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Nina Kaiden Wright has been a fundraising consultant in Canada and the United States since 1959. She founded Arts & Communications Counselors, a firm that employs a unique blend of marketing and strategic philanthropy to create meaningful private sector-public sector partnerships, primarily in the arts and cultural arena. Shet has worked with the boards of large institutions, and independently, to access many millions of dollars across North America. Lauded for her tenacity, creativity and visionary leadership in the field, Nina has established a new standard of excellence in the arena of corporate arts philanthropy in Canada.
David Aisenstat is a leading Canadian businessman and philanthropist who has spent a lifetime in the restaurant business and his passion for it shows. In addition to being the owner and CEO of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Canada’s premier casual dining brand, his restaurant collection includes KI modern Japanese + bar, Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar, The Shore Club, and Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar. David also has a passion for art and design that is evident in the look and feel of his restaurants. This keen interest was highlighted in his past role as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Art Gallery. A key element in all of David’s endeavours is a strong focus on giving back. In 2001, he established The Keg Spirit Foundation to help charitable organizations that develop and mentor young people. The $5.5 million distributed since The Foundation’s inception is a source of great pride for all those involved. Most importantly, the Foundation has been an inspiration for thousands of Keg staff to give back to those less fortunate both in their communities and around the world.
Suzanne Anton QC has recently served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for BC, where she led the most innovative Justice Ministry in Canada. This followed two terms as an elected member of City Council in Vancouver, and one on the Vancouver Park Board.
Suzanne entered politics with a passion for public facilities, cultural and recreational, and an interest in getting things done. Her extensive knowledge of people, places and institutions in the city, province and country has connected her to the many communities in our multicultural mosaic.
She is a board member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Frontier College, and keeps involved in politics by way of the frequent political campaigns in BC. She has served on numerous boards in the past, including Translink, Pavco (BC Pavilion Corp), Federation of Canadian municipalities, Metro Vancouver, and many not-for-profit and community boards.
Suzanne is a former crown prosecutor and mathematics teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (UBC) and Bachelor of Mathematics (UVic, with distinction). She received her Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
Julie Arsenault is a management consultant who specializes in helping companies that seek to transform their corporate culture through her own niche consulting practice, PIVOT. Julie began her career as a corporate lawyer specializing in securities law and merger and acquisitions with an international law firm based in Montreal. In 2000, after completing an MBA, she reoriented her career into international business development, in which she developed an expertise in leadership, corporate values and corporate culture. Julie is a life-long lover of the arts and an active volunteer in areas of youth mentorship and the arts. In 2002, she founded ArtCorp, a group of 25+ women from artistic and corporate backgrounds who focus on developing unique ways to foster creativity in the workplace and at home. She is the National Co-Chair of artsScene, a division of Business and Arts, a group of young business professionals dedicated to fostering the growth of the arts in Canada through volunteerism, patronage and support. She is also a member of the board of directors of Porte-Parole, a documentary theatre company. She often calls upon the arts to stimulate creativity during corporate events connected with her work, and is drawn to helping artists create art and business people bring art into their lives. Julie has a law degree (both Civil and Common law cum laude) from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the University of British Columbia and London Business School (International Exchange Program).
As Vice Chairman, RBC Wealth Management, Susan Baxter is responsible for supporting top enterprises and families nationally. Her responsibilities include providing guidance, solutions and integration to key Canadian clients across business strategy, family strategy and intergenerational wealth transition planning.
With over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, in both London and Toronto, she brings extensive international, institutional and capital markets expertise, from having developed a deep understanding of the needs of families around the world.
Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Baxter was the European Head of the Global Family Office Group at UBS Investment Bank in London; tasked with providing investment banking products and services to institutional family office organizations and the families they support.
Ms. Baxter began her career at Lehman Brothers as an investment banker and during her time at the firm she built and managed the fixed income derivatives origination business globally. During her career, she has also managed a $3 Billion credit fund and ran the private equity arm for a large global family.
She graduated Deans Honours list with distinction from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
David Binet is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Woodbridge Company Limited, an investment holding company for Canada’s Thomson family. Woodbridge’s largest asset is its 55% stake in Thomson Reuters Corporation, listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges, and it has numerous other investments.
David is Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, and also serves on the board of directors of Woodbridge, The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper), and a number of other companies in which Woodbridge has invested. David is Chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a London-based charity dedicated to journalism training and promoting the rule of law. David is also Chairman of the Board of The National Ballet of Canada and on the board of directors of Canada’s National Ballet School.
Before joining Woodbridge, David was a partner in the Canadian law firm Torys LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Prior to that, he was a news reporter. David attended Queen’s University (BA Hons), McGill University (LLB) and Northwestern University (MSJ) and he has received certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada).
Tania Carnegie is Chief Impact Officer and Leader of the Impact Ventures practice at KPMG. Having created both these roles, she is responsible for KPMG’s Impact strategy, and for advising clients on developing strategies that leverage impact as a means to drive long-term value creation. She is a founding member of KPMG’s Global Impact Investing Institute, and was appointed to the federal Steering Group tasked with developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada.
An active member of her community, Tania is a Director of the Art of Time Ensemble, and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Service Fund. She is a Global Ambassador of WE Charity, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Lee-Chin Institute at the Rotman School of Management, and the Women’s Art Council at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. For over a decade, Tania was a Member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, serving as Lady in Waiting to HRH The Countess of Wessex. Tania is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Tim is the Global CFO for Manulife’s Global Wealth and Asset Management businesses which include retail investment products, retirement record keeping and Institutional Asset management spanning Canada, U.S., Europe, Asia and Japan, as well as the Company’s insurance General Account. Collectively these businesses manage over $1trillion of assets. Previously, Tim held senior executive roles at Manulife including Head of Enterprise Risk and Chief Accountant. Prior to Manulife, Tim was a Director at PWC LLP in the Global Capital Markets Group based in Toronto and London UK.
Tim is an Ontario Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant. In 2013, he was presented the Award of Distinction from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario for career achievements and contributions to the community. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. He was previously a Director of the Art of Time Ensemble in Toronto.
H. Roger Garland is a member of the Board of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto and a Director of a number of public and private corporations. He was Vice-Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels until 2000, having joined the company in 1981 as Senior Vice-President, Finance. Prior to joining Four Seasons, he was a Vice-President, Corporate Banking with Citibank N.A. in Canada and Switzerland. He began his career with Pricewaterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1966.
Paul Genest was appointed Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial in 2016. His background includes academia, government, and business. He served in a number of portfolios as a Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government, including Intergovernmental Affairs and Francophone Affairs. Mr. Genest was also Deputy Minister responsible for oversight of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015. He has served in the federal government in various roles, including as Director of Policy and Research in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He has held executive positions with the Council of Ontario Universities and Bell Canada and has served as Adjunct Professor at Glendon College, York University.
A Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, Mr. Genest is an active volunteer with a number of organizations including the Alliance Française de Toronto, Pine River Institute which provides residential rehabilitation support for teenagers, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region. A champion of diversity, he has been honoured for his advocacy for the rights of the LGBTQ community. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Genest holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (graduating cum laude) in English and Philosophy from the University of Guelph, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and a PhD in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and has completed the Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors – Directors Education Program (ICD.D).
Robert T.E. Gillespie is President of Gilvest Inc. and former Chairman and CEO of General Electric Canada, Inc. He is a past director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. A past member of the Canadian Council for International Business, the International Chamber of Commerce, Team Canada Inc Advisory Board, and the Toronto Economic Advisory Council. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum and a Past Chairman of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Robert was educated at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) and at Harvard Business School (Boston). He has an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Duane Green is president and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments Canada and of Fiduciary Trust Company of Canada. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, he oversees Franklin Templeton’s Canadian business.
Mr. Green previously served as managing director – Canada, responsible for the firm’s Canadian retail, institutional and HNW distribution business. Prior to that, he was head of Institutional, Canada. Duane joined Franklin Templeton in 2004 as vice president, Strategic Alliances. Before joining the firm, he was a vice president at an international insurer.
Mr. Green is chair of the board and director of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp, director of Fiduciary Trust Company of Canada and is chair and director of FTC Investor Services Inc. He also serves as president, CEO and director of both Templeton Growth Fund Ltd and Franklin Templeton Corporate Class Funds Ltd.
Duane is on the Board of Directors of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) and sits on the Pension Committee of Canada’s National Ballet School. He is a past board member of Canada’s National Ballet School and of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
Mr. Green has a degree in economics from the University of Ottawa and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He holds the FMA, CIM, and FCSI designations.