Allison has practiced law most of her life, and is the owner of a law firm. She recognizes the value of dance and social circus, since both promote inclusiveness, and build self-confidence and self-esteem in young people. She was a key organizer for Square Circle’s wildly successful Mask Off Masquerade in 2017, and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.
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.
Jason Zan is a Partner at Gibraltar Ventures, where he is responsible for the execution of its business strategy, managing existing venture investments, and evaluating and recommending new investments for the fund.
With over 20 years of investing, operational and business start-up experience, he also brings with him significant experience managing and advising early stage technology investments. Outside of assisting start-ups grow, Jason is an avid supporter and participant in the circus arts. He has trained on the silks, static trapeze, Chinese pole, and is currently focused on straps and hand-to-hand balancing.
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. He has multidisciplinary expertise in 360° integrated brand & product marketing, and sponsorship management and activation. He is a solutions-oriented leader providing teams with support, autonomy and a collaborative environment to inspire success.
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. The portfolio includes the development of affluent/high net worth client experiences and hospitality.
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.
Gallant is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science, and an MBA
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.
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.