Alan Spacek (Chair)
Mr. Spacek built his career as a respected entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses, and continues to serve as an active member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA). Mr. Spacek was elected Mayor of Kapuskasing in 2006 and was acclaimed for two more terms, retiring in December 2018. During his time as Mayor, he was a member of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) for twelve years, serving as President for eight years until August 2018. He has served on numerous boards and executives including Kapuskasing and District Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association (NEOMA) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
Ms. Janice Baker is the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Mississauga. She has a broad background in both the private and public sectors gained through 29 years of municipal government and fiscal administration experience. Prior to joining the City of Mississauga in 1999, Ms. Baker served as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Commissioner of Corporate Services and then Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Oshawa, Ontario. In 2010, she was inducted into the WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of a number of awards. Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She currently serves on several Boards and Committees including the Living Arts Centre, the Healthy Cities Stewardship Centre and the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.
Mr. Hughes is the Auditor General for the City of Ottawa. He has been engaged in the fields of finance, financial management, audit, fraud investigation and internal control review for more than 25 years. Mr. Hughes has worked in public accounting, management consulting and taught in the areas of audit, internal control and finance in private industry and federal and municipal government. Mr. Hughes has earned a CMA, an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Mr. Rossini recently retired as the City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer. As one of three deputies reporting to the City Manager, he was responsible for leading corporate services and the financial stewardship of Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Rossini was the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton and the Director of Finance for the City of Mississauga. He also held other progressively responsible finance-related positions at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Region of Halton. Throughout his career, Mr. Rossini has been instrumental in various intergovernmental initiatives with the Province of Ontario, the Regional/Single Tier Treasurers group and other municipalities on matters such as municipal grants, service and funding realignments, taxation reform and infrastructure funding.
Mr. Sendzik was elected Mayor of St. Catharines in 2014. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, where he led the evolution of the chamber into the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest in Ontario. Prior to this role, Mr. Sendzik founded Vine Publishing, which he sold in 2005. He holds a Masters Degree from McGill University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Mr. Sendzik is a past board member of the LCBO and a current board member with Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital and Niagara College Board of Trustees. In 2008, Mr. Sendzik was awarded the Bernie Gillespie Award by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as top executive of the year and is a recipient of Niagara’s top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award.
Mr. Christensen is the Broker & Managing Director of the Christensen Real Estate Group, a real estate brokerage located in Toronto and has over 35 years’ experience in Law Enforcement, Securities Regulation and Real Estate. He is a licensed Broker, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, International Real Estate Specialist, and Certified Negotiation Expert. A former police officer with the Toronto Police Services, he is a former Certified Fraud Examiner and also previously held the position of Senior Manager of Investigations - Enforcement Branch at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he served as the OSC liaison to the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario Task Force responsible for investigating organized criminal activity in the Capital Markets. He has served on the Arbitration Committee at the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and as past Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee at the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). An active volunteer in his community, Mr. Christensen was the Chairperson of the Toronto Police 22 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, President of the Humber Valley Village Residents Association, and a member of The Hospital for Sick Children’s Circle of Care.
Nazmin is a Managing Director of Capital Raising with BentallGreenoak where she is responsible for new product introductions, investor relations, and institutional asset growth in Canada. Previously she was a Managing Director at TD Greystone Asset Management where she was responsible for enhancing the client/consultant journey, building their marketing intelligence capabilities, promoting and protecting their brand, and growing key asset classes. Nazmin has also held senior management positions with Morguard Investments Limited, Carpedia Group International and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms. Hodgson is a Barrister and Solicitor and owner of Bev Hodgson Law, specializing in corporate commercial, real estate, and estate planning law in the Niagara Falls area. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Hodgson is actively involved with many charitable organizations in the Niagara Region, both as a fundraiser and board member.
Mr. Redmond is a sales representative with Royal LePage In Touch Realty Inc., and a retired Ontario Land Surveyor with over 40 years of experience in property ownership and evaluation. He holds designations from the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Redmond has worked with Ontario Hydro, and served as President of Holstead and Redmond Land Surveyors, where he led the organization towards an innovative technology base with projects at municipal, provincial and federal levels. He also founded an Internet business serving major financial organizations and early adopters of online technology. Mr. Redmond is an active volunteer, serving on various committees and boards advocating for innovation and excellence in the business community.
Mr. Roozbeh Farhadi is a Project Manager of Design and Implementation at Scotiabank with many years’ experience working in the financial industry. He has helped lead business transformation projects, successful retail launches and community engagement initiatives to optimize overall efficiencies and personal and business banking solutions. Mr. Farhadi holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from York University. He is also actively involved in many not-for-profit and community organizations in Richmond Hill and the City of Toronto.