BOARD OF GOVERNORS

DONNA MURAKAMI

Lieutenant Commander (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): RN Humber College, Toronto

Position/Responsibility on Board: Board Chair

Years of Service on Board: Since 2015

Background: Retired Lt Cdr after 35 years of service in the Canadian Naval Reserve, Served for 4 years as the Executive Officer at HMCS YORK.  Treasurer and Membership Secretary for the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service and Nursing Sister’s Association of Toronto.  Past President of the Fort York Legion Branch 165. Retired from the Royal Bank of Canada after 35 years in various senior management positions in Branches, Head Office Personnel, Systems and Technology.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I wanted to continue serving in an organization like CGL to provide meaningful and beneficial employment to Veterans after their service in the Armed Forces.  Our Commissionaires have an excellent reputation and I want to enhance their employment experience and be the employer of choice.

ADRIAN PRAYSNER

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): BA (Wilfred Laurier), MCSC, CD

Position/Responsibility on Board: Vice Chair

Years of Service on Board: Since 1998

Background:  Commanding Officer, The Royal Regiment of Canada; Senior Staff Officer Infantry – LFCA & Canadian Infantry Advisory Board; Canadian Forces Liaison Council; Senior Staff Officer Administration & Logistics; SO Personnel TMD HQ.  Various training roles. Civilian background includes management positions with Bell Canada; Stentor and BCE within sales, training, marketing and strategic planning functions for regional and national business markets. Other roles include Vice President Sales, Marketing and Support Services for mid-sized software firm with global client base. President ORA; VP DCRA; Treasurer Army Cadet League Foundation of Ontario. Currently Managing Partner Camicol Enterprises providing consulting services in US and Canada.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: Third generation military; my father, a WWll veteran and career infantryman, made the challenging transition to a civilian career with assistance of those that understood military skills. I would like to contribute the support that he benefited from, to others.

MALCOLM HAMILTON

Education/Professional Designation(s):  MBA (Western University), M.Eng (University Of Toronto), B.Sc Electrical Engineering (University of Alberta)

Position/Responsibility on Board: 2nd Vice Chair

Years of Service on Board: Since 2017

Background: Malcolm is retired after a career in engineering (GE & Westinghouse where he developed two patents), top management consulting (as a partner at McKinsey & Co.) and renewable energy development (where he co-developed the largest wind farm in Canada).

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RON SMITH

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): CRA designation Appraisal Institute of Canada, Mohawk College, Hamilton

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor (Past Chair)

Years of Service on Board: Since 2005

Background: Retired Real Estate broker with Coldwell Banker Realty, TD Canada Trust Senior Commercial Mortgage Officer. AVCO Financial Services Manager. Reserve Army, Commanding Officer Elgin Regt (RCAC), Commanding Officer LMD HQ/G4, Directing Staff, Militia Officer Training School, Commanding Officer 22 (London) Svc Bn/21 Svc Bn, total 33 years. Chair of St John Ambulance, St Thomas Branch for 15 years.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I joined the Commissionaires Board because of the excellent reputation Commissionaires have and I wanted to help with the continuance of this fine reputation.

doug-nicholson-3DOUGLAS K. NICHOLSON

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): BA – Public Administration and Public Policy, University of Western Ontario. Canadian Institute of Management – Certificate of Management and Administration (4 year program)

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor

Years of Service on Board: Since 2006

Background: Worked in various positions through to senior management in heavy industry prior to self employment in 1996. I remained in the machine and tooling business until retiring in 2016. I also enjoyed a parallel career in the Canadian Forces Reserves from 1966 to 2004 commanding the Elgin Regt (RCAC) and 31 Combat Engineer Regt (The Elgins), from 1996 to 2002. Additionally, I instructed at Fanshaw College in business management and supervision.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I joined CGL out of interest in the Commissionaires and their mission and mandate. Later, I accepted the invitation to become a Governor as a path to assist CGL to maintain their direction as stated in the Statement of Purpose.

JOHN PITFIELD

Education/Professional Designation(s): Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario, MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor

Years of Service on Board: Since 2019

Background: John began his professional career in 1981 as a proprietary equity options trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. John has lived in Canada, United States, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore and has financial market experience ranging from relationship management and credit to capital markets and derivatives working with clients including high net worth individuals, multinational corporations and multilateral organizations. He has served as a Director and committee member for clubs, industry associations, private and public companies. He joined Claret in 2018 as a Relationship Manager

BRIAN PEL

Education/Professional Designation(s): B.A. from University of Toronto, M.B.A. from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, MSc. (Econ) from London School of Economics, L.L.B. from McGill University

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor

Years of Service on Board: Since 2019

Background: Brian is Heuristica’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Counsel.  He joined Heuristica in 2016 from a major downtown Toronto firm where he practiced tax law for thirty years. Having represented many small and large corporate clients, he has considerable experience in complex and technical legal disputes.  He has appeared before various federal/provincial courts and tribunals on tax matters and has a strong interest in effective dispute resolution preparation. Brian has written extensively on legal issues and is the co-author of two chapters in Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, published by LexisNexis.  He takes an active interest in legal technology matters and was an early adopter of the use of technology in the practice of law.

Mr. Donald MackenzieDONALD MCKENZIE

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): MBA, Ivey Business School

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor, Member of the Marketing Committee

Years of Service on Board: Since 2019

Background: Retired Senior Executive, Vice President with Telus, Bell and others in sales and marketing in a 27 year career. Chair of the Regimental Council of The Queen’s York Rangers which is a registered charity focused on the welfare of serving and veteran soldiers. Served with the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment)  (RCAC) and with Toronto Militia District Headquarters, Central Militia Area Headquarters, Militia Officer Training Cell, and on operations with the SSF Brigade headquarters in Petawawa, and 1 Canadian Division Headquarters in Germany.

LCdr Mike HoareMICHAEL HOARE, CD, CDSM

Lieutenant Commander (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s):BA (Hons), MA,PHD, CHRP

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor (Past Chairman)

Years of Service on Board: since 2005

BackgroundROPT, Army, Navy, Regular, Reserve – 32 years; Civilian employment – health care, university/college professor, counselor, retired as Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services, consulting.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: Support to Commissionaires as an organization and as individuals. Value the military connection.