Shaun Francis, Executive Chair
Shaun Francis is the Executive Chair of Medcan Health Management, Inc. Established over 25 years ago, Medcan is a global leader in assessing their clients’ overall health and well-being and assisting them to “realize their potential”. In 2013 Medcan was featured in the National Post as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Prior to rejoining 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 US hospitals. In 2010, Broadlane was sold to MedAssets for US$850MM. Prior to joining Broadlane, Shaun served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medcan. 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 received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and he received a nomination from President Reagan to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland as a Canadian. While there he earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors and Merit and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Canadian Army. Shaun serves on the Board of Toronto Pearson Airport, the Fraser Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR). He also serves as the Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation which he founded to benefit Canada’s military families. He previously served on the Board of Governors of 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 and received his Honorary Doctor of Laws from Canada’s Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay. In 2012 he was selected by Toronto Life magazine 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.
Shaun is a regular op-ed contributor to the National Post. He is married to his wife Stacy and has 3 boys, Robert (RJ) (16), William (14), and Christopher (10). Born and raised in Canada, he has lived with his family in both the United States and France and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Shaun enjoys endurance sports and in 2012 co-led the TPL Expedition to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Island Peak, a 6189 metre Himalayan Peak adjacent to Mount Everest. The first TPL expedition 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 the TPL North Pole Expedition which was also the subject of a national prime time documentary on the History Channel.
Garo Keresteci, Vice-Chair
Garo Keresteci is the Founder and CEO of FUSE Marketing and has a history of formulating marketing solutions and programs that deliver impact and results. He’s known for his ability to find the right mix of personalities, capabilities and skill sets, and has led FUSE to be a leading-edge marketing company, delivering groundbreaking solutions that exceed expectations of clients such as CIBC, Canadian Tire, Rogers, Tetley, Sleep Country and Labatt. 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.
As CEO of FUSE Holdings, Garo and his partners have since invested in several marketing-related start-up businesses; a digital innovation agency – Quizative, a software development company – Soft Gravity, and a healthcare marketing consultancy – FUSE Health. Garo is also on the board of Hip Digital Media, a technology and digital content business.
Garo holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Penn State University. He currently resides in Toronto, with his wife Carolyne and their three children.
Geneviève Bonin is a Partner at PwC. She leads PwC’s services to the Ontario Public Sector including health care, education, core government, municipalities, crowns and agencies. Geneviève is also a member of the PwC Greater Toronto Area leadership team. Geneviève’s experience spans many sectors on an international basis. Originally from Québec City, she has lived in a number of Canada provinces and overseas. She is currently based in Toronto.
Geneviève also drives PwC’s national approach to collaboration and innovation referred to as Catalyst. She specializes in strategy and innovation and has managed a number of complex transformational programs from strategy through value realization.
Geneviève is a member of the Young President Organization and also a True Patriot Love Board member. She is also a member of the Treble Victor Group. Geneviève’s experience also includes a number of academic assignments as part-time professor, developing courses and lecturing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also frequently speaks publicly on topics of leadership and diversity.
Geneviève is a FCMC, a fellowship designation awarded by the Association and supported by peers, clients and members of the community in recognition of outstanding contributions made to clients, community and profession and for maintaining the highest levels of standards as a CMC. Geneviève is a Canadian Trustee to the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) and has also served on a number of other boards and councils.
Geneviève owned a chain of five Ottawa-based retail stores which she sold in 2010. In collaboration with her business partners, she doubled the footprint of the stores operating under the brand of Boomerang Kids in 2008 and also opened the adult version of the kid’s stores under the brand Rikochet in 2009.
Prior to her career in management consulting, Geneviève served with the Canadian Armed Forces. During her years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, Geneviève obtained her P.Eng. and also served alongside the British Naval Forces during a posting at the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC), Manadon, England.
Geneviève is married to her husband Christian and they have four children named Samuel, William, Katrina and Maxime.
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. Matt has 20 years experience advising domestic and international clients on transactions.
Matt is responsible for managing Canada’s Transactions and Restructuring practice. In this role he is responsible for coordinating various services to clients in Valuations, Transaction Services, Corporate Finance, Restructuring and Turnaround and Infrastructure. Additionally, Matt has been responsible for coordinating and directing buy-side and sell- side transactions services for clients in Private Equity. These services include operational and financial due diligence, deal structuring advice, negotiation support, integration/separation assistance and agreement vetting.
In addition to the True Patriot Love Foundation, he is a Board member of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundations, Grapes for Humanity Canada, and Project Sunshine Canada. He is married to his wife, Liz Gallery and has 3 boys, George, Harry and Peter.
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 on-line 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 Charlie Watt Foundation.
Bryn resides in Beaver Bank, NS.
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 modeled 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.
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 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.
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.
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 pharma-care 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. Robert 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.
Robert Ghiz is married to Dr. Kate Ellis Ghiz. They have two daughters and one son, Julia, Emma and Jack.
Today Mr. Ghiz provides consulting services and strategic advice to a diversified number of Canadian companies and corporations as well as being a sought-after public speaker. He is also heavily involved in volunteering and serves on the Advisory Board of the Princes Charities of Canada and is a Board Member of True Patriot Love Foundation.
Rick Byers is a business consult and Board Member, having completed a thirty-three 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.