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

    Founder and CEO, Smarten Up Institute

     

    Laurie M. ClarkCDI, DOSJ,Chair of the Board:Founder of two technology companies and was awarded the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” . A serial entrepreneur, having sold three prior companies, and 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 has over nine years of experience as an Independent Corporate Director, and since 2017 has been the Board Chair of Ability Online , which has grown to international prominence 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 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

    Director MED-RX Brand Development, Canadian Hospital Specialties

     

    Vince Morelli, Vice-Chair of the Board:  In MED-RX Brand Development and Canadian Hospital Specialties, Vincehas 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

     

    Scott Gasson, CPA, Director and Treasurer: 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.

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    Rob Wittmann

    Director, Ability Online

     

    Rob Wittmann, Director:  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. 

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    Natascha Kiernan

    Counsel, King & Spalding

     

    Natascha Kiernan, JD, CDI, Director - appointed November 2018: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

    Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada

     

    Mayank Pandya, Director - appointed February 2019:Over a 20+ years career he has worked for start-ups, multinationals and the public sector in seven 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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    Lori Kong

    Principle, Merkle Corporation

    Lori Kong  

    Lori Kong, Director - appointed February 2019: An accomplished Portfolio Manager with more than eight years of experience in leading and managing global teams delivering complex enterprise projects across North America. Lori advocates for effective communication, accessibility, and diversity while upholding the belief that excellence is attainable when the right people, processes and resources are aligned. Lori is fluent in English and Chinese. When not working, Lori dedicates a portion of her personal time and leadership expertise towards volunteer efforts in diverse Technology and Art community projects.

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    Neha Varma Maediratta

    Director of Legal and Business Operations, Loopio Inc.

    Neha Maediratta  

    Neha Varma Maediratta, Director-appointed February 2019: Neha is a results-driven professional with over nine years of experience across four continents. Having handled over C$2.3Billion of legal transactions, she started her career and found growth and success as a corporate commercial lawyer. However, her passion for understanding problems and charting out uniquely creative solutions beckoned her to leverage her talent and focus on helping start-ups scale and thrive. She moved to Toronto from Singapore last year after having helped a start-up raise C$25Million and is currently working as the Director of Legal and Business Operations at Loopio Inc. in Toronto. Passionate about technology, she attempts to stay abreast of the new trends along with evaluating its impact on a social level.

     

    Edi Cote

    Business Development Executive, IBM Canada Ltd.

    Edi Cote

    Edi Cote, Board Director, appointed April 2019Over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology arena in a variety of industries and business sectors both nationally and internationally. Ms. Cote is a top performer for IBM’s Global Services in Canada working with IBM clients worldwide. Edi has a broad base of sales and solutions experience encompassing a broad range of services (financial, energy, government etc.) across Canada, the United States and Mexico. Awarded “Best of IBM” in 2015, given to only 500 IBM employees worldwide, for her contribution within IBM as a top performer; and also awarded the IBM 100% club 3 times in the past 5 years for her contribution to IBM customers and to IBM’s revenue growth. Ms. Cote holds an Associate Arts and Science diploma from Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC, has participated in the highly recognized Business Insight and Industry Program at the Harvard Club in Boston, Transformative Selling in Dynamics Markets at Boston University as well has complete up to Level 3 education in the WSET (Wines and Spirit Education Trust). Ms. Cote is a passionate believer in volunteerism and philanthropy.