National Board of Directors
Mr. Duboc’s career is marked by his passion for entrepreneurship, his ingenuity and corporate and community leadership. As co-founder and CEO 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 In 2013, Mr. Duboc served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist and Special Advisor on Venture Capital for the Department of Finance Canada. In January 2014, Mr. Duboc was appointed as chairman of the board of directors of Business Development Bank of Canada. He also currently serves as chairman of Stephenson's Rental Services Inc., and is on the board of directors of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc. and EZShield Parent, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert M. Franklin serves as Independent Director of Toromont Industries Ltd. Mr. Franklin is President of Signalta Capital Corporation, a private investment company. Previously he was Chairman of Placer Dome Inc. from 1993 until it was taken over by Barrick Gold Corporation in 2006. Mr. Franklin holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Hillsdale College, Michigan. Mr. Franklin is Chairman of the HRC Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Gervais is the Managing director – Atlantic operations, Aluminium at Rio Tinto. Previously, he held the CCO position for Bauxite, alumina and aluminium, at Rio TInto, the global leader in the aluminium industry.
Originally from Thetford Mines, Canada, he is married to Nancy Jean and has three children: Magalie, Charles and Antoine.
Following his graduation, Gervais joined Rio Tinto in 1991 as a chemical engineer. He has gone on to hold numerous positions at the company, ranging from Supervisor of Operations and later Superintendant and Manager at the Vaudreuil plant in Jonquière and Beauharnois, to Director of HR for the Primary Metal Group at the Aluminium head office in Montreal, as well as several management roles including COO, B&A Atlantic operations.
John has a BA in Political Science from York University. He grew up in Toronto and joined the RCMP in 1996. John has been posted in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Nunavut. He currently works at the RCMP Ottawa Headquarters and has varied police experience, including: General Duty, Serious Crime, Detachment Commander, Tactical Team, Crisis Negotiation, and has instructed at the Canadian Police College. John’s experience also includes backpacking to some fifty countries. He has held a variety of volunteer and Board roles across the country including work with the Scarborough Distress Centre, several Adult literacy organizations in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia, Youth Softball organizations, Big Brothers and is a tutor with the Ottawa Pathways to Education Program.
John is the Board President of the Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre and a Director on the Ottawa Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Brett Marchand is President and CEO of Vision7 International and Cossette.
Vision7 International is a division of China-based BlueFocus International, a top-tier integrated communication and marketing services group with some 5,000 employees globally, and Cossette is Canada’s leading integrated marketing communications agency.
Brett is in charge of leading Vision7 International’s ambitious growth plans in North America and internationally.
Brett joined the Cossette organization 10 years ago after successful stints as both an ad agency executive and a client marketer. He has been involved in highly acclaimed advertising campaigns that have built brands and driven business results.
Vince Mercier is recognized as one of Canada's leading M&A practitioners. A partner since 1992, his practice focuses principally on mergers & acquisitions, both public and private, cross-border, and across all industries, including financial services, communications and media, technology, mining and energy. He also advises on capital markets, corporate/commercial and financial restructuring and insolvency matters. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Vince has extensive experience in all aspects of public company mergers and acquisitions, including hostile takeover bids, private equity acquisitions, negotiated merger transactions and special committee processes. He has also been involved in a number of restructurings of insolvent companies. Vince has been counsel on a number of public offerings, securitization transactions and innovative transactions, such as the financing and construction of the bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
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.
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.
Sandra Stuart was appointed President and CEO for HSBC Bank Canada effective 1 June 2015. She is also an Executive Director for HSBC Bank Canada, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board for HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited.
Sandra was Chief Operating Officer for HSBC Bank Canada from December 2010 until her appointment as President and CEO. As Chief Operating Officer, Sandra was responsible for Technology, Operations, Procurement, Corporate Real Estate and Change Delivery Management.
Sandra joined HSBC in 1982 and has held a number of roles in Canada and abroad including in the United States and Brazil. With over 30 years of experience she is a seasoned banking professional, with a broad range of skills, and has a proven track record of delivery in both international and domestic capacities resulting in meaningful business results.
Sandra is active in the community as a member of University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, and Chair of UBC’s Sauder School of Business Women’s Leadership Advisory Council. From 2013 to 2015 Sandra was Leadership Co-Chair for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
Dean Pamela Sugiman was chair of the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University since 2012. She joined Ryerson in 2006 after holding a tenure-stream position for 15 years at McMaster University. In the course of her career, Dean Sugiman has built a reputation for creativity, collegiality, transparency and vision. She has had a long-standing commitment to issues of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. These values are rooted in her personal history and have profoundly shaped her scholarly pursuits.
Nisita’s career started as an engineer, having completed both her Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering and Masters in Computer Science while working in the field with notable companies such as Ericsson. Over the past years she has held a myriad of diverse roles, ranging from Project Management to Entrepreneurship. Nisita co-founded Tulua Co and currently oversees as an advisor while working at Bell Canada.
In addition to her position at Pathways to Education Canada, her passion to drive long-term strategies for organizations has driven her to serve as a member on the Boards of Music Toronto, Community Innovation Lab and Care Watch.
Susanne Gillespie is a recognized leader with more than 30 years of experience in delivering community-based health and social services in provincial, regional, and local settings. As the President and CEO of Pathways to Education Canada, Sue works to ensure youth from low-income communities have the resources and network of support to graduate from high school and build the foundation for a successful future.
Prior to her role at Pathways, Sue was the CEO of Carizon Family and Community Services, Pathways Kitchener’s community partner. While there, Sue led a team with a reputation for providing visionary and steady leadership to community initiatives, building capacity, and encouraging collaboration.