Founder and Partner, EdgeStone Capital Partners
Mr. Duboc’s career is marked by his passion for entrepreneurship, his ingenuity and corporate and community leadership. As founder of EdgeStone Capital Partners, Mr. Duboc has successfully built one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. Prior to starting EdgeStone, Mr. Duboc was a managing director at CIBC Capital Partners and co-founder and COO of the Loyalty Group Inc. (Air Miles Reward Program), Canada’s most successful loyalty database marketing program. Mr. Duboc is currently engaged as a Special Advisor to the Federal Minister of Finance on Venture Capital.
He serves on numerous for-profit boards of directors and has been (or is) chairman of many of these. A dedicated and active member of the community, Mr. Duboc is chairman and co-founder of Pathways to Education Canada, and has been one of the leaders of the national replication of the successful program. In addition to his ongoing work with Pathways to Education Canada, he is a co-chairman and co-founder of Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, a member of Crescent School Board of Governors, Bishop Strachan School Foundation & Board of Trustees, MaRS Social Finance Task Force, Business Advisory Panel on Income Security Reform, Toronto City Summit Alliance Steering Committee, World President’s Organization (WPO) and a former member of the board of directors of CAMH Foundation and Luminato Foundation Board. In 2000, Mr. Duboc was recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ and in 2005 was chosen as one of the 10 “most influential” alumni of the program. Mr. Duboc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University magna cum laude and Tau Beta Pi, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
President, Edinglen Holdings Inc.; Honourary Director, Teck Resources Limited
Mr. Wright is a recognized leader in the financial world as well as in the philanthropic arena. He is currently the President of Edinglen Holdings Inc. and Honourary Director of Teck Resources Limited. Mr. Wright was the Deputy Chairman of Teck Cominco Limited from June 2000 until April 2008 before which he served for six years as Chairman of Teck Corporation. From 1989 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission. Prior to taking on that role, Mr. Wright was a senior partner in the law firm of Lang Michener. He has been a director of several public and charitable corporations and is presently Chairman of Armtec Infrastructure Inc. He is also a member of the Pension Fund Committee of Air Liquide Canada Inc. Mr. Wright was the 1961 Gold Medalist of the Osgoode Hall Law School and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
PETER DONOLO, Board Secretary
Peter has a rich history of serving Canada as a political strategist and public affairs expert. From 1993 to 1999, Peter served as Director of Communications in the Prime Minister's Office and chief communications strategist for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and his government. Following his tenure in the PMO, Peter served for two years as Canadian Consul General to Milan, and later as Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Air Canada. From 2002 to 2009, Peter led the strategic communications practise at The Strategic Counsel as partner and senior vice-president. Most recently, Peter served as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa.
As a volunteer, Peter is a past Board Director for the Toronto Board of Trade, and has served on the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto as well as the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Peter has been involved in Pathways since 2001, and is a member of the founding board of directors of Pathways to Education Canada.
TRENT HENRY, Treasurer
Chairman & CEO, EY
Trent Henry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EY in Canada. Prior to taking on this role, he was managing partner of EY’s Canadian Tax practice, joining the Canadian Executive Committee at that time. He led EY's International Tax practice from 2004 until 2008, and was a member of the Canadian Tax Desk in New York from 1999 until 2001. Trent joined EY in 1989 after earning his bachelor of business administration from the University of Prince Edward Island. In 2009, he was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Active in both his profession and his community, Trent is a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation, where he chairs its Finance Committee and sits on its Executive Committee. In addition to his position at Pathways, Trent is a member of the Board of the Sunnybrook Foundation, serving as Treasurer and chairing the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Former Chief Branding Officer, Manulife Financial
Nicole Boivin is a senior business leader with more than 30 years experience in financial services, telecommunications, and public and not for profit industries. Nicole is formerly the Senior Vice President & Chief Branding and Communications Officer for Manulife.
Manulife is a leading Canadian based financial services company with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. With a market capitalization of C$34.1 billion as of October 2013 and a workforce of over 27,000 employees, it is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world.
In her 14 year career at Manulife, Nicole had successive leadership roles in Human Resources, Branding, Marketing and Communications. She worked in both the corporate office and in the Canadian Division.
With specific expertise in change management, strategic branding, marketing and communications and her background in talent management and executive development, Nicole is recognized for building high performance teams. She developed the management skills and business acumen to respond to immediate needs and deliver long-term strategy. She was a trusted advisor to the senior executives and Board of Directors at Manulife and was part of the Company's senior officer group.
As the former Chief Branding and Communications Officer she was responsible for leading and driving the Global Brand Strategy along with managing a dynamic team in branding, marketing, corporate social responsibility, employee and executive communications, public and media relations, issues management, sponsorship, digital strategy and translation services. Of note, she led the John Hancock and Manulife internal communication and co-branding efforts following the acquisition. She also built and led the branding and communications function during the financial crisis focused on managing reputational risk and re-building overall brand presence.
Previously as the head of Human Resources for the Canadian Division, she was responsible for advising and delivering on all matters related to the Division's people related strategies including, talent management, executive development, compensation and employee relations.
Prior to joining Manulife, she was an officer at BCE Media/Bell Canada where she led the development of a technology-enabled learning service for internal and external clients. She has also worked in leadership roles in the public and not for profit sector.
Nicole holds an MBA from Laurentian University. Her thesis was on Board Governance in Not for Profit organizations. She is a Board Member of Pathways to Education and a former Board Member of Harbourfront in Toronto. She is fluently bilingual.
CEO, Resilience Capital
In 1994, Craig began his career in the security industry as a security officer at the Toronto Eaton Center, where he quickly began to recognize the opportunities in this highly fragmented industry. After a five-year, progressively senior career path, Craig successfully founded Total Security Management Services Inc. (TSM). TSM Is the largest privately held security services firm in Canada and is a thriving business that has grown from one city and one employee to nearly 3,000 employees in Canada and the United States. TSM boasts long-term relationships with hundreds of Canada’s largest and most important organizations.
Craig was a recipient of Ernst & Young’s Ontario Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2004. In 2008, Craig received the Community Member Award from the Toronto Police. In 2010, Craig was awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.
THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE GLORIA J. EPSTEIN
Court of Appeal for Ontario
Justice Epstein was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979 and began her rich and varied legal career as a general litigation lawyer with Fasken & Calvin and then went to Fraser & Beatty before starting her own firm, Gloria Epstein & Associates, in 1985. Justice Epstein was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in 1993 and to Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007.
In June of 2008, Justice Epstein was appointed by the Premier of Ontario to review and report on the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets. In addition to being a strong supporter of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and member of the International Women’s Foundation, Justice Epstein participates in a number of worthy causes including being founder of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice; co-chair of the Board of the Ontario Justice Education Network; member of the Ontario Bar Association; member of the Superior Court Judges’ Association; member of the Advocates’ Society; and member of the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers’ Association. She has taught law at the Bar Admission Course; York University, and the University of Toronto. She has served as a Director of the Ontario Development Corporation; the National secretary and member of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews; a Member of the Copyright Committee, Canadian Association of Broadcasters; a Director of The Starlight Foundation; a Director of Women’s College Hospital Foundation; a Director of World Film Festival of Toronto; a Director of the Ontario Superior Judges Association; the Chair of the Chief Justice’s Media Committee; the Co-chair of the education committee of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; a Member of Committee established to facilitate access to the courts for people with disabilities; a Member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council; and the Chair of the Family Rules Committee.
Her honours include the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in 2007 and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for 2013. Justice Epstein’s busy life includes five children five grandchildren and the challenging sport of show jumping horses at various competitions around the province.
ROBERT M. FRANKLIN
President, Signalta Capital Corporation
Chairman, Fairwater Capital Corporation; Chairman, Sonor Investments Limited & The Sonor Foundation
Chief Commercial Officer, Rio Tinto Alcan
From June 2010 until April 2013 Gervais Jacques was Chief Operating Officer of B&A Atlantic Operations, Rio Tinto Alcan. In this position, he was responsible for the Bauxite/Aluminium Assets in Brazil (Alumar, MRN), in Guinea (CBG) and in Vaudreuil, Canada. He was also Chairman of the Board of Halco Mining.
Originally from Thetford Mines, Canada, Mr. Jacques is married to Nancy Jean and is father to three children, Magalie, Charles and Antoine. He graduated from Université Laval with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
In 2004 he was nominated from a select group for a one month mandate in Australia – New Zealand for the Leadership Development Program of the Commonwealth countries for case studies on leadership in the workforce in the various service industries and corporations. In 2012 he completed the Strategic Leadership Program at the London Business School.
Mr. Jacques first joined RTA in 1991 as a chemical engineer. In 1993 he quickly moved to a management role first as Supervisor of Operations then as Superintendant & Manager at the Vaudreuil plant in Jonquière and Beauharnois plant. In 2003 he was named Director, Human Resources for the Primary Metal Group at Alcan Head Office in Montreal.
In 2005 he became Director for Strategic Planning & Development for the Primary Metal Group. February 1, 2007 he was named General Manager for the Vaudreuil Plant for Bauxite & Alumina, Atlantic, a position he held until his appointment as COO B&A Atlantic Operations.
Mr. Jacques is very much involved in his community and acts as Honorary President for different fundraising organizations such as Centraide, the Red Cross and “Partageons notre Noel”. He was also a member of environmental organizations such as ZIP of the upper St-Laurent River region and put in place the NGO Committee at the Vaudreuil Plant.
Chairman & CEO, Trimin Capital Corporation
Jim Meekison is the Chairman and CEO of Trimin Capital Corp., a private equity company. Jim’s career has spanned over 45 years in the investment banking, cable television and private equity industries. He started with E. F. Hutton Inc. in New York and then joined Nesbitt Thompson Limited in Montreal. He became a director of Nesbitt’s in 1970. Jim also co-founded Cablecasting Limited, a cable television company which he joined full-time in 1971 and subsequently became Chairman. In 1986, he left Cablecasting and founded a new private equity company which evolved into Trimin Capital Corp.
Since 1986 Trimin and its predecessor companies have invested in many industries including automotive parts, aerospace parts, plastic film, building products, hotel services, food manufacturing and computer services. Trimin is now a private investment company solely owned by Jim.
Jim has served as a director of numerous Canadian public and private companies and he has been active in many charitable and philanthropic organizations. In addition to his work with Pathways, he is currently a member of GMP Capital Inc., and The Dean of Arts Advisory Board at UBC.
Jim received an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA and MA degrees from the University of British Columbia.
Chief Financial Officer, Royal St. George’s College
A Chartered Accountant, Jane began her career at Ernst & Young, followed by increasingly senior positions at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada) where she was Director of Operations, and the CPP Investment Board where she was Vice-President – Finance and Operations. One of the first employees of the CPP Investment Board, Jane oversaw the establishment of the organization’s investment operations and finance infrastructure as the company’s assets grew to over $100 billion.
Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration (HBA) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Executive Vice President, Retail Banking Products and Services
As Executive Vice President (EVP), Retail Banking Products & Services, TD Canada Trust (TDCT), Kerry is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the products and services business, which includes everyday banking and investment products like personal loans, mortgages, savings and deposits, and mutual funds. Under her leadership, her team of more than 1,300 employees works to make TD the Better Bank by delivering products and services that are easier to understand, sell and service.
Drawing upon more than 30 years of experience in financial services, Kerry has advanced her career at TD by building a strong and respected track record for growing businesses, coaching and developing people, and having a passion for winning. She has held a number of increasingly senior roles within TD Bank, including Retail, Business Banking, and Wealth Management and has extensive experience in distribution, corporate communications and product management.
Prior to her current appointment, Kerry was EVP, TD Direct Investing, leading teams in Canada, the U.K. and Luxembourg to meet the needs of self-directed investors and traders. Kerry’s previous positions include EVP, Branch Banking, where she oversaw the TDCT retail banking operations across Canada, Senior Vice President (SVP) of TDCT Business Banking, and SVP Retail Distribution for Pacific Region. Kerry has also held senior communications roles at TD including SVP, Corporate and Public Affairs and VP of Internal Communications, during which she advised on and developed strategic and tactical internal communications during the TD-Canada Trust merger.
Kerry currently serves on the boards of TD Ameritrade and Pathways to Education. Since 2007, Kerry has been Chair of TD’s Aboriginal Steering Committee, which champions diversity initiatives both at the national and grassroots levels at TD. She previously sat on the boards of the Investment Industry Association and the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. From 2001 to 2010, she was a member of the Board of First Nations Bank. She has also served as a Director on a number of other not-for-profit boards including the Science World in BC and Ontario Place. Kerry has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.
Kerry holds an MBA degree from the Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario and is an Ivey Scholar in addition to having achieved her professional designation as a Certified General Accountant.
Outside of work Kerry enjoys an active lifestyle and has competed in the Boston Marathon, the Alcatraz Triathlon, and Ironman in Penticton.
Managing Partner, Human Resources, Brookfield Asset Management
Lori joined Brookfield Asset Management in 2003 to lead the corporate human resources function globally and to provide strategic support to senior management across Brookfield. Prior to joining Brookfield, she held a variety of positions at Ernst and Young including Head of Human Resources for the Canadian Tax Practice, National Head of Learning, and Manager in the Audit Practice.
Lori serves on the Board of Directors of the Brookfield Foundation and is a member of the Real Estate Cabinet for the Ride for Juvenile Diabetes and of the United Way Women Gaining Ground, a group founded in 2007 to make a personal impact in the lives of women facing poverty.
Lori is a Chartered Accountant, has a Diploma of Adult Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Administration.
Founder and President, Distributech Inc.
David Reeve is the founder and president of Distributech Inc., a business process outsourcing company focused on document and communications management. A graduate of The University of Western Ontario in Economics, David joined IBM Canada in 1984 and held a variety of marketing and sales management positions with the organization, focused on IT outsourcing and enterprise sales. In 1992, David founded Distributech Inc. and developed the company into a leading outsourcing provider to the wealth management and financial services industry. David also co-founded InvestorPOS.com, an outsourced provider of document services to the financial services industry.
David joined the Pathways to Education board in 2008 and chaired the Pathways to Education Cabinet from 2009 to 2011. He was a founding member of Brantford Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow as well as a member of the YPO Ontario Board from 2008 to 2011.
President, Winograd Capital Inc.
Chuck Winograd is Senior Managing Partner of Elm Park Capital Management, a mid-market lending limited partnership. He is also President of Winograd Capital Inc., an external consulting and private investment firm. Chuck retired from RBC Capital Markets December 2008, where he was President and COO from 1998 to 2001 and then President and then Chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2008. Chuck began his career at Richardson Securities in 1971 as an Investment analyst and was President and then Chairman and CEO of Richardson Greenshields from 1987 until it merged into RBC Dominion Securities in 1996. He is presently on the Board of Talisman Energy, Calgary, James Richardson and Sons Limited, Winnipeg, Tamir Fishman in Israel and the Board of Trustees for RioCan REIT. Chuck is also Chairman of the board of TMX Group. Winograd is a director at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Chairman of their Business Development committee. He is on the board of the Jewish Foundation of Toronto. Chuck is past Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
Vivian Prokop is a passionate advocate for young people and has earned an international reputation as an authority in developing programs that unleash the potential of youth in Canada and abroad. Prior to joining Pathways Canada, Vivian served as CEO of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) where she transformed the organization from a small foundation to the largest and most effective youth entrepreneurship organization in the country. During her 10-year tenure, she grew CYBF by 1,200 per cent, raising more than $100 million to develop and implement a suite of world-class programs such as one-on-one mentoring and access to seed capital, supporting the launch of 5,000 youth-led businesses and the creation of 20,000 jobs. Vivian nurtured community partnerships to expand youth outreach from 20 locations to nearly 200 and to grow the volunteer mentor base from 100 to 4,750. On the international front, she quickly became one of the world’s authorities on fostering youth entrepreneurship, representing Canada at more than a dozen international summits. She was the founding chair of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance, an organization that provides public policy advice on youth entrepreneurship to the leaders of the world’s top 20 economies. She was the inaugural chair of Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada and the Canadian lead for the Prince’s Youth Business International network where she peer mentored programs globally.
Vivian thrives on building networks of influential people, ranging from presidents and prime ministers to philanthropists such as Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. She twice hosted HRH The Prince of Wales, including the 2012 launch of the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a program co-founded by CYBF to provide ex-soldiers with entrepreneurship training. Before moving into the not-for-profit sector, Vivian worked for 17 years at CIBC, gaining invaluable insight into business and finance. After running the bank’s flagship Toronto branch, she rose to the position of vice-president of CIBC’s small business strategy unit. Her contribution to youth development in Canada and abroad has earned her numerous awards, including the 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the prestigious WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She is a board member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Foundation, The Empire Club of Canada and is on the Advisory Board of Young Diplomats.
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- Founded in 2001, Pathways now operates in 16 communities across Canada
- The Pathways program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth
- By 2016, Pathways will serve over 10,000 students and alumni each year