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  

    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

     

    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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    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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    Natascha Kiernan

    Director, Ability Online

    Counsel, King & Spalding

     Natascha Kiernan    

    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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