Board Of Directors
Dr. Rumeet Billan
Chief Learning Architect
Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience. Dr. Billan is the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital and Resilience. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and has designed and facilitated programs, courses, and training sessions across industries and sectors. She led the groundbreaking national research study on The Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace and is the National Ambassador for Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association that aims to transform workplace cultures. Recently, she released her first bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?, designed for children and adults who are struggling with the question of what they want to be when they grow up. To learn more, visit www.rumeetbillan.com
Elizabeth S. Dipchand
Intellectual Property Lawyer with Dipchand LLP
Elizabeth practices intellectual property law and litigation, focusing on the acquisition, management and enforcement of intellectual property rights and intangible assets for clients that rely heavily on intellectual capital in their business.
After gaining significant experience while in the IP litigation group of a major national law firm and continuing her practice at the nation’s top-ranked litigation boutique, Elizabeth went on to found Dipchand LLP. Elizabeth assists clients with litigation matters relating to trademarks, misleading advertising, grey-goods/anti-counterfeit and commercial litigation involving intangible assets. She has had extensive experience in the management of large and complex intellectual property litigation matters in pharm, online and software tech, wireless communications and the mining industry.
In recent years, Elizabeth’s practice has had an increasing emphasis on assisting established and emerging ventures seeking long-term legal strategies to manage the cornerstone intellectual capital that is the basis of the overall growth and development of the company.
Beyond her legal practice, Elizabeth is a founding member of The Big Push, a women driven collective accelerating women-founded or co-founded startups. Elizabeth brings to the table seasoned legal advice as well as ongoing mentorship to female entrepreneurs in technology.
Elizabeth received her BSc (Hons.) (Double Honours in Biochemistry and Genetics) and LLB both from the University of Western Ontario. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and passed the New York State Bar.
Suzanne de Lint
Partner, Garson LLP (an independent global immigration law firm allied with Deloitte)
Suzanne is a partner at Guberman, Garson LLP, since February 2018 where she is responsible for business development amongst other leadership activities. Prior experience includes being the first Global Head of the Immigration Network of a Big4 competitor, along with being a partner of the local member firm in Canada. Suzanne has dedicated her career to Global Immigration practice, with over 20 years of experience. Suzanne is well known for her successful and long standing client relationships and building and leading teams that assist corporations to establish, improve or manage the immigration component of global migration programs for their employees. Suzanne has negotiated on behalf of clients with government authorities in numerous countries including personal meetings in Brazil, Colombia, the European Union, France, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain
Professional and business affiliations Member of:
· Canadian Bar Association
· International Bar Association
· Law Society of Upper Canada
Suzanne is a Member and Past Regional Chair of the Canadian Employment Relocation Council (CERC) and is recognized as a leading immigration lawyer in the Who’s Who of Lawyers in Canada, the Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Publications and speeches
Suzanne is a frequent speaker on various immigration topics at professional events, having presented for: the International Bar Association; the Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference (Dublin); the Law Society of Upper Canada; the AMCHAM-EU discussions regarding the Directive on Intra-Corporate Transferees; the Engineering Human Resources Association; the Canadian Employment Relocation Council (CERC); the Canadian Institute; Deloitte’s 2018 GES Americas conference (Dallas) and Quarterly Learning Summits (India). Suzanne has been published and featured in a variety of global immigration articles including a major piece she authored for CERC Perspectives Magazine.
Suzanne attended the University of Western Ontario where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1987. She then attended Osgoode Hall Law School, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1990. She also studied at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain (Faculty of Law). Suzanne was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995
Special Advisor, Vice Chair of H+K Strategies Canada
Peter Donolo is Vice Chair of H+K Strategies Canada, one of the country’s largest public affairs and strategic communications consultancies.
As one of Canada’s most experienced communications strategists and a veteran adviser to leaders in corporate Canada and at all three levels of government, Peter brings more than twenty-five years of experience in communications and government relations.
He is the longest-serving prime ministerial director of communications in Canadian history (to Prime Minister Jean Chretien), served as a senior executive in the private and public sectors, and also represented Canada abroad as a senior diplomat.
Peter has been a trusted advisor to Canadian prime ministers, Ontario premiers, Toronto mayors, and the CEOs and Board Chairs of some of Canada’s largest companies.
He has a particular expertise in understanding the intersection between public opinion, communications and the complex business of public-policy decision making.
As H+K Vice Chair, Peter is a senior adviser to H+K’s senior management and to its clients—focusing on strategic communications and public engagement.
Senior Vice President Operations and Planning at Global Brands Group Canada
Michael Geddes is the SVP of Merchandise Planning, Allocation and Operations at Sears Canada where his main accountabilities include sales and inventory management for all selling channels including the department stores, home stores and e-commerce. He is a results driven leader who builds high performing teams with expertise in strategic merchandise planning, purchase flow optimization, in-stock inventory management and system implementations.
Michael has 20 years of retail experience and is a leader in the field of the science behind retailing and prior to Sears he held the position of SVP Planning and Operations at Jones Apparel Group and VP of Planning and Replenishment at Hudson’s Bay company.
He is an engineer by training with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University with a speciality in Mechanical Engineering and he holds an MBA from the Schulich School of business with a concentration in Finance and Strategy.
He is a proud father of a daughter and son and currently lives in Brampton, Ontario
Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at The Future Project
The Indian Ambassador to the first ever G(irls)20 Summit, Tanvi is the Founder of an internationally recognized youth-led organization – Becoming I Foundation – that works towards revolutionizing education systems in India to transform marginalized communities from within. She currently works as the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at The Future Project – a Non-Profit that helps high schools across the US ignite the full potential of young people. She has served as an International Fellow for the Global Fund for Children in Washington DC and was awarded the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India through which she was placed at a Women and Child Rights NGO in Mumbai where she helped build programs targeted at women and children in high risk communities.
Tanvi is a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award recipient and has also been awarded the Karamveer Puraskar for Justice and Citizen Action in India. Her work has been recognized at the UN where she has been awarded for ‘Contribution to Humanitarian Development’ and has been invited to speak about her work at the UN ECOSOC, UN WOMEN at the EU Development Days, the Clinton Global Initiative and at various TEDx conferences, alongside heads of state, social and business leaders from across the globe.
Tanvi holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and calls New Delhi and New York City home.
Technical Consultant in the Cloud Computing space
Robin currently works as a technical consultant in the cloud computing space, where she is responsible for software customization, implementation and customer success. She holds a long-standing desire to promote female participation in maths and sciences, advocate for global female economic and political inclusion, and understand the socio-psychological benefits of gender equality for all. A summer spent interviewing women Rhodes Scholars on the impact of gender on their careers solidified her dedication to develop and support gender equalizing initiatives. The values of G(irls)20 truly embody her own.
She graduated from McGill University with a double major in Cognitive Psychology and Development Economics. While at McGill, she served as President for Universities Allied of Essential Medicines at McGill, a non-profit dedicated to promoting research for neglected diseases and access to medicines in developing countries; as Co-Chair of McGill’s Global Health Undergraduate Network, a consortium of Global Health-related clubs guided by McGill’s Global Health Programs; played a key role in passing a new pro-social technology transfer policy at McGill, among a few other activities.
She took part in the first cohort of the Girls on Boards initiative and is thrilled now be a part of the G(irls)20 Leadership team.
President Global Brands Group Canada
With over 25 years of experience in the business of fashion, Carrie Kirkman has established herself as a leader in the womenswear industry in Canada. She currently holds the title of President of Global Brands Group Canada, one of the world’s leading branded fashion companies, spearheading the strategies behind all facets of the business procurement, marketing, sales and retail development.
Carrie’s passion and strong vision for rebuilding brands led her to the role of General Merchandise Manager, where for eight years she successfully reengineered the merchandising
strategies for top national retailers including Hudson’s Bay Company and Zellers. In 2010, she accepted the position of President of Jones Group Canada.
Carrie’s excellent vendor relationships, unique management style and innate connection to her customer are qualities that have driven her to thrive as a leader in her career.
Passionate about empowering women in business, Carrie is Chair of the Board of Directors for G(irls)20, a renowned global non-profit that aims to mobilize girls and young women for economic advancement locally and worldwide. She is a member of the Board of Directors for The Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s preeminent public affairs podium that connects the public with influencers in politics, business, social development and the media. She has recently joined the Humber College Program Advisory for the Bachelor of Commerce Fashion Management Program and she also serves as an Independent Director of the board for WDH (White House Design) a BC based fashion company.
Carrie has been profiled in top Canadian publications including The Globe and Mail, The Kit and Women of Influence for her career wisdom and professional style advice. She is also a blog contributor to Huffington Post Canada. Carrie has been a judge of CAFA- Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, featured on CBC radio, Sirius Radio, BNN, and CBC-The Exchange. She frequently speaks domestically and globally on the roles of women in leadership.
On top of her admirable professional accomplishments, Carrie has been married for 25 years and is the proud mother of a 23-year-old son.
Follow Carrie Kirkman on Twitter: @CarrieKirkman
President, NKPR Inc
Natasha Koifman created NKPR in 2002 in order to combine her two passions: shining a spotlight on stories of substance and supporting causes that are making a difference around the world. Under Natasha’s guidance and leadership, NKPR has established itself as a highly-regarded full-service public relations, artist management and digital agency with offices in Toronto and New York, representing over 40 diverse national and international brands including Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Swarovski, TD, Scotiabank, Thompson Hotel Toronto, Lightspeed, DAVIDsTEA, Marcelle Cosmetics, and Links of London. Launching NK Artists in 2013, NKPR also manages strategic partnerships for high-profile personalities like George Stroumboulopoulos, Sophie Elgort and Yannick Bisson.
Winner of the 2015 and 2017 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, and selected as one of the most innovative people in North America by BizBash, Natasha is dedicated to social responsibility and giving back to those in need, believing that public relations can help forge meaningful relationships between the public and not-for-profit sector. She acts as Chair of the Board for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada and sits on the US Advisory Board, working with a star-studded team which includes Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. Natasha also sits on the board for G(irl)20, and has also championed cause-related initiatives for organizations like Best Buddies, Camp Oochigeas, Partners for Mental Health, MusiCounts, Paws for the Cause, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Girls on the Run, and Can Fund.
Recognized by the industry for her acute public relations expertise, her authoritative commentary on popular culture and her inherent fashion-forward sensibility, Natasha shares her voice as a public relations expert on Newstalk1010 and BNN, contributes biweekly to the Huffington Post and provides regular popculture commentary on Entertainment Tonight Canada. As one of the first tastemakers to be featured on the internationally renowned fashion platform The Coveteur, her signature high-style aesthetic has been profiled in leading publications including FASHION, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, NOW Magazine and many more. Natasha splits her time between homes in Toronto and New York City.
Jennifer M. Sloan
VP, Senior Business Leader, Public Policy – Canada at MasterCard
Jennifer Sloan is the VP, Senior Business Leader, Public Policy – Canada at MasterCard. In her role, Jennifer develops and manages MasterCard’s public affairs and government relations programs in Canada.
Most recently Jennifer was Director, Government Affairs, Target (Canada). At Target she led a national team responsible for the strategic management of all government affairs activities at the federal, provincial, and local levels of government. The team was also Target’s primary interlocutor with all industry and trade associations and lead stakeholder management.
Before Target, Jennifer was the inaugural Vice President University Relations at York University. Previously Jennifer served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for nickel mining giant Vale (Inco) Ltd. There she led a global team responsible for public affairs, including communications, government and stakeholder relations, corporate branding and emergency management.
For over 20 year, Jennifer worked with some of Canada’s leading government and political figures. She was the Consul, Head of Political/Economic Relations and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Canada in New York City, where she worked to promote Canada’s interests in NY, Connecticut, New Jersey and Bermuda. Prior to this, Jennifer worked as a Chief of Staff for the Minister of International Cooperation (CIDA) after having served as the Director of Communications and key counsel for the Honourable John Manley through his various portfolios, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Jennifer is the Immediate Past President of the Canadian Club of Toronto. She is First Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) Board of Directors. Jennifer is a Director of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC), and serves as its Treasurer on the Board’s Executive Committee. She also co-Chairs CABC’s Board Development Committee. She is a Past Chair of the Grady College Alumni Board at the University of Georgia and is currently a member of the Grady College’s Board of Trust.
In November 2013, Jennifer was honoured with induction into the Grady Fellowship at the University of Georgia having been previously awarded the Henry W. Grady Alumni Award for mid-career achievement in 2007. That same year she also received the Sigma Kappa National Colby Award recognizing alumnae’s achievement in professional endeavours. In 1996 she was a recipient of a Minister’s Citation for Foreign Policy Excellence.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
VP, Communications & Partnerships Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Ms. Spadorcia serves as the Vice President, Communications and Partnerships at CAMH. Her portfolio includes Community Engagement, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Strategic Planning and the Provincial Systems Support Program. She supports the alignment of mission critical activities designed to be responsive to CAMH’s many stakeholders and is engaging partners and resources to better position the hospital to make a sustainable system contribution to mental health.
As a senior advisor to Cabinet Ministers at the Federal and Provincial level, Ms. Spadorcia played a key role in finding solutions that yield advancements in public policy. At the Federal level, she led the negotiations with the provinces to spearhead the first Early Learning and Child Care Multilateral Framework, as well as Canada’s Innovation Strategy, which brought the private and non-profit sectors together with governments to implement a skills and learning action plan. In Ontario, Ms. Spadorcia served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Finance, where she advised on the creation and execution of the provincial budget.
In addition to her role at CAMH, Ms. Spadorcia serves on the national boards of Research Canada and the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions. A strong believer in investing in girls and women in Canada and internationally, she also serves on the board of the global initiative G(irls)20.
As a policy and communications expert, Ms. Spadorcia is bringing awareness and understanding of mental illness to the broader public and working with governments and communities to develop policies to promote better health systems, support vulnerable populations and drive social change.