Board Of Directors

John Pepperell - Chair

CFA Senior
Vice Chair (Retired)
TD Asset Management

John Pepperell recently retired after an extensive career at senior levels in investment research and portfolio management. He was most recently Vice Chair, TD Asset Management. He has been a director for many years on boards in the social, community and environment fields, including The Earls court Child and Family Centre, the Georgian Bay Association and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.He has served on the board of directors of The Hearing Foundation of Canada since 2008 and was elected Chair in June 2010. He is an enthusiastic student of classical piano music.

Peter Grech - Fundraising Committee Chair

Managing Partner
Tessera Executive Search

Peter Grech is the Managing Partner of Tessera Executive Search, a retained executive recruitment firm with offices in key markets around the globe.

Previously, Peter worked for a large international executive search firm. Based in their Toronto office, he recruited for clients in the financial services, hi-tech, professional services and manufacturing industries. Client organizations ranged from start-ups to the largest corporations in Canada and the United States.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1990) from McGill University. He was also awarded a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Peter holds dual Canadian / Australian citizenship and resided in Australia for a period of nine years where he ran the division of a company that provided marketing support services to the retail sector in Australasia and the South Pacific.

Peter serves on the Board of Directors of THFC. Outside of work, his love of cooking is only surpassed by his passion for his two children. His source of daily inspiration comes from his wife, television actor, Gisèle Corinthios of TV Ontario’s “Gisèle’s Big Backyard.”

Dr. Steve Aiken - Medical Research Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Steve Aiken

Dr. Steve Aiken is an Associate Professor of Audiology, Surgery, Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Audiology and the chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force. Prior to joining Dalhousie, he spent time as a clinical audiologist at the Canadian Hearing Society and as an in-house audiologist and consultant in the hearing aid industry. Dr.Aiken’s research is focused on assessing how speech sounds are encoded in the brain.

Dr. Brian Westerberg - Medical Research Committee Co-Chair

University of British Columbia
Clinical Professor – Head, Division of Otolaryngology at Providence Health Care

Active Staff
BC Children’s Hospital 
Vancouver General Hospital
St. Paul’s Hospital

Dr. Peter Alberti

Professor (Emeritus)
University of Toronto

In addition to being an Emeritus Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto, Peter Alberti is the Past Secretary of the International Federation of Otalaryngological Societies, Advisor to the World Health Organization on Prevention of Hearing Loss. Peter has spent his working life on problems of hearing loss, its prevention and management, and has a special interest in social and industrial noise. He has edited several books and is the author and co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, mainly related to hearing loss.
In his retirement, Peter is a keen photographer.

Mike Green

President & CEO

Dr. Sylvie Hébert

Université de Montréal

Jonathan Preese

Associate, Robins Appleby LLP

Stanley M. Tepner

First Vice President
CIBC Wood Gundy

Stan Tepner is First Vice President and has been an Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy (and predecessor companies) since 1991. Prior to that, he worked for more than a decade at public accounting firms, primarily in the income tax practice.

Stan heads a five-member team of financial professionals that provides tax-efficient investment, income and estate planning solutions to affluent Canadian business owners, professionals and their families. A longstanding member of his firm’s prestigious Chairman’s Council, Stan has also been a prolific contributor of financial knowledge to the Canadian public through countless articles, interviews and broadcast appearances.

He is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of THFC.

Advisory Committee

Robert Harrison

PhD, DSc
Director, Auditory Science Laboratory, Department of Otolaryngology,
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Bob Harrison works at the Hospital for Sick Children as a Senior Scientist (in Neuroscience and Mental Health) and at the University of Toronto as a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He has basic training in biological sciences, with doctoral degrees in neuroscience from universities in the U.K.

Bob uses a wide range of research tools including recording electrical signals from cells in the brain, studying the ear with electron microscopy and imaging the brain areas used for hearing. Some of his work has focused the hair cells of the inner ear. He has studied various types of hearing loss in human subjects and in animals, e.g. noise trauma, Meniere’s disease, hypoxia, and drug induced hearing loss. Bob has developed some novel ideas about the cause of auditory neuropathy. In central regions of the auditory brain, he has researched aspects of development and neuro-plasticity in the midbrain and cerebral cortex.

Bob is also involved in clinical research including evoked potential and otoacoustic emission studies as well as research on speech and language development in children with cochlear implants. His research philosophy is to take new basic science findings and apply them clinically.

Amit Monga

Chairman & Managing Director
Sarapoint Global Ltd.

Dr. Amit Monga, is an active angel investor who has previously worked as an investment banker, venture capitalist and has successfully founded and sold a US based on-demand software company. He currently holds an Executive Professor of Finance appointment at the School of Business, University of Alberta, and is also the Chairman & Managing Director of Sarapoint Global Ltd., an international advisory firm that assists private and public companies with capital markets positioning and executing growth strategies. Most recently, he founded Baanto, a Toronto based 3D tracking technology company with applications in gaming, touch-screens and interactive white boards.

Amit has extensive corporate governance experience and has previously served on the boards of venture funds and private companies. He currently serves on the board of Alberta Innovates: Technology Futures, an agency funded by the Alberta Government to promote innovation in the area of technology, and is a member of the Business Advisory Council at the University of the Alberta School of Business. An active supporter of arts and education, he is a supporter of the Bell Lightbox and also a member of its Campaign Committee. He has also endowed scholarships to support excellence in capital markets and venture capital at the University of Alberta. Dr. Monga is a frequent contributor to the Financial Post, where he writes on venture capital, private equity and M&A.

Hon. John D. Reynolds

Senior Strategic Advisor
Lang Michener LLP

John Reynolds’ career includes substantial experience in venture capital development, consumer products marketing, resource sector development and elected political office, both federal and provincial. His extensive political experience includes numerous elections as an MP in British Columbia, appointment to Cabinet as Minister of Environment and Official Opposition House Leader. John served on numerous standing committees that addressed health and welfare, sport and fitness, transportation, and justice and legal affairs. He was also vice-chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and vice-chair of the Canada/UK Parliamentary Association.

John’s community activities have included being a founding member and chairman of the Gordie Howe Foundation for Disabled Athletes, member of the International Churchill Society, and he served as a member of the Board of Governors for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games Society. He was awarded the Queens Medal in 1978 and 2002.

John is currently a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and a Senior Strategic Advisor to Lang Michener law firm in Vancouver.

He is married to Yvonne and they have seven children and ten grandchildren.

Richard Rooney

Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Richard Rooney began his career at Price Waterhouse in 1981 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. He then joined Sun Life as an Investment Analyst specializing in Canadian equities. Following a period as Portfolio Manager for Canadian equities, Richard was given responsibility for all non-Canadian equity investments at Sun Life’s investment counseling subsidiary, Sunimco. Richard joined AMI Partners in 1989, where he had extensive responsibilities for Canadian equity research.

He joined Burgundy in February 1995, and was appointed President and Chief Investment Officer in September 1997. In addition to these duties, Richard is responsible for EAFE and Global equity mandates at Burgundy.

Richard is a Director of Empire Life Insurance. He is Chair of the Stratford Festival of Canada, a Trustee of The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation and a Director of the Historica-Dominion Institute.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1977 and his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1981. Richard obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1987. In 2009, he was honoured by his peers and received the designation of Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Richard C. Seewald

Distinguished University Professor, National Centre for Audiology,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Richard Seewald is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the National Centre for Audiology and in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario.

For the past 35 years, Richard’s work has focused on issues that pertain to the selection and fitting of amplification and early habilitation for infants and young children who have hearing loss. He is known internationally for his work in developing the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method for pediatric hearing instrument fitting.

Richard has received numerous awards for his work with children including the Honors of the Canadian Speech, Language and Hearing Association, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dalhousie University and, most recently, the prestigious International Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology for his pioneering work in the field of pediatric audiology.

J. Angus Watt

Managing Director
National Bank Financial

Angus Watt is Managing Director, Individual Investor Services, National Bank Financial with an expertise in long term Financial Planning, Group Benefits, and Estate Planning. As Central Alberta’s Business Authority, Angus broadcasts 62 times per week on Global TV and 630 CHED.

Angus is Chair, Alberta Order of Excellence Council, and Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is past Chair and currently a Director, Edmonton Police Foundation, board member of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and the David Foster & Friends Edmonton Committee 2008. He serves as an advisor to The Canadian Cancer Society, The Hearing Foundation of Canada and Little Warriors.

Previously, Angus was twice chair of The United Way of Northern Alberta and also chaired The Minerva Foundation, The Support Network and The Support Network Foundation. He is a past recipient of the “Paul Harris Fellow,” awarded by the Rotary Club of Canada.

Larry Murray

Partner (Retired)

Stanley H. Hartt

MacQuarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

Eric Jackman

O.Ont, PhD, LLD
Invicta Investments Inc.

Julian Nedzelski

Head of Otolaryngology
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Lynda Palazzi

Educator (Retired)

Donald Ross

Senior of Counsel
Convington & Burling LLP

Sheila Weatherill

O.C., LL.D.
Special Advisor,
Executive in Residence
University of Alberta

Ken Hennessy - Secretary

Vice President (Retired)
Transamerica Life


Mary Smirle - Manager, Education & Government Relations

Mary is an example of THFC giving back! She joined us as a volunteer in August, 2014, and has since been brought on-board as a full time member of our team, working on our marketing and communications initiatives.

Coming from the post-secondary sector, Mary has a strong not-for-profit background in governance, communications, and business development. Her most recent role was as the Communications and Governance Officer at CON*NECT Strategic Alliances, working with the Ontario college system. Before CON*NECT, she worked at the University of Toronto-UTSC as the campus Senior Course Materials Coordinator.

Mary has a particular weakness for Australian cooking competitions, with cats and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem running a close second and third as her favourite things.

Phone number: 416-364-4060


Lindsay Thibault - Development Officer

Prior to her role with The Hearing Foundation of Canada, Lindsay worked for several public affairs firms, serving as a bilingual liaison between high profile clients and government officials, helping to secure funding for several non-profit organizations. Throughout this time, she was also an active volunteer for the Liberal Party of Canada, where she assisted the department of operations, communications and fundraising.

Lindsay holds a BA in Ethics from the University of Ottawa and has since continued to pursue her studies at the graduate level.

Phone number: 416-364-4060