Our Senior Executives

 

Christoph Ott

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Global Operations Executive. Innovative, entrepreneurial leader with a keen eye for identifying business and operational improvement opportunities, defining strategies, creating advanced systems, and developing high performance teams. Equally capable in crisis and rapid growth management situations with a focus on continuous improvement, market share growth, profit enhancement, and business revitalization. Proven ability to build strong customer relationships.

Operations leader with 20+ years of experience integrating, optimizing and increasing the bottom line in the high-end Consumer Package Goods industry in Europe, Asia and North America. Includes 10+ years refining P&G Omni-channel Operations in Canada and the USA.

Gilliam Amber

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Gillian Amber is a strategic Human Resources leader with expertise providing HR guidance and advise to senior management in the financial sector. Gillian is skilled at driving cultural transformation initiatives, leading talent management programs, and fostering employee engagement. She also has a solid background in communications and is a champion at driving diversity and inclusion efforts.

Gillian was with Scotiabank for 20 years. She spent the first ten years leading the Corporate Communications function for the bank's Capital Markets business before moving into HR, where she spent the next ten years partnering with Senior Management across a broad range of employee segments.

Gillian holds an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and an Honours BA from McGill University in Philosophy.

 

Greg Kowal

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Greg is a forward thinking executive who understands how to leverage technology to grow organizations and drive success in a digital world. He has experience in both small, entrepreneurial organizations like Virgin Mobile as well as large, disciplined organizations like Bell. In each organization, he works with the executive team to establish the appropriate technology strategy, revitalize the technology team, and deliver innovative, new software products.

Most recently, Greg was the CIO of Teranet, a global leader in the digital transformation and delivery of registry services. Prior to that he was the CIO of Virgin Mobile Canada. Greg was also the SVP of IT at Bell Canada responsible for services provided to the wireless, internet, and corporate groups, and for shared services across the company. Earlier, he was the VP of IT for Bell Mobility where he led a program that transformed the existing billing, customer care, and retail systems. He also held executive roles in Nortel Networks and Imperial Oil.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.

Neissan Monadjem

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An awarded FinTech business leader with international product management experience in start-ups and corporate environments.

With a vast background in digital design, he has developed successful businesses in senior roles in product management and innovation, payment, cybersecurity and loyalty in North and South America.

Capable of identifying viable opportunities, coordinating creative product design and driving processes to fast-track banks in the incorporation of FinTech innovations. Through persuasive communication and integrity, he creates trust to promote change.
His international background and design thinking skills help transforming company culture, designing customer-centric strategies, and deploying services and products based on team-building and shared values.

 

KC Shendelman

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Senior Marketing Executive and Commercial Business Leader with 20 years of progressive experience across multiple industries, including Consumer Packaged Goods, Telecommunications and Arts/Education not-for-profit. Expertise in Strategy, Brand Building, Innovation, Loyalty, Digital and all forms of Communication and Media. Known for being a curious, passionate, collaborative, solution-oriented and engaged team player. Creates the foundation for profitable growth and tangible results, aligned with business objectives and needs from strategy to execution. Action-oriented and a creator of momentum, including the ability to coach, build, and motivate high-performing teams.

Most recently held the position of CMO at the Royal Conservatory of Music, leading Marketing, Sales, Operations and Customer Experience within the not-for-profit space. Prior to that, led Brand Communications and Marketing at Rogers and progressive Brand Management and Innovation roles in Tier-1 packaged good companies like Kellogg's, Cadbury and Canada Bread.

Lisa Coulman

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Lisa Coulman is a C-suite executive with strong financial literacy and a proven track record of solving a diverse range of financial and operational business problems for technology and media & entertainment clients. As a former Partner at PwC, Lisa obtained an in-depth understanding of industry trends, business challenges and opportunities from providing business advice to over 100 companies. Lisa has been a board member and chair of the Nominating & Governance committee for Interactive Ontario since 2016. She also is a board member and chair of the Resources and Audit committee for William Osler Health System.

 

Andrea Poptsis

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Andrea Poptsis is transformational leader who excels at bringing order to chaos. She has over 20 years experience working with high-growth businesses, ranging from start-ups to new divisions within established corporations, across a variety of industries and geographies. Most recently, she was Chief Financial Officer of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 organizing committee where her financial, administrative and operational stewardship resulted in the games being delivered significantly under budget. Prior to Invictus, she was a key member of the Province of Ontario's 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games Secretariat where she led teams in finance, risk management and operations. Working on these complex, multi-stakeholder projects, Andrea learned how to get things done within government and the broader public service. She also has extensive private sector experience including serving as CFO of Pink Tartan, working in technology and media venture capital and advising start ups on growth, financing and corporate development.

Andrea has an H.B.A. from Ivey Business School and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. She sits on two not for profit boards and is a reluctant hockey mom who loves to play tennis.

Marion Halmos

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I help CEO's, Executive Teams and boards drive defined outcomes and objectives in the private, public and not for profit sectors (profits, market share; fundraising, patient care, brand) through the lens of people. I spark transformation enabling businesses to survive and thrive in complex and disruptive situations. With substantial industry and consulting experience, I have a strong record of success helping leaders and organizations move flawlessly from vision to practical solutions with energy and passion. I connect the dots in complex situations, ask the tough questions, help people see the gaps, hear what is not said and effectively manage people and team dynamics. Key capabilities include: HR/People (organization and process design; people/talent strategies; talent management including executive coaching, leadership development, and full cycle talent management; HR function management; living the brand; volunteer engagement); Strategic and Operational planning (strategy articulation; objective cascades; change and program/ project management). Proven results in For-Profit; Not-for-Profit; Private Equity; Family Owned and Operated businesses in a variety of industries. My drive to succeed is balanced with a strong moral compass, humility, compassion and determination to see others grow and succeed. Using empathy on the "hard" side of change while bringing structure, discipline, focus to the people side of change, I provide a balanced approach to achieve results.