Founder & Executive Chairman
K2 Pure Solutions
David is Founder and Executive Chairman of K2 Pure Solutions which manufactures water purification and disinfection products using safe, environmentally sustainable technology.
In 1995 David acquired controlling interest in KIK Corporation and turned it into North America’s largest manufacturer of retailer and national brand consumer products in the household, personal care and over-the-counter drug categories. Under his leadership the company expanded from one to 23 manufacturing facilities employing 4,000 people, and sales climbed from $16 million to over $1.3 billion in 12 years.
KIK was twice recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and in 2002 David led the company through one of the year’s largest and most successful income fund public offerings, forming KCP Income Fund. In 2001 David was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and in 2002 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Canadian manufacturing sector.
In May 2007 David led the sale of KCP (KIK) for $804 million. Later that year he was acknowledged by the B’nai Brith Foundation with its annual Award of Merit. In January 2013 the Right Honourable Stephen Harper awarded David the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a commemorative medal celebrating significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
David is also a partner of METROPIA, one of Canada’s leading residential real estate development companies, as well as a partner with Liberty Entertainment Group, a developer and marketer of numerous landmark establishments and restaurants in North America.
David is currently Co-Chair of the board of directors at Sinai Health Foundation. He also serves on boards for several organizations including The Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Trust, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and Bellisio Foods.
Sinai Health System
Honey Sherman is an active community board member and volunteer who is currently a member of the boards of the Baycrest Foundation, Mount Sinai Hospital and York University Foundation. Mrs. Sherman also serves on the boards of Mount Sinai's Women's Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.
In addition, Mrs. Sherman is past Chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto, past Chair of the UJA Federation Campaign 2006, sitting Chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee, as well as the former Chair of the Holocaust Education Center.
Mrs. Sherman holds both a BA and a BEd from the University of Toronto.
Mrs. Sherman and her husband, Dr. Barry Sherman, established the Apotex Foundation in 1984 to support a wide range of causes in Canada and globally, for which they were honoured with the award for Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter. Honey and Barry Sherman, as well as their four children, reside in the Toronto area.
Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking
BMO Financial Group
Cameron Fowler is the Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking. In this position he is accountable for the overall business results for the Canadian personal and commercial banking business.
This includes business and sales strategies for the bank’s Canadian banking and North American retail and small business payments businesses, and ensuring appropriate governance and risk management frameworks and controls are in place across the group. Mr. Fowler also has accountability for BMO’s digital, mobile, contact centre and physical channels across North America.
A member of the BMO Financial Group Executive Committee, Mr. Fowler joined the company in January 2009 as Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Marketing. Most recently Mr. Fowler was Executive Vice President, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the bank’s customer segments, physical and virtual channels and all product areas including payments and cards. He was appointed to his current role in February 2014.
Prior to joining BMO Mr. Fowler was the Managing Director & Head, Barclays Wealth International with Barclays in London (UK). He also held various senior positions within Barclays, Delano Technology Corporation and Braxton/Deloitte Consulting and served as a policy advisor for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Ontario.
Mr. Fowler is Chair of the Executive Council of the Canadian Bankers Association. He is also a member of the board of directors of CivicAction and is the 2016 Honorary Chair of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. In 2010 Mr. Fowler was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. He has a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and received his MBA from the London Business School at the University of London (UK).
His Worship John Tory
City of Toronto
John Tory is the 65th mayor of Toronto. Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his career promoting and giving back to the city he loves. As a lawyer, talk show host, businessman and politician, Mayor Tory has always believed that the diversity of Toronto is its strength. As mayor his focus is on bringing the city together as One Toronto.
The early years of Mayor Tory’s career were spent practicing law in Toronto and he was ultimately elected a managing partner of one of Canada’s largest law firms. In the 1980s he served as principal secretary to Premier Bill Davis and as associate secretary of the Ontario cabinet. In September 2004 Mayor Tory was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. In 2005 as PC Party Leader Mayor Tory served as the leader of the official opposition at Queen’s Park.
Mayor Tory has an extensive background in volunteer community service and his work has been widely recognized. Mayor Tory was a founding board member and Chair of Greater Toronto’s CivicAction alliance. He is a recipient of both the Paul Harris and Mel Osborne fellowship awards from the Rotary and Kiwanis organizations respectively, and was named a life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of an African Canadian Achievement Award and the Harry Jerome Award. Mayor Tory was recently awarded the Order of Ontario for being a “consummate champion for the Greater Toronto Area”.
Born on May 28, 1954, Mayor Tory is a lifelong -- and long-suffering -- Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married since 1978. They raised their four children John Jr., Chris, Susan and George in Toronto and are now delighted to have four grandchildren to spoil.
Senior Managing Director
Global Head of Active Equities &
Chairman of BlackRock Alternative Investors
Mark Wiseman is a Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, Head of its Global Active Equity business and Chairman of the firm’s Global Investment Committee.
Prior to joining BlackRock Mark was President & CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) from 2012 to 2016. Mark joined CPPIB in June 2005 as the organization’s Senior Vice President, Private Investments. He was later named Executive Vice President, Investments and responsible for managing CPPIB’s investment activities.
Before joining CPPIB Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Previously Mark was an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank, and a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, practicing in New York and Paris. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mark holds a BA from Queen’s University and a law degree and MBA from the University of Toronto. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University where he obtained a Master of Laws degree and is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mark serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including the Capital Markets Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He was the United Way Toronto Campaign Chair for 2015, is past chairman of Youth Without Shelter and past board member of Right to Play International.