The Investor Advisory Panel consists of nine members, including the Panel Chair. Each member of the Panel has been appointed for a two-year term.Jane Ambachtsheer
Connie Craddock, Chair
As a partner of Mercer where she leads their global responsible investment business. Ms. Ambachtsheer has extensive experience in research and policy development, and assists investors in considering environmental, social and governance factors within investment decision-making and governance processes. She was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment.
Ms. Ambachtsheer is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, where she teaches a graduate course on responsible investment. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honours from York University, and a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. She sits on the Investment Committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
As an academic and former senior executive in the financial services industry, Paul Bates has extensive knowledge of the capital markets and securities regulation. He is Assistant Professor of Leadership, McMaster Divinity College. Previously he was Special Advisor to the President and former Dean of Business at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Prior to this position, he had an extensive career as CEO and other senior positions at several investment dealers.
A former Commissioner to the Ontario Securities Commission, Mr. Bates brings a strong understanding of rule and policy development. He also brings in-depth knowledge of investor issues from his role as Chair of the Investor Education Fund, a non-profit organization established by the Ontario Securities Commission.
Mr. Bates has also served as Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and as a director of Regulation Services Inc.
As the former Vice-President of Public Affairs at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), Ms. Craddock has considerable experience with issues related to Canadian investors. Ms. Craddock also has experience in consulting and communications in both corporate and government settings.
Since retiring from IIROC, Ms. Craddock joined the Board of Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals touched by cancer. She also does volunteer work in adult literacy.
Ms. Craddock has a Master’s Degree from Concordia University and Degrees from McGill University and Universite de Montreal.
Harold Geller is a leader in Financial Loss Recovery Group of McBride Bond Christian LLP and an expert on legal issues affecting financial advisors. Mr. Geller assists investors with the analysis of claims and where appropriate, the prosecution and settlement of claims in the civil courts and the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI). Mr. Geller is a well known consumer’s advocate with respect to investor issues as well as a financial industry commentator and a continuing education provider.
Mr. Geller was a 14 year elected member of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) and received his L.L.B. from Dalhousie University.
Alan Goldhar brings many years of investment and financial experience working as the Chief Investment Officer, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, Ministry of the Attorney General. Prior to his positions with the provincial government, he held positions in both the banking and the investment services industry in the areas of audits and risk management.
Mr. Goldhar is currently Course Director for financial planning courses at Ryerson University and York University’s Business Program. Previously he was a course instructor in the business program at Centennial College.
Mr. Goldhar holds the Certified Financial Planner and Certified General Accountant designations and has earned two undergraduate degrees and a Masters in Business Administration.
As a renowned investor advocate, Mr. Kivenko brings extensive experience of research and advocacy in retail investor issues. He is the president and owner of Kenmar which assists investors with dispute resolution. He has also established a well-used web-site www.canadianfundwatch.com.
Mr. Kivenko holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Electronics from McGill University and is a Fellow in the American Society for Quality Control and Member of the Association of Engineers of Ontario.
Alison Knight has demonstrated a career-long commitment to consumer advocacy and stakeholder engagement. Ms. Knight is a life member and former board member of the Consumers Council of Canada. She has served on the boards of numerous professional, regulatory and non-profit organizations and held senior executive positions with companies in the financial services sector.
Ms. Knight received her Bachelor of Commerce degree form Queen’s University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
As the President and CEO of the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), Mr. List strives to develop, promote and enforce professional standards in financial planning and to raise awareness for the importance of financial planning. Mr. List has been active with the FPSC since 1998 where he has participated in many facets of setting standards and certification for financial planners.
Prior to his career in financial planning, Mr. List was an academic director at George Brown College where he established the Centre for Financial Services and introduced the Bachelor of Applied Business degree program. Mr. List is also a Chartered Accountant and holds a Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.
Ursula Menke brings more than 30 years of public and private sector experience in finance, management, law, regulatory matters, operations and corporate governance. Most recently she was Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). As a Commissioner of the FCAC, Ms. Menke examined matters relating to federal consumer protection laws and focused on building a competitive marketplace by protecting and informing consumers of financial products and services.
Ms. Menke received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from McGill University. She also earned a teaching diploma from the University of Alberta.