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Caroline Brett is Executive Associate with the Chair's Office at Mandrake Management Consultants. Prior to this, Ms. Brett was Merchandising Representative with Retail Account Marketing Management. She has served as a Committee member of the Emerald Ball for Ireland Fund of Canada 2008 and has been involved in fundraising efforts in her community. Ms. Brett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University.

Samantha Heiydt, of Richmond Hill, was an assistant to a federal member of parliament for eight years. During this time, she played an active role with constituents, local businesses and community organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Carleton University. Ms Heiydt volunteers with breast cancer support services.

Jennifer Lemon is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant who received a Diploma of Natural Nutrition with Honours in 2004 from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a contributing author of Healing Diabetes, CCNM Press (2007), and author of "Change in Plans", Natural Life Magazine (2010). She was Naturopathic Clinic & Research Aide with the Bedford Naturopathic Clinic in Bedford, Nova Scotia from 2005 to 2006. She is a member of the Pine River Elementary School Parent Council and the Wholistic Parents Group. Ms. Lemon previously served as Public Relations Chair and board member of the CFB Borden Military Family Resource Centre Board of Directors.

Rochelle Dickenson is the CEO and Founder of the Motivated Moms Club. In addition to the events and workshops that she conducts for parents in the areas of strengthening family relationships, wellness, education, entrepreneurship and finance, she is also a personal coach and mentor to mothers seeking to find balance in their personal and professional lives. She holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Windsor and a post-graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University. As a former civil servant with the Federal Government, she has also gained extensive experience in dispute resolution, adjudication and investigations.

Since 1998, Joan A. Pajunen, of Collingwood, has been the Founding President of TrendSeek Intl., President of TrendSpeak Intl., and a Contract Consultant with Acumen Research Group Inc. Previously, Mr. Pajunen was Managing Director and Co-founder of Service Dimensions Inc., and Mandev Consulting Intl., Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development with Dylex and President and Chief Executive Officer with Fotomat Canada Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gemma Salamat is a certified Human Resource Professional. She was the lead consultant of a Governance Review of a pension fund for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario from 2002 to 2008. Prior to this, Ms. Salamat was a Financial Consultant at Kingsgate Securities, a Managing Partner at GPS Consulting Services and Superintendent of Pensions at the Pension Commission of Ontario. She is currently a volunteer at TARIC Islamic Centre and a past member of the Centre's Executive.

Philip Playfair is Founder and CEO of Lowfoot Inc. He is also a former Project Manager with Ross Playfair Letters Project and former Founder and Chief Marketing Officer with Advanced Utility Systems. His community involvement has included serving as President of the Trent Alumni Association and as a coach with the Humber Valley Hockey Association. Mr. Playfair holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University.