The following are brief profiles of the directors of the Corporation.
Mr. Banks has held numerous senior roles in the social media, e-commerce, financial, and broadcasting sectors in North America. Most recently, Mr. Banks spent over seven years as the Managing Director of Facebook and Instagram Canada, where he was responsible for leading and managing all of the commercial operations in Canada. Prior to Facebook, Mr. Banks was the Founder and Managing Partner at Thunder Road Capital, Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded JumpTV as well as the Managing Director of eBay Canada. In addition to his role as a Director of the Corporation, Mr. Banks sits on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and WE (formerly Free the Children), the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and the Board of Advisors at OMERS Ventures. As part of his commitment to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care, Mr. Banks is Co-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, Chair of DementiaHack, which is the world’s foremost Dementia hackathon and sits on the Boards of Directors of The Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases. Mr. Banks is a member of the Young President’s Organization and was previously named as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business magazine and one of the 25 Most Influential People by Financial Post Magazine. He was also previously chosen as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” honorees, named one of “Canada’s Leading Men” by Weizmann Institute for Science, as well as the Hugo Boss “Leave A Mark” award celebrating men of excellence.
Mr. Bruce is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Mobile Klinik, a chain of professional smartphone repair stores. Prior to founding Mobile Klinik, Mr. Bruce served as President, Communications running the Wireless and Cable Divisions for Rogers Communications Inc. He served in that capacity from 2009 through 2014, having previously served from 2005 through 2009 as President, Rogers Wireless. Mr. Bruce joined Rogers Wireless in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Rogers Wireless and President, Wireless Data Services. Prior to joining Rogers Wireless, Mr. Bruce was Senior Vice President, Marketing at BCE Mobile Communications. Previously, he held senior operating and marketing roles with Pepsi-Cola Canada, Oshawa Foods Limited and Warner Lambert. In addition to his role as a Director of the Corporation, Mr. Bruce sits on the Board of Directors of Grant Thornton Partnership. He holds a Master of Science from University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Ms. Dea has held numerous senior roles in the financial services and management consulting sectors in North America, with expertise in strategy, leadership, governance and transformational change. In addition to her role as a Director of the Corporation, she serves as a Director of Charles Schwab Corporation (serving on the Nominating and Governance and the Compensation Committees) and Charles Schwab Bank (serving on the Audit Committee). She is an early stage investor and also acts as an advisor to several leading organizations. Previously, Ms. Dea worked with BMO Financial Group as Executive Vice President, Head of Strategic Management and Corporate Marketing and was a member of the Executive Committee. In that capacity, she was responsible for strategy development, performance management, branding, customer experience, culture and major change initiatives. Ms. Dea had also been a global partner at the Boston Consulting Group where she held several leadership positions and consulted to consumer, retail, media and financial services Fortune 500 firms. She began her career in Corporate Finance with Chemical Bank. As a civic leader, Ms. Dea has provided board service to Yale University Development Council, GlobalGirlMedia, Women’s Initiative, the National Ballet of Canada, the Pecaut Centre for Social Impact and Marin Academy. Her past board experience includes Torstar Corporation and Performance Sports Group, which, in October 2016, instituted proceedings under the Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Chapter 11). Ms. Dea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Master of Science degree in Economics (International Relations) With Distinction from the London School of Economics.
Ms. Fukakusa is a corporate director and former Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Royal Bank of Canada, from which she retired in January 2017 following a distinguished 31-year career. Ms. Fukakusa currently serves on the boards of a number of corporate and not-for-profit organizations, including General Growth Properties, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and Wellspring Cancer Foundation. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Canada Infrastructure Bank, and the Board of Governors of Ryerson University. She was inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and previously selected as Canada’s CFO of the Year by Financial Executives Canada, PwC and Robert Half. In 2016, she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Ms. Fukakusa holds the professional designations of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA and CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business.
Ms. Hayes is the retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women. She also spearheaded Harlequin’s industry leading level of innovation by incorporating forward looking technology (eBooks, downloadable audio, mobile applications) into their business model. Recognition of Harlequin under Hayes’ leadership included a Levy Home Entertainment Award for best mass market publisher, the Canadian Public Relations Society’s Gold Award of Excellence for communications management, a YWCA “W” Award for promoting the empowerment of women and Book Business Magazine’s Publishing Innovator of the Year. Ms. Hayes has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Publishers, the Toronto Public Library Foundation and the Board of Directors of the TD Financial Group (Toronto-Dominion Bank), where she served on both the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Toronto Wildlife Centre Board, the largest wild animal rescue center in Canada and also serves on the Board of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PiBO), founded by Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood and dedicated to the study and preservation of Canada’s migratory birds. Ms. Hayes holds an Honours Degree in English Literature and Communications from McGill University and has completed the Professional Publishing Course at Stanford University as well as the Executive Management Program at the Richard Ivey School at The University of Western Ontario.
Ellis Jacob, CM
Mr. Jacob has been working in the motion picture exhibition industry since 1987. Prior to assuming his current positions as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in 2003 (the “CEO”), Mr. Jacob was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Galaxy. Prior to founding Galaxy, Mr. Jacob represented Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. as Head of Integration during 1998 and 1999. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Jacob held various positions with COC as Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and, ultimately, Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Jacob is a director and member of the audit committee of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of each of the Movie Theatre Association of Canada and the National Association of Theater Owners, where he also sits as a member of its Executive Committee. In addition to his role as a Director of the Corporation, Mr. Jacob is a member of the Board of Directors of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Dundee Corporation. Mr. Jacob is an active community member, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s Baycrest Centre for Geriatrics, where he chairs the Commercialization Committee and is a member of Baycrest’s Finance and Audit Committee and a member of the Board of Governors for Mount Sinai Hospital. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business as well as the accounting designations of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Fellow Certified Management Accountant (FCMA). He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2010, Mr. Jacob was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, in 2013 he was recognized as Canada’s Most Innovative CEO by Canadian Business Magazine, and in 2014, he was recognized as Canada’s Most Admired CEO, Enterprise, by Waterstone Human Capital.
Sarabjit S. Marwah
Mr. Marwah retired in 2014 from his role as Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Scotiabank. In that capacity, he had been responsible for many of Scotiabank’s corporate financial and administrative functions, and was actively involved in developing Scotiabank’s strategic plans and priorities. He joined Scotiabank’s Finance Division in 1979, and over the years held successively more senior positions, including Deputy Comptroller, Senior Vice-President and Comptroller, and Executive Vice-President Finance. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1998, Senior Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer in 2002 and Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer in 2008. In addition to his role as a Director of the Corporation, Mr. Marwah is a member of the Boards of Directors of George Weston Ltd. and Telus Corporation, serving on the Audit and Governance Committees of both organizations. He also serves as Chair of the Boards of Directors of The Hospital for Sick Children. He was past chair of the Humber River Regional Hospital, a past member of the Board of Directors of the C.D. Howe Institute, Torstar Corporation, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the 2008 and 2009 United Way Cabinets. In 2016, he was appointed as a Senator to the Senate of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.
Mr. Mohamed began his communications career more than 30 years ago. He joined Rogers Communications in August 2000 and was President and CEO of Rogers Wireless from 2001 through 2005 when he was appointed President and COO of Rogers Communications Group. He was appointed the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. in March 2009 and retired in December 2013. Mr. Mohamed has been engaged in a spectrum of community organizations and over the past few years has focused on Canada’s innovation and entrepreneurship agenda. He is the Co-Founder and Chair of Scale Up Ventures and Chair of the Digital Media Zone Advisory Council and is CEO in residence at Ryerson University. Mr. Mohamed serves on the Board of TD Bank Financial Group and Trilogy International Partners. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Alignvest Management Corporation. He is also on the Board of Tennis Canada, UHN Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and is a founding Board Member of Next 36/Next Canada. Mr. Mohamed was named by Bloomberg as one of the world’s most successful immigrants and in October 2013 was honoured by the UN Association in Canada at their 2013 Global Citizens Dinner.
Phyllis Yaffe (Chair)
Ms. Yaffe has held a number of strategic positions in film and television in Canada since the 1980s including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting Inc. Most recently, she served as Consul General to New York for the Government of Canada from July 2016 through December 2019. In addition to serving as Chair of the Board of the Corporation, she currently serves on the board of directors of Blue Ant Media, a privately held Canadian media company. She has previously served on the boards of Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, Torstar Corporation and Astral Media Inc. In 1999, Ms. Yaffe was selected as the Canadian Women in Communications Woman of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television in 2000. In 2006, she was included in the Women’s Executive Network’s list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women; in 2007, she was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcast Hall of Fame; in 2015, she was honoured as a recipient of to the Order of Canada. In her volunteer time, Ms. Yaffe has previously served on each of the boards of directors for Baycrest Health Sciences and Women Against Multiple Sclerosis, and served on the Board of Governors for Ryerson University.