December 5, 2013
The MLSE Foundation would like to thank the Board of Directors for their support, guidance, passion and commitment to ensuring the Foundation provides kids, of all abilities, access to sport and recreational opportunities.
Dr. Kidd was a member of the 1964 Canadian Summer Olympic team competing in track and field. He has received numerous sporting awards and honours including the Lou Marsh Trophy and is a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame as both an athlete and a builder. In 2004, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto and a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Dr. Kidd received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from the University of Chicago. He also received a Master of Arts in History and a Ph.D. in History from York University. He has authored numerous books and papers on both sport and athletes rights.
Aris Kaplanis has more than 30 years experience in the technology sector. Most recently, he was President & CEO of Teranet Inc., having assumed the helm of the company when it was founded in 1991. Mr. Kaplanis earned an honours B.A. in Economics and Communications from Heidelberg College in Ohio and completed advanced studies in Business Administration at the University of Akron and the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Kaplanis has been Honourary Chancellor of Assumption University (Windsor, Ontario) since 2005 and received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University in 2000. He is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal awarded for making a significant contribution to Canada, the community, and fellow Canadians.
Since retiring from the highest rank in the Canadian military on July 1, 2008, General (Ret.) Rick Hillier has remained extremely busy. In September 2008 he joined TD Bank Financial Group as a senior advisor and in October 2009 his memoir, “A Soldier First: Bullets, Bureaucrats and the Politics of War” was published. General (Ret.) Hillier is a much sought after guest speaker, drawing on his unprecedented experience and sharing the lessons that have made him one of this country’s most respected and influential public figures.
One of the most beloved players in Toronto Maple Leafs history, Mr. Clark was Toronto’s first choice, first overall, in the 1985 Entry Draft. He captained the Maple Leafs from 1991 to 1994 and served three different stints with the team. He retired after the 2000 playoffs at the age of 33. Mr. Clark is currently employed by the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club as a community representative, representing the club in all areas of Marketing, Community Relations and Alumni Relations. He can be seen at virtually all Leaf home games, usually with his wife Denise and children. He owns a restaurant, Wendel Clark's Classic Grill and Sports Lounge, in Vaughan Ontario and recently released a new book entitled, “Wendel: My Life in Hockey.”
One of the greatest players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leafs uniform, Mr. Sittler was Toronto’s first choice, eighth overall, in the 1970 Amateur Draft. He played 844 games with the Leafs and also played in Philadelphia and Detroit. Mr. Sittler retired after the 1984-1985 season and in 1989 he was honoured with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He returned to the Leafs organization in August 1991 to become a representative in the community relations department. Mr. Sittler also serves as the Honourary Chair of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation.
Joel Rose is a partner and member of Aird and Berlis’ Corporate/Commercial Group, and is also an active member of the Regulatory Team providing advice to the Gaming, Transportation, and Energy industries. Mr. Rose was selected by his peers to be included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada under the specialty of Gaming Law and appears in The Canadian Legal Expert Directory, a guide to leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in Transportation Law.
Vijay Kanwar is President and Chief Financial Officer of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres, North America’s largest provider of nuclear cardiology services and KMH MRI and Health Care Centres. Mr. Kanwar is also President and Director of Lambardar Inc, and founder President, Transamerica Medical Inc., a medical supply company specializing in bulk purchasing arrangements. He serves on several boards and advisory groups. He received his professional Mechanical Engineering Degree from India and MBA from Rotman School of Business at University of Toronto. Mr. Kanwar was the recipient of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Health Sciences in Ontario and also the recipient of New Pioneer Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year 2009
A recently retired Deloitte audit partner in the Public Sector group, Lynda co-authored the Deloitte publications "The effective Not for Profit Board" and "Terms of reference for a Not for Profit Audit Committee". Lynda was a 2010 Women of Influence award winner and has served on many non-profit boards.
Freda is a public relations & philanthropic strategy specialist, having served as the CEO of Edelman PR and currently as an independent PR consultant for leading Canadian philanthropists and Imagine Canada Caring Companies. Freda is a graduate of the Board Governance program at the Rotman School of Business.
In 1980, Walter co-founded RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc. and now serves as President of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc, RE/MAX of New England Inc. and other real estate businesses. Walter is a big sports fan is considered a an innovator in the real estate sales industry. RE/MAX is a valued Corporate Partner of MLSE.