Grayson Bass

Rob Brouwer

Randy Cass

Cindy Chan

Andrew Drexler

Keri Damen

Jeffrey Dvorkin

Jim Falle

Dennis Fortnum

Melissa Grelo

Estherlita Griffiths

Ravi Gukathasan

Hamza Khan

Salim Maherali

Bill McConkey

Corey Messom

Elliot Noss

Shant Poladian

Rick Powers

Sachin Shah

Harshvendra Soin

Suganya Tharmalingam

Georgette Zinaty

 

 

 


Grayson Bass
Managing Director
Mayor Wilson Inc.

 

With a motto of “Imagine. Innovate. Build.” he has formed and lead strategy initiatives and operations for start-ups to established multinationals around the world focusing on Innovation and Product/Portfolio Management. He is a Teacher, Leader, and Inventor. He researches networks and social economic measurement and has a passion for social justice and economic empowerment. He teaches Applied Innovation to Executive MBA students at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and is Managing Director of Mayor Wilson, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Rob Brouwer
Vice Chairman, KPMG Canada
Regional Head of Markets, KPMG Americas

Rob is a Vice Chairman at KPMG in Canada, Regional Head of Markets for KPMG in the Americas, and a member of the KPMG Americas Management Committee.

He has over 30 years of experience as an executive relationship partner and audit partner for a wide range of public and private companies with operations in Canada and internationally, and in a range of industries. Rob has also served in a number of capacities in KPMG’s Canadian, US and International head offices. He has served as Canadian Managing Partner, Clients and Markets, Chief Administrative Officer for KPMG Americas, GTA Regional Managing Partner, and as Partner in Charge of the Toronto audit practice. He was previously KPMG in Canada’s senior accounting technical partner, and for many years National Director of KPMG’s Mining Practice in Canada.

Rob is also a UTSC alumnus (BA 1978).

 

 

 

Randy Cass 
CEO, Founder, Portfolio Manager
Nest Wealth

Randy brings over 15 years experience in the financial services industry to Nest Wealth.

Prior to founding Nest Wealth, Randy managed quantitative portfolios at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and institutional assets at Orchard Asset Management. Randy’s previous company, First Coverage, won multiple awards as a top start-up including a financial services Morningstar award for best use of Technology in Canada before it was ultimately sold in 2011. Randy hosted Market Sense on BNN between 2012 and 2014.

Randy is committed to providing Canadians with a personalized and professional wealth management solution that lets them keep more of their money.

 

 

 

 

Cindy Chan
Assistant Professor, Marketing, Department of Management
U of T Scarborough

Cindy Chan is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is cross-appointed to the Marketing Area at the Rotman School of Management.

Cindy researches consumer relationships, examining the social influences on and social consequences of consumer behavior. She also investigates the role of emotion in consumer relationships. Her research is published in the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and has been featured in popular press outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Scientific American. 

 

 

 

 

Keri Damen
Managing Director
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship

As Managing Director of U of T Entrepreneurship, she works to inspire and create the next generation of entrepreneurs and to support, amplify and scale the entrepreneurship ecosystem and outcomes across campus.

Previously she managed the academic and business success of a rapidly growing portfolio of programs as Program Director, Business and Professional Studies at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. Before joining SCS full-time, she designed its Certificate in Entrepreneurship experiential program where she teaches the course, Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management, to aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Drexler
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Financing
First National Financial LP

Andrew has been a part of the First National Financial commercial team for the past 15 years, and has originated more than $4 billion in commercial financing.

For Andrew, reputation is everything. He builds his by consistently being a trusted advisor to his clients, adding the value of his honesty and expertise.

Andrew has originated debt across the country and across all asset classes. That diversity shapes his perspectives and defines how he evaluates opportunities and identifies the value inherent in a deal.

Working at First National, Andrew feels encouraged to put client needs ahead of his own and communicate frankly and honestly. It’s how he’s built his reputation and contributed to First National’s reputation as well.

Andrew is also a UTSC alumnus (BComm 2001).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Dvorkin
Lecturer and Director of the Journalism Program
U of T Scarborough

Jeffrey Dvorkin is a lecturer and director of the journalism program at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. His journalistic career began at CBS News in London while still a graduate student at the London School of Economics.

For more than 20 years, he was a CBC journalist in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto where he became Managing Editor and Chief Journalist for CBC Radio. In 1997, he was named Vice-President, News and Information at NPR in Washington, DC where he subsequently became NPR’s first news ombudsman, handling ethical complaints and concerns from listeners. Dvorkin has an Honours B.A. in European History from the University of Alberta, an M.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.Phil. from the LSE. He comments regularly for print and broadcast and blogs at www.nowthedetails.com.

 

 

 

 

Jim Falle
Former CFO
Canadian Banking, Life Insurance, Asset Management and P&C Insurance Industries

A C-Suite Executive with 30 years of experience as a CFO in the Canadian Banking, Life Insurance, Asset Management and P&C Insurance Industries. Recognized for results achieved in driving business performance, reengineering, and mergers and acquisitions. Significant Board, Corporate Governance and Risk Management experience. Possesses extensive business acumen as well as excellent team, leadership and communications skills. Recognized by his Peers and his profession including receiving the FCA designation in 2009, and being nominated for CFO of the year in 2014. A thought leader frequently sought as a speaker and Industry leader at Financial Institution seminars and industry forums.

Jim is also a UTSC alumnus (BA 1977).

 

 

 

 

Dennis Fortnum
Global Chairman, KPMG Enterprise
KPMG International

As the Global Chairman and former Canadian Managing Partner of KPMG Enterprise, Dennis Fortnum has helped some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs grow successful businesses and realize the value of their efforts through timely exit or succession strategies. If you want to unlock the keys to running a successful business, he is your go-to business adviser for private companies of all sizes across a variety of industries. For over 35 years Dennis has been providing audit, strategy, acquisition, and finance-related services to his clients.

Dennis is also a UTSC alumnus (BA 1978).

 

 

 

 

Melissa Grelo
Co-host of The Social
Late Morning Anchor of Your Morning

Smart, opinionated, and informed, Melissa Grelo is co-host of The Social and the Late Morning Anchor of Your Morning. Previously, Grelo was the long-time co-host of the most-watched morning news program in the Greater Toronto Area, CP24 Breakfast, and has anchored and reported on the biggest stories in Canada’s largest news market. The mother of an adventurous young daughter, she is active in the community, specifically with the GTA’s youth, and is the Celebrity Ambassador in Canada for The Prince of Wales’s Campaign for Wool.

 

 

 

 

Estherlita F. Griffiths
Divisional Vice-President, Enterprise Architecture & IT Governance
Sears Canada

Estherlita Griffiths is Divisional Vice-President, Enterprise Architecture & IT Governance for Sears Canada Inc. in Toronto, ON (Canada).  In this role, she is accountable for strategy and IT Operations for Sears Canada’s legacy technology platforms, and leads Information Security, IT Risk and Audit, Project Management, IT Finance and Planning, and IT Vendor/Asset Management for the corporation.  In addition to the retail industry, she has experience in various Information Technology roles across the insurance/financial services, sports & entertainment, and not-for-profit industries, and in the public sector as an Information Security Auditor.  Estherlita received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto Scarborough (BSc 1992), and has completed the Leadership Development Program at the Niagara Institute.

 

 

 

Ravi Gukathasan
President and CEO
Digital Specialty Chemicals

Ravi set up DSC as a custom chemical company the day after he graduated in 1987. Within 6 months of operation, he’d put a strategy in place to scale up from laboratory amounts to commercial volumes. He’s since led the growth of DSC, resulting in its success financially, as well as its reputation as a respected, environmentally and socially responsible producer. As CEO for overall strategy, global partnerships and innovation, DSC continues to meet the needs of global material science and fine chemical markets through innovation that’s built into every aspect of its founder’s vision.

Ravi is also a UTSC alumnus (BSc 1982).

 

 

 

Hamza Khan
Co-founder
Splash Effect

Born in New York and raised in Toronto, Hamza Khan is an award-winning marketer, accomplished entrepreneur, and dynamic keynote speaker. He is making waves as the co-founder of Splash Effect, a boutique digital marketing & creative agency which helps clients who do good, to do better. He has worked with leading institutions and forward-thinking brands such as the Rotman School of Management, Restaurants Canada, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, HootSuite, University of Toronto, and PepsiCo. Through his consulting, writing, teaching and speaking, he empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into reality. He is a faculty member at Seneca College and Ryerson University, teaching courses on digital marketing and social media. He is two-time TEDx speaker and is regularly invited by leading organizations and businesses to speak on subjects such as how to build digital communities, the impact of personal branding, how to master productivity, navigating the multigenerational workforce, building resilience, and more. He has spoken at more than 50 events, to more than 10,000 people ranging from high school students to senior executives.

Hamza is also a UTSC alumnus (HBA 2010).

 

 

Salim Maherali
President
Adobe Canada

Adobe is the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. Our creative, marketing and document solutions empower everyone – from emerging artists to global brands – to bring digital creations to life and deliver immersive, compelling experiences to the right person at the right moment for the best results. In short, Adobe is everywhere, and we’re changing the world through digital experiences.

Salim is also a UTSC alumnus (BComm 1999).

 

 

Bill McConkey
Professor, Department of Management
University of Toronto Scarborough

Bill supervises students who wish to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities during their work terms, helping them build business plans and bring their concepts to market. Bill is involved in several student organizations, including TMG The Marketing Group, LIVE and the department’s new Advertising club. Bill sits on the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors of a number of Canadian companies.

Bill is also a UTSC alumnus (BSc 1987).

 

 

 

Corey Messom
Vice President, Technology
Sears Canada

An innovator, ideator, and leader with more than 20 years in marketing, communications and enterprise technology, Corey is a keen explorer of technology and a firm believer that “he not busy being born is busy dying”. Building high performance teams that push technology systems to the limit (or making new limits) is what Corey does best. Initially joining Sears to lead the Initium Commerce Lab (Sears in-house start-up) to now responsible for the entirety of Sears Canada Information Technology, for Corey, the challenge to innovate has never been greater, but as he likes to say, if you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.

 

 

 

 

Elliot Noss
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tucows

Under Elliot, Tucows challenged how software was distributed in the 1990s and how domain names were offered and managed in the 2000s and is challenging how mobile phone service and fixed Internet are provided today.

For nearly twenty years, Elliot has loved and championed the Internet as the greatest agent of positive change the world has ever seen. Through his role at Tucows, his involvement in ICANN and his personal efforts, he has lobbied, agitated and educated to promote this vision and protect an Open Internet around the world.

Elliot is also a UTSC alumnus (BA 1984).

 

 

 

 

Shant Poladian
Principal, Managing Director – Investment Banking
Eight Capital

Shant Poladian joined Eight Capital (previously Dundee Capital Markets) in 2016 as Principal, Managing Director – Investment Banking. He is a capital markets, finance and real estate professional with a proven track record spanning over fifteen years. Shant’s industry coverage includes Real Estate and Diversifieds.

Shant is also a UTSC alumnus (BComm 1998).

 

 

Rick Powers
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Rotman School of Management

Richard Powers is the National Academic Director, Directors Education Program and Governance Essentials Program. Rick recently completed a 5-year term as the Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Rotman MBA and Master of Finance Programs. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, Rick’s areas of expertise include corporate governance, ethics, business and corporate law and sports marketing. He also teaches in Rotman’s Executive MBA, OMNIUM, MBA and Executive Education Programs. He is a director of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada.

 

 

 

 

Sachin Shah
Senior Managing Partner
Brookfield

Sachin Shah is a Senior Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer of the Brookfield Renewable Group and Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Renewable Partners.

Mr. Shah joined Brookfield in 2002 and has held a variety of senior finance roles across the organization. In 2011, Mr. Shah became the Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield Renewable Partners and since that time has been instrumental in growing the platform into a global business diversified across multiple technologies.

Sachin is also a UTSC alumnus (BComm 1999).

 

 

 

Harshvendra Soin
Senior Vice President and Country Head (Enterprise) – Canada
Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra represents the connected world, offering innovative and customer-centric information technology experiences, enabling Enterprises, Associates and the Society to Rise™. We are a USD 4.1 billion company with 112,800+ professionals across 90 countries, helping over 825 global customers including Fortune 500 companies. Our convergent, digital, design experiences, innovation platforms and reusable assets connect across a number of technologies to deliver tangible business value and experiences to our stakeholders. Tech Mahindra is amongst the Fab 50 companies in Asia (Forbes 2016 list).

 

 

 

 

Suganya Tharmalingam
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Kensington

Suganya Tharmalingam is a Kensington Managing Director and Investment Committee member, and the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for overseeing all of the accounting, reporting and financial controls for all of the Kensington managed funds. She also provides expertise on valuation, risk insurance, and due diligence in venture capital, private equity and infrastructure. Suganya is a Certified Public Accountant (U.S.), Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, and holds a B.Comm (2001) Specialist Program in Management and Economics from the University of Toronto Scarborough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgette Zinaty
Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations
U of T Scarborough

Georgette Zinaty is the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).  An alumna of UTSC, Ms. Zinaty holds a Bachelor degree in English and Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Business Administration at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (a joint program with the Rotman School of Business) with a research focus on business leadership and in particular what leadership will look like in decades to come.