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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TVO)

CHRISTOPHER DAY

Chris Day is President of Winston-Wilmont, Inc. His 20+ years of leadership experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, includes executive experience in health care and municipal affairs. Chris’s extensive community involvement includes service as Vice-Chair for Operation Come Home and organizations like Capital Pride.

RAVINA BAINS

Ravina Bains is the Vice President of Canadian Business Banking & Scotia Wealth Management Sales Integration. Ravina joined Scotiabank in 2016 as the National Director, Aboriginal Financial Services. Ravina previously served as the Director of Policy for the Government of Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada department. In this role she has worked with Aboriginal communities, government officials, and industry executives to advance economic development, education and fiscal policy. Ravina currently serves as a board member for the Hockey Canada Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Ravina holds a B.A. and M.A. from UBC, and a M.S.c in Law form the University of Oxford.

STEVE CASSAR

spent 31 years in Television News. His positions ranged from Reporter to Anchor to Producer. Once arriving in Toronto, Steve worked at CP24, Global News, CTV News, and Sportsnet. Steve’s community involvement includes formerly serving as a Volunteer Parent Coach for Birchmount Bulldogs T-ball, and as a Coach for Scarborough Youth Ball Hockey.

STEPHANIE LU

Stephanie Lu is a business leader with a proven track record of managing successful organizational transformations and business outcomes. She has held senior roles in the financial services industry and public service with a focus on public affairs and reputation management, as well as cultural transformation and digital innovation. Stephanie served as a senior advisor to the Solicitor General of Ontario and Associate Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation with responsibility for legislative affairs and reputation management. Her current role focuses on leveraging innovation to bring much needed healthcare services to under-serviced populations in Canada.

THERESE CULNAN

Therese Culnan is an Executive Financial Services professional with an extensive track record in a broad range of areas including enterprise risk management, regulatory and compliance frameworks, finance, project strategy and executive, operations, training, and development, and small business and commercial banking.

PATRICK ROGERS

Patrick Rogers is the CEO of Music Canada. He first joined Music Canada in 2016 with the goal of innovating Music Canada’s advocacy strategy. In that time, Music Canada led the charge in reforming the Copyright Board of Canada, advocated for an improved Ontario Music Investment Fund and rallied cultural industry stakeholders during the parliamentary review of the Copyright Act.

JO-ANNE POIRIER

Jo-Anne Poirier is President and CEO of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada. She is the former CEO of Ottawa Community Housing and United Way Ottawa. She is currently a member of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TVO) and a former member of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. In addition, Ms. Poirier's community involvement includes being a member of Calian Group, Vice-Chair of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ottawa, and a member of the Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario. Ms. Poirier is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa.

MARK LAWSON

Mark Lawson is the Vice President of Communications & External Relations at Therme Group Canada. Previously, he served as a member of the leadership team at a Nasdaq-listed integrated gaming and esports media company, and served in senior roles with the Government of Ontario. Mark holds a B.A. from Bishop’s University, and a Master's Degree in Energy and Earth Resources Leadership from Queen’s University.

CONWAY FRASER

Conway Fraser has been in the communications business for more than 30 years. He is the co­founder of Fraser Torosay, a strategic communications firm that works exclusively with CEOs and executives in a variety of sectors including tech, health care, education, cybersecurity, mining and engineering. Conway is the co-author of the Amazon bestselling book Leaders Under Fire: The CEO's Survival Guide to Navigating Corporate Crisis and is a Gemini Award-winning fo1mer CBC investigative journalist. He lives in the Waterloo Region.

JEFFREY ORRIDGE

Jeffrey L. Orridge is a highly regarded corporate and community transformative leader with global experience building teams, brands, and businesses across North America. Prior to joining TVO, Jeffrey served as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and held senior leadership positions at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Tire Corporation, Reebok, Mattel, and Warner Brothers, and USA Basketball. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Amherst College, Jeffrey has earned a reputation for making lasting social impact. He has served in senior leadership roles at Right to Play, a global humanitarian organization as well as on the boards of War Child Canada, the Canada Post Foundation, BlackNorth Initiative, and Historica Canada. Jeffrey is a sought-after speaker, having spoken at Harvard Law School, Stanford University, Arizona State University, Schulich School of Business, Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management, Drexel University Law School, and the University of New Brunswick (among others). Drawing on lived experiences and having led transformational diversity and inclusion initiatives, Jeffrey is regarded as a thought leader on enhancing corporate brands through alignment with D&I goals. Jeffrey, his wife Carly, and their two sons live in North York, Ontario.