Meet Prostate Cancer Canada’s Board of Directors

Meet Prostate Cancer Canada’s Board of Directors


Robert Watson

Chair, Executive Committee

Mr. Watson currently serves as President & CEO of ITAC (Information Technology Association Canada). He also serves as a board member for  Tbaytel , NA Helium and  StarTech . Previously Chief Executive of the Bermuda Regulatory Authority, CEO SaskPower and CEO of SaskTel. Prior to that he held several senior executive positions in the Canadian communications industry. Mr. Watson is a graduate in electrical technologies from Ryerson University. He has attended the international executive development program at the INSEAD Centre in Fontainebleau, France, as well as the executive management program at Ashridge Business School in the United Kingdom. He also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In the community, Robert is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Ryerson Alumni Award of Distinction, Chairman Prostate Cancer Canada, board member for One Life Makes a Difference and Dean’s Council for Ted Rogers School of Management.

Prostate-Cancer-Canada-Finals-0135(1).jpgTed Nash

Immediate Past Chair

Ted Nash is a Principal of Fredette, Nash & Co. which is focused on acquiring small businesses and as a part of which he serves as chairman of Celco Inc. and Rent-a-Son Inc. He is also a director of the Computershare Trust Company of Canada and Pizza Pizza GP Inc. and is trustee and treasurer of the Church of St. Paul. Past not-for-profit responsibilities included serving as director of the CIBC Children’s Miracle Foundation and as member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet. Earlier in his career, Mr. Nash worked in banking and management consulting in North and South America and Europe. He served on the wholesale and retail bank management committees at CIBC where he ran the M&A and merchant-banking businesses as well as corporate development.

Donald McInnes

Past Chair

Donald McInnes is the Executive Vice Chairman of Alterra Power Corp., a British Columbia-based renewable power development company with a broad portfolio of clean energy projects.  Donald currently serves as Chairman of the Clean Energy Association of British Columbia and is a director of Prostate Cancer Canada, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award-British Columbia and Yukon Division and is a Governor of the British Columbia Business Council.  He was a participant in the inaugural year (2010) of the SFU Leadership Exchange Program for the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business and was bestowed a Doctor of Technology honoris causa from the BC Institute of Technology in 2009.  As well, he was a finalist for the 2008 and a recipient of the 2011 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Pacific Division Cleantech category. McInnes is a frequent public speaker and contributor to the debate on public policy and the integration and value of clean power.

George Mohacsi

Vice Chair
Chair, Long Term Strategy

George Mohacsi joined Foresters in 2002 as Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology where he led several significant strategic change initiatives as well assumed responsibility for the marketing of Foresters products and services. In 2005, George was appointed President and CEO. During his career in the life insurance industry, George has held management and executive roles in key functional areas, including corporate planning, marketing and sales, information systems and administration. He has a strong background in general management and strategic planning and a proven track record of achieving bottom line business results by growing revenues, improving operational effectiveness and managing costs. George is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Board of Governors and a board member of Hope Air, a Toronto-based charity. George is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. (CLHIA). He has served on the Board of Directors of LL Global, Inc., management company for Life Office Management Association (LOMA) and Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA).

Charles Pennock

Secretary & Treasurer
Chair, Audit & Finance Committee

Charlie has over 25 years of investment banking experience at both Canadian and international investment banks. Prior to joining Origin, Charlie was Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Stonecap Securities, a firm he co-founded. Charlie has extensive industry experience in investment banking, syndication, debt & equity captial markets and bond sales with Blackmount Capital, Midland Walwyn/Merrill Lynch, TD Securities and Richardson Greenshields. Charlie's investment banking activities have included public and private debt & equity financings, M&A and advisory services across industrial products, financial services, real estate, mining and energy. Charlie graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queens University.

David Woollcombe

Vice Chair
Chair, Nominations & Governance Committee

David Woollcombe is a partner in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault and co-head of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions group.

Mr. Woollcombe has advised many Canadian and international businesses on acquisition, divestiture or reorganization transactions. Mr. Woollcombe has significant experience in corporate finance mattersm having acted for issuers and investment dealers in a wide variety of cross-border and domestic public offerings and private placements.

Mr. Woollcombe is listed in the Chambers Global Guide for expertise in corporate/mergers and acquisitions, the Best Lawyers in Canada directory in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law; the International Who's Who Legal Guide as a leading expert in mergers and acquisitions; Who's Who Legal: Canada as a leading lawyer in corporate; the Canadian Legal Expert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of M&A, corporate mid-market, corporate finance and securities, corporate commercial law and private equity; the Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers. He has been named the 2016 Toronto Securities Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Woollcombe received his BA from Carleton University in 1986 and his LLB from Queen's University in 1989. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991. He spent part of 1995 on secondment to the Coporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission. He has taught courses on directors' duties at the Directors College and securities law at the University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor. 

Dan Amadori

Dan Amadori founded Lamerac Financial Corp., a mid-market financial advisory services firm, in 1988.  Previously he spent two years as President of a privately held communications company and 12 years in practice with a major international public accounting firm.
Dan joined the PCC Board in 2013 and was appointed as Chair of the Fund Development Committee in 2014.
He has served as an officer/director of approximately 20 public, private and not for profit organizations over the past two decades including the Association for Corporate Growth, the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation, Norcan Petroleum Group, Aeolis Wind Power, Methanol Investment Corp. and Micromem Technologies.
He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Financial Executives Institute, the CIBPA, The National Club and York Downs Golf & Country Club.

John Boynton

John Boynton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar and Publisher of the Toronto Star. He was appointed to the position in March, 2017. Mr. Boyton had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer of Aimia Inc. since 2014. Before joing Aimia, he worked at Rogers Communications Inc. for 12 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to working for Rogers Communication, he held senior executive positions with a number of companies including Sprint Canada, AT&T Canada, Scott's Hospitality and Pepsico. He is Co-Vice Chair of the Toronto Region Board of Trade and a a member of the board of the Canadian Marketing Association and Prostate Cancer Canada. Mr. Boyton is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business.

Ed Giacomelli

Ed Giacomelli joined Crosbie & Company in 2005 as a principal and Managing Director.

Ed is a senior mergers and acquisitions and captial markets advisor to private and public companies. Ed works closely with entrepreneurs, shareholder groups, families, corporations and their management teams and boards of directors advising on strategic transactions. Ed joined Crosbie in Toronto in 2005 after many years at Rothschild (Head of Toronto office) and CIBC World Markets (formerly Wood Gundy) where he started his investment banking career. Prior to completing his MBA, Ed held positions in commercial and corporate lending at HSBC and Scotiabank.

Ed holds an HBA (1982) and MBA (1986) from Ivey Business School at Western University.

Kevin Gregor

Kevin is a Partner in the Calgary office of Boyden global executive search.  He brings over 30 years of business and community leadership experience to the firm.  His practice includes the private and public sectors, where he has focused on Board and Executive Suite recruitment predominantly in the energy, utility, education and industrial practice groups.  Prior to joining Boyden, Kevin held leadership positions with Relizon Canada and Xerox Canada where his roles focused on sales, marketing and general management.
Kevin brings with him proven governance experience and is ICD certified as a director.   He has been active as a director with diverse organizations such as Former Chair, Alberta Blue Cross; Former Chair, Calgary Chamber of Commerce; Former Vice-Chair, Board of Governors, Bow Valley College; Former Chair, Bow Valley College Improving Lives Campaign; Former Chair, Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation; Former Director, Association of Canadian Community Colleges; Former Director, Calgary Airport Authority; Former Director, Calgary Homeless Foundation; Former Member, Conference Board of Canada, Council on Education; Former Director, RCMP Heritage Centre; Former Director, Alberta Economic Development Authority; Former Member, SAIT Polytechnic Advisory Council; Former Chair, Peter Lougheed Hospital Development Council; Former Director, Calgary Health Trust; and Former Director, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Kevin continues to be actively involved in the community serving as Chair, Alberta Blue Cross Foundation; and Governor, Calgary Petroleum Club.

Jean-Marie Heimrath

Jean-Marie Heimrath is best known in Canadian boardrooms for his leadership as President of Standard Broadcasting’s Sound Source Networks. Jean-Marie’s strategic vision is the outgrowth of an extensive background in senior management and creative marketing across communication disciplines, including major music brands, and network and online radio.

His creative direction has helped build major Canadian brands including Island Records, Infinity Records, Polygram and Capitol-EMI. Jean-Marie works with a wide array of enterprises with a particular emphasis on those in the not-for-profit sector.

Jean-Marie provides expert guidance across an array of media, syndication, broadcast and licensing challenges. An established thought-leader in the industry, Jean-Marie provides insight and passion to companies searching for a way forward in a constantly evolving marketplace.

Rick Koshman

Rick Koshman is a Vice President at Keyera Corp. Based in Calgary, Keyera operates one of the largest energy midstream companies in Canada.

Rick has over 19 years of combined domestic and international experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Keyera, he held various executive roles at Athabasca Oil Corporation, including VP of Operations, and VP of Major Projects. Prior to Athabasca, Rick held various management roles at Canadian Natural Resources Limited and PetroKazakhstan. Along with a Masters of Business Administration degree from IMD in Switzerland in 2005, Rick earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Lakehead University in 1997, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta. He also currently volunteers as a Governor with the Canadian Energy Executive Association. Rick and his wife, Tatyana, have two young children and live in Calgary.


Kent J. MacIntyre 

Kent MacIntyre is President of CIFG and has acted as a principal in the formation of a number of companies, including PrimeWest Energy Trust, of which he served as Vice Chairman and CEO, Sante Wellness Group, the investment trusts comprising the Citadel Group of Funds, Triad Energy and Olympia Energy Ventures.

Les Marton

Les Marton has an investment banking career spanning more than 30 years within capital markets and corporate banking.  Most recently he was Managing Director and Head of Capital Introduction and Hedge Fund Consulting at Scotiabank assisting hedge funds in capital raising as well as developing best practices in the areas of fund startups, operational infrastructure and marketing strategy.  For the last 20 years Les has been primarily focused on the alternative asset industry in a variety of roles including allocator, risk manager and fund of funds manager.   In these capacities he has conducted in-depth due diligence reviews of thousands of fund managers and has a wide range of contacts within alternative asset managment, consulting and accounting firms.  He launched the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index in 2005 and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the area of hedge fund industry evolution, due diligence and prime brokerage. 

Les holds a B.A. in English & Philosophy from Trinity College, University of Toronto as well as an M.B.A. from York University.

David Oldham

David Oldham is a Partner of KPMG Canada in the Audit practice specializing in the Mining Industry. David has over 15 years of experience in public accounting specializing in the mining industry, with experience in both precious and base metals and a strong knowledge of the global mining industry. He has served on the audits of several of Canada's leading mining companies, both Canadian and SEC registrants, and works closely with other KPMG member firms around the world. David has also participated in specialized engagements in the industry related to financing, acquisitions and diversitures, mine site operations and initial public offerings.

Dee Patterson

Dee Patterson is a Financial Services executive with over 20 years of experience in diverse industries and geographies. She is particularly adept at working with clients to solve their most challenging and often complex financial management and financing needs, all towards improving business performance and increasing shareholder value. Dee's primary focus throughout her banking career has been in serving the business sector. At Scotiabank, she was Managing Director, Corporate Banking and most recently, was VP Corporate Sales, Canada, US and UK, Global Transaction Banking. Prior to Financial Services, Dee worked in Healthcare, with experience gained within leading Healthcare institutions in Europe, North America and Africa, and had a particular focus on spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation. Dee is an experienced Director and currently serves on the Board of West Park Health Centre and has served as a Foundation Board Governor at North York General Hospital (2007 – 2016). In her volunteer efforts, she also serves on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto and has acted as Secretary of the PA at the Bishop Strachan School (2013 – 2015). Dee holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School, an MBA from York University and an undergraduate in Physiotherapy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Dee is currently enrolled in the Rotman Corporate Director’s program (ICD.D).


Stephen A. Pike 

Stephen Pike is a Toronto-based Gowlings Partner and recently completed his term as a member of Gowlings Executive Committee and as Firm Managing Partner, External, responsible for the implementation and management of Gowlings’ external and client-based strategies, client relationships and business development.

Ken Power

Ken Power, Atlantic Region Director of TELUS, has over 25 years of experience in Canada's wireless industry, holding various senior sales and management roles at Bell Canada and TELUS. His contribution and win of Canada's largest wireless contract with the Government of Canada earned him the "Sales Leader of the Year" within TELUS. In 2014, Ken received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. He serves as the Vice Chair of TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board and sits on the Atlantic Canada Prostate Cancer Advisory Board. He was previously on the Chisholm Youth Services Board and was the chair of teh Phoenix House Celebrity Dreamscape. Ken is a graduate of Memorial University. He now resides in Halifax with his daughter Danielle who is attending Mount Saint Vincent University.

Chris Wein

As President of Great Gulf, Christopher leads the senior management teams for all land, housing and high-rise residential development initiatives.
Christopher’s strategic vision and impressive background with more than sixteen years of senior leadership in the design and development industries, includes projects throughout Canada and the United States. He has spoken at industry conferences, colleges and universities, has been recognized for his efforts and has received numerous awards including Calgary Inc’s “Top 40 Under 40”.
He is an innovator in utilizing new technologies, sustainable eco-friendly building solutions and engineering ingenuity in the development industry all within a competitive marketplace.

John Winter

John Winter was the President & CEO of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber in 1997, John was a Senior Executive with Canada's largest brewing firm and held the position of President, Western Division, Molson Breweries. John's 30 year career in the private sector included management assignments in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Los Angeles. He has extensive experience working with governments at all levels as a result of that experience in a regulated industry.

Throughout his business career, John has been active in support of community endeavours including Lower Mainland United Way, Vancouver Art Gallery, Science World of BC, Jack Webster Foundation, Tourism Vancouver, the Molson Indy Vancouver, and Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club (President).

John is Chancellor of University Canada West. He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community service in 2012. He is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the 1994 recipient of the Variety Club's Community Heart Achievement Award for his work in bringing the Molson Indy annual event to Vancouver.

Honorary Directors

Wesley Brown
Mr. Brown was instrumental in the establishment of the predecessor organizations, which became the present day Prostate Cancer Canada.

J.G. (Geoff) Clarke
Mr. Clarke was the first Chair of the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation and has been instrumental in the establishment of the predecessor organizations, which became the present day Prostate Cancer Canada.

Donald J. Harrison
Mr. Harrison retired as an active board member after seven years and has been instrumental in the establishment of the predecessor organizations, which became the present day Prostate Cancer Canada.

Dr. Laurence Klotz
Dr. Laurence Klotz is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and has been instrumental in the establishment of the predecessor organizations, which became the present day Prostate Cancer Canada.

Ralph Noble
Mr. Noble was instrumental in the establishment of the predecessor organizations, which became the present day Prostate Cancer Canada.


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