Naomi has been involved in delivering nursing care for more than 25 years. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for four years and holds a specialty certificate in Primary Health Care.

Naomi’s clinical practice is at Covenant House Ð Canada’s largest shelter for homeless youth Ð where she provides primary health care to street-involved and homeless youth. Naomi is also the coordinator of the Primary Health Care Ð Global Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

In 2013, Naomi received the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award of Merit from Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Pi-At-Large for her annual volunteer work with marginalized communities in Honduras and Haiti. In addition, she was part of a team that received the 2013 Bright Lights award from the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario for their innovative cervical cancer screening outreach to women working in the sex trade industry.

Naomi is currently working on her PhD at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on exploring the impact of social exclusion and inclusion on health. In particular, she is interested in understanding how homeless youth use their social connections to help them access the social determinants of health such as housing, healthcare, and employment.

Naomi lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband Ryan and their three children, Madison, Mackenzie, and Jackson.

Michael Kirkland is an Architect and Professor of Architecture based in Toronto. He is founder and principal of The Kirkland Partnership Architects based in Toronto, with affiliated offices in Shanghai, Tianjin, Tehran and Beijing. The firm is a full service architectural practice with substantial background in urban design and physical planning.

He was educated at Harvard University, graduating with Honour Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Fulbright and The Harvard Loeb Fellowship. Work of the firm has been cited for many design awards including those of Progressive Architecture (U.S.); Architectural Design (G.B.); R.A.I.C. and O.A.A. (Canada); The Governor General’s Award for Architecture; and the Jean Alaurent Gran Prix of Distinction for Urbanism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute, the American Academy in Rome, the Urban Design Institute (U.S.), the Harvard Loeb Fellowship, and Lambda Alpha International, and has twice been designated Renaissance Architect, in Great Britain.

His projects include the world renowned Mississauga City Hall; North York Aquatic Centre; Festival Hall; North York Civic Square and Gardens; the Clouston and Maria Goretti Schools; Customs Houses, Tianjin and Shenyang; and the Toronto Waterfront Plan. His firm won the international competition for the Ministry of Oil for Iran in 2002, and recently the Rainbow Plaza Hotel and Observation Tower were approved for construction in Niagara Falls. The work has been exhibited and published in numerous international venues. In 2005 Mr. Kirkland won the 5 Nations International Competition for Phoenix Mountain in Chengdu China; in 2007 Mr. Kirkland’s firm won the International Design Competition for River Islands, the contiguous site, which with Phoenix Mountain, comprises 18.5km2 of the ancient city; In 2008, 1st prize in the competition for the Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

Mr. Kirkland’s experience includes positions as Associate Chief Architect and Director of Housing Research for New York State U.D.C. during which he designed and built the Low Rise, High Density Housing Prototype, in association with Kenneth Frampton, an important work on housing typology which was the centre of an exhibit and publication at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He was also Director of Urban Design and Principal Urban Designer in midtown Manhattan during the formulation of Urban Design as a modern practice and the development of special district zoning techniques. Subsequently, Mr. Kirkland was associated with Barton Myers, a Toronto Architect in 1976; founded J. Michael Kirkland Architect in 1978; with Edward Jones, Jones and Kirkland 1982-88; a companion urban design firm, Coombes, Kirkland, Berridge 1978-86; The Kirkland Partnership Inc., and The Kirkland Partnership International (1989).

He has been affiliated with Universities over an extended period including Columbia University, Assistant Professor 1971-74; University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Professor; Harvard University, Visiting Professor; and as Professor at the University of Toronto. He is City Architect (PRP) for Niagara Falls and Principal Urban Design Consultant for the Toronto Waterfront. His drawings have been acquired by the Canadian Centre For Architecture (Montreal) and he is listed in the world compendium (Italy) Dictionary Of Contemporary Architecture of 20th Century Architects.

Mr. Voegeli is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Diversified and Technology, Media & Telecom Group at CIBC World Markets Inc. Ryan has over 10 years of investment banking experience. During this time, he has developed significant transaction experience advising on numerous M&A and capital markets assignments and extensive industry coverage of both retail and consumer products and technology, media and telecom sectors.

Recent transaction advisory experience includes acting as bookrunner on the initial public offerings of Choice Properties REIT, CT REIT, the Hudson’s Bay Company, Mitel and Smart Technologies, and acting as financial advisor on Shaw’s $225 million acquisition of ENMAX Envision, Leon’s $800 million acquisition of The Brick and BCE’s $3.4 billion acquisition of Astral Media.

Before his career in investment banking, Ryan was a partner at a major Canadian law firm where he worked from 1999 to 2004. He practiced in the area of corporate law with a focus on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of British Columbia and an LL.B from the University of Victoria and is a CFA charterholder.

Rose Reisman is a leading authority on the art of eating & living well and has enlightened, entertained and uplifted Canadians for over two decades. Rose is a motivational speaker, columnist and TV personality who has published 18 books in total which cover over 2000 recipes, chronic disease prevention, weight management, career stress and nutrition trends.

Rose is a sought after speaker on national TV and radio, and a regular newspaper contributor across Canada.

Rose has partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, CIBC, McCain’s Foods Canada, The Running Room and most recently Equinox. She helped raise over $1 million for the research, education and treatment of breast cancer. She is the owner of Rose Reisman Catering and Personal Gourmet, a food delivery service with a fresh and frozen food line. As a restaurant consultant, Rose has her own menu at the Pickle Barrel chain, a restaurant serving over 50,000 patrons a week. ÒGlowÓ restaurant, a 300 seat establishment in Toronto also features Rose Reisman’s fresh healthy menu. Rose is an Adjunct professor at York University’s Department of Health; on the advisory board of York University and presented recommendations on fighting childhood obesity with a team of experts to the Ontario government.

Rose holds five university degrees, including an MBA specializing in marketing. Rose won the prestigious Schulich School of Business Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Public Contribution, ORT, and was nominated for the 2009 Ernst and Yong Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2010, she was the ÒTop 100 Award WinnerÓ in the Trailblazer and Trendsetter category in Canada’s Most Powerful Women of the Women’s Executive Network.

Mary De Paoli is Sun Life’s Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. De Paoli assumed this role in 2012 and is responsible for Sun Life Financial’s brand, digital, marketing and public and corporate affairs functions globally, and for leading the Company’s focus on its customers across its businesses.

Ms. De Paoli joined Sun Life in 1999 and has a significant background in marketing, customer and corporate activities and in leading pension and retirement services businesses. She headed Sun Life’s brand-building, digital media and other marketing programs in her previous role as Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer and, prior to that, managed the Company’s Group Retirement Services division, which rose to the number one market position in Canada. During this time she was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM for 2002.

In her earlier career, Ms. De Paoli was a business journalist, working at the Washington bureau of CNN and as Managing Editor of Canada’s Benefits & Pensions Monitor magazine. She also authored The New Imperative: The Plan Sponsor’s Guide to Education and Communication.

Ms. De Paoli is on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance and the Audit Bureau of Circulations Canadian Buyers’ Advisory Committee. In 2012, Ms. De Paoli was named the Marketer of the Year by Strategy magazine.

Ms. De Paoli holds a post-graduate degree in Journalism and Communications from the American University in Washington D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Western Ontario.

Sherri has more than 25 years of experience in communications and media. She was the Manager of Communications for the LCBO, Director of Communications for the Wine Council of Ontario and also managed communications at two regulatory bodies – the RECO which regulates the real estate industry and IIROC, the national regulatory body for the investment industry. She also held senior positions working for both federal and provincial cabinet ministers. She has won seven communications awards including two international awards for best newsletter, best annual report and best brand awareness campaign. Sherri was also a journalist for more than 12 years and won a national newspaper award early in her career. She is the sponsorship chair for the Ontario Newspaper Awards and is an avid traveller and loves fishing and golf.

For the past twenty four years Pauline has worked in the electrical distribution industry as a skilled tradesperson at Toronto Hydro. She began her career as a Labourer and after a few months entered into a 5 years apprenticeship program where she earned her Power Cable Journey Person Certification from the Municipal Electrical Association (MEA). For 2 years she expanded on her legal and communication capabilities in her role as Infrastructure Occupancy Rep., working with various Communication companies. Over the past 3 years she has incorporated the knowledge gained in the position of union leader to enhance her abilities and become an effective supervisor, emphasizing personal responsibility/accountability and the improvement of safe work practices of those under her stewardship.

Over twelve years Pauline Niles has been involved in a variety of non-for-profit organizations as a professional and volunteer. As the former elected President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local One (CUPE) from May 2006 to May 2008, she represented 1250 predominantly skilled trades-workers at Toronto Hydro. Pauline was the first woman and visible minority person to be elected president in the almost 100-year history of CUPE Local One. Versatile, with proven organisational, managerial and interpersonal skills, Pauline is also recognized as skilled negotiator who is well known for her abilities as a problem solver. Her experience includes working with senior leadership, specifically in the areas of Board development, governance and creating the marketing and implementation of strategic plans, establishing success in change and performance improvements.

? Former Board of Director Energy Credit Union for five years and presently serving as liaison.

? Former Board of Directors Queen West Community Health Centre & Shout Youth Health Clinic for three years.

? Former Board of Directors Kensington Bellwoods Community Legal Services for three years.

Michael McCain is President & CEO of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Canada’s leading food processor and exporter with 19,500 employees, sales of $4.9 billion in 2011 and flagship brands including Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Dempster’s.

Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods Mr. McCain spent 16 years with McCain Foods Limited in Canada and the United States.

Born in Florenceville, N.B., Mr. McCain received an Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has five children and is a resident of Toronto.

The daily tug-of-war between balancing a career and raising children can leave parents torn between both worlds.

Victoria Sopik, CEO and Co-founder of Kids & Company, (and mother of 8), understands this delicate balancing act. Victoria’s experiences as a working mother and devoted parent have had a profound impact upon her, and they have made her determined to make a difference by helping working parents and concerned employers with work-life challenges.

As CEO, Victoria oversees the company’s strategic direction and provides leadership to the company’s management team to deliver industry-leading child care services. Victoria has a long and distinguished career in the child care industry. Kids & Company is the culmination of over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and child-care and parenting expert. Kids & Company has served over 30,000 children and created thousands of jobs across Canada.

Victoria lends her time, skill and leadership to benefit the child care industry and community by presenting at a variety of events, workshops and conferences across Canada.

Victoria’s professional accomplishments have been recognized with several honours and rewards; some of these include: 2013 RBC Women Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Ð Momentum Category, 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Business-to-Business Category, WXN Top100 Most Powerful Women, Passion Capitalist Award for Work Culture and Philosophy – 2012, 2008 Profit Magazine’s Ð One of Canada’s fastest growing companies, Canadian Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs for the past 7 years, Member of the Young Presidents Organization, and the International Women’s Forum.

Paul Sloan has been an educator for over 30 years. He began his teaching career in 1980, teaching secondary school music, English, PHE, dramatic arts, mathematics and geography in schools in southwestern and central Ontario. He also spent a year as a volunteer, teaching music and educational psychology in a teacher training centre in Botswana, Africa.

Paul entered the ranks of school administration in 1994 when he was appointed Vice Principal of Adult and Continuing Education in the Simcoe County District School Board. This appointment was followed by the Vice Principalship and Principalship at Midland Secondary School in Midland Ontario. Assignments to Student Success and Adult and Continuing Education rounded out his portfolio of principal responsibilities before he was appointed Superintendent of Education in the fall of 2009.

Paul’s focus is on continually improving student achievement and safeguarding and promoting student well-being. He is committed to working with principals and teachers to continually refine and reflect on their instructional practice, based on a sound, well-researched foundation. Finally, he sees a strong connection between the school and the community as absolutely vital in maintaining confidence in our public education system. To that end, Paul works closely with community groups, agencies, municipalities and others to ensure that our schools have a positive profile in the community, their doors open and welcoming to not only students, but to others within our communities.