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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Educational Communications Authority (Tvo)

CHRISTOPHER DAY

Chris Day is President of Winston-Wilmont, Inc. He is a former Director of Employee and Executive Communications for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and a former Chief Communications Officer for Health Standards Organization & Accreditation Canada. Mr. Day’s community involvement includes serving as Secretary for the board of directors of Ottawa Capital Pride and as Vice-Chair for Operation Come Home.

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.

CONWAY FRASER

Conway Fraser is currently the CEO and Managing Director at Fraser Torosay Incorporated. He has formerly been employed as a Journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as well as a former Executive in Residence to the President/CEO at Laurentian University. His community involvement includes serving as a Director to the Grand River Hospital Foundation board as well as serving the boards of, and volunteering with, the Independence Centre and Network (ICAN), Health Sciences North, Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club and NORCAT Innovation Mill.

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.

KADIE WARD

Kadie Ward is a tri-sector business executive with 15 years of global senior management experience working across academic, business and government to transform local economic development, attract foreign direct investment, and facilitate trade. An award-winning multimedia producer and communicator, Ward has designed and activated several targeted campaigns and learning products that have contributed to the growth of cities around the world. Ward is an active volunteer, including contributing to the OECD/UN Global Compact Cities Program as a member of the Expert Group on Investing in Sustainable Development Goals in Cities, as well as roles with volunteering with the Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Family Foundation (BHFF), Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), and the Museum of London Board of Directors. Ward was given a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to international development and has been recognized by her international peers through the Development Counsellors International Top 40 Economic Developers Under the Age of 40.

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 an interim Co-Chief Executive Officer and Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Director of Regulatory Affairs for Music Canada. He is a former Director of Policy for Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

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 City of Ottawa Board of Health, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and member of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ottawa, and a member of the Change Foundation. Ms. Poirier is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa.

JEFFREY ORRIDGE

Jeffrey L. Orridge is a highly regarded corporate and community 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. As Executive Director of CBC Sports and General Manager, Olympics, he successfully secured the media rights to four (4) Olympic Games, the 2015 Pan Am Games, and oversaw the 2014 FIFA World Cup. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Amherst College, Jeffrey’s passion is making lasting social impact. He served in senior leadership roles at Right to Play, a global humanitarian organization working in more than 20 of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities. He proudly serves on the boards of War Child Canada, the Canada Post Foundation, BlackNorth Initiative, and Historica Canada. Selected Awards and Achievements: • African-Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Sports • Historica Canada’s Trailblazer Award • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers’ Association Beacon of Industry Award • National Bar Association Sports Attorney of the Year Award • Sports Marketer of the Year (1992) 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.