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  

    A senior executive with over 20 years of financial services experience across Technology, Fintech, Investment & Retail Banking, Trading, Startup and Joint Ventures. A proven track record of successful client focused leadership. 

    ·         Co-Founder and Principal of Canchek Corporation

    ·         Founder of Canada’s premier center, Smarten Up Institute, for finance and corporate training (SUI®)to professionals.

    ·         Founder of GITTI Inc., an independently owned company focusing on corporate development strategies.

    Recognized as a talent leader who builds high performing teams that drive sustainable business results and financial growth through technological excellence in an innovative and strategic manner.

    ·         Authored, “Inside Canada’s Securities Industry”© 2017, a comprehensive soup to nuts account of the trading, operations, settlement and clearing technologies and processes in Canada.

    Passionate about talent management, mentorship and positively changing the lives of others and the community at large. 

    ·           Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 by Women's Executive Network (WXN).

    ·           Named a Dame of the Sovereign Order of St. John, 2018

    ·         Founder of the IIAC Top Under 40 award recognizing the new generation of highly motivated and talented young financial professionals.

    Active in the community through philanthropic roles such as Board Member and Chair for Ability Online, Member and Founder of Clarady Alliance Foundation, Lead Fundraiser- Women’s Shelters in Ontario and BC, Director and Lead Fundraiser Heart and Stroke Foundation (Kelowna).
    Passionate about technology in capital markets, Laurie is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and events.

    Mother of 4 and Blue water Sailor co-captaining a 45’ aluminum custom cutter.

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    Vince Morelli

    Vice Chair, Ability Online

    Director MED-RX Brand Development, Canadian Hospital Specialties

     

    In April 2014, Vince Morelli joined Canadian Hospital Specialties as Director MED-RX Brand Development. Vince has enjoyed a 25 year career in healthcare in diverse roles including marketing, sales management and business development.  Prior to joining Canadian Hospital Service, Vince spent more than 10 years with Cardinal Health Canada, the country’s largest distributor of medical-surgical products.

    Vince holds both a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

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    Scott Gasson

    Treasurer, Ability Online

    Scott Gasson  

    Scott has over 25 years of internal and external audit experience working in a number of industries including post-secondary, utilities, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods and transportation.  After leading Purolator’s Internal Audit Department for 9 years he retired in April 2017.  Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and subsequently obtained his Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor designations.

    Scott joined the Board of Ability Online in 2006.

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    Reena Punani

    Director, Ability Online

    Erinoak Kids

     

    Reena Punani is a registered occupational therapist, practicing since 2002, working with children with physical and developmental disabilities at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. She 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. 

     

    Reena obtained a Masters of Clinical Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University. 

     

    Reena joined the board after the success of co-planning a fundraiser - Locomotion 2013 in support of Ability Gives | Ability Online in April 2013 with over $24,000 raised.

    Rob Wittmann

    Director, Ability Online

     

    Rob Wittmann  

    Rob Wittmann has 35 years of experience in financial services and capital markets, primarily in foreign exchange and interest rate trading. He 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. He is currently the Chair, Board of Governors at Holy Trinity School, a co-educational, private Kindergarten – Grade 12 day school in Richmond Hill, Ontario. 

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