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Our Dean's Advisory Councils (DACs) play an integral role in identifying and driving priorities of strategic importance to the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. Comprised of prominent alumni and industry leaders, these boards are key advisors to Dean Micheál J. Kelly and assist in building the profile of the Lazaridis School at home and abroad. In addition to our Waterloo DAC, the dean has also established advisory councils in Ottawa, Calgary, New York City, Silicon Valley and London.

Explore the members of each advisory council:

Waterloo Dean's Advisory Council

Farouk Ahamed (BBA '80)

Farouk AhamedPresident, ADF Invescap Inc.

Farouk Ahmed is a retired partner and senior vice-president of Ernst & Young LLP and Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc., respectively. He has over 30 years of financial advisory and corporate finance experience relating to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and financings. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a CPA, CA and an ICD.D.

Farouk is the past chair of the Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University, chair of the Board of Gore Mutual Insurance Company, past director of Armtec Infrastructure Inc. and PCAS Patient Care Automation Services Inc. Music Farouk has previously served on the boards of the Freeport Hospital, the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo, Waterloo-Wellington Chartered Accountants Association, and the Aga Khan Council Economic Planning Board, Ontario.

Rod Barr

Rod BarrRetired, Past President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario

R. N. (Rod) Barr, FCA was appointed by the council as the Institute's President and CEO in 2009. Rod has led a distinguished career with Deloitte and Touche LLP, having held many varied positions with his firm in Toronto, Hamilton, New York, Vancouver, London, and Wilton, Connecticut. From 1996 until his retirement in 2008, he was the firm's National Securities partner.

Rod has a long history of service to the CA profession, with a particular focus in the areas of student education and securities-related matters. He was elected as a member of the ICAO's Council from 1999 until 2006, culminating with his service as the Institutes 2004-2006 Chair. From 2006 until 2009, he was one of the Ontario representatives on the CICA board of directors.

In addition, Rod has been a member of the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, a member of the Board of Governors of the BC School of Accountancy, Chair of the Inter-provincial Education Group, and a member and Chair of the CICA Board of Examiners. He served on the Securities Regulatory Advisory Group for the rewrite of the CICA Handbook sections on securities-related engagements from 1998 until 2009.

He holds a BA from the University of Waterloo (UW) and is the 2007 recipient of its Faculty of Arts Alumni Achievement Award. Rob also received the University of Waterloo School of Accounting, Finance and Management Alumni Achievement Award in the Fall of 2014 and is currently the chair of the Board of Governors of St. Paul’s University College at UW.

Rod is retired from his position as CEO of CPA Ontario as of March 2015.

Damian L. Bassett (BBA '72), Chair

Damian BassettPrincipal, Aberdeen Consulting Limited

Damian Bassett retired from his position as president and CEO of Corporations Supporting Recycling (CSR) in October 2008, having served in this position for 12 years.

Concurrently from 2002 until 2008, he served as CEO of Stewardship Ontario, the first industry funding organization created by Waste Diversion Ontario under Waste Diversion Act, 2002. Stewardship Ontario is responsible for implementing Ontario's Blue Box Program Plan.

Prior to CSR and Stewardship Ontario, Damian worked for Laidlaw Waste Systems, as vice-president,  resource management. He began his career at Continental Can Canada, where he worked in marketing, sales and general management positions.

Damian has an Honours BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Damian is a past chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital's Board of Directors and currently sits on a number of community not-for-profit boards.

Michael Dell (MBA '05)

Michael DellPresident, Dell Corporation Realty Ltd.

Michael Dell is owner of Dell Corporation Realty Ltd., a firm that specializes in corporate tenant representation, specifically office leasing, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. Michael has worked in commercial real estate brokerage for over 30 years.

Michael’s prior professional experience includes overseeing large-scale land developments with Nu-West Development Corporation, one of Canada’s largest public development companies. In addition, he was employed by Reid Crowther and Partners, a large Western Canadian based consulting engineering firm, engaged in design and construction supervision of urban infrastructure.

Michael served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading association for corporate real estate from 2006 to 2009. He founded CoreNet Young Leaders in Canada, a program to encourage those under 35 to join CoreNet. Michael is also an active member of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Toronto Board of Trade and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta  (APEGA). He is a past coach and sponsor of the North Toronto Hockey Association.

Michael is on the Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University and on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Laurier’s School of Business and Economics (SBE). In 2010, Michael received the Laurier Alumni Association Award of Distinction (Laurier MBA Awards). In 2012, he was listed in SBE’s Leaders of Tomorrow and, in 2014, was the recipient of the MBA Alumnus of the Year Award (SBE Alumni Awards).

Michael holds a BASc in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA (gold medallist) from Laurier. He is a professional engineer and real estate broker.

David Fallon (MBA '89)

David FallonSenior Director, CIBC

David started his career at Canada Trust (which subsequently became TD Canada Trust). Over his career, he has held numerous and varied positions including treasury, mortgage margin management and hedging, product management and pricing, and finance.

For the last five years, David has worked at CIBC as the senior director national sales. He currently leads a team responsible for supporting the acquisition of mortgages and investments, including variable compensation plans, marketing and advertising, loyalty programs, sales incentives, scorecarding, and other various operations units.

David holds a BSc in Computer Science, an MBA, and is a CFA charterholder who is invited to grade candidate exams each year at CFA headquarters in Virginia. He enjoys playing both golf and squash and lives with his family in Oakville.

Joan Fisk

Joan FiskChair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network

Joan Fisk has held leadership positions within the business community, including president and CEO of Tiger Brand Knitting Company Ltd, and serving as president and CEO of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2010. Her extensive leadership experience focused on working with local, national and international business leaders, including marketing, governance development and operational effectiveness.

Joan has demonstrated her continued commitment to community service and is involved with many community organizations. She is currently serving as chair on the Board of Directors, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network; chair of the Local Health Integration Network Leadership Council; chair of the Advisory Board to the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University; director, Gore Mutual Insurance Company; and officer of Gore Mutual Foundation.

Joan is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal and many other awards reflecting her commitment to arts, culture, health and education.

Ian Gilbart (BA '94, MA '96)

Ian GilbartDirector of Distribution, The Home Depot Canada

Ian is the Director of Distribution for The Home Depot Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. Ian is responsible for the national distribution network, including eight regional distribution centres across the country, supporting 180 stores and over 40,000 products. The Home Depot is Canada’s leading home improvement retailer, with over 180 stores and over $7 billion in annual sales.

Previously, Ian held the position of Vice-President of Supply Chain for Mark's (Mark's Work Wearhouse, a division of the Canadian Tire Group), based in Calgary, Alberta. With sales of over a billion dollars in 2012, Mark’s is one of Canada’s leading footwear and apparel retailers, offering high-quality work wear, casual and business wear, and outdoor apparel for both men and women across its 385 stores.

Ian has also held increasingly senior supply chain roles within Mark’s and Canadian Tire Corporation over the past 20 years, including extensive experience with advanced demand forecasting, time phased store and distribution centre replenishment, distribution, transportation, operations planning and several major strategy, process and technology implementations.  

Ian received two degrees from Laurier, a Masters of Arts in Geography (1996) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography (1994). Ian joined Laurier's School of Business Dean's Advisory Council in 2013.

Jon Haick (BBA '97)

John HaickSenior Managing Partner, Brookfield

Jon Haick is a senior managing partner at Brookfield and oversees Brookfield Business Partners’ business services operations.

Mr. Haick joined Brookfield in 2005 in the private equity and finance group, with a background in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. He has since been involved in a number of significant transactions across a range of industries, including real estate, industrials and financial and real estate services, as well as executing a number of capital raises for companies within the Brookfield group. Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Haick worked at a corporate finance advisory firm focused on mid-market transactions. He started his career in the assurance practice of a big four accounting firm, working with clients in the financial services industry.

Mr. Haick holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

He is a non-executive director for Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. and Multiplex.

Merv Hillier

Merv HillierSenior Business Advisor and Executive Coach for NUVISION

Merv is a Senior Business Advisor and Executive Coach for Canadian based, NUVISION. His particular emphasis was on “The Human Element of Strategy Execution” and how such drives long term sustainable high performance.

Merv was the former President and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Under Merv’s leadership, CPA Ontario was recognized by CSCS as a leader among the top for profit and not-profit companies in Canada for corporate governance, strategic oversight and value creation. 

Merv was also the former Canadian President of a diversified company in manufacturing and distribution servicing the automotive, high tech and consumer industries. As President of the Smith Group, Merv led his company to being consistently recognized yearly as one of the “50 Best Managed Companies in Canada.”

Merv was the founding Chair of the Board for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the appointed federal regulatory body for practicing immigration consultants. He currently sits as a Public Interest Director with the ICCRC and is also the Vice Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Merv is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.

Merv has taught Risk Management and Strategy for Directors College (a joint venture between the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University); Governance and Financial Accountability for the York University MFACC program; and Strategic Management for the University of Guelph MBA program.

Merv is a Fellow of CPA Canada, a distinction which recognizes community involvement, professional success and contributions to the accounting/finance/business profession. He has also been featured in the Profiles in Leadership video series.

Merv holds the degrees of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Science in Human Resources Management (MSc HRM), from Edinburgh Business School. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance from the Schulich School of Business. Merv is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and he also holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation. His undergraduate studies were in religion and behaviour (DipTh) from Masters College.

Randall Howard

Randall HowardGeneral Partner, Verdexus

Randall Howard is a senior serial technology executive as well as a prolific social entrepreneur. His firm VERDEXUS deploys an activist, super-angel model optimized scale up Enterprise 2.0 startups into world leading companies, including Coreworx, Iotum, Maintenance Assistant and ExpertFile.

Returning to Canada from his first US startup, Coherent, in 1984, Randall is well known locally for having founded and grown one of the early Waterloo tech success stories, MKS, into a leading enterprise software vendor, growing revenues to about $50 million, employees to 400 and, as a public company, conducting seven acquisitions. In 2011, MKS was sold to Boston-based PTC for $304 million.

Long committed to building the Waterloo technology ecosystem, Randall helped launch Golden Triangle AngelNet, which has contributed over 60 investments in early stage companies. This builds on his previous roles as co-founder of the Atlas CEO group and Communitech. He is a co-founder and chair of Centre Wellington Community Foundation and board member at Roseneath Theatre Company. He is also a board member and chair of the Investment Committee at Gore Mutual Insurance Company.

Randall  was chosen as the 2014 Canadian Angel of the Year, received the 2005 Impact Award from Communitech and was named the 1997 High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.

Iain Klugman (MBA '02)

Ian KlugmanPresident and CEO, Communitech

Iain Klugman is totally obsessed with startups and tech companies. As CEO of Communitech in Waterloo Region, Iain gets up every day and works hard to support the growth of more than 1,000 small, mid-sized and large technology companies. He is fanatical about making Waterloo Region one of the hottest tech hubs in North America, and believes passionately in the power of the entrepreneur-driven economy to deliver big results for Canada.

Before joining Communitech in 2004, Iain's career spanned leadership roles in the private and public sectors, including director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel, executive director of communications with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CEO of a provincial Crown corporation, and roles with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada.

Iain holds an MBA from Laurier, a Master's in Public Administration from Dalhousie University, an HBA from Laurentian University, and has completed the Advanced Program in Human Resources at the Rotman School of Management.


Pat Krajewski (Business Administration Diploma '89, MBA '90), Vice-Chair

Pat KrajewskiRetired, past Senior Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, Scotiabank

Pat Krajewski is the senior vice-president, public and corporate affairs for Scotiabank. She is responsible for Scotiabank’s global public and corporate affairs communications to advance and safeguard the bank’s image and reputation.

Throughout her long career with Scotiabank, Pat has held various positions of increasing leadership and responsibility in the areas of Canadian banking, investment banking, global risk management and human resources.

Pat has made many valuable contributions to Scotiabank, including playing a key role in developing a renewed strategy for leadership and leading the implementation of the bank's balanced scorecard initiative. More recently, as the senior vice-president, international banking human resources, Pat was responsible for all human resources matters in international banking in Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean Region, as well as Asia.

Pat holds an MBA from Laurier where she was awarded the MBA Gold Medal and the Governor General's Gold Medal for academic excellence. In 2008, she was named the MBA Alumna of the Year and, in 2010, was granted Laurier's Distinguished Governor Award. In 2011, Pat was named one of Laurier’s Top 100 Alumni. She currently is the vice chair of the School of Business and Economics, Dean’s Advisory Council and serves as a member of the Campaign Cabinet. Pat served on the Board of Governors for Laurier for nine years, five of those in the capacity of vice chair of the board.

Pat lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her husband Rick and has two children.

Dawn Lutchman

Dawn LutchmanDirector and Group Lead, Commercial Banking, Scotiabank

Dawn Lutchman is currently Scotia Bank’s director and group lead – commercial banking for the Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Brantford, Hamilton and Niagara markets. She is responsible for the sales leadership and growth of the book of business across all commercial lines of business for these areas. Dawn has led a very successful and rewarding career in the financial services sector for over 20 years, during which she’s held positions of increasing responsibility in a number of areas within commercial banking and risk management. She held her current position leading Scotia’s commercial bankers since April 2015.

Dawn graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991 with an undergraduate degree in Economics and obtained a MBA from Dalhousie University in 2007. Dawn has a long and ongoing involvement with charitable organizations focused on strengthening disadvantaged urban communities and on sustainability and the environment. Dawn currently lives in Kitchener with her family.

Andy Macaulay (BBA '80)

Andy MacaulayCo-Founder, Metapurpose

Andy joined the marketing communications industry after graduating from Laurier in 1980 with a BBA. With the impatience of youth and the he confidence gained at Laurier, Andy decided early on that the industry he had joined could do with a little renovation. That led him to help found three different advertising agencies during his career.

The first, Roche Macaulay & Partners, won Canadian Agency of the Year six times in the 90s, and International Agency of the Year in 1998, his last year with the firm. In anticipation of the revolution the digital age would bring to brand communications, Andy started zig in 1999. That agency grew to 120 people working for prestigious clients like Unilever, Molson and IKEA. Andy and his partners sold the firm to MDC. After serving a stint as chairman helping advertising startup Union, Andy moved on to his current assignment as managing partner of Rethink Communications, based in Toronto.

Andy was recently inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends, and was the 2014 Laurier Alumnus of the Year.

In addition to sitting on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the SBE, he sits on the boards of the Macaulay Child Development Centre and Evergreen, and on the Advisory Board for Evergreen CityWorks.

Greg McCauley (BBA '83)

Greg McCauleyManaging Partner, Southwestern Ontario, Ernst & Young LLP

Greg McCauley is the managing partner for the Waterloo Region office of Ernst & Young. In addition to overseeing the client and market activities of the region, Greg has direct client servicing roles as an assurance partner. His clients are primarily entrepreneurial businesses in the technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. Greg has a track record of supporting entrepreneurs in guiding their companies from startup to rapid growth stage and ultimately to larger international businesses. Through all of the stages of growth, Greg has been involved with the owner/managers in providing a variety of business advisory and assurance services.

Greg has also made a significant commitment to supporting various community based charitable organizations throughout Waterloo Region. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation and Canada’s Technology Triangle. He is also involved with the Leadership Giving Committee of the K-W United Way. In prior years, Greg has served on boards or committees of Waterloo Regional Arts Council, K-W Community Foundation, Waterloo Community Arts Centre, K-W Arts Awards and K-W Skating Club.

After graduating from Laurier in 1983, Greg earned his CA designation in 1985.

Jason McDonell (BBA '96)

Jason McDonellPresident, PepsiCo Foods Canada

Jason is the president of PepsiCo Foods Canada, and was appointed to this role on July 21, 2015.  Jason has been with PepsiCo for 17 years, and he most recently led the PepsiCo Foods Canada field sales organization as vice-president of field sales. He has a wealth of knowledge in general management, sales and marketing from his roles in PepsiCo’s foods and snacks businesses across Canada and the United States.

Growing up in Chatham, Ontario, Jason has always had a passion for the retail industry working in two local grocery stores as well as working in the family furniture business. That’s where he experienced working on the sales floor and understanding how a warehouse operates, all while watching his parents marketing skills in action.

At the beginning of his PepsiCo career, Jason worked in brand marketing in Canada on some of the company’s biggest brands including Lay’s, Doritos and Cheetos. His many accomplishments include developing the Munchies Snack Mix innovation and converting Lay’s to be made with sunflower oil, which was a significant milestone for the brand. Jason then moved to the US with Frito Lay North America in Plano, Texas, as a director of marketing. In this role, he led the team that turned around the Doritos brand in 2007 and created the Crash the Super Bowl crowdsourcing campaign, which is now in its eighth year and an international success. Jason then moved over to sales at Frito-Lay North America as the VP/GM for customer strategy, where he was responsible for identifying insights and developing retail/shopper strategies and growth plans across all Frito-Lay North America’s US retail channels of business. Jason then took on a broader PepsiCo role as VP/GM PepsiCo Sales in California, where he led the Safeway team and was responsible for the performance of each of PepsiCo’s key US divisions of Quaker, Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana and Frito Lay with Safeway.

Jason returned to Canada in 2011 as the chief marketing officer for PepsiCo Foods Canada. In this role, he led the team to deliver strong innovation results, and to implement the Canadian snacking demand moments approach, which transformed how the company markets some of Canada’s most loved food brands. Jason then moved to a field assignment in 2013 as GM field sales role leading the Ontario Area – the country’s largest direct store delivery (DSD) retail area. Jason was promoted in 2015 to his most recent role, VP/GM field sales for Canada, where he was responsible for Go-To-Market, Foodservice and the Ontario, East and West regions of Canada. 

Prior to PepsiCo, Jason worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble. He holds an honours business degree from Laurier.

Jason lives in Kleinburg, Ontario with his wife Lynda and sons Spencer and Brennan. He is very thankful for the opportunities and experience he obtained as a youth growing up in Chatham and has made it his focus to give back to youth. In addition to public speaking at many youth leadership seminars, he has also been a Board of Director for Optimist Clubs, Board of Director for Do Something (not for profit focused on supporting youth and developing future leaders). He now dedicates his time to his boys and is an assistant coach for his son's AAA baseball team.

Randy McGlynn (BBA '72)

Randy McGlynnRetired, Past CEO, Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP)

As former CEO of Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and key member of executive management throughout his career, applying extensive knowledge of industry and government regulations, Randy has over 35 years of professional experience in all areas of insurance including life, property and casualty, extended health, long-term disability, accident and claims. Randy provides the critical strategic planning, decision-making and mentorship required to effectively lead organizations towards profitability, growth and governance objectives. Randy is a shareholder and managing partner in a mid-size national insurance brokerage.

In addition to an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Randy is a graduate of the Directors Education Program given by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Corporate Governance College of the University of Toronto. He also holds a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and received a Fellowship Award from the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF). Randy is a recipient of the Laurier Top 100 award.

Randy is a strong industry and community supporter. His extensive involvement with numerous professional, academic and social associations includes serving as Chair of the Advocis Protection Association (“APA”), a member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (“CALU”), a Trustee of the CAW Health Care Trust, Chrysler and General Motors Employee Life and Health Trust for Retirees, Chair of the Board of Teachers Life and Leclerc Assurances et Services Financiers, a past board member at Laurier and current member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, past President of the Laurier Golden Hawk Athletic Club, past President of the Laurier Alumni Association, member and past Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society, and a Kitchener-Waterloo United Way Development Committee volunteer.

Randy is married with four children and lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Mark Moses (BBA '87)

Mark MosesCEO, Coach, Speaker and Entrepreneur

Mark Moses is the founding partner of CEO Coaching International. CEO Coaching International coaches 70 of the world’s top high-growth entrepreneurs and CEOs. They coach them on how to dramatically grow their businesses, implement the most effective strategy and build accountability systems. Mark is a strong believer in living a “life by design” and teaches his clients to not only be successful in business, but, more importantly, successful in life, by pursuing and living the life they want.

Mark is a passionate and energizing keynote speaker at industry conferences and company events. He started his first company at age 19, and has successfully built and sold two companies. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His last company ranked the #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500 of Fastest-Growing private companies in the US.

Mark consistently sets goals and attains them, a practice that has flowed into his family life. Living life to the fullest is a mantra that he and his family continually pursue. He has completed 12 full distance Ironman Triathlons, including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship five times. Mark and his 14 year old son completed the White Continent Marathon in Antarctica in 2015. He also won the US National Squash Championship in 1992.

Mark served on the Board of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County for six years. He grew up in Canada and currently lives in Newport Beach with his wife Ivette and two children, Darien (16) and Mason (14).

Francis Pang (LLD, HC '10)

Francis PangChairman, Canadian International School of Beijing

In 1973, Francis Pang started his business career in China in the wake of China’s recently introduced open-door policy and economic reforms. He introduced 21st-century commercial-industrial techniques to the Chinese garment industry, and successfully lobbied for the insurance infrastructure to support cross-border economic ventures. He also introduced single-welded steel pipe technologies in order to allow China to transport high-pressure petroleum and natural gas safely for long distances.

In 1994, Francis proposed the first Sino-Canadian joint-cooperative college in China. It was the first school to be approved in China for Chinese students to receive both Canadian and Chinese senior high school education in China. He is currently chairman of the Canadian International School of Beijing.

Francis, his wife and his two children immigrated to Canada in 1985, where he is a resident of Toronto and president of Pang Holdings Ltd. He is also president of AKD Education Consultants Inc. in Beijing and executive director of the Beijing UNESCO Association Club.

Francis has participated in many important international conferences, including the APEC Summit and Canada-China Business Council's Team Canada activities, and has organized many cross-cultural meetings for high-ranking officials in politics, education, diplomacy and business. He was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002, and received the Great Wall Friendship Award in 2004. In 2007, he received a Tribute of Honour for outstanding contributions in the China-Canada relationship by the House of Commons.

Francis was recognized at Laurier’s Spring 2010 convocation with an honorary degree.

Mark Pecen

Mark PecenVice-President, Advanced Technology, BlackBerry

Mark Pecen serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and chief operating officer of ISARA Corporation. Approach Infinity provides advisory services to several technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security libraries for next-generation networks and computing platforms.

He also serves as chairman of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) industry standardization group Quantum Safe Cryptography (QSC), located in Sophia Antipolis, France, specializing in next-generation security. Mark is also a regular advisor to the Canadian government and European Commission on wireless communication, intellectual property and research.

He previously retired as senior vice-president for BlackBerry, Ltd., where he founded the Advanced Technology Research Centre and developed a significant portion of BlackBerry’s wireless and networking patent portfolio. He was previously awarded the title of Motorola Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing valuable intellectual property for digital wireless communication. He also managed professional services for clients in Europe and North America.

A veteran of the wireless industry, he is an author and editor of books and academic papers in the area of wireless technology and holds more than 100 fundamental patents in areas of wireless communication, networking and computing. Mark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

John A. Pollock (LLD, HC '01)

John PollockPast Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University

The former chancellor of Laurier, John Pollock is a well-known Kitchener-Waterloo businessman, having served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Electrohome Limited between 1962 and 2009. He has an MBA from Harvard and is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law Degrees, from Laurier in 2001 and the University of Waterloo in 2007.

John is a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, a member of the XPO Forum Group, and serves on the Board of Governors for the Grand Valley Conservation Foundation and Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region. He is a past chairman of the Advisory Board of the University of Western Ontario, and a past member of The Science Council of Canada, Young Presidents Organization, The Trillium Foundation, Junior Achievement of Canada, and the University of Waterloo Foundation. He has also served on the Board of Governors of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, St. John’s Kilmarnock School (past Chairman), University of Waterloo and The Freeport Hospital. His community involvement also includes past president of K-W Art Gallery, past director of Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Immersion Studios, Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro, ThyssenKrupp Budd Canada Inc. and director and vice-chair of S.C. Johnson and Son Limited (Brantford). John was recently named a director at Terepac Corporation, a local Waterloo technology company.

John is married with three daughters and one son.

Alan Quarry

Alan QuarryChairman and CEO, Quarry Integrated Communications

A long-time supporter of Laurier's School of Business and Economics, Alan Quarry has taught undergraduate (BU472) and MBA (BU692) classes at Laurier since 1992.

Alan started Accelerate Design in 1988, acquired Ratchford Design in 1990, and also started dBasics Database Marketing in 1990. Interchange Interactive was founded in 1994 and Quintext Information design in 1995. Alan was one of the founding partners of Hughes and Hand Advertising in Toronto, which is now MotumB2B. He merged Accelerate, Ratchford, dBasics, Interchange and Quintext together in 1999 to form Quarry Integrated Communications. Quarry Integrated USA Inc. opened in Dallas, Texas in 2000 and is now located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Currently, chairman of Quarry Integrated Communications, Alan began the business in 1983 in the basement of his father’s family home. Since that time, his business has become a major force in the advertising industry, with over 95 employees throughout Canada and the United States.

"The Laurier business students I have met, taught and recruited over the past 15 years are some of the smartest and most focused young adults in North America," says Quarry. "These people are going to create a bright and entrepreneurial future. This is a dream assignment for me." 

Alan was nominated for the Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 and 2008. He was awarded the Waterloo Region Award of Excellence for Entrepreneurship in 1992.

Joshua Raxlen (BBA '13)

Josh RaxlanSales Associate, First Asset Management

Joshua is a sales professional with a passion for finance and capital markets. He is currently a Sales Associate at First Asset Management, a boutique investment management firm based in Toronto. There he specializes in the sale of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and is responsible for cultivating and managing meaningful business relationships with brokers, portfolio managers, and financial advisors. Through a consultative approach, Josh aims to gain a deeper understanding of clients’ businesses and provide unique ideas and support tailored to their specific goals.

Prior to First Asset, Josh worked as an Analyst in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, working in their Toronto, New York and Salt Lake City offices.

Josh holds a BBA from Laurier where he specialized in Finance. He is constantly improving his knowledge of Finance and Technology and is a frequent attendee at the local Toastmaster chapter, perfecting his public speaking ability. Josh lives in Forest Hill and enjoys a variety of sports, most notably volleyball, basketball, cycling and skiing.

Paul Rooney

Paul RooneyChief Operating Officer, Manulife Financial

Paul Rooney assumed the newly-created role of Manulife Financial’s chief operating officer on January 1, 2013. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing areas critical to the company's global operations, including corporate strategy, corporate development, capital solutions, human resources, branding and communications, information services, procurement and global resourcing. He is a member of Manulife Financial’s executive committee.

Since Paul joined Manulife as an actuarial student in 1986, he has held increasingly responsible roles that provided wide-ranging experience and helped him develop into the senior leader he is today.

Before beginning his current role, he served as president and CEO of Manulife’s Canadian division. He assumed this position in April 2007 and, under his leadership, the Canadian division continued to develop, grow and position itself for the future during the tumultuous years of the economic recession. Paul's successful growth strategy for Canadian division focused on leveraging its balance and diversity, rebalancing products to reduce risk, protecting margins and delivering innovative solutions to help meet Canadians' financial needs.

Before taking over leadership of the Canadian division, Paul was the chief financial officer for the division, a position he assumed in March 2006. This followed a focus on individual insurance that began in 1998 when Paul became vice-president and general manager of affinity markets. The significant growth and success that the business unit experienced under his leadership resulted in the expanded role he assumed in 2001 as executive vice-president of individual insurance. In addition to continued responsibility for affinity markets, this position encompassed leadership for all individual insurance activities and joint responsibility for distribution.

Paul's versatility and strategic marketing and financial expertise have been critical factors throughout his Manulife career. In 1996, he served as vice-president and chief financial officer, U.S. savings and retirement services and North American group pensions. Prior to that, he had been promoted to assistant vice-president and product manager of U.S. individual marketing, after serving as actuary of the U.S. corporate financial area since 1991.

Paul sits on senior committees at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association and Assuris, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that protects policyholders. He is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Wilfrid Laurier's School of Business and Economics and a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Financial Services Research Initiative.

Paul holds an honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

Pamela Ruebusch (BA '86)

Pamela RuebuschPresident and CEO, TSI Group Inc.

Pamela Ruebusch is the founder and owner of TSI Group, a leading boutique executive search and talent acquisition firm based out of Toronto. When she started the business over 25 years ago, her goal was to create a firm that delivered the best available talent and executive search services throughout North America.

Pamela has enjoyed helping many businesses thrive by securing them the right talent in leadership and professional roles for manufacturing, CPG, healthcare, retail, food, energy, engineering as well as supply chain.

She has enjoyed being on the Board of the School of Business at her alma mater, Laurier, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Pamela is a member of the Supply Chain Advisory Board at Humber College and the former president of the Toronto Chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). As well, she is a founder of ‘Women in Supply Chain’, Toronto Chapter under the umbrella of The Van Horne Institute.

Pamela is driven to continually add value to her clients on how business and talent thrives.

Jeffrey Stacey (BBA '83)

Jeffrey StaceyFounding Partner, Stacey Muirhead Capital Management

Jeffrey Stacey is the founder of Stacey Muirhead Capital Management Ltd. Jeff has over 30 years of investment industry experience. Prior to starting Stacey Muirhead Capital Management Ltd., he was employed with a boutique Toronto investment firm where he was also a shareholder.

Jeff has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Laurier and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and an Advisory Board Member of the student-managed School of Accounting and Finance Investment Fund at the University of Waterloo. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the student-managed Ivey Value Fund at the University of Western Ontario. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees at Parkminster United Church. He is a former director of Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. and previously served on the Board of Trustees and Investment Management Committee at the University of Guelph.

Ray Tanguay (Business Management Diploma '83, LLD, HC '12)

Ray TanguayAuto Advisor for the Government of Ontario and Canada

On March 31, 2015, Ray Tanguay retired from his executive positions as chairman, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), chairman of Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI), and president of Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc. (CAPTIN).

In 1991, Ray joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., and was quickly recognized as a leading force in instilling innovation within the company. During his more than 20 years at Toyota, TMMC was recognized with an outstanding 12 J.D. Power and Associates plant quality awards, including the global best Platinum Award in 2011 and 2014. Under his exceptional stewardship, TMMC became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles, beginning in 2003. In 2012, TMMC announced that in addition to increasing production of the Lexus RX350, it would also begin building the RX450h, the hybrid version of the popular Lexus vehicle.

An admirer of the Lexus slogan, the "Passionate Pursuit of Perfection," Ray firmly believes in people aiming to do, and be, the best they can in their own respective fields. Always looking to the future, he contributed to the further globalization of Toyota, and the achievement of self-reliance in North America, by creating a clear vision within a strategic framework that incorporates human resource development and reliable business partnerships.

In 2015, Ray was named as the first auto advisor to both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. In this new leadership role, he will provide experience and advice regarding automotive investment and innovation in Canada to strengthen the Canadian automotive industry.

John Tennant

John TennantManaging Partner, W2N2 Partnership

John Tennant is founder and managing partner of W2N2 Partnership, a strategic consulting, policy and advisory firm, specializing in economic development, international trade, investment, innovation, technology, international relations, governance and government relations. He is also a co-founder and principal of the Global Investment Attraction Group.

Previously, from 2002 through 2008, John was CEO of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc (CTT Inc), the public-private regional economic development partnership for Waterloo Region, including the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Earlier, he had a distinguished Canadian foreign service career, culminating as Canadian Consul General in Detroit. Other US assignments were in New York and Chicago. In addition, John represented Canada in Japan, West Africa, Central America, the eastern Caribbean and Australia.

John is a board director and holds the ICD.D professional certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Robert Tong (MBA '94)

Roberty TongVice-President, Medical Division, ON Semiconductor

Robert Tong serves as vice-president of ON Semiconductor’s medical division. With more than two decades of experience in high-tech companies, Robert oversees the division’s product development and customer relationship management. He was previously senior vice-president of the medical business unit of AMI Semiconductor.

From 2000 to 2004, Robert served as president and CEO of Dspfactory, a successful startup company acquired by AMI. While with Dspfactory, Robert was instrumental in signing customer agreements with the top digital hearing-aid manufacturers around the world and leading Dspfactory to become the number one DSP standard product supplier. Recognized for technical innovation and global expansion under his leadership, he also successfully expanded the company’s product line into new markets.

Prior to Dspfactory, Robert served as senior vice-president of the space products business unit at COM DEV International Ltd., where he was responsible for the company’s CDN $70 million business unit. He was also responsible for bringing COM DEV to China and establishing its first facility in Xian, China, as a joint venture with the space research institute of the Chinese government.

Robert earned his bachelors in electrical engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and his masters in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He also earned his MBA with a gold medal from Laurier.

Bruce West (MBA '05)

Bruce WestExecutive Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, The Co-operators

Bruce West joined The Co-operators Group in June 2007 as senior vice-president, finance and chief financial officer. He brings over 25 years of progressive financial and managerial experience in operations, corporate development and financial management to this role.

Bruce began his career with KPMG in 1980. He launched his financial services career with London Life in 1983 where he progressed through several financial roles over the next 11 years. He moved to Clarica Life Insurance Company for the next eight years, becoming vice-president, finance and shared services in 1997.

Bruce was actively involved in growing Clarica’s Canadian business, along with the demutualization of the company and several M&A transactions. When Sun Life Financial acquired Clarica in 2002, Bruce became vice-president and chief financial officer for Sun Life's Canadian business. Here he played a key role in the integration of the two companies.

Bruce returned to university full time in 2004. He re-entered the workforce in the high-tech industry as executive vice-president, finance and business processes at ARISE Technologies Corporation, where he helped engineer a financial turnaround. Most recently, Bruce was vice-president, finance for Canadian Tire Financial Services and chief financial officer for Canadian Tire Bank.

Bruce's educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (1980), Chartered Accountant designation (1981), FLMI designation (1985), and a MBA with a concentration in marketing from Laurier (2005). In 2009, Bruce obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College, plus holds his C.Dir HR designation from The Directors College. He is also a member of the Financial Executives Institute of Canada.

Bruce sits on the board of directors for a number of companies in The Co operators Group. Bruce also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the School of Business and Economics at Laurier.

Craig Wright (BA in Economics '85)

Craig WrightSenior Vice-President and Chief Economist, RBC Financial Group

As chief economist, Craig Wright leads a team of economists providing economic, fixed income and foreign exchange research to RBC clients. Craig is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications and is a key player in delivering economic analysis to clients and the media through the Economics Department's regular economic briefings.

A graduate of Laurier and the University of Toronto, Craig was appointed chief economist in 2001, having joined RBC in 1994 after working at another financial institution for seven years. Craig is a participant in a number of the key RBC internal committees and is a member of the CD Howe Monetary Policy Council, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Dean's Advisory Council and the British Columbia Economic Forecast Council.

Craig and his wife Susan live in Toronto with their three children, Emily, Bradley and Jacob.

David Yach (MBA '88)

David YachChief Technology Officer, Auvik Networks

David Yach is chief technology officer at Auvik Networks, a cloud-based system that provides IT professionals with a better way to monitor, configure and automate networks. Prior to joining Auvik, David was the chief technology officer for software at Research In Motion (RIM, now BlackBerry) until retiring in March 2012 after almost 30 years in the high tech sector. While at RIM, his teams created the software that allowed BlackBerry to rise from an interesting niche product to a leading Smartphone platform.

Prior to RIM, he led software teams producing database technology at Sybase Inc. David has also served as a director of NexJ Systems, a provider of next generation CRM solutions for financial services, insurance and health care, and as a director of BSM Technologies, a provider of hardware and software for managing mobile and stationary vehicles and other assets.

He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Laurier.

Dale Zorgdrager (BBA '96)

Dale ZorgdragerPartner, Audit and Assurance Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Dale Zorgdrager is a partner in the southwestern Ontario practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Dale has roughly 20 years of experience with clients, primarily in the education and not-for-profit sectors as well as those in the consumer and industrial products sectors. For his various education sector and not-for-profit clients, Dale has had extensive experience with financial statement audits, compliance audits, operational reviews and US governmental A-133 audits.

Dale holds an Honours BBA degree from Laurier (1996) and received his chartered accountant designation in 1998.

Dale volunteers extensively at Stratford and District Christian School, where his children attend. He is currently on multiple committees and is the past president. Dale is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the London Community foundation. Dale has coached many minor sports teams in Stratford over the years and is currently active in coaching rep. hockey. Dale loves spending time with his young family, and his twins make home life rewarding and equally as busy as his professional life.

Dale is very proud to have been recognized with Laurier’s Alumni Co-op Employer of Excellence Award in 2012.

Ottawa Dean's Advisory Council

George Haynal

George HaynalProfessor at the Munk School of Global Affairs

George Haynal is Professor of Corporate and Diplomatic Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and leads the consultancy, Broad View Inc.

He was until 2012, Vice-President, International and Government Affairs, for Bombardier Inc.

Prior to his retirement from the Canadian Foreign Service in 2002, Haynal was Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He had also served abroad as Consul General in New York, Deputy Permanent Representative to the OECD and Representative to the International Energy Agency in Paris as well as in various diplomatic roles in Peru, Bolivia and Great Britain. In Ottawa, in the course of his career, headed DFAIT’s Policy Staff and been Director General of Economic Policy. Haynal had also served as First Officer of the Priorities and Planning Secretariat in the Privy Council Office and, on Executive Exchange, as Acting Vice President (Corporate Banking) at the Head Office of the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. An Alumnus Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, he is an Associate Member and past President of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers. He is Honorary Secretary of the Rideau Club and a member of the Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Heinbecker (BA in English and History '65)

Paul HeinbeckerDirector, Centre for Global Relations; CIGI Distinguished Fellow

A former career diplomat, Heinbecker served abroad as minister (Political Affairs) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Ambassador of Canada to Germany and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York. He has also been chief foreign policy advisor to then Prime Minister Mulroney, assistant secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign Policy and Defence and assistant deputy Minister for International Security and Global Affairs in the Department of External Affairs.

Heinbecker was an architect of Canada’s human security agenda, helped negotiate an end to the Kosovo war, headed the Canadian delegation to the Climate Change negotiations in Kyoto and represented Canada on the UN Security Council where he was a leading opponent of the Iraq war, and an advocate of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect.

Heinbecker graduated with an Honours BA from Laurier (then called Waterloo Lutheran University) in 1965. He received honorary doctorates from Laurier in 1993 and St. Thomas University in 2007. He was named Laurier Alumnus of the Year in 2003 and an Alumnus of Achievement on Laurier’s 100th anniversary in 2011. He was also selected as one of the 50 top student athletes of the first 50 years of the CIS, Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Heinbecker is a senior advisor to the school of International Policy and Governance at Laurier, a distinguished fellow at CIGI in Waterloo and a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. A frequent commentator on radio and television, he has also written numerous newspaper articles, authored Getting Back in the Game: A Foreign Policy Playbook for Canada and contributed to and edited several other books on international relations.

Terrence Kulka

Terrence KulkaExecutive-in-Residence, University of Ottawa

Terrence Kulka is currently an Executive-in-Residence at University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management where he also teaches graduate courses in general management and strategy. Previously, he was the director of the Executive MBA program at the Telfer School from 2004 to 2011.

Prior to joining the Telfer School of Management in 2004, Terry spent 28 years in the telecom and technology sectors. He has held senior positions at iMPath Networks in Ottawa (2000 to 2004) and Kasten Chase Applied Research in Toronto (1994 to 2000).

Terry began his career with Bell Canada in 1976 and spent over 18 years with Bell Canada and Stentor Resource Centre Inc. (SRCI). While at SRCI, he was managing director, program planning and management and later managing director, marketing information. At Bell Canada, he worked in the national systems group, marketing and development, and regulatory matters.

Terry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Covington Fund II, a labour-sponsored investment fund.

Terry completed his BA (1973) at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan and his MA (1975) and PhD (1980) at McGill University, Montreal.

Paul LaBarge

Paul LaBargeFounding Partner, LaBarge Weinstein LLP

Paul LaBarge is a founding partner of LaBarge Weinstein and an active participant in the Canadian high technology sector. Practising primarily as a tax and corporate lawyer, his work has included anti-dumping trade enquiries and NAFTA disputes, as well as financings for all types of enterprises, from pulp and paper mills to satellites, major technology acquisitions, and corporate acquisitions and divestitures. Paul has represented various clients during the tax litigation process in the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.

A strong supporter of life-long learning, Paul completed his LLM in 2009. He is an author of Tax Litigation, Managing the Process, Taxation of Technology Transfers, and Your Blueprint for Financial Fitness, and has been a lecturer at The Law Society of Upper Canada for 10 years. Paul is also the chairman of the Trans Canada Trail and vice chair of the University of Ottawa heart Institute. He is also a recipient of both of the Queens Jubilee (silver and gold) Medals for community contribution.

Mike Manson

Mike MansonCo-Founder and CEO, TaraSpan Inc.

Mike Manson is CEO and co-founder of TaraSpan, a company that accelerates India market entry for technology companies. Mike is formerly senior vice-president and general manager at Alcatel, where he had global product responsibility. He is a frequently invited speaker on doing business in India, software business strategies and venture capital fundraising.  Mike serves on the Board of Directors of TaraSpan Inc. in Canada, and TaraSpan Solutions Pvt Ltd in India, and is a member of the Canada-India ICT Working Group – a bilateral team of industry and government experts with the goal to increase ICT relations between Canada and India.

Currently, Mike divides his time between Ottawa, Canada and Gurgaon, India. Mike holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Zahra Popatia (BA '96)

Zahra PopatiaConsultant, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Zahra Popatia is a consultant in international health and nutrition. With a focus on performance measurement, project design, and monitoring and evaluation, she has worked for over 15 years with leading organizations, including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Micronutrient Initiative, Aga Khan Foundation, the European Commission, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Her projects have included travel to a number of countries, including India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Philippines, Ghana, South Africa and North Korea. Early in her career, she lived and worked in rural India, addressing issues of women’s empowerment through income generation, health and education.

Zahra holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Laurier, a Master of Environmental Studies from York University, and a Master of Science in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London).

Thomas Reaume (BBA '84)

Thomas ReaumeCounsel for Dentons Canada LLP

Tom Reaume practises corporate and commercial technology law, focusing on information technology (in particular, the enterprise software sector), intellectual property licensing and related technology transactions. Tom advises technology businesses on all aspects of their commercial activities, including intellectual property protection; technology development, licensing and acquisition; escrow agreements; manufacturing and supply agreements; product sales and licensing; channel arrangements; and service delivery, including professional services, support and maintenance. Tom has significant experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting technology related commercial agreements, as well as strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and other major  corporate transactions. Tom has been recognized by IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers 2011, by LEXPERT as a Recommended Lawyer in the area of Computer and Information Technology Law, and as a Leading Lawyer in Information Technology Law by Best Lawyers in Canada in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Formerly, Tom served as general counsel and corporate secretary of ObjecTime Limited, a leading vendor of software engineering tools, from 1997 until its acquisition by Rational Software Corporation in 2000. Tom has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and was a founding member of the Program Committee of OCRI's 45th Circuit.

Tom received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laurier (1984), LLB from the University of Windsor (1987), and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1989.

John Reid

John ReidPresident and CEO, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)

Reid's career has encompassed many years of experience in government and industry. He has worked as a commerce officer with the Federal Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce and Energy, Mines and Resources after a stint in the financial community in London, England and research intern to the Copper Council in Paris, France. Prior to joining CATAAlliance, he directed the legislative activities of the Mining Association of Canada.

Born in London, Ontario, Reid received his Honours BA (International Studies) from the University of North Carolina, Senior Diploma in French Language and Literature from the Universite d'Aix-Marseille, France and Master’s degree in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Reid has participated on a number of high level task forces and advisory boards and has published numerous articles and reviews in the area of government relations and communications.

Reid appears regularly on radio and TV speaking on behalf of Canada's innovation industries.

Henri Rothschild

Henri RothschildPresident and CEO, CIIRDF

In 1994 Henri capped a distinguished 25-year career with the Government of Canada by assuming the role of President of the newly formed Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF). Prior to taking on the duties at CIIRDF, Henri held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities associated with the financing, conduct, management, support and commercialization of research. In the Industry Department, where Henri was Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology – and later Chief Scientist – he was the senior official responsible for industrial technology strategies within the government of Canada. 

The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) was established in 1994 to promote collaborative research and development (R&D) between firms in both countries. Both the government of Canada and Israel supported this effort in recognition of the fact that enhanced industrial technological linkages would be a key factor in improving overall bilateral commercial relations.  Accordingly the governments have committed over $40 million to CIIRDF since its inception.

In March 2007 Henri was appointed President and CEO of International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), having been instrumental in its creation. He is functioning in this post in conjunction with his continuing position as the President of (CIIRDF). ISTPCanada is mandated by the Government of Canada to deliver the Canadian portion of a $24 million bilateral S&T cooperation program with India, China and Brazil, respectively. In January 2014, he left this position to focus exclusively on his activities with CIIRDF.

Henri has been director of the University of Toronto’s Innovation Foundation where he served as interim President and CEO from 1998 to 1999. In December 1999, Henri was the recipient of the 10th Anniversary Medal of the International Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), an award presented at the White House. In 2010, he became a director, and in 2011 chairman, of NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence dedicated to understanding brain development and to helping children and families overcome the challenges of neurodevelopmental disorders. Henri was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University, his alma mater. He holds a BSc from the Université de Montreal and an MSc and PhD in bionucleonics from Purdue University.

Carolyn Wilkins (BA in Economics '87)

Carolyn WilkinsSenior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

Carolyn Wilkins was appointed senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada for a term of seven years beginning May 2, 2014. In this capacity, she oversees the Bank’s strategic planning and economic and financial research, and shares responsibility for the conduct of monetary policy as a member of the Bank’s Governing Council. She is also a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors.

Carolyn represents the Bank of Canada on the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Plenary and is a member of the FSB’s Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities. She was elected chair of the FSB’s Regional Consultative Group for the Americas for a two-year term, effective July 1, 2015. She previously represented Canada on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and chaired the BCBS working group on liquidity.

Prior to her appointment, Carolyn was advisor to the Governor, with a focus on the Canadian economy, its interaction with the financial system, and monetary policy. She also served as secretary to Governing Council. From 2011 to 2013, Carolyn was chief of the Bank’s Financial Stability Department. In this role, she led the Bank’s analysis and research on issues related to the financial sector in Canada and abroad, the assessment of risks to financial system stability, and the oversight of systemically important payment, clearing and settlement systems under the Payment, Clearing and Settlement Act.

Carolyn has held a broad range of senior analytical roles at the Department of Finance Canada and the Privy Council Office. Since joining the Bank in 2001, she has occupied increasingly senior positions, first in the monetary and financial modelling division of the former Monetary and Financial Analysis Department, and subsequently as deputy chief of the Financial Markets Department. From October 2010 to November 2011, Carolyn was on assignment as special director on the OTC Derivatives Market Task Force. She also chaired the inter-agency working group coordinating implementation of the G-20’s commitments related to over-the-counter derivatives.

Carolyn was born in Peterborough, Ontario. She holds an Honours BA in economics from Laurier and an MA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Calgary Dean's Advisory Council

Tarun Ajwani (BA in Economics and Accounting '03)

Tarun Ajwani

Vice President and Member of the North American Executive Committee, Marex Spectron International Limited, Canada Branch

Tarun Ajwani is vice-president of Marex Spectron Canada Branch, a global commodities brokerage specializing in the brokering of energy products. Tarun is responsible for sales, business development, operations, strategy and corporate development.

Prior to Marex Spectron, Tarun held increasingly senior roles within the TMX Group, including vice president of Shorcan Energy and TSX Private Markets. Additionally, Tarun was with the TMX Group Inc. in the corporate development and finance group, where he collaborated with business lines including Toronto Stock Exchange, TMX Datalinx, Montreal Exchange, Equicom, Shorcan, TSX Listings and TMX Technologies.

Tarun began his career with Deloitte. While at Deloitte, he founded and led a practice focused on IT due diligence in the mergers and acquisitions practice area.

Tarun is a graduate of Laurier and is a holder of the Chartered Accountant designation.

 

Peter Ansley (BA in Economics '66), Chair

Peter AnsleyChair of the Laurier Campaign Cabinet, Canadian Tire Franchisee

Peter Ansley graduated from Laurier with a BA in Economics. He was with Ford of Canada from 1966 to 1975, in the management of HR, and as a Director in Public Affairs and Government Affairs. Currently he is a Canadian Tire Associate Dealer in Calgary, Alberta. Ansley is Chairman and CEO of Peter Charles Holdings LTD., Datin Inc. and PCA Holdings LTD.

Since 1991, Peter has served as President and Chairman of Signature Properties International and on the board of DevCon Inc. He is a past member of the London Health Sciences Centre Foundation Board, Canadian Tire Dealer Associate Board, Board of Sheridan College, Oakville, Canadian Funds and Councils of Canada Board, and Telesat Canada Board. Ansley is also the Vice-Chair of Laurier’s Board of Governors, Chair of Building Canada’s Best Business School and Chair of the Laurier Development Committee.

He is married to Cheri, a volunteer member of Laurier’s annual Outstanding Women of Laurier event. His daughter Christine is an attorney in Phoenix, Arizona and his son David, a graduate of Laurier, is Store Manager at Canadian Tire Associate store (326) in Calgary, Alberta.

Clive Beddoe (Honorary Degree Recipient '09)

Clive BeddoeChairman of the Board of Directors of WestJet

Clive Beddoe is a founding shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of WestJet. In September 2007, Clive was appointed WestJet Chairman having previously held the roles of president and chief executive officer. Clive has been instrumental in making WestJet one of the most successful airlines in recent aviation history.

Clive's keen business acumen has shaped the development of WestJet's corporate culture, executive team and strategy. A true entrepreneur, Clive's strong background in financial planning and strategic management was gained through several successful real estate and plastics enterprises.

In 2000, Clive and his fellow WestJet founders received the Worldwide Award for Teamwork at the World Entrepreneur of the Year celebrations. In 2001, he received the Pinnacle Award, and in that same year, WestJet was awarded the "Business Ethics" award from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta. In 2002 and 2003, WestJet was named one of Canada's most respected companies, and in 2003, WestJet received the Most Respected Corporation title for Innovative Practices from Alberta Venture Magazine. In 2004, Clive received the prestigious Canadian Business Leader Award from the University of Alberta Faculty of Business and the Business Advisory Council.

Clive has been the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Calgary and Laurier and was appointed the 2010/2011 Jarislowsky Resident Fellow in Business Management at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Clive is a resident of Calgary, having immigrated to Canada from England in 1970. Married with two children, Clive is a private pilot licensed to fly numerous types of aircraft. It was through this keen interest in aviation that spurred the formation of WestJet.

Susan M. Brown

Susan BrownSenior Vice-President, Alberta/NWT Division, BMO Bank of Montreal

Susan has been with BMO Bank of Montreal for more than 20 years, and has worked in several markets across Canada. She currently serves as senior vice-president, Alberta/NWT Division, and is responsible for the financial services the Bank provides to its personal and commercial customers in this marketplace.

Susan’s first executive appointment with BMO was in 2001, as vice-president, Saskatchewan District. In 2004, Susan was appointed vice-president, Calgary District. In 2006, she was appointed senior vice-president for Ontario Regional Division and in 2013, senior vice-president, South Western Ontario Division.

Susan has always been actively involved in the communities in which she has lived. She has been a member of International Women’s Forum for more than a decade, and when she transferred to Ontario, cofounded a Waterloo IWF Chapter. She served on the Board of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation for five years, and Chaired the Board for two years. She is also a past board member of THEMUSEUM (Kitchener), Canada’s Technology Triangle (Waterloo Region), Chamber of Commerce (Calgary), Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Health Foundation (Saskatoon), St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation (Saskatoon), and several other organizations.

Susan currently serves on the Boards of Northstar Trade Finance Inc. and Heritage Park Society.

Within the Bank, Susan serves on the National Donations Committee, and has recently been appointed senior vice-president, Women’s Market, in addition to her duties as SVP, Alberta/NWT Division. Susan also chaired BMO’s Diversity Renewal Council for Personal and Commercial Banking Canada, from 2012 until 2015.

Susan was born and raised in Western Canada, and attended the University of Manitoba, where she completed both a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA. She was named one of Saskatchewan’s Women of Influence in 2004 and a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2012. Susan resides in Calgary with her husband Terry.

James Finnigan (BBA '00)

James FinniganDirector, HR Operations and Systems, Enbridge Inc.

James (Jim) is the Director, HR Operations and Systems with Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. Jim is responsible for HR customer service, payroll, benefits and pension administration, HR administration and HR systems for Enbridge Inc., its affiliates, and its nearly 10,000 employees. Prior to joining Enbridge Jim held progressively more senior HR roles with Ford Motor Company, Labatt Breweries and North American Construction Group. Jim was a speaker at the HR Shared Services and Outsourcing Summit in May 2015.

Jim received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Laurier in 2000 and a Master of Industrial Relations degree from Queen’s University in 2001. Jim has also attended executive development programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business and Harvard Business School. Jim is an active community member, coaching minor hockey and lacrosse for the several years, serving as School Council Chair for three consecutive years at his children’s school, and most recently joined the Board of the Calgary Centre Conservative Association. Jim joined the Lazaridis School's Dean’s Advisory Council in 2013.

Craig Flint (BBA '91)

C FlintChief Financial Officer, CWC Energy Services Corp.

Craig Flint is the Chief Financial Officer at CWC Energy Services Corp., a public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol CWC. CWC Energy Services Corp. is a premier contract drilling and well servicing company operating in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin with a complementary suite of drilling rigs, service rigs, coil tubing, and well testing. The company's corporate office is located in Calgary, Alberta, with operational locations in Nisku, Grande Prairie, Slave Lake, Red Deer, Lloydminster, Provost, and Brooks, Alberta and Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

Prior to joining CWC in January 2015, Craig was vice-president, Finance at Superior Propane, and vice-president, Business Development and Compliance at the Superior Plus corporate office in Calgary. These roles were preceded by increasingly senior finance roles since joining Superior in 1998. Prior to Superior, Craig earned his Chartered Accountant designation at Price Waterhouse (Toronto) and completed the CICA In-depth Tax Course after moving to PricewaterhouseCoopers in Calgary. Craig earned his HBBA with the co-op option from Laurier, graduating in 1991.

Craig lives in Calgary with his wife Krista, and their three children.

Nicole French (BBA '00, MBA/CMA '09)

Nicole French

Nicole French has been described by her peers as a thoughtful but determined leader with strong communication skills and the ability to drive strategic projects to completion while working with multiple stakeholders. She is an active volunteer with many organizations including the Certified Management Accountants, Canadian Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, the Laurier Alumni Association and Habitat for Humanity.

Her commitment and dedication to giving back to her community is evidenced in her numerous contributions to boards and organizations. She currently contributes to the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute’s Alberta Membership Committee. In 2013, she joined the Lazaridis School’s Dean’s Advisory Council in Calgary.

Nicole has worked in sales, marketing, client relations, and as a sessional Instructor for business at MacEwan University. She received two degrees from Laurier: an MBA in 2010 and BBA in 2000. She also holds a Canadian Management Accounting designation.

Trevor Gardner (BBA '98), Co-Chair

Trevor GardnerManaging Director and Co-Head, Canadian Energy Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets

Trevor Gardner is a managing director and co-head of RBC Capital Markets’ Energy Investment Banking Group based in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to overall management responsibilities for RBC’s energy business in Canada, Trevor is responsible for managing executive relationships and execution of advisory and financing transactions for large companies in the energy and energy infrastructure sectors. Trevor has 17 years of investment banking experience, covering a range of financing and advisory work and has been involved in numerous transactions with several of Canada’s leading energy companies including Petro-Canada's merger with Suncor; Nexen's acquisition by CNOOC; and Enbridge’s $30.4 billion restructuring of its Canadian pipelines portfolio.

Prior to moving to Calgary, Trevor was a director in the Equity Capital Markets Group based in Toronto where he worked extensively with the investment banking teams in the mining and energy sectors, focusing on the origination and execution of equity-related transactions including IPOs, bought deals, convertible debentures and preferred shares. Trevor received a Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) from Laurier and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Trevor serves on the Board of Directors for the Calgary YMCA and on the Deans Advisory Council for the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

Bruce Graham (Diploma ’90)

Bruce GrahamRetired, past President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development

An Ontario native, Bruce joined Calgary Economic Development as president and CEO in 2003. After 12 years he completed his tenure as president and CEO in June 2015.

During his tenure, Calgary Economic Development was reconstituted and grew significantly from an operating budget of $2.5 million to nearly $8 million. As one of Canada’s leading economic development agencies, Bruce’s team successfully lead many projects and initiatives, including the development of the Global Business Centre for Southern Alberta, WORKshift (Canada’s first telework initiative), Action Calgary Program (corporate partners initiative) and the growth of Calgary as a global business and energy centre.

Highlights of Bruce’s career include:

  • Development and update to the City’s 10-year economic development strategy (2007 and 2014).
  • Relocation of Imperial Oil’s headquarters from Toronto to Calgary. Facilitated more than 180 business expansions and corporate relocations impacting more than 10.4 million square feet of industrial and commercial office space and 14,000 jobs in the Calgary Region including The Bow office tower, home to Cenovus and Encana and the 2nd largest in office tower in Canada. Secured funding and construction of the $28 million Calgary Film Centre, a subsidiary of Calgary Economic Development and Calgary’s first purpose built film complex.
  • Founding Chair of the Board of Directors for the Consider Canada City Alliance, a strategic partnership in support of foreign direct investment to Canada between economic development agencies serving Canada’s 11 largest city regions.

Most recently Bruce was selected as one of three strategic advisors consulting on the creation of a new and enhanced investment attraction agency for Greater Toronto Area adopting best practices from across North America.

A married father of two, Bruce holds a degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, serves on numerous community-based boards, and is often asked to speak at local and national business events. His relationship with the Calgary business community is strong and far-reaching and his reputation as a leading economic developer is recognized nationally.

Todd Greiner (MBA '90)

Todd GreinerVice-President, Trading and Marketing, Elbow River Marketing Limited Partnership

Todd is vice-president, Trading and Marketing for Elbow River Marketing Ltd, a Parkland Fuel Corp company. Elbow River specializes in arbitraging different energy markets throughout North America and transporting those energy commodities by rail. Prior to joining Elbow River in 1999, Todd held successive positions up to president and general manager of PDS Railcar Services Corporation.

Todd graduated from Laurier in 1990 with an MBA which followed his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984.

Todd is very active in coaching kids hockey, baseball and football as well as holding board positions on community and hockey associations. He is also a founding investor in a number of private companies and a Board of Director on various Corporate Boards.

Bob Hamilton (BBA '71), Co-Chair

Bob HamiltonRetired Vice-President for Business Development, Private Banking and RBC Wealth Management, RBC Financial Group

Bob is co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council in Calgary and has served on numerous Boards over the span of his career. His contribution to Boards includes the Calgary Stampede Foundation, WinSport, the Grief Counseling Group of Calgary, Laurier’s Board of Governors and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, to name a few. He was the co-chair of the relocation team for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and is a past board member with the Alberta Children’s Hospital. He is also the co-founder of the Tim Hamilton Endowment Fund with the Children’s Wish Foundation.

After graduating from Laurier as a Letterman’s Jacket Holder, Bob played in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Always ready to lend his support to Laurier, Bob has spoken on behalf of his memorable 1968 Laurier football team, which won the Atlantic Bowl and were national finalists. In a moving fundraising speech, he credited the values and lessons learned through team sports and the Laurier family with influencing his life in a positive direction.

A steadfast and loyal alumnus, Bob has worked to increase Laurier’s profile and has raised more than $500,000 from Western Canada. He has received many awards from Laurier for his service and dedication to Laurier, including Alumnus of the Year Award in 1997 and Laurier’s 100 Alumni of Achievement in 2011.

He earned his BBA from Laurier in 1971 and recently retired from RBC Financial Group after a long and very successful career.

Bill Hogan (BA ’73)

Bill HoganPresident and CEO, FoodChek Systems Inc.

Bill Hogan has over 30 years of experience in the areas of corporate development, financing and strategic planning for start-up and growth level companies. He has held several senior management positions at the chairman, chief executive officer and president levels for several companies. Hogan’s public company experience includes senior officer and board of director positions in diverse industries. His corporate structure skills with private and public companies include several successful transactions by acquisition, reverse takeovers and joint ventures. Hogan obtained his BA from Laurier and holds the designation of ICD.D and the Directors’ Financial Literacy Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).

Hetal Kotecha (BBA ’95)

H KotechaPartner, International Tax Services, BDO Canada

Hetal Kotecha joined BDO in November 2012 and is the Calgary Leader, International Tax Services in the firm’s Taxation Group.

Prior to joining the firm, Hetal worked at a global accounting and consultancy firm for several years, where he worked exclusively in corporate and international tax services. During this time Hetal worked in Calgary, Toronto, and New York (Canadian Tax Desk). There he had an opportunity to assist Canadian multinational corporations on their global tax strategy and provide advice to non-Canadian companies about their Canadian in-bound investment strategy in the context of acquisitions, financing and domestic reorganizations.

Hetal has extensive practical experience in the implementation of cross-border financing structures, establishment of optimal holding company structures, restructuring of foreign operations including liquidations, wind-ups and mergers, cash repatriation, and intellectual property licensing. Hetal also provides services in foreign affiliate reporting and compliance matters including the preparation of surplus accounts.

Hetal is knowledgeable in all areas of domestic and international tax. Presently, Hetal advises clients representing a wide range of industries and sectors. He assists these clients in structuring their Canadian investments, managing their foreign investments, assists non-Canadian clients in due diligence and tax structuring as well as various tax compliance services.

Outside of the office, Hetal has published various articles for the Federated Press, the CA Magazine and Owner Manager Taxation.

Hetal is a strong advocate for diversity and is a past member of various inclusiveness and diversity committees.

Igor Kusljic (BBA '13)

Ijor KuslijcBusiness Analyst, Suncor Energy Inc.

Igor is a business analyst for Suncor Energy (SU: TSX/NYSE), based in Calgary, Alberta. He joined Suncor as a Finance new grad in 2013 and is currently working in their Sustainability department. He has over three years of oil and gas industry experience in the areas of maintenance and reliability, finance, and corporate sustainability.

Igor played an active role in establishing the Laurier Alumni Calgary Chapter, which officially launched in May 2015. The goal of the chapter is to build recognition for Laurier in Western Canada, while offering professional development workshops, after work socials, and networking receptions throughout the year for Calgary-based Alumni.

Igor received his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in 2013. His most notable experience was co-captaining the 2012/13 JDC business case competition team to win the “School of the Year” title for an undefeated fourth year in a row, and the “Academic Cup” for a second consecutive year, at the 2013 JDC Central competition.

Arthur Kwan (MBA '02)

Arthur KwanManaging Director, Investment Banking, Paradigm Capital Inc.

Arthur H. Kwan is currently the managing director of Energy Investment Banking at Paradigm Capital, a national partner-owned independent investment banking firm, and is based in Calgary, Alberta. Kwan brings over 17 years of capital markets experience, including 15 years in energy investment banking.

Previously, Kwan has held increasingly senior investment banking positions with Scotia Capital, Peters & Co., and PI Financial. During this time, he has successfully completed numerous mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as private placements, initial public offerings, and short-form prospectus offerings, all within the oil and gas sector.

Kwan received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Laurier, and holds the CFA designation. He is also a graduate of the European Summer School of Advanced Management program from the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

Robert Lauzon (BBA '97)

Robert LauzonManaging Director, Western Canada, Middlefield Capital Corporation

Robert Lauzon is managing director, Western Canada of Middlefield Capital Corporation where he is deputy chief investment officer as well as a senior portfolio manager. Lauzon graduated from Laurier in 1997 with an Honours Business Administration degree. He is an MBA graduate of the Rotman School of Management and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He lives in Calgary, Alberta with his wife and two children.

Christopher Lomore (BBA '81)

Christopher LomoreVice-President, Treasurer, AltaLink Management Ltd.

Chris Lomore is the vice-president, Treasurer of AltaLink, Canada’s first, independent Transmission company. AltaLink’s assets total over $8 billion including approximately 12,500 km of transmission lines and over 300 substations, making it Alberta’s largest electric transmission owner and operator providing transmission service to over 85% of Albertans.

Chris is a chartered financial analyst who graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours – Major in Finance) from Laurier. He is also a certified cash manager having completed the requirements in 1992.

In Chris’ 30+ years of Corporate Finance experience he has held positions as chief financial officer, director enterprise Risk Management and manager Pension Funds. In addition, Chris has extensive experience in North American capital markets having raised in excess of $1 billion of debt and equity. Other areas of responsibility have included bank credit and treasury operations.

Chris is on the Board of Directors of INHOUSE Society, a non-profit organization that provides moderate income earners an affordable housing solution using a shared equity model.

Chris is very involved with minor hockey as a referee and is an avid golfer.

Jim Oosterbaan (BBA '83)

Jim OosterbaanPresident and CEO, NGX, President, Market Solutions, TMX Group

James (Jim) Oosterbaan is president of NGX, a wholly owned subsidiary of TMX Group and leading North American Energy Exchange. NGX is based in Calgary and provides electronic trading and clearing of natural gas, crude oil, and electricity contracts. Recently Jim was appointed president, Market Solutions for the TMX Group, in this new role is responsible for identifying markets and opportunities to deploy TMX competencies. Jim joined NGX in November 2012 and brought with him over 25 years of experience in the energy sector. He came from Capital Power Corporation where over the span of more than a decade, he held roles of increasing responsibility across various functions. Most recently, he was senior vice-president, Operations and Commodity Portfolio Management, where his responsibilities included overseeing the corporation’s generation plants and corporate natural gas, electricity and greenhouse gas offset portfolios. Prior to that, he was at EPCOR, where he served as senior vice-president.

Jim Ross (Diploma '79)

CEO, Expander Energy Inc.

Sean Smyth (BBA '89)

Sean SmythRegional Managing Partner (Alberta), McCarthy Térault LLP

Sean Smyth graduated from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics (Hons BBA) in 1989. He is currently the regional managing partner of the Alberta Region of McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a Litigation Partner carrying on full-time practice. He is ranked as a leader in Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global from 2011 to 2015 and recognized for Class Actions in the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

As an advocate in contentious matters, he has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta, the superior courts of Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, the Federal Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada, and a variety of regulatory, disciplinary and arbitral tribunals. He has represented clients from numerous industry groups such as oil and natural gas; transportation; pharmaceuticals; agro-sciences; telecommunications; manufacturing; and real estate in contentious matters involving commercial contracts, shareholders’ rights, directors’ liabilities, securities, real estate transactions, product liability, intellectual property rights, class actions, and other matters related to corporate law, commercial transactions and commerce.

He is also frequently called upon by our clients to provide opinions concerning contractual provisions, tort and equitable obligations, statutory interpretation and constitutional matters and advice in contract negotiations, merger and acquisition transactions, and transactions requiring court approval.

Caroline Troy (MBA '00)

Caroline TroyPresident, Troy Valuations

Caroline is the Principal at Troy Valuations, a business consultancy offering business valuation and advisory services to public and private companies. Previously she was vice-president, Investment Banking at Salman Partners Inc. and held roles of increasing responsibility at other Canadian investment dealers.

Caroline holds a Master of Business Administration from Laurier and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary. Caroline is a Chartered Business Valuator. She has over 15 years of merger and acquisition experience that has resulted in over $2.5 billion in transactions and have participated in debt and equity financings that has raised over $5 billion for oil and gas and oilfield service companies. Caroline's career in the capital markets has spanned debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions and financial advisory mandates for domestic and international energy and energy service companies with enterprise values ranging from under $1 million to over $1 billion.

Caroline serves as a member of Dean's Advisory Council for the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Laurier in Waterloo, Ontario.

Eymbert Vaandering (BBA '84)

Eymbert VaanderingPresident and Owner, EnviroGuard Ltd.

Eymbert Vaandering graduated from Laurier in 1984 with an HBBA degree. Eymbert was a member of the original varsity Laurier men’s soccer team and was inducted to the Laurier Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.

Eymbert is a passionate people orientated leader who is most comfortable leading and implementing strategic change, with experience in both scaling growth and leading turnaround situations. Eymbert has enjoyed a very successful corporate career highlighted by Senior Executive Leadership roles with Canadian Tire Corporation (where he ran Marketing for the Retail Division and also ran the Petroleum Division) and Royal Dutch Shell. The Shell Canada moves brought Eymbert to Calgary where he ran the Downstream Marketing organization before moving to London, England for 2 years. Eymbert also played a significant role in the launching of Lowe’s Canada as VP Operations  before returning to Calgary to seek more entrepreneurial opportunities.

Eymbert is now Calgary based and is the President and Owner of EnviroGuard Ltd, an Environmental Spill Control and Containment company.

Eymbert is now settled in Calgary, Alberta with his wife Jennifer ('83) and children Connor and Kenzie where he and his family enjoy an active lifestyle in the Rocky Mountains.

Dave Van Dyke (BBA ’81)

Dave Van DykeTax Partner, Ernst & Young

Dave is the Energy Industry Leader of Tax for Ernst & Young (EY) in Canada. He is a partner with over 25 years of oil and gas experience dealing with large and midsize national and multinational energy companies. Dave is the Tax Service Coordinating partner for many of EY’s largest energy clients. Dave is also the coordinating tax partner serving a number of power producers.

Dave has broad experience in all areas of taxation having dealt with public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, cross border financing, and maximizing after tax compensation for management and executives.

He has also worked with numerous energy clients including Calpine Corp, Niska Gas, Spectra Energy, Inter Pipe, Veresen Inc., Harvest Energy, Vermilion Energy, Taqa North, Husky, Penn West, Torc Oil & Gas and Petronas / Progress.

Dave has presented and written papers for the Canadian Petroleum Tax Conference, the B.C. Oil & Gas Conference, and has presented and participated in various submissions on behalf of the Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (“SEPAC”). Dave is the editor of EY’s Guide to Taxation of Oil and Gas Operations and EY’s Global Oil and Gas Guide.

New York City Dean's Advisory Council

Jamie Bergin (BBA '88)

Jamie BerginFounder and President, Hillhead Capital Inc.

Prior to Hillhead Jamie Bergin was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of HAWK Quantitative Strategies LLC, an affiliated investment manager of Caxton Associates LP. Bergin has over 23 years’ experience in capital markets, holding senior positions on both the buy side and sell side. He joined HAWK from Barclays Capital where he was Managing Director, serving first as Co-head of Foreign Exchange Sales for the Americas and then Global Head of FX/Precious Metals Prime Brokerage and OTC Clearing Sales. Bergin previously worked at Credit Suisse, as Managing Director and Co-head of Foreign Exchange Sales for the Americas, and Toronto Dominion Securities, as Director and Global Head of FX Derivative Sales. He began his career at a General Motors-Suzuki joint venture called CAMI Automotive Inc., where he was the Treasury Risk Manager. Bergin received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1988. He serves on the Endowment Board of the Family and Children’s Agency in Connecticut and the NY Deans Advisory Council for Wilfrid Laurier University, and sponsors the Baccalaureate Program at I.E. Weldon SS.

Brydon Cruise (BBA '88)

Brydon CruisePresident and Managing Partner, Brookfield Financial

Brydon leads the group with more than 25 years of experience in real estate investment banking. He is responsible for originating and executing real estate M&A, debt and equity capital markets transactions for Brookfield Financial. Brydon previously worked as a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in the commercial mortgaged-backed securities business and developed a mortgage trading platform for the bank. His experience also includes working on the principal side as a Managing Partner for two prominent U.S. based real estate finance investment companies, Fortress Investment Group and Lonestar Opportunity Fund. Prior to that he worked in the real estate investment banking group at Citigroup.

Notable transactions that Brydon has participated in include the privatization of Summit REIT by ING Real Estate, the Sale of Atlas Cold Storage to the Avion Group, the sale of Dundee REIT’s central and eastern assets to GE Real Estate, the formulation of Dundee International and the sale of Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary.

Brydon has a Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Brydon is the President for Brookfield Financial Securities LP.

Daniel DeAlmeida (BBA '95)

Daniel DeAlmeidaGroup Head, US Communications, Media and Technology Group, Investment Banking, TD Securities

Dan DeAlmeida oversees TD Securities’ Investment Banking efforts in the Communications, Media and Technology sectors in the US. He has direct accountability for all senior relationships within the sector and is responsible for leading TD’s originations efforts with both financial sponsors and corporates within the US CM&T sector. Managing a team of Investment Banking professionals, Dan is responsible for the team’s effective marketing, structuring and execution of all corporate finance products, M&A and advisory services in the US. 

His experience includes numerous bank, institutional debt, high yield, investment grade and public and private equity financings as well as various advisory mandates for many of the premier public and private corporations in his coverage universe.  Dan’s sector expertise includes cable, programming, telecom, fibre, wireless, data centres, towers and other related sub-sectors.

Dan has worked with TD Securities for 18 years in its Investment Banking offices in Toronto, London and New York. Prior to TD Securities he worked with Southam Inc. in their corporate finance department.

Dan graduated with an Honours BBA (minor in Economics) with Distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.

Ed Devlin (BBA '88)

E DevlinHead of Canadian Portfolio Management, PIMCO

Devlin is a managing director, a generalist portfolio manager and head of Canadian portfolio management. In this multi-faceted role, he is responsible for developing PIMCO’s Canadian economic outlook and portfolio strategies. He is quoted often as an authority on the Canadian fixed income market and liability-driven investing by leading publications, including the National Post, The Globe & Mail, and The New York Times. Devlin is also a frequent participant on the Business News Network and speaks extensively at CFA conferences and other events. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, he worked in London, Tokyo, Toronto, Hong Kong and New York in progressively more senior fixed income positions at Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was the gold medal recipient. He also holds an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Robert Dorr (BBA '91)

Robert DorrVice-President, Investment Banking, JP Morgan

Robert Dorr ’91 (BBA) is a senior member of J.P. Morgan’s high yield credit sales team covering asset managers, insurance companies, pension funds, and hedge fund clients. He began his career with J.P. Morgan in leverage finance in 1999, working primarily on leveraged buyouts of media and telecommunications companies. In 2006, Rob moved to London to grow J.P. Morgan’s leverage finance practice in Europe, and wound up taking on the role of co-head of loan and mezzanine debt capital markets. He worked in London through the financial crisis and returned to New York in 2010 to take on a credit sales role. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Rob worked for two years in the investment banking group of the Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

Rob received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada in 1991. He received an MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in 1997.

Rob and his wife, Dr. Lori Weiser, reside in Scarsdale, NY. They have two children.

Elise Gasbarrino (BBA '07)

Elise GasbarrinoAccount Executive, Burberry; Founder & Executive Director, Pink Pearl Foundation

Elise Gasbarrino is an account executive at Burberry where she oversees the wholesale footwear business for the Americas and is a key advisor for the Canadian market. She has been recognized by Burberry as an Icon award winner for her work in social responsibility. Prior to joining Burberry, Elise spent three years at Oscar de la Renta in a similar role.

Elise founded Pink Pearl Foundation, a charitable organization that provides support, facilitates connections and empowers young women who have recently been diagnosed with cancer. Over the past 10 years, the organization has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for cancer research and their own programming.

Elise's entrepreneurial spirit was ignited while at Laurier. She recently launched two ventures: STYLE.CA, a curated style destination for young millennials, and GEMM Accessories, an accessories company based on a "get and give" model. GEMM Accessories partners with female-run jewelry cooperatives in Africa in an effort to create change in communities around the globe.

Rob Giammarco (BBA '91)

Rob GiammarcoHead of Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group, Americas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Robert is Head of the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group for the Americas at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Rob is also responsible for leading the firm’s Insurance Investment Banking practice for the Americas and managing a number of the firm’s key relationships across the insurance and insurance services sectors. During his career, Rob has advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions across the financial services sector in the United States and Canada. Prior to rejoining Merrill Lynch in 2006, Rob served as Chief Financial Officer of Odyssey Re Holdings, a publicly traded global reinsurance company that has since been fully acquired by Fairfax Financial Holdings. Prior to joining Odyssey, he was a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities and was also a member of the Insurance Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Stuart Goldfarb (BBA '92)

Stuart GoldfarbPartner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Stuart Goldfarb is a corporate partner and Chair of the Sports Practice Group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a 600-lawyer global law firm. Based on New York City since 1998, Stuart represents clients, including regulatory bodies, leagues, teams and athletes, in all sports, particularly domestic and international soccer.  Stuart recently represented a group led by Joey Saputo (owner of the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer) in its acquisition of Bologna Football Club, a historic Italian professional soccer team with seven Serie A titles and promoted from Serie B to Serie A for the 2015-16 season. Stuart’s practice additionally includes technology, marketing, sponsorship and other business (at various stages of development) engaged in the sports industry. Stuart also represents clients in other industry verticals, including entertainment, media, technology and financial services.

Stuart received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1995.

Stuart sits on the Board of Directors of Play Soccer Nonprofit International and Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey. 

Stuart and his wife Marci reside in Summit, NJ. They have two sons (ages 11 and 9), who both play travel hockey and soccer.

Joanna Harries (BBA '03, MBA '08)

Joanna HarriesVice-President U.S. and Canada, Endeavor Global

Joanna Harries is Endeavor's Vice-President for the U.S. and Canada. After 4 years leading expansion in the Middle East and North Africa, Joanna is now pioneering Endeavor’s expansion in North American cities. With launches in Miami, Detroit and Louisville, Endeavor is betting on High-Impact Entrepreneurs to drive economic growth in their cities.

Prior to joining Endeavor, Joanna spent six years with Unilever in brand management. She was awarded an Acumen Fellowship in 2009, and worked in Mumbai for a social enterprise delivering emergency medical services. She earned her BBA and MBA degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.

Joanna, her husband and 1-year old son are based in New York City. She has been recognized as a Kauffman Fellow, served on the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Task Force, and is a board member for Unltd USA.

Carl Hillier (BBA '84)

Carl HillierSenior Finance Director, Johnson & Johnson

Carl is a Senior Finance Director at Johnson & Johnson. After graduating from Laurier he joined Coopers and Lybrand. After a short time in public accounting he joined Johnson & Johnson’s Canadian Pharmaceutical business. Carl then transferred to Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey where he has worked in many diverse areas such as licensing and acquisitions, supply chain strategy and management, and enterprise financial planning and analysis.

In addition to serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Laurier's School of Business and Economics, Carl serves on the Board of Trustees for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Anita Jandu (BBA '05, BA '06)

Manager, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young

Anita Jandu is a manager in the international tax services group at Ernst & Young (EY) in New York City, working primarily on cross border transactions and corporate restructuring for multinational corporations. Prior to joining EY, she worked for Deloitte Tax LLP in their international tax practice.

She earned her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in 2005 and her Honours Bachelor of Arts in 2006, both from Wilfrid Laurier University. Anita also holds her Juris Doctor from Penn State, The Dickinson School of Law, and her Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mike Keriakos (BBA '98)

Mike KeriakosCofounder and Leader, Board of Advisors, Everyday Health, Inc.

Mike Keriakos is cofounder of Everyday Health, Inc. and has served as a member of the board of directors since Every Day Health's inception in January 2002. From October 2006 until December 2013, Mike served as the President, first overseeing sales, marketing, business development and product and later focusing on strategic planning and corporate development. Mike currently serves as leader of the Board of Advisors and acts as a liaison between the company and start-up digital health information and related companies. From January 2002 until October 2006, Mike served as the Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development.

From January 2001 until January 2002, Mike served as the Director of Sponsorships at Beliefnet, Inc. From October 1999 until December 2000, Mike served as Director of Sponsorships at iVillage Inc., a media company focused on female-oriented online and offline content. Mike served as the Director of Business Development and Membership Acquisition for FamilyPoint, Inc., an online meeting centre tailored for individual families and friend groups, from May 1999 until October 1999, when it was acquired by iVillage Inc. From January 1999 until May 1999, Mike served as Customer Business Development Manager for The Procter & Gamble Company, a consumer goods manufacturer. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Ryan Lessard (BBA ‘13)

Ryan LessardDirector of Growth, EaseCentral

Ryan is the director of growth at San Francisco-based EaseCentral, an online platform that streamlines benefits enrolment and HR management for small businesses. Ryan started his career at KPMG, before entering the mobile industry leading business development at Philanthrokidz, a social gaming platform for teenagers. He joined mobile rewards company Kiip in 2012, where he spearheaded the company’s expansion beyond mobile games, driving new partnerships with companies ranging from indie app developers to publicly traded companies. Most recently, Ryan was VP of business development at Pollen, one of the leading financial services in the mobile space.

Ryan currently lives in San Francisco.

Stacey Mowbray (BBA '84)

Stacey MowbrayPresident of the Americas, Weight Watchers International

Ms. Mowbray is the president of the Americas for Weight Watchers International, a global consumer brand that is a leader in the health and wellness segment. This appointment follows a six-year tenure as CEO and president of Second Cup Ltd., a publicly-traded Canadian company in the specialty coffee business.

Prior to Second Cup, Ms. Mowbray had roles with Molson Canada as CMO and Cara Operations, where she was the president of Milestone’s and, prior to that, the SVP of branding and marketing. Earlier in her career, Ms. Mowbray held the position of VP of marketing for Pepsi Canada and held several sales and marketing positions at Weston Bakeries.

She is a director of the board and vice chair of the Governance Committee for Trillium Health Partners, one of Canada’s largest regional hospitals. She recently completed a two-year term as a board member for the LCBO, where she also sat on the HR/Governance Committee. She is an advisor and board member to a startup through funding from the MaRS organization.

Stacey graduated with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and has since been recognized as Laurier’s inaugural CEO-in-Residence, as well as one of Laurier’s Top 100 Alumni. She received her MBA from the Schulich School of Business in 1988 and has recently played a role as a member of the International Advisory Council.

Ms. Mowbray has been recognized for her contributions, having been named a 2012 Women of Diversity Champion, and Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Women in 2011. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences and events.

Anant Nambiar

Anant NambiarGeneral Manager, Virtuous Cycle Solutions

Anant Nambiar is currently the General Manager for Virtuous Cycle Solutions, focusing on developing products and solutions for Venture Capitalists and merchants in the global payments industry. He has over 20 years of experience in the Payments industry with American Express, MasterCard, and FICO with a focus on Product Strategy, Development, and Management. He was won many corporate awards for launching consumer and merchant programs including:

  • Free Shipping by MasterCard program in 2013 that offered free, 2-day shipping for MasterCard accounts with 30 top e-tailers including Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, QVC and Gap.
  • MasterCard Product Graduation with the first-ever, patent-pending “Account for Life” capability.
  • Blue from American Express, a $50M project on time and on budget.
  • The first national smart chip POS terminal application including the $5M roll out of new terminals to all national Virgin Music stores.

He is the co-owner of 9 awarded US patents with 10+ additional patents submitted and International filings, and holds a Systems Design Engineering degree from University of Waterloo and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, both in Canada. He lives in Larchmont NY with his wife and 3 children.

Linda Tharby (BBA '90)

Linda TharbyExecutive Vice-President and President, Life Sciences BD Medical

Linda Tharby was promoted to Executive Vice-President and President, Life Sciences on April 1, 2015. In this role Linda works closely with the Life Sciences business units, as well as BD’s senior business, functional and regional leadership on corporate and segment strategy, M&A, and company initiatives such as customer-centricity, innovation, operating effectiveness and talent management, while ensuring the acceleration of growth and the delivery of company performance goals. Linda is also a key member of the BD Management Committee and represents her segment’s performance at the BD Board of Director meetings. Prior to that, Linda was promoted to Segment President, Life Sciences in October 2014, responsible for the performance of Preanalytical Systems, Diagnostic Systems and BD Biosciences.

Linda started her career at BD in 1996. A global leader in BD, operating at the General Manager level for 15 years, she has served in seven different roles, in five different business units and in two different countries. Her prior roles include sales and marketing leadership roles in Diabetes Care and Medical Surgical, General Manager – BD Canada, VP/GM Pharmaceutical Systems and her most recent role as WW President, Diabetes Care.

Linda has successfully developed and led execution of several global business and partnership strategies with a deep focus on innovation, unmet needs and organizational development. In her experience prior to BD, Linda held positions in the consulting, application software and consumer packaged goods industries.

Linda is a Canadian citizen, having worked and lived in Canada until 2005. She was honoured as 2012 Woman of the Year by the Northern New Jersey and Rockland County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for her extensive work with diabetes care throughout her career. Linda also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia School of Public Health, as well as the AdvaMedDx Board. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

Yolanda Wardowski (BBA '88)

Managing Director, Avalon Net Worth Group (Avalon Securities, Ltd.)

Yolanda Wardowski has 15+ years of Mergers and Acquisitions/Corporate Finance execution and advisory experience completing domestic and cross-border sell side, buy side, merger consulting, debt and equity capital raising, strategic advisory and restructuring assignments for public and private companies primarily in the Consumer Brand, Apparel/Retail, Luxury and Fashion Tech sectors. Since joining Avalon Securities, Ltd. in 2007, Yolanda has advised and executed M&A and capital raising transactions in the public and private markets.

Prior to joining Avalon Net Worth, Yolanda was a Managing Director in J.P. Morgan's M&A/Corporate Finance group, completing divestitures, acquisitions and private placements for clients primarily in the Consumer Products and Apparel/Retail sectors. She led execution teams on public and cross border M&A deals, and advisory and private placement assignments for clients including Rubbermaid, Perrigo Company, Anheuser Busch, Bacardi, Clorox, and Limited Brands. She also served as an advisor to J.P. Morgan's corporate office M&A group, where she advised the Corporate Office and the Board of Directors on corporate mergers, acquisitions and equity capital investments in foreign banks.

Yolanda has also held senior positions at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors and 94th Street Capital where she focused on the private equity investing, completing sell sides, divestitures, private equity placements and capital restructurings, and strategic and valuation assignments.

Yolanda is on the Board of Directors for the Fashion Institute of Technology's (FIT) Graduate Global Fashion Management School and Astia. She is also a Business Advisor to CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, FashInvest, The Tory Burch Foundation, New York Fashion Tech Lab, and Canadian Tech Accelerator, where she also acts as an advisor to early stage or small middle market companies. Yolanda is a frequent speaker, panellist and guest lecturer at various industry events, at FIT conferences and classes, and with Design Entrepreneurs NYC, an economic initiative funded by New York City Economic Development Corp. Yolanda resides in New York City.

Silicon Valley Dean's Advisory Council

David Borecky (BBA '06)

David BoreckyDirector of Finance, Square Inc.

Dave is currently director of finance at Square Inc. Square is a leader in providing mobile payments and point-of-sale solutions, as well as financial and marketing services to businesses of all sizes. David built and scaled Square’s accounting operations including the management of global revenue, international expansion, financial reporting, technical accounting and internal audit. Mr. Borecky led the company through their initial public offering (NYSE:SQ), and has recently transitioned into corporate development where he will help drive the company’s mergers, acquisitions and partnership strategies.

Prior to joining Square in 2014, Mr. Borecky served as a controller at Open Text Inc. (NASDAQ:OTEX). Open Text is Canada’s largest software company and a provider of enterprise information management solutions. Prior to joining Open Text, he worked at Ernst & Young LLP in their audit and assurance practice.

Mr. Borecky is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario), Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), Personal Financial Planner, Chartered Investment Manager and also holds the Corporate Finance Qualification. David completed his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier in 2006 and his Master’s in Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2013.

David currently resides in San Francisco.

Chantelle Breithaupt (BBA '96)

Chantelle BreithuptSenior Director of Finance, Cisco Systems Inc.

After graduating in 1996 from the fantastic BBA program at Laurier, Chantelle was prepared for an international career in financial leadership.

Her journey started with a year of experience at the Laurier Small Business Consulting office, working with local entrepreneurs to bring their business to life. It was near the end of this experience that she was recruited to join the GE Financial Management Leadership program.  

The GE experience took her through four GE businesses across five countries, allowing her a 15 year opportunity to continue to develop her leadership skills through world-class training programs and to experience everything from setting up operations in Moscow, Russia to running a facility in Capetown, South Africa. 

Ready to come back to North America after 10 years abroad, Chantelle and her family have recently moved to San Jose, California, where she has taken an executive finance role with Cisco Systems, a technology leader based in Silicon Valley.

In addition to the honour of sitting on the Dean’s Advisory Council for SBE, Chantelle is also a board member for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, an organization that provides stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by being a powerful voice in their lives.

April Cody (BA '04)

April CodyVice-President, MSCI

April Cody, vice-president at MSCI Inc. in San Francisco, is responsible for the business development and relationship management of MSCI Inc.’s Index business on the west coast, focusing on asset managers and hedge funds. April was previously responsible for the publication of the Access to Medicine Index 2010 and was a member of MSCI’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research team focusing on the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.

April received her Master of Arts in political science with a concentration in international relations from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in international development and political science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. She has also completed her Canadian Securities and Derivatives Licenses and is member of the United Way of the Bay’s Women in Leadership Steering Committee.

Dennis Fantin (MBA '93)

Senior Director, Global Research Instruments Marketing, Becton Dickinson (BD)

Greg Hartrell (BBA '00)

Greg HartrellHead of Product, Google Play Books

Greg leads product for Google Play Books: Google's mobile eBooks platform with the world's largest digital library. At Google, he was responsible for Google's Play Games platform helping developers reach and unite hundreds-of-millions of players. In prior roles, he was the VP of Product Development at Capcom/Beeline, and led product development for 8 years at Microsoft for Xbox Live, Xbox 360 and other product lines.

Residing in California with his family, in his spare time he enjoys binge reading comics, pulling rare objects out of mystery boxes, and building puzzling monuments.

James Murdock (BA in Economics '92)

Chief Business Officer, 6Wunderkinder

David Stewart

Advisor to Governments, Nonprofits and Universities

David is a Canada-US trade and political consultant, and program advisor for the Bay View Alliance, a consortium of Canadian and US universities collaborating to improve teaching and learning at higher education. He is also currently serving as interim director of Expansion Quebec Corporation in San Mateo, CA.

From 2007 - 2012, David served as academic relations officer with the Consulate General of Canada in Palo Alto, advancing Canadian government and university interests in Silicon Valley and was responsible for the Consulate’s expat networks in the region.

Previously, he had served as the executive director of International House, a Charlotte, NC-based non-profit. In 2002, he had founded Charlotte's first community immigration law clinic, within International House.

Eilif Trondsen, PhD

Eilif TrondsenLearning, Innovation and Virtual Technologies, Strategic Business Insights

Eilif Trondsen is research director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI) in Menlo Park, California.  Eilif focuses on research and consulting at SBI (a spin-out of SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute) related to the use of technology for innovation, learning and performance improvement. He has 35 years experience at SBI and at SRI International, leading or contributing to a variety of projects for US and foreign clients in the private and public sectors.

At SRI and SBI, Eilif has held the position of research director of the Business Intelligence Program (now the Scan program), the director of the Learning on Demand (LoD) program (exploring the role of technology in learning and training), and has also led SBI’s research initiative around 3D immersive technologies. In his tenure at SRI and SBI, he has given numerous presentations on various eCommerce, eLearning, innovation and virtual-worlds topics at conferences and to SRI clients around the world.

Eilif is also the author and co-author of numerous publications on eCommerce, eLearning and virtual-worlds issues. His pro bono work has focused on helping connect the Nordic region to Silicon Valley, and he is chair of the Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship and Learning of Silicon Vikings.

Mike Weir (BBA '88)

Michael WeirSales Director Financial Services and Retail, Microsoft Senior

Michael leads Microsoft’s Enterprise Sales team for financial institutions and credit card processors as well as large retail organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is a 20+ year software industry veteran with experiences at AT&T, NCR, startups including Aelita – which was sold to Quest Software – and ten years with Microsoft.

He serves on the board of the San Francisco Goodwill and is part of the C100, an organization of Canadians in the hi-tech industry that help entrepreneurs.

Michael is married to Cristina and together they are raising two boys in Marin County. Hobbies include travelling, technology and lots of outdoor activities such as skiing, biking and golf.

London Dean's Advisory Council

Laura Catterick (BBA '00)

Laura CatterickHead of IT Resilience and Cyber Risk, Lloyds Banking Group

Laura is a Chartered Accountant with 8 years experience at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. During that time Laura focused on Sarbanes Oxley controls implementation and testing and became an SME in IT audit. Following a successful three-year transfer to the PwC London UK Banking and Capital Markets practice, she joined Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) in July 2010 as Lead Risk Partner for Group IT Operations and then moved into the Head of Business Management role within the Chief Operating Office for Group IT.

Laura joined the Risk Division within LBG in 2012 providing oversight and challenge to the Group Operations back office processing units, including functions that support PPI, Retail, Commercial, Fraud, Wealth and Complaints businesses. More recently Laura has been focused on supporting the IT and Group Security and Fraud businesses with the management of risks related to IT and Operational Resilience, Cyber Security, and a variety of IT, Fraud, and Information Risk topics. Laura is the lead IT liaison with the UK regulators and is responsible for risk management during major incidents.

Laura lives with her husband in Greenwich, and enjoys spending her time off travelling.

Richard Churchman (BBA '81)

Richard ChurchmanPartner, Makinson Cowell

Richard Churchman is a director with KPMG Makinson Cowell. He has 25 years of experience in providing independent advice to companies on all aspects of their communications with institutional equity investors.

Richard has worked with UK listed companies across a wide range of stock market sectors and market capitalisations providing advice from the perspective of institutional investors on matters such as acquisitions, disposals, demergers, IPOs, new capital raisings, returns of funds, corporate governance and financial disclosures.

Richard has advised companies in the oil and gas, manufacturing, consumer goods, real estate, utilities, leisure and life assurance sectors.

After graduating from WLU in 1981 (BBA), Richard joined Coopers & Lybrand in Kitchener, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. He then moved to London with C&L, joining Hoare Govett, as an analyst originally on the USM and then covering the housebuilding and construction industry.

Luke Dixon (MBA '00)

Luke DixonDirector, BlackRock

Luke is a director and senior strategist for BlackRock’s Alternative Solutions Group in EMEA. He leads multi-alternative product development initiatives as well as serving as a link between the investment team, client relationship managers, clients and prospects. Luke has researched and invested in hedge funds for 20 years and, more recently, become actively involved in private market investments ranging from real estate to infrastructure, private equity and private credit. A strong fiduciary duty to clients has guided Luke’s career through small organizations and large, from compliance to portfolio management, in a belief that serving clients’ interests above all else would be the best way to create value for investors and drive long-term business success. Luke has lived and worked in the UK since 2003.

Luke earned a BComm degree in Finance from Concordia University and an MBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a CFA charter holder, a CAIA charter holder, and founder and past-president of the CAIA London chapter.

Kevin Hipkins (BA '88)

President and Chairman, Molly Maid UK and Board of Directors Molly Maid International Inc.

In a MOLLY MAID career twenty five years and counting, including ten as the President of MOLLY MAID International in Canada as well as a part owner of the company, Kevin’s passion is helping entrepreneurs achieve success and building the MOLLY MAID brand to every lofty heights. His entrepreneurial spark started with jobs in finance, and management training and consulting in Canada where he worked closely with business owners and their teams at different points in their growth, to become more successful. He puts these experiences to good use as the owner of MOLLY MAID in the UK – a nationally franchised company in the domestic cleaning industry – and a board member of Franchisor, Molly Maid International Inc., in Canada.

Kevin obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier in 1988 and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2000. Along with a talented team of Franchise Owners and equally talented team at ‘Support Office’ (in most companies this is probably more commonly referred to as Head Office), he has helped MOLLY MAID grow throughout Canada and the United Kingdom, and in doing so, has also helped to make the MOLLY MAID brand the most well known in the maid service industry. He would be the first to say that the success of MOLLY MAID is down to everyone but him, and it is this modest, people- and team-oriented outlook that helps as much as anything to explain his passion – the success of the people in MOLLY MAID.

He is the father of two girls, a self-confessed marathon kayak nut and active walker of their family dog (you can probably guess her name, it starts with an ‘M’). Although he dislikes titles, when pressed on his own he says it is ‘Chief Experience Officer’. “It is the positive experience that our customers and our Franchise Owners have that is the most important thing for me.”

Pavan Konanur (BBA '06)

Pavan KonanurGlobal Strategy Lead, BlaBlaCar

Pavan currently works for BlaBlaCar, a French ridesharing start-up. Pavan is in the London, UK office as a Global Strategy Lead working with countries across the world on their go-to-market plans.

Prior to this, Pavan worked at Amazon in London, UK for almost three years, where he held two roles. As the Head of Offline Marketing and Digital planning for the Amazon Prime video streaming business, he managed the launches of new TV shows, and as the Head of Online Marketing for the sports category, he managed a team working on e-commerce sales and optimization.

Before his time at Amazon, Pavan worked at Unilever in Toronto, Canada for six years in progressive brand management and sales roles.

Pavan earned an MBA from INSEAD in 2013, where he studied in France and Singapore, and his BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.

Alexandra Kula (BBA ‘06)

Alexandra KulaInternational Business Development, Nude by Nature

Alexandra’s unique career path has led her to specialise in international business development. Over the past year, she has embarked on an exciting journey with Australia’s leading mineral makeup brand, Nude by Nature, with the goal to transform it into a global success story. Her primary focus is Europe, launching with major international retailers. Alexandra truly believes it is important to do what you love in life and she has found the right synergy with a cruelty-free brand that uses the best naturally derived ingredients. She aspires to positively transform the beauty industry by providing consumers accessibility to affordable ‘good for you’ cosmetics.

Her diverse experience with multi-national FMCG companies (L’Oreal, Coty and SC Johnson) in roles ranging from sales controller, export and brand management have facilitated a solid foundation for her leadership in global brand marketing. She credits her combination of entrepreneurial spirit and hard work ethic as a key driver in both work and life.

In 2006, Alexandra completed her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University. During her studies, she participated in an exchange program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an international co-op placement in Germany at IBM.

She currently resides in London, UK where she has been based for over five years with her family.

Dariusz Lis (Dip.BA '00)

Dariusz LisDirector, ING Corporate Finance

Dariusz is responsible at ING Bank for originating and executing M&A transactions for natural resources clients globally.

He started his banking career in Credit Suisse First Boston European Energy M&A team in London. Prior to joining ING, Dariusz worked as a director at Barclays Capital with responsibilities for CEE Metals and Mining clients. His banking career spans over 14 years and includes similar roles with WestLB and Dresdner Kleinwort in London.

In addition to metals and mining and oil and gas corporate finance advisory, Dariusz has experience related to transactions across products such as project finance, syndicated loans, debt capital markets and risk management. His transactions experience over the past several years includes advising, amongst others, Alrosa, Anglo American, Aperam, ArcelorMittal, BP, Evraz, De Beers, Gazprom, Glencore, KGHM, Lukoil, Mechel, MOL, NLMK, PKN Orlen, Rio Tinto, Rosneft, Severstal, Sibneft, Shell, SSE, TMK, TNK-BP, Turquoise Hill Resources and Xstrata.

Dariusz received a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada in 2000. Dariusz is also a holder of a postgraduate certificate in Historical Studies from the University of Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD, LLM in Taxation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, M Res in European Politics from Birkbeck College (University of London) and a BSc in Physics from the University of Waterloo.

Rob McAleer (MBA '05)

Operations Manager, Armsterdam & Partners LLP

Lori Mochan (BBA '00)

Lori MochanFinance Director, GE Capital International

Lori was born and raised in a small town in southwestern Ontario. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Laurier, graduating in 2000. Following graduation, Lori joined GE in their coveted Financial Management Program (FMP). During her time on FMP, Lori had the opportunity to take an international assignment at GE’s office in Oslo, Norway, which greatly influenced her love of working abroad.

Seventeen years on, Lori is still working for GE, and has now lived in four countries (Canada, Norway, UK, UAE), worked for four business units (Lighting, Energy, Corporate and Capital), and soaked up experience and knowledge along the way. Lori is currently utilizing this knowledge and experience in her role as Finance Director for GE Capital International. In this role, Lori is helping to execute of the strategic disposition of the bulk of GE Capital International’s assets. Lori is also a CFA charterholder and has completed GE’s Experienced Finance Leadership Program (EFLP).

Lori is married, a proud mom to two young boys and lives in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside in the UK. Lori still loves to travel, though most of her trips are now back to Canada to visit family and friends.

Neeral Morzaria (BBA '98)

Neeral MorzariaDirector, Investor Relations, Intercontinental Hotels Group

Neeral assists in developing and implementing the IR strategy and investor proposition whilst providing leadership for IR activities, including the financial reporting schedule and capital markets events.

Neeral has an MBA from London Business School and has held a variety of roles in companies including BT, Coca Cola, E&Y and A.T. Kearney. He joined IHG’s Global Sales and Marketing function in 2013 and has most recently been responsible for leading the strategic planning process. In his spare time, Neeral is an enthusiastic amateur wedding photographer, enjoys playing squash and regularly participates in 10km running races.

Anne Taylor (BBA '88)

Anne TaylorExecutive, Individual, Personal and Team Coaching in London, DIRECTions Coaching

Originally from Canada, Anne is a certified UK-based coach working with executives and organizations and individuals.

In a direct yet professional and supportive manner, Anne combines the results-oriented focus from her extensive 20-year business background in Fortune 100 corporations with her passion for personal awareness and conscious choice from her coach training. This powerful combination results in improved performance and satisfaction for her clients.

Anne believes every person has amazing potential for happiness and contribution, only limited by their own thoughts, beliefs and actions. Often we are so busy with life we don’t take time to think about the life we are creating. Coaching gives people space, time and external support to assess where they are, understand what’s important to them and create where they want to go next in a compelling and exciting way.

Her uniqueness comes from an interesting balance of challenging and supporting, coaching and educating, funny and intense, direct yet compassionate, structured and client-led, energizing and patient, focused and open. Her coaching is often the provocation that has people create and dive into the life they want.


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