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Gary is an active board member of Food, Health & Consumer Products Canada, Grocers and Manufacturers Collaborative and GS1 (Global Standards Canada). Outside of work Gary is an accomplished athlete and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three daughters.
For three years, Maxime was also the Co-President of the Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN) at McGill University. DSN helped co-organize the Montreal Youth Summit on Sustainable Business, Canada’s largest student gathering on the topic. They also worked at the academic level to improve McGill’s “Managing for Sustainability” Major & Concentration and mainstream sustainability across all programs by working with professors, faculty leadership and professionals.
Upkar brings sophisticated expertise in business, capital markets and finance from acquiring, operating and advising companies of all sizes, at different stages, in different sectors and geographies. Over the past 35 years, he has been involved in innovative debt, equity, and hybrid finance solutions in the public and private markets and complex mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and dispositions in excess of $20 billion.
Upkar began his impact investing journey in 2010, to integrate his corporate experience with his philanthropic and community service endeavors in order to improve people’s lives.
He has served on the boards of several organizations focused on education, health, arts, infrastructure, citizenship and financial services.
Upkar is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Waterloo and a recipient of the accounting profession’s highest mark of distinction, the Fellow designation, in 2017.
Carol Anne is the author of ‘Indigenomics- Taking A Seat at the Economic Table’ and is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University’s School of Business.
Carol Anne was the only Indigenous person appointed to the Canadian Economic Growth Council as a senior advisor to the federal Finance Minister. Carol Anne recently served on the BC Emerging Economy Taskforce, and the BC Indigenous Business and Investment Council. Carol Anne currently serves as a Director on the McGill University Institute for the Study of Canada, MITACS and the BC Digital Supercluster.
Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Colin Mayer is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse, past member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. 1986 to 2010 and a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd, 2013 to 2020. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours and leads the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation.” His most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.
As the Chief Social Purpose Officer & Vice President Player Experience, Peter is responsible for the corporation’s social purpose commitment, overall reputation management and end-to-end player experience and marketing strategies. A 27-year veteran of the values-driven marketing, sustainability and social purpose movement, his is helping transition BCLC to a purpose-driven organization that offers lottery, casino and online players an exceptional and responsible entertainment experience.
Peter’s professional experience spans the world of corporate, government and non-profit clients in North America, Europe and Asia. He has lived and worked in Canada, the Netherlands and India where he advised organizations on a range of values-based issues. He has also developed various campaigns and initiatives focused around issues such as climate action, conservation, public health, and diversity and inclusion.
He is a currently a Director of the Western Canada Theatre Company as well the Cape Cod Center for Sustainability.
Greg Graves, M.A., is the manager of the Horizontal Policy Unit (HPU) at Employment Social Development Canada. The mandate of his unit focused on volunteerism, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. Greg leads a team of policy analysts towards a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Action Plan. The team he leads has been undertaking direct and solicited applied policy research on CSR and engagement with other federal departments and crown corporations. Greg chairs the CSR Interdepartmental Working Group for ESDC that includes 12 federal departments and crown corporations partners.
Under Tim’s leadership, Chandos has forged partnerships with social enterprises across Canada focusing on employment of at-risk youth and those under-represented in the construction industry. Tim is an advisor to San Francisco’s Center for Innovation in the Design & Construction Industry and the founding board chair of the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance. Tim is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® and is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.