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Board of Directors (Canada)

Krishna Nikhil, Chair
Executive Vice President, Print & Chief Strategy Officer, Indigo

Krishna joined Indigo in September 2014 and is responsible for the Print business, which spans all books and magazines, as well as the overall strategic direction of the Company. Prior to joining Indigo, Krishna was at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, for over 11 years, where he was a Partner based in the Toronto office and a leader in the North American Retail Practice. Krishna began his career in e-commerce, first in the e-commerce business development group at Capital One and subsequently at dot-com start-up, Skulogix. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering and a Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering, both from the University of Toronto. 

Bindu Dhaliwal, Past Chair
Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social & Governance, BMO Financial Group

Bindu is a lawyer with the Bank of Montreal, where she has worked since 2006. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in the not-for-profit sector for seven years. Bindu is currently involved in a number of non-profit organizations, including The Students Commission and Girls Action Foundation. Her work has focused on the issues of youth engagement, community mobilization and race/gender policies. Bindu holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. Bindu joined the board in 2003.

Paul Pathak, Vice Chair
Partner, Chitiz Pathak LLP

Paul is a Partner of Chitiz Pathak LLP. He practices principally in the areas of corporate, securities, mergers, acquisitions, and commercial law. Paul has developed particular expertise in advising issuers and investors in connection with public and private financing and securities law compliance. As a result of his extensive experience in the aforementioned areas, Paul has developed strong relationships within the investment community, as well as an excellent familiarity with the securities regulatory landscape. Paul was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994, having completed his Bachelor of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has sat on the boards of several private and public companies listed on both the Canadian and American stock exchanges. Paul joined the board in October 2005.

Ula Ubani, Vice Chair
Chief Ethics Officer, Environmental, Social & Governance, BMO Financial Group

Ula leads the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) team at BMO Financial Group. The ESG Team is responsible for identifying, understanding and evaluating emerging ESG concerns that may have an impact on the bank.  She has worked at BMO for 15 years, and previously held positions in International Banking, Risk Management and Investor Relations.  Ula is a co-chair of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative’s (UNEP FI) North American Task Force and is also a member of UNEP FI Banking Commission. In her spare time, Ula enjoys mentoring people interested in sustainability and volunteering her time at her daughter’s school.  She has an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Steve Yuzpe, Treasurer
President & Chief Executive Officer, Sprott Resource Corp

Steve has over 10 years of financial administration management experience with public and private corporations. Over his career, Steve has developed specific expertise in financial and internal reporting, strategic  development and business planning, corporate governance, investor relations, regulatory compliance, treasury, financing and restructurings. Since 2009, Steve has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sprott Resource Corp., and is currently the chairman of  One Earth Farms Corp., as well as a director of One Earth Oil and Gas Inc. He was also a founding board member of Inroads to Agriculture Institute.  Steve holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Mechanical) degree  from Queen’s University along with the Professional Engineering designation (P.Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Andrew Stronach, Director 
Managing Director, Sprott Consulting LP

Sprott Consulting LP, a subsidiary of Sprott Inc., one of Canada's leading alternative asset managers. In his role, Andrew is active in evaluating and launching new investment opportunities, and advising Sprott Inc. and Sprott Consulting managed companies on strategic and operational matters. Prior to joining Sprott Consulting, Andrew was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting), one of the world's leading strategy consultancies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Queen's University, and a Professional Engineering designation. Andrew also serves as Director of the Douglas Utting Foundation.

David Grant, Director
Founder & Executive Vice President, Affinity Express Inc.

Affinity Express is an international digitizing, document creation, and multi-media services company that evolved from one of the world’s largest embroidery firms. After 15 years of building his family's embroidery business into a leading globally operated company, David developed it from a mass apparel wear supplier to a digital services and print-related provider. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Management Studies from MIT Sloan Management. He was the Chair of the New York Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. David has been involved with Street Kids International since the early 1990s as a board member and co-chairman and has been an avid sailor all his life.

Françoise Ko, Director
Health-Care Administrator

Françoise is a health-care administrator and has worked in various settings including as Administrative Director at the Taddle Creek Family Health Team and formerly a Project Manager at St. Michael’s Hospital. Prior to her work at St. Michael’s, she was a health-care consultant, where she spent three years on health policy initiatives and corporate strategies. She has over a decade of board experience both as a Director on the board of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA), serving for five years as the Vice-President, Governance UTAA, and as Chair of the College of Electors as well as being a former Student Governor on the Governing Council at the University of Toronto. In addition, she has also volunteered as an assessor of scholarship applications for the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and was an executive member of the Visionaries Program of the Canadian Stage Company. Françoise received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto.  Françoise joined the board in January, 2013.

Noella Milne, Director 
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Noella is a Partner, and the Toronto Regional Leader for the Real Estate Practice Group at Borden Ladner Gervais. She practices in the Commercial Real Estate area with an emphasis on asset and share acquisitions and dispositions, mixed-use developments, joint ventures, public-private transactions, financing, ground leasing, land development and other commercial real estate matters. Noella was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. She received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Law at Carleton University, and a Law degree from the University of Toronto Law School in 1986. Besides sitting on the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital, the George Brown College Foundation and the Children’s Aid Society Toronto, Noella is the Chair of UNICEF Canada's Board of Directors and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Panel at the University of Toronto Law School, an Honourary Life Director of the Canadian Club, a recipient of the Children’s Aid Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 2010 recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Noella was appointed to the Order of Ontario, received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and was named one of the top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2012.

Warren Coughlin, Director
Business Coach

Warren is a business coach who works with entrepreneurs to help them build their businesses and find satisfaction in their lives. Formerly with ActionCOACH, he was recognized as one of their top 10 coaches among 1,000+ internationally, as well as named Canadian Coach of the Year and Top Performing Coach in Canada. Warren serves on the Global Training Team responsible for training new coaches. He is also a recovering lawyer, serial entrepreneur, college professor, actor and theatre director. It was in part to help build an expanded entrepreneurial training program for vulnerable youth that brought Warren to Street Kids International when he joined the board in the spring of 2007.


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