President, Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc.
Mr. Barnett is the former President of the second largest tobacco company in Canada which has recently become a wholly owned subsidiary of Philip Morris International. John was trained in England as a Chartered Accountant and immigrated to Canada in 1967 joining Price Waterhouse. Prior to Rothmans, Mr. Barnett spent many years in the brewery industry and was ultimately appointed President of Molson Breweries in 1995. Mr. Barnett serves on Clairvest’s audit committee and Clairvest’s compensation and human resources committee.
President, Tailwind Capital Inc.
Chairman, The Second Cup Ltd.
Tailwind is an investment management company active in the public markets. Mr. Bregman acquired Second Cup as a small specialty coffee retailer and built the company into the largest specialty coffee retailer in Canada and second largest in North America. Mr. Bregman chairs on Clairvest’s audit committee and served on the boards of Clairvest’s investment partners Allied Global Holdings, WarrenShepell, Sparkling Spring Water Ltd, Signature Security Group Inc. and Vitamins Superstore, LLC.
Gerald R. Heffernan O.C., P.Eng.
President, G.R. Heffernan & Associates Ltd.
Co-Founder, Co-Steel Inc.; past Chairman, Texas Industries
Mr. Heffernan is the co-founder of Co-Steel Inc., a leading international manufacturer of steel products through mini-mills located in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. which was acquired by Gerdau Ameristeel. Mr. Heffernan is the past Chairman of Texas Industries, chairs Clairvest’s compensation and human resources committee, is a director of Van Rob, and previously was a director of Clairvest’s investment partners NRI Industries (Chairman) and Consoltex Group Inc. Mr. G.R. Heffernan has been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
Joseph J. Heffernan P.Eng.
Chairman, Clairvest Group Inc.
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rothmans Inc.
Mr. Heffernan, a former Manager and Director of Stevenson & Kellogg Ltd., was with Rothmans from 1977 to 2008. He served as Vice President of Manufacturing, then Executive Vice President, and was appointed President and CEO in 1990 before becoming Chairman in 2000. Mr. Heffernan currently serves as Clairvest’s Chairman and sits on the board of Gerdau Ameristeel. Mr. Heffernan received his M.Sc. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Heffernan served on the board of Integral Orthopedics, Western Co-Axial and Sparkling Spring Water.
G. John Krediet**
Chairman, CF Capital Corporation
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sparkling Spring Water Holdings Limited
Mr. Krediet was the Chairman & CEO of Sparkling Spring Water Ltd, a Clairvest investment, from 1992 to 2003. Prior to its sale to Danone, Mr. Krediet grew Sparkling Spring into a company with more than US$100 million in revenue, US$30 million in EBITDA and with leading market shares in the markets it served. Prior to his involvement with Sparkling Spring, Mr. Krediet led an investment group which executed a consolidation of the Canadian Pepsi bottling industry in the Maritimes and Ottawa regions with the two hubs generating over $180 million in combined revenue prior to their sale to Pepsi. Mr. Krediet serves on the board of Clairvest’s investment partner Discovery Air Inc.
B. Jeffrey Parr
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc.
Kenneth B. Rotman
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc.
President and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc.
Lionel H. Schipper C.M., Q.C.*
President, Schipper Enterprises Inc.
Former Chairman, Toronto Sun Publishing
Mr. Schipper was a partner in the Toronto-based law firm of Goodman & Goodman until 1981. He has served as a Director of Co-Steel Inc., Four Seasons Hotels Inc., RR Donnelly, Magna International and Noma Industries Limited, and is past Chairman of Toronto Sun Publishing Corp. and of the Financial Post. Mr. Schipper is a past Director of Clairvest’s investment partner NRI Industries.
Isadore Sharp O.C.**
Chairman, Four Seasons Hotels Inc.
Mr. Sharp is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels Inc., the world’s largest operator of luxury hotels. Mr. Sharp was named CEO of the year by The Financial Post and has been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Sharp serves on Clairvest’s compensation and human resources committee and previously served on the board of The Bank of Nova Scotia.
President & CEO, KUBRA Data Transfer Ltd.
Mr. Watkin has a tremendous amount of experience in the Customer Experience Management industry. He has been President, CEO and Director at KUBRA since 1999, where he has successfully led KUBRA through remarkable organic growth, followed by a Management buyout with Private Equity. He then executed on a number of acquisitions, which led to a private sale for 80% of KUBRA to Hearst Corporation. He sits on various advisory boards, is a member of NACHA, Vistage, Young Presidents Organization, McKay CEO’s Forum, and a Director for the Kids’ Health Links Foundation.
* Members of Audit Committee
** Members of Compensation and Human Resources Committee