Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Patrick Gossage is the founder of Media Profile, one of Canada's leading media relations firms, where he serves as Chairman. A communications, media and government relations specialist, he has served as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau and as an advisor and media coach to senior bureaucrats, ministers and politicians. He is a published novelist and the author of the historical reflection of his time in the Prime Minister's Office, "Close to the Charisma". A frequent columnist and television panelist, he serves on the board of several Toronto arts and culture organizations.

JEAN SCHNOB - Director and Treasurer

Jean Schnob is the Regional Vice President for Eastern Ontario and an Assurance Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP. He has twenty-five years experience in assurance, tax and business advisory services and corporate transactions.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International and many of its sub-committees. He is member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Canadian Tax Foundation. He is also President of the Jean P. Dallaire Foundation and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa and Universite du Québec.

MEG BECKEL – Director

Meg Beckel is the President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. She is the former Vice-President of External Relations at the University of Waterloo and has held senior positions at the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Calgary, among others. Meg has also served as director on the boards of the National Ballet School of Canada and TheMuseum in Kitchener, Ontario.


Margo Crawford is the Founder, President and CEO of the Business Sherpa Group, a management consulting firm that specializes in small and mid-sized enterprise (SME) business services. She is a successful business leader with over 20 years experience in private, public and nonprofit environments. Margo is the co-founder of one of Ottawa’s most successful start-up companies, Meriton Networks, where she played an instrumental role in raising and closing over US $75 million in equity financing over eight years.


John Greenwood is a Branch Manager & Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy. He is a successful financial advisor and wealth management professional with expertise in capital markets, tax and legal issues gained from twenty-five years serving affluent clients. He has offered his financial expertise as a board member of several community organizations.

PETER LLOYD - Director

Peter Lloyd has extensive experience as an executive in the public service of Canada. He worked primarily in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, both as a diplomat and as the senior official in charge of communications. During that time, he served as Canada's Consul General in Seattle, and was the High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Canada to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to his time in the public service, Peter worked for more than a decade as a print and television journalist on Parliament Hill. Today, Peter is an Ottawa-based consultant.


Caroline Somers is an investor and chair of an angel investor organization, the Capital Angel Network. She sits on the boards of the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Caroline works as a coach for entrepreneurs as they grow their companies and overcome startup challenges.

We extend our appreciation to:

DAVID JOHNSTON - Founding Chairman and Former Board Member

David Johnston is the Governor General of Canada.  Prior to becoming Governor General in October 2010, David Johnston served as the President of the University of Waterloo, one of Canada's most innovative universities and a leading global institution in e-learning and information technology. A graduate of Harvard, Cambridge and Queen's Universities, his academic specializations are securities regulation, corporate law and information technology law. He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and the boards of Canada Trust, Alcatel, Seagram, EMCO, CGI and Lifestyle Furnishings. He has chaired the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Neuroscience Network Centre of Excellence, the Federal Government's Information Highway Advisory Council and its Blue Ribbon Panel on Smart Communities, the National Broadband TaskForce and the national e-Business Roundtable. David Johnston is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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