Women’s Brain Health Initiative Board of Directors
Ken Aber, Secretary (Canada)
Ken Aber is the founding partner of Blueprint Business Architecture.
Ken has spent his entire career creating innovative strategic partnerships and media programs for blue chip companies in Canada. As a partner in and president of HYPN (now PhD, a division of Omnicom), Ken led marketing and communications programs for Labatt, Cara (Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s), American Express and Alberto Culver. He was also instrumental in transforming the role of media companies from simply buyers of advertising to actually buying, producing and packaging programming for clients and broadcasters.
Prior to HYPN, Ken worked with MacDonald’s, Ford and Ontario Tourism. He conceived and developed the Hero Certified Burger chain and sold it to Lettieri.
Ken supported the creation of the Adopt An Athlete Foundation, which is now managed by the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Ken has a MBA from Harvard University.
Lisa Borsook, Board Member
Lisa Borsook began her legal practice at WeirFoulds LLP in 1982, after being one of the youngest graduates in its history from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. WeirFoulds LLP is a downtown Toronto law firm, consistently regarded as one of the top 10 law firms in the Province, which has been in existence for 151 years. During the course of her career there as a commercial property development lawyer, with particular emphasis on sophisticated development and commercial leasing issues, she has been a member of its students, associates, compensation, marketing, business development, and management committees, while practicing law full time and raising her two sons, Isaac and Seth, with her husband, Symon Zucker. Symon is a well-known civil litigation lawyer at the firm of Danson, Zucker.
Lisa is currently the managing partner of WeirFoulds LLP, and is one of the few women to manage a law firm (in all of Canada). She is also the Chairperson of its Commercial Leasing Practice Group, and a member of the Business Law Practice Group and Women Lawyers Group at WeirFoulds LLP. Over the course of her career, Lisa has written over 150 articles for legal and scholarly publications and is a regular speaker at legal and other business conferences. She represents a vast array of clients, both large and small, local, regional, national and international, as well as numerous governments and government agencies, in connection with their retail, industrial, office and brownfields properties. She has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Lexpert® and named one of the best lawyers in her practice area by The Best Lawyers in Canada. Lisa has also been recognized as a leading practitioner in The 2011 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Lisa has always been a strong advocate for women in the legal profession. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Zenith Award in recognition of her accomplishments as a leading business lawyer and a leading woman in the business of law. Lisa was a member of the Steering Committee for the Law Society’s Retention of Women in Private Practice Working Group, which launched the Justicia Project in the Province of Ontario. She is an advisory board member for the Young Women in Law organization.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Lisa has, either personally or with the firm, been involved with a number of charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Sick Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Negev dinners, the Koffler Centre for the Performing Arts, the “Night to Nurture Gala”, Hoops for Israel, Kerry’s Place Golf Tournament, the Walk for Israel, Azrieli Foundation’s Dinner of Miracles, Interval House, Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and the United Way.
Dr. Vivien Brown, Board Member
Vivien Brown MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP is a family physician in Toronto and is the Vice President for MEDISYS Health Group, Inc., in charge of Medical Affairs. Educated at McGill University, she currently is appointed to the Department of Family & Community Medicine at both the University of Toronto and at McMaster University. She teaches medical students, residents and is highly respected for her work in continuing medical education for family doctors.
As a NAMS certified Menopause Practitioner, Vivien is the Chair of the Consumer Education Committee for NAMS. As an expert in Menopause, she is influential in numerous advisory boards, helping to edit teaching modules for the SOGC aimed at both practicing physicians and the public at large.
An award winner for teaching on many levels, Vivien’s major interests are in the area of health promotion and prevention for women, and continuing medical education. She is particularly focused in the area of Adult Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Illness. In 2009, she won the prestigious Enid Johnson MacLeod Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada for teaching in women’s health and has just been bestowed a great honour by the College of Family Physicians by being awarded “Physician of the Year” for the region of Toronto.
Vivien has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on preventative medicine and implementation issues around vaccination. She currently is the Toronto Branch President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, serving on their Board of Directors, linking female physicians, students and residents throughout the country.
Catherine (Kiki) A. Delaney, Board Member
Kiki Delaney is President of C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., an investment counselling firm which provides independent investment management services to institutional and private clients.
Kiki began her career in the investment business in Toronto at Guardian Capital Group,where she was an analyst and portfolio manager and finally Executive Vice-President. Prior to founding Delaney Capital Management in 1992, Kiki was a Partner and Executive Vice-President of Gluskin Sheff + Associates for 7 years.
Kiki is a past Director of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. In addition, she is a past president of the Ticker Club.
Kiki is the Chancellor of OCAD University. As well, Kiki serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, is co-chair of SmART Women for the Art Gallery of Ontario, a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, co-chair of the Endowment Campaign of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kiki earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. In 1977, she gained her Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree (honoris causa) from the University of Manitoba in 2011.
In October, 2006, Governor General Michaëlle Jean appointed Kiki a Member of the Order of Canada.
Jordan Fogle, Board Member
Over the past decade and a half Jordan Fogle has become one of Canada’s leading event producers and marketing specialists. Beginning his career in advertising at Communiqué, Fogle later acquired Mandell Xtreme, specializing in private and corporate event management and production.
Since founding The Mint Agency and Mint Lifestyle Events Inc. in 2004, Fogle has been privileged to work with clients such as Google Canada, Vitamin Water, Cartier, RBC, Creative Artist Agency (CAA) Porsche, Molson in executing large-scale marketing and event campaigns across North America. Fogle’s passion for music, design, fashion and film has allowed him to become the go-to lifestyle expert in brand activation.
Bringing his creative spirit to life, Fogle has established himself as one of the leading event architects at the Toronto International Film Festival, producing events for a-list talent and industry insiders including Brad Pitt, Harvey Weinstein and Sean Penn to name a few. Upon establishing himself in Toronto, Fogle has gone on to produce events at various International Film Festivals including Sundance and Cannes. Working closely with the film industry on the west coast led Fogle to open a satellite office in Los Angeles in 2012.
Fogle was also one of the co-founders of Lobby Bar and Lounge in 2003 and is currently co-proprietor of Brassaii Restaurant & Lounge located on King Street West in Toronto.
Fogle contributes his time to numerous charities including Sick Kids Hospital, UJA, One Family Fund and is currently a Board Member for Mount Sinai’s Leadership Foundation.
Beverley Hammond, Board Member
Well known in Canadian marketing and media circles, Beverley Hammond is an innovator, an entrepreneur and a pioneer in the adoption and integration of social and digital media with PR. Her unique perspective is anchored in 25 years of combined experienced in PR and politics.
Most recently Beverley spent 12 years as CEO and then Chair of Veritas Communications where she transformed the agency into one of Canada’s leading marketing communications firms increasing its operating income by well over 1000% and boasting a roster of clients including some of Canada’s top brands like CBC, Labatt Breweries and McCain’s and global brands including Barclay’s, Expedia, Hallmark, HMS Host, Nike, Staples, Subway, and Target.
She has also been the president of think.ink – Communique PR and Director of PR at Grey Worldwide.
Her political experience includes serving as Sr. Advisor on Bilateral Trade matters to the Minister of International Trade; Advisor to the Minister of Small Business & Tourism; Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance in Ontario; and Executive Assistant to the Government House Leader. She has authored five Ontario Budget speeches and a provincial Throne Speech.
In addition to her role as a Director of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, Beverley is Chair of the national Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada. She is also a member of Leadership Sinai at Mount Sinai Hospital where she served as Chair of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute’s 25th Anniversary Dinner with Scientists. She sits on the Advisory Board of G(irls)20 and Women in Leadership (WIL). She has also served on the Board of the LCBO.
Beverley is married to Gordon Scott and has three step-children, Christopher, Cameron and Fiona. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Andrew G. Krupski, Board Member
Andy Krupski became President & CEO of The Hive in July of 2002. The Hive is a full service communications consultancy that services local and global clients. Since joining The Hive the company has tripled in size and now has staff across North America.
Andy was President of Sprint Canada’s Residential /SOHO Business Unit responsible for $500million in revenue and 700 employees. During his tenure the division regained its lost momentum building its customer count to over 1.1 million. Prior to Sprint Canada Andy was President & C.E.O. of Grey Canada .One of Grey’s key client relationships was Sprint. In fact Andy was part of the leadership team that launched Sprint in Canada.
Andy Krupski was with J. Walter Thompson for 15 years the last 4 as President & C.E.O. of the Canadian operation and member of the company’s worldwide board of directors.
During the last 30 years, Andy has been part of some of the toughest share battles seen in Canada and globally, for key corporations that include Ford, Pepsi-Cola, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, Nestle, Sears, Kraft, UniLever and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Andy serves as a member of the Governance Committee of Special Olympics. He was Chairman of the Canadian Special Olympics a member of the Board of Directors for 15 years and member of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Special Olympics Foundation. He has also serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Canadian Advertising.
Andy Krupski holds a degree in Commerce with honors marketing from McGill University.
Mark Lash, Board Member
Mark Lash is one of Canada’s most prominent, well-loved and respected jewelry designers, whose name is synonymous with innovative design, quality workmanship and personalized customer service. Established almost thirty years ago, Mark Lash Fine Jewelry currently has two locations, a flagship showroom and factory in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and a retail store in mid-town Toronto.
Mark’s keen eye, incredible talent and determination drove his passion into the successful business it is today. The world is Mark’s canvas and through his extensive travels he continues to be inspired by the world of art, architecture, fashion and entertainment. With a flare for selecting and designing stunning pieces of jewelry that are versatile and timeless, Mark Lash designs, current or traditional are inspired by eras past and current trends today.
Mark Lash has gained international notoriety by dressing many celebrities at red carpet events. His jewelry has been worn by Cee Lo Green, Freda Pinto, Shania Twain, Naya Rivera and Celine Dion to name a few. Mark’s celebrity following includes Cheryl Hines, Cameron Manheim, Julia Ormon, Eva La Rue, Taylor Hicks, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Connor Cruise and Dianna Agron. People magazine featured Mark’s jewelry on Melody Scott Thomas and In Style magazine sported Rachel Bilson’s Mark Lash designed engagement ring.
Mark is contributing editor to Revive magazine and has made guest appearances on Entertainment Tonight Canada, eTalk, CTV and Breakfast Television, and has been interviewed on XM Sirius Radio, and Just.Jared.com. Mark is a genuine philanthropist, generously donating exclusive pieces for auction in support of a wide variety of charities, and supporting The Blue Jay care Foundation, Children’s Wish Foundation, The Hospital for Sick Kids Foundation, Music Counts, The Aids Project of Los Angeles and Elton John’s Fashion Cares.
Laurie Laykish, Board Member
There is a relatively small group of marketing leaders who have both depth and breadth of experience. Breadth includes agency and client leadership roles, working on diverse categories and brands and developing multi-disciplinary skills. Depth is about getting to the real consumer insight and translating that into business results.
Laurie Laykish is one of those people and ‘getting things done’ and driving results as a senior leader is what she is all about. With an enthusiastic and can-do attitude, Laurie is passionate about delivering value and benefits to her clients.
Laurie earned a B.A in both Economics and Psychology at The University of Western Ontario in 1988. After 2 years in Sales at Wrigley’s, Laurie returned to school to complete a post-graduate degree in Event Management at George Brown College in Toronto in 1990. Laurie’s career then accelerated over the next 20 years to include leadership positions at Cossette Communications and executive positions at Sprint, McDonald’s and Porter Airlines.
As VP Marketing and Communications at Porter Airlines, Laurie’s innovative thinking introduced first-ever programs including: In-lounge Glenfiddich Scotch mentoring sessions (first in the world) and branded content in top cable program (first in Canada). At the same time, passengers loads increased despite the recession and brand awareness grew steadily, despite small budgets.
Prior to joining Porter, Laurie was SVP Marketing, Menu and Strategy at McDonald’s Canada. Promoted twice in 4 years, her final accomplishment was the development and implementation of the 3 year plan, “Destination 2010”, that was implemented and has exceeded targeted results. During her career, Laurie developed and implemented a broad spectrum of marketing strategies and tactics including Infomericals (Sprint), Event Activation (Sprint, McDonald’s, Porter), CRM (Sprint, Porter), Social Media (Porter), Direct Marketing (Sprint) and Brand Marketing (Porter and McDonald’s). Regardless of the category or budget, Laurie is 100% focused on delivering measurable results.
Laurie is now Top Dog at Fetch Marketing, whose clients include automotive, food service, airline and agencies. When she is not working, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family that consists of 1 husband, 3 dogs and 3 horses and helping the 2 charities she serves as a Board member (COPE Service Dogs and The Santa Claus Parade). Whenever possible, she makes time for a round of golf and glass of wine.
Lynn Posluns, Founder & President
Lynn Posluns is Founder and President of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, the global foundation raising money for research and education in women’s aging brain disorder. While serving as Founder and Chair of Women of Baycrest, Lynn recognized the need to raise awareness and funds beyond Toronto to help women stay brain healthy longer. Lynn’s passion and commitment for the cause now continues on a worldwide basis supporting worthy institutions that want to combat this impending crisis.
Since graduating from the University of Toronto with an undergraduate degree in Commerce & Finance, and a Masters degree in Business Administration, Lynn has held a number of positions within the Retail and Fashion industries, including President of Fairweather and Managing Partner of Canadian clothing designer Joeffer Caoc. Lynn is currently Managing Director of Cedarpoint Investments Inc., a private equity and alternative investments firm based in Toronto.
Lynn’s other community involvements have included Director, Baycrest Centre Foundation, Director, Toronto Fashion Incubator, Trusteeship Council, Koffler Centre of the Arts and Founding Member, Invest in Research Program, Princess Margaret Hospital. Fundraising campaigns include Baycrest, University of Western Ontario, Toronto Fashion Incubator, Princess Margaret Hospital, Israel Cancer Research Fund, and United Jewish Appeal, raising millions of dollars for these and other worthy causes. In 2010 Lynn won the Baycrest Award for Foundation Leadership and in 2012 received an ICRF Women of Action award for Philanthropy. Lynn also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding leadership at Baycrest and her vision for launching the Women’s Brain Health Initiative. And in December 2012, Lynn was the recipient of WXN’s prestigious “Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” Award, which celebrates the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Ellen Rachlin, Treasurer (United States)
Ellen Rachlin is the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Fund of Funds products and is a member of the Investment Committee at Mariner Investment Group. Prior to joining Mariner in 2002, she was a Director and founding member of Deerfield International Administrative Services, Ltd. Her responsibilities included overseeing sales, marketing and product development.
Prior to her time with Deerfield, Ellen was Co-Head of the IBJI Agent Department at both New Japan Securities International and Aubrey G. Lanston & Co., Inc. overseeing sales and trading of international fixed income products into the Americas. Ellen has also served as a Managing Director and a Director at S. G. Warburg and Co., Inc. and S.G. Warburg, plc. in the Fixed Income department and traded Fixed-Income arbitrage for five years at Citibank, N.A. and Government Arbitrage Co.
Ellen has written several chapters for financial textbooks edited by Frank J. Fabozzi on economics and investment management, as well as other articles for finance journals. She holds an A.B. economics degree cum laude from Cornell University, an M.B.A. specializing in Finance from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in creative writing from Antioch University McGregor. Ellen serves as Board Member and Treasurer of the Poetry Society of America and is a member of Cornell University’s Investment Committee: Hedge Fund Sub-Committee.
Fran Sonshine, Board Member
Fran Sonshine has been a prominent leader in the Toronto community for many years. Fran is currently the National Chair of the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, whose mission is to promote awareness of the Holocaust and its universal lessons through education and commemorative programming in Canada.
Fran was the 2009 Annual Campaign Co-Chair of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, raising $65 million for that year’s campaign. In addition, Fran has served as Chair of Baycrest, as well as Chair of Baycrest Foundation. As the first female Chair, she initiated its inaugural Annual Campaign.
Fran is an accomplished and inspiring fundraiser. She was the 2005 Chair of UJA Federation Women’s Campaign and Advocacy as is a past member of the National Women’s Philanthropy Board, the umbrella organization for North American Federations. Throughout her volunteer career, Fran has chaired major events, including the Toronto Hadassah Bazaar, the largest one-day sale of its kind and the 1999 Brazilian Ball which raised substantial funds for Baycrest.
In 1996, Fran received Hadassah-WIZO’s Volunteer of Distinction award; in 2003 UJA Federation’s Shem Tov Award, its 2010 prestigious International Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award; in 2011 the Ben Sadowski Award of Merit and in 2012, the Golda Meir Leadership Award. As a couple, Fran and her husband Ed have been honoured in 2003 by the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem; were the 2003 recipients of the International Spirit of Jerusalem Award; the 2006 Jewish National Fund Negev Dinner honourees and were one of five couples honoured by Baycrest at its 2008 Tribute Gala.
Kirstine Stewart, Chair
Kirstine Stewart is the new Managing Director of Twitter Canada, challenged with expanding the brand of the already well-known social network to Canadians.
Formerly the head of English language services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Kirstine was appointed to the role of Executive Vice-President of CBC’s English Services, CBC/Radio-Canada in January 2011. She was responsible for overseeing CBC’s English radio and audio, television and digital operations across the country. Her role had been to revolutionize the CBC as the modern public broadcaster, providing a new generation of programming and content to inform, educate and entertain.
Kirstine’s vision resulted in record breaking viewership, continual ratings success for CBC Television, as well as achieving the highest share for the network for CBC Radio One. It is also under Kirstine’s leadership that multiple program apps for sports, news and entertainment, and a new digitally based music distribution service, CBC Music, were launched. She is known for her strong leadership abilities, her broad industry knowledge and her vision of CBC.
Prior to joining CBC, Kirstine was Senior Vice-President, Programming, Alliance Atlantis. She has also been General Manager and Vice-President, Programming Trio/Newsworld International.
Kirstine is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum. She was named Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) 2010 Woman of the Year, has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2006 was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Marketing Magazine has also recognized Kirstine’s role in naming CBC Media Player of the Year, 2009.
She is a founding board member of Culture Days, sits on the Banff Television and Film Festival board and on the boards of White Knights and Amfar. Kirstine is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Global Leadership in the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
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