Alison is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for First Capital. She has over 10 years of experience representing and advising companies in different industries, including real estate, in connection with corporate transactions, risk management, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and numerous other commercial transactions. She also has strong expertise advising public companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.
Anne was the Director of Calgary Parks from 2008 until retirement from The City in 2018. She has over 30 years experience with both government and consulting sectors in parks and recreation. Over her career, she has spent time in provincial parks, parks consulting in northern Canada as well as various roles for Calgary Parks before taking the senior management position. The Director role offered a combination of politics, leadership and finance but left space to be actively involved in planning and sharing knowledge (such as cultural landscapes, water management, pathway systems, wetland policy, and LEED parks educational facilities) with multiple organizations both locally and internationally. She was elected to an agency board position in World Urban Parks in 2016 and is still active in the North American chapter. She holds a Bachelor’s in Recreation Administration from University of Alberta and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from University of Guelph. While Calgary is home, an outdoor passion is sea kayaking so travel is part of her life as is the new project of cottage building.
Darcy Killeen is Executive Director at Contact Photography Festival and has held this position for the last ten years. Prior joining CONTACT, Mr. Killeen was CFO & Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Comnetix Inc, a public company on the TSX. Darcy has held a variety of positions in the technology area including Chief Financial Officer of Delta Engineering and Assistant Controller for Antares Electronics Inc. He also held the position of Associate Director of Arbitrage with Nesbitt Burns in the New York City Office.
As Executive Director of Les amis de la montagne, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving Mount Royal and its namesake park, Hélène guides its leadership role in the stewardship of this iconic Montréal site through advocacy, civic engagement and environmental education. Prior to this, she served as a public affairs and advancement executive with such institutions as Université de Montréal, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. An ardent advocate of public space activation and cultural and heritage preservation, Hélène is committed to supporting Park People in its vital contribution to building strong communities and resilient cities across Canada, with a focus on developing its presence within Quebec.
Najib Hayat is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), with over a decade of consistently progressive experience in Accounting, Audit, Governance, Risk, Controls (GRC), Tax and IT. As the founder and CEO of NHK Consultants Inc., Najib provides accounting, financial and IT audit, controls, risk management and consulting expertise to clients throughout North America. Najib has previously held management positions with large financial services and professional services firms such as KPMG LLP and EY LLP.
Peter is Vice-President of Development for Streetcar Developments. Trained as an urban planner, Peter has had the fortune of managing some of Toronto’s most complex and architecturally forward thinking city building project including most recently the Mirvish Village/Honest Ed’s redevelopment and the Lawrence Height Revitalization. Peter’s approach and philosophy has been to ensure that community interests, and arts and cultural programming are included in the development process and woven into the final project. Peter also acts as a Public Art consultant and is Director of Arts and Culture for the Broadview Hotel.
Sarbjit Kaur is an award-winning communications professional with a background in journalism and government. She heads her own consulting firm, Kaur Communications and is also a Senior Associate at Toronto-based Argyle PR. Prior to starting her consulting career, she served in senior communications roles in the Office of the Minister and in the Ontario Public Service at four Ontario Ministries: Transportation, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Consumer Services, and Government Services. She has served as a Director on the board of the Mississauga Arts Council, Vice-Chair of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and on numerous other committees and advisory boards. She is currently Interim Executive Director of Our Place Initiative, a non-profit that encourages civic engagement in Etobicoke.
Shalnee currently leads Corporate Sponsorships at TD Bank. In this role, she is responsible for the organization’s corporate sponsorship and local brand strategy, which includes oversight of partnerships such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Union Station and the TD Jazz Festivals. Prior to joining TD, Shalnee has held various positions at both CIBC and Bank of Montreal.
Tamara is a skilled funder with over 25 years of experience working with charities and worked on both sides of not-for-profits in Canada, the US and the UK. Tamara managed the corporate donations of George Weston Limited and Weston Foods for nearly twenty years and recently stepped down as Chair of the Weston Family Foundation, one of Canada’s largest private foundations. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall. She is also a Trustee and past Chair of the Reta Lila Howard Foundation in the UK, a charity focused on supporting children in the British Isles.
Zahra is a designer and urbanist, with an established practice of engaging people in the design of services, policies and infrastructure. She is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Cities, Design, and Governance, and a senior advisor to political and public interest initiatives across the country. For the past three years, she led Doblin Canada. In this role, she built one of Canada’s largest service design firms, using human-centred processes to engage diverse sets of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex organizational and industry challenges. Prior to Doblin, Zahra founded and led archiTEXT, working with communities to co-design towards better social outcomes and leading some of Canada’s most ambitious participatory infrastructure and policy programs. She has served on the boards of Jane’s Walk, St. Stephen’s Community House, Toronto Biennial, and the Canadian Urban Institute. She was recently recognized as Ascend/Manulife’s Mentor of the Year, WXN’s Top 100 Women in Canadian Business.