Our People


Colleen Kennedy
Executive Director
Kathleen Bishop
Events Manager
Caitlin Hughes
Communications Coordinator

Board of Directors

David Simmonds
SVP, Office of the CEO, Corporate Initiatives, Great-West Lifeco
joseph lo
Partner, Private Equity Value Creation, PwC Canada
anita mcouat
Immediate Past President
National Leader, Technology, Media, Telecom & Consumer Markets, PwC

Executive Members

Scott Belton
Senior Vice President, Metro East Region, TD
Dale McDermott
Chief Operating Officer, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce
amanda galbraith
Principal, Navigator
Ali Ghiassi
Vice President, Industry Affairs & Government Relations, Canada Life
Glenn Parkinson
Partner, EY
Tracey Pearce
Strategic Advisor
Tanya van Biesen
Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Engagement, Catalyst


paula allen
Global Leader & Senior Vice-President, Research and Total Wellbeing, LifeWorks​
cherie brant
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP​
cheesan chew
Chief Operating Officer, RBC Ventures​
Jennifer Dewar Thomas
Partner, Egon Zehnder
Melanie Griffiths
Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Business Operations, Google Fibre​
jake hirsch allen
North America Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead, LinkedIn
Andrea Hunt
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Arterra Wines Canada​
Nikki Holand
President & CEO, Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA
Konata Lake
Partner, Torys LLP​
Jeanne Lam
President, Wattpad​
Andrea Mandel-Campbell
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, NATIONAL Public Relations
Dan Moulton
Vice President, Crestview Strategy
Alternate Executive Chair, Tribunals Ontario & Co-Founder, BOLD Realities
Awanish Sinha
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP​
Matt Tedford
Senior Vice President, Head of Roynat Capital, Scotiabank​
Nadia Theodore
SVP, Global Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.​
Gaurav Upadhya
Global Chief Actuary &Chief Risk Officers, Foresters Financial​
Khadija Waseem
Policy Assistant, Women and Gender Equality, and Rural Economic Development, Government of Canada

Honorary Directors

The Late Rt. Hon. John N. Turner, P.C., C.C., Q.C.
Canada's 17th Prime Minister
Isabel Bassett, LL.D.
Libby Burnham, C.M., Q.C., DCL
Chancellor, Acadia University
Noella Milne
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP