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Jodi White, Chair
Jodi White, Chair

Jodi White, Chair

Jodi White’s career spans the nexus of public policy, journalism, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector. She is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow jointly at Carleton University’s Norman Patterson School of International Affairs and the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. She is the past president of the Public Policy Forum, one of Canada’s foremost public policy think tanks. In government, Jodi served as Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. In the private sector, she was Vice President Corporate Affairs for Imasco Ltd, a major multinational conglomerate. As an entrepreneur, Jodi founded Sydney House consultants and co-founded The Neville Group. She started her career as a television news reporter and subsequently a senior radio producer at the CBC. Jodi serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the National Theatre School of Canada (as chair of the board), the Canadian International Council and the Trans Canada Trail. In 2013, Jodi received the Order of Canada for her work in philanthropy and for her contributions to public dialogue in Canada.

Justin Ferbey
Justin Ferbey

Justin Ferbey

Justin Ferbey is Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Yukon Government and President of the Yukon Development Corporation, the crown corporation responsible for promoting economic development of Yukon. He is also former Chief Executive Officer of the Carcross Tagish Management Corporation, where his efforts resulted in the 2013 Innovator of the Year Award from the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon and Innovator of the Year finalist in the 2013 Canadian Tourism Awards.

Justin is a federal appointee to the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Agreement for Environmental Cooperation, and former president of Skookum Jim’s Friendship Centre. He was previously a federal fiscal advisor in the British Columbia treaty process, director of the Yukon Energy Corporation, vice-chair of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, and an executive of the Carcross Tagish First Nation.

Born and raised in the Yukon, Justin is a citizen of the Carcross Tagish First Nation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He is also a 2007 Action Canada Fellow and an alumnus of the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (2013).

Nabil Harfoush, PhD
Nabil Harfoush, PhD

Nabil Harfoush, PhD

Nabil Harfoush is currently the Director of Strategic Innovations Lab and Assistant Professor at OCAD University’s graduate program in Strategic Foresight & Innovation. He is also a Fellow of the College of Design, Engineering & Commerce at Philadelphia University. Prior to that Nabil served as Chief Information Officer for HelpCaster Technologies, MedcomSoft, and Nightingale Informatix. He has over 40 years of professional experience as an engineer, technology executive, entrepreneur, and as a consultant for enterprises, national governments, and international organizations including the World Bank, WHO, UNESCO, and IDRC. Nabil serves on the board of the CIO Association of Canada (Toronto Chapter) and on the TRIEC Council. He is co-founder of the Canadian Dawn Foundation and a regular volunteer mentor for men and women seeking to start new enterprises.

Andrew Heintzman
Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman is the president and a co-founder of Investeco Capital. He has a background in private equity and venture capital investing in environmental companies. Andrew is a member of the Clean Energy Task Force for the Province of Ontario, and he sits on a number of corporate boards, including Lotek Wireless and Rowe Farms. Andrew is also on the steering committee of Sustainable Prosperity and an Advisor to the MGA program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Andrew is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and co-editor of two books, Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything and Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, all published by The House of Anansi Press.

Sandy Houston
Sandy Houston

Sandy Houston

Sandy Houston is the President and CEO of the Metcalf Foundation. Sandy has led development of Metcalf into a leading private foundation engaged in helping Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy and creative society. Prior to joining Metcalf, Sandy practiced corporate litigation at Oslers and was a founding partner in Stitt Feld Handy Houston, Canada’s first law firm to focus predominately on alternative dispute resolution.

Much of his current work is focused on creating opportunities for innovation and collaboration and in advancing new thinking and policy approaches. Sandy has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of Canadian not-for-profits. He was the founding chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, an arms-length, public foundation created by the Government of Ontario to support the environmental and agricultural integrity of province’s new Greenbelt. He is currently the chair of Community Food Centres Canada and past chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. He is a director of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Toronto Community Foundation. He also serves as advisor to a number of charitable organizations including CivicAction, Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, and Imagine Canada. Sandy is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.

Ed Levy, PhD
Ed Levy, PhD

Ed Levy, PhD

Ed Levy managed strategic alliances at QLT Inc., which he helped build into a global leader in biopharmaceuticals. He is the VP and Treasurer of the Illahie Foundation which supports innovative social and environmental initiatives including program-related investments. He serves on the boards of the BC Civil Liberties Association, Society for the Advancement of Sustainable Agriculture, Oncolytics Biotech, and WelTel, and is a former board member of Pivot Foundation, Coast Social Enterprise Foundation and Neil Squire Foundation. Ed is also adjunct professor at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia and is part of a research team studying Intellectual Property and Policy relating to genomics.

Jennifer Lynn
Jennifer Lynn

Jennifer Lynn

Jennifer Lynn is President of LCI Associates Inc. | Diversity Advantage International, an evidence-based provider of human capital and workplace management, communications, and diversity solutions. A dynamic entrepreneur, leadership, and business coach, communications strategist, and diversity and inclusion specialist, Jennifer’s distinguished career in business, education, and the media spans the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She has provided volunteer leadership in the areas of strategic planning, governance, program policy, communications, community engagement, and grant allocations for agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations. These roles include Chair of the Board of United Way Toronto; Director of Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Royal Conservatory of Music; founding member of Harmony Movement; and Special Advisor to the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and its Mentorship Circle of Champions. Jennifer has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the United Way of Canada Chair’s Award, and the Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award.

Peter MacLeod
Peter MacLeod

Peter MacLeod

Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with forward-thinking governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. A leading expert in public engagement and deliberative democracy, Peter has worked with organizations in North America and Europe, including Fast Company magazine, Vancouver’s Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Britain’s Demos think tank and the Kaospilots, a Danish school for business design and social innovation. He is an Action Canada fellow (2003), the 2008 recipient of the Public Policy Forum’s Emerging Leaders Award, a director of Toronto’s Wellesley Institute for Urban Health, and the founding chair of the Wagemark Foundation.

Ross McGregor
Ross McGregor

Ross McGregor

Ross McGregor is a board member of Waterfront Toronto and a founding director of the Rideau Hall Foundation. He is also the former co-chair of the Governor General’s Advisory Committee on Philanthropy and Volunteerism and the founder and former Chair and CEO of Ketchum Canada Inc., Canada’s leading fund development consultancy. In the latter capacity, he provided counsel to World Wildlife Fund Canada, World Wildlife Fund International, and a range of similar environmental and conservation organizations in Canada and abroad.

Liisa O’Hara
Liisa O’Hara

Liisa O’Hara

Liisa O’Hara has had a diverse career in business and industry oversight, most recently, serving as Commissioner to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for 10 years.

As BCUC commissioner, Liisa participated in oversight of the province’s natural gas and electricity utilities, the regulation of rates, and the development of new facilities. As commissioner, she also developed a strong interest in clean energy solutions. During her 30-year career, Liisa worked in the airline industry and was a senior oil pipeline executive with finance, corporate and regulatory responsibilities. Her regulatory and policy expertise spans both Canadian federal and provincial jurisdictions.

Liisa was appointed to British Columbia’s Property Assessment Appeal Board in February 2016. She serves on the board of the West Vancouver Community Foundation and is a director of Encorp Pacific, serving on its Audit and Governance Committee. O’Hara also served as Executive-in-Residence for the Sauder School of Business from 2004 to 2008. Liisa has a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Certified General Accounting (CPA) designation. She is also a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jane Rabinowicz
Jane Rabinowicz

Jane Rabinowicz

Jane Rabinowicz works to advance food sovereignty and community leadership at local, regional, national, and international levels. As Executive Director of USC Canada, Jane and her team collaborate with partners in 12 countries to enhance seed biodiversity, promote ecological agriculture, and protect farmers’ rights. Jane’s most formative early professional experience was at Santropol Roulant, a youth-run Meals on Wheels program where she learned the power of investing in the leadership of young people for social change. After serving as Executive Director of Santropol Roulant from 2005 to 2010, Jane worked as Director of Development for Equiterre, Quebec’s leading sustainable development organization.

In 2016, Jane was named one of the 53 most influential people in Canada’s food system by The Globe and Mail. In addition to her work at USC Canada, Jane is co-founder and Vice-President of the Silver Dollar Foundation. She previously served on the Boards of Centraide du Grand Montréal, Food Secure Canada, Santropol Roulant, and the Centre for Community Organizations. Jane’s work requires constructive partnerships across sectors and scales. She thrives on mobilizing teams to collaborate and innovate, and is committed to investing in the strengths and leadership of people at all levels of an organization.