Taxpayer representatives on the MPAC Board of Directors

These are the current taxpayer representatives serving on the MPAC Board of Directors.

Paul Bernards Paul Bernards

Mr. Bernards is a finance professional who has held various management roles in both the private and public sector over the past 30 years.

His extensive experience includes managing worldwide finance, tax and IT functions, including the development of reporting and control processes, due diligence and post-acquisition integration. A Canadian Chartered Accountant and U.S. Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Bernards began in public practice with KPMG in Toronto before leaving to continue his career in the private sector.

He has since served as Chief Financial Officer for Discovery Air, Masonite International Corporation, Shepell FGI and Premier Salons, as well as Vice-President of Finance and Operations for JELD-WEN. Since 2017, Mr. Bernards has served as Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Canadian Opera Company and TO Live.

Mr. Bernards holds a Masters in Business Administration from York (now Schulich) School of Business as well as a Director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Niels Christensen Niels Christensen

Mr. Christensen is the Broker & Managing Director of the Christensen Real Estate Group, a real estate brokerage located in Toronto and has over 35 years’ experience in Law Enforcement, Securities Regulation and Real Estate.

He is a licensed Broker, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, International Real Estate Specialist, and Certified Negotiation Expert. He has served on the Arbitration Committee at the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and as past Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee at the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).

A former police officer with the Toronto Police Services, he is a former Certified Fraud Examiner and also previously held the position of Senior Manager of Investigations - Enforcement Branch at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), where he served as the OSC liaison to the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario Task Force responsible for investigating organized criminal activity in the Capital Markets.

An active volunteer in his community, Mr. Christensen was the Chairperson of the Toronto Police 22 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, President of the Humber Valley Village Residents Association, and a member of The Hospital for Sick Children’s Circle of Care.

William Luke William Luke

Mr. William Luke is the principal lawyer at Luke Law Firm, based in Toronto. The firm focuses on assisting individuals involved in regulatory, disciplinary and criminal proceedings throughout Ontario. Mr. Luke completed his articles of clerkship with a prominent Toronto boutique criminal law firm, Worsoff Law Firm, where he worked as an associate.

Mr. Luke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at McGill University. He then studied law at the University of Leicester in England graduating with LL.B (Honours). He studied for a LL.M. in International Commercial and Trade Law at Durham University also in England. Mr. Luke completed his legal studies in Canada at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Mr. Luke acquired work experience in the areas of law, trade, and diplomacy in several cities and countries that include: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kampala, Uganda; and London, England. Accordingly, his experiences and studies have enabled him to learn about different legal systems, political economies and shifts in market trends.

Andrew Gassmann Andrew Gassmann

Mr. Gassmann brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, combined with extensive background in community leadership and municipal government. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ABG Analytika Consulting Inc., a project management and consulting firm that serves institutional clients in the financial sector.

Throughout his career, Mr. Gassmann has held a variety of senior roles at many of Canada’s top financial institutions, including TD Securities, CIBC World Markets, RBC and more. Since 2002, he has served as President of the Cooksville/Munden Park Homeowners’ Association, where he advocates for over 2,500 Mississauga residents on issues such as local development plans, budgetary concerns, and safety issues. Through this role, he has gained a broad understanding of municipal operations, and continues to be a community leader by working closely with residents and participating on several city committees. Mr. Gassmann holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University and a Master of Science degree from Niagara University.