Chair, CivicAction; Chair, Postmedia Canada Corp
Rod is Global Head of Client Services and Country Lead for Canada at Afiniti and the Chair of the Board of Postmedia. Afiniti is a Washington, DC based global technology company delivering Artificial Intelligence driven enterprise behavioral pairing solutions. Postmedia is Canada’s largest news media company owning over 180 print and digital publications.
Previously, Rod was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and of Shepell.fgi, one of North America’s leading providers of B2B health and productivity solutions. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Mel Lastman during his first term as the leader of the newly amalgamated City of Toronto.
Active in his community, Rod is the Chair of the Boards of CivicAction and Telus Toronto Community Board and a member of the board of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He also is a member of the boards of Discovery Air Inc., Data Group Limited and INFOR Acquisition Corp.
Rod was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and later was chosen as one of the “Best of the Best” on the 10th anniversary of the award. He is a winner of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, Deal of the Year Award in the Private Equity Category and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 32nd Combat Engineer Regiment headquartered in Toronto. Rod is a graduate of the MBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a BA with Honours in Political Science and English from Western University. He is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation ICD.D.
Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Kilian Berz is a Partner and Managing Director and leads the Canadian Practice of The Boston Consulting Group. Kilian has worked extensively as a consultant across many industries, for government and non-for-profit organizations.
Kilian has focused a significant amount of his time on transforming organizations led from a perspective of the creating a differentiated customer experience. Based on customers’ technical, functional and emotional needs, he helped companies to redefine their customer service proposition and innovate their approach to deliver the targeted experience.
Kilian has led global research on organizational change and innovation. He has studied success factors for top performers across all customer segments and developed a strong quantitative perspective on the improvement potential of individual organizations.
Kilian holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bonn University. His thesis focused on managing organizational change and aligning personal interests with the overall organizational aspiration.
Former CEO, Canadian Urban Institute; Former Mayor, City of Toronto
A native Torontonian, David Crombie has been a champion for strong neighbourhoods and helping to improve Toronto’s social systems for decades. He is a former Mayor of Toronto and Member of Parliament, and has served as Federal Cabinet Minister. He served as Chancellor of Ryerson University and was conferred the title of Chancellor Emeritus in 2006. A member of many community organizations, Mr. Crombie is a Director of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, the Founding Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, President of David Crombie & Associates Inc., Chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation, former Chair of Ontario Place Corporation and the former President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. He also serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. David Crombie has been appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada.
President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Janet De Silva was appointed President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade in November 2014. As President & CEO Ms. De Silva leads the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre, representing the business interest of 12,000 members and 200,000 business professionals across the Toronto region.
Prior to joining the Board, Ms. De Silva was Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Mainland China operations of Ivey Business School, with responsibility for the school’s programs, overall development and expansion in Asia.
For 14 years Ms. De Silva has led businesses internationally as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s business in Hong Kong and its Mainland China joint venture. Under her leadership Sun Life Everbright光大永明人寿 expanded its China operations from 2 to 15 cities, grew to a workforce of more than 4,000, and delivered triple digit revenue growth. In 2007, Ms. De Silva co-founded and was CEO of Retail China Limited, a company that worked with international retail brands operating their retail stores and managing franchises in China. The company was acquired in 2010, but she remained active in capital advisory and investment projects.
Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking,
BMO Financial Group
Cameron Fowler is the Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking. In this position he is accountable for the overall business results for the Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking business.
This includes business and sales strategies for our Canadian Banking and North American Retail and Small Business Payments businesses and ensuring appropriate governance and risk management frameworks and controls are in place across the group. Mr. Fowler also has accountability for BMO’s digital, mobile, contact centre and physical channels across North America.
A member of the BMO Financial Group Executive Committee, Mr. Fowler joined the company in January 2009 as Executive Vice-President and Head of Strategy and Marketing, BMO. Most recently, Mr. Fowler was Executive Vice-President, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and performance of our customer segments, physical and virtual channels and all product areas, including payments and cards. He was appointed to his current role in February 2014.
Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Fowler was the Managing Director & Head of Barclays Wealth International with Barclays in London, UK. He also held various senior positions within Barclays, Delano Technology Corporation and Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting and served as Policy Advisor for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Ontario.
Mr. Fowler is a member of the board of directors of CivicAction, a member of the CBA Executive Council and is active in several charities including United Way.
In 2010, Mr. Fowler was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He has a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and received his MBA from the London Business School at the University of London (UK).
Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC
Zabeen Hirji is RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer and has global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. As a member of RBC’s Group Executive, she is one of nine executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.
Ms. Hirji joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles both in British Columbia and in Toronto in Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards. Prior to joining Human Resources in 1997, she was Regional Manager Credit Card Operations, Central Canada. She assumed her current role in February 2007.
Ms. Hirji’s community leadership includes serving as Co-Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Vice-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and director of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. In 2005 she was named a Fellow of Centennial College in recognition of her international leadership in diversity, highlighting her leadership in building cultural competency and championing the advancement of women, visible minorities and new immigrants. Ms. Hirji was also named Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce in 2010.
Ms. Hirji holds a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and has completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan Business School. She is a frequent speaker and is often quoted on Human Resources and diversity related topics.
She and her husband live in Toronto with their two children.
President at TD Ameritrade
Tim Hockey is a financial services veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in retail banking and wealth management and a passion for leveraging technology to enhance the client experience.
As President of TD Ameritrade, he is primarily responsible for the oversight of the strategy and operations supporting the company’s three client channels: Retail Investing, Trading and Institutional, and will assume additional responsibilities for technology, operations and corporate functions over the coming months. He has been appointed by the company’s board of directors as successor to Chief Executive Officer Fred Tomczyk, who has announced his intent to retire at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.
Hockey joined TD Ameritrade in January 2016 from TD Bank Group, where he most recently served as Group Head, Canadian Banking and Wealth management, and as President and CEO of TD Canada Trust. His primary responsibilities covered a portfolio of global businesses totaling nearly CDN $13 billion in annual revenue and included global direct investing, advisory and Canadian asset management businesses, as well as leadership of Canadian personal banking, business banking and auto finance. Over his 32-year career with TD, he held senior positions in a variety of areas including mutual funds, retail distribution, information technology, core and small business, credit cards and personal lending.
Hockey holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and sits on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the SickKids Foundation, the largest non-governmental granting agency in children’s health in Canada, and was Chair of the Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower Campaign. He is on the board of The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and served as the 2015 Honorary Chair for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
He was an executive member of the Canadian Bankers Association, previously serving as Chair of the organization. He is also a past winner of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40,” a program that celebrates Canadians who have reach significant success before the age of 40 in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences
Rob MacIsaac is the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). HHS is one of the most comprehensive health care systems in Canada. Comprised of a family of six hospitals and six specialized facilities, it serves more than 2.5 million residents of Hamilton and Central South and Central West Ontario. With a budget over $1.3 billion and over 12,000 staff, the hospital is the largest employer in the Hamilton region. As an academic teaching hospital with an affiliation with McMaster University and Mohawk College, HHS is committed to providing exemplary health care while advancing health research and education.
Prior to joining HHS, Rob was the President of Mohawk College in Hamilton. Over a five year period, he led the transformation of its main campus with investments in new and renovated space totalling more than $80M. Today, Mohawk is recognized as southern Ontario’s post-secondary hub for health and technology, and a leader in applied research. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr. MacIsaac served as the first Chair of Metrolinx – the provincial transportation authority responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He also served three terms as Mayor of the City of Burlington from 1997 to 2006.
Mr. MacIsaac has been recognized for his accomplishments in community building with the Canada 125 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, and a Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Doctor of Arts (Honoris Causa) from Australia’s Charles Sturt University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo in 1984 and received a Law degree at the University of Western Ontario in 1987. He was called to the Bar in 1989.
President and CEO, United Way of Toronto & York Region
Susan McIsaac became President and CEO of United Way Toronto on September 1, 2010. She is a widely recognized leader with more than 20 years experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Ms. McIsaac was United Way Toronto’s Chief Development Officer. Before joining United Way, Ms. McIsaac worked for KCI Ketchum Canada, a leader in organizational health, fundraising communication and philanthropic counsel, where she supported a variety of non-profit clients as a campaign director and later as Vice President of Educational Services from 1992 to 1998. Ms. McIsaac has spent a lifetime in service to the community. She donates much of her time to several non-profits in Toronto including the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance Board of Directors, and works as a mentor for United Way’s CITY Leaders program. She is also a steering committee member for the Governor General’s Initiative on Volunteerism and Philanthropy. In 2007, she received the National Award of Excellence from United Way of Canada–Centraide Canada and was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Director, Development, Build Toronto
Salima is the Director of Development for Build Toronto, an innovative real estate development corporation created as part of the City of Toronto’s strategy to enhance Toronto’s economic competitiveness. Her previous professional experience ranges from managing property developments for SmartCentres, structuring venture capital deals for Care Enterprise Partners, to producing some of Toronto’s most successful cultural arts festivals notably the Hot and Spicy Food Festival and Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Outside of work Salima is engaged in community. She is a past Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Network; was instrumental to the establishment of TORONTO+acumen in 2010, where she continues as an advisor; and, she chair’s the investment committee for RISE Asset Development, a micro fund dedicated to financing entrepreneurs living with mental illness and addictions.
Salima holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelors of Commerce from the Sauder Business School at the University of British Columbia, where she was elected Valedictorian of her graduating class.
Executive Director, Enterprise Risk, Deloitte
Peter Sloly is a highly respected executive with an international reputation for promoting human rights, addressing social justice issues and leading organizational change using innovative evidence based best practices. Peter’s first career was a professional soccer player. He later joined the Toronto Police Service and rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Chief. During his policing career, he led major public safety operations, innovative IT projects and corporate change initiatives as well as participating in two tours of duty in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo. Peter is a passionate civic leader who sits on high profile local, regional and national NGO Boards of Directors. He is a member of CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council.
Regional Sales Manager, Sales Solutions
Richard Wiltshire has extensive roots in CivicAction’s work and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Network. Richard is a regional manager at LinkedIn, and previously worked at Accenture and GlaxoSmithKline with stints in Canada, the U.S., England and Hong Kong. He was a 2011 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, served on CivicAction’s Escalator Champion’s Council, and is a 2015 member of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference. He is also co-founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a CivicAction incubated project. Richard has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.
Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction
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Sevaun Palvetzian has been CEO at CivicAction since January of 2014. The CEO reports to the Board.
Read her full bio here.