Who is on the CGFCF Board?
Ron Southward is a seasoned financial administrator. For over 20 years he has been an owner and Managing Partner of Benefits by Design which serves the employee benefit needs of over 4000 companies across Canada. They have 90 employees with offices located in Kingston, Toronto and Vancouver.
Ron has also been involved at senior management levels within the mutual fund and life insurance industries. He has extensive community involvement across Canada. Ron also authored, “The Gold is in the Rainbow”, a non-fiction focused on financial planning through the life cycle.
Michelle Podhy, a Chartered Professional Accountant (recently retired in 2016) was formerly with KPMG Kingston as the Office Managing Partner where she was an audit partner for the past 20 years. She completed a six-year term up to June 2015 with KPMG Canada’s Board of Directors. A fiercely loyal executive, she was with KPMG for 35 years since her graduation from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree.
Michelle has extensive experience in auditing public sector and not-for-profit organizations. This experience involves all aspects of audit planning, control and reporting, including liaison with audit committees, councils and boards of directors for large public sector clients in higher education, health care, municipal, foundations and other not-for-profits. Michelle was the client engagement partner for St. Lawrence College for 5 years up to the year ending March 31, 2013.
She has always lived in the Kingston area and has many years of experience working as a volunteer for many not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves on boards for Providence Care, St. Lawrence College, Museum of Health Care at Kingston, Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation and The Ballytobin Foundation.
Carole Chouinard is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practicing in the area of taxation law.
Carole's practice involves transactional work, as well as tax planning for corporations and individuals. She advises on the tax aspects of transactions, including share and asset sales of corporations and reorganizations of corporations, the structuring and formation of corporations, trusts, partnerships and tax-exempt entities and estate planning. She has experience in structuring business ventures and transactions for both taxable and tax-exempt entities and is also the co-leader of Gowling WLG’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations Practice Group advising tax-exempt organizations, as well as donors, on matters pertaining to tax and corporate law.
She has taught tax law at the University of Ottawa both as a visiting and full time professor. Carole also has several years of experience as a Rulings Officer with the Income Tax Rulings and Interpretations Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency. She frequently participates as a speaker in continuing legal education programs.
Judith has dedicated her career to Queens University and the Kingston area. For four decades, Queen's has been an important part of Judith's life and vice versa. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in French, and taught at Queen's for several years. Prior to joining the Office of Advancement in 1993, Judith worked at the Queen's Quarterly.
Judith’s time in the Office of Advancement was primarily focused on leadership roles. From 2008 to her retirement in 2017, she served as Associate Vice-Principal (Advancement), in addition to her responsibilities as Executive Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving.
In celebration of Judith's commitment to Queens a bursary was established in her name in 2013 by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader. The Judith Brown Bursary at the Ban Righ Centre is awarded to female students who have experienced an interruption in their formal education and who are registered in any Faculty or School.
John Sheridan, an experienced blue chip C-Suite executive, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ballard Power Systems Inc. for eight years before retiring in 2014 after successfully delivering the transformation of Ballard from an R&D organization to a global leader in clean energy fuel cell products, services and IP Licensing. Prior to Ballard, John had a prestigious 24-year career with Bell Canada in various leadership roles culminating with a three-year term as President and Chief Operating Officer ending in 2003.
Active and passionate about his community, he has served as the Chairman of the United Way of Greater Toronto. He has served as a Director on numerous corporate boards such as; Ballard Power Systems, Dantherm Power, Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, MTS, NewPage Corp, ATS Photowatt, Bell Sygma UK, Medialinx, Sun Media Corp and Midway Gold
Mr. Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, a B.A. degree in Economics from Wilfred Laurier University and an M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University. He has also completed Executive Development Programs at Western, Queen's and University of Southern California and Harvard Business School.