The Honourable Mr. Justice Hugh L. Fraser

The Honourable Mr. Justice Hugh L. Fraser

The Honourable Mr. Justice Hugh L. Fraser was elected as Chair of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors on December 17, 2022. He is a retired Judge, having spent three decades as a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. During his time as a fulltime Judge he served as Local Administrative Justice in Ottawa, as well as a three year term as Regional Senior Justice for the East Region of Ontario. Since his retirement from full-time Judicial service he has been employed as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and Workplace Investigator. Justice Fraser received his B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University in 1974 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1977.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Fraser was employed as a lawyer in private practice. He also served on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for seven years and authored several leading decisions on discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Justice Fraser is an Olympian, having competed for Canada at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and is recognized as an international expert in sports law. He has been on the Court of Arbitration for Sport for 28 years and served on the the first ad hoc Court at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, in 1996. He has been a member of several other ADR panels in North America and Europe including, the PGA/LPGA Anti-Doping Panel, the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), the Swiss Arbitration Association, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Justice Fraser has resolved disputes throughout Canada and the U.S. as well as in Australia, Brazil, Grenada, Malaysia and Switzerland.

Justice Fraser currently serves as an independent Arbitrator with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, (USOPC), the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council, and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. He is also a Commissioner with Athletics Canada and is a panel member with JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) one of the largest ADR providers in the world. Justice Fraser is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. In 2020, he was named a co-recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s President’s Award, given for significant contribution to the legal profession in Canada.

On December 29, 2021, Justice Fraser was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honours in the country.

Dr. Claudette McGowan

Dr. Claudette McGowan

Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 20 years of success leading digital transformations, optimizing infrastructure, and designing new approaches that improve service and cybersecurity experiences. She has worked in the technology industry for several organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital, Bank of Montreal and TD Bank.

At BMO, Claudette served as the Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience, and at TD she was the Global Executive Officer for Protect Fusion & Cyber Experience.

Claudette is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Protexxa, a Canadian-based cybersecurity software and services company.

Claudette is an active member of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. She is the Founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo, and Chair of the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), a group of senior business leaders committed to creating platforms that break down systemic barriers within the innovation economy. McGowan recently co-led the launch of Phoenix Fire & The Firehood, a multi-million dollar women-focused angel fund and network for women in technology.

Her commitment to community is evidenced by her multiple board seats for leading organizations such as Air Canada, MaRS Discovery District, SickKids Hospital Foundation, BlackNorth, CILAR, Elevate Technology Festival, University of New Brunswick Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, and the U.S. Consul General of Toronto U.S.-Canada Innovation Council.

Claudette holds a BA from Lakehead University, MBA from Athabasca University, Hon Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, and is currently in the Computer Science PhD program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Mr. Deland Kamanga

Mr. Deland Kamanga

As Group Head for BMO Wealth Management, Mr. Deland Kamanga leads the strategic direction for a broad range of businesses including Private Wealth Canada (BMO Nesbitt Burns and BMO Private Banking), U.S. Wealth Management, BMO Global Asset Management, BMO InvestorLine and BMO Insurance.

Deland has more than 30 years of banking experience, most recently as Head, Global Markets within BMO Capital Markets, providing markets-based solutions to BMO’s corporate, institutional and government clients. He is a member of BMO’s Executive Committee and also serves on the board of InvestorLine, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Deland is a dynamic senior leader who strongly advocates for causes within BMO and in his community. He is a proud champion of diversity and participates in a variety of BMO’s employee groups and initiatives, including BMO Black Professionals Network Canada, which he founded as an executive sponsor. Deland received the 2021 Catalyst Champion Award in recognition of his trailblazing contributions to advancing women and championing inclusion in the workplace. He serves on the BMO Leadership Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Deland is a member of the SickKids Board of Trustees and SickKids Foundation in Toronto and serves on the board of Women in Capital Markets, the Jackie Robinson Foundation as Director and as Co-Chair for BMO’s Employee Giving Campaign. He is also a dedicated mentor to young professionals, inspiring them to bring their very best to the workplace and motivating them to achieve their career goals.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mr. Stanley Julien

Mr. Stanley Julien

Stanley Julien, a well-respected banking professional, was born in Trinidad and later relocated to Montreal, Canada, at the age of 7, under the guidance of his determined mother. As the youngest of eight siblings, Stanley drew inspiration from the success of his family members and the vibrant cultural environment of the Montreal-based Caribbean Black immigrant community.

In his formative years at the Negro Community Centre, a cultural cornerstone in the Montreal Black community, Stanley cultivated a strong sense of pride in his heritage. Mentored by elders, he was taught math, English, piano, and African history, shaping his commitment to community development and fostering a deep appreciation for assisting others. Stanley himself started teaching young people English, math and African history at the Umoja day camps he once attended as a child.

Presently serving as the Head of the Special Accounts Management Unit – Canada at BMO Bank of Montreal, Stanley leads a team dedicated to optimizing economic returns, restructuring distressed businesses, and safeguarding and expanding assets within his purview.

His extensive banking career includes noteworthy roles such as Regional Vice- President – Commercial Banking, Atlantic Provinces Division, and Managing Director – Credit Structuring, Corporate Finance Division.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Stanley has been actively involved in community volunteer activities, demonstrating a passion for coaching and mentoring young individuals. In 1997, he co-founded the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) and served as its president in 1999. The organization is committed to encouraging young talent to consider the financial services industry as a viable career option, fostering professional development among its members, and advancing financial literacy within the black community.

From 2005 to 2010, Stanley chaired the BBPA National Scholarship Fund, overseeing the distribution of over $1 million in scholarships annually to more than 150 black students across Canada. His dedication to community development earned him the prestigious Planet Africa Award in 2007.

In 2022, Stanley was honoured as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Canadians by Afroglobal Television. He actively serves on several volunteer boards, notably as a founding patron of the Blackhurst Cultural Centre, a non-profit hub and destination that provides opportunities to experience the rich culture and history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry. Stanley played a pivotal role in securing a substantial $750,000 donation from BMO to the Centre in 2023.

Additionally, he is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the Insolvency Institute of Canada, and serves as the co-executive sponsor of the Black Professional Network within Bank of Montreal. In a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, (Christine Ross-Julien), Stanley established an annual scholarship in her name in 2020. Awarded to two Black university or college students pursuing degrees across various fields, the scholarship reflects his mother's belief in the paramount importance of education.

Stanley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Concordia University, an MBA from Dalhousie University, and is recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Married to Karen for over 30 years, they share the joy of raising two adult children, Anisah and Akil.

Dr. Pamela Appelt, OD

Dr. Pamela Appelt, OD

Dr. Appelt was born in St. Mary, Jamaica, and attended high school and college at West Indies College in Mandeville, Manchester. She studied Microbiology and Biochemistry in London, England and in 1966 attended McGill University where she worked as a researcher in medical biochemistry for several years. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy.

In 1979, she moved to Oakville, Ontario with her husband. In 1987, she was appointed as Canada’s first female Afro-Canadian Court of Canadian Citizenship judge where she served for 11 years.

The major themes in her life are helping children and families live better lives, and speaks often to groups, schools and organizations on the topics of religious human rights, violence against women and children, and issues that affect immigrants and visible minority women.

She has served a five-year appointment by the Province of Ontario as an adjudicator with the Custody Review and the Child and Family Services Review Boards. In 2007, Dr. Appelt was appointed to the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Review Tribunal.

In 2020 Dr. Appelt was asked to serve as Chair of the COVID Community Advisory Group for SickKids-led largescale antibody testing and data collection study to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Black Canadian communities.

Dr. Appelt has been active in numerous local and national organizations including the Board of the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Community Foundation of Oakville, the Healthy Community Funders of Halton, the Christian Women’s Club, the Ontario Black History and the Canadian Multiculturalism Council. She is a founding member of the Black Business and Professional Association and the Harry Jerome Awards and Scholarship Fund. She is a founding member of the Black-Jewish dialogue of B’Nai Brith Canada, a member of the Board of the Yee Hong Geriatric Centre in Scarboro, Ontario and a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Public Policy and Religion in Washington, D C. She is past Chair and Director of the Harborfront Corporation in Toronto, and serves on the Board for the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic development, and the Harmony Movement of Canada. She is the patron of the Viola Desmond Awards at Ryerson University

Over the years Dr. Appelt has supported her country of birth. She presently acts as an advisor to the Minister, Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport and serves as a director of the Institute of Jamaica. She is an advisor to the President, Northern Caribbean University and a patron for PACE (project for advancement of childhood education) in Jamaica and Canada and a director of the Institute of Jamaica.

Dr. Appelt resides in Oakville, Ontario where, in addition to her service to others, she enjoys painting and cooking for her grandchildren.

Mr. Raj Kothari

Mr. Raj Kothari

Raj Kothari was a Partner and Vice Chair of PwC Canada. Raj served as Managing Partner for Greater Toronto at PwC until December 31, 2017 and was a member of PwC Canada’s Extended Leadership Team until June 30, 2018. He also served as the National Asset and Wealth Management Leader, Global Transformation Leader for Asset and Wealth Management Assurance Practice, and as founding board member of PwC’s Global Service Delivery Centre in India.
Raj’s professional and business experience, over 40 years, spans Canada, the United Kingdom, and India, In Canada, he specialized in advising clients in the asset management and fund industry. His experience also includes banking, insurance, trading and manufacturing businesses, and IPOs and Secondary Offerings.
Raj has served on various working committees in the Investment Management Industry at the Ontario Securities Commission and at the Canadian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Raj was an early pioneer and promoter of “Doing business in India” and assisted Canadian asset management companies in getting the Foreign Institutional Investor registrations in India, and also assisted Canadian corporations in determining their entry strategies in India and obtaining approvals for Foreign Direct Investment.
Raj graduated from the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA from CASS Business School at the City, University of London. He also qualified as a chartered accountant in both Canada and the UK. Raj also completed the Directors’ Certification Program at Harvard Business School.
Raj currently serves on the board of IMCO (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario), a $70-billion pension plan in Canada; Jarislowky Fraser and MD Growth Funds, both subsidiaries of Scotiabank; on the Independent Review Committee (IRC) of Brompton Funds; and as Advisor to a Private Family Office.
Active within the community, Raj has served as President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, Chaired the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Endowment Foundation and served on various boards, including Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship / Students in Free Enterprise-Canada (ENACTUS), Duke of Edinburgh Awards–Ontario, Harvard Business School Club Toronto, Pearson College of the Pacific, Artscape, the Stratford Festival and Soulpepper Theatre, and the Ontario Arts Foundation.
Raj was also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and a member of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) President’s Advisory Council.
Raj has been an active fundraiser and chaired: the Stratford Express, Stratford's single largest fundraising event for three years; "India, The Living Arts" Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa; “Diwali, A Night To Shine” from 2012-2014 and 2017-2022 for the University Health Network (UHN); and Soulpepper Theatre’s largest fundraising event in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the UHN Foundation, and on the boards of the University Health Network, UHN Foundation, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Air Canada

Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.
The carrier was created by the Government of Canada in 1937, at which time it was known as Trans-Canada Air Lines, making it among the oldest airlines in the world. Early on in its history, the carrier began service to the West Indies and Caribbean region, which today remains a very important market for Air Canada.
In 1948, using its new North Star aircraft, Trans-Canada began twice-weekly service flying a circuit from Montreal to Nassau-Kingston-Port of Spain, with Barbados added to the schedule the following year. The region featured prominently in the development of the airline from its earliest days, when it was much smaller and only flew about 530,000 passengers a year – the same amount it now carries in less than four days.
The airline’s service to the Caribbean expanded steadily as the airline evolved into a privately owned, Canadian global champion. This growth reflects not only the demand from Canadian travellers seeking warm weather during the harsh Canadian winter, but also the deep and longstanding family, business and trade relations existing between Canada and the region.
Air Canada prides itself on being an economic driver in the communities it serves. It supports the tourism industry by offering 525 hotels across the Caribbean through Air Canada Vacations, but its activities extend far beyond this. Along with cargo carried on its regular flights, Air Canada also operates cargo freighters to the region. In 2023, Air Canada carried about 7,000 tonnes of freight to-and-from Caribbean markets. The majority was imports to Canada, and the trade included shipments from Canada such as manufactured goods and e-commerce items, and imports such as pharmaceuticals and fruit, herbs and other perishables.
This past winter the airline flew to 28 Caribbean destinations and operated 320 flights weekly. For more than 75 years, Air Canada has served the region, and is committed to deepening furthering this already strong relationship.
Furthermore, for three years, Air Canada has been proud to partner with the University of West Indies, contributing to the success of the UWI’s Toronto Benefit Gala. We recognize exceptional Canadian Caribbean nationals, supporting scholarships for UWI students facing financial challenges. Air Canada is committed to our partnership and supporting the UWI and its students as they achieve new heights.

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