President & Chief Executive Officer
Postmedia Network Inc.
Paul Godfrey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Postmedia Network Inc. He was appointed to this position in July 2010 after he led a successful buyout of Canwest Global Communications Inc.’s newspaper and online digital media assets. This new media company is Canada’s largest publisher of paid English-language daily newspapers.
Prior to Postmedia Network, Mr. Godfrey served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Post, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and spent 16 years with Sun Media Corporation, eventually taking the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Godfrey has a proud record of public service including a record four terms (11 years) as the Chairman of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.
Mr. Godfrey is the Chairman of the Board of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust. He also serves on the board of Cargojet Income Fund and is Vice Chair of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
Mr. Godfrey has received many honours. In 1990 he received the City of Toronto’s Civic Award of Merit. In 1998 Mr. Godfrey received the Award of Merit from B’nai Brith Canada. In 1999 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctorate (Hon.D.Eng). from Ryerson University. In 2004 Mr. Godfrey was honoured to receive the University of Toronto’s Engineering Alumni Medal. In 2010 Mr. Godfrey received Ontario’s highest honour – the Order of Ontario.
Mr. Godfrey is a life-long Torontonian. He attended Bathurst Heights Collegiate and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1962 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. He is a great fan of the National Football League and continues to pursue, on behalf of Toronto, an NFL franchise for this wonderful city.
Mr. Godfrey and his wife, Gina, have three sons – Rob, Noah and Jay – three daughters-in-law, eight granddaughters and one grandson.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Properties Group
Chief Investment Officer, Real Estate & Platform Investments, OMERS
Blake Hutcheson is the Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments at OMERS, overseeing approximately 20% of the OMERS investment portfolio covering the pension fund’s real estate holdings, as well as its direct energy investments, ventures portfolio and other new platform investments. In his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Properties Group, Mr. Hutcheson is responsible for overseeing the global business consisting of approximately $47 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, Europe and the USA. The portfolio includes 58 office, 24 retail, 19 residential and 50 industrial properties, as well as 6 hotels.
Prior to taking this appointment, Mr. Hutcheson was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Prior to that, Mr. Hutcheson was the Chairman and President of CB Richard Ellis Canada (1999-2008) and Latin America (2001-2008), overseeing all operations in multiple countries with over 2,500 employees.
Mr. Hutcheson has also served on several boards and committees including: The Executive Committee and Transaction Advisory Committee of OMERS; Director of Algoma Central Corporation (listed on the TSE); Member of the Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing (2015); Chair of Build Toronto (2010-2012); Member of the Premier’s Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel (2013); Chair of the Mayor of Toronto’s Fiscal Advisory Committee (2008); President of the University Club of Toronto; Director of RealNet Canada; Director of REALpac and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Forum (2005 and 2016).
Mr. Hutcheson is also the recipient of the ICONS of the Industry Award through BOMA, Ottawa and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia University Masters Real Estate Development Program. He has been named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Real Estate Executives in New York City for 2013 to 2017. Mr. Hutcheson is a long-time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England (with distinction) and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York. He is married and has two children.
Vice Chair, PwC Canada
Managing Partner, Greater Toronto Area
Raj Kothari is the Vice Chair of PwC Canada, as well as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Managing Partner. Raj is also a member of PwC Canada’s Extended Leadership Team. Raj recently served as the National Asset and Wealth Management Leader, Global Transformation Leader for Asset and Wealth Management Assurance Practice and as a board member of PwC’s Global Service Delivery Centre in India.
Raj’s professional and business experience spans Canada, the UK and India in the areas of business assurance and advisory services, transaction support services, valuation services to asset management companies and advisory services to small and large clients in a variety of businesses. Raj specializes in advising clients in the asset management and fund industry including mutual funds, pooled funds, hedge funds, structured products, venture capital funds, investment management companies, service providers and special purpose investment vehicles.
Raj graduated from the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA from CASS Business School at the City, University of London. He also qualified as a chartered accountant in both Canada and the UK.
Active within the community Raj has served as President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, chaired the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Endowment Foundation and served on various boards including Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship / Students in Free Enterprise-Canada (ENACTUS), Duke of Edinburgh Awards–Ontario, Harvard Business School Club Toronto, Pearson College of the Pacific, Artscape and the Stratford Festival.
In 2008 and 2009 Raj chaired Stratford Express, the Stratford Festival’s single largest fundraising event, and was chair of the campaign to raise funds for the India, The Living Arts exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. Raj also chaired Diwali, A Night to Shine from 2012 to 2014, helping raise over $10 million for the University Heath Network. In 2016 and 2017 Raj co-chaired Soulpepper at Play supporting the Soulpepper Theatre Company.
He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation, the Toronto Region Board of Trade and the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Raj is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and a member of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) President’s Advisory Council.
Raj has received many awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the community, the profession and industry (2012), the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Male of the Year (2013), The Empire Club of Canada’s Community Service Award (2013) and the Transformation Award for Professional Excellence (2017).
Chief Marketing Officer
Sylvia Mantella was born in Toronto. She is a first generation born Canadian and only child to parents who emigrated from The Czech Republic in the late 1960s. Her passion and genuine desire to “give back” has been the catalyst to the success of her several ventures and many charitable causes both personally and corporately.
In 2010 Sylvia became the Chief Marketing Officer at the Mantella Corporation, a family-owned and operated real estate development company established more than 60 years ago. Under Sylvia’s philanthropic leadership the Mantella Corporation is a significant contributor to their community, local charities and charities on a global level.
Sylvia is a committed volunteer and philanthropic leader joining various boards and committees benefitting both youth and the arts including: Committee Member at the Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (since 2014); Co-Chair for Artists for Peace and Justice (2014 and 2015); Nominating Committee Chair for the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (2014 and 2015); Board Member for ONEXONE and Co-Chair for Bloor Street Entertains. In 2010 Sylvia joined the Scrubs in the City committee benefitting SickKids – to date the event has raised $5 million. As well, Sylvia sat on various committees and boards at The Country Day School (2009 to 2014). Proceeds raised provided extensive educational advancement and continued expansion of the school.
In 2009 Sylvia co-founded the Mantella Exotic Animal Sanctuary and Conservation. It is a not-for-profit organization funded by Sylvia and Robert Mantella that rescues, adopts and rehabilitates exotic animals. The sanctuary has saved more than 200 animals from neglect and abuse including big cats such as African white lions and tigers and various species of primates. This state-of-the-art facility shares genetic research with prestigious universities across the United States.
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Walied Soliman is Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada and Co-chair of the Canadian Special Situations Team which encompasses Canada’s leading hostile M&A, shareholder activism and complex reorganization transactions. Over the past several years Mr. Soliman has been involved in almost every major proxy battle in Canada acting for both issuers and activists. He is widely regarded as one of the leading special situations practitioners in Canada. In addition, his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, financings, corporate governance and structured products.
Mr. Soliman was the only lawyer recognized in The Globe and Mail's Report On Business Magazine’s Power 50 list for 2017; designated as a “Star Lawyer” by Acritas in 2017 for ranking in the top 28 lawyers globally (over 5,000 lawyers) as selected by a panel of over 3,000 senior in-house counsel; was ranked as a leading Canadian corporate lawyer by both Chambers Canada and Lexpert Canada since 2016; was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014; ranked by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2013; and was ranked as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in Canada by Lexpert magazine in 2009.
Among other philanthropic endeavours, Mr. Soliman is a board member of the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation. Mr. Soliman is also actively involved in provincial and federal politics in Canada.