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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Infrastructure And Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario)

DAVID LINDSAY

David Lindsay has a wealth of public sector experience having served as an Ontario Deputy Minister in half a dozen portfolios including Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, Tourism and Culture. Prior to that he was the President of Colleges Ontario. In 1999 David was the founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation prior to that he was President of the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario. David currently serves on a number of Boards including Vice Chair of Ontario Parks and the Greenbelt Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Canadian Guardians based in Markham Ontario and is a Fellow of the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston.

JOHN MCDONALD

John, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), is a corporate director who served as an officer and director of two Canadian investment dealers and subsequently as the CEO of a global investment management firm he founded in 1990. He has over thirty years of experience in the domestic and international capital markets and seven years of experience with the IMF in Washington. His career includes extensive internal, external and comprehensive audit experience, domestically and internationally in both the public and private sectors. He received a BBA from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and, in 1994 was honoured with a Certificate of Achievement from UNB. John completed the Canadian ICD's Corporate Governance program in 2004. Most recently he served as the Trust Administrator (2009-2017) of the Move Ontario Trust, used to fund distributions in respect of $3.2 billion of capital investments in a heavy rail inter-regional public transit infrastructure expansion project in southern Ontario which was successfully completed in 2017.

MICHAEL LINDSAY

Michael Lindsay rejoined Infrastructure Ontario as President, Project Delivery, in 2019, bringing his extensive experience supporting a range of innovative public and private partnerships (P3s). In this role, he leads a team of 140, delivering major infrastructure projects across a range of asset classes. Michael previously served as Head of Strategic Partnerships & Government for the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). Prior to this, as the Global Director of Infrastructure Planning & Advisory at Hatch. Michael helped a global set of clients create P3s, and helped private investors effectively negotiate the terms and scope of those partnerships. Previously, Michael was Senior Vice President of Commercial Projects at Infrastructure Ontario. In that role, he was responsible for commercial transaction relations to the financing, development, and divestiture of public assets in Ontario (e.g. land, buildings, services). Prior to this, Michael was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, where he was a core leader of the Canadian Public Sector Practice. He helped provincial and federal ministries reduce costs, improve service, and analyze the effectiveness of money spent on economic development and innovation. Michael is a graduate of Oxford (MPhil) and Queen’s University (BAH) and is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trans Canada Trail.

MARK ROMOFF

Mark Romoff is a senior international business strategy with proven success in developing and leading economic, political and stakeholder relations, earning multiple recognitions for his contributions to Canada's economic prosperity, enhanced productivity and global competitiveness. He is the former President and CEO of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and before that founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. As a senior diplomat in Global Affairs Canada, he served in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United Statues. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum; Central Canadian Public Television Association; the i-CANADA Governors Council; and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships. He also served as Chair of the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge Jury.

CARMINE FRANCELLA

Carmine Francella brings over 30 years of experience leading teams that focus on lease negotiations, property development, and lease audits. He is currently the SVP of Leasing for First Capital REIT and oversees a portfolio in excess of 22M sf serving 150 communities across Canada. He was previously the head of lease transactions in his role as Vice President, Leasing of Scotiabank. Prior to Scotiabank he was the head of real estate for Walmart Canada in the role of Senior Director, Real Estate & Development. Carm is a Harvard Business School Alumnae with a focus on Professional Leadership.

CAROL PENNYCOOK

Carol Pennycook is a partner of the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg with a diverse corporate, transactional practice including financings, complex corporate reorganizations, plans of arrangement, going private transactions, CCAA reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions and public-private partnership transactions. Infrastructure transactions include acting for the winning consortium or their lenders for social infrastructure and transportation infrastructure projects, renewable energy and district energy projects in Canada and the USA. Carol was formerly a member of the firm's Management Committee and a director on the board of PPP Canada (P3C), a federal Crown corporation. She was Chair of the Commodity Futures Act Advisory Committee in 2005. She is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Lexpert, Best Lawyers and others and received Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award.

DAVID SHINER

David Shiner is a former Councillor at the City of Toronto where he served from 1991 until 2017. During this time he was a part of many committees and groups, including being Chair of the Planning and Growth Committee, Chair of Build Toronto, and Vice-Chair of CreateTO. Mr. Shiner is former President and CEO of Sunshine International Inc. His community involvement has included being a member of the board of directors for Evas Initiatives and the Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Shiner is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program.

LYNN KENNEDY

Lynn A. Kennedy is a senior real estate executive who has been involved in all facets of real estate investment: acquisitions, dispositions, development, transaction structuring including joint ventures, and financing across major product types for four major Canadian financial institutions. Ms. Kennedy has served as a board member and executive committee member of Pensionfund Realty Limited, a private corporation, held by a number of North American defined benefit pension plans. She also served on the board of Build Toronto (now CreateTO), a corporation whose mandate was to maximize the value of underutilized assets. Ms. Kennedy has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, as well as a certificate in Negotiation and the Corporate Director Certificate from Harvard Business School. She is a member of Women Execs on Boards, a global network of highly qualified, board ready women with C-suite and senior executive experience.

GADI MAYMAN

As CEO of the Ontario’s Financing Authority (OFA), Gadi Mayman is responsible for the Province’s capital market activities, including borrowing and debt management, corporate and electricity finance projects, and its banking and investor relationships. He is also CEO and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation. Prior to joining the OFA, Gadi worked at Export Development Canada in Ottawa and in the International Division of the TD Bank. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1981, and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario in 1988. Gadi is also on the board of Invest Ontario and is Co-Chair of the Joint Nuclear Funds Investment Committee, a joint committee of the OFA and Ontario Power Generation.

BASHAR ALREHANY

Bashar Alrehany has over 25 years’ experience as a CEO and board member in the financial services, technology, and health care sectors. Currently, he is a Non-Executive Director of MCI Onehealth Technologies, which owns and operates one of Canada’s leading primary care networks demonstrating how insights from data can be translated into effective treatments. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Veritas Investment Research, an independent equity investment research firm. Mr. Alrehany earlier led the Investment Research Division of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, which is comprised of two globally leading investment research brands: BCA Research and Ned Davis Group. He became CEO of BCA in 2003 and Executive Chairman of NDR in 2017, positions that he held until 2021. He served as a member of the Euromoney board of directors from 2009 to 2016. Before joining BCA, Mr. Alrehany spent six years as CEO of Dow Jones Markets Canada and Bridge Information Systems Canada, and 13 years at Reuters plc in various management roles in Canada and the Middle East. He has a diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from Teesside Polytechnic.

AMIT MONGA

Amit Monga has over 20 years of capital markets, venture capital, and corporate governance experience in the technology, media, telecom, and life sciences sectors. Most recently, he was Managing Director, Technology and Innovation, Global Investment Banking at CIBC Capital Markets. Dr. Monga also serves on the board of University of Toronto Press and is a member of the External Project Advisory Panel of Ontario Centre of Innovation. He has previously served on the Innovation Council at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the boards of both the Canadian Medical Foundation and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Alberta, where his research focused on solving complex reliability-based design problems using genetic algorithms. An expert in artificial intelligence and data analytics, his research has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals.

JEFF WESLEY

Jeff Wesley is a lawyer with the Anderson Law Group with offices in Wallaceburg and Chatham. Before joining the Anderson Law Group Jeff worked at Union Gas for 34 years (he retired in 2018) where he developed and implemented the groundbreaking Indigenous Relations Program in 1999. Jeff personally visited over 80 Indigenous communities developing many successful programs that are still in operation today. Union Gas and Six Nations Natural Gas were awarded the Ontario Aboriginal Partnership Award. As part of the Major Projects Group at Union Gas Jeff was instrumental in achieving timely permits and approvals for large diameter pipe installations with specific accountabilities for municipalities and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. He was a subject matter expert when it came to municipalities and permitting bodies like the Niagara Escarpment Commission and was a recognized problem solver on major projects. As part of his role at Union Gas Jeff was on call 24/7 to mitigate/resolve any appeals that threatened project timing and completion. In 2018 Jeff also retired from 24 years as an elected official having served the community of Wallaceburg as Mayor and also as a Councillor in the amalgamated Municipality of Chatham-Kent where asset management and lifecycle funding were key parts of the municipality. As an elected official Jeff served in many leadership roles including Chair of the Public Utilities Commission dealing with water and waste water projects. Jeff was a very active supporter of the community serving as Chair on the local hospital board and the Save Our Sydenham Committee which was instrumental in saving the local hospital. For his work in the community Jeff was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2018 was selected as the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Jeff has a Honors B.A. from Western University (1980) and a LL.B from the University of Windsor (2007) where he and his daughter (who is also a lawyer) were in law school together and teamed up to win the Hicks Morley Labour Moot. Jeff brings a well rounded understanding of both the private and public sector to the Board.

MICHAEL LINDSAY

Michael Lindsay rejoined Infrastructure Ontario as President, Project Delivery, in 2019, bringing his extensive experience supporting a range of innovative public and private partnerships (P3s). In this role, he leads a team of 140, delivering major infrastructure projects across a range of asset classes. Michael previously served as Head of Strategic Partnerships & Government for the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). Prior to this, as the Global Director of Infrastructure Planning & Advisory at Hatch. Michael helped a global set of clients create P3s, and helped private investors effectively negotiate the terms and scope of those partnerships. Previously, Michael was Senior Vice President of Commercial Projects at Infrastructure Ontario. In that role, he was responsible for commercial transaction relations to the financing, development, and divestiture of public assets in Ontario (e.g. land, buildings, services). Prior to this, Michael was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, where he was a core leader of the Canadian Public Sector Practice. He helped provincial and federal ministries reduce costs, improve service, and analyze the effectiveness of money spent on economic development and innovation. Michael is a graduate of Oxford (MPhil) and Queen’s University (BAH) and is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trans Canada Trail.