Revolving Tables 2019
MARCH 7TH, 2019 | THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL
Revolving Tables is a social and networking event for a cause – hosting roughly 300 young professionals, the event aims to raise awareness and funds for Israel Cancer Research Fund as well as provide an evening of professional growth and social exchange.
Over a 3-course meal, participants have the opportunity to meet other young professionals and engage with renowned Canadian executives and community leaders; we call them our “mentors”. At each course, the young professionals rotate tables offering a new and exclusive opportunity to interact with a new mentor.
Janet Bomza Partner, PwC Law LLP
Janet Bomza is a partner, Co-Chair of PwC Law LLP and the National Practice Leader of the firm’s Immigration Law division, a full service Canadian, US, and Global immigration law practice with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Janet has over two decades of experience managing one of Canada’s largest and leading North American immigration law practices. Having practiced exclusively in the field of immigration law since commencing her legal career, Janet is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and is considered an expert on Canadian immigration and cross-border matters.
Specializing in corporate immigration issues, Janet provides Canadian, NAFTA-related and Global immigration advice to multi-national companies, small businesses and professionals seeking to relocate skilled individuals and key employees to Canada, the United States and other countries around the world. Janet also advises clients on various aspects of international mobility ranging from obtaining global immigration visas to internal immigration policy creation and compliance guidance. Janet excels at finding strategic solutions to problematic immigration matters while ensuring that results are delivered quickly and seamlessly.
Janet is a 2014 recipient of Lexpert’s National Zenith Award which recognizes leadership in practice excellence and career accomplishments. Lexpert also recognized Janet as an expert in immigration law from 2012 to 2018. A prolific author on immigration-related topics, she has published and presented numerous papers on Canadian, US and global immigration.
Janet is a Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario’s Immigration and Citizenship Section, and she formally held the positions of Vice-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Canada chapter and Member at Large on the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration National section. Janet is a past Board Member of the Canadian Employment Relocation Council. From 2012-2014, Janet was the co-chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute Conference: one of Canada’s largest legal education conferences. Janet is currently an active Board Member on the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s Board of Directors.
Jeffrey Brown VP & CFO, Porter Airlines
Jeffrey is the EVP and Chief Financial Officer at Porter Airlines. Jeffrey was previously EVP and Chief Strategy and Procurement Officer with oversight of long-term strategic and planning matters, and overall cost considerations. Prior to joining Porter, Jeffrey was a Principal at EdgeStone Capital Partners having joined the firm in 2003. Jeffrey was involved in all facets of private equity including sourcing and completing new investments, achieving realizations and working extensively with EdgeStone’s portfolio companies. During 2006, Jeffrey joined Porter Airlines on a secondment from EdgeStone to work with the company’s CEO to successfully launch the airline within one year of funding. Prior to joining EdgeStone, he worked in Lehman Brothers Inc.’s New York and Toronto offices focusing on the energy, technology and communications and media sectors where he completed a number of advisory and equity and debt
Jeffrey holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and graduated from the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Alex is a Partner at Relay Ventures. Alex’s background in strategy and finance lend well to his roles overseeing Relay Ventures’ investments in a broad range of mobile platform and connected device companies. Prior to joining Relay Ventures, Alex worked as a management consultant with BearingPoint and PwC Consulting, specializing in retail banking, consumer and commercial credit card, and loyalty marketing solutions. Alex has managed large projects for some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions, including Visa, American Express, CIBC, Bank of America, BarclayCard and PayPal.
Alex is a graduate from York University, Schulich School of Business and is a Kauffman Fellow. Alex is based in our Toronto office.
Anthony (Tony) Cohen
Anthony (Tony) Cohen
President & CEO, Global Edge Investments
Executive VP & Partner, Crescent Hotel & Resorts, Canada
Tony is President & CEO of Global Edge Investments (GEI); a vertically integrated hospitality and management based investment company he founded in 1998.
GEI was involved in the creation, development and sale of the Thompson Toronto Hotel & Hotel Le Germain Toronto – Tony helped guide the Thompson to a 2017 sale that achieved the 3rd highest per key price in the history of hotel transactions in Canada. GEI divested its interest (in 2014) in Le Germain and achieved a 14 year 16% IRR on the investment. GEI took an active role in the launch, growth and sale of Wahanda.com which and has investments in tech start-ups (and other companies) such as Tequila Tromba, Setter, SeamlessMD, Fuel Transfer Technologies (FTT), and Zonetail.
Tony is also a partner & Chief Canada Officer in Crescent Hotels & Resorts; a top 4 North American independent hotel management company operating 100 hotels across the continent.
Tony currently serves on the boards of Mount Sinai Foundation, Birthright Israel Canada and the Design Exchange. In 1998, in partnership with his wife, he created the Tora Foundation which is involved in organizations such as Birthright Israel, Mount Sinai, Tennis Canada, the Bell Lightbox, the Ontario Science Centre, AIDA (Association of Israeli Decorative Artists), to name a few.
Tony attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Tony is the 2012 recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute Gold Award for Hotelier of the Year.
Juanita’s passion for brand loyalty and an exceptional customer experience is what guides her direction. She has a contagious entrepreneurial spirit that turns a strong vision into reality in a journey that is fun, collaborative and as quick as they come! She is responsible for establishing the Gusto 54 brand and expanding it beyond our existing restaurant experiences. Since joining as President in 2014 the company has transitioned from 3 to 10 concepts and has received international acclaim. She oversees the development and launch of new business opportunities, like the Gusto 54 product line, catering division, partnership agreements and restaurant expansion. Juanita has almost two decades of brand and marketing experience. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with some of the top fortune 500 brands providing strategic counsel and execution on product launches, customer experience design, employee engagement and brand loyalty solutions. She holds her Masters in Marketing and Communication from Schulich School of Business and an undergrad in Hospitality & Business Administration from Ryerson University.
Daniel Drimmer is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Starlight Investments. In addition to founding TransGlobe Investment Management Ltd., TransGlobe Property Management Services Ltd. and TransGlobe Apartment REIT (TSX: TGA.UN), where he served as President and Chairman until August 2011, Daniel founded True North Apartment REIT (TSX: TN.UN) and True North Commercial REIT (TSX: TNT.UN) in 2012, and Starlight U.S. Multi-Family in 2013. In addition to being the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Board of True North Commercial REIT, Daniel is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No.5) Core Fund (TSXV: STUS.A / STUS.U) and Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No. 1) Value-Add Fund (TSX.V: SUVA.A / SUVA.U). Daniel is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Northview Apartment REIT (TSX: NVU.UN).
Over the last eight years, Daniel has completed more than $17 billion worth of acquisition and financing transactions in residential and commercial real estate. Daniel obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and both a Master of Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Contemporary European Policy Making from European University in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the third generation in the Drimmer family to be actively involved in commercial real estate.
Starlight Investments is a privately held Toronto-based, full service, multi-family and commercial real estate investment and asset management company driven by an experienced team of over 150 professionals. The company currently manages over $9.0 billion of direct real estate as well as real estate investment securities. Investment vehicles include institutional joint ventures, True North Commercial REIT, Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Funds and Starlight Capital Funds. Starlight Investment’s portfolio consists of approximately 36,000 multi-residential units across Canada and the U.S. and over 5.9 million square feet of commercial properties. Please visit us at www.starlightinvest.com and connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/starlight-investments-ltd.
President and CEO of FAULHABER, Christine has been a force in marketing and public relations for over two decades. As agency founder and indefatigable leader, she translates entrepreneurial vision into lucrative business wins for clients across industries.
Ron Frisch, FCPA, FCA
President and CEO
Ron Frisch is the owner, President and CEO of Kohl & Frisch Limited, one of Canada’s leading pharmaceutical distribution companies, with operations across the country. He joined his family in the management of the company in 1980. In addition to his active role at Kohl & Frisch, Ron has taken on leadership roles in the industry as Chairman (four terms) of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM), Member of the CAPDM Board of Directors, Past Member of Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) Advisory Board, Member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executive Organization (CEO).
Ron is also very active in the community. He has served on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations and has chaired numerous charitable fundraising campaigns and events. Ron has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and his Chartered Accountant designation. In 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA), and in 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mitchell Goldhar is a Canadian business owner, operator and the founder of SmartCentres. SmartCentres is a commercial Real Estate development company which has developed over 250 shopping centres across Canada, the majority of which are anchored by WalMart stores. Mr. Goldhar is the largest shareholder and Executive Chairman of SmartCentres REIT, public traded on the TSX with an asset value of $9.4 Billion. Among his other properties, Mr. Goldhar is developing SmartCentres Place, the largest urban project in Canada at 20 million sq. ft. It is an emerging world-class city centre, connected to downtown Toronto by the new University line subway extension. Mr. Goldhar is also the owner of the Penguin Group of Companies, a private company that owns real estate across Canada in various stages of development, as well as Penguin PickUp, a growing network with over 100 locations, providing customers with a convenient one-stop solution for all their online purchases.
Mr. Goldhar holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and has been an award-winning professor with the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto since 2004. He is on the Board of Onex Corp., Indigo Books and Music, as well as The Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto General Hospital and is the Director Emeritus of Sick Kids Hospital Foundation. He is an avid sportsman and the owner and Chairman of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club since 2009.
Mr. Goldhar supports many charities, both in Canada and abroad, including the Hospital of SickKids, CAMH, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitaiton Hospital, Parachute Canada, the Israel Children Centres, Share Life, the United Israel Appeal and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As the proud son of a holocaust survivor, he has dedicated time and resources to Yad Vashem.
Ann Kaplan is the CEO and President of iFinance Canada, the parent company to Medicard, Petcard, Dentalcard, iFinacne Tech and iFinance Home Improvement.
An award winning businesswoman, Ms Kaplan was recently recognized with the top honour as the EY Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, Ontario – Finance, she is also a two time recipient of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award – twice: the Peak Award of Excellence in Finance, as well as ten times on the Canada’s Profit 100 list for growth and 10X placement on the Canadian W100 list; she was also recognized as one of Canada’s most inspirational women and more recently inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. Ann was also recognized with the highest
Honor, a WIMA Award, as on of the Rotman School of Business Top Women graduates in Management/Entrepreneurship, Internationally, Ann is the recipient of numerous
entrepreneurship awards including 5 Stevie Awards:
Women of the Year, North America and a Lifetime Achievement Award,
Ms. Kaplan has a MBA, MSc, a Corporate Governance Designation (ICD.d) and is
completing her Doctoral Thesis in finance. Ann sits on three academic boards and
committees, she is a twelve year delegate with the Ontario Economic Summit and was a co-chair in finance at the G20Y summit in Geneva.
Ann is a member of the National Speakers Bureau, she has hosted three televisions shows, written five books If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry”, “Best Practices”, “The InterNet” and “Fashion Cares and, more recently, “How to be Successful in Spite of Yourself”.
Ann is married, has eight children and resides in Toronto and is one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of Toronto”.
Janet Lewell – BSc, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner, Finance
Janet Lewell is the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Partner of Finance at Deloitte Canada. Janet serves on the National Executive team and is a member of the global Deloitte Operating Committee.
With a career at Deloitte spanning over 25 years, Janet joined the firm in 1992 and has worked across three of our business lines—Audit, Consulting, and most recently Risk Advisory. After becoming partner in 2004, she was asked to join our Melbourne firm on a long-term mobility assignment, where she became Chief Operating Officer for our Risk Advisory business in Australia. When Janet returned to Canada, she became Managing Partner for the Risk Advisory business and a member of the Deloitte Risk Advisory global leadership team. In 2017, Janet became the first female CFO with operating responsibilities in Canada.
Janet has worked with clients across a range of industries including mining, financial services, and Canadian government. Her areas of expertise include risk management, regulatory compliance, cybersecurity, internal audit, corporate governance, and data analytics. She has led engagements involving risk identification, assessment and management, internal audit, corporate governance and data analytics. She brings a consultative and collaborative style to developing practical recommendations.
Janet enjoys balancing her daily corporate focus with the arts and has been on the board of directors of the National Ballet of Canada for three years.
Janet lives in Toronto with her husband and their 18 year old son. A very close family, they are huge sports fans, enjoy travel to off-the-beaten-track destinations, and spending time at their cottage on Prince Edward Island.
Michael Landsberg has been a prominent face and voice on the Canadian sports scene since 1984. With his unique style, he quickly became one of this country’s most polarizing personalities- perceived by some as forthright and others as arrogant.
In 2009 people began to agree more on Michael after he publicly shared his, then decade long, struggle with severe depression and anxiety. Since then, he has become one of this country’s loudest voices- pushing for all Canadians to see mental illness as a sickness, not a weakness. Michael frequently used his platform as producer and host of Off the Recordon TSN to change people’s opinion of mental illness.
Michael has been an official spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk Day since that initiative was launched. In 2015 Michael launched his own initiative, a charity, called SickNotWeak. SickNotWeak is dedicated to changing the way Canadians see mental illness. www.SickNotWeak.com gives a voice to celebrities and everyday folks to share their struggles and their views on mental health issues.
Nicole has been a member of the Integrated Marketing Team at the National Hockey League for the past ten seasons. In her current role as Senior Director, Integrated Marketing, she oversees a portfolio of corporate partners, managing national marketing campaigns, activation plans and integrating brands into NHL media platforms and jewel events. Some partner campaigns on which she’s worked include Molson Canadian #anythingforhockey, Bridgestone Clutch Performances, Visa Hockey Love Hurts and Reese For The Love Of The Cup.
Prior to her time at the NHL, she spent three years working for Anheuser-Busch as the Sales & Marketing Manager for the Michelob ULTRA Open LPGA event. To help launch her career, she held various internship positions with The Walt Disney Company, HOST Communications, ABC Sports, The Hula Bowl and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Nicole majored in Kinesiology/Phys Ed with the Business Administrative Option from Wilfrid Laurier University and completed her MBA and Masters of Sports Administration from Ohio University.
John Levy is the founder and CEO of theScore, a leader in digital sports media through its hugely popular mobile app and social content, reaching around 40 million fans every month. A media industry entrepreneur, John has consistently played at the cutting edge of new media. He began his career with his family’s cable television business, and then made his name after creating and growing theScore Television Network to become Canada’s largest independent sports network. In 2012 he sold the television network to Rogers Media to focus on theScore’s fast-growing digital and mobile app business.
Valeria Lipovetsky is a model-turned-motivator, lifestyle influencer and mother to three young boys. Based in Toronto, she shares her passion for self-love, empowerment, personal style, natural beauty, and health — as well as her knowledge as a Holistic Nutritionist — in her daily content on YouTube and Instagram which reaches a following of more than 1.1 million people every day.
Caroline Mulroney is Attorney General and Minister of Francophone Affairs.
She was elected as the MPP for York–Simcoe in 2018.
Mulroney was the vice president of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Torontobased investment firm, where she managed client services, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Mulroney spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP.
Mulroney is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law. After graduating from the NYU School of Law, Mulroney practiced law at Shearman & Sterling.
She co-founded the Shoebox Project for Shelters, a charitable organization that coordinates and delivers gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness.
Mulroney and her husband, Andrew Lapham, have four children.
Rena Nickerson is the General Manager of SodaStream Canada, the fourth-largest subsidiary of the company globally and one of its fastest-growing markets. Rena is having a blast while revolutionizing the beverage industry; SodaStream now sells more litres of sparkling water than any bottled brand. In 2018 SodaStream replaced up to 217 million bottles in Canada. In fact, Canadians drank 810 glasses of SodaStream sparkling water per minute last year, on average, in their quest to drink more water and consume less plastic.
Rena is a marketing veteran from the consumer packaged goods industry, having led major brands ranging from Kraft to Colgate to Campbell. She is a frequent public speaker and longtime marketing awards judge, including Effie’s and CMA awards. Rena is an active member of her local Jewish community in Thornhill, having served as an Executive of local educational and religious institutions. She and her husband Yehuda are the proud parents of two teenage children. A native New Yorker, her BA is from Columbia University and her MBA is from the Schulich School of Business.
Dr. Eileen Rakovitch
Professor and Staff Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology – University of Toronto
Head of Breast program and Medical Director, Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Rakovitch is a radiation oncologist with an active clinical practice and research program solely focused on breast cancer. She attended medical school and completed her residency training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She completed a two year research fellowship at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University in New York City and then returned to Toronto to join the staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where she remains until today.
She is a Professor and Scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She is the L.C. Campbell Chair in Breast Cancer Research at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Head of the Breast program at Sunnybrook and is the Medical Director of the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre. She is the next co-chair of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) Breast Cancer Executive, which leads and contributes to clinical trials improving the treatment of breast cancer. She is dedicated to teaching students, residents and fellows across the educational spectrum.
The primary goal of her research program is to improve the care and outcomes of women with an early form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). DCIS is very common representing 1 in 4 breast cancers. Dr. Rakovitch and her research team are dedicated to improving our understanding of DCIS. She collaborates with researchers internationally and is working to develop genomic tests that can improve the treatment of DCIS by determining which women have aggressive disease and require treatment from those who do not and can be spared aggressive treatment.
Adam Rivietz is the Co-Founder and CSO of #paid, the world’s first Creator Media platform. Top brands like Toyota, Coca-Cola, and 20th Century FOX trust their proprietary technology and expertise to find the right creators, deliver engaging content, and optimize paid media spend. Prior to #paid, Adam founded Entourage Apps, publishing 20+ top-ranking iPhone apps in 1 year.
Mark E. Rose
Mark E. Rose is Chief Executive Officer of Avison Young and Chair of the Board of Directors of Avison Young (Canada) Inc. He manages all strategic, financial and operational activities of this full-service commercial real estate company, which provides solutions to real estate investors, owners and occupiers throughout the world. In his ten years with the Toronto, Canada-based firm, Mark has overseen its growth from 290 real estate professionals in 11 offices in Canada to more than 2,700 professionals in 85 offices in Canada, the U.S, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Deloitte has named Avison Young one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past seven years in a row, and the firm achieved Platinum status in 2018. Real Estate Forum magazine named Mark the commercial real estate industry’s Best Boss for 2017 and ranked Avison Young the No. 1 Fastest-Growing Company in the commercial real estate industry (Large Companies category) in 2015 and 2016. Real Estate Forum also named Avison Young one of the Best Places to Work in Commercial Real Estate in 2018 and featured Mark among the industry’s “Elite 70” in 2016.
In addition, Commercial Property Executive (2015) named Mark as one of the 13 most innovative executives worth watching; and Queens College, City University of New York, presented its Alumni Award to Mark in 2015. The award honours individuals whose successful careers and dedication to philanthropy and public service serve as models for Queens College students. A frequent industry keynote speaker and author, Mark also received an honourable mention for Commercial Property Executive’s Service Executive of the Year Award in 2015.
Mark joined Avison Young after holding executive positions at two global publicly traded commercial real estate firms. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE:GBE) from 2005-2008 and was previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL). Prior to his 12 years at Jones Lang LaSalle, he ran Metropolitan Realty Advisors, the brokerage and investment firm that he founded in 1993. Previously, he was Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust of British Coal Corporation Pension Funds.
Mark holds a B.A. in Accounting from Queens College. He currently serves on the Queens College Foundation’s Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors of LiquidSpace. Mark coaches developing leaders throughout the industry, including through the NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter Mentorship Program. He has also served as a board member of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Botanic Garden, and the real estate advisory board of the University of Miami (FL) Business School.
Graham is the CEO of dentalcorp, a company he founded in 2011. Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, dentalcorp is Canada’s leading network of dental clinics, with over 330 locations, 3 million annual patient visits and 5,500 team members nationwide.
As a successful entrepreneur and business builder, he brings extensive experience in principal investing and company building across North America, with a focus on consolidation-based strategies. In 2015, he was elected EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Services.
Graham also provides leadership and expertise to a wide range of businesses and non-profit organizations, and serves on the Board of Directors of dentalcorp, Starlight Multi Family (No.1 Value Add and No.5 Core) Funds, and Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation.
Graham is a CPA and earned his BBA and MBA degrees from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.
Jay Rosenzweig, the founding partner of Rosenzweig & Company, is an expert in designing, building and attracting world class executive teams. He consults to public and private companies including large global corporations; emerging growth to mid-sized businesses; professional services firms; and private equity and venture capital firms. Jay, a lawyer by background, earned three degrees at McGill University: Philosophy, Civil Law, and Common Law. In addition, he completed Roger Fisher’s Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School. He also serves as Director, Canada for the Chief Digital Officer Club & Summit.
Jay is a champion of the cause of gender equality. He has been actively advocating on behalf of women for several decades, most prominently through his highly regarded Rosenzweig Report on the status of women. Jay is a proud board member of Move the Dial, and co-leads its Global Council. #movethedial’s mission is to increase female participation and leadership in tech around the world.
Jay advises several leading edge businesses, most of them based in California, New York, or Ontario, including: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the next quantum step in mobility: sustainable, safe and super-fast transportation for all humans and all parts of the world; Hooch, the first ever members-only cocktail app; Winston House, a global community of young creators sharing a passion for people, music, art, sports, travel, brands, and activism; Ignited Network, a start-up music accelerator; Logit Sport, a high performance technology for athletes; Drop, the leading millennial coalition loyalty program; Limelight, a business that improves ROI for brands that do live marketing, by driving better customer engagements, higher sales and lower costs; and GEC Risk Advisory, which equips clients with customized governance, risk, ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility strategies and tactics that enhance performance.
Jay is active in many social causes. He is on the Board of Directors of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Irwin Cotler’s Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. He is on the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Cabinet. He is on the Board of UJA Genesis Centre For Innovation, where he focuses on nurturing emerging initiatives, providing career mentorship, and supporting innovation. He proudly served on the Board of One Young World 2016, the premier global forum for young leaders under 30
In his spare time, Jay is an avid songwriter, having collaborated with well-known recording artists and written original music for each member of his family.
Vice President, Social Enterprise
Jacquie joined Scotiabank in 2012, and was recently appointed VP, Social Enterprise, standing up a new Social Impact division within the bank.
Previously Jacquie was Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing and Philanthropy at Scotiabank. Her portfolio included leadership on one of Canada’s largest sponsorship deals- Scotiabank Arena, in addition to a number of other Hockey, Arts, and community partnerships. Jacquie and her team transformed the Sponsorship strategy at Scotiabank which propelled the portfolio to the #1 position among its competitors.
Prior to Scotiabank, Jacquie served as Head, Olympic Marketing at RBC, with responsibility for leading and implementing RBC’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic program to unprecedented success. In 12 years at RBC Jacquie held a number of progressive positions, including Director, Community Marketing and Sponsorship, and Director, RBC Foundation.
Jacquie began her career in the ski industry in Banff, Alberta, followed by sport marketing positions at MacLaren Momentum and Lang and Associates.
Jacquie is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, and holds a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from the Schulich School of Business, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College.
Jacquie is the 2019 Co- Chair of the Canadian Marketing Awards and the 2019 Honorary Co- Chair of 5 to Watch, Canada’s Sport Business Awards. Jacquie is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, and Chair of the Marketing Committee.
In 2019 Jacquie was recognized as the Top Female on the Hockey News Top 100 People of Power and Influence, and in 2018 the Toronto Star named Jacquie one of Most Influential Women in Sport. She and her team have been recognized with numerous awards by the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada and the Canadian Marketing Awards for their Hockey and Arts programs.
Jacquie currently resides in Toronto with her husband and daughter. Jacquie spends a great deal of time outdoors with her family skiing, running, paddle boarding, and walking the dog.
Dori is the Chair of the Board and founder of First Capital Realty Inc. He is a director of Gazit-Globe and Norstar. Previously, Dori was the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gazit-Globe and Vice Chairman of Norstar. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Capital Realty from 2000 to February 2015.
Daniel Sonshine is a Partner at TorQuest Partners. Daniel joined TorQuest in 2004 and has led TorQuest’s investments in Rubicon Pharmacies, Can Art Aluminum Extrusion, Spinrite, Kissner, Associated Brands, and Herbal Magic and co-lead investments in Lowepro and GCAN Insurance. From 2001 to 2004, Daniel worked at CIBC Capital Partners and prior to that worked at CIBC World Markets in both the Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate Investment Banking groups. Daniel graduated as the Gold Medalist from the combined J.D./M.B.A. program at the University of Toronto and received an A.B. (cum laude) in Economics from Harvard University. Daniel currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Bishop Strachan School, co-leads the Bay Street Division of the United Jewish Appeal and coaches a competitive boys baseball team.
Mark Satov, Founder and Leader, SATOV Consultants Inc.
Mark Satov is the founder of Satov Consultants Inc. Mark began his business career at the age of 16 when he founded International Activewear, a corporate promotional clothing supplier.
In 1993, Mark assumed control an insolvent industrial coatings company in Montreal and quickly executed its return to profitability. He joined Bain & Company’s Toronto office in 1999. At Bain, Mark managed engagements in Canada, the United States and Europe, largely focusing on post-merger integration and operational turnarounds. In 2002, Mark had a vision of combining the strategic and analytical skill at top-tier strategy consulting firms with the operational experience he had in running his own companies. Satov Consultants Inc. was born.
Mark is a frequent media commentator providing his views on business events and trends, including a regular appearance on BNN Bloomberg’s ‘The Real Economy’ with Greg Bonnell.
A firm believer in giving back to the communities in which he works and lives, Mark lends his time to a range of important causes, including Food Allergy Canada, The School of Social Entrepreneurs of Ontario, West Neighborhood House and Help for Children.
Robyn Urback is a columnist with CBC News and editor of the CBC’s Opinion section. She previously worked as a columnist and editorial board member at the National Post.
Vice President, Digital
Ron Waksman is the Vice President, National and Network News Digital Global News and Corus Radio. His portfolio includes executive management of Global’s flagship national newscast, national, international and network news content, Globalnews.ca, and Global News’ journalistic principles and practices. Ron is one of the principle architects of Global News’ strategic and cultural transition from a legacy broadcast news operation to a story-centric multiple-platform news organization.
Waksman’s role includes executive leadership of Globalnews.ca and Corus Radio AM news talk digital platforms. Globalnews.ca is Canada’s #1 private online news website, which has seen explosive year-over-year growth and is known for digital innovation and award-winning original and contextual journalism. Globalnews.ca is an industry leader in mobile news, delivering a superior user experience anywhere, anytime. He is the executive editor of online editorial content, overseeing an innovative team responsible for product development, new technologies and digital business and monetization strategies. Waksman had a lead role in the planning and implementation of Global News’ Digital First initiative; evolving legacy broadcast newsrooms into 24-hour, story-centric, digital news platforms. In April 2016, he added Corus’ 39 AM/FM radio stations to his portfolio.
In March of 2018, Waksman assumed oversight of Global News’ national newscast, Global National, as well as the network’s national and international content distribution hub and resources desk. In 2016, Waksman was instrumental in rebuilding Global News’ investigative journalism team under the auspices of the digital and network management teams. This award winning investigative team has been recognized as an innovative news leader in breaking original stories of interest to Canadians. Waksman’s news philosophy is to go beyond the headlines to explore more of the ‘why’ behind news stories and create contextual reporting that provides more meaning and understanding for Canadian news consumers.
As a member of the senior leadership team, Waksman has a hand in all Global News and Corus Radio strategic planning and news operations. As the executive responsible for network editorial standards and practices, he provides regular training and daily guidance to news and radio managers on journalistic best practices, ethics and the implementation of legal policies and legal harm reduction.
Waksman researched, edited and wrote the second edition of the Global News Journalistic Principles and Practices published in 2012, which includes editorial standards, professional conduct, legal policy and ethics. In 2016, Waksman received the RTDNA Canada Distinguished Service Award for his work on revising and modernizing the association’s Code of Journalistic Ethics. In 2014, he travelled to the world’s newest country, South Sudan, on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights to help educate senior news managers and publishers about journalistic principles and practices and their importance to the development of democratic institutions.
Waksman has a successful 25-year track record of executive editorial, broadcast, production and online news management. He is a multiple RTDNA, Edward R. Murrow and Gemini award winner. He has played a key role in the growth of Global News, joining Global Ontario as a writer in 1989. Waksman was appointed Executive Producer of National News in 1996 and then in 2005 he was named News Director at Global Ontario. He has produced television programs from election specials to personal finance.
Waksman serves as an adjudicator for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. He has served on the Board of Directors and as a member of advisory committees for several journalism and broadcast and communications programs at post-secondary institutions and industry advocacy organizations.
Waksman lives in Thornhill, Ontario with his wife, they have three adult sons. He is an aviation enthusiast and a die-hard Blue Jays fan.
Yishay is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and startup advisor, actively mentoring teams and sharing his knowledge from driving sales growth in the technology industry. Between co-founding JumpTap Inc.—scaling its revenues above $100M and exiting for over $240M—and holding the Director of Sales & Marketing position at Comverse (Nasdaq100), Yishay has over twenty years of experience in sales and working in foreign markets. Upon moving to Toronto from Israel, Yishay was granted tenure at Interkom, a leading advertising agency.
He holds an Hon. B.A. degree from McMaster University and an M.B.A. from the University of Tel-Aviv. One day, Yishay plans to author a non-fiction about the 87 countries he’s (already) visited, and what he has learned along the way.
Aaron Zifkin is the Managing Director of Canada at Lyft where he oversees all business operations, including growth of emerging markets, driver and passenger acquisition, customer and community outreach, strategic partnerships, sales and marketing. Aaron is committed to Lyft’s vision of reducing individual car ownership and increasing car occupancy in order to affect positive change for the future of our cities. Lyft’s core values are inherently Canadian values, and one of Aaron’s top priorities is bringing Lyft’s values of diversity and inclusion to the forefront in Canada, with a focus on the communities in which Lyft operates.
Prior to his current role, Aaron joined Airbnb in 2014 as the first Canadian employee to spearhead the company’s growth in Canada, as the Country Manager. Under Aaron’s leadership, Canada became a leading growth market globally for Airbnb, which led him to be tapped to run the Americas Operations at Airbnb.
Aaron is recognized as a leader in the sharing economy, growth expert and a believer in companies that put people as the driving force behind their mission.
Jeffrey Zietlow is accomplished and versatile marketing executive with broad operational expertise in marketing, corporate strategy, business development, supply chain and operations . A disciplined and passionate leader with roles of progressively increasing challenges in both B2C & B2B markets within both large public and entrepreneurial private companies who:
• Leverages strategic capabilities and develops breakthrough ideas to drive sustainable top line and bottom line growth
• Develops strong innovations which challenge the status quo
• Delivers results by focusing on the consumer and customer
• A leader who embraces change and challenges the status quo when appropriate.
• A leader who works collaboratively across all functions and levels of the organization with a career long history of leading cross-functional teams, coaching and developing team members to reach their full potential
• Strong strategic agility to positively impact a business in roles of very diverse nature and varying company infrastructure
Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) was founded in 1975 with the goal of finding treatments and cures for all forms of cancer, utilizing the unique benefits Israel’s scientists have to offer. Today, ICRF continues in its mission to harness Israel’s educational and scientific resources in the fight against cancer by providing funds for post-doctoral fellowships for young Israeli MD’s and PhDs. Since its inception, ICRF’s funding has now reached over 2,400 grants totaling approximately US $68,000,000 and continues to grow every year.
By supporting Revolving Tables you are supporting both lifesaving cancer research and the leaders of the future. Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Revolving Tables is organized by the ICRF Next Generation Committee, a group of young philanthropists who are passionate about advancing ICRF’s mission among young professionals.
Co-chairs: Hayley Rovet, Eric Sherkin & Jade Zylberberg
Team Leads: Tasha Eisen, Hannah Gofman, Mark Kostove, Jackie Shiner, Aaron Schacter, Michelle Tsesler
Committee Members: Hailey Abramsky, Oriyah Barzilay, Jonah Bidner, Nikki Bryk, Michelle Budish, Max Donsky, Noah Freeman, Amanda Griesman, Ariela Gutfrajnd, Jacob Iftah, Raquel Inwentash, Zach Mammon, Danielle Michaelov, Jacqueline Perlin, Jessalyn Rafalovich, Michelle Raskin, Jessica Rovet, Merav Sheinberg, Melissa Tayar, Mike Unterman, Dina Weltman, Jordy Winkler, Aja Zylberberg