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Appointee Biographies

Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre Corporation


Jan Dymond is a senior leader with extensive not-for-profit board experience. Currently, Ms. Dymond serves as the board Chair of PACE Independent Living, is a director of The Counselling Foundation of Canada, and a member of Professional Advisory Committee for the Government Relations Program at Seneca College. She is a former member of the boards of trustees of the McMichael Canadian Collection and the National Gallery of Canada, a former board director of the Albany and Empire Clubs, and a past member of the Advisory Committee for Visual and Digital Arts at Humber College the Advisory Committee on Women’s Studies at Mount St. Vincent University of Halifax. Professionally, Ms. Dymond retired as Vice-President of public affairs at The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) in March 2018. Prior to joining IFIC, Ms. Dymond was the President of Janus Strategy Group Inc, and a Co-Founder of ZED Communications Inc.


Beth Potter is a former President and Chief Executive Officer for Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and a former Chair of the Province & Territories for Tourism Industry Associations Committee. Prior to joining TIAO, she spent seven years as the Executive Director of Camping In Ontario, an association made up of more than 600 small businesses that actively represents the campground industry in Ontario. She also served on the board for the Accommodation Industry Alliance of Ontario and Campgrounds Camping Canada, which she chaired from 2009 to 2011. With more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Beth has worked with a boards, committees and volunteers from a wealth of diverse backgrounds, mandates and goals. Ms. Potter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University.


James Villeneuve is a former Consul General for the Government of Canada, and a former Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Anheuser-Busch Inbev. His community involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Board for the Toronto Economic Development Corporation.


Mark Beckles is a Senior Director for Royal Bank of Canada, and a former Head and Regional Vice President for Royal Bank of Canada. His community involvement includes serving as Board Director for the William Osler Health System.


Linda Montgomery has over 30 years of international experience leading marketing and business development for technology, financial services, and mining sector companies. She has a track record of achievement advising CEO’s and management teams on strategic growth strategy and championing teams to successful executive. She has launched or re positioned 25 companies/business areas, over 40 new products/services, and has taken five private companies to public markets. She is currently VP Marketing for technology companies WealthyPlanet and Blockstation, she is a Volunteer Advisor contributing to leading the program at MaRS Discovery District, and she leads a Women Founders and Funders collaboration initiative.


Maureen Harquail is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.), the University of Wales, Cardiff Law School (LL.B.) and Queen’s University (M.P.A). In the course of a 25-year career, Ms. Harquail’s career has focused on regulatory and administrative law. Currently, Ms. Harquail serves as the Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Registrar with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) which is the vehicle sales regulator in Ontario. Previously, Ms. Harqual spend a decade with the Ontario Racing Commission as General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer and the Federal Department of Justice (Prosecution Service) as an Environmental & Regulatory Prosecutor.


Justin Mooney serves as a member (part-time) for the Grant Review Team-Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and is a partner for DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. His community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra.


Gina Saccoccio Brannan, Q.C. earned her Hons. B.A. at York University in 1976. In 1979 she earned an LL. B from the University of Windsor Law School. Ms. Brannan was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981. She was appointed Queen's Counsel by the Federal Minister of Justice in July 1992. Ms. Brannan has served as Counsel to the Federal Security Intelligence Review Committee and as Commissioner-at-Large (Ontario) to the RCMP Public Complaints Tribunal. Ms. Brannan has also served as counsel before the 1989 Houlden Inquiry and the 2005-2009 Cornwall Public Inquiry. Ms. Brannan has served as a volunteer member on several health-related Boards, including the Board of the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Hospital Foundation and the Board of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Since 2000, Ms. Brannan has been a partner in the litigation firm of Brannan Meiklejohn, Barristers. Ms. Brannan's areas of practice include human rights, employment, and wills and estates law.


is a former General Manager for Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre Corporation, a former General Manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and a former Vice-President and General Manager for Reed Exhibitions.