General Partner, Skypoint Capital Corp.
Peter joined Skypoint as a principal in 2001. Prior to Skypoint, Peter was a senior executive with Newbridge, where he played a key role during the company’s period of extraordinary growth and success. He joined Newbridge in its early days as chief financial officer and over the next 13 years was promoted to the positions of Executive Vice-President, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Vice-Chairman. He was also a member of the company’s board of directors from 1996 until 2000. While at Newbridge, Peter was instrumental in establishing the company’s Affiliates Program and was involved in the funding of more than 40 affiliate companies.
Peter is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. In June 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute in recognition of his outstanding career achievements and leadership contributions to the community and his profession. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Partner, Brazeau Seller LLP
A founding partner of BrazeauSeller.LLP, Fred Seller is a legal strategist and trusted advisor to his clients. His areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, financing, commercial litigation, mortgage remedies, creditor and debtor law, bankruptcy and insolvency, and real estate law. With Fred's expertise and depth, he also handles a variety of transactional matters involving acquisitions and sales of businesses and large commercial real estate properties. In the spring of 2000, Fred was designated by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of the top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40 in the National Capital Region.
In addition to his legal career, Fred takes great pride in his volunteer work for various charities throughout the Ottawa community. He is a past chair of the United Jewish Appeal, Legal Division, as well as the Board of Directors for Yitzhak Rabin High School. Fred has a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Accounting from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. He has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1988. Fred is married to Stacey, his high school sweetheart, and has three daughters. He is an avid sports fan and an active participant in a number of sporting activities.
Congregation Machzikei Hadas
Rabbi Bulka is one of Ottawa’s most respected community leaders. He is the spiritual head of Congregation Machzikei Hadas. In addition to being an accomplished author of more than 30 books, he is also the host of Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka on CFRA.Rabbi Bulka is the perfect example of how enthusiasm is caught, not taught. A dedicated grassroots volunteer, he is renowned for his tireless commitment to Ottawa through participation in charity events and service on charitable boards.
Partner, Groupe Soleil
An entrepreneur in Ottawa’s high technology community since 1993, Steve founded two internationally successful companies - Emcon and Chrysalis-ITS. As CEO, he guided them into becoming highly regarded corporate citizens in the Ottawa community.Steve served as President of one of the world’s largest online gaming companies and is now a Partner in Groupe Soleil, a leading Canadian wine agency. He also provides technology management consulting services for startups and emerging companies.Steve has considerable volunteer experience. He served on the board of Hillel Academy and as a Director of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association. He was a Canadian industry delegate to the inaugural G8 Conference on Cyber Security in Paris. He coached several minor league sports and has been an active volunteer in the Jewish community. He is currently a volunteer in the Carleton University Lead To Win Program.Steve attended Miami Dade College, the University of Miami and Carleton University. He is currently completing courses towards a sommelier certificate. He is a wine aficionado as well as an avid sailor, hockey player, and all around sports fan.
Financial Advisor, Sun Life Financial
With 25 years’ business experience, Maria Bassi specializes in designing risk management and business continuity solutions for small-to-medium sized enterprises. She consults with business owners to assess risks, develop contingency plans, and implement risk-reduction measures to help ensure the viability of business operations in an uncertain future.Maria also counsels clients in personal risk management, providing income solutions that enable them to meet their financial obligations in the event of injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstance.Born and raised in Ottawa, Maria is a mother of two young boys, and also a personal trainer who teaches fitness in her spare time. Maria grew up in her family’s business, and learned valuable lessons in customer service and operations management at an early age. She finds that motivating others to reach their fitness goals can be just as rewarding as guiding them to financial success.
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for the Biotherapeutics ProgramOttawa Health Research InstituteDr. Bell is currently the Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for the Biotherapeutics Program.He heads a consortium of Canadian Scientists developing virus based cancer therapeutics, viruses that kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
President & CEO Maplesoft Group
Jody Campeau is the President and CEO of MAPLESOFT GROUP. Jody's powerful vision and energetic leadership have been instrumental in guiding the organization’s rapid growth and competitive position globally, driving the mission of establishing MAPLESOFT GROUP as the World’s leading Systems Integrator. He leads by example, encourages a team-building work environment, and firmly believes that the company must not only deliver on its fiscal mandate, but also give something back to the community. To that end, he is the driving force behind the Maplesoft Children's Foundation, which provides underprivileged children the opportunity to attend summer camp. An Ottawa native and fluently bilingual, Jody has been playing and coaching competitive hockey for over 30 years. Jody played tier II Junior A for the Nepean Raiders prior to playing in the OHL for the Oshawa Generals. While studying Business Administration at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Jody combined his academics with outstanding athletics and was recruited to play varsity hockey for the X-men. His belief in the fundamental value of sport and community is reflected in his founding and ongoing support of the Maplesoft Hawks Spring AAA hockey organization, a unique program that gives back to the community by covering the cost of uniforms and team insurance for all participants (www.maplesofthawks.com).He is also part-owner and the Chief Operating Officer of CMG Sports, responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of CMG’s sales, marketing and consultancy sports management services. Founded in 2001, CMG Sports is a full service, professional sports agency that has experienced consistent, year-over-year growth since its inception. With hundreds of negotiated contracts, and an extensive client list to its credit, CMG currently represents over 60 contracted NHL players along with an additional 100 NHL prospects. Jody is a recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal’s 2009 40 under 40 Award, an award which recognizes business executives who balance bottom line results with a desire to participate in charitable and community activities. In his personal time, Jody enjoys boating, golfing and travelling with his wife and six children.
President and CEO, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
President & CEO Ottawa Regional Cancer FoundationLinda Eagen has a proven track record as a relationship builder and change facilitator in our community. Linda is a recognized leader in the not-for-profit sector with close to 20 years experience as a fundraising professional. She has directed several campaigns and developed a variety of revenue generation programs raising over $70 million in support of health, education, arts and culture, community and social welfare organizations.
Prior to her role as President and CEO with the Cancer Foundation Linda was the Manager of Development, at the University of Ottawa's School of Management, where she played a pivotal role in the School's renewed focus as a leader in business education and innovative research. Linda had previously worked with the University of Ottawa as the Development Officer from 1989 - 1993 at which time she was promoted to Director of Development. From 1993-1996 Linda directed and coordinated fundraising programs generating more than $10 million towards the University's capital campaign goal of $34 million. Linda's career in Fundraising has been accelerated by her successfully obtaining her Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre
Dr. Carline Gérin-Lajoie is a bilingual psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. Since her graduation in 2000, she has been working as a general outpatient psychiatrist, at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. Her main areas of interest include psychosocial oncology, individual and group psychotherapy and residency teaching/education. For the past 9 years, Dr. Gérin-Lajoie has been providing psychiatric consultations for The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Center. Since September 2007, she has been working as Medical Lead of the Psychosocial Oncology Program.
Ottawa Regional President, Cardel Homes
Mr. Graham is President of Cardel Homes Ottawa where he has end to end responsibility for running a profitable real estate development and construction company. Prior to that, he served as President of Crecan International Inc. (o/a Expographiq) a Canadian based marketing and visual communication company. He remains an active participant in the company sitting on its Board of Directors. From 1981 through 2003, Mr. Graham has served in various senior level management positions. Mr. Graham was Vice President of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a federal government funding agency that financed and supported the development and demonstration of technologies that addressed climate change, air, water and soil quality.As an officer of the company, he also served in capacity of Secretary to the Board Audit Committee and Investment Review Committee. He served as Vice President and General Manager of NetActive Inc.—a software development company spun out of Nortel Networks. As a Senior Manager with the Ottawa Senators/Corel Centre, he worked with the executive team on returning and financing the Senators, as well as financing and developing ScotiaBank Place (Palladium) project. He was General Manager of Terrace Investments Limited and managed several operating business for TIL; was a Principal in Graham Management Inc.; and was also a Manager with the CIBCIn addition to his duties, Mr. Graham is a committee member of the Mayor of Ottawa's Business Advisory Committee, sits on the board of directors of Tetraglyph Technologies Inc. and the Ottawa International Bell Capital Hockey Festival (OHIF). Mr. Graham received his education from the University of Western Ontario and the Fellowship of the Institute of Canadian Bankers Certification in 1986.
Executive Director, Canadian Bar Assoc.
John Hoyles is originally from Val d'Or, Québec. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with an English degree, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School. John Hoyles was a founding partner of Byck, Hoyles & Grant, Barristers and Solicitors of New Liskeard, Ontario from 1980 to 1990. He is a member of the Canadian and American Bar Associations as well as the Association des juristes d'expressions française de l'Ontario.
From 1981 to 1988, John Hoyles was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. From 1981 he served as Acting Crown Attorney for the Province of Ontario, conducting trials both in English and French. In the community, John Hoyles was Chairman of the Board of the Temiskaming Hospital. From 1987 to 1990 Mr. Hoyles was Chairman of the Red Shield Appeal (Salvation Army) for South Temiskaming.
In June 1990, John Hoyles assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the GST Consumer Information Office and was responsible for advising and assisting consumers with the transition to the GST.
On October 17, 1991 Mr. Hoyles was appointed Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the National Capital Commission and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Commission, including liaison with federal government departments of the Treasury Board and Privy Council Office.
On September 19, 1996 Mr. Hoyles assumed the position of Executive Director for the Canadian Bar Association. As Executive Director, he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Bar Association.
John has been active in the community, working with the University of Ottawa on fundraising and serving as President of Camelot Golf & Country Club. He is currently the Chair of Association Section of the United Way campaign for Ottawa and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Cancer Centre Foundation.
John has served on the Board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives for six years and was Chair of the Board of CSAE from July 2002 to October 2003. In May 2004 he was named the Executive Member of the Year by the CSAE National Capital Region Chapter.
Mr. Hoyles is a Charter Member of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives and is currently Secretary-Treasurer of that organization.
The CBA represents some 34,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada. It is the essential ally and advocate of all members of the legal profession. It is the voice of and for all members of the profession and its primary purpose is to serve its members. By representing all members of the legal profession with integrity, the CBA builds public understanding and respect.
Investment Advisor, Raymond James Ltd.
Trevor is an Honours graduate from the University of Ottawa's Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) program. He has worked for over 14 years in the financial services industry, including the last 9 as a full service investment advisor to affluent Canadian families, to whom provides professional tax and investment portfolio advice. Trevor recently became the youngest advisor among Canaccord's 450 nationally to achieve Senior Investment Advisor status, at age 32. Trevor is a cancer survivor, having been successfully treated for a malignant melanoma at age 27. Trevor joined the Courage Campaign as a fundraiser and committee chair in 2002, and has secured nearly $500,000 in donations to the Courage Campaign. He and his colleagues at Raymond James Ottawa have contributed over $150,000 to the campaign with proceeds from their annual charity golf event and by entering a team in the 2006 Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Trevor is married, has 4 children and lives in Orleans. His passions include golf and hockey.
CTV Ottawa Community Ambassador
Max Keeping is Vice-President of News at CTV Ottawa and anchor of its flagship 6 p.m. news program. He and the Home Team have dominated the news ratings in this region (Ottawa, the Ottawa and Seaway Valleys and Outaouais) for three decades.Max is CTV's Ottawa News beacon in the community, making more than 200 personal appearances annually on behalf of charities, service groups, neighbourhoods and schools. He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He has received the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship, a 2003 Gemini, the 2004 Ottawa United Way's Community Builder of the Year, and dozens of other awards.A new wing of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is named in Max’s honour. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame. In 2007, Max was awarded an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Ottawa. He has also helped raise more than $100-million for charities during his 36 years at CTV Ottawa.Max is Honourary Chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation; the Children's Wish Foundation—Ottawa; the Alterna Do It For Dad Prostate Cancer Walk/Run; Founder of the Max Keeping Foundation; Co-Founder and director of Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa; Special Ambassador for CHEO; Patron, Ottawa Carleton Christmas Exchange; Patron, Ottawa Alzheimer Society; Member of the Leadership Committee of Ottawa United Way/Centraide; Member of the Advisory Committee for Roger's House; Member of the Courage Campaign for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation; and assists campaigns for many other organizations.Max was born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. He's been a working journalist for 51 years.
President and CEO, Canadian Payments Association
Guy Legault is President and CEO of the Canadian Payments Association (CPA), which operates Canada's national clearing and settlement system. He has more than 20 years' executive experience in the not-for-profit sector, having held positions with organizations in the financial, fundraising, legal and health policy fields. Prior to joining the CPA in 2003, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada for eight years.
Mr. Legault served from 1996 to 2000 as an advisor for Canada on the Council of the International Federation of Accountants. In 2001 he was named vice-chair of the Forum for International Trade Training, an organization he served as a director from 1997 to 2003. In 2004, he was appointed Director on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
He received the Banff Centre/Canadian Society for Association Executives Award for Excellence in Association Leadership in 2000.
Mr. Legault holds a Bachelor of Science (Industrial Relations) degree from the University of Montreal and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke. He received his CGA designation in 1986, and in recognition of his contributions to the profession, was named a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada in 1995. He also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.
Vice President, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
Olympic Figure Skating Champion
CEO, McGarry Family Chapels Inc.
Brian is Chair, and CEO of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Funeral Chapels and Cremation Centres. His career in funeral service began in 1962 when he was welcomed to the firm by owners Charles Hulse and Keith Playfair. He offers funeral service to the families from every walk of life including providing services for 22 state occasions for Prime Ministers and other Canadian dignitaries and most recently has been active in the funerals of several Canadian Forces personnel who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.Community service has been a significant part of Brian’s life. He has served as Regional Councillor for Ottawa Carleton; Trustee and Chair with the Ottawa Board of Education; Member, Regional Government Economic Development Task Force during which time he co-authored “Partners for the Future Report”; Charter Member of Crime Stoppers, Former Partner, Ottawa Senators Hockey Team and currently serves as a member of Ottawa Senators Foundation Board. Brian is a cancer survivor.
Merovitz Potechin LLP
AVP and Regional Director, Manulife
Canadian Figure Skating Champion
Dr. Gad Perry is currently the Lead on a study with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) at the Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, studying lung cancer and brain metastasis, connecting the effects of more aggressive treatment with better quality of life and longer life for patients. An expert in brachytherapy—where a radioactive “seed” is placed inside the tumor instead of using the traditional radiation machine (linear accelerator), Dr. Perry will help unlock the mystery behind this innovative treatment as it is used in the treatment of both breast and prostate cancer patients.
Senior Vice President, Hill & Knowlton
Terri Porkolab is a certified Real Estate professional who has lived in Ottawa for the past 30 years. As a consultant; she provides professional management services supporting both public and private sector clients. She has three designations within her field and has worked, extensively across Canada, in the facilities and operational management environments.
Whenever feasible, Terri has taken time to volunteer in the community. Over the years, she has contributed by: swimming with autistic children; providing phone support for the Canadian Red Cross and numerous telethons; campaigning door-to-door, organizing hampers for the Shepherds of Good Hope; working as a departmental coordinator for the United Way Government Campaign; and participating as a Volunteer Coordinator for the 2000 Special Olympics.
Like so many others, Terri was deeply moved by breast cancer when, at 51 years of age, her mother passed away from the disease. Terri’s volunteering focus shifted and in 2004, she walked with two friends in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Since that time, she has not looked back. The team now consists of 20 ladies who, during the past three years, have raised over $145,000. Her commitment to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation deepened further when she became a member of the Courage Cabinet.
Terri is excited about the opportunity and plans to concentrate on partnering with regional hospitals and enhancing visibility for our major events.
President, University of Ottawa.
Allan Rock is currently serving as the 29th President of the University of Ottawa. In 1993, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Centre and named Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In that capacity, he introduced significant improvements to the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act and other federal legislation. Allan Rock became Minister of Health in 1997, where he spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and more than doubled annual health research funding on a national scale.Subsequently, as Minister of Industry and Minister of Infrastructure, he introduced Canada’s innovation strategy, Rock was responsible for Canada’s three granting councils and introduced legislation to create the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation to promote applied research in the social sciences and the humanities.Allan Rock was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in December 2003. As the voice of Canadians at the United Nations, Allan Rock was an outspoken advocate of human rights, human security and reforming the UN. At the 2005 World Summit at the UN, he led the successful Canadian effort to secure the adoption by world leaders of the doctrine Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Other roles at the UN included chairing a working group on obstacles to long-term development in Haiti, efforts to end the conflict in Northern Uganda and peace negotiations in Abuja, Nigeria involving the Government of Sudan and representatives of the three main rebel groups seeking greater autonomy for Darfur.Allan Rock has received a number of awards including honorary degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada (1996) and the University of Windsor (1997). He received the Meritas-Tabaret Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Ottawa in 2007 — conferred to graduates who have made a significant contribution in their field and who have contributed to the reputation of the University.Rock is also a cancer survivor.
Senior Sales Manager, Dell Canada
Mark Thaw is a creative consensus-builder with over twenty-five years of information technology sales and sales management experience. He is a Senior Manager at Dell Ottawa, one of the largest computer manufacturers, with over 60,000 employees. With his collaborative and engaging manner, Mark possesses a unique blend of tenacity and flexibility that yields beneficial outcomes for all involved—be it in complex negotiations or day to day affairs. Mark is a positive team member and a leader that inspires loyalty for the active pursuit of joint goals.In addition to his professional life, Mark is active in the community and has been since his teens. He is Co-Chairperson of the High Tech Sector for the Ottawa Jewish Federation, Chair of the Global Community Involvement Group Dell Canada which encourages employees of Dell Canada to give back to their local community. He was one of 60 people worldwide to receive the prestigious Dell Community Ambassador award given to employees who demonstrate a high level of community involvement. He also was one of the 75 recipients of the being honored by the Ottawa Jewish Federation 75th anniversary for his active involvement in the Jewish community. Mark is also an active volunteer with Dreams Take Flight Canada, an organization which hosts disabled or underprivileged children to Disneyworld and active with working with CHEO on their yearly dream home.Mark and his wife have established a Family Fund with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to support clinical trials. He has supported the Cancer Foundation in various ways; providing prizes for events, supporting the lottery and donating desktops and laptops. Most recently, he worked with the ORCF to create a new Tribute Fund campaign and stepping up he and his colleagues at Dell made established a fund to support clinical trials.