Board of Directors

    Ability Online has a diverse and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors drawn from all walks of life. They share the dream of making Ability Online a place like no other, and they work hard in all kinds of ways to make that dream come true. They keep their eyes on the prize of continually improving the service we offer to our members. Board meetings are animated discussions full of good ideas that are limited only by the realities of time and money. We’re working on those!

     

    Laurie M. Clark

    Chair, Ability Online

    Founder and CEO, Smarten Up Institute

    Laurie M Clark  

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Founder and Principal of Canchek Corporation
    • Founder Smarten Up Institute (SUI®), Canada’s premier center for finance and corporate training.
    • Founder of GITTI Inc., independently owned company focusing on corporate development strategies.
    • CEO in diverse industries including infrastructure and manufacturing
    • Subject matter expertise in Technology, Finance, Investment and Retail Banking, Trading, Start-Ups and Joint Ventures.
    • International Business; Turnaround Specialist; Negotiations; Organizational Restructuring

    Ms. Clark was awarded in 2017. Named a Dame of the Sovereign Order of St. John, 2018. Started, built and sold three (3) companies. Over nine (9) years as a Corporate Director, and Chairman of the Board of a not-for-profit; with compensation, audit, and nomination & governance committees experience. Compensation Committee Chair of Belzberg Technologies Inc. (TSX: BLZ), and Frontline Technologies Corp . Member of both the TMX Advisory Council (X TSE)and Co-Chair of the Canadian Capital Markets Association Communication Committee. Over 20 years of capital market experience and over $7B in direct budget oversight across Technology, Finance, Banking, Trading, Operations, Wealth Management, Start-Up/Sale, Joint Ventures, and Mergers & Acquisitions. 

    Education, Languages and Professional Affiliations:

    Master in Business Administration (Ongoing), Keenan Flagler School of Business at Chapel Hill, NC

    BA – Double Major: Political Science & History; Minor in Economics, University of Toronto

    Partners, Directors and Senior Officers (PDO) qualifying examination (IIROC)

    PCBO - Professional Certificate in Brokerage Operations qualifying examination (IIROC)

    CAMLS – Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist

    Cyber Security Certification

    Scrum Master Certification

    Certificate of Project Management

    Member, Canadian Center for Ethics & Corporate Policy

    Affiliate, Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC)

    Affiliate, Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers Canada (FMFD)

    Member, Women in ETFs (WETF)

    Languages:English, Italian, French and Spanish

    Awards and Nominations:

    2018 Invested as Dame to the Sovereign Order of St. John, DOSJ (only 800 invested globally and HM Queen Elizabeth is the Sovereign Head of the Order) 

    2017 Recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 

    Founder of Canada’s financial and capital markets “Top Under 40” award. 

    Publications and Notable Speaking Engagements

    Authored “The TAO of Agile Delivery©”, 2017

    Authored “Inside Canada’s Securities Industry©”, 2012 - 2017

    Most recent speaking engagements at:

     #TechTO and #TechVC on “Failures that Feed Success”, 

    Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) on “Blockchain” and “Trading and Regulatory Issues”

    International Independent Financial Brokers Association (IIFB) on “Business Strategies” and “Growing Your Business”

    Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) on “How Compliance Impacts the Bottom Line”

    International Forum on Investor Education (IFIE) & International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on “How AI is Changing Everything”

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    Vince Morelli

    Vice Chair, Ability Online

    Director MED-RX Brand Development, Canadian Hospital Specialties

     

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    Areas of Expertise:

    • Versatile and well-rounded management professional.
    • General Management, Sales Management, Marketing and Finance.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

    Responsible for the brand management and development of self-manufactured medical devices through the addition of new private-label lines of products to expand the presence of the brand in Canadian healthcare institutions. Med-Rx branded products represent 50% of the total sales of the company.

    • Since 2014 added approximately 400 new custom kit products to offering through broadening the categories and applications of kits
    • Developed more than 10 new OEM relationships to acquire unique components allowing for expansion into new categories.
    • Achieved 10% growth in Med-Rx product sales in the most recent fiscal year and 38% since joining the company
    • Member of the Senior Leadership Team and participate in board meetings and in strategic direction setting and general management decision making processes

    Education:  Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

    Charitable & Industry Association Involvement

    • Volunteer for the 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games held in Toronto 
    • Board Member,  Ability Online – October 2011 – Present

    Board Member, Healthcare Supply-Chain Network – Nov 2008 – Present: Chair, Finance Committee; Co-Chair, Supplier, September 2012 to May 2014

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    Scott Gasson

    Treasurer, Ability Online

    Scott Gasson  

    Areas of Expertise:

    ·      Technically competent in the delivery of superior Internal Audit and risk management services.

    ·     Unquestionable ethics and integrity.  

    ·      Strong oral and written communication skills.

    ·     Adaptable, flexible and open-minded.

    ·      Able to develop and nurture effective working relationships with individuals and foster collaboration between business functions to drive results. 

    • Industries experience including post-secondary, utilities, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods and transportation.  

    As the Director of Internal Audit at Purolator, Scott wasaccountable to the Chair of the Audit Committee and CEO for the planning and execution of all National and US risk based operational, financial and information technology internal audit activities that contribute to the attainment of the organization’s objectives.

    Scott provided leadership and direction to the Internal Audit department.  Ensure four team members have the support, resources and tools to deliver valued services. Attracted and retained top talent.

    Maintained healthy working relationships with all Executive Team members to influence change and maximize operational improvements and managed the organization’s enterprise risk management program.

    After leading Purolator’s Internal Audit Department for 9 years Scott retired in April 2017.  

    Achievements

    • Increased the Board’s level of confidence with the organization’s enterprise risk management program through enhancements to the risk identification and assessment methodology and reporting mechanisms.
    • Introduced an audit follow-up program to monitor and report on the status of management’s committed actions. 
    • Introduced a client survey which is used to support Internal Audit’s outcome performance metrics.
    • Provided advice and counsel in the organization’s successful implementation and execution of its internal controls over financial reporting certification program.     

    Current and Former Affiliations and Education

    ·      Board Member (Treasurer) of Ability Online, since October 2006

    ·      Institute of Internal Auditors, (Certification in Control Self-Assessment) November 2002

    ·      Institute of Internal Auditors, (Certified Internal Auditor) November 2000

    ·      Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, December 1992

    ·      Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-Op),Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, April 1990

     

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    Reena Punani

    Director, Ability Online

    Erinoak Kids

     

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Early Development
    • Oral Motor and Mealtime Feeding 
    • Caregiver Education Workshops 
    • Life Skills training for adolescents 
    • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy 
    • Working with children with physical and developmental disabilities 

    Reena is committed to promoting sustainable rehabilitation services and enhancing education both locally and internationally in support of improving the quality of life of children with special needs. Reena has been fortunate to volunteer internationally in rural hospitals, rehabilitation centers and schools through various non-profit organizations in Nepal, India and Trinidad. 

    Education: Masters of Clinical Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University. 

    Additional Skills and Qualifications:

    • Registered member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
    • Member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT)
    • Strong interdisciplinary skills, analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Praised by management and colleagues for communication style and rapport building with families and staff
    • Fluent in English & Hindi
    • Extensive computer software experience

    Reena joined the Ability Online Board in 2013 following the planning of a fundraiser for Ability Gives, enabling individuals with disabilities to obtain essential medical devices, mobility and communication aids; over 200+ people in attendance with over $22,000 raised.

    Rob Wittmann

    Director, Ability Online

     

    Rob Wittmann  

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Experienced financial services C-Suite executive, responsible for building and leading global teams of professionals, continually adapting to rapidly changing and competitive situations through innovative solutions and structural changes. 
    • Significant management experience covering all facets of business operations including regulatory and legislative compliance management, enterprise risk management, budgeting, operations and payments, marketing, legal, and mergers and acquisitions. 
    • 30+ years participation in capital markets and foreign exchange trading and sales, with significant market visibility and proven trading acumen. 
    • Excellent communication skills and experience with board and management teams, bringing together stakeholders with often disparate goals or objectives. 
    • Rob was most recently President and CEO of Jameson Bank, a founding partner of Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange Inc, and previously held the position of SVP of Commercial Foreign Exchange at Travelex Americas. He was also Managing Director, Global Foreign Exchange Sales and Trading at RBC Capital Markets for over 15 years. He is past president of The Financial Markets Association of Canada, past member of the Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee, and former Chair of the Canadian Committee for Professionalism. 

    Advisor– to a recently chartered Schedule One Bank and its parent company on the development, board approval, and implementation of a firm-wide strategic plan. 

    • Oversaw the creation and implementation of a Steering Committee to acquire and install a firm-wide Treasury Management System. 
    • Assisting in new product development plans and commensurate regulatory approval processes. 
    • Providing guidance on the development of an acquisition strategy, as well as leading due diligence processes. 

    Industry Participation

    2004 Member, Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee (CFEC) 

    2000 Regional Executive for the Americas, Association Cambiste International (ACI) 

    1998 Chair, Canadian Committee for Professionalism (CCFP) 

    1997 Host President, FOREX ‘97 

    1995 President, Financial Markets Association of Canada (FMAC) 

    1994 Treasurer, FMAC 

    1992 Director, FMAC 

    Education and Professional Development

    1997 Partners, Directors, and Senior Officers Qualifying Examination 

    1988 Canadian Securities Course (Honours) 

    1984 University of Manitoba - Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Finance 

    Boards and Personal Interests

    Chair, Board of Governors – Holy Trinity School (HTS) Sept 2015 - Present 

    Member, Board of Governors – HTS Sept 2014 - Present 

    Chair, Construction and Site Committee – HTS Sept 2014 - June 2015 

    Member, Advancement Committee – HTS Sept 2013 - June 2014 

    Treasurer, Moore Lake Property Owners Association (MLPOA) July 2014 - Present 

    Member, Board of Directors – Ability Online Aug 2016 - Present 

    Member, Advisory Board – Oak Hill Financial Sept 2015 - Present

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