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Board of Directors

David Kassie – Board Chair
David Kassie – Board Chair

David Kassie is Chairman of the Board of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. David was Principal, Chairman and CEO of Genuity Capital Markets [November 2004 to May 2010] at which time Genuity was acquired by Canaccord Genuity Financial. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC World Markets and the Vice Chairman of CIBC [from 1979 – 2004].

David has extensive experience as an advisor, underwriter and principal. He sits on a number of corporate boards and is on The Advisory Board of Omers Ventures. David is actively involved in community and charitable organizations and is on the Boards of the Ivey School of Business, the Toronto International Film Festival Group and formerly on the Board of the Hospital for Sick Children.

David holds a B.Comm. (Honours) in Economics from McGill University, 1977 and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, 1979.

David is a member of the Baycrest Centre Board of Directors. Mr. Kassie is Baycrest’s Vice Chair and is also a member of its Governance and Management Resources & Compensation Committees.

Ilse Treurnicht
Ilse Treurnicht

Ilse Treurnicht was CEO of MaRS from 2005 to 2017, a 1.5-million-sq.-ft. innovation hub located in Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate, scale and diffuse innovation in the areas of health, energy & environment, finance & commerce, and work & learning. MaRS supports innovators and entrepreneurs building high-impact growth businesses, offering specialized infrastructure as well as access to critical talent, capital and customer networks.

Previously, Ilse was CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, and has been an entrepreneur and executive in a number of emerging technology companies. She is an active member of Canada’s innovation community. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and serves on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and the Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Ilse has been Chair of the Board of Triphase Accelerator Corporation since 2011, an organization that acquires promising cancer therapies and accelerates their development from pre-IND to clinical proof-of-concept, leveraging deep relationships with world-class scientists, clinicians and business professionals with access to state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities.

Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Barry Cracower
Barry Cracower

Barry Cracower is the former CEO of Baycrest Global Solutions and a senior executive with solid marketing and management credentials. As founder and president of Rexall Pharmacy and Vice President of the Katz Group, he was instrumental in developing the organization into Canada’s second largest drug store chain.

Barry has extensive experience in the retail sector where he was founder of the Steals People, Canada’s first retail computer store. In addition Mr. Cracower was senior Merchandise Manager of the T. Eaton Co. and vice president of the General Electric Brand at CAMCO. Currently, as the President of Marketing Alternatives he does consulting to consumer product and service companies.

He is a seasoned board executive currently serving on the boards of Dominion Citrus Limited, The Heart and Stroke Foundation and The Partnership for Stroke Recovery Research, where he is Chair. In addition to Baycrest, the Partnership includes other hospital research centres from across the country. He also serves on two private company boards.

Barry has a BCom from Sir George Williams University (Concordia) in Montreal and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in N.Y.C and has received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Barry is a member of the Baycrest Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as Treasurer and Secretary, as well as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee.

Ellis Jacob
Ellis Jacob

Ellis Jacob has 21 years’ experience in the motion picture exhibition industry. In his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cineplex Entertainment, he leads Canada’s largest motion picture exhibition company. Prior to the acquisition of Famous Players and the creation of Cineplex Entertainment, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cineplex Galaxy LP. In 1999 he co-founded Galaxy Entertainment Inc. Before founding Galaxy, Ellis represented Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc as Integration Consultant from September 1998 to the summer of 1999. From 1987 to 1998, Ellis held various positions with Cineplex Odeon Corporation culminating in the role of Chief Operating Officer. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is an FCA and CMA.

Ellis is a Director of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Toronto International Film Festival. He is a Director of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in the United States and a member of NATO’s Executive & Finance Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee for Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. and a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee for Dundee Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Governors for Mount Sinai Hospital.

Ellis is a member of the Board of Directors for Baycrest Centre and serves as Chair of its Commercialization Committee. In addition, he is a member of Baycrest’s Finance & Audit and Strategic Planning Committees.

Joelle Faulkner
Joelle Faulkner

Joelle Faulkner is President, CEO and co-founder of Area One Farms, an agricultural finance company that partners with best-in-class farm operators to purchase farmland and build Canadian family farms. Through Area One Farms, Joelle has established numerous successful farm partnerships across Canada.

She is a Rhodes Scholar, a Fulbright Scholar and was named a Future Leader in Canada's Most Powerful Women: the Top 100.

Joelle built her first farming business at 17 and, prior to starting Area One Farms, held various positions in global private equity, consulting, and investment banking firms. She holds degrees in chemical engineering, business, and law.

David Polsuns
David Polsuns

David Posluns serves as Chairman and Managing Director of Cedarpoint Investments Inc., a private equity and alternative investments management firm. Mr. Posluns is also the founder at wz Ventures Inc. Mr. Posluns is a Co-founder and Partner at T4G Limited and serves as its Chairman. He has developed and financed Weston Road Self Storage Limited, Adelaide Self Storage Limited, and CaseFunding Inc., a specialty finance firm. Mr. Posluns serves as Director of 4tell Solutions, LLC. He sits on the board of directors of Case Funding, Wishabi Inc., an online shopping technology company. Mr. Posluns serves on the advisory committees of Newbury Ventures in San Francisco, California, Greenstone Venture Partners in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Delta Ventures in Herzliya, Israel. He is a member of the investment adviser committee of the Jewish Federation of Toronto Endowment Fund, and of the Baycrest Hospital Foundation. Mr. Posluns received his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School in 1982, and his Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago in 1984. Mr. Posluns is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation program.
Noah Godfrey
Noah Godfrey

Mr. Noah Godfrey is a Founder of Checkout 51, a mobile app that provides shoppers with a list of offers (coupons) and then gives them money back when they upload a photo of a receipt that proves they purchased products on the list. Previously, Noah was a Partner at Crystal Clear Vision, a premium LASIK surgery company in US that leverages referrals from Walmart Vision Centers.

Noah also co-founded GigPark (www.gigpark.com), an online social media platform that allows users to find local businesses through recommendations from friends. In August 2009, GigPark was acquired by Canpages, the largest independent directories publisher in Canada (since acquired by Yellow Pages Group). Prior to GigPark, Noah was the Founding Publisher of Dose, a national daily newspaper and digital media business backed by CanWest.

With an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, Noah has experience in corporate strategy / business development at both Time Warner and MTV Networks in New York. He started his career as a media investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) in New York and grew up as a child actor in Toronto.

Noah is married with three children and works with a few non-profits, which includes his role as a Co-Chair for the SixPoints Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund.

Anthony Melman
Anthony Melman

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Melman is the Chairman & CEO of Nevele Inc. Previously, Dr. Melman was the President & CEO of Acasta Capital, where he led the acquisition of Apollo, JemPak, and Stellwagen.

Tony was previously Managing Director of Onex Corporation until January 2006 having joined the company at its inception in 1984. During the 22 years that he spent at Onex, He made an enormous contribution to its success, creating billions of dollars in value for the company’s shareholders and investment partners.

Prior to joining Onex Corporation, Tony was Senior Vice President of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in charge of worldwide merchant banking, project financing, acquisitions and other specialized financing activities from 1977 to 1984. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1977, he had extensive merchant banking experience in South Africa and the U.K.

Tony is the past Chair of Baycrest Global Solutions and Baycrest Health Sciences. He served as a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of CP Rail, having joined with Bill Ackman/Pershing Square and the ‘Directors for Change’. He was previously on the Board of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Celestica Inc.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of The Witwatersrand, a Master of Business Administration degree (gold medalist) from the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of The Witwatersrand.

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