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Joan Dea

CORPORATE DIRECTOR & INVESTOR

BOARD CHAIR

Joan Dea is a corporate director, civic leader, and early-stage investor. She is Founder and Managing Director of Beckwith Investments, and serves as Corporate Director for Charles Schwab Corp., Charles Schwab Bank and Cineplex Inc. Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2007), she was one of the most senior women in the financial services industry in North America as an executive at BMO Financial Group. She advised Fortune 500 and other leading international companies in the financial services, consumer, retail and media industries as Partner and Director at Boston Consulting Group.

Reflecting her lifelong passion for arts, education, and women’s advancement, Dea has held board and advisory positions with Women’s Initiative, National Ballet of Canada, Yale University, Marin Academy, GlobalGirl Media, and the Canadian Council for the Promotion of Women on Boards. Dea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Science in Economics with Distinction from the London School of Economics.

 
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Gordon Baird

PARTNER, MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT

APPOINTED SECRETARY TO THE BOARD

Gordon Baird is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault's Business Law Group in Toronto. His practice is focused on lending and secured transactions.

Gordon is the chair of the McCarthy Tétrault National Pro Bono Committee and a member of the boards of directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario and Connect Legal, a pro bono organization offering assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs, and Opera in Concert. He is recognized in the 2007-2014 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the area of banking and finance law. He also appears in the 2014 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of Banking (including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law). Gordon appears in Best Lawyers Canada in the areas of banking and finance and project finance law.

Gordon holds a BA (Economics) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1986, and his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1989. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991.

 
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Kilian Berz

SENIOR PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

CO-FOUNDER | BOARD MEMBER

Kilian Berz is a Senior Partner, Managing Director, and Global Financial Institutions Leader at The Boston Consulting Group. Kilian leads large client relationships on behalf of BCG. Since joining BCG in 1995, has advised clients across many sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the Chair of the Centre for Canada's Future, convening leaders from business, government and the non-profit sector to address Canada's biggest challenges. Kilian led BCG's Canadian offices from 2009 to 2015.

Kilian is Special Advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, helping to engage business and increase investment in Canada. He is a Board Member of Civic Action, a non-profit urban renewal coalition, and is Co-Founder of LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact. From 2001 to 2016, he chaired the Board of a mid-sized German chemical business.

 
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Helen Burstyn

CHAIR, WATERFRONT & CHAIR, EVERGREEN

CO-FOUNDER | BOARD MEMBER

Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 35-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service.

She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Social Venture Zone at Ryerson University. The former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Helen also served for several years as the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisor, Social Enterprise and Chair of the Partnership Forum, the province’s advisory body on the not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. Helen currently serves as Chair of Evergreen and The Walrus Foundation, and serves on the board of many non-profit and charitable organizations. She is the author of Eleven Out of Ten: The Life and Work of David Pecaut.

Helen attended the University of Windsor (Honours BA), McMaster University in Hamilton (MA) and continued her post-graduate studies in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto (ABD). She has four daughters and three granddaughters, and lives in midtown Toronto.

 
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Nan DasGupta

PARTNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP

BOARD MEMBER

Nan DasGupta is a Partner and Managing Director in the Toronto office of The Boston Consulting Group. She is a core member of the Financial Services, Strategy and Organization practice areas, and has extensive experience in large-scale organizational transformation.

Nan’s project experience at BCG has focused on issues of strategy, organization, and channel effectiveness for financial services and retail companies. Prior to joining BCG Nan was a project engineer at General Electric Company in the Industrial Motors business.

Nan received her MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Honours Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University.

 
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Ashim Khemani

CEO, STEM CAPITAL

BOARD MEMBER

Ashim Khemani is CEO of Stem Capital, a professional services firm which serves institutions, boards and families in the disciplines of insurance, investments, wealth management, risk, talent solutions and digital strategy.

Ashim has had the privilege of contributing, building and leading teams to design and execute start-up, growth and turn-around mandates in a wide range of organizations. He has focused on shaping and advancing firm-building (culture) activities in concert with retaining a keen competitive and commercial focus. Over the past 25 years, Ashim has led Medavie Blue Cross as President, he was the CHRO | CMO | Chief Development Officer at Sobeys and the CEO, Global Head of Innovation & Growth at Aon (Hewitt).

He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University. He is a certified director (ICD.D), serves on SAP’s Executive Advisory Committee, and the board and Audit Committee at Russell Investments.

 
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Joe Manget

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, EDGEWOOD HEALTH NETWORK INC.

CO-FOUNDER | BOARD MEMBER

Joe Manget is an Operating Partner at Alignvest and Chairman of the Edgewood Health Network Inc. (EHN), a Canadian based private pay mental health and addictions treatment platform launched by Alignvest in December 2013. Prior to joining Alignvest, Joe was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group where he led BCG Canada (2006 to 2009), then led BCG’s Global Operations practice (2010 to 2012), which he transformed into the firm’s largest and fastest growing global practice. Prior to BCG, he was a senior manager at IBM Canada (now Celestica).

Joe holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto, graduating first in class (summa cum laude) in both programs. Joe is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), is on the Finance Committee for Upper Canada College, and serves on the board of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

 
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Philip Moore

FORMER SVP, DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL AND CORPORATE SECRETARY, TD

BOARD MEMBER | ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR

Philip Moore is former Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of TD Bank Group, where he provided leadership to the legal department in Canada and support for the Boards and Committees of TD Bank Group.

Prior to joining TD in 2013, he was a senior partner in the Business Law Group of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he advised clients on corporate and securities matters including mergers and acquisitions, cross-borders securities, corporate reorganizations and general on-going advice to various public and private corporations.

Philip received his BA from McMaster University and his LLB from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario bar in 1983. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Neenah Inc. and as faculty member and Chartered Director of the Directors College, Canada’s leading director education program run by the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.