Who is on the Gift Funds Canada Board?
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. During her senior executive years, she was honored by serving a six-year term 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, Museum of Health Care at Kingston, Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation and The Ballytobin Foundation.Close
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 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.Close
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 2016, 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.Close
Ron Southward, a seasoned financial administrator, is currently the Managing Partner of Benefits By Design Inc, an Administration Benefits Agency with over 90 employees coordinating benefits for over 4000 companies and offices in Kingston, Toronto and Vancouver. Prior to this, Ron founded Balanced Planning Investments Corp., a national mutual funds dealer growing it to represent over 300 licensed mutual fund representatives overseeing in excess of a billion dollars in assets. He exited when he sold the business to a publicly traded company.
Ron has been an active volunteer throughout his life, from his involvement in provincial politics in riding associations to provincial party board of directors he gives back to his local home of Kingston. On the business side, he has volunteered his time as the president or chairman of organizations spanning the Kingston Life Underwriters, Kingston Rotary Club, National Director of LIMAC, Kingston Seniors Association and now currently as the Chairman of Gift Funds Canada.
He has traveled as a noted thought leader on Life Insurance Sales Management – awarded “Sales Manager of the Year” by Mackenzie Financial – to colleagues across Canada. Ron has also authored, “The Gold is in the Rainbow”, a non-fiction focused on financial planning through the life cycle.Close