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Appointee Biographies

Royal Ontario Museum


Stephen Bowman practices law at Bennett Jones LLP, and serves as a Vice-Chair and the firm’s Toronto managing partner. He has been a member of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Board of Governors since 2015, and Co-Chair of the Museum’s Bishop White Committee. Also, he is a past President of the Canadian Branch of the International Fiscal Association, a Co-Chair of the Law Firm Management Committee of the International Bar Association, and a board member of Greenwood College School and the Canada China Business Council. He is a graduate of both Victoria College and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.


Karen is the CFO and Corporate Secretary at Choice Hotels Canada, Canada’s largest hotel franchisor. She was previously the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Global Risk Institute in Financial Services and the CFO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance, following roles in finance and operations with a range of private sector firms and professional consulting companies, including Morneau Shepell, Four Seasons Hotels, and KPMG LLP. Karen has more than 20 years' experience in finance, HR, governance, IT, contract administration, and operations management. Karen is a CPA, CA, and holds the CFA and US CPA designations. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queens University.


Rita Shelton Deverell, C.M., Ed.D. is a theatre artist, television producer/director, scholar, a founder of Vision TV, was the first woman to lead a journalism program in a Canadian university and concluded her term as News Director at APTN in 2005 where she mentored her Indigenous successor. Deverell awards including two Geminis, the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Leadership Award, and the Order of Canada. Her doctoral thesis (OISE/University of Toronto) focused on arts policy. ‎2019 sees Deverell appointed Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, and the publication of her new book American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom.


Louise Moore has extensive domestic and international experience as a strategic business advisor. During her 30-year career, Louise served as outside counsel to leading Canadian businesses and Crown corporations as a corporate partner of Torys LLP (Toronto and Hong Kong) and as a senior executive of multinational Nortel (General Counsel, Asia Pacific and Greater China). Louise’s community involvement includes serving as a Director/Advisor to several historic Canadian institutions (including Special Olympics Ontario, Trinity College School and Toronto East General Hospital and, currently, the Royal Ontario Museum), contributing her pragmatic and solutions-oriented approach to organizational challenges.


Ian Madell is the Managing Partner and President of LEVEL5 Strategy Group, one of Canada's leading boutique strategy firms. LEVEL5 counts Canadian Tire, Live Nation, Canada Post, Canada Goose, 3M, Rogers Communications, Sinai Health System and Pearson Airport among its clients. Prior to joining the firm he was the Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Design at Teknion - one of the world's leading office furniture manufacturers. He was a Managing Partner at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) where he led the North American post-merger integration practice and was also active in broader business transformation assignments. He worked in New York for Gannett - one of America's largest media organizations and started his career at Nabisco Brands (now Mondelez). He has lectured and been a speaker at various universities across Canada. He is a former Governor of Junior Achievement of Canada, Director of The Canadian Club ­ Toronto, Director of The York School and past Chair of the Royal Patrons Circle at the Royal Ontario Museum.


Michael Coates is an Executive Chairman for Rubicon Strategy Inc, and a former Global Vice Chairman for H+K Strategies. His community involvement includes serving as a director for Youth Inc.


Alan Smith is a higly accomplished results drive business leader with over 35 years of experience. Recently retired, Alan was CFO and a partner of EY. Alan is a trusted and creative leader with deep experience in teaming with C-Suite executives, board members, stakeholders and people of levels. He is results-focused with a proven track record for strategic thinking, value creation, operational excellence and business transformation.


Jennifer Bell is a senior communications, marketing and public affairs executive with demonstrated expertise in driving significant organizational and operational change in complex and diverse organization. Most recently, Ms. Bell served as the Vice President of Communications for the LCBO and has held senior leadership roles across numerous sectors including the provincial government, broader public sector, not-for-profit and private sector organizations. Additionally, Ms. Bell has extensive revenue generation experience through her volunteer work with a number of organizations, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario), the Bran Tumor Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Television Fund. Ms. Bell holds a BAH from Queen’s University.


Neera Chopra is a passionate supporter of the Arts, providing thoughtful leadership on several cultural platforms. She brings a global perspective to unity in cultural diversity, having lived and travelled extensively across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with a keen sense for cultural linkages and parallels with Canada. She has been a pioneer in creating cross cultural awareness of South Asian art and culture through her volunteer work with various arts organizations. Mrs. Chopra is a Board member of the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation, past President of the Parent's Organization and past Chair of the Arts Organization at Upper Canada College, past Chair of the Friends of South Asia at the ROM, and serves as member of government relations and outreach committee at Luminato.


Stacey Jack is a Project Advisor for 2670568 Ontario Limited, and a former engagement specialist and human resources coordinator for Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Couchiching First Nation Veterans Committee and a former member of the Riverside Foundation for Healthcare, Special Events Committee.


Matthew Gibson is a senior Vice-President for Hill and Knowlton Strategies, and a former Vice-President for Sussex Strategy Group. Matthew’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for Ducks Unlimited.


Jaclyn Seidman is a partner, member of the Executive Committee and co-head of one of the business law groups at Goodmans LLP. Jaclyn’s practice focuses on entertainment law, intellectual property and social media issues. In 2018, Jaclyn was honoured as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. She is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in Canada. Jaclyn serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a founding member of the advisory council for McGill’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative. Jaclyn teaches business law courses at the University of Toronto and is the recipient of several Excellence in Teaching awards. She is also a frequent guest speaker on entertainment law issues.


Bianca Roth is the Chief Executive Officer of North Edge Properties. Bianca is a supporter of cultural organizations and cancer research initiatives across Canada. Bianca has also given her time to initiatives with Habitat for Humanity and the Scott Mission. She is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and continues her studies locally at both the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Schulich School of Business at York University.