Shaun Francis

Executive Chair

Shaun Francis serves as the Chair of the Board for True Patriot Love, which he founded in 2009 to benefit Canada’s military families. In addition to his volunteer duties with TPL, Shaun is Chair and CEO of Toronto’s Medcan Health Management, Inc. Established more than 25 years ago, Medcan is a global leader in assessing their clients’ overall well-being and inspiring them to "live well."

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Shaun Francis

Shaun Francis serves as the Chair of the Board for True Patriot Love, which he founded in 2009 to benefit Canada’s military families. In addition to his volunteer duties with TPL, Shaun is Chair and CEO of Toronto’s Medcan Health Management, Inc. Established more than 25 years ago, Medcan is a global leader in assessing their clients’ overall well-being and inspiring them to “live well.” In 2016 Medcan was featured in the National Post as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.  Prior to his CEO role at Medcan, Shaun was one of the founding employees and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Dallas-based Broadlane, Inc., a leading business process outsourcer for over 900 American hospitals. In 2010, Broadlane was sold to MedAssets for US$850MM. Prior to joining Broadlane, Shaun also worked for Morgan Stanley’s New York and Toronto investment banking division, where he managed equity, debt and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Shaun also serves on the boards of the Invictus Games Canada (he chaired its bid committee), the Fraser Institute, and the advisory board of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). He previously served on the boards of Toronto Pearson Airport, Upper Canada College and was the Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the PC Ontario Fund.  In 2013, he was asked by Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs to chair the Veteran Transition Advisory Council (VTAC). The Council was comprised of Canadian business leaders and assisted the minister in drafting strategic recommendations for the transition of service personnel to the private sector.

In 2009, Shaun was selected by a national panel and featured in The Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award which recognizes a new generation of top achievers in business, the professions, academia and public service. In 2010, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, awarded Shaun the military’s highest recognition for a civilian, the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service. In 2011, Shaun was the convocation speaker at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario where he received his Honorary Doctor of Laws from Canada’s Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay.  In 2012, he was selected by Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s top 50 most influential people. In 2013, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Senator Linda Frum and the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Steven Blaney, for his community service. In 2014, he was awarded the Veterans Affairs Commendation by Minister Julian Fantino for contributing in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans. In 2015, he was recognized by Toronto’s Junior Achievement chapter with their Bold Thinkers Inspiring Leaders award for taking risks and challenging convention. In 2016, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by Canada’s Governor General.

Shaun enjoys endurance sports and, in 2012, co-led the True Patriot Love Expedition to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Island Peak, a 6,189 metre Himalayan Peak adjacent to Mount Everest. The expedition featured 12 injured Canadian soldiers, raising funds and awareness for the True Patriot Love Foundation and injured Veterans. It was the subject of a national prime-time documentary named “March to the Top” airing on the CBC in February 2013. In 2014, Shaun co-led another True Patriot Love Expedition to the Magnetic North Pole, which was also the subject of a national prime-time documentary on the History Channel.

Shaun earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science with honours and merit from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after he received a nomination from President Reagan to attend as a Canadian. While there, he also earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Canadian Army.

Shaun is married to Stacy Francis and is father to Robert, William, and Christopher. Born and raised in Canada, he has lived with his family in both the United States, the United Kingdom and France, and has travelled extensively throughout the world.

 

Garo Keresteci

Vice Chair

Garo Keresteci is the Founding Partner of the FUSE Group of Companies and has a history of creating marketing solutions and campaigns that deliver significant impact and results. He’s known for his ability to find the right mix of personalities and capabilities, and has led digital agency FUSE Marketing to be an industry-recognized leader.

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Garo Keresteci

Garo Keresteci is the Founding Partner of the FUSE Group of Companies and has a history of creating marketing solutions and campaigns that deliver significant impact and results. He’s known for his ability to find the right mix of personalities and capabilities, and has led digital agency FUSE Marketing to be an industry-recognized leader, delivering ground-breaking solutions in North America and Europe for clients such as CIBC, Canadian Tire, 2015 PanAm Games, Interac, Kruger, International Golf Federation and Ricola. Selected in 2005 by Marketing Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Marketing, he also led FUSE to be included in The Globe & Mail’s Top 50 Small & Medium Employers in Canada for 2009 & 2010. Garo and his partners have since invested in several marketing-related start-ups: an experiential marketing and live event company – FUSE XM; and a healthcare marketing consultancy – FUSE Health.

On March 25, 2013, Garo was recognized for his service to Canada and was awarded The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by former Minister of Veterans Affairs Erin O’Toole at a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. In addition to TPL, Garo also proudly serves on the executive of The Jammer Classic Lacrosse Tournament, an annual event benefiting Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charity. He is also proud to advise and support the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, a charity that benefits Indigenous People and their communities.

Garo holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University. He currently resides in Toronto with his wife Carolyne and their children Matt, Ben and Ella.

Bryn Weadon

Bryn Weadon is a naval supply officer who retired in 2009 at the rank of Rear-Admiral after 35 years of military service. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean in 1979. Since retirement, Bryn has remained involved with the Canadian Forces community, joined the True Patriot Love Foundation as a Director, and part of the Canadian Forces Non-Public Property Board of Directors.

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Bryn Weadon

Bryn Weadon is a naval supply officer who retired in 2009 at the rank of Rear-Admiral after 35 years of military service. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean in 1979. In addition to serving both at sea and ashore with the Navy, Bryn served as the Commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, Director General Financial Management, and finally as Assistant Deputy Minister Finance and Corporate Services and Senior Full-time Financial Officer for the Department of National Defence.

Bryn completed the full range of Leadership Courses at the Canadian Forces College, as well as earning both a Certified Professional Accounting (CPA/CMA) and Professional Logistician (P.Log) designations. He remains an active volunteer with a number of organizations related to both finance and logistics, including an online facilitator and session leader for the CPA Professional Education Programme.

Since retirement, Bryn has remained involved with the Canadian Forces community as a member of the Staff of NPF Pension Investment Committee and, up to joining True Patriot Love Foundation as a Director, the Canadian Forces Non-Public Property Board of Directors. Bryn has been the Treasurer of the Royal Military Colleges Foundation since 2009 as well as a member of the RMC Club Life Membership & Investment Advisory Committee. He also serves as a volunteer Treasurer of the Navy League of Canada, the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust and the Tukia Foundation.

Chad Rogers

Chad Rogers is a founding partner at Crestview Strategy. He helps companies and industry associations make their case to governments and mobilize coalitions that support jobs, growth and investment.

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Chad Rogers

Chad Rogers is a founding partner at Crestview Strategy. He helps companies and industry associations make their case to governments and mobilize coalitions that support jobs, growth and investment.

He previously led the research practice at a national public affairs firm. Chad was a Country Director with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute (led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright).

Chad has worked with governments and political leaders in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Pakistan, Serbia, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine.

He served as a Senior Advisor to Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, worked on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and has volunteered on campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal level. The Hill Times magazine named him of the Top 100 Lobbyists in 2014.

Chad is currently a board member of Action Against Hunger/ACF Canada, the Canadian Club of Toronto and the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He has previously served on the board of Save The Children and the Kosova Democratic Institute.

Geneviève Bonin

Geneviève is a partner in the Advisory Services practice of PwC. For PwC Canada, she leads the national public sector and the Greater Toronto Area consulting practices. She is also a member of the Global Public Sector Leadership and the Canadian Executive Leadership teams.

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Geneviève Bonin

Geneviève is a partner in the Advisory Services practice of PwC. For PwC Canada, she leads the national public sector and the Greater Toronto Area consulting practices. She is also a member of the Global Public Sector Leadership and the Canadian Executive Leadership teams. She is the senior relationship partner for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the lead relationship partner for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Geneviève focuses on solving complex problems to bring value to society. She specializes in strategy and innovation and has managed a number of complex transformational programs from strategy through value realization. She has spent the majority of her career working very closely with the public sector at all levels of government but also has experience in a number of other industries. Her international experience includes serving on global boards, studying and also serving as a member of the Canadian Forces overseas.

Geneviève is actively involved in the professional and broader public community and serves on a number of boards including the True Patriot Love Foundation and is soon joining the Boards of Toronto Global and the Royal Mental Health Research Institute. She is a member of the Young President Organization, the Treble Victor Group, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, CMC Canada and the Professional Association of Engineers of Ontario.

Geneviève is a thought leader and academic who has developed courses and taught at the undergrad, graduate and post-graduate levels. She frequently speaks publicly on topics of leadership and diversity and is a Women in Leadership champion for PwC. She is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) and a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.). In recognition for her philanthropy work, she has received the Telfer School of Management Philos award and the Veterans Affairs Ministerial medal for distinctive contribution to society.

Geneviève is an entrepreneur. During her career in consulting, Geneviève purchased, grew and sold a successful chain of retail stores. Prior to her career in consulting, Geneviève served with the Canadian Armed Forces as a Naval Engineering Officer.

Geneviève is married to her husband Christian and has four children named Samuel, William, Katrina and Maxime.

Geordie Young

Geordie Young is Managing Director, Asset Mix and Risk Metrics, at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, one of Canada’s pre-eminent wealth management firms. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2010, Geordie worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years in London, UK, as an Executive Director in the Interest Rate Products group.

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Geordie Young

Geordie Young is Managing Director, Asset Mix and Risk Metrics, at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, one of Canada’s pre-eminent wealth management firms. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2010, Geordie worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years in London, UK, as an Executive Director in the Interest Rate Products group. He previously worked in the energy industry, structuring electricity and gas derivative transactions for the North American markets. Prior thereto he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Geordie graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics. He received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received the Alexander A. Robichek Award, given to the top student in finance.

Geordie enjoys a range of endurance sports. He has completed two Ironman triathlons (Canada and California), the UK’s Tough Guy race, Ottawa’s Spartan Beast competition and the SEALFIT Kokoro camp modelled after the US Navy SEAL Hell Week. In addition to serving on the True Patriot Love board, Geordie is a participant in the TPL Expedition series. He took part in the ski to the Magnetic North Pole in April 2014, and was a TPL civilian co-chair for the 2016 expedition to climb Mt. Vinson in Antarctica. He has been a youth hockey coach for many years, and is a Scout Leader for the Toronto 219th Troop.

Originally from British Columbia, Geordie lives in Toronto with his wife Karen and their two children, Jeffrey and Kathryn.

Matt Tedford

Matt Tedford is the Canadian Managing Partner for KPMG’s Transactions and Restructuring Practice. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA from the University of Toronto. In addition to the True Patriot Love Foundation, he is a board member of Right to Play International, Grapes for Humanity Canada and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.

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Matt Tedford

Matt Tedford is the Canadian and Americas Managing Partner for KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.

In addition to the True Patriot Love Foundation, he is a board member of Right to Play International, Grapes for Humanity Canada and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation.

He is married to his wife, Liz Gallery and has three boys: George, Harry and Peter.

Rick Byers

Rick Byers is a business consult and Board Member, having completed a thirty-three-year career in infrastructure investment, public sector investment banking, government, and accounting. Rick currently sits on the boards of the Toronto Transit Commission and PPP Canada Inc., and the Advisory Board of InstarAGF Asset Management Inc., as well as the boards of Trinity College School and the True Patriot Love Foundation.

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Rick Byers

Rick Byers is a business consultant and board member, having completed a thirty-three-year career in infrastructure investment, public sector investment banking, government, and accounting.

From 2008 to 2015, Rick was Executive Vice-President of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure arm of the OMERS Pension Plan, where he was co-head of the transaction team and led global capital raising efforts.

From 1991 to 2007, Rick was Managing Director with BMO Capital Markets where he led transaction and advisory mandates for diverse transportation and energy infrastructure investments, including the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the 407 ETR, NAV Canada, VIA Rail and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Prior to that, he served in the Office of Canada’s Minister of Finance and started his career in accounting with Thorne Riddell (now KPMG).

Rick currently sits on the boards of the Toronto Transit Commission and PPP Canada Inc., and the Advisory Board of InstarAGF Asset Management Inc., as well as the boards of Trinity College School and the True Patriot Love Foundation.

Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz served as Premier of Prince Edward Island from June 2007 to February 2015. First elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, Robert Ghiz was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 in District 13 Charlottetown-Brighton. In addition to his role as Premier, Robert Ghiz served as Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

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Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz served as Premier of Prince Edward Island from June 2007 to February 2015. First elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 in District 13 Charlottetown-Brighton.

In addition to his role as Premier, Robert Ghiz served as Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

Robert Ghiz’s highlights as Premier of Prince Edward Island included achieving major improvements to the education system with the introduction of kindergarten as a full-day program. In health care, Premier Ghiz was successful at modernizing the Island health-care system to ensure it is both more efficient and sustainable to meet future demands.

Robert Ghiz was the co-lead of the first Health Care Innovation Working Group alongside Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall. This Working Group has resulted in cost-savings for provinces in pharmacare and shared best practices among provinces and territories to enhance health care services for all Canadians.

During the recession, Robert and his government made strong investments in public infrastructure and played a key role in helping the province weather the recession. While Premier, Robert focused on growing the economy and led many trade missions to Asia, Europe, United States and South America. This enabled exports to grow and hit an all-time high during his mandate. The focus on creating jobs and protecting Islanders from the impact of the global recession resulted in PEI currently having an all-time high in regards to employment.

Before entering provincial politics, Robert worked as Special Assistant to Prime Minister Jean Chretien where he advised the Prime Minister on matters related to Atlantic Canada. He also served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and was employed in the private sector as Manager of Government Affairs for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Ottawa.

After leaving politics, Robert joined Gowling WLG, where he provided consulting services and strategic advice to a diversified number of Canadian businesses while being a sought-after public speaker.

Today, Mr. Ghiz is President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. He is also heavily involved in volunteering, serving on the Advisory Board of the Princes Charities of Canada and as a board member of True Patriot Love.

Robert Ghiz is married to Dr. Kate Ellis Ghiz. They have three children: Julia, Emma and Jack.

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