Revolving Tables 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:00 pm ● Ritz-Carlton Toronto
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.
Early bird tickets on sale Wednesday January 22!
Neil was born and raised in Montreal where he studied Film & Communications at McGill University before heading west to Toronto in 1998. It was at this time that the first digital cameras began to emerge and Neil was instantly hooked. $1,400 got him 1 .3-megapixel Olympus.
Having three young children, Neil’s wife discovered his true talent…waking up early. Along with his photography skills and great love for the outdoors, landscape photography quickly became his passion.
Neil was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel the world and develop his own style of panoramic, landscape photography. Using a Phase One, medium format camera, Neil’s unique approach and technique result in a distinct look that is easily recognizable. Each final piece consists of multiple images captured with varying exposures and focal points, all seamlessly put together in an effort to transport the viewer to a specific time and place.
Neil became a staple in the Toronto art scene and was represented by the prestigious Lonsdale Gallery. Over the next four years, the gallery featured Neil’s work in several solo exhibits.
In 2013, Derek & Kirsty Stern accompanied Neil on a photography trip to Africa. The trip was picture perfect and many more adventures were booked… Bora Bora, Hawaii, Iceland, China, Japan, France, Bolivia etc. In 2015, Neil, Derek & Kirsty opened Kandy Gallery in Montreal. Shortly after, Neil was commissioned by Hotel X Toronto in what would turn out to be the largest fine art photography transaction in history. He spent close to three years travelling the globe to capture over 800 landscape images for the one of a kind luxury resort hotel. In early 2018, Neil opened Kandy Gallery Toronto in the lobby of Hotel X Toronto, and then Kandy Gallery Memphis was launched in December. Neil & Derek will be opening Kandy Gallery Dallas in early 2019.
Daniel Daviau was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of Canaccord Genuity Group Corp. effective on October 1, 2015. Mr. Daviau served as President of Canaccord Genuity’s North American Capital Markets business from February 2015. From 2012 to 2015, he was President of the firm’s US Capital Markets business, where he helped to structure the firm’s investment banking, research, sales and trading operations in the region and improve cross-border capabilities. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Daviau was Head of Investment Banking for Canaccord Genuity and was actively engaged in improving the firm’s sector diversification capabilities and contributing to its global growth strategy.
Before the Canaccord/Genuity merger that was announced in 2010, Mr. Daviau was a Principal and Founder of Genuity Capital Markets, where he held a variety of senior roles since 2005.
Before 2005, Mr. Daviau was Co-Head of Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets, a firm he joined in 1991. While at CIBC World Markets, Mr. Daviau also served as the Head of the Media and Telecommunications Group since 2000 and Head of the Technology Investment Banking Group in Canada since 1997.
Having started his career as a securities lawyer with Goodman & Co., Mr. Daviau has extensive experience in a broad range of financing transactions and M&A assignments.
His equity offering experience includes public and private financings for a number of leading global technology, online gaming, media and telecom companies. In the M&A space, Mr. Daviau has advised in excess of US$50 billion of transactions.
Mr. Daviau is based in Toronto, Canada. He holds an MBA from York University, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall/York University and a B.A. (Math and Statistics) from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Daviau is not currently a director of any other public companies.
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.
Andrew D’Souza is CEO and co-founder of Clearbanc, the fastest, most affordable way for founders to fund their business. He’s raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital and is an adviser and investor to companies such as WealthSimple, Properly, and Tulip Retail. Prior to Clearbanc, Andrew was the president of Nymi, a wearable platform focussed on identity and security and the COO of education startup, TopHat. Andrew has a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Nick Eaves is the Chief Venues & Operations Officer at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Eaves joined MLSE in September 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the Operations, Capital Projects and Development function at all MLSE venues. Eaves also has oversight of MLSE’s LIVE division that brings hundreds of world-class music and entertainment events to its venues each year.
A veteran in the sports and entertainment industry, Eaves came to MLSE from Woodbine Entertainment Group where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2015 after holding numerous senior positions over a 20 year period. Eaves led the transformation of the organization’s business model to drive operational performance across all lines of the business including live event, broadcasting, technology, hospitality and retail operations.
Eaves is a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto, Woodbine Entertainment Group and Tourism Toronto where he also serves as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee. Eaves is an active community member and volunteers his time with the Out of the Cold Program, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, Youth Without Shelter and United Way Toronto. Eaves holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Western University.
Erin joined Pinterest as the Country Manager for Canada in 2018. In her role, Erin partners with Canadian business leaders to discover how Pinterest can help them achieve their business goals.
Erin was formerly the national lead for the Financial Services, Technology and Media, and Travel and Tourism verticals at Facebook Canada and also led their Auto, CPG, and eCommerce verticals at various stages throughout her time at the company. Prior to Facebook, Erin was the global lead for Microsoft’s partnership with BMO Financial Group. She also led the transformation of Microsoft Canada’s national partnership with HP Canada, spanning both organizations’ respective software, hardware, and consulting businesses.
Erin currently serves on the WildBrain Board of Directors. WildBrain makes content for kids and families and is home to such brands as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and Degrassi.
In 2008, Erin earned a M.A. at York University with a specialization in Technology in Practice, completing a thesis on Media Choice theory.
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.
Alison is a veteran of the Canadian cannabis industry, bringing unique experience and relationships to her role as chief executive officer of 48North. A skilled marketer, she is celebrated for her ability to shift public opinion and consumer behaviour and has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Marketers by Marketing magazine.
As co-founder of Rethink Breast Cancer, Alison is credited with growing a new generation of young breast cancer supporters, compelled by her ground-breaking communication and pharmaceutical expertise in the health-care realm. Today, Alison is applying her skills to 48North’s business plan in this new era of the cannabis industry. She is on the board of directors for the Cannabis Canada Council.
Julianna Greenspan is the senior partner at the law firm of Greenspan Partners LLP. She joined the firm in 2003 and became partner in 2007. Prior to that, she practiced criminal law in Chicago as an intern with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Murder Task Force Division from 1995-1998, and then as an associate with the Chicago criminal defence firm Genson & Gillespie until late 2002. She received her B.A. with Honors from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1994, and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 1997. She currently sits as a Board member on the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. For over 20 years, Ms. Greenspan’s practice has been devoted to representing clients involved in criminal law, extradition and administrative matters. She has represented clients at all trial and appellate levels of Court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Greenspan is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Ontario.
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.
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.
Devorah is an accomplished business executive with a passion to win and 20+ years Telecommunications, Marketing and Branding experience. Her current responsibilities include overseeing Bell’s corporate branding, advertising, digital and social, sponsorship and visual design activities including retail stores and offices.
As Managing Director of NBA Canada, Leah MacNab is responsible for the development and growth of the league’s business in Canada, including television and digital media, marketing and retail partnerships, licensing, special events and basketball development. MacNab assumed the role in August 2019 following a record-setting year for NBA viewership, marketing partnerships and merchandise sales in Canada.
In 2015, MacNab was promoted to NBA Canada’s Senior Director of Global Marketing Partnerships, leading new business, strategy and relationship management for the league’s marketing partners in Canada. She has played a significant role in the league’s biggest events in the country – including NBA Canada Series presented by Bell – and created the annual NBA Canada Partner Summit, which began in 2018 and brings together the league’s Canadian partners, executives and industry thought-leaders. In 2018, MacNab received the Canadian Sports Business “5 to Watch” Award, recognizing her as one of the top sports executives in Canada under 40 years old.
MacNab joined the league in 2005, playing an integral role in developing the licensing, retail development and sponsorship marketing departments. Prior to the NBA, she worked as a political staffer and market researcher.
MacNab sits on the Sponsorship Marketing Council Canada’s Steering Committee for Education. She is passionate about critical and creative thinking, marketing, women’s empowerment and food. A graduate of the University of Toronto, MacNab also has a postgraduate marketing certificate from Ryerson University.
MacNab currently lives in Toronto with her husband Graham and sons Warren and Wesley.
Sabrina Maddeaux is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor. She’s currently the society editor and an arts & lifestyle columnist at the National Post. Sabrina is also a beauty expert for Cityline, the longest running and most successful daytime show for women in North America.
Her work strives to spark meaningful discussions on topics from politics to pop culture, fashion and feminism. She’s interviewed A-list celebrities and cultural icons ranging from Daniel Radcliffe and Benedict Cumberbatch to Anna Wintour.
Sabrina’s writing has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, FASHION Magazine, Vox, ELLE Canada, NOW Magazine, Bay Street Bull and many other publications. She’s also been seen/heard on Entertainment Tonight Canada, CBC Radio, Newstalk 1010, Breakfast Television (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver & Calgary), CP24 and ITV’s The Lorraine Show.
Sabrina is a proud advocate of Canadian design and the #WearCanadaProud movement.
Nicolas is Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PwC Canada. He began his career with PwC in 1989 and was admitted to the partnership in 2000.
Prior to becoming CEO, Nicolas was a member of the Canadian Executive Team as the National Managing Partner of Consulting and Deals, and the Montréal Managing Partner.
He was previously the Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Inc. where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. He has helped clients complete over 150 transactions in over a dozen countries.
Nicolas is also active on the boards for Youth In Mind, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Alpine Québec and the Sherbrooke University School of Business Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Sherbrooke. He is a Canadian chartered accountant and Fellow, and also holds the Corporate Finance designation (CF).
Dr. Neil Maresky
Dr. Neil Maresky has been with AstraZeneca since July 2010 as Vice President, Scientific Affairs. He joined AZ from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where he held a similar position since 2002. Prior to his tenure at Wyeth, he was Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Bayer Inc. He also held the roles of Director of Clinical Product Development at Bayer Inc. and Director of Drug Safety and Pharmacoepidemiology at Novartis Canada Ltd.
In addition to more than 25 years in the Canadian research-based pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Maresky has worked as a family physician in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as gained experience in cardiology and emergency room care. He studied at both the University of Cape Town, South Africa and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B., B.Ch) degree.
Dr. Maresky has been a member of many professional associations and has given numerous lectures at industry conferences, medical conferences and universities across Canada.
Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 17 years of success leading digital transformations and designing new approaches that improve service experiences. She has worked in the technology industry for organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital and Bank of Montreal. Claudette began her career at BMO in 2000 and she is the current Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience. Claudette is a published author of 5 books and founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo. Claudette holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration. In 2018, Claudette was recognized as Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. In 2019, she was also the recipient of two prestigious awards: AdWeek Magazine heralded Claudette as a Toronto Brand Star and the Digital Finance Institute honoured her as one of the Top 50 Canadian Women in FinTech. In September 2019, Claudette had the honour of moderating what is being hailed as ‘the most insightful one on one conversation’ with former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama in front of a sold-out crowd of 3000+ at Elevate, Canada’s largest technology and innovation festival.
Lexi Miles is the Founder and CEO of WAXON Laser + Waxbar, an innovative beauty concept specializing in hair removal for men and women on-the-go looking for convenient and high-quality services without the steep price tag of a spa. Launched in 2012, WAXON Laser + Waxbar now includes 13 locations across the country, with plans for further expansion in 2020. In 2018, WAXON Laser + Waxbar was also one of the first companies to offer laser services using Vectus—the most cutting-edge hair removal tool on the market.
Lexi oversees all aspects of the WAXON business, from franchise building and day-to-day operations of existing locations, to marketing and social media. She also leads the development of WAXON’s independently-produced product line and the launch of her newest product line, South – a clean intimate skin care line for women, all of which are made in Canada.
A champion for empowering women in business, Lexi has been a keynote speaker and panellist for various organizations and preeminent universities including the Rotman School of Management and Queen’s University, providing entrepreneurial advice and inspiration to aspiring female leaders. She is passionate about giving back to her community, supporting several non-profits in Canada including her role on the board of White Ribbon, an organization that strives to eradicate violence against women. Lexi is also featured regularly in the media speaking to beauty trends, how to run a successful business and life as a female entrepreneur. Recently adding ‘mom’ to her resume, Lexi resides in Toronto with her husband and baby girl.
Mr. Justice Fred Myers
Mr. Justice Fred Myers is a judge on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Previously, Fred was a partner at Goodmans LLP and, before that, at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He was recognized as a leader in insolvency, corporate restructuring, and commercial litigation bars.
Fred received the Gold Medal from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. He served as law clerk to the Right Honourable Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of Canada, and the Hon. Mr. Justice G.E. LeDain. In 1985, Fred obtained an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School.
Jordan Robins joined First Capital in 2016. Previously, Senior Vice President, Planning and Development of RioCan REIT. Jordan brings over 25 years of extensive experience and a proven track record in many facets of retail real estate including development, leasing and acquisitions. He holds a Master of Science degree in Facilities Management from the Pratt Institute.
Ryan joins the COC after spending seven years at Scotiabank, where she was Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing, Partnerships, and Philanthropy before occupying the role of Vice President, Global Social Enterprise and Sustainable Business.
During her time at Scotiabank, Ryan and her team secured a $800 million Scotiabank Arena naming rights sponsorship — the largest arena deal in North American history — made unprecedented gains in brand equity from hockey programs through award-winning National Hockey League marketing programs and helped lead the SCENE loyalty program to a top position in customer satisfaction.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Secretary General, Ryan will oversee the digital, brand and marketing partnership arms of the organization. The position will be based out of Toronto, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Ryan is no stranger to the Olympic Movement, having been Head, Olympic Marketing, Global Brand Marketing at RBC, where she drove the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, Olympic Torch Relay business plan and marketing programs to unprecedented success. During her 12 years at RBC, she held a number of other positions, including Director, Community Marketing and Sponsorship, and Director, RBC Foundation.
An avid skier, Ryan began her career in the ski industry in Banff, Alberta, followed by sport marketing positions at MacLaren Momentum and Lang and Associates. Earlier this year, she was recognized by the Hockey News as the top female (#57) on the Top 100 People of Power and Influence in Hockey. Her other accolades include earning a spot on one of the Most Influential Women in Hockey by the Toronto Star in 2018, being named as one of the top 25 (#8) Most Influential People in Canadian Sport by Yahoo! Sports in 2015 and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Ryan holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Marketing from George Brown College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She is also a CSIA Level III Ski Instructor and CFSA Level I Coach.
Tracy is a member of Osler’s Executive Committee. She served as the National Chair of the Insolvency & Restructuring Group and as a
member of Osler’s Operations Committee. She practises corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on corporate recapitalizations,
reorganizations, and restructurings and related transactions including acquisitions and divestitures. She has extensive experience in complex
cross-border restructurings and insolvencies. She advises major debtor corporations, boards, lending syndicates, bondholders and private equity
sponsors. She also regularly advises court officers. Tracy presents and writes on various commercial matters.
Tracy is an alumni of The Judy Project – one of Canada’s leading leadership forums, uniquely designed for executive women ascending to
C-suite positions at the University of Toronto’s Joseph Rotman School of Management.
Tracy is also a contributing storyteller for a best selling leadership book published in 2019 called Collective Wisdom of High – Performing
Women, Leadership Lessons from the Judy Project, featuring personal stories from 70 Canadian women business leaders, highlights their
perspectives on the leadership characteristics of great leaders.
Tracy is a contributing author to the LexisNexis Practice Advisor Canada Insolvency & Restructuring module.
Susie Sheffman is one of the most influential Fashion Directors in the Canadian industry, having spent almost 40 years creating award-winning fashion editorial content for Canada’s leading magazines as well as shaping the style vision for global and national brands.
From her first gig as a fashion-obsessed display artist at Holt Renfrew, up the ranks at Flare, to Fashion Director at both Fashion Magazine and digital start up, Eluxe, Sheffman’s career actually began at age 5, “editing” Eaton’s catalogues, Barbie brochures and forcing friends to play “store” in her bedroom. (No-one left without a tissue-wrapped package and a receipt!)
Sheffman is known for creating bold, timeless, images and fashion “story telling” that resonates across multiple platforms- from glossy magazine pages to advertising and e-commerce campaigns, whether print, digital or video.
She is influential in the fashion community for her elevated taste level, exuberant spirit and confident point of view, translating to a powerful visual voice.
Sheffman collaborates with clients offering fashion and lifestyle brands a diverse range of services from fashion/art direction to content creation, styling, trend forecasting, design collaboration, product development, collection curation and creative consulting.
Her rich, editorial experience as a leading magazine Fashion Director has informed and distinguished her work, bringing a unique blend of art and commerce to all of her projects. As a sought after fashion expert, she is called upon for authoritative fashion and trend commentary and is regularly quoted in the media.
Sheffman has created memorable fashion shoots in far flung locations from Istanbul, Venice, Rio, and Marrakech, to Newfoundland and the Yukon,
along the way, collaborating with multiple international celebrities like Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, and supermodels from Linda Evangelista to Coco Rocha and Maye Musk.
Her clients include Chicos, Brown’s Shoes, Winners, Holt Renfrew, Joe Fresh, Hudson’s Bay, Roots and Fashion Magazine.
When not travelling in search of turquoise water, she can be found at home cooking, playing tennis, walking in Sherwood Park, laughing with friends and family and begging for a cottage invitation.
Kenneth Tanenbaum is the Founder and Chairman of Kilmer Developments, which has had a leading role in the construction and operations of such transformational projects as the ONroute Highway Service Centres, the Pan Am Athletes’ Village, the West Village at Port Credit and the Province’s West Don Lands Rental Housing program; he is Chairman of Kilmer Brownfield, which is committed to creating value by remediating and repositioning contaminated land; he is the Executive Chairman of Coca-Cola Canada Bottling; and, he also serves as Vice Chairman of Kilmer Van Nostrand, a family holding company with interests in sports & media, private investments and infrastructure. He has a long history of volunteer leadership with many organizations. Ken is passionate about the promise of Canada and is committed to aligning his business interests with building healthy cities and vibrant communities. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.
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
JACK WINBERG, the Group’s C.E.O., educated in business and law, joined Rockport in 1988 following an active law practice as a specialist in land use and development. Jack is a founding director, of ClubLink Corporation, and has extensive experience as a director of both public and private companies. Jack is a member of the board of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and Waterfront Toronto. He is also a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Canada and a past Chairman of the Urban Development Institute (Ontario) now BILD.
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.
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 2,500 grants totaling approximately US $73,000,000 and continues to grow every year.
Thank you to our 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: Max Donsky, Hayley Rovet & Jade Zylberberg
Team Leads: Dan Amar, Tasha Eisen, Noah Freeman, Jacqueline Shiner, Tiffany Tanz & Aja Zylberberg
Committee Members: Hailey Abramsky, Danielle Adessky, Aliza Fagen, Erin Fenwick, David Gasch, Ariela Gutfrajnd, Jacob Iftah, Nicole Rafalovich, Jessica Rovet, Sam Vlessing & Ashley Wood