOUNDER
BEACHHEAD
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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.

JACKIE STEWART

OWNER & DIRECTOR
COLOURED AGGREGATES INC.
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Jacqueline (Jackie) Stewart is owner/director of Coloured Aggregates, 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 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.

CLAIRE STURGESS

MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLOBAL INVESTMENT BANKING
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
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Claire Sturgess is a Managing Director in the Global Investment Banking division of RBC Capital Markets with over 17 years of experience in the capital markets industry. Claire is responsible for investment banking coverage of clients in the Consumer and Industrial sector, with a specific focus on Business and Industrial Services. Claire has worked in RBC’s Toronto and London, U.K. offices and has managed a wide range of IPOs, equity and debt financings and mergers and acquisitions assignments. Claire has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and also holds a BA (Hons.) from McGill University. Claire is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Canadian Diversity Leadership Council and current Chair of the Conn Smythe Foundation.

PETER SUMA

CHAIRMAN & CEO
APPLIED BRAIN RESEARCH
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Peter is currently Chairman and co-CEO of Applied Brain Research Inc. (www.appliedbrainresearch.com). Peter's career experience includes serving as a director of over 16 technology companies, being a venture capitalist at GrowthWorks, an angel investor and a founder of technology companies in the financial software, robotics and artificial intelligence sectors. Peter is completing his Masters of Science degree in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo and also holds an Honours B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the University of Chicago and an LLM from Osgoode Law.

STEPHEN TAYLOR

VICE PRESIDENT, REAL ESTATE
HEALTHCARE OF ONTARIO PENSION PLAN
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Stephen is the Vice President, Real Estate for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), overseeing HOOPP's Canadian and international real estate investment programs. HOOPP is one of Canada's largest pension plans with over $70 billion in assets. The Plan's real estate holdings include almost $13 billion in properties located in Canada, Europe and the United States. Stephen has worked in the real estate industry for over four decades, and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of national and international real estate associations. He has also been active in community service as a former Board member and Chair for both Covenant House Toronto and the Catholic Children's Aid Society.

BOGDAN SZYBALSKI

VICE PRESIDENT
HUGH WOOD CANADA LTD.
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I'm Sleeping Out, so homeless youth don't have to! On November 16th 2017 I will sleep outside for one night in solidarity with those youth who face many more cold, lonely nights until they find their way through the doors of Covenant House Toronto. I truly believe that together we can help make a positive impact on our Children and Youth. I immigrated to Canada in 1989 and have had the opportunity to grow relationships and family in this country, I want to give back and help positively impact other peoples lives, their families and communities. By making a donation to me, you are helping to provide critical funds and awareness for the Crisis Program at Covenant House Toronto. I am hoping to raise $5,000 and do my small part in raising awareness priority of this important effort. Please help me to make sure that the doors stay open for all those youth who need them. Every little bit helps, Please dig deep and help me exceed my goal.

DANNY TIMMINS

NATIONAL CYBER SECURTY LEADER & PARTNER
MNP
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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.

UMESH VALLIPURAM

VICE PRESIDENT, AFFILIATE DEVELOPMENT
AFFILIATED MANAGERS GROUP INC.
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Umesh Vallipuram is Vice President of Affiliate Development at Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. AMG (NY:AMG) is publicly listed in the US and is one of the largest asset managers globally. Umesh has been with AMG for over 15 years and is a Board Director with a number of AMG’s affiliates. Umesh is actively involved with many community organizations, most notably he is a Co-founder of and Director for the Centre for Leadership and Innovation, a non-profit organization focused on coaching leadership and public speaking skills for youth.

TANYA VAN BIESEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CATALYST CANADA
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Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, the leading global nonprofit working to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. In this capacity, Tanya is responsible for leading the growth of Catalyst’s operations in Canada, shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders.

PETER VAN DER VELDEN

MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER
LUMIRA CAPITAL
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Peter is the Managing General Partner of Lumira Capital, Canada’s largest and most active private venture capital investor in the healthcare sector. Lumira’s goal is to invest in and help to build transformative North American biopharmaceutical, medical device and digital health companies whose innovations have the potential to deliver significant returns for investors while enabling people to lead fundamentally healthier, longer and more productive lives.

Lumira’s primary philanthropy initiatives are targeted toward supporting the development and adoption of healthcare innovation and to that end, the firm has donated a portion of its fund profits to 10 hospital foundations and one disease based foundation in Canada. Peter’s engagement with helping the homeless in Toronto began many years ago and has been fostered and re-enforced by a daily walking routine to and from work and seeing each day what it means to be homeless in this city.

Peter holds degrees from the Schulich School of Business (MBA finance and policy) and Queen’s University (MSc (pathology), BSc (honours life sciences)

JEREMY WALKER

EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR & HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INVESTMENT BANKING
TD SECURITIES


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Jeremy oversees TD Securities’ Investment Banking focus on the Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) industries in both Canada and the United States. As the Global Head of CMT, Jeremy manages a team of Investment Banking professionals based in Toronto and New York. He is responsible for the overall marketing, structuring, and execution of corporate finance products, banking, and M&A advisory services on both an in-country and cross-border basis. Jeremy has led the CMT Team for over ten years and has more than 20 years of experience in the CMT industry with TD. Jeremy has an Honours BA (Economics) and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

JOHN YOUNG

CEO
BOAT ROCKER MEDIA
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John Young is the Chief Executive Officer of Boat Rocker Media, a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium content for all platforms; producing shows such as Orphan Black, The Next Step, Being Erica, Killjoys, Say Yes to the Dress Canada, MasterChef Canada and X Company.

Mr. Young serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He is also a member of the board of Golf Town and on the advisory committee to Cara Operations. He has served on the Board of Sir Corp, the advisory board of ONEX Partners L.P. and as Vice Chairman of the Toronto International Film Festival Group's Steering Committee. In 2005 he was voted as one of Canada's top 40 under 40 in-house counsel.