Trails Youth Initiative: Chairman of the Board. This NFP located near Toronto has the Mission of “helping vulnerable youth from at risk areas becoming contributing members of the Community”. We have over 150 youth in our program at any one time ages 12-16. All of our grads graduate high school. It is VERY rewarding work.
CRC/40 Oaks: www.40Oaks.com . This charity, located in Regent Park, works with the homeless and marginalized people of the area. I was Chairman of the Board from 2007-2013. During that time we built 40 Oaks. This is a $22million development which includes 87 units of affordable housing and a Community Hub. Then I ran the Community Enterprise Program there which helps to start and run Social Enterprises which provide jobs and skills for the people in social housing.
Advisory Board Specialist for Entrepreneurs: I specialize in the setting up and running of advisory boards for owner operators who find the discipline of a board helpful in managing and growing their business.
Chairman of Governing Council of Fairlawn Avenue United Church until 2018: working with other lay and spiritual leaders there to envision and bring about our Desired Future as a faith community.
Managing Partner of the Horatio Enterprise Fund: I set up this venture capital fund along with 15 other high net worth investors, many of whom had their own entrepreneurial successes. The strategy was to bring capital and expertise to 10 early stage Canadian growth companies.
A Year in Provence: I didn’t write the book. I just lived there for a sabbatical year after selling College Pro. I took my wife and 4 small children and lived in Aix en Provence studying French history and wine.
College Pro Painters-Expansion: I took the one College Pro outlet I had started in 1971 in Thunder Bay and developed a franchise model for it. I grew it across North America. By 1989 there were 600 franchises with 5000 painters and nearly $40million in summertime sales. I sold the business in 1989. I was named Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year by the Financial Post in 1980 and one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurs of the Decade by Profit Magazine in 1992.
General Foods Ltd: I worked in the marketing department for this major packaged goods manufacturer. I worked on such brands as Tang and Instant Maxwell House before being promoted to Product Mgr on Sanka.
To do what you love, and feel that it matters. What could be betterKatherine Graham 1974
World Travels (1974-75): I took a year after graduation and spent a year travelling, first across Canada, then across Europe, the Pacific, Australia and SE Asia.
HBA in Business Administration: Richard Ivey School of Business Administration at Western.
Awards: Deans List, SC Johnson Scholarship-top student entering the school, JP Bickell and Touche Ross Awards.
Most Important: our Biz School hockey team, on which I played centre, won the Ontario Championship.
It’s such a pleasure to work with a great group of people in support of an admirable, impactful causeGreg Ryan fellow Trails Director 2020
I still love playing hockey three times a week, skiing and working out. I also love to canoe and snowshoe and occasionally tennis and even golf. I was at one point, prior to Trails, very involved in Social Justice issues at my church Fairlawn Avenue United. My wife Carolyn and I have 6 children between us. That’s fun.
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