Freda Colbourne, President, Colbourne Consulting Inc. & Chair, MLSE LaunchPad
Freda Colbourne is a strategic communications consultant with a 20+ year track record in counseling Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Senior Executives and Boards at Financial Post and Fortune 500 companies to help solve important communications challenges. She created Colbourne Consulting in July 2009 and works with international and Canadian corporations in North America, UK, Europe and the Middle East. Her work includes strategic communications, corporate brand positioning, marketing communications, corporate social responsibility, financial communications, crisis and issues management, employee engagement, public affairs, and digital media. Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Ms. Colbourne was the Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations Canada, the Canadian operations of the world’s largest independent public relations firm. Earlier in her career, Ms. Colbourne was responsible for national external and internal communications at Molson Breweries. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in industry and corporate social responsibility initiatives as a volunteer and board member to many not-for-profit organizations such as MLSE Foundation, Hudson’s Bay Co. History Foundation, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, and the Ontario Advertising Review Board.
Jenn Miller, Director of Social Investment, Atkinson Foundation
Jenn Miller was named Director of Social Investment in the summer of 2015. Jenn comes to Atkinson from the City of Toronto where she was a manager with the Social Development, Finance and Administration division, responsible for the investment of close to $20M annually in community-based initiatives. Over two decades, she has worked for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and as a consultant providing program development, facilitation and strategic planning support to a wide range of nonprofit clients. Jenn has a keen interest and experience in supporting innovation and impact in the non-profit sector, community engagement and multi stakeholder collaboration. Other affiliations include: Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada's Advisory Committee, United Way Toronto's Innovation Fund Committee, Greenbelt Foundation's Grant Review Panel and Atkinson Foundation's Decent Work Fund Advisory Committee.
Ige Egal, Executive Director, Toronto Inner City Rugby Foundation (TIRF)
Ige Egal is a passionate sports enthusiast and professional. He believes in the power of sport to provide transformational opportunities for both individuals and communities. Ige was a project management consultant working with immigrant employment councils helping connect newcomers with opportunities. He also worked several years with the Maytree Foundation on various projects ranging from IT, DivereCity on Board, and ALLIES Canada around themes of diversity, inclusion, and economic prosperity for all. In 2011, he took the opportunity to help establish the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF) where he currently serves as the Executive Director. In his role, Ige bridges the worlds of the financial, non-profit, and education sectors using the values of rugby to foster caring and compassionate citizens by providing learning and personal development opportunities. He enjoys discovering and working with the rugby community in Canada and beyond.
Shane Dolgin, SVP, Public, Corporate and Government Affairs, Scotiabank
Shane Dolgin is the Senior Vice President of Scotiabank’s Public, Corporate and Government Affairs team, overseeing internal communications to the bank’s 88,000 employees, as well as external and government communications across its 54 markets. He joined the bank from TELUS, where he led international media and social relations, served on the Government Relations Council and ran TELUS Studios, a full service multi-media content production shop. Prior to that, Shane led a team of 150 communications professionals at Edelman charged with building Blackberry’s digital media and social media presence in 35 global markets. His work experience includes roles at several of the world’s leading public relations firms, where his practice areas included: Digital media, financial and internal communications, crisis and issues management, and public and government affairs.
Bob Hunter, Chief Project Development Officer, MLSE
Robert (Bob) Hunter has spent his entire career marketing and managing some of Canada’s premier sports and entertainment facilities. After starting his career at Ontario Place in 1982, he left to open the 60,000 seat BC Place Stadium in Vancouver where, he was responsible for all event services, production and facilities management. In 1985, he moved to the Expo ’86 Vancouver World’s Fair management team with a mandate to construct and develop British Columbia’s $145 million entertainment pavilions. In early 1987, Hunter returned to Toronto to work on the $600M SkyDome Stadium project as Vice President of Operations and Fan Services and was later promoted to President and CEO. In January 1998, Hunter became Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canada’s newest arena, Air Canada Centre. In addition to Air Canada Centre, Hunter also oversaw management and bookings for Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field Soccer Stadium. In 2014, he moved into the role of Chief Project Development Officer managing major business and project opportunities as well as all annual capital projects for all MLSE venues. Hunter currently serves on the Boards of Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Association and the Deans Advisory Council at the University of Waterloo.
Michael Whitcombe, Partner, MacMillan LLP
Michael Whitcombe is a Senior Partner and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice and Pharmaceuticals Practice of McMillan. He principally practices in the areas of negotiated merger and acquisition transactions (domestic and cross-border), private equity investments, strategic alliances, complex commercial arrangements and corporate governance. Michael regularly advises medium and large corporations (both domestic and international) and their boards of directors in connection with their operations throughout Canada. He has significant industry experience in pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, distribution, service, entertainment, hospitality and tourism sectors. Michael is Director of a number of Canadian corporations and has served as the The Arthritis Society since 1996. He is a member of the OBCA and CBCA Advisory Sub-Committees to the Business Law Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). Michael holds a degree in Business Administration in addition to his LLB and LLM. Since 2006, Michael has been recognized as one of Canada's leading Business Lawyers in the Lexpert / ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.