Directors of the George Brown College Foundation have a strong interest in and commitment to the goals and long-term objectives of George Brown College. Our Directors bring credibility, integrity, and respect to the Foundation. Their energy, enthusiasm,
Current members of the Board come from diverse backgrounds and all have demonstrated a dedication to excellence in their chosen fields:
Officers of the Board:
Chair of the Board
Director & Member of the Finance Committee
Executive Vice President, Banking Centres, CIBC
Peter Lee is Executive Vice President, Banking Centres at CIBC. Peter has over 25 years of financial services experience across Full-Service Brokerage, Discretionary Investment Counsel, Private Banking, Trust, Insurance, Estate and Financial Planning. An honours business graduate from McGill University, Peter began his career with Merrill Lynch Canada, has worked with Dean Witter Reynolds Canada and Midland Walwyn Capital. He has held progressively senior leadership roles including President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Bank's full-service brokerage. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of CIBC Private Wealth Management Canada and CIBC Wood Gundy.
Peter is actively involved in the community and serves as the Chair of the George Brown College Foundation. He is the former Board Chair of The Children's Aid Foundation and has served in leadership roles with Sick Kids Foundation and United Way.
Director & Chair of the Finance Committee
Partner, Wealth & Investment Management, Capco
As Chair of the Foundation's Finance Committee, Gary brings his significant financial management experience to bear on the oversight of George Brown College Foundation's finances. He is a partner at Capco, a global business and technology management consulting firm and his experience extends across the spheres of wealth and investment management, banking, financial planning and brokerage. Gary holds a Master's degree in Mathematics that he obtained from the University of Western Ontario. In addition, Gary also holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, which is widely regarded as the best MBA program in Canada.
Gary also brings his dynamism, financial acumen and managerial experience to his role as a director on the George Brown College Foundation's Board of Directors.
President, George Brown College Foundation
Cindy is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of management experience in private and public sector. She is a results-driven individual whose strengths are relationship development and management, formulating optimal strategies, troubleshooting complex problems and bringing together diverse clientele. She is an inspiring individual who identifies opportunities where they are least present, is a known problem-solver and an innovative solutions provider. She has travelled overseas establishing cross-cultural partnerships, delivering strategic results through sensitivity and respect towards diversity.
A college graduate, Cindy holds a PhD in higher education from the University of Toronto. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Guelph.
Chef Mark McEwan is one of Canada's most celebrated chefs. He began his illustrious career as the youngest ever executive chef at Toronto's upscale Sutton Place Hotel. From here, he opened the ground-breaking North 44 which set the standard in Toronto's culinary landscape. Chef McEwan continued to push dining innovation with the launch of Bymark; winner of the enRoute Award for Canada's Best New Restaurants in 2003 and a pioneer in the Toronto Financial District food scene. Never one to rest on his laurels, Chef McEwan partnered with the chic Hazelton Hotel in 2007 to open ONE Restaurant, considered the heart of Yorkville.
Driven by the freshest ingredients and influenced by the marketplaces of the world, Chef McEwan turned his attention to upscale gourmet food and opened McEwan Gourmet Grocery at The Shops at Don Mills then at the TD Centre, offering shoppers the best produce from local purveyors and unique international culinary finds. Chef McEwan then moved to Italian cuisine with Don Mills' Fabbrica serving authentic rustic dishes made with the finest ingredients. Always pushing boundaries with new cooking techniques, styles and partnerships, The McEwan Group aligned with the Aga Khan Museum to successfully manage its stunning restaurant, Diwan.
Chef McEwan's brand continues to grow both in size and recognition. Now, Chef McEwan mentors budding chefs in his kitchens and also as head judge on Food Network's hit series Top Chef. Chef McEwan continues to elevate Canadian cuisine onto the global stage through his bestselling cookbooks, television appearances and, one dish at a time, in his award-winning restaurants.
Leslie McLean, RN, MScN
Health Care Consultant, Thrive
Leslie was recently appointed as a member of the George Brown College Foundation's Board of Directors in September 2015. Leslie has worked for over 30 years in a variety of areas and roles in healthcare, both within Canada and abroad, and she is passionate about education and helping to create healthy work environments for healthcare providers. Among her many roles, Leslie was an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University's School of Nursing in Halifax, where she taught oncology nursing. Currently, she is a faculty member with the Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education (IPODE) program and is providing consulting services in areas such as collaborative practice, compassion fatigue and ethical issues in clinical practice. Leslie has multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McMaster University and her Masters of Science in Nursing (Ethics) from Dalhousie University.
President, George Brown College
A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth at George Brown, and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario's economic development. Beyond her leadership at the college, she serves on many other not-for-profit boards, which has given her a 360-degree perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA. Anne was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2013. She was recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2012 and in 2014 she was named one of Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence and inducted into WXN's Hall of Fame as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women. Anne holds an MBA from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto in June 2011.
Director & Member of the Finance Committee
Principal Fundraising Consultant, Entrepreneur
Marissa is a philanthropy professional with over 12 years of experience in the charitable and not-for-profit sector. With expertise in the areas of strategic fundraising, corporate sponsorship, advanced donor stewardship and event planning, Marissa is passionate about facilitating change, building capacity and delivering results in the philanthropic sector.
As a fundraising consultant, Marissa works with an array of charities and health care foundations implementing and leading capital campaigns in the range of $20M - $120M.
Committed to volunteerism, Marissa is also a Campaign Cabinet member with the MLSE Foundation and donates her time and effort to such organizations as the MLSE Launchpad, Holland Bloorview Kid's Rehabilitation Centre, Plan Canada International and World Vision Canada.
Managing Director & Head, Scotia iTRADE
Erin Griffiths is the Managing Director and Head of Scotia iTRADE, Canada's 4th largest online brokerage firm. Known for its strong platform innovation and exceptional user experience, Scotia iTRADE was named Canada's Best Bank-Owned Online Brokerage firm by the Globe & Mail in 2018. Prior to leading iTRADE, Erin was the Vice President of Total Wealth Strategy for Scotia Wealth Management. In this role, she was responsible for leading a number of transformational strategic initiatives, including the evolution of Scotia Wealth Management's client engagement model, technology roadmap, advisory development programs and business metrics capabilities. With her 20 years of industry experience, Erin is recognized for her ability to build and lead high performance teams and to drive strong Wealth Management business results in complex, rapidly changing environments. She sits on a number of boards and is a frequent speaker at industry events. She also co-chairs Scotia Wealth Management's Women of Wealth "Impact" Committee whose mandate is to empower individuals to maximize their professional potential through advocacy, networking and mentorship.
Erin has a BA in Sociology from Queen's University and an MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business.
Executive Vice-President and Head of Retail, Mackenzie Investments
Appointed in 2018, Damon Murchison, Executive Vice-President and Head of Retail, Mackenzie Investments, brings more than a two and a half decades' worth of experience in financial investment management to the George Brown College Foundation Board of Directors. Over the course of his career, Damon has consistently shown his financial acumen, rising through the ranks of major financial institutions such as Fidelity Investments, Manulife Financial and Mackenzie Investments. At Mackenzie Investments, he is responsible for the retail sales, alliance and group sales businesses, including planning and sales effectiveness, training and development, sales experience and analytics teams, along with the private wealth, tax, estate and practice management teams.
Damon received his MBA through the Executive MBA Program at Ivey Business School at Western University, London, Ontario.
Leen Yong Li
Chief Financial Officer, Wealthsimple Financial Corp. Wealthsimple Inc.
Leen is the CFO of Wealthsimple, Canada's leading online investment company. She has over 20 years' experience in the financial service and technology sector and holds a Master of Business Administration Finance from St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A self-made woman, Leen hailed from humble beginnings in China, coming to Canada by herself as a student in her mid-twenties. Over her career she has held major portfolios including, CFO, #movethedial; VP, Finance & Operations, Influitive Corporation; Advisor, Pressly Inc.; Controller, Corpfinance International Ltd.; Financial Reporting Manager, HSBC Canada; and Senior Trust Accountant, Coventree Capital.
Michelle S. Henry
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
Michelle brings her significant legal expertise to the George Brown College Foundation Board of Directors. A Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP, Michelle's standing as a legal professional is also evident in her position as Council Member on the Ontario Bar Association. Michelle has been, and continues to be, actively involved in addressing social issues, co-founding the Black Business Law Clinic, serving on the Board of Directors for LOFT Community Services, and previously serving on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Michelle has both a Masters in English and a J.D. from the University of Toronto. She is a recipient of the 2017 Lexpert Zenith Award, celebrating the advancement of women in the legal profession, and the Ann Wilson and Robert Prichard Award at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, for her significant contribution to the legal profession and/or community through pro bono activities and community service.