Who's Sleeping Out

MICHELE BAILEY

PRESIDENT & CEO
BLAZING
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Michele Bailey is the President and CEO of Blazing, a creative strategic communications agency she founded over 24 years ago. Blazing delivers essential marketing services to a diverse array of clients across North America.

Michele is also the founder and creator of My Big Idea(TM), an interactive program designed to harness the talent of individual employees to drive corporate growth. Developed for high-potential employees, emerging leaders or teams, My Big Idea creates the focus and engagement that drives top talent retention, employee loyalty and performance.

Michele is a firm believer in giving back to the community. In addition to her charitable work, she is a member of Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and WeConnect International and was the first women-owned business certified in Canada for diversity and inclusion. Michele is the founding member of WPO (Women Presidents' Organization) in Canada and sits on their international board.

JANET BANNISTER

GENERAL PARTNER
REAL VENTURES
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Janet is a Partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active early-stage venture capital firm. Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with the founders to help them build large, industry-changing companies.

Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace.

Janet started her career at Procter & Gamble and then joined McKinsey & Co where she was an Engagement Manager. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a venture-backed start-up prior to joining Real Ventures.

Janet was a varsity long-distance runner and competed internationally in triathlons. Today she balances her active lifestyle with being a wife and mother.

BRENT CHAPMAN

MANAGING PARTNER
SECURE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
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Brent Chapman has over 30 years of experience across all facets of the real estate industry. From January 2014 to December 2017, Mr. Chapman was President and CEO of Dream Industrial REIT. 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.

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.

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.

SHERI GRIFFITHS

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS BANKING, GREATER TORONTO AREA NORTH & EAST
BANK OF MONTREAL


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Sheri Griffiths is responsible for Bank of Montreal’s Business Banking in the GTA Region. Sheri brings 30 years of extensive retail and business banking experience to this role. She started her career in banking as a teller and has progressed through many roles and several locations during her journey. She holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a passionate champion of mentoring Women in Business Banking as well as promoting BMO as the bank of choice for female entrepreneurs.

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.

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.

JAIME LEVERTON

GENERAL MANAGER, VP – CANADA & APAC
COGECO PEER 1
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Jaime Leverton is Vice President and General Manager, Canada and Asia Pacific (APAC), at Cogeco Peer 1 and is responsible for creating and driving revenue programs in Canada and APAC.

Jaime is a dynamic leader with a proven track record of transforming organizations with creative thinking and strategic execution. Her wealth of business experience has re-energized Cogeco Peer 1's growth objective to substantially expand their existing business and develop new indirect sales strategies through a network of partners.

Over the past 15+ years, Jaime has worked in various executive roles with National Bank, BlackBerry, Bell Canada, and IBM Canada, which has contributed to her extensive knowledge in technology solutions. In her role with Cogeco Peer 1, Jaime oversees sales, customer management, and the delivery of the full suite of ICT solutions to medium and enterprise customers across Canada and APAC.

Jaime provides direct leadership to the Canadian sales organization, while coordinating closely with functional teams across regions to expand the company's Canadian business.

Jaime has a Master's of Business Administration, Marketing Informatics from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
COLOUR AGGREGATES
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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.

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 15th 2018 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.

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).

MICHELE WALKAU, M.ED

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE SERVICES AND BUILDING EXCELLENCE
GWL REALTY ADVISORS


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As senior vice president of Corporate Services and Building Excellence, Michele leads the human resources, communications, corporate sustainability and building excellence teams at GWL Realty Advisors, a wholly-owned real estate company of Great-West Life. Prior to joining GWL Realty Advisors, Michele held various positions at Brookfield Properties. Outside of work, Michele puts her passions and skills to good use by supporting organizations that she cares about such as serving on the Boards of the Royal Canadian Military Institute and the Canadian Green Building Council.

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.