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about us    Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors, Advisory Committee

and Foundation Staff


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair
John Pepperell, CFA
Senior Vice Chair (Retired)
TD Asset Management

John Pepperell recently retired after an extensive career at senior levels in investment research and portfolio management. He was most recently Vice Chair, TD Asset Management. He has been a director for many years on boards in the social, community and environment fields, including The Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, the Georgian Bay Association and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. He has served on the board of directors of The Hearing Foundation of Canada since 2008 and was elected Chair in June 2010. He is an enthusiastic student of classical piano music.

Vice-Chair
Carol-Lynn Chambers
Principal Consultant
Plann-C Consulting Services Ltd.


Carol-Lynn
Chambers is Operations Manager with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal. She brings strong senior leadership and technical experience in both public and private sector organizations, including municipal fire service. Carol-Lynn served as Canada’s highest ranking female career fire service officer as Deputy Fire Chief, City of London Fire Services.  

Carol-Lynn teaches Local Government Management/Organizational Behaviour as a Part-Time Faculty Member with The University of Western Ontario, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is currently the President of the University of Western Ontario’s Alumni Association.

Carol-Lynn has been recognized widely for her career and community contributions, including receiving the prestigious Premier’s Award in 2008 as nominated by Lambton College, where she graduated in 1986.

She is strongly committed to volunteer service. Carol-Lynn serves as Vice-Chair and Programming Committee Chair of the Board of Directors for THFC and has served on a wide range of committees for community and professional organizations. She also mentors young women considering non-traditional careers.

Treasurer, and Finance Committee Chair
Jason F. Gorel, CFA, CA, CPA (Illinois)
Chief Financial Officer
Toronto Community Housing

Mr. Gorel has more than 15 years of strategic financial experience with exposure to the real estate, telecommunications, manufacturing, entertainment, banking and insurance sectors. He is currently the Director, Financial Reporting at Cinram International Income Fund, a multinational public company with operations in North America and Europe, with approximately 9,000 employees, involved in the manufacturing, replication and distribution of Blu Ray, DVD, CDs and video games.

Mr. Gorel has held finance positions with public real estate companies, such as Canadian Apartment Properties REIT and InnVest REIT, where he gained exposure to treasury, capital management, financial reporting and acquisition activities.  He was also the Chief Financial Officer for BCS Global Networks Ltd., a U.K. based private international videoconferencing services company with offices in North America, Europe and China.

Mr. Gorel articled with KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm. He also serves as a Board member and Finance Committee Chair of the Hearing Foundation of Canada, a Board Member and Chair of the Corporate Affairs and Audit Committee of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Past President and Board Member of the Etobicoke Chartered Accountants Association.  He previously served on the Board of the Etobicoke Community Concert Band, and as Treasurer and a Board member of the Brampton Concert Band.  In 2012, Mr. Gorel eceived a Diamond Jubilee Medal in respect of his community service, and is currently pursuing his Corporate Director designation at the Institute of Corporate Directors through the University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management).

Mr. Gorel holds a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and Certified Public Accounting designation.

Director, and Medical Research/Grants Committee Lead
Peter Alberti, MB BS, PhD, FRCSC
Professor (Emeritus)

University of Toronto

In addition to being an Emeritus Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto, Peter Alberti is the Past Secretary of the International Federation of Otalaryngological Societies, Advisor to the World Health Organization on Prevention of Hearing Loss.
Peter has spent his working life on problems of hearing loss, its prevention and management, and has a special interest in social and industrial noise. He has edited several books and is the author and co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, mainly related to hearing loss.
In his retirement, Peter is a keen photographer.

Director
Terry Bissett
Consultant

Director, and Fundraising Committee Chair

Peter Grech
Managing Partner
Tessera Executive Search

Peter Grech is the Managing Partner of Tessera Executive Search, a retained executive recruitment firm with offices in key markets around the globe.

Previously, Peter worked for a large international executive search firm. Based in their Toronto office, he recruited for clients in the financial services, hi-tech, professional services and manufacturing industries. Client organizations ranged from start-ups to the largest corporations in Canada and the United States.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1990) from McGill University. He was also awarded a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Peter holds dual Canadian / Australian citizenship and resided in Australia for a period of nine years where he ran the division of a company that provided marketing support services to the retail sector in Australasia and the South Pacific.

Peter serves on the Board of Directors of THFC. Outside of work, his love of cooking is only surpassed by his passion for his two children. His source of daily inspiration comes from his wife, television actor, Gisèle Corinthios of TV Ontario’s “Gisèle’s Big Backyard.”

Director
Mike Green
President & CEO
ObjectSharp

Director, and Finance Committee Vice-Chair
Jim Louttit
Vice President, Latin America (Retired)
Scotiabank

Director
Jonathan Mackey
Global Head of Executive Recruitment
RBC Financial Group

Director
Stanley M. Tepner, CA, CFP, TEP
First Vice President
CIBC Wood Gundy

Stan Tepner is First Vice President and has been an Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy (and predecessor companies) since 1991. Prior to that, he worked for more than a decade at public accounting firms, primarily in the income tax practice.

Stan heads a five-member team of financial professionals that provides tax-efficient investment, income and estate planning solutions to affluent Canadian business owners, professionals and their families. A longstanding member of his firm’s prestigious Chairman’s Council, Stan has also been a prolific contributor of financial knowledge to the Canadian public through countless articles, interviews and broadcast appearances.

He is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of THFC.



ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Honorary Chair
John C. Eaton, KStJ, O.Ont, DCom
The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation


Member
Robert Harrison, PhD, DSc
Director, Auditory Science Laboratory, Department of Otolaryngology,
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Bob Harrison works at the Hospital for Sick Children as a Senior Scientist (in Neuroscience and Mental Health) and at the University of Toronto as a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He has basic training in biological sciences, with doctoral degrees in neuroscience from universities in the U.K.

Bob uses a wide range of research tools including recording electrical signals from cells in the brain, studying the ear with electron microscopy and imaging the brain areas used for hearing. Some of his work has focused the haircells of the inner ear. He has studied various types of hearing loss in human subjects and in animals, e.g. noise trauma, Meniere’s disease, hypoxia, and drug induced hearing loss. Bob has developed some novel ideas about the cause of auditory neuropathy. In central regions of the auditory brain, he has researched aspects of development and neuro-plasticity in the midbrain and cerebral cortex.

Bob is also involved in clinical research including evoked potential and otoacoustic emission studies as well as research on speech and language development in children with cochlear implants. His research philosophy is to take new basic science findings and apply them clinically.

Member
Stanley H. Hartt, OC, QC
Chairman
MacQuarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

Secretary
Ken Hennessy, LLB
Vice President
(Retired)
Transamerica Life

Member
Eric Jackman, O.Ont, PhD, LLD
President
Invicta Investments Inc.

Member

Amit Monga, PhD

Chairman & Managing Director

Sarapoint Global Ltd.


Dr. Amit Monga, is an active angel investor who has previously worked as an investment banker, venture capitalist and has successfully founded and sold a US based on-demand software company. He currently holds an Executive Professor of Finance appointment at the School of Business, University of Alberta, and is also the Chairman & Managing Director of Sarapoint Global Ltd., an international advisory firm that assists private and public companies with capital markets positioning and executing growth strategies. Most recently, he founded Baanto, a Toronto based 3D tracking technology company with applications in gaming, touch-screens and interactive white boards.

Amit has extensive corporate governance experience and has previously served on the boards of venture funds and private companies. He currently serves on the board of Alberta Innovates: Technology Futures, an agency funded by the Alberta Government to promote innovation in the area of technology, and is a member of the Business Advisory Council at the University of the Alberta School of Business. An active supporter of arts and education, he is a supporter of the Bell Lightbox and also a member of its Campaign Committee. He has also endowed scholarships to support excellence in capital markets and venture capital at the University of Alberta. Dr. Monga is a frequent contributor to the Financial Post, where he writes on venture capital, private equity and M&A.

Member and Chair of Finance Committee
Larry Murray, FCA
Partner (Retired)
KPMG LLP

Member
Julian Nedzelski, MD, FRCSC
Head of Otolaryngology
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Member
Lynda Palazzi
Educator (Retired)

Member
Hon. John D. Reynolds, P.C.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Lang Michener LLP
 
John Reynolds’ career includes substantial experience in venture capital development, consumer products marketing, resource sector development and elected political office, both federal and provincial. His extensive political experience includes numerous elections as an MP in British Columbia, appointment to Cabinet as Minister of Environment and Official Opposition House Leader. John served on numerous standing committees that addressed health and welfare, sport and fitness, transportation, and justice and legal affairs. He was also vice-chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and vice-chair of the Canada/UK Parliamentary Association.

John’s community activities have included being a founding member and chairman of the Gordie Howe Foundation for Disabled Athletes, member of the International Churchill Society, and he served as a member of the Board of Governors for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games Society. He was awarded the Queens Medal in 1978 and 2002.

John is currently a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and a Senior Strategic Advisor to Lang Michener law firm in Vancouver.

He is married to Yvonne and they have seven children and ten grandchildren.

Member
Richard Rooney, CA, CFA
President
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Richard Rooney began his career at Price Waterhouse in 1981 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. He then joined Sun Life as an Investment Analyst specializing in Canadian equities. Following a period as Portfolio Manager for Canadian equities, Richard was given responsibility for all non-Canadian equity investments at Sun Life’s investment counseling subsidiary, Sunimco. Richard joined AMI Partners in 1989, where he had extensive responsibilities for Canadian equity research.

He joined Burgundy in February 1995, and was appointed President and Chief Investment Officer in September 1997. In addition to these duties, Richard is responsible for EAFE and Global equity mandates at Burgundy.

Richard is a Director of Empire Life Insurance. He is Chair of the Stratford Festival of Canada, a Trustee of The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation and a Director of the Historica-Dominion Institute.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1977 and his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1981. Richard obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1987. In 2009, he was honoured by his peers and received the designation of Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Member
Donald Ross, LL.B.
Senior of Counsel
Convington & Burling LLP

Member
Richard C. Seewald, PhD
Distinguished University Professor, National Centre for Audiology,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Richard Seewald is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the National Centre for Audiology and in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario.

For the past 35 years, Richard’s work has focused on issues that pertain to the selection and fitting of amplification and early habilitation for infants and young children who have hearing loss. He is known internationally for his work in developing the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method for pediatric hearing instrument fitting.

Richard has received numerous awards for his work with children including the Honors of the Canadian Speech, Language and Hearing Association, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dalhousie University and, most recently, the prestigious International Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology for his pioneering work in the field of pediatric audiology.

Member
J. Angus Watt
Managing Director
National Bank Financial

Angus Watt is Managing Director, Individual Investor Services, National Bank Financial with an expertise in long term Financial Planning, Group Benefits, and Estate Planning. As Central Alberta’s Business Authority, Angus broadcasts 62 times per week on Global TV and 630 CHED.

Angus is Chair, Alberta Order of Excellence Council, and Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is past Chair and currently a Director, Edmonton Police Foundation, board member of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and the David Foster & Friends Edmonton Committee 2008. He serves as an advisor to The Canadian Cancer Society, The Hearing Foundation of Canada and Little Warriors.

Previously, Angus was twice chair of The United Way of Northern Alberta and also chaired The Minerva Foundation, The Support Network and The Support Network Foundation. He is a past recipient of the “Paul Harris Fellow,” awarded by the Rotary Club of Canada. 

Member
Sheila Weatherill, O.C., LL.D. 
Special Advisor,
Executive in Residence
University of Alberta



FOUNDATION STAFF

Executive Director
Andrea Swinton
aswinton@hearingfoundation.ca

Director, Development & Programs
Janice Eales
jeales@hearingfoundation.ca


Senior Development Officer

Niti Bhotoia
nbhotoia@hearingfoundation.ca

Program and Development Assistant
Lauren Edding-Lee
leddinglee@hearingfoundation.ca

 

 


 


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