The Investor Advisory Panel consists of seven members, including the Panel Chair. Each member of the Panel has been appointed for a two-year term.Connie Craddock
Ursula Menke, Chair
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 Université de Montréal.
Mrs. Dewar has been active in the financial industry since 1984, and has a thorough understanding of the mutual funds sector and capital markets. Her experience includes financial planning, Group RSP product design, compliance and operations. She served as Chief Compliance Officer for a major mutual fund company. Subsequently she was the Chief Operations Officer for a portfolio management group that managed approximately $19 billion of mutual fund assets.
Since her retirement, Mrs. Dewar sits on the CFA Society Toronto’s Portfolio Management Committee (Chair September 2014-16). She is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society Toronto and the Genesis Club of Toronto.
Mrs. Dewar holds the CFA designation, a M.B.A. from York University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
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. He currently sits on the Canadian Bar Association’s Elder Law Executive Committee.
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 and a Diploma in Management from McGill University and is a Fellow in the American Society for Quality Control, a Member of the Association of Engineers of Ontario, and is the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Small Investor Protection Association.
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 from Queen’s University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
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.
Ms. Tardif was an investment advisor for 22 years until her retirement in 2008 from National Bank Financial, where she was also manager of their Ottawa branch. She currently sits on several boards including the Board of Trustee of OP Trust, a pension plan with over $16 billion in assets. Ms. Tardif also chairs the board of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and just ended a mandate as a Governor of the University of Ottawa where she chaired the Finance and Treasury Committee.
Ms. Tardif has a Bachelor of Commerce and a M.A. in Religious Study from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a PhD. candidate at the same institution.