Dr. Shirley Thompson

Dr. Shirley Thompson

Dr. Shirley J. Thompson is a renowned and award-winning English composer of Jamaican descent who serves as Reader in Composition and Performance at the University of Westminster, London. Dr. Thompson’s compositional output consists of large works including symphonies, ballets, operas, concertos, and ensembles, as well as music for TV, film, and theatre.

Her co-scored ballet, PUSH, has been premiered in more than 38 countries over the last 10 years and was originally produced by Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2005. In 2002, she became the recipient of a commission to compose a large work for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Thompson composed a symphony, New Nation Rising: A London Story, which was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, as well as being performed to Queen Elizabeth II in London.

In 2004, Thompson became the first woman in Europe in forty years to compose and conduct a symphony. In 2012, the concept of A London Story was assumed for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Thompson is also the first woman to
conduct and compose music for a major BBC drama series.

Her works have been performed worldwide in places such as: LACMA Sundays Live in Los Angeles; V & A Pavillion, Cape Town, South Africa; London Coliseum, England; Theater Heilbronn, Germany; Athens Arena, Greece; Le Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland; Opera de Lyon, Theater Champs-Elysees, Odyssud Theatre, France; Teatro Comunale, (Modena); Teatro Arcimboldi (Milan); Auditorium Conciliazone di Roma (Rome); Teatro alla Fenice (Venice); San Carlo (Naples) Italy; Teatro Real (Madrid) Spain; St George’s Theatre, New Zealand; Sydney Opera House, Australia; City Center, New York, USA; Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, London; Moscow State Opera House and Marinsky Theatre, Russia.

Thompson has been developing an exciting and ground-breaking series of stage works over the last 5 years entitled Heroines of Opera. The heroines include Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Dido Elizabeth Belle and The Woman Who Refused to Dance (on the slave boat). Through these operatic works Thompson is creating for the first time in opera history, triumphant female heroes who are not femme fatales, the usual status of women in opera.

Dr. Paul Steinbok

Dr. Paul Steinbok

Dr. Paul Steinbok was born in Barbados and did his medical training at The
University of the West Indies in Jamaica. After an internship in Toronto and a
residency in Neurosurgery in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia,
Dr. Steinbok became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in
Neurosurgery in 1977. After completing a Medical Research Council of Canada
research fellowship to the University of North Carolina and Duke University
in North Carolina, he returned to Vancouver, and has been practicing as a
neurosurgeon in Vancouver since March 1979. Since 1985, he has limited his
practice to pediatric neurosurgery.

He has been Head of the Division of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Pediatric
Neurosurgery Fellowship program at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver from July 1984 until December 2013. He is
the Medical Director of the Neurosciences program. Dr. Steinbok is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, in
the Department of Surgery. He has over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks. His recent
research efforts have centered on investigating neurosurgical procedures for tethered cord syndrome in children with
urinary dysfunction, and he is leading a multicentered study in Canada and the U.S. to investigate this issue. He is also
the lead investigator in a multicentered Canadian study of thalamic tumours in children and a North American study of
eosinophilic granulomas in children. He is on the Editorial Board of Child’s Nervous System and is on the review panel
for many scientific journals.

He has been President of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN). He has been on the executive of
the Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological
Surgery and the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons. He has been invited nationally and internationally as
a visiting professor and as a guest lecturer. As a past Chair of the Education Committee of the International Society
of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dr. Steinbok has taken a major interest in international education of neurosurgeons in the
field of pediatric neurosurgery. He has organized many international courses about pediatric neurosurgery in Argentina,
Singapore, India, Morocco, Colombia, Costa Rica and China.

Dr. Wesley J. Hall

Dr. Wesley J. Hall

Mr. Wesley Hall has over twenty years of experience in corporate governance
and shareholder communications. He founded Kingsdale Shareholder Services
in 2003 to provide clients with best-in-class services for communicating with
shareholders and managing investor-relations communications.

Prior to forming Kingsdale, Wes was Vice President, National Sales, for Georgeson
Shareholder Communications Canada, and a senior manager for a major Canadian
transfer agent. Wes also held the position of Assistant Corporate Secretary at CanWest
Global Communications Corp.

Wes is a founding board member of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries
(CSCS). He remains committed to his involvement in and support of CSCS, and other corporate governance and investor
relations organizations. He is currently a director of SickKids Foundation, and Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. He is the former
Chairman of the Board of Difference Capital Financial, former Director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc., Longford
Energy and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada.

Assisted by an expert group of industry professionals, Wes leads the Kingsdale team and guides his clients through
takeover bids, proxy fights and routine shareholder meetings. He is an industry expert in proxy solicitation, depositary,
corporate governance and other shareholder related initiatives. Wes has been sought out to lead some of the highest
profile deals and proxy contests in North America. They include Tim Hortons’ $12.5 billion merger with Burger King,
Pershing Square Capital Management’s campaign to replace the board of Canadian Pacific Railway, Petro Canada’s $19
billion merger with Suncor Energy, Xstrata PLC’s $19 billion bid for Falconbridge, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce’s $19
billion bid for Inco, and Barrick Gold’s $9 billion acquisition of Placer Dome, among many others.

Other accomplishments include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award for Ontario. In 2011,
Wes successfully completed the directors education program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in
partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. He received the Institute-certified
designation, ICD.D.

Mr. Stephen Ames

Mr. Stephen Ames

Canadian Stephen Ames has enjoyed a decorated professional career. He is
a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, highlighted by a dominating victory
at the 2006 Players Championship where he won by a record-tying six stroke
margin. Stephen is the first touring professional from his native country,
Trinidad and Tobago, to compete on the PGA TOUR. In addition to his
Players Championship victory in 2006, Stephen won the 2004 Cialis Western
Open and is a two-time winner of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic
(2007, 2009).

Off the course, Stephen is committed to children and developing junior golf in both
Canada and Trinidad through the Stephen Ames Foundation. Founded in 2005,
the Stephen Ames Foundation provides funding for junior golf programs and initiatives focused on the well-being of
children. Over the years, the Foundation’s mandate has been expanded to include children’s charities, hospitals, and
hospital foundations in Canada. Annually, Stephen also hosts the CJGA Stephen Ames Cup, a cultural exchange and
Ryder Cup style tournament featuring a team of Canadian junior players versus Team Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2014, Stephen received the highest honour in Canadian golf when he was welcomed into the Canadian Golf Hall
of Fame as its 74th inductee. He was recognized not only for his outstanding play and professional career, but for his
unwavering commitment to supporting and furthering the game of golf. Ames has also been honoured for his excellence
by the Trinidad and Tobago First Citizens Sports Foundation as the recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Award (2006,
2007), and also by the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago when in 2004 he was awarded the Chaconia Medal for long and
meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago tending to promote the national welfare or strengthen the community spirit.

Stephen is currently competing on the Champions Tour, where this past season he amassed seven top-10 finishes,
including an impressive T6 finish at the season’s final event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He is the proud
father of two sons, Justin and Ryan, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Food for the Poor Inc.

Food for the Poor Inc.

ood For The Poor (FFP) was founded by Ferdinand Mahfood. His vision was instrumental
in guiding the charity as it became the most significant relief organization in the Caribbean
and Latin America. Robin Mahfood, who has extensive experience in business management
and an in-depth knowledge of the Caribbean, assumed the Presidency in 2000 and provides
the leadership for Food For The Poor during this time of unprecedented growth.

Created to help destitute people in Central America and the Caribbean, Food For The Poor has forged a spirit of
cooperation between churches of the First World and churches of the Third World. Established as a 501(c)(3) charity,
FFP collects funds from North American and European benefactors, purchases goods cost-effectively on the world
market, ships the items duty-free and arranges for their distribution to the poor through churches, missionaries and
charity organizations.

Food For The Poor follows the principle that education and self-help must fortify charity work so recipients learn
to break the cycle of poverty. FFP supports programs that teach recipients how to raise livestock and develop small
businesses, and provides agricultural assistance to independent farmers.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much
more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Founded in 1982,
the interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poorest of the poor. Thanks to its faithful donors, the organization’s
programs are providing housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise
assistance, in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.

Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has provided more than $11 billion in aid (more than half of which
was provided in the last six years) and has built more than 100,000 housing units for the destitute. From January to
June 2015, Food For The Poor constructed 5,138 housing units for families in need of safe shelter. Total fundraising
and administrative costs in 2014 comprised less than 5% of our expenses. More than 95% of all donations go directly
to programs that help the poor.

In a 2014 survey of the 50 largest U.S. charities, Forbes magazine rated Food For The Poor the seventh-largest recipient
of private support. With a charitable commitment ratio of 96%, and a fundraising efficiency of 97%, Food For
The Poor received the highest possible ratings from industry observers such as Ministry Watch, and is also proud to
meet the extensive standards of America’s most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau.

Food For The Poor’s mission is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner
that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit. The materially poor are served by local churches, clergy and
lay leaders who have been empowered and supplied with goods by Food For The Poor. The poor in spirit are renewed
by their relationship with and service to the poor through the direct ministry of teaching, encouragement and prayer.
Ultimately, FFP seeks to bring both benefactors and recipients to a closer union with the Lord.

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, is an author of non-fiction, entrepreneur,
historian, fashion designer, and community volunteer. She is the chairwoman
of Lee Tak Wai Holdings Limited, and from 1981-1995, she was also the
designer and business owner of Vivienne Poy Mode, achieving great success
in wholesale and retail across Canada, USA and Japan.

In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian heritage to be appointed to the Senate
of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and
human rights, and was instrumental in having May recognized as Asian Heritage
Month across Canada. After her retirement from the Senate of Canada in September
2012, she continues to be actively involved with communities across Canada.

Vivienne is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto, member of the Board of ORBIS (Canada), Hon. Co-chair
“For All Canadians” - Canadian Blood Services, Hon. Patron of Chinese Canadian Historical Project – Simon Fraser
University (Vancouver), National Chair of the Advisory Committee of “Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project, 1962-
2012,” Advisor to the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration Society (Vancouver), Member of the Advisory
Committee of Journal of Modern Life – Writing Study, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), National Chair of the
Chinese Canadian Campaign for “Breaking the Silence Gallery” in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg),
Hon. Patron of ExplorASIAN Festival (Vancouver) and Hon. Advisor of the Buddhist Education Foundation (Toronto).
Vivienne is a frequent global traveler who has received numerous honorary degrees and professorships from universities
in Canada, USA, China, Hong Kong and South Korea, as well as many honours and awards.

Vivienne is a wife, mother and grandmother. She always has time for her family, and loves the solitude in the Canadian

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