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

     

    Ms. Clark, the CEO of two technology companies, was awarded the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” in 2017.  With over 20 years of capital markets experience and over $7B in direct budget oversight across Technology, Finance, Banking, Trading, Operations, Wealth Management, Start-Up/Sale, Joint Ventures, and Mergers & Acquisitions, Ms. Clark is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully started, built and sold three companies prior to her current endeavours. Ms. Clark has over nine years of experience as an Independent Corporate Director, and is the Board Chair of Ability Online, that has grown from a national to an international brand under her stewardship. She has served on compensation, audit, and nomination & governance committees for public companies, including being Chair of the Compensation Committee for Belzberg Technologies Inc. (TSX: BLZ), and Frontline Technologies Corp (TSX: FLC). Ms. Clark is a member of both the TMX Advisory Council (X TSE) and Co-Chair of the Canadian Capital Markets Association Communication Committee.  Fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish, Ms. Clark is often asked to speak at conferences around the world as a motivational or expert speaker on Finance and Technology.

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    Vince Morelli

    Vice Chair, Ability Online

    Director MED-RX Brand Development, Canadian Hospital Specialties

     

    Vince Morelli has enjoyed a 30 year career in the Medical Device industry in a variety of sales, marketing and business development roles as well as a stint as the General Manager for the Canadian operations of a global manufacturer of mobility devices and home healthcare products.

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    Scott Gasson

    Treasurer, Ability Online

     

    Scott Gasson is a retired Internal Audit professional with over 20 years of experience leading corporate Internal Audit functions in the transportation, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, energy and post-education sectors.  A strong understanding of corporate governance was developed through Scott’s reporting relationship with Board Audit Committees and Corporate CEOs.  In addition to providing assurance and guidance on financial and operational control environments, Scott led and facilitated enterprise risk management practices for many of the organizations he worked with over the years.  Scott was a member in good standing with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Internal Auditors until his retirement in 2017. 

    Scott now enjoys his time on the golf course and spending time at the cottage with family and friends. Scott has been serving as a Board member and Treasurer of Ability Online since 2006. 

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    Rob Wittmann

    Director, Ability Online

     

    Rob Wittmann has 35 years of experience in financial services and capital markets, with a focus on payments, foreign exchange, and interest rate trading. His consulting practice provides advisory services to U.S. and Canadian fintech companies and banks on the oversight and implementation of firm-wide strategic plans, new product development, and guidance and oversight of acquisitions, including due diligence, regulatory approvals, and integration. He is the past President and CEO of Jameson Bank, and a founding partner of Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange Inc. Mr. Wittmann previously led the North American commercial foreign exchange division of Travelex Americas, and was also a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets for over 15 years, responsible for their global foreign exchange trading and sales platform. He is past president of The Financial Markets Association, past member of the Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee, and former Chair of The Canadian Committee for Professionalism. 

    Married with four children, Mr. Wittmann also volunteers his time with a number of not-for-profit organizations, and enjoys travel, cottage life, and keeping active.

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    Natascha Kiernan

    Director, Ability Online

    Counsel, King & Spalding

     

    Ms. Kiernan is an experienced attorney who has held senior positions at several prominent international law firms, including as a Counsel in the London office of Skadden, Arps. She was ranked as one of the 2014 “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Legal Stars in Europe” by the Financial News. Ms. Kiernan represents financial institutions, equity sponsors and international governments in complex financings and mergers and acquisitions in jurisdictions around the globe. In addition to her experience with finance and M&A, Ms. Kiernan also has extensive experience advising corporations and other entities on corporate governance and strategic decision making. Ms. Kiernan serves as an independent director on the boards of several educational and non-profit organizations. As the mother of a young child who has experienced long-term hospitalizations and has overcome significant medical issues, she feels a strong personal commitment to helping young people experience full and active lives regardless of any physical challenges they may face. 

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    Mayank Pandya

    Director, Ability Online

    Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada

     

    Mayank Pandya is an unbeatable spirit and a successful delivery leader. Over a 20+ years career he has worked for start-ups, multinationals and the public sector in 7 different countries. Regardless of industry and geography he has operated at the intersection of technology and business and led global teams to transform complex environments, enable organizations to embrace modern technologies and deliver enterprise scale programs cheaper, faster, better. Mayank brings his drive and experience to bear to help dynamic and high-growth organizations energize their teams and increase their impact. As someone who has started thinking about the legacy he wants to leave, Mayank is excited to broaden his life experience and give back to the community by being a part of the Ability Online family.

     

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