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Board of Directors

The MLSE Foundation would like to thank the Board of Directors for their support, guidance, passion and commitment in ensuring that the Foundation provides kids, of all abilities, access to sport and recreational opportunities.

Aris Kaplanis Chair, MLSE Foundation

Aris Kaplanis has more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Teranet Inc., having assumed the helm of the company when it was founded in 1991. Mr. Kaplanis earned an honours B.A. in Economics and Communications from Heidelberg College in Ohio and completed advanced studies in Business Administration at the University of Akron and the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Kaplanis has been the Honourary Chancellor of Assumption University (Windsor, Ontario) since 2005 and received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University in 2000. He is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded for making a significant contribution to Canada, the community, and fellow Canadians.

Vijay Kanwar President, KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres

Vijay Kanwar is President and Chief Financial Officer of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres, North America’s largest provider of nuclear cardiology services and KMH MRI and Health Care Centres. Mr. Kanwar is also President and Director of Lambardar Inc., and founder President, Transamerica Medical Inc., (do you mean founder president of Transamerica?) a medical supply company specializing in bulk purchasing arrangements. He serves on several boards and advisory groups (for what?). He received his professional Mechanical Engineering Degree from India and MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Mr. Kanwar was the recipient of the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Health Sciences in Ontario and also the recipient of New Pioneer Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year 2009.

Lynda Bowles Retired Partner, Deloitte

A recently retired Deloitte audit partner in the Public Sector group, Lynda co-authored the Deloitte publications "The effective Not for Profit Board" and "Terms of reference for a Not for Profit Audit Committee.” Lynda was a 2010 Women of Influence award winner and has served on many non-profit boards.

Freda Colbourne President, Colbourne Consulting

As a public relations and philanthropic strategy specialist, Freda previously served as the CEO of Edelman PR. Currently, Freda is an independent PR consultant for leading Canadian philanthropists and Imagine Canada Caring Companies. Freda is a graduate of the Board Governance program at the Rotman School of Business.

Chris Morley Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Labatt Director at Large

Chris is a senior business executive who has spent his career at Queen’s Park advancing from legislative intern to the Chief of Staff to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (this is unclear). He is recognized for making Ontario a more attractive place for business; his many initiatives include creating stability in Ontario’s electricity supply, the introduction of the HST, reduction of corporate taxes and public-private partnerships in infrastructure.

Joel Rose Partner, Aird and Berlis, LLP

Joel Rose is a partner and member of Aird and Berlis’ Corporate/Commercial Group and an active member of the Regulatory Team, who provides advice to the Gaming, Transportation, and Energy industries. Mr. Rose was selected by his peers to be included in the 2008 edition of “The Best Lawyers in Canada” under the specialty of Gaming Law. Joel also appears in “The Canadian Legal Expert Directory,” a guide to leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in Transportation Law.

Walter Schneider President, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc.

In 1980, Walter co-founded RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc. and now serves as President of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc., RE/MAX of New England Inc., and other real-estate businesses. Walter is a big sports fan and is considered an innovator in the real-estate sales industry. RE/MAX is a valued Corporate Partner of MLSE.

Wendel Clark Former Leafs Captain, Ex-Officio Director

One of the most beloved players in Toronto Maple Leafs history, Wendel was Toronto’s first choice, picked first overall in the 1985 Entry Draft. He captained the Maple Leafs from 1991 to 1994 and served three different shifts with the team. He retired after the playoffs in 2000 at the age of 33. Wendel is currently employed by the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club as a community representative, representing the club in all areas of Marketing, Community Relations and Alumni Relations.

Darryl Sittler Former Leafs Captain, Ex-Officio Director

One of the greatest players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leafs uniform, Darryl was also Toronto’s first choice, picked eighth overall in the 1970 Amateur Draft. He played 844 games with the Leafs and also played in Philadelphia and Detroit. Mr. Sittler retired after the 1984-1985 season, and in 1989, he was honoured with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He returned to the Leafs organization in August 1991 to become a representative in the Community Relations department.

Drew Abbott Senior Vice President TD Wealth Management

As a Senior Vice President and Investment Advisor, Drew has been in the investment industry for more than 22 years, and has been ranked among the top 25 Investment Advisors in Canada at TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.
Drew has extensive charity and volunteer experience dealing with a broad spectrum of charitable organizations. He has lent his time to the Sick Kids Hospital telethon, the Children’s Aid Society and the Childhood Cancer Foundation, just to name a few.

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MLSE Foundation directly impacts more than 600 children yearly in our Hockey In the Neighborhood and Kickstart Soccer program.