Board of Directors
Meet the great stewards of Square Circle
BOARD MEMBER - PRESIDENT/CHAIR
Michael Young is a Global Director in the Industry Go-To-Market team for Consumer Goods. Primarily responsible for the strategy behind the ongoing evolution of the Consumer Goods Cloud at Salesforce together with the Cross-cloud scenarios that enable Consumer Good customers to get the maximum value from their salesforce solution. After escaping the depths of academia doing physics and mathematics in basement offices, Michael started his “real world” career in business valuation consulting working in public sector asset valuations. He then snapped out out it and went to work for SAP as a business transformation consultant working on Incentive Compensation strategies and technology for fortune 100 companies. After catching the cloud bug by helping launch SAP's cloud sales suite, Michael made is first foray at Salesforce as a solution engineer where he worked as an early evangelist for everything AI&ML. This led him to be recruited by a Private Equity firm where he led digital transformation initiatives working at the board level to drive business results through technology in the existing portfolio and executing transactions (including carve-outs, platform investments, growth strategies, etc) to welcome new members to the family.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
Judy has an extensive background in overseeing the growth of not-for-profit organizations in the public and private sectors. She is a strong innovator, leader, risk taker and bridge-builder. Judy's peers have recognized her entrepreneurial and leadership skills with awards from Canadian Women in Communications, Women In Film and Television and Luminato. With a background in international development and arts administration, Judy has always looked for opportunities to support women. With strong production and technology skills, she has mentored numerous accomplished women, from unknown artists, to well known icons like Veronica Tennant and Karen Hines who, in mid-career, have transitioned from appearing on stage and in front of the camera into the director's chair, resulting in award-winning films. After attending the CWC Digital Media Career Accelerator in 2004, Judy had the groundbreaking insight to commission shorts to be shot with and screened on mobile devices, in addition to playing on traditional screens. She established, along with the National Film Board, the innovative and award-winning Shorts in Motion initiative in 2006. This program, part of Judy’s mission to build a strong creative community of women in the short film genre, created micro-movies for video cell phones while celebrating Canadian artists, well in advance of current mobile video platforms. Her specialties include creating new public-private partnerships, public and private-sector grants, television, film, and new media funding and production.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
Gallant Law is an award-winning passionate marketing professional with over 15 years of experience translating consumer insights into impactful B2C and B2B strategies for tier 1 organizations. Currently as the Director of Sponsorship Marketing Planning and Strategy at Scotiabank, Gallant oversees the strategic marketing plan development for the bank’s sports, arts, and philanthropic sponsorship portfolio across Canada to achieve business and brand objectives. Prior to Scotiabank, Gallant was the head of brand, sponsorship and product marketing at Visa Canada. His responsibilities included strategic marketing planning, national advertising campaigns, promotions, sponsorship marketing, market research and brand management. He also represented Canada on the Visa International Sponsorship Committee. Gallant’s extensive marketing and sponsorship experience have included integrated campaigns and activations for the Olympics and Paralympics, FIFA World Cup, Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, CFL, marathons, Canadian Bobsleigh and Skeleton teams, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Just for Laughs Festival, Luminato, Stratford Festival, Canadian Film Centre, Hot Docs Film Festival, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
Michael McGrath joined the Great Gulf Group of Companies in 2002, and soon after, Tucker HiRise Construction Inc. was established. Part of the Great Gulf Group of Companies, Tucker HiRise was formed as a construction management firm specializing in the development and construction of high-density, mixed-used projects. Under the leadership of Mr. McGrath and his team, Tucker HiRise has become a leader in this category, providing development management services, pre-construction services and construction management services for complex high-profile residential and mixed-use construction ventures. The firm provides management and expertise to some of the largest developers in the GTA, and surpassed the $2 billion mark of projects under construction in 2016. Mr. McGrath received his Bachelor of Technology degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University and began his career with a major Toronto developer before starting his own construction management firm. He introduced TLogic (Building Information Modeling) system for design development, an innovative method of using state-of-the-art 3D software to seamlessly bridge communication among the architectural, engineering and construction disciplines.
Debra Brown is in a league all of her own. She’s a talented choreographer who has worked with Cirque du Soleil, artists including Shakira, Madonna and Bjork, the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric, and plenty of others. She has won countless awards and believes in expanding the reach of artistic villages. Most recently, Debra won the Outstanding Choreography Emmy for CIRQUE DU SOLEIL performance at THE 74TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS. She also created and guided Madonna’s aerial feats for her Drowned World Tour (for which she was also nominated for Outstanding Choreography at the 54th Annual Emmy Awards) and col- laborated on Bjork’s “Cocoon” music video, that continues to be highly rotated on TV airwaves. Debra now spends her time shuttling between Europe and North America alternating between film and theatrical projects. She has most recently choreographed for the blockbuster films Van Helsing starring Hugh Jackman and Catwoman featuring Halle Berry.
Adanette Frederick holds a BA in Political Science. In her professional role she is a communicator, an engager and a bridge builder. Adanette has acquired experience from both the Province of Ontario, where she worked under two Provincial ministers, and the Federal government, where she worked in the Parliamentary and Hill Offices of a senior cabinet Minster. Her passion lies in making connections with Government so that organizations and businesses may have a chance to do more in helping their communities. Working for the Federal government has awarded her the pleasure of helping many organizations, businesses and Canadians connect to government in a way that has brought immense satisfaction to all. Finally, Adanette believes in “paying it forward” and making it a priority to provide guidance to youths and young adults. As a communicator and engager, she has proven that she has developed the skills of knowing how to make connections, build trust and win influence.
Marc has been in education for over 25 years, serving as a teacher for grades 1–8; fifteen of those years have been as vice-principal and principal. His vision to build a foundation for kids and closing academic, mental and physical gaps has been the key to all of his students’ success. Working with children is his passion and creating opportunities for them, an even bigger passion. "Together, we empower our children to develop and grow for the future and not only create a culture of responsible students, but a culture of responsible learners." Marc Green attended Your University from 1989 - 1994 earning his Honours in Philosophy and Business. He then attended the University of Toronto from 1994 - 1995.
Joining the Square Circle family as a volunteer in 2016, she is also a parent of children who have benefitted greatly from being part of the Square Circle community. Mentoring and supporting youth has been a passion for Krista who is a Past Chair of TDSB Student Nutrition Advisory Committee, a Past Chair of the local School Council, and serves on the MLSE Launch Pad’s Research Advisory Committee as an advocate for Safe Space for Toronto Youth. Krista is also the Founder and primary at Krista Taylor: Advocates for Student Success, where she works with parents to empower them to effectively advocate for their children around safe space and education. A Bachelor of Commerce, from Ryerson University in Toronto, has offered Krista the perfect background as an entrepreneur. Krista is the owner SocksForSoreFeet.com, an international distribution company based in Toronto Canada focused on mobility and drug-free pain management through Wearable NeuroTech. She is the founder of the ‘Women of VoxxLife’, a group focused on empowering women entrepreneurs who also distribute wearable NeuroTech. Despite the demands of work and family, Krista is also the host and producer of a video series: 1. Wearable NeuroTech Real People Real Results & Women of 2. VoxxLife’s Girl Talk.