The Honorable David Edward Crombie, PC, OC
David Edward Crombie is a Canadian politician, professor and consultant. He was a lecturer in politics and urban affairs at Ryerson in the 1960s. David, along with John Sewell and others, became a leader in grassroots movements that favored improving social services and prioritizing community interests. He was elected to Toronto’s city council in 1970 and was the 56th Mayor of Toronto from December 1, 1972 until November 1978. He left City Hall in 1978 winning a Progressive Conservative seat in the Canadian House of Commons. He served as Minister of Health and Welfare. He served as an MP until 1988. He then returned to urban affairs as head of the royal commission on the future of Toronto’s waterfront.
Throughout the 1990s, David served in various advisory capacities to city and provincial governments relating to urban issues in the Toronto area. On May 13, 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
William A. King, J.D., Barrister and Solicitor
William A. King has practiced law for over 35 years. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971, articled at Edison, Aird & Berlis (now Aird & Berlis LLP) and returned there following the Bar Admission where he stayed until mid 1976. He then founded his own practice, primarily focused on corporate law, real estate, wills, powers of attorney and estates, and has remained a sole practitioner to the present.
William has served on the Board of The North Toronto Hockey Association and was a founding member and director of the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
Jacques Naud, MBA
Jacques Naud is Vice President at Knowledge First Financial. He is a Senior Executive with over 30 year’s leadership experience in the banking industry. He was previously vice-president at the National Bank of Canada for many years. He is also president of JN Marathon Consultants Inc., President at Forum pancanadien sur le développement économique francophone canadien and member of the Board of Directors of Fondation de l’hôpital Montfort, Club Canadien de Toronto, Théâtre français de Toronto and Alliance Française de Toronto.
Patrick Boily is currently Manager, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement at the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA), the provincial association that represents not-for-profit home and community health service providers in Ontario. In this role, he leads the development and implementation of OCSA’s advocacy, government relations, public policy and stakeholder engagement agenda.
He previously worked as the French Language Services Coordinator and Aboriginal Health Consultant for the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) where he acted as the key liaison between the two communities, the LHIN and health service providers. Prior to working at the LHIN, he worked in francophone health service development as Health Service Planning Agent for Reflet Salvéo, one of the province’s French Language Health Planning Entities.
Originally from the small francophone community of La Broquerie in Manitoba, Patrick has spent some time of his career on the political side, having worked at the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in both policy and legislative assistant roles before moving to Ontario. Patrick has a BA from McGill University and a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from York University. He has also completed the Action Canada Fellowship Program, the Rotman’s Advanced Health Leaders Program and the HealthCareCAN’s Health Service Management Certificate.
Ms. Solange Belluz is currently a Certified Coach, Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team and founder of the Life Coaching and Leadership Training Center. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Government, Institutional and International Relations at Glendon College of York University. In that role, she provided invaluable assistance to the Principal and York’s senior management with York University’s application for a Partial Designation under Ontario’s French Language Services Act. Ms. Belluz also led Glendon’s international recruitment strategy and was responsible for the creation of partnerships with Francophone universities in Ontario, Canada and across the world. Finally, Ms. Belluz worked proactively to strengthen further Glendon’s relationship with Ontario’s Francophone community.
Ms. Belluz came to Glendon after assuming, for more than twenty years, leadership roles in the Ontario government where she successfully led the development of the French Language Postsecondary Education and Training Policy – Politique d’aménagement linguistique (PAL), the Secretariat that supported the Expert Panel on Access to French-Language Postsecondary Education in Central and Southwestern Ontario, and the development of the French-Language Health Policy Framework for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Health Promotion.
A Glendon alumna, Ms. Belluz holds an M.A. and an MBA from York University, a M.Sc. in Management from the École de management EM-Lyon (France) and a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. Ms. Belluz is a certified leadership coach under John C. Maxwell and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Louise Pitre is Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, famous for countless Canadian and US performances, including her 2002 Tony award performance in Mamma Mia, and more recently her appearance as a judge on CBC’s “Over The Rainbow” series.
Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betsy Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical.
Since earning her Honours BA in Music Education (piano) from the University of Western Ontario, Louise has become the proud recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Humber College along with a Doctorate of Music from the University of Western Ontario.
Sylvain Landry is an opera singer, conductor and collector of art established in Toronto since 2000. In 2006 he opened the Thompson Landry Gallery with his wife Joanne Thompson, located in the Historic Distillery District.