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Kirby Chown is a lawyer and was the Ontario Regional Managing Partner of McCarthy Tétrault from 2002 to 2008. She is now retired from the firm. Ms. Chown has always had an interest in charitable giving. She was a patron of Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a South African AIDS charity. She was a member of the United Way Cabinet and was Co-Leadership Chair for the 2007 campaign. She is a founder of Women Gaining Ground, an innovative women's initiative at United Way. Among her many community activities she was a founder and Co-Chair of smART Women, a group of women who support educational programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has recently co-authored a book entitled "Breaking Through: Tales from the Top Canadian Women General Counsel" She has received many honours during her legal career including most recently a 2013 Zenith Award as a Leading Woman Lawyer.



Myrna Alexander, a native of Québec is currently a consultant to the World Bank, studying development prospects, internal reviews of quality, and assisting in the implementation of auditing controls for the World Bank's portfolio in Latin America. Prior to acting as a consultant, Myrna worked for over 20 years in a number of capacities within the World Bank including, Manager of the Public Enterprise and Public Sector Technical Unit in the World Bank's West Africa Region and Africa Region, Director of the World Bank's Operational Policy Department, Director of the World Bank's Program for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.



Jeff Donahue, Senior Principal, Private Investments, CPPIB Equity Investments Inc.  Jeff is responsible for developing and leading CPPIB’s principal investing activities in extractive industries and focuses on the oil and gas industry and mining industry. Prior to joining CPPIB, Jeff was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BHP Billiton PLC in London.  Previously, he had a range of senior corporate development roles at Enron Corp and spent several years as both an investment banker and management consultant. Jeff holds an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 



Heather Ferguson combines senior leadership and educational depth based in the areas of communications, marketing and stakeholder relations. As President, The Hearing Foundation of Canada, she refined and refocused the organization’s mission, vision and business model. As a consultant, and an instructor in communications and fundraising at Humber College in Toronto she further developed her skills as a leader, facilitator and organizational strategist. Heather holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the McMaster University/ Syracuse University, Master of Communications Management program. Professionally, she holds the designation CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) as well as the designation ABC, (Accredited Business Communicator).



The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM is the former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (2000-2006), a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Order of Nova Scotia and the first Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia. A graduate of Dalhousie University, and former teacher with the Halifax Regional School Board, she is the recipient of six Honorary Doctorate Degrees, the Woman of Action Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Israel Research Foundation, and was recognized as a Trailblazer and one of Canada's 100 Outstanding Women by the Richard Ivy School of Business and the Women's Executive Network. Appointed by the Government of Canada in 2003 and reappointed in 2010, she continues to serve as Honorary Captain (Navy) to Maritime Forces Atlantic, as Co-Chair of the Community Leadership Advisory Council to the Admiral for Maritime Forces Atlantic, as National Council Chair of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, and as a Director of the Canadian Forces Liason Council. Mrs. Freeman is a national Director of Historica-Dominion Institute of Canada, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Save the Children Canada, the International Women’s Forum of Canada, the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies, the Advisory Board of the Coady International Institute, the Board of Governors of Mount Saint Vincent University and Advisor on the Legacy Committee of the 2011 Halifax Canada Games. She is married to Lawrence Freeman, QC, a partner in McInnes Cooper and is the proud mother of three children and two grandchildren.



Tracey Jennings is a Corporate Tax Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, specializing in the Canadian entertainment and media industry. Since 1997, Tracey has worked extensively in the broadcasting, film production and distribution, and newspaper sectors. Her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers began in Halifax in 1987. She has provided tax planning, compliance, and international tax advice for a wide variety of clients from smaller independent firms to large multinational corporations. Tracey is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and a licensed Chartered Accountant. She has spoken at numerous industry events, tutored for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (“CICA”) In-depth tax course, and is currently PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Tax Learning and Education Leader for Canada.



Feroz Kassam PhD, MBA is an independent business consultant based in Montreal. Prior to that, he was a senior business leader in the corporate sector for over thirty years, most recently as the Global Vice-President for Smith & Nephew, a U.K.-based global company in the advanced medical devices industry. Feroz has been actively involved as a volunteer in the Ismaili Muslim Community as well as the Aga Khan Development Network for several years at a local as well as at a national level. From March 1994 to July 2006, after serving as a member for three years, he was appointed as Chairman of the National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a non-profit, Canadian agency that supports international social development programs in Asia and Africa.



Denise LeBlanc has been practicing law for over 25 years and is a partner and a former Regional Manager for New Brunswick in the law firm of McInnes Cooper, focusing on the areas of asset recovery, insolvency, and corporate and business law. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Canadian Bar Association. Denise is a supplementary member of the New Brunswick Securities Commission and an accredited arbitrator/adjudicator in the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Denise is an adjudicator pursuant to the Mental Health Act and was an adjudicator in the New Brunswick Small Claims Court throughout its existence. Denise is a past-president of the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Division, and is an active member of several committees of the New Brunswick Law Society. She is a board member of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association and also sits on the boards of several community organizations.

Denise LeBlanc



David Masse is the Senior Director, Sports Properties at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In a career that has spanned 30 years dedicated to public broadcasting David has worked in all areas of television production from the news and the current affairs show The Journal, to made-for-television dramas, comedies, and since 1997, TV Sports. He has worked on numerous major sporting events including 7 Olympics, and was a member of the International Olympic Committees Television and Radio Commission. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Award for his efforts in support of Right To Play. For the last ten years he has travelled to Colorado to teach leadership skills to teens from around the world at Outward Bound. David is a graduate of the University of Windsor with degrees in Communication Studies and Commerce.

David Masse - Board of Directors



Dan Mills is a Managing Director at Northwater Capital in Toronto and has 20 years' experience in capital markets, including substantial direct experience in trading, transaction management, mandate compliance, and risk management. Before joining Northwater in 1997, he was a senior portfolio manager with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) where he managed and traded significant investment assets in the public equity markets. Before OMERS, he managed branch administration, pooled funds, and mutual funds for National Trust and Canada Trust. Dan holds a BA in economics, administrative and commercial studies from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society.

Dan Mills - Board of Directors



Kenn Richard’s family comes from one of Manitoba's oldest Metis settlements, St Francis Xavier. Moving to Toronto in 1978, he became one of the original founders of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In 1988 he became the agency's first Executive Director and remains in that position today. Kenn is also a sessional lecturer at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, teaching Intercultural practices to MSW and doctoral candidates. He received both a BSW and a MSW from the University of Manitoba with a specialty in community development. He has held a number of positions in his professional life in such areas as child protection, residential treatment, community development and labor relations as well as contributes to many regional and national initiatives on Native and Children's issues.



Lauren Snyder-Gault is the third generation in her family to be involved with Save the Children. While backpacking around the world for a year, she had the opportunity to visit some of our projects and realized the passion to continue to be an advocate for Save the Children locally. A long-standing and dedicated volunteer for almost 20 years, Lauren is currently the Chair of the Windsor Branch of Save the Children Canada. She was recently recognized and honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her involvement. An active community member, Lauren has worked with community and business development groups, and those focused on children and youth, including Rotary's Children’s Safety Village of Windsor and Essex County, Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada. In addition to her career in sales and marketing with Security ONE Alarm Systems for 25 years, Lauren is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for her church and Vice-President of BNI Tecumseh.



Richard Stursberg is a Canadian Media Executive with more than 30 years’ experience. He has been head of all English services at the CBC, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom (now Shaw Direct), President of the Canadian Cable Television Association and Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting for the Government of Canada. He is currently President of Aljess, a boutique consulting firm, specializing in media and entertainment businesses. He is the author of The Tower of Babble, published by Douglas and MacIntyre in 2012 and named by the Globe and Mail one of the best books of the year.

Richard Stursberg - Board of Directors
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