Colleen Johnston is currently Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs at TD Bank Group.
Prior to this Colleen was Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group. Colleen joined TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse.
Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor of business administration. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), the highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
Colleen has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive – she was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. Colleen was named “Best Chief Financial Officer” in October 2009 by Canadian Business magazine, and in 2011, for the third year in a row, was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. In 2012, Colleen was recognized as Canada’s CFO of the Year, an award that is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada, PwC and Robert Half International. In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.
Colleen is a board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and sits on the advisory board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She also served as past Chair and President of the Board of Directors for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Chair of Bridgepoint Health, and the ShareLife Corporate Campaign. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business at York University, a member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, and a member of the board of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In 2015, Colleen joined the board of the Shaw Festival. At TD, she is actively involved in promoting diversity in the workplace including the bank’s Women in Leadership Committee.
Born in Vancouver, Colleen currently resides in Toronto with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys travelling, reading and an active lifestyle.
Sylvain Toutant has been the President & CEO of DAVIDsTEA Inc. since May 2014. A recognized specialist in retailing, he has developed businesses in Canada, the United States and Europe. After joining VanHoutte in 2008, he became President and subsequently, Chief Operating Officer. Since 2012 and until recently, he was President of Keurig Canada, where he accelerated growth through a strategic alliance with Keurig Green Mountain in the United States. He also headed Keurig’s operations in the United Kingdom.
Over the course of his career, Sylvain Toutant has been at the helm of a number of well-known brands in the renovation, and beverage industry. Employed by Reno-Depot from 1987 to 2003, he became its president in 2001 and helped make it one of Quebec’s most admired companies. He also served as President and CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec from 2004 to 2007. Now as the President & CEO of DAVIDsTEA, he oversees the company’s operations and overall growth in Canada and the United States.
Sylvain Toutant received a B.A.A. in Marketing and Commerce from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He is a Member of Cercle Omer DeSerres, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Fondation des amis du Collège Champagneur, and he sits on the Board of directors for Congébec and the Retail Council of Canada. Sylvain and his wife Josée Michaud have three sons.
Deen Maharaj is the Senior Director of Human Resources for G&K Services Canada. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Deen has spent the past 30 years with G&K, starting at the bottom and working his way to the top. Over the years he has been fortunate to hold many positions on both sides of the border but have always chosen to remain in Canada as a proud Canadian even at the expense of more senior roles in the Organization. Deen has been invited to speak to students at many Canadian Universitites and extremely proud to now add McGill to his list. He is the proud recipient of the Schulich School of Business Heart Award recognizing him for his dedication and passion for the development of undergraduate students throughout Canada.
Deen currently lives in Bradford Ontario with his wife Dianne and is the proud father of three daughters and five grandkids.
Completed an undergraduate degree in Accounting at Concordia in 2011 and then successfully passed the UFE in 2013.
I came on as a full-time hire at EY in October 2011 as a staff accountant and have worked my way up to a second year manager, in Assurance.
I now specialize in the Private Middle Market (PMM) practice with a focus on the real-estate industry. Outside of work, I’m an avid golfer and I love music, playing guitar and bass to unwind.
Sarah is passionate about bringing together strategy and creativity to build evocative and enduring brands that become part of our ever-changing cultural conversation. In addition to her Canadian experience, Sarah spent a decade working in New York and holding progressively senior account management and planning roles at agencies like Ogilvy & Mather and BBH NY. Beyond advertising Sarah spent time as a Capability Director at ?What If! Innovation Partners, a consultancy that helps companies to unlock growth through innovation. Sarah has an impressive track record of catalyzing creatively recognized and commercially effective work for high profile brands including AXE, AT&T, Target, BMO and Levi Strauss & Co and Air Canada. She is a frequent key note speaker and award show judge and she thrives in companies with real conviction.
Jason joined KPMG as a summer intern in 2005 and returned as a full time member of the firm in the fall of 2006. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at McGill University in 2006, earning a double major in both Accounting and Marketing.
In 2008, he completed the Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accountancy at the John Molson School of Business and passed the CA designation examination. He is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Audit practice, and has had the opportunity to audit both public and private companies in the technology, transportation, shipping, pharmaceutical, aviation, manufacturing, service, and financial sectors.
Having played hockey at a very competitive level for many years, Jason is someone who enjoys a team environment and who likes to get involved. As a student at McGill University, he was President of the Management Undergraduate Society (MUS). As a Senior Manager at KPMG, Jason is actively involved with KPMG’s training and education programs, providing training to new full time members of the firm.
Additionally, Jason is the head of the Social Committee of his audit group. Jason has been an active member of KPMG’s campus recruitment team for several years. He is a Prime Recruiter for Concordia and McGill University.
Aaron joined KPMG as an intern during the summer of 1999 and returned as a full-time employee in 2000 after graduating from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Accountancy. He spent his first 3 years at KPMG auditing both public and private companies in the consumer markets, publishing, and manufacturing sectors.
After obtaining his CA designation in 2005, Aaron took advantage of KPMG’s Global Opportunities program to begin a 2-year secondment with KPMG in the UK’s London office. The secondment allowed him to expand his network of contacts outside of and within KPMG, while living in a European city with a different business and social culture. During his time there he audited public companies mainly in the entertainment and music sectors
Upon his return in 2005, Aaron joined the recruiting team for Concordia and McGill. He has gained experience as an audit and business adviser for leading companies in Canada and the United States. Aaron’s focus has been on the consumer products, luxury goods and the information technology sectors. Managing a wide array of clients has allowed him to experience the varying business cultures in the United States, Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Asia.
Before joining Kamik, Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in 1980. From 1983 to 1986, he worked as a public accountant with KPMG in Toronto. Following, he was promoted to Audit Manager and worked overseas with KPMG’s European affiliate in Geneva, Switzerland. Richard was Genfoot’s CFO for fifteen years prior to his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Lisa has over twenty years of experience in the independent film and television industry in various capacities in both business and finance.
As Associate Vice President of International Finance within the Film and Television Group at the National Bank of Canada (NBoC), Lisa oversees all lending to non-Canadian borrowers. Lisa also oversees all projects which include gap, super gap (mezzanine), bridge and revenue participation loans, as well as managing her Group within the bank.
In 2014, Lisa conceived of, and gave rise to the banks International Group and created the array of products offered exclusively by that Group for projects which meet the required criteria. Lisa has sourced and financed over $600m of debt while at the bank where she joined in 2011.
National Bank of Canada is recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent players in the arena of independent film and television lending with a specific expertise in Co-Production and deficit financing. Among the notable films and television projects financed are THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH written by Ken Follett and starring Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen and Eddie Redmayne, THE CALL starring Halle Berry, ALL IS LOST directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, GOOD KILL directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Ethan Hawke, AND SO IT GOES starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
In addition to financing for NBoC, Lisa produced the upcoming theatrical film CARRIE PILBY starring Bel Powley. She is currently working as executive producer on SUBMERGENCE starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and IDEAL HOME starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan. In the past year, she was also credited for executive producer on the films ELVIS & NIXON starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey, INDIGNATION starring Sarah Gadon and Logan Lerman and BRAIN ON FIRE starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
Prior to having been promoted to associate Vice-President of International Finance at NBC, Lisa was Manager of Commercial Banking, Gap and International Financing during which time she managed the gap portfolio for the bank. For 11 years, prior to joining NBoC, Lisa occupied the position of manager, Gap Financing at FIDEC, a limited partnership which included as partners the Cultural arm of the Quebec government (SODEC), National Bank of Canada and the FTQ.
Mathieu is an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company’s Montreal office, where his work focuses on leading large-scale turnarounds and transformations.
He also has extensive experience in aircraft manufacturing. He has served a number of large industry players on issues ranging from corporate governance to product development, holds a degree in aircraft manufacturing, and is a certified jet engine machinist.
During his time at McKinsey, Mathieu has taken a leave of absence to complete a masters’ degree at Oxford University as well as work as Chief of Staff and Vice-President of Replenishment for a large private-equity owned foods distributor.
Mathieu has always been a big supporter of McGill. As a student he was awarded the Scarlet Key to recognize his contribution to the University, which included founding the Desautels Ambassador Program and helping improve the career preparation services. He has remained closely involved with McGill since joining McKinsey, including by leading the McGill Not- For-Profit Consulting program and by heading the firm’s recruitment efforts at the University.
Mathieu holds an MBA from Oxford University, a Bachelor’s in Economics from McGill University and a degree in Aircraft Manufacturing Technology from the National Institute of Aeronautics.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Breanne, traveling, reading (especially about American history!) and spending time at the gym, cycling or hiking.