Ms. Janice Baker is the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Mississauga. She has a broad background in both the private and public sectors gained through 29 years of municipal government and fiscal administration experience. Prior to joining the City of Mississauga in 1999, Ms. Baker served as Director of Finance and City Treasurer for the City of St. John's, Newfoundland and Commissioner of Corporate Services and then Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Oshawa, Ontario. In 2010, she was inducted into the WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women’s Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of a number of awards. Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She currently serves on several Boards and Committees including the Living Arts Centre, the Healthy Cities Stewardship Centre and the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.
Mr. Hughes is the Auditor General for the City of Ottawa. He has been engaged in the fields of finance, financial management, audit, fraud investigation and internal control review for more than 25 years. Mr. Hughes has worked in public accounting, management consulting and taught in the areas of audit, internal control and finance in private industry and federal and municipal government. Mr. Hughes has earned a CMA, an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Dan Mathieson (Chair)
Mr. Mathieson is in his fourth term as Mayor of Stratford, Ontario, and has sat on municipal council since 1995. During his tenure, he has been a member of numerous boards and committees in healthcare, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, not-for-profits, universities and colleges.
He is currently Chair of Kings University College at Western University, Chair of the Stratford Police Services Board, a member of the Board of Directors of Festival Hydro and Rhyzome Networks, the Stratford Festival, and the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo-Stratford Campus. Mr. Mathieson is also a Governor on the Board of i-Canada and is on the Advisory Board for Walsh University – Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community.
In November, 2015 Mr. Mathieson was awarded the Alumni Award of Excellence from the Masters of Public Administration, Local Government program at Western University. He is also the 2016 Western University, Public Administration Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, lecturing on governance and innovation in public institutions.
In 2012, Mr. Mathieson was chosen by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, paying tribute to community leaders whose endeavours have set them apart as technology innovators. As well, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for public service.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Rossini recently retired as the City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer. As one of three deputies reporting to the City Manager, he was responsible for leading corporate services and the financial stewardship of Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Rossini was the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton and the Director of Finance for the City of Mississauga. He also held other progressively responsible finance-related positions at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Region of Halton. Throughout his career, Mr. Rossini has been instrumental in various intergovernmental initiatives with the Province of Ontario, the Regional/Single Tier Treasurers group and other municipalities on matters such as municipal grants, service and funding realignments, taxation reform and infrastructure funding.
Mr. Sendzik was elected Mayor of St. Catharines in 2014. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, where he led the evolution of the chamber into the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest in Ontario. Prior to this role, Mr. Sendzik founded Vine Publishing, which he sold in 2005. He holds a Masters Degree from McGill University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Mr. Sendzik is a past board member of the LCBO and a current board member with Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital and Niagara College Board of Trustees. In 2008, Mr. Sendzik was awarded the Bernie Gillespie Award by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as top executive of the year and is a recipient of Niagara’s top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award.
Ms. Smith is the Mayor of the Township of Selwyn (previously known as the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield) and is Deputy Warden for the County of Peterborough. Ms. Smith has been an elected official since 1998. She was a member of the Peterborough Lakefield Police Services Board from 2001-2014 and was Chairperson during 2013-2014. She is a Chair of the Peterborough Public Health Board and a member of the Joint Services Steering Committee with the City of Peterborough. Ms. Smith is also a strong advocate on environmental issues and was the Chairperson of the Municipal Sub-Committee and a member of the Trent Conservation Coalition – Drinking Water Source Protection Committee.
Ms. Gallinger is the VP of Corporate Services and CFO for the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). Prior to joining ESA in 2011, Ms. Gallinger was VP of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs and CFO for Oakville Hydro Corporation. She held senior financial positions with multinational pharmaceutical companies Novartis, DuPont and Ciba Geigy in both Canada and the US. She currently serves as an Independent Director and Chair of the Pension Committee for Plexxus and as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Water TAP Ontario. Ms. Gallinger is a member of the Women’s Executive Network, Financial Executives International and the Pension Investment Association of Canada. She holds a MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business, a BA in Political Science from York University, as well as her CPA designation from the Institute of Professional Accountants of Ontario, and Chartered Director and Audit Committee certifications from The Directors College.
Ms. Hodgson is a Barrister and Solicitor and owner of Bev Hodgson Law, specializing in corporate commercial, real estate, and estate planning law in the Niagara Falls area. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Hodgson is actively involved with many charitable organizations in the Niagara Region, both as a fundraiser and board member.
Mr. Redmond is a sales representative with Royal LePage In Touch Realty Inc., and a retired Ontario Land Surveyor with over 40 years of experience in property ownership and evaluation. He holds designations from the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Redmond has worked with Ontario Hydro, and served as President of Holstead and Redmond Land Surveyors, where he led the organization towards an innovative technology base with projects at municipal, provincial and federal levels. He also founded an Internet business serving major financial organizations and early adopters of online technology. Mr. Redmond is an active volunteer, serving on various committees and boards advocating for innovation and excellence in the business community.
Mr. Roozbeh Farhadi is a Project Manager of Design and Implementation at Scotiabank with many years’ experience working in the financial industry. He has helped lead business transformation projects, successful retail launches and community engagement initiatives to optimize overall efficiencies and personal and business banking solutions. Mr. Farhadi holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from York University. He is also actively involved in many not-for-profit and community organizations in Richmond Hill and the City of Toronto.
David P. Setterington (Vice-Chair)
Mr. Setterington is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario and CPA Canada, and was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 2000. Mr. Setterington recently retired as a senior partner of a public accounting firm in Leamington. He has served on several committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and is past chair of the Professional Conduct Committee and has served as a member of this committee since 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Setterington was chair, and a member of the Discipline Committee for 12 years.