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Board of Directors

Biographies

Donald Wright, Chair

Donald Wright has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a leader in Canada’s investment industry and business community.

He is President and CEO of The Winnington Capital Group Inc., an investment holding company. His current positions also include that of Chair of Cinaport Inc., Chair of GMP Capital Inc. and Chair of Richards Packaging Income Fund. In addition, he is a Director of Bank of China (Canada) and is the Lead Director and Vice Chair of DHX Media Ltd.

Don previously held senior positions with leading domestic and global financial services companies including Wood Gundy, Merrill Lynch, Burns Fry and TD Bank Financial Group. While at TD, he was Chairman and CEO of TD Securities and Deputy Chairman of TD Bank Financial Group.

Don is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Via Rail Canada.

Don supports numerous charitable organizations. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children, a former member of the Royal Ontario Museum Governors’ Finance Committee, and a prior member of the Campaign Cabinet for Eva’s Phoenix.

Don is a graduate of Sir George William’s University (B. Com.), now Concordia University, and lives in midtown Toronto.

Don was appointed Chair of the Board of Metrolinx on August 13th, 2018.

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Bryan Davies, Vice Chair

Bryan Davies was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) on June 29, 2017. FSRA is a board-governed regulatory agency established under the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario Act, 2016, which came into force on June 29, 2017.

Bryan has extensive financial sector and governance experience in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, he served as Chair of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, assuming that role in 2006. Mr. Davies also served concurrently as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Securities Transition Office from July 2009 to July 2013.

Prior to those federal appointments, Mr. Davies was Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario from 2002 to 2005. Before then, he was Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the Royal Bank Financial Group.

Mr. Davies held a number of senior positions in the Government of Ontario from 1975 to 1993, including Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Minister of Economics, and was Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Toronto from 1992 to 1994.

He has served on the Boards of both publicly traded and private corporations, and has been, and remains, active in a range of non-profit organizations, focused on the cultural, heritage, and education spheres.

Mr. Davies is a graduate of Queen’s University (Masters in Public Administration) and of the University of Toronto (B. Comm.). His distinguished leadership and significant contribution in the field of public administration was recognized by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada which awarded him the 2010 Vanier Medal.

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Rick Byers

Rick Byers is a community volunteer and board member, having completed a 33-year career in infrastructure investment, public sector investment banking, government, and accounting.

From 2008 to 2015, Rick was Executive Vice-President of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure arm of the OMERS Pension Plan, where he was co-head of the transaction and asset management team and led global capital raising efforts.

From 1991 to 2007, Rick was Managing Director with BMO Capital Markets where he led transaction and advisory mandates for diverse transportation and energy infrastructure investments, including the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the 407 ETR, NAV Canada, VIA Rail and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

Prior to this, he served in the Office of Canada’s Minister of Finance Michael Wilson and started his career in accounting with Thorne Riddell (now KPMG).

Rick currently sits on the Advisory Board of InstarAGF Asset Management Inc., as well as the Boards of the True Patriot Love Foundation, the South East Grey Community Health Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333 Flesherton Markdale. He served on the board of the Toronto Transit Commission from 2015 to 2018.

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Janet Ecker

Janet L Ecker is the past President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a growing public–private partnership dedicated to building Toronto region as a global financial services centre. With government and industry support, she established the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services to leverage the sector’s global reputation for stability, as well as the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education to capitalize on Toronto region’s talent advantages.

A former Ontario Finance Minister, Ms. Ecker also held the portfolios of Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. Ms. Ecker currently sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, agencies and government advisory committees. In 2016, Ms. Ecker was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.

A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she was recognized in 2010 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World’s Financial Centres” by Financial Centres International and received a “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award” from the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2003. She is also one of the founders of Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan organization working to elect more women.

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Luigi Ferrara

Luigi Ferrara is a Registered Architect with seal, a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as well as an Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario.

In 2002, Luigi was appointed the Director of the School of Design at George Brown College. In 2007, his portfolio was enlarged and he was appointed Director, Centre for Arts and Design. In 2014, Luigi was appointed Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology. He also leads the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College’s interdisciplinary think and do tank. He has served on the Board of the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (now World Design Organization WDO) and was elected President from 2003–2005. He is currently a WDO Senator.

In 1995, Luigi Ferrara founded the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF), a non-profit organization composed of volunteer architects committed to promoting the public appreciation of the built environment.

From 1999 to 2002 Luigi served as President and CEO of DXNet Inc., a broadband network for design and innovation that redefined the practice of design using digital media and advanced computing and telecommunication platforms. Between 1996 and 2002 he was the Vice-President of Programs and Services at the Design Exchange. Luigi has served as a principal of Ferrara Contreras Architects Inc. from 1989 to 2007 and now is a partner in the architectural and development firm Conifer Consultants and the strategy firm Co.Ferrara Inc.

Early in his career, Luigi worked for the internationally recognized architectural firm Stirling, Wilford Associates, and with local firms Peter Turner Architects, Paul Reuber Architect and Russocki Zawadzki Architects. He is a graduate with distinction of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto.

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Michael Kraljevic

Michael Kraljevic is a real estate and land development professional who has worked with both private and public sector real estate development companies for over 30 years. He has held key positions managing large scale land redevelopment projects with the Federal Government at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Canada Lands Company Limited (CLC) and Parc Downsview Park (PDP). Mr. Kraljevic also previously worked at Tridel Developments, the GTA’s largest builder of residential condominium communities.

Mr. Kraljevic led the Toronto Port Lands Company as President and CEO from 2009 to 2018 and was Executive Advisor at CREATETO to 2019. Mr. Kraljevic was Vice-President of Real Estate with City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation from August 2005 to 2009, overseeing the development, acquisition, leasing, joint venture partnerships and property management of all land and buildings owned by the Corporation.

Mr. Kraljevic is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, a Professional Land Economist (PLE), and a member of the Ontario Society for Environmental Management (OSEM). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BILD, where he has been a member since 2010, and Metrolinx Board of Directors. He was appointed a member of the Design Review Panel for Parc Downsview Park 2011. Mr. Kraljevic is a graduate of Ryerson University (Degree in Urban and Regional Planning) 1987 and is an Alumni, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Advanced Management Program (AMDP) in Real Estate 2013.

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Tony Marquis

Tony Marquis is a career railroader with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry.

In 2019, Tony retired from Canadian Pacific as the company’s Senior Vice President of Operations for Eastern Canada and the United States.

Tony began his career with Canadian National as a brakeman. He worked his way up through the ranks – including as conductor and locomotive engineer on GO Trains – to senior management positions in both Canada and the United States.

Tony also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fenoco SA, a heavy haul railroad located in Bogota, Colombia.

An entrepreneur, Tony is the founder and owner of a railway supply company, Rail Simulations Incorporated (RSI), which supplies leading edge locomotive simulation, computer-based training and multimedia to the rail industry.

Tony has served on the Board of Directors of the Canada Southern Railway, the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership and, until recently, he was the President of the Toronto Terminals Railway. Tony is presently on the TELUS Barrie Community Board, and is an Honorary Director and Advisor to the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre.

Tony holds a Masters of Business Administration (Executive Program) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Tony lives in Barrie, Ontario with his wife, Jennifer.

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Emily Moore

Emily Moore is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in engineering and new technology development. She is currently the Director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Emily previously held senior positions with Hatch Ltd., where she was the Director of Technology Development, Managing Director of Water, and Managing Director of Innovation. While at Hatch, Emily oversaw major capital projects and the development and deployment of new technologies for power, water and digital solutions.

Prior to working at Hatch, Emily was a Principal Engineer and Manager at Xerox. Emily is a graduate of Queen’s University (B. Eng.) and earned her doctorate at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Emily lives in Mississauga and is active in her community. She is the chair of the finance committee for the board of Haltech, a Regional Innovation Centre serving the Halton Region. She is a past warden of the Church of St. Bride, and a past board member of St. Mildred’s-Lightbourne School.

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Reg Pearson

Mr. Pearson is the President of Reg Pearson Mediation Services Incorporated. He is a labour relations practitioner with more than 35 years experience.

Reg retired from the position of Associate Deputy Minister, Centre for Public Sector Labour Relations and Compensation, Treasury Board Secretariat in Ontario. He was responsible for all public and broader public sector bargaining and compensation for the province.

Prior to being appointed to this position in 2014, Reg held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Labour Relations Solutions Division, at the Ontario Ministry of Labour. He was the lead mediator for the ministry. This role required him to directly assist in resolving major disputes in virtually every sector of the province. This included municipalities, transit, school boards, universities and colleges, construction, manufacturing, gaming and the public service.

In 2009 Reg became a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Ryerson University. He teaches a course on public sector union management relations in the university’s Public Policy and Administration Master’s program.

Reg served as a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies (U.S. and Canada) and was President in 2005.

He was selected to be part of a Canadian delegation making a presentation to members of the National Assembly of Vietnam in April 2010 on the Ontario experience in labour relations.

A graduate of Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology, he has received four nominations for the Premier’s Award for contributions to his community and the province. In 2011, Reg received the Amethyst Award from the Secretary of Cabinet for his contribution to public service.

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Robert Poirier

Robert Poirier holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has a 25-year career in banking, investments and technology.

Robert is currently a financial technology executive, serves on boards including chairing the boards of Northern Trust Company Canada and The Toronto Port Authority, consisting of directors appointed by all three levels of government and as a board member of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority. As part of the Port Authority, which is mandated to be financially self-sufficient, Robert has experience dealing with the specific transportation assets – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and the Ports of Toronto – and the needs and challenges required to ensure a seamless and efficient transportation network.

Robert was previously the managing director of alternative investments with State Street in Canada and served as a senior advisor to members of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce from 1992 until 1999 where he was involved in governance practices of institutional investors, crown institutions and the evolution of some of Canada’s largest public sector plans.

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Clio Straram

Clio Straram's career in finance began in 2008. Currently a Senior Regional Manager at TD Bank in the Indigenous Banking Group, Clio is responsible for financing infrastructure projects on-reserve and First Nations-owned economic development corporations, as well as community relations and employee engagement. Her region includes Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. Clio previously worked in the Financial Restructuring and Commercial National Accounts groups at TD. She has experience in Commercial Banking, Aboriginal Banking and Corporate Finance.

Clio holds a Master of Science in Finance from London Business School, a MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.

She is a member of Fond du Lac First Nation in Saskatchewan and currently serves as the Board Vice President of Anishnawbe Health Toronto. She has previous experience as a Director-in-Training with McMichael Art Collection and a Board Member of Indigenous Tourism Ontario.

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Paul Tsaparis

Paul’s board service work and community leadership has been wide-ranging. Paul is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at York University, he is a Board member at Teranet, Humber River Hospital and Indspire. He is Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Past Chair of the ITAC Board of Governors. He is also a past board member of AcuityAds Inc (TSXV), Greenwood College School, a past member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and Past Chair of Third Brigade, a security software company.

He is a member of the WPO/YPO and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he was honoured in 2004 with an alumni award for his contributions to the School. In January, 2013, Paul was appointed, ‘Executive-in-Residence’ at the Schulich School of Business.

Paul’s over 30 year career in technology included being appointed Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Vice-President of Technology Support, Americas in May 2010. Before taking on the Americas leadership role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. from September 1998 to April 2010, assuming leadership for all aspects of the company's operations in Canada, adding distinctive value to the customers, partners and communities it served.

Tsaparis joined HP in 1984 and has held progressively senior appointments including Telecommunications General Manager, General Manager for HP Consulting and, prior to his CEO appointment, Vice-President, Computer Organization. He also worked and studied internationally, attending the Co-operative Japanese and Business Society Program in Tokyo with the Council of International Educational Exchange.

He holds an MBA from York University in Toronto and an undergraduate degree in science and economics from the University of Toronto. In addition, Paul was honoured in the University of Toronto’s 175th Anniversary ‘Great Minds for a Great Future’ Campaign as one of 100 people recognized with this special distinction. He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award – a national program that honours Canadians under the age of 40 who have achieved a significant level of success and a 2013 recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, honouring significant achievements and contributions of Canadians.

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Phil Verster, President & Chief Executive Officer

Phil Verster is the President & Chief Executive Officer at Metrolinx.

Phil oversees a team committed to transforming transportation in the GTHA. With a strong community and customer service emphasis, Metrolinx is delivering quality transportation services on time and on budget, and working collaboratively with our partners – all key elements to delivering on the promise of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan.

Prior to joining Metrolinx, Phil was one of the UK’s rail leaders, having managed train operations, infrastructure builds and infrastructure management for passenger rail systems in England, Scotland and Ireland.

An engineer by training, Phil began his career in the electricity sector in his native South Africa. From 2001 to 2003, he was Depot Manager and Production Director for a UK division of Bombardier Rail. In 2003, Phil moved from the supplier side to passenger rail operations at Southeastern Trains. He then spent five years at Irish Rail, where he served in different roles, including Deputy CEO.

In 2011, Phil joined Britain’s Network Rail. His first assignment was Managing Director London North East and East Midlands Route , the second largest route in the Network Rail system. He pioneered a new approach to structured continuous improvement that delivered improved safety and train performance as well as an enhanced passenger experience. Phil put the same innovation and discipline to work in his subsequent assignment for Network Rail running Scotland’s ScotRail passenger rail service, from 2015 to 2017. In early 2017, Phil served as Managing Director of Network Rail’s East West Railway.

Phil has a Bachelors of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering, both from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He has an MBA from the University of Newcastle Business School and an LLM Post Graduate Diploma (Commercial Law) from the University of Northumbria, both in the UK.

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