Board Chair - Dominique Ferst
Dominique Ferst is a Managing Partner with Ferst Capital Partners (FCP), Canada’s leading early stage FinTech focused Venture Capital firm. Mr. Ferst is an experienced entrepreneur, operator and investor who has successfully founded, operated and exited companies which have pioneered significant innovations in the Canadian Internet and financial services industries over the last 20 years.
Notable history includes co-founding Trade Freedom Securities, which was successfully acquired by Scotiabank on October 2007 and Odyssey Internet, one of Canada’s first major ISPs, which was successfully acquired in 1997 and was amongst the first cohort of Canadian tech start-ups. Transitioning from a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Ferst continues to innovate as an investor with FCP, a firm with the mission to support the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs building disruptive FinTech companies that improve the financial lives of all Canadians. FCP provides early stage venture capital and operates Canada’s FinTech Startup Studio, which provides support to portfolio companies through a team of passionate developers, designers, digital marketers, growth hackers and entrepreneurs.
Kenneth J. Fredeen
Mr. Fredeen is General Counsel and a member of the Leadership Team with Deloitte LLP, with responsibility for creating an inclusive professional services firm for people with disabilities.
Mr. Fredeen is a passionate and tireless leader in the business community supporting diversity and inclusion. In 2012, the Government of Canada appointed him as the Chair of a Panel, which studied employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the private sector. The Panel published their report in 2013. Working with other Canadian General Counsel, Mr. Fredeen was a founding member and past president of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion (LLD). LLD is playing a critical role in the creation of a more inclusive legal profession in Canada. Mr. Fredeen’s diversity related awards include the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility (2017), Catalyst Canada Business Leader Champion (2017), SABA Diversity Award (2015), King Clancy Award (2014), and the Queens Jubilee Medal (2012). Mr. Fredeen leads a team of 25 legal professionals in Canada and Chile. He is recognized as a leader in the legal profession (2013: Recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers and judges) and the General Counsel community (2018: Canadian General Counsel of the Year; 2012: Canadian General Counsel Award, Social Responsibility). Mr. Fredeen is married with three children and volunteers as a coach for Special Olympics.
He’s been called Canada’s Chief Gamification Officer for figuring out how to nudge millions to live and behave differently. He simply calls himself a Misfit in his bestselling memoir about turning his autistic, gay, immigrant edges into a changemaker’s toolkit. Andreas Souvaliotis is a globally recognized social innovator. He created the world’s first wellness rewards platform, the hugely popular Carrot app. A decade earlier he had built and sold Green Rewards, the first-ever eco loyalty points program. He is an unconventional and outspoken promoter of large-scale social change and an active advisor on global wellness, entrepreneurship and climate action. Andreas advises Apple Inc. on global wellness, leads the diversity and inclusion strategy of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) for Canada and proudly serves on the Boards of leading impact-centric organizations, including The Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Windmill Microlending.
Mark Wafer is a disability rights activist. Until recently he was the owner of six highly successful Tim Hortons locations in Toronto. During his 25 years in the business Mark employed over 200 workers with disabilities in all areas of the operation including senior management. At any given time approximately 17% of his workforce identified as having a disability. Mark is an internationally recognized expert on the economics of inclusion. He is an advisor to governments around the world and is responsible for Canada’s national disability employment strategy. Mark has received many awards and recognition for his work most notably from her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. He was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014. Mark is also a Motorsports enthusiast, former race car driver and 2008 Canadian historic sports car champion.
Dr. Isabelle Hénault
Dr Isabelle Hénault, is the Director of the Autism & Asperger’s Clinic in Montreal. She is a sexologist and psychologist from the University of Québec in Montréal, Canada. Her practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education and support to children, adolescents, adults and couples living with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Dr. Hénault has developed a relationship and sex education program and works with individuals and groups to increase their understanding of sexuality and conducts relationship counselling. She is presently collaborating on numerous international research initiatives involving socio-sexual education and interpersonal relationships. She worked for over 2 years and a half at Tony Attwood’s clinic in Australia. Dr. Hénault is the author of Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood, published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London (2005) and co-author of The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law (Attwood, Hénault & Dubin) published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London (2014). In 2020 she will publish a book that was co-authored on the Female profile of Autism (Hénault & Martin)