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Rick Mercer, OC is host of CBC Television’s Rick Mercer Report that will start its 14th season in October, 2016. Rick launched his television career in 1993 in This Hour Has 22 Minutes and went on to the satirical dramatic series Made in Canada. His 2001 CBC TV special Talking To Americans broke ratings records. For the past two seasons Rick hosted the annual Giller Awards on CBC Television and in 2014 he and Jann Arden hosted The Canadian Country Music Awards.
Born and educated in Port Colborne, Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and an MA from Cornell University. Following appointment as a Foreign Service officer with Canada’s Department of Trade and Commerce in 1962, Mr.
Arni Thorsteinson is President and principal of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited. He has over 45 years experience in real estate development and finance. Arni is a founder of Lanesborough, Huntingdon, Temple and White Rock Real Estate Investment Trusts which listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He is also a Director of Bird Construction Inc. and Onex Corporation.
Trina McQueen is Adjunct Professor in the Arts and Media department of the Schulich School of Business, where she developed and taught the first course in media company management.
Mrs. McQueen has had a long career as an executive in journalism and broadcasting in both the private and public sector. She retired as President and COO of CTV Inc., and had been founding President of Discovery Channel, and head of CBC's news , current affairs and news channel. She began her career as an on-air reporter and program host.
The Hon. Myra A. Freeman C.M.,O.N.S.,M.S.M, a graduate of Dalhousie University, is an educator whose focus on youth related issues has been a hallmark of her commitment to community. Through her service as Nova Scotia’s 30th Lieutenant Governor, Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) and former Director of the RCMP Foundation, the International Women’s Forum of Canada, and the Advisory Board of Coady International Institute, she has served in leadership capacities and provided a greater awareness of community to the public.
Mr. Fortier is the former Chair and Senior Partner of Norton Rose (formerly Ogilvy Renault) in Montréal. He resigned from Norton Rose on 31 December 2011 and, since 1 January 2012, he has been practising as a sole arbitrator and mediator with offices in Montréal, London, and Toronto.
Alison Faulknor is Director of New Initiatives at the National Trust for Canada, a national charitable organization that leads and inspires communities to save and renew heritage places. Prior to this, she worked at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Dominion Institute (serving as a director for over eight years), the Hamilton Art Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Ms. Faulknor has a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and an Honours BA in Art History from McMaster University.
Ann Dadson is a director of The CRB Foundation, a charitable organization established by Andrea and Charles Bronfman. She is co-Chair of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and a director of the COGECO Film Development Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Harvard University’s Institute in Arts Administration.
Stephen Smith is the Chairman, President and Co-Founder of First National Financial LP (“FNFLP”) which is Canada’s largest non-bank mortgage lender with over $55 billion of mortgage assets under administration. With 600 employees across the country, FNFLP lends in excess of $11 billion of commercial and single family residential mortgages to Canadians annually.