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Peter O'Brian, of Toronto, is a Genie Award-winning producer whose films include The Grey Fox, My American Cousin and Far From Home. In 1977 Mr. O'Brian founded Independent Pictures Inc. He produced classic Canadian films such as Blood and Guts, Fast Company and Outrageous!, a film in which he was an associate producer. In 2002, Mr. O'Brian made his directorial debut in Hollywood North. Peter O'Brian is currently a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and the Producers Round-table of Ontario.

Diane Kelly is Legal Counsel for and a member of senior management at Queen's University. She is also the University's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Coordinator. Prior to joining Queen's, Ms. Kelly was a partner with the law firm of Cunningham Swan where her practice included municipal, education, human rights and estates law. She has a B.A. and LL.B from Queen's and a Master's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Before embarking on a career in law, Ms. Kelly taught Spanish at the University of Virginia, where she pursued doctoral studies, and at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She is currently a Director on the board of the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area.

Gary Comerford has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He began his career as Branch Manager at Canada Permanent Trust Company (TD Canada Trust) and later became Vice-President of Marketing. In 2009, he joined the Reinsurance Group of America as Executive Vice-President and is currently Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Comerford is a former President of the Catholic Children's Aid Society Foundation of Toronto, a former President of the Rotary Club of Oakville and a former Chair of the Shaw Festival. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant achievement and remarkable service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds an ICD.D accreditation from the Corporate Governance College at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Mark Wakefield is Principal of Journey to Excellence, consulting services for businesses. He is also a Senior Consultant at The Finance Group and served as interim Chief Financial Officer at TVO in 2009. Mr. Wakefield was Vice-President of Finance and Chief Accountant at Xerox Canada Inc. from 1984 to 2007. He is a member of the Kinark Child and Family Services Board of Directors. His professional memberships include the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Dr. Nah-Amakuma Barnor is on staff at the Humber River Regional Hospital, Women's College Hospital, and the University Health Network of Toronto. Previously, Dr. Barnor was Chief of Paediatrics at Humber Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the Board of Governors of Oolagen Community Services in Toronto, and is actively involved in the Toronto Ghanaian Community. Dr. Barnor also holds membership with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Geetu Pathak is currently Chief Operating Officer of the fitness and footwear company No Gym Required. Previously, she was the Chief Restructuring Officer of a high end custom furniture manufacturer. She is the founder and CEO of Snowflakes Inc., a designer, developer and wholesaler of innovative baby products. Ms. Pathak is a director for UNICEF Canada, actively driving the $3M HIV/AIDS program targeted towards underprivileged youth in Andhra Pradesh, India. She is on the board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce and was a part of the advisory committee for the Premier's 2009 mission to India. Ms. Pathak has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, where she achieved recognition as the Best All-round Graduating Student in her class.

James Marchbank was CEO of Science North from 1987 to 2011. During that time, he led the expansion of Science North in developing a special exhibits hall, a butterfly gallery, an IMAX Theatre, the mining and geology centre Dynamic Earth and was Executive Producer of three educational IMAX films and numerous multi-media science productions. He was a City of Sudbury Alderman from 1985 to 1991. Mr. Marchbank has been a member of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation since 2008. He is also a member of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority and Chair of the Northern Cancer Foundation Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University.

Ginny Dybenko came to the role of Executive, Strategic Initiatives for Wilfrid Laurier University after five successful years as the Dean of the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics and over thirty years of corporate experience and a strong academic background. Ms. Dybenko's business career has been marked by the creation of innovative technological solutions for critical business problems primarily in the telecommunications sector. She holds degrees in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario (B.A.) and the University of Waterloo (M.Math.), and diplomas in Operations Research from the University of Toronto and Executive Business from Queen's University.

Kristin Morch is a lawyer and General Counsel at the Continental Saxon Group, a diversified private company having real estate, venture capital and oil and gas interests. She is also a former partner with Aird and Berlis. Ms. Morch is Trustee of the Pace Family Foundation. Established with her husband in 2007, the Foundation focuses on health care, water projects and education. She is also a former member and Chair of the Legal Committee at the Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.

Lisa de Wilde, of Maxville, has over 15 years of experience in the television and film industry. A key player in the Canadian film and television industries, Ms. de Wilde divides her time between corporate directorships, advisory boards and the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival, where she serves as Chair of the Finance Committee. Ms. de Wilde has extensive knowledge of the media and broadcasting. She was most recently President and Chief Executive of Astral Television Networks, where she played an instrumental role in pay and pay-per-view television expansion in Canada and in supporting the Canadian filmmaking community. Ms. de Wilde is a graduate of McGill University law school and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.