Leslie Gales is President and Chief Investment Officer of the Midland Group of Companies. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she graduated with a BA from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from McMaster University. She lives in Toronto and has worked since 1980 in the areas of investment banking, finance and marketing research. Gales is a committed community volunteer and currently holds positions with the AGO Foundation, the Jewish Federation of North America, Mount Sinai Hospital, UJA Federation of Toronto and the Women’s Executive Network. In 2012, Gales was a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.
WE WILL ENHANCE THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
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With your help, we will ATTRACT and RETAIN the most innovative thinkers and makers in art, design, and media, providing new funds for research, inquiry and practice.
John Albright is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early-stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile connectivity. Albright currently serves as a director of TouchBistro, Fuse, Blue Ant Media, InPowered, Difference Capital Funding, theScore and Nymi. He also serves as an advisor to The Next 36, Ryerson Digital Media Zone, and OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst. Albright is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and received his BBA degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Mark Bishop is Co-CEO and Executive Producer of marblemedia, overseeing the company’s growth and the management of all divisional and corporate undertakings. After founding the company with business partner Matt Hornburg, he helped marblemedia produce a number of award-winning cross-platform properties for Corus Entertainment, CBC, TVO, Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company (including Hi Opie!, Splatalot and This is Daniel Cook).
An advocate for the independent production and screen-based industries, Bishop is Vice-Chair of the CMPA Board (Canadian Media Production Association); past-Chair and Executive Board Committee member of Interactive Ontario; Co-Chair of the IDM Digital Working Group for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; and a member of the Kids Help Phone Advisory Committee. Additionally, he lends his time to various universities as a guest lecturer and acts as a curriculum advisor.
Bishop, Hornburg and marblemedia have been honoured by Playback with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, recognized as a Next Generation Producer by The Hollywood Reporter, and won the Lions Gate/Maple Pictures Innovative Producer Award.
Helen M. Kearns is a leader in capital markets in Canada with more than 30 years experience as a senior executive and entrepreneur in the investment industry, as well as a corporate director. She was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. in February 2008. Bell Kearns & Associates provides extensive investment advisory services to families, corporations, estates and foundations on total portfolio governance, portfolio construction and performance measurement.
Previously Kearns was President of NASDAQ Canada (2001 to 2004) and an officer of NASDAQ Inc., the world’s largest electronic stock market. She worked at Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited from 1980 to 1995, during which time she had roles of increasing responsibility. As Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, which included a seat on the executive committee, Kearns oversaw institutional equity sales and trading activities (both in North America and abroad) as well as managed liability trading and offered capital markets insight into underwriting.
Les Mandelbaum was born in Toronto, Canada in 1951. He attended Antioch College in Ohio, majoring in music and sociology. Eventually he moved to Boston to pursue a career in music, a hobby he continues to enjoy today. In 1976 Mandelbaum returned to Toronto and started Trans-Canada Hardware (TCH), a company that supplied parts for the construction of heavy-duty custom “road” cases and speaker cabinet protection used by rock musicians. While on tour in 1978, he connected with Paul Rowan, a boyhood friend working as a graphic artist. Unable to find an acceptable alternative to the mundane selection of window shades then available, Rowan had created his own on printed paper, and he approached Mandelbaum with his designs. They turned the solution into an innovative and imaginative product. In 1980, the pair identified enough positive response from the design community, and from Canadian retailers, to create a new company called Umbra, derived from the Latin word for shade or shadow. They expanded from Canada at the National Housewares Association Show (now the International Housewares Association Show) in Chicago in 1981, and created one of the most successful original and contemporary home accessories and housewares design and manufacturers in the world today. Umbra now has factories, warehouses and offices in the USA, Holland, China and Brazil.
Mandelbaum is also an active investor in two current start-ups and his community work involves two local hospitals and serving on the advisory boards of two local colleges. He still resides in Toronto with his wife Wendy, a textile designer, and two teenage boys.
As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Carlu Corporation Limited, Mark Robert restored and operated The Carlu, a premiere special events venue in Toronto. Prior to The Carlu, he was Chief Operating Officer at The Art Vault Limited, a publicly traded global e-commerce internet art site. Earlier in his career, he spent a decade in commercial real estate, most notably with the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. He has been actively involved in numerous charitable and cultural organizations, as a board member for Heritage Toronto and “C” International Contemporary Arts Foundation, and as Co-Chair of Art with Heart, the primary fundraiser for Casey House. Robert was also selected to be on the Leadership Team for the creation of Toronto’s Creative City Strategy, which became a guiding document for Toronto’s economic development plan.
Carol Weinbaum is VP Operations at WJ Properties, a family owned property management, investment and development business. She has a degree in Painting and Etching from the City and Guilds of London Art School and has worked in the worlds of art, fashion, public affairs and real estate.
A dedicated supporter of Toronto’s arts community, Weinbaum is a co-founder of Partners in Art (PIA) whose mission is to support the arts by collaborating and fundraising on innovative projects. She co-founded and sits on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), where she mentors the moccamigos, a next-generation group of art enthusiasts. She served on OCAD U’s Foundation Board and is now a member of OCAD U’s Board of Governors, where she chairs the Physical Resources and Capital Assets Committee. An ardent environmentalist, Weinbaum lobbied the City of Toronto in 1994 to pass a bylaw protecting significant trees on private property. Through her family’s foundation she supports cultural programming and educational initiatives such as the Nomadic Residents Program at OCAD U; a new Global Artist Residency at OCAD U; education at MOCCA; and programming at the Power Plant; as well as healthcare research and support at Toronto’s hospitals and Baycrest.
Weinbaum's interests in the arts are wide ranging and include studio practice, commerce and art fairs, public art and performance, and social and environmental practices.
Peter Milligan is an Associate Counsel at Miller Thomson and a passionate and long time advocate for Canadian art. He is both an art collector and an ardent supporter of a number of initiatives that enhance the art community in Toronto. Peter serves on the cabinet for the capital campaign for Casey House, is an active member of OCAD University’s Onsite [at] OCAD U Professional Gallery advisory board, the President’s Advisory Council and OCAD University’s Ignite Imagination campaign.
Since its inception, Peter has been a generous patron of Project 31, OCAD U’s signature fundraising auction, where his love for Canadian contemporary art and his desire to encourage creative people to create have come together in one initiative.
Peter’s wife Dorene Macaulay Milligan is both an OCAD U alumna and an artist. Both Peter and Dorene have been deeply involved with the University since 2003. As supporters of OCAD University, Peter and Dorene have directed their giving to the Onsite [at] OCAD University Professional Gallery.