CEO, EdgeStone Capital Partners
Mr. Duboc’s career is marked by his passion for entrepreneurship, his ingenuity and corporate and community leadership. As founder of EdgeStone Capital Partners, Mr. Duboc has successfully built one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. Prior to starting EdgeStone, Mr. Duboc was a managing director at CIBC Capital Partners and co-founder and COO of the Loyalty Group Inc. (Air Miles Reward Program), Canada’s most successful loyalty database marketing program. Mr. Duboc is currently engaged as a Special Advisor to the Federal Minister of Finance on Venture Capital.
He serves on numerous for-profit boards of directors and has been (or is) chairman of many of these. A dedicated and active member of the community, Mr. Duboc is chairman and co-founder of Pathways to Education Canada, and has been one of the leaders of the national replication of the successful program. In addition to his ongoing work with Pathways to Education Canada, he is a co-chairman and co-founder of Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, a member of Crescent School Board of Governors, Bishop Strachan School Foundation & Board of Trustees, MaRS Social Finance Task Force, Business Advisory Panel on Income Security Reform, Toronto City Summit Alliance Steering Committee, World President’s Organization (WPO) and a former member of the board of directors of CAMH Foundation and Luminato Foundation Board. In 2000, Mr. Duboc was recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40™ and in 2005 was chosen as one of the 10 “most influential” alumni of the program. Mr. Duboc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University magna cum laude and Tau Beta Pi, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
President, Edinglen Holdings Inc.; Honourary Director, Teck Resources Limited
Mr. Wright is a recognized leader in the financial world as well as in the philanthropic arena. He is currently the President of Edinglen Holdings Inc. and Honourary Director of Teck Resources Limited. Mr. Wright was the Deputy Chairman of Teck Cominco Limited from June 2000 until April 2008 before which he served for six years as Chairman of Teck Corporation. From 1989 to 1993, he was Chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission. Prior to taking on that role, Mr. Wright was a senior partner in the law firm of Lang Michener. He has been a director of several public and charitable corporations and is presently Chairman of Armtec Infrastructure Inc. He is also a member of the Pension Fund Committee of Air Liquide Canada Inc. Mr. Wright was the 1961 Gold Medalist of the Osgoode Hall Law School and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
DIANA MOESER, Board Secretary
Health Consultant, Urban Health Associates; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Toronto
With a passion for building strength and capacity in local and international communities, Diana Moeser has had a long career in community health care and health care policy, including being on the forefront of the development of urban health. Diana holds a Masters of Political Science as well as a Masters in Health Science both from the University of Toronto. From 1984 to 1992 Diana was Vice President of Ambulatory and Community Health Services at The Doctor’s Hospital. For the six years following, she was Vice President of Urban Health at The Wellesley Hospital. Today Diana is a Health Consultant at Urban Health Associates as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at University of Toronto. She is also the founder of Women’s Own – the first and only detox centre for women in Toronto.
Diana serves as Secretary of the Board for Pathways Canada and Chair of the Program Committee. She is also Chair of Oxfam Canada’s J. Oosterveld Memorial Fund for HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, Vice Chair of the Vermont Square Park Renewal Project, and a member of the Advisory Committee for Youth Empowering Parents. Throughout her career, Diana has held numerous other senior volunteer positions including Board President of Regent Park Community Health Centre, Board member of West Central Community Health Centre, Vice President of Toronto Community Care Access Centre, Chair of the Canadian Society of International Health, Director of Oxfam Canada and Co-Chair of the Canadian Conference on International Health. She was a founding member of the Gerstein Centre and was a Steering Committee for the VOICE Project with Health Canada.
Chief Financial Officer, Royal St. George’s College
A Chartered Accountant, Jane began her career at Ernst & Young, followed by increasingly senior positions at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada) where she was Director of Operations, and the CPP Investment Board where she was Vice-President – Finance and Operations. One of the first employees of the CPP Investment Board, Jane oversaw the establishment of the organization’s investment operations and finance infrastructure as the company’s assets grew to over $100 billion.
Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration (HBA) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Senior Vice President and Chief Branding and Communications Officer, Manulife Financial
Nicole is an accomplished business professional with extensive experience in change management, talent management, and employee communications. She is recognized for building high-performing teams, and attracting and developing talent. In her current role as Senior Vice President and Chief Branding and Communications Officer for Manulife Financial, Nicole manages a dynamic, evolving communications culture with a focus on increasing internal and external executive profiles, employee engagement, proactive media, strategic philanthropy and community relations. In her time at Manulife, Nicole has enjoyed a wide range of responsibilities including executive development, leading a company-wide strategy for identifying and developing emerging talent, and implementing complex change management strategies. After leading the development of a global company-wide intranet, Nicole successfully managed its implementation as part of Manulife’s merger with John Hancock and Maritime Life, then Canada’s largest cross-border merger.
Before joining Manulife, Nicole held leadership roles in the communications industry and senior management roles in the academic and not-for-profit sectors. Among her many accomplishments, Nicole holds an MBA from Laurentian University and is fully bilingual. For a number of years, Nicole held the position of Executive Director for the United Way of Sudbury and in 2004, accepted the position of provincial appointee on the Harbourfront Board of Directors, one of the largest cultural arts organizations in Toronto.
President & CEO, Total Security Management Services Inc.
In 1994, Craig began his career in the security industry as a security officer at the Toronto Eaton Center, where he quickly began to recognize the opportunities in this highly fragmented industry. After a five-year, progressively senior career path, Craig successfully founded Total Security Management Services Inc. (TSM). TSM Is the largest privately held security services firm in Canada and is a thriving business that has grown from one city and one employee to nearly 3,000 employees in Canada and the United States. TSM boasts long-term relationships with hundreds of Canada’s largest and most important organizations.
Craig was a recipient of Ernst & Young’s Ontario Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2004. In 2008, Craig received the Community Member Award from the Toronto Police. In 2010, Craig was awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Relations, TO2015
Peter has a rich history of serving Canada as a political strategist and public affairs expert. From 1993 to 1999, Peter served as Director of Communications in the Prime Minister's Office and chief communications strategist for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and his government. Following his tenure in the PMO, Peter served for two years as Canadian Consul General to Milan, and later as Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Air Canada. From 2002 to 2009, Peter led the strategic communications practise at The Strategic Counsel as partner and senior vice-president. Most recently, Peter served as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa.
As a volunteer, Peter is a past Board Director for the Toronto Board of Trade, and has served on the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto as well as the Canadian Journalism Foundation. Peter has been involved in Pathways since 2001, and is a member of the founding board of directors of Pathways to Education Canada.
THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE GLORIA J. EPSTEIN
Court of Appeal for Ontario
Justice Epstein was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979 and began her rich and varied legal career as a general litigation lawyer with Fasken & Calvin and then went to Fraser & Beatty before starting her own firm, Gloria Epstein & Associates, in 1985. Justice Epstein was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in 1993 and to Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007.
In June of 2008, Justice Epstein was appointed by the Premier of Ontario to review and report on the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets. In addition to being a strong supporter of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and member of the International Women’s Foundation, Justice Epstein participates in a number of worthy causes including being founder of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice; co-chair of the Board of the Ontario Justice Education Network; member of the Ontario Bar Association; member of the Superior Court Judges’ Association; member of the Advocates’ Society; and member of the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers’ Association. She has taught law at the Bar Admission Course; York University, and the University of Toronto. She has served as a Director of the Ontario Development Corporation; the National secretary and member of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews; a Member of the Copyright Committee, Canadian Association of Broadcasters; a Director of The Starlight Foundation; a Director of Women’s College Hospital Foundation; a Director of World Film Festival of Toronto; a Director of the Ontario Superior Judges Association; the Chair of the Chief Justice’s Media Committee; the Co-chair of the education committee of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; a Member of Committee established to facilitate access to the courts for people with disabilities; a Member of the Education Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council; and the Chair of the Family Rules Committee.
Her honours include the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in 2007 and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for 2013. Justice Epstein’s busy life includes five children five grandchildren and the challenging sport of show jumping horses at various competitions around the province.
ROBERT M. FRANKLIN
President, Signalta Capital Corporation
Chairman, Fairwater Capital Corporation; Chairman, Sonor Investments Limited & The Sonor Foundation
Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young LLP, Canada
Trent Henry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young LLP in Canada. Prior to taking on this role, he was managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Canadian Tax practice, joining the Canadian Executive Committee at that time. He led Ernst & Young's International Tax practice from 2004 until 2008, and was a member of the Canadian Tax Desk in New York from 1999 until 2001. Trent joined Ernst & Young in 1989 after earning his bachelor of business administration from the University of Prince Edward Island. In 2009, he was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Active in both his profession and his community, Trent is a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation, where he chairs its Finance Committee and sits on its Executive Committee. In addition to his position at Pathways, Trent is a member of the Board of the Sunnybrook Foundation, serving as Treasurer and chairing the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Executive Chairman, Bullfrog Power; Founder, Up Capital
Greg co-founded and grew Sitraka into Canada’s largest self-financed software company, and sold it in 2002. Greg then founded Up Capital, a private investment firm focused on cleantech and renewable energy. Up Capital is the founding investor of Bullfrog Power, Canada’s largest green energy retailer, where Greg is executive chairman.
In addition to serving on the Pathways to Education board, Greg dedicates resources and time to the challenge of shifting to an environmentally sustainable economy. Greg received his Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in 1984.
Chairman & CEO, Trimin Capital Corporation
Jim Meekison is the Chairman and CEO of Trimin Capital Corp., a private equity company. Jim’s career has spanned over 45 years in the investment banking, cable television and private equity industries. He started with E. F. Hutton Inc. in New York and then joined Nesbitt Thompson Limited in Montreal. He became a director of Nesbitt’s in 1970. Jim also co-founded Cablecasting Limited, a cable television company which he joined full-time in 1971 and subsequently became Chairman. In 1986, he left Cablecasting and founded a new private equity company which evolved into Trimin Capital Corp.
Since 1986 Trimin and its predecessor companies have invested in many industries including automotive parts, aerospace parts, plastic film, building products, hotel services, food manufacturing and computer services. Trimin is now a private investment company solely owned by Jim.
Jim has served as a director of numerous Canadian public and private companies and he has been active in many charitable and philanthropic organizations. In addition to his work with Pathways, he is currently a member of GMP Capital Inc., and The Dean of Arts Advisory Board at UBC.
Jim received an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA and MA degrees from the University of British Columbia.
Executive Vice President, TD Wealth Management
Kerry is responsible for TD's global direct investing businesses, leading teams in Canada, the UK and Luxembourg to meet the needs of direct investing clients. Kerry is also the liaison for TD’s partnership with TD Ameritrade in the US. With more than 30 years of experience at TD, Kerry has a strong and respected track record for growing businesses, coaching and developing people, exhibiting excellent judgment, and having a passion for winning.
Kerry has held roles with TD Canada Trust including EVP, Branch Banking, Senior Vice President (SVP) of TD Canada Trust Business Banking, and SVP for Pacific Region. Prior to the merger of TD and Canada Trust, Kerry held senior roles at TD including SVP, Corporate and Public Affairs and VP of Internal Communications, during which she advised on and developed strategic and tactical internal communications during the TD-Canada Trust merger.
Kerry is a board member for Service Ontario and the Investment Industry Association of Canada. She previously sat on the board of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments from 2009 to 2011. From 2001 to 2010, she was a member of the Board of First Nations Bank. She has also served as a Director on a number of other not-for-profit boards including the Science World in BC and Ontario Place.
Kerry holds an MBA degree from the Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario and is an Ivey Scholar, in addition to having achieved her professional designation as a Certified General Accountant.
Managing Partner, Human Resources, Brookfield Asset Management
Lori joined Brookfield Asset Management in 2003 to lead the corporate human resources function globally and to provide strategic support to senior management across Brookfield. Prior to joining Brookfield, she held a variety of positions at Ernst and Young including Head of Human Resources for the Canadian Tax Practice, National Head of Learning, and Manager in the Audit Practice.
Lori serves on the Board of Directors of the Brookfield Foundation and is a member of the Real Estate Cabinet for the Ride for Juvenile Diabetes and of the United Way Women Gaining Ground, a group founded in 2007 to make a personal impact in the lives of women facing poverty.
Lori is a Chartered Accountant, has a Diploma of Adult Education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Administration.
Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications
Erik Ryan holds a B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University (1987) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1995).
Mr. Ryan joined Alcan Inc. in September 2002 as Director, Strategic Management Support. He is part of the Pechiney acquisition team, and is later co-leader of the Alcan-Pechiney Integration Leadership Team in Paris. In the fall of 2004, he becomes Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development, for Alcan Packaging Global Beauty sector. In January 2005, Mr. Ryan is appointed Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, for Alcan Primary Metal Group. In 2007, Regional Industrial Diversification and an aerospace and nuclear alloys casting plant are added to his responsibilities, as he becomes Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Communications.
Erik Ryan first became involved with the Board of Trade in 2002 through the strategic analysis committee on economic development before joining the board of directors and then, its executive committee. He is appointed Chairman of the board of Directors, November 2009.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto Alcan, Mr. Ryan was Secretary General of the Sommet de Montréal 2002, in charge of designing and conducting this foundational event created to identify the strategic priorities and initiatives critical to the new City of Montréal.
Between 1995 and 2001, following his studies in Boston, Mr. Ryan worked as a consultant for Monitor Company, a Boston consultancy. Between 1995 and 1997, he headed its Paris office. Between 1989 and 1993, he was political advisor to Gérald Tremblay, then Minister of Industry, Trade, and Technology. At that time, Mr. Ryan contributed to the design and deployment of the industrial cluster strategy, and to negotiating the social contract.
Founder and President, Distributech Inc.
David Reeve is the founder and president of Distributech Inc., a business process outsourcing company focused on document and communications management. A graduate of The University of Western Ontario in Economics, David joined IBM Canada in 1984 and held a variety of marketing and sales management positions with the organization, focused on IT outsourcing and enterprise sales. In 1992, David founded Distributech Inc. and developed the company into a leading outsourcing provider to the wealth management and financial services industry. David also co-founded InvestorPOS.com, an outsourced provider of document services to the financial services industry.
David joined the Pathways to Education board in 2008 and chaired the Pathways to Education Cabinet from 2009 to 2011. He was a founding member of Brantford Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow as well as a member of the YPO Ontario Board from 2008 to 2011.
President, Winograd Capital Inc.
Chuck Winograd is Senior Managing Partner of Elm Park Capital Management, a mid-market lending limited partnership. He is also President of Winograd Capital Inc., an external consulting and private investment firm. Chuck retired from RBC Capital Markets December 2008, where he was President and COO from 1998 to 2001 and then President and then Chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2008. Chuck began his career at Richardson Securities in 1971 as an Investment analyst and was President and then Chairman and CEO of Richardson Greenshields from 1987 until it merged into RBC Dominion Securities in 1996. He is presently on the Board of Talisman Energy, Calgary, James Richardson and Sons Limited, Winnipeg, Tamir Fishman in Israel and the Board of Trustees for RioCan REIT. Chuck is also Chairman of the board of TMX Group. Winograd is a director at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Chairman of their Business Development committee. He is on the board of the Jewish Foundation of Toronto. Chuck is past Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
DAVID HUGHES, Ex Officio
President & CEO
As President & CEO of Pathways, David provides the strategic and operational leadership and oversight to all facets of the national organization. Prior to joining Pathways in 2009, David served for eight years as President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada during which time the national association doubled its annual revenues, and expanded its operations from 55 to over 72 locations across Canada. David was instrumental in increasing Habitat’s role internationally, introducing several new programs and services, strengthening its national brand identity, and becoming an influential voice for affordable homeownership in Canada.
Before Habitat, David worked for the international headquarters of the SOS Children’s Villages. In his 10 years with that organization, David served as senior advisor to the International President & Secretary General, as Regional Director for North America, and as Senior Representative while on foreign postings in Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States and at the United Nations. David was also the founder of The Impact Group, a management consulting firm dedicated to bringing a bottom-line results-oriented approach to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of non-profit organizations. He continues to serve on governing boards and advisory groups for several organizations.
David holds a degree from the University of Western Ontario in economics and a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics in social policy, public administration and non-profit management.He was born in Toronto, raised in London, Ontario, and now lives in Mississauga with his wife and two young children.
Learn About Us
- Founded in 2001, Pathways now operates in 12 communities across Canada
- The Pathways program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth
- By 2016, Pathways will serve over 10,000 students and alumni each year