Board of Directors

CFEE’s work is overseen and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are from across the country and represent the perspectives of a wide variety of stakeholder groups. CFEE is committed to non-partisanship and a diverse Board of outstanding individuals helps to ensure we achieve and sustain that goal.  We extend our thanks to them for their service.

Prakash Amarasooriya | TD Canada Trust Senior Facilitator, Learning and Development

Prakash Amarasooriya is currently a Senior Facilitator, Learning and Development at TD Canada Trust and has fulfilled various roles during his time at TD since starting in 2016. He is the former School Boards Lead for the Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC), and has been featured in the media for the financial literacy campaign he initiated in October 2016 in his work with the TYC. Prakash created the proposal to have financial literacy incorporated into the Ontario Grade 10 Career Studies course as well as a petition to get the attention of the public and the media. After months of preparation, and three weeks after publishing the petition, he obtained a meeting with the Ontario Ministry of Education and sat down with the Minister of Education herself, Mitzie Hunter. She readily saw the strong case Prakash made for financial literacy in schools and, two days after the meeting, Minister Hunter published a press release stating that she had accepted his proposal and will be putting financial literacy into the Grade 10 Careers course, which was incorporated in 2019. He has done multiple interviews and podcasts on the importance of financial literacy as well as countless presentations teaching financial literacy through the Canadian Bankers Association, Junior Achievement and in his own spare time. Prakash graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, majoring in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. He was involved in a number of organizations while at York University, ranging from being the President of Doctors Without Borders and a Student Senator to the Salsa Club President (the dance, not the dip). He currently also sits on the Board for Crow's Theatre, and is a published neuroscience researcher.

Michel Branchaud | Groupe Montaigne President

Mr. Branchaud is a civil engineer with a Masters degree in transport from Imperial College, London and an MBA from Strathclyde, Scotland. From 1973 to 1992, he held various positions, as project manager and president of subsidiaries within the Lavalin Group, the largest engineering and construction group in Canada. He joined the Société Générale de Financement du Québec in 1992 and, for 5 years, acted as Vice President, Metals and Minerals. From 1996 to 2000, he was the General Partner for an international infrastructure fund with, as Limited Partners, the Caisse de Dépôt du Québec and other key institutions such as Manulife, the Royal Bank of Canada and Hydro-Québec. Since 2001, Michel Branchaud is the President of Groupe Montaigne, a private business advisor group with North American and European principals whose mission consists in the identification, conception, negotiation, financial engineering, and syndication of real estate and other investment programs in Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Ainsley Cunningham | Manitoba Financial Services Agency Manager, Education and Communications

Ainsley Cunningham is the Manager of Education and Communications with the Manitoba Financial Services Agency. During her 24-year tenure with the Agency, she has been responsible for the development and delivery of financial literacy programs for Manitobans. Her passion for teaching financial literacy concepts is evident in the creative nature of the programs that the Agency has developed and the personal manner in which she interacts with learners.

As Manager of Education and Communications, Ainsley has represented the Commission on both national and international education committees. Ainsley was co-founder of the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum which worked to improve financial literacy within the province of Manitoba, she received the Credit Counselling Canada award in 2016 and in 2018 was awarded the Manitoba Service Excellence Award for the work that she did on the National Binary Options scam campaign.

Prior to government service Ainsley spent several years working in the securities industry and teaching in the public school system. Ainsley holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degrees as well as a Certificate in Management from the University of Manitoba.

Jeremy Fleming | FFS Consulting Managing Partner

Jeremy is a financial services executive with over 35 years of experience in capital markets and wealth management. He is currently Managing Partner, FFS Consulting, a firm specializing in financial services expertise. Prior to this, he spent the bulk of his career at TD Securities as Managing Director, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationship with TD Wealth. Jeremy has a BA in Economics from Queen’s University and holds numerous professional designations including that of a Chartered Investment Manager. He is also a Past Chair of the Toronto Bond Traders Association. Jeremy is married with three children and lives in Toronto.

Trevor Krahn | Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation Executive Director

Trevor Krahn is a tenured community investment professional, with experience providing strategic direction and executing national, regional and local community investment programs. He has over 20 years’ experience within the financial services and healthcare industries in various marketing and community related roles. He is currently the Executive Director of the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation which is the philanthropic arm of Seven Oaks General Hospital and its affiliated entities – The Wellness Institute and the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre. Trevor has also served on a number of national thought and practice leadership councils, including the Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Community Investment Council and Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Community Engagement Council. In addition, he is an Advisory Council member for the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum which works to improve financial literacy within the province. He is an Honours graduate from Red River College and has also obtained his Marketing Management Certification and his Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement Management through Boston College.

Denis Leclerc | Fonds de la solidarité FTQ Executive Vice-President, Shareholder Services and President, Economic Training Foundation

Denis Leclerc was present since the early days of the Solidarity Fund QFL in 1985. The Fund is a development capital company that is offering and solidarity of all Quebecers. Its main mission is to help create and maintain jobs in Québec by investing in small and medium enterprises. Denis Leclerc has held since 1997 as Senior Vice President of the Fund and the shareholders registered as such, the steering committee. Upon his arrival in office, the Fund counted 328,338 shareholders. It now has over 615,000. Since 2002, Mr. Leclerc is also president and CEO of the Foundation for economic education. union activist for many years, Denis Leclerc was, in 1980, president of the Association of Workers Central Quebec. He was also part of the union bargaining committee at CIP group inc., Trois-Rivières. He also served on the boards of directors of the Association of Certified Human Resources and Industrial Relations, House Casks and institutions Dulong, in Bordeaux, France. Denis Leclerc studied communications, administration and marketing. He holds a diploma in corporate governance, the College of Corporate Directors of the University Laval. Mr. Leclerc is on the Board of Directors Kruger Wines and Spirits. He is also a member of the Federation of Workers of Quebec, the Directors College, Advertising Club of Montreal, the American Marketing Association and the Association of Financial and tax planning.

William McNamara | Torys LLP Partner

Bill McNamara is a commercial lawyer whose practice emphasizes the defense of product liability class actions, anti-trust law, infrastructure and construction claims, banking law, insolvency, restructuring, and corporate disputes. Bill has appeared before the courts in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta, as well as the Competition Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and numerous private arbitral panels. He is fluent in English and French and conducts trials in both languages. Bill was recognized by Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: International as a leading lawyer in life sciences (2011-2013) and Who’s Who Legal: Canada as a leading Canadian lawyer in life sciences (2014), as well as Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook (2007-2011). Throughout his career, Bill has represented organizations including Bayer, Tecumseh Products, Merck Frost Canada, Wyeth Canada, Pfizer, Sears Canada, and many others. He served as counsel to the Royal Canadian Commission of Inquiry into the Presence of War Criminals in Canada between 1985 and 1987. Bill is a member of the Advocates’ Society and has served in various roles with the Canadian Bar Association, including President.

Susan Moellers FCPA, FCMA, MBA, BA, CDir, ACC, HRCCC

During the first half of her career at Scotiabank, Susan held progressively senior roles in finance and risk management, culminating with VP & Comptroller International Banking. She then fulfilled a number of special-project assignments, taking leadership roles in mergers and acquisitions, the implementation of an international shared services organization, the development/execution of Scotiabank’s international leadership strategy, promoting diversity and inclusion and creation of a corporate finance function dedicated to supporting HR, Marketing and Communications. Susan develops young leaders by participating in the McMaster MBA and Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) mentoring programs. She supports her community through board/council leadership roles with CPA, Queen’s University and Theatre Passe Muraille. Susan has held various committee and board chair roles on not for profit boards over the past 9 years. Susan led the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario board during the merger of the accounting bodies in Ontario and was Chair of the merged CPA organization following integration, initiating governance reform. She is now serving CPA on the national board.  

Stephen Petherbridge Media Consultant

Stephen Petherbridge has been associated with CFEE for more than 20 years. He has long experience as a media executive in Britain, Australia and Canada. He has been managing editor of the Toronto Star, Executive Editor of the Financial Post and publisher of several magazines, including the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. As a Vice-President of the Globe, he was a co-founder of Report on Business Television, now the Business News Network. He was also a professor of journalism at Ryerson for five years. He is currently editor of the online Globe and Mail Classroom Edition and a consultant in all aspects of media, providing advice on reshaping business models, including the transition to the digital era.

John Platt | Manitou Investment Counsel Director, Institutional Investment Management

John Platt joined Manitou in 2016 as Director, Institutional Investment Management. Prior to joining Manitou he was a principal at HighView Financial Group for eight years and prior to that John held a senior management position in BMO Nesbitt Burns’ Private Client Group. John is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University and has been a board member of several charitable organizations including Appleby College, The Oakville Hospital Foundation, The Oakville Community Foundation and Knox Heritage Place, a not-for-profit senior’s residence in north Oakville. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Appleby College Foundation, (serving on its Investment Committee), and is on the Stewardship Committee of the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

Corinne Prince | IRCC - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Director General, Afghanistan Settlement and Team Ukraine

Corinne Prince first joined Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2008 as the Director General of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office. She served as the Director General of the Settlement and Integration Policy Branch with IRCC from January 2013 until 2020, a role that expanded her network to settlement partners across Canada. Beginning in the fall of 2020, Corinne became the Director General for Francophone Immigration and Official Languages Part VII, within the Settlement and Integration Sector, and shepherded IRCC’s amendments to the Official Languages Act through to tabling.

In the fall of 2021, during Canada’s effort to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees, Corinne was named Director General of the Afghanistan Settlement Branch with a mandate to lead in-Canada (re)settlement activities for Afghan refugees by bringing together national resettlement operations and policy into a single integrated organization.  And, since January of 2022, Corinne has added the reception and settlement of Ukrainian nationals and their families to her plate. In the spring of 2022, Corinne received the federal Partnership award from the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) for her ability to work with stakeholders, tap into the goodwill of Canadians, including civil society and veterans groups, in support of the incoming cohort of Afghan refugees.

Prior to joining IRCC, Corinne spent many years at the federal labour market department – then known as Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) - now known as ESDC - managing a number of programs including the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, Labour Mobility programming, the Going to Canada Immigration Portal, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the National Occupational Classification system, Labour Market Information, Career information and Essential Skills programming.  In the early 90’s, Corinne managed the transformation of the Canada Student Loans Program at the department of Secretary of State.

Corinne graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 1991. She was called to the Ontario bar In 1994 and articled with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Corinne grew up on a grain farm in northern Saskatchewan and now makes her home in the Ottawa Valley with her partner.

Tom Prins

Tom Prins lives in Manitoba with his wife and daughter. He has worked in the educational system with teachers and students from Middle Years to Post Secondary for the past three decades. During his career with the Manitoba Department of Education he provided leadership in the areas of Career Development, Business Education and financial literacy. Tom has been the departmental lead in partnering with CFEE to integrate financial literacy into compulsory curricula (Building Futures Project). Tom’s responsibilities included bringing the following programs to Manitoba: The Blueprint for Life/Work Designs, Manitoba’s framework of career development learning outcomes; The Real Game Series, Canada’s most popular career simulation program; Career Cruising, Manitoba’s online career information system; and Take Our Kids to Work. All of these programs are now integrated into the school system. He was also the founder of the Winnipeg and Brandon Career Symposium. As well as providing leadership and professional development regarding the integration of the various programs, Tom also served in various other capacities. He was the Department spokesperson on policies regarding graduation requirements and the evaluation of out-of-province course completions for credit towards Manitoba High School graduation. Tom’s favorite pastime is cruising on the beautiful Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario, with his family on their sailboat.

Daryl Rock

Daryl Rock is a philanthropist, social entrepreneur, business owner and former federal public servant. Daryl began his public service career serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. After sustaining a spinal cord injury (non-military related), Daryl returned to university graduating with a BA and Political Science and an MA in Public Administration. After graduation Daryl joined the federal public service where, over the next 20 years, he worked in increasingly senior positions designing and leading social, labour market and research funding programs in the departments of the Secretary of State, Human Resources Development Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Daryl’s commitment to community service extends beyond the workplace and includes many national, provincial, and local organizations. Over the past 30 years he has not only participated in but helped design and lead many charities and not-for-profit groups including Freedom at Death Canada, the Healthy Aboriginal Network, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the West Wind Association, and the Ontario Commandery of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

Daryl and his wife Melanie moved to Vancouver in 2006. In 2010 he became the founding chairman of the Rick Hansen Institute and in 2012 led the creation of the Global Accessibility Map. Moving back to Ottawa in 2017, he now commits his energy to philanthropic activities, volunteering, investing, and travel. Daryl is currently a member the National Capital Commission’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, founding director of West Wind Association and co-founder and chair of Freedom at Depth Canada. With the goal of helping develop young leaders with disabilities, in 2019 Daryl and Melanie established four four-year scholarships at Carleton University to support students with physical disabilities achieve an undergraduate degree in any of the STEM disciplines.

His activities are guided by four core principles: the belief that we can achieve more by working collaboratively than we can by working alone; a desire to actively engage in community initiatives to make life better for everyone; the importance of lifelong learning; and finally, a commitment to work/family life balance.

Daryl is an avid scuba, diver, enjoys fishing, committed to physical fitness, has visited more than 60 countries across six continents and enjoys good wine, spirited conversations and politics.

In recognition of his community service, Daryl was awarded the Canada 125 Medal in 1992, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Order of St. John in 2013. He has also received the Rick Hansen Foundation ‘Difference Maker’ Award for his contributions to society.

Jane Rooney | Innovation, Science and Economic Development Director, Cyber Certification, Technology & Talent

Jane Rooney joined ISED’s Connected Canada Branch in December 2020 as Director, Cyber Certification, Technology and Talent. She oversees four digital inclusion programs aimed at providing Canadians the necessary access, tools and skills to participate in the digital economy.

Prior to this role, Jane was appointed as the Financial Literacy Leader at the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada with a mandate to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. While in this role, in collaboration with organizations in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as different levels of government, Jane and her team successfully developed and launched the National Strategy on Financial Literacy and implemented over 200 initiatives, including the development and delivery of educational programs and interactive tools, to help Canadians make more informed financial decisions.

Lawrence Schembri | Fraser Institute Senior Fellow and Peter M. Brown Chair of Canadian Competitiveness

Lawrence Schembri served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2013 until his retirement in June 2022. In this capacity, he was one of two deputy governors responsible for overseeing the Bank’s analysis and activities promoting a stable and efficient financial system. Starting in 2016, he was responsible for overseeing the Bank’s analysis of domestic economic developments and the Canadian economic projection. As a member of the Bank’s governing council, he shared responsibility for decisions related to monetary policy and financial system stability and for setting the Bank’s strategic direction. Mr. Schembri joined the Bank in 1997 as a visiting research advisor in what is now the International Economic Analysis Department. In 2001, he was appointed senior research director in the same department and became its managing director in 2005. In 2010 he was appointed advisor to the governor, with responsibilities for financial stability analysis and coordinating the Bank’s contribution to the Financial Stability Board. While at the Bank, Mr. Schembri was an active researcher, publishing research on exchange rate and monetary theory and policy in open economies, the international monetary system, and financial stability. A champion of efforts to promote economic literacy and Indigenous economic opportunity, he sponsored the Bank’s Governor’s Challenge undergraduate student competition and was a founding member of the Central Bank Network for Indigenous Inclusion. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and co-holder of the Peter M. Brown Chair in Canadian Competitiveness. He also serves as a member of the board of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics and of for Centre for the Study of Living Standards. Mr. Schembri received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Bank of Canada, Mr. Schembri was an assistant professor and, later, associate professor of economics at Carleton University.

René Vézina

A journey through print and electronic media. René Vézina has been working in communications for over 40 years. As a journalism and political science graduate from Université Laval, he began his career in 1977 on the radio and on television for Radio-Canada in the Gaspésie region before moving on to the national network in Montreal. He then moved onto scientific journalism, with an interest in economics, which has since became the area he enjoys most. He was editor-in-chief of Les Affaires from 2002 to 2005, and then remained there as a columnist until June 2018. He also hosted the show Finances on the TVA network for three years, and Déficit Zéro on Télé-Québec in 2013. He is still on the radio with daily shows on Radio-Canada in Montreal in the morning and at noon, and frequently collaborates with various radio stations throughout Quebec. In the fall of 2008, he published the guide Comment parler aux médias, through Éditions Transcontinental. The Institut québécois de planification financière awarded him the Prix de journalisme en littératie financière 2014 for his work. His ongoing challenge is to help others understand the movements of the economy, as it is experienced day to day.

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