Board of Directors

Jonathan Hausman (Chair), Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

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Jonathan Hausman is Managing Director and Head of Global Strategic Relationships. Prior to this appointment, Jonathan served as Vice President, Alternative Investments and Global Tactical Asset Allocation at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’), where he was responsible for the Fund’s global hedge fund portfolio, as well as its internal global macro and systematic trading strategies. Prior to joining Teachers’, Mr. Hausman was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, where he held positions in its New York, London and Hong Kong offices managing sovereign risk strategy and advising government clients on their external financing and international credit ratings. His clients included the Republic of South Africa, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea, which in 1999 conferred on him a National Award of Merit in recognition of his advisory work for the Korean government through the Asia Crisis.

Mr. Hausman serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he is a Senior Fellow and lectures on Global Markets and International Political Economy. In 2010, Mr. Hausman received an Arbor Award for his service to the university. In 2009, Mr. Hausman was selected by the Canadian International Council to be an expert panelist for its Global Positioning Strategy, a major non-partisan initiative to design and recommend to the Canadian government a new approach to international affairs in the changing global environment.

Before beginning his career in international finance, Mr. Hausman worked as Special Assistant to the Premier of the Province of Ontario. He holds a BA (Hons.) from McGill University, an MSc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics, and an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He also has ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Hausman is a native of Toronto and lives in the city with his wife and two daughters.

Kelvin Dushnisky, (Vice Chair) Barrick Gold Corp.

Kelvin Dushnisky was appointed President of Barrick in August 2015. He provides overall leadership to the organization and holds responsibility for the execution of Barrick’s strategic priorities. He was appointed Co-President in 2014 and was previously Senior Executive Vice President with global responsibility for Government Relations, Permitting, Corporate Responsibility, Investor Relations and Communications. In 2013, Mr. Dushnisky was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of London-listed African Barrick Gold plc (now Acacia Mining plc).

Mr. Dushnisky joined Barrick in 2002, with extensive international experience in project approvals, development agreements and public affairs. Prior to Barrick, Mr. Dushnisky served as Vice Chairman, General Counsel and a founding Director of EuroZinc Mining Corporation, Vice President of Sutton Resources Ltd. (acquired by Barrick) and Vice President of Rescan Consultants Inc. He has served on the boards of directors for a number of publicly listed companies.

Mr. Dushnisky holds a B.Sc. (Hon.) degree from the University of Manitoba and M.Sc. and J.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Institute of the Americas and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dushnisky also represents Barrick at the World Gold Council and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). He served on the National Advisory Council for a series of roundtables evaluating Canada’s role in emerging markets.

Craig Walter (Vice Chair), Deloitte Canada

Craig Walter head shot smallCraig is Deloitte Canada’s Infrastructure Practice Leader and Head of Infrastructure M&A for the Americas. He advises pension funds, infrastructure funds, private corporations, and governments on strategy and M&A  transactions in the infrastructure sector. Craig has over 20 years of M&A experience in advisory, corporate, and private equity environments. His major location experience includes: Canada (13 years), Chile (5  years) and France (2 years). In addition, he has led transaction teams on over 200 transactions throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Craig is a fluent Spanish speaker, and holds a BComm from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Kenneth N. Frankel (President), Canadian Council for the Americas


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Robert Almeida (Treasurer), Portland Holdings Inc.

Mr. Robert Almeida has over 25 years experience as an investor and operator. Mr. Almeida is a Managing Partner with Portland Private Equity and helped establish AIC Caribbean Fund, a $225 million committed capital private equity focused on investing in the Caribbean. Portland Holdings is one of the largest investors in the Caribbean and Portland Private Equity would be the largest private equity manager focused on investing in the Caribbean. Mr. Almeida joined the Portland group in July 2002 and was a co-manager of the AIC Advantage Funds, public equity mutual funds which exceeded $1 billion of assets under management and which invested globally. Mr. Almeida led the group’s founding investment in Columbus International Inc., has served as Director of National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, and Director of Kingston Wharves Limited, one of two operators at the busy port of Kingston Jamaica.

Prior to joining Portland, Mr. Almeida spent four years at CIBC, a leading Canadian bank where he was Senior Vice President, Electronic Commerce; President, President’s Choice Financial; Chairman, Amicus Bank Canada; and Chief Officer, Product, Marketing and Strategy, Amicus Holdings USA. During this time, Mr. Almeida led the successful launch of an innovative banking venture in Canada that acquired over 1 million customers and close to Cdn$8 billion of funds under management. Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Almeida spent 10 years at Loblaw Companies Limited, most recently as Vice President, Development and Reengineering.

Brent Bergeron, Goldcorp

Brent BergeronBrent Bergeron was appointed Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in December 2014. Mr. Bergeron joined Goldcorp in November 2010, assuming the role of Vice President, Corporate Affairs in 2012. Prior to joining the company, he served as a senior executive at several international companies and has extensive experience in the areas of government and public relations, corporate affairs, operations and communications. Mr. Bergeron is responsible for Goldcorp’s external relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders, communications and for growing the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility function. Mr. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Economics and a Masters of Arts (Economics) degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also serves as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Responsible Gold Standard Initiative at the World Gold Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Quebec Mining Association and MinAlliance.

Roberta Brzezinski, CDPQ

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Roberta Brzezinski, Managing Principal, joined CDPQ’s growth markets team in January 2015. Her role includes deploying CDPQ’s growth markets investment strategy and seeking business opportunities in growth markets. She is based in CDPQ’s Washington subsidiary.

Ms. Brzezinski has been involved in private equity investing since 1992. Before joining CDPQ, she held the position of Chief Investment Officer at TAU Investment Management, a private equity investment firm whose operations focus on Asia. She was one of the founding partners of Abris Capital Partners, a private equity fund manager that invests in the major countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Abris, Ms. Brzezinski was Managing Director at Emerging Markets Partnership, manager of the US$6 billion AIG Infrastructure Funds, where she oversaw various investment activities in Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. She began her career as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, a division of the World Bank, before becoming Vice-President, Direct Investments for NCH Capital, an emerging markets-focused hedge fund.

Ms. Brzezinski holds an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and earned an AB in History and Literature from Harvard College.

Kip Daechsel (Secretary), McMillan LLP

Kip Daechsel, an experienced business lawyer at McMillan LLP, is a member of both the Quebec and Ontario bars. Kip’s core practice is mergers and acquisitions, private equity and providing strategic advice to business leaders. Kip also advises clients in respect of conflict resolution, specialised commercial agreements, structured finance, the regulation of financial institutions and corporate governance. In addition to English, Kip speaks French, Italian, and Spanish. His practice includes foreign clients operating in Canada and Canadian clients investing abroad.  His work outside of Canada is principally in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Siegfried Kiefer Chief Strategy Officer, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited and President, Canadian Utilities

Siegfried KeiferMr. Kiefer was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Power & Utilities, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited, on July 1, 2013. Since 2011, he has held the title of Chief Operating Officer, Energy & Utilities and he was Managing Director, Utilities Business Group from 2004 to 2011. Prior to these appointments he was Chief Information Officer for ATCO Group for more than 11 years until late 2009. He began his career with ATCO Group began in 1983.

In 1997, he transferred to ATCO Gas Services Ltd., now known as ATCO Energy Solutions, as Manager, Utility Services. One year later, he was appointed Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer within ATCO Group, and took on the added role as President of ATCO I-Tek in 1999. In July 2000, Appointed Managing Director, Technologies Business Group, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited, where he oversaw the operations of ATCO I-Tek while retaining the CIO role within ATCO’s head office.

Mr. Kiefer has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Enrique Lopez, The Bank of Nova Scotia

Enrique_Lopez_Picture_web_June_2015Enrique is Vice President, Corporate Finance – Latin America, where he is responsible for corporate finance transaction in Latin America. He previously held the role of Vice President, Global Risk Management – Latin America, where he managed a team responsible for corporate and commercial credits from Mexico, Peru, Chile and Brazil.

Prior to Scotiabank, Mr. Lopez was the Director of North American Private Equity Sponsor Coverage at Roynat Capital (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Nova Scotia). In this role, Mr. Lopez managed a team that provided junior capital to private equity sponsors undertaking buyouts in Canada and the United States. In addition, he served as a Director or Observer on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies. Before joining the Scotiabank Group, Mr. Lopez held roles with several public accounting firms.

Mr. Lopez has also served as a Committee Member of the Differential Reporting Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (Toronto Chapter). He is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator, with a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Jose Penafiel CEO and President Madalena Energy Inc.

Mr. Jose David Penafiel has been Chief Executive Officer and President at Madalena Energy Inc. since May 09, 2017. Mr. Penafiel previously managed Hispania Petroleum and its predecessor for 10 years. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Hispania group. He has also managed gasoline and diesel distribution operations in Ecuador and Guatemala for the Hispania group. He led the efforts to consolidate the group’s Argentine and Russian upstream assets in Hispania. Mr. Penafiel headed Hispania’s Argentine operations out of Buenos Aires for 7 years as General Manager. He has been Director at Madalena Energy Inc. since May 09, 2017. He served as Director of Permtotineft, Hispania’s joint venture with Lukoil.

Mr. Penafiel is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

John Price (Vice President, Research & Market Intelligence), Americas Market Intelligence

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John Price is Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence. A veteran of Latin America market consulting and one of the leading public speakers in the region, addressing over 30 audiences per year.  John has advised more than half of the global 100 firms on their business strategies and market intelligence needs in Latin America.  In 1992, John founded InfoAmericas, becoming the largest independent market intelligence firm in Latin America before it was sold to in 2007 to Kroll. In 2011, John left Kroll and founded Americas Market Intelligence with offices in Miami and Mexico City.  In 2015, AMI launched an affiliate office in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

John has published over 100 articles on Latin America’s business environment.  In 2007, John Price co-wrote and co-edited “Can Latin America Compete?”, which was published by Palgrave.  John teaches as an adjunct professor at Florida International University.

John is an active board member of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an orphanage network operating in nine Latin American countries. He is a BComm graduate (1988) from Queen’s University and a Canadian citizen.  John Price resides in Miami with his wife and three sons.

Guillermo E. Rishchynski, Executive Director for Canada at the InterAmerican Development Bank

Portrait of new PR of Canada,Guillermo E. Rishchynski was appointed Executive Director for Canada at the IADB in January 2016. He served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 2011 to December 2015. He was  Ambassador to the United Mexican States from September 2007. Ambassador Rishchynski joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1982 after a career in the private sector in marketing and project management in Africa and Latin America. He has served at the Canadian Consulates General in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Canadian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, the Canadian Consulate in Melbourne, Australia, the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In 1999, he was appointed Canadian Ambassador to Colombia, serving for three years in Bogota before returning to Canada. He served as Vice-President for the Americas at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Canada. In 2005 to 2007, he served as Canadian Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. At headquarters in Ottawa, he has held a number of senior positions, including Deputy Director, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean and as Director of the Team Canada Task Force. He was the Inspector General of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Ambassador completed studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where he obtained an Honours B.A. in Political Science in 1975. He has also undertaken Graduate Studies at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Noam Silberstein (Vice President, Outreach and Networking), AG Growth Intl.

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Noam Silberstein is Vice President of Business Development at AG Growth Intl. He was previously Managing Director of Investment Banking at National Bank Financial.  He is part of the Diversified Industries Group with responsibility for financings and M&A advisory in the agri-business, industrials, and technology sectors. Noam has over a decade of investment banking experience and was most recently at Wellington West, prior to the firm’s acquisition by National Bank. Noam has a B.Comm. from McGill University and earned his CFA charter in 2006. He speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and serves on the board of directors of the CFA Society Toronto.

David Simsilevich (Vice Treasurer), Anglo Andino Group

David SimsilevichDavid is a Trustee of Anglo Andino Group (AAG), a fiduciary and investment banking firm focused on alternative and emerging market investments. AAG manages investments in infrastructure, forestry, private credit, and real estate in the U.S. and Latin America. David is also a Director of Davenport Capital Group a Toronto based firm that works with private equity and corporate credit. Prior to AAG, David worked at two investment banking firms based in Toronto providing strategic advice to companies in the Americas and Europe. David was trained as an Industrial Engineer and holds an MBA from McGill University. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Tom Syer, Teck

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Mr. Syer is Director, Government Affairs at Teck Resources – Canada’s largest diversified resource company, based in Vancouver. He has 20 years of experience in leadership roles within the public and private sectors working on policy development with specific focuses on natural resource development, climate change, and Indigenous relations. He has been involved in the development and roll-out of numerous provincial and federal policy initiatives and in the private sector, has been responsible for advancing resource development policies and Indigenous relationships, including successfully negotiating comprehensive agreements for the largest wind farm and run-of-river projects in Western Canada.

Prior to joining Teck, his diverse work experience has included: Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination and Issues Management in the Province of British Columbia government (2002-2007); Director of First Nation and Corporate Relations for a successful B.C. based renewable energy company (2007-2012); and as Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Business Council of British Columbia (2012-2015). He has actively led and participated in numerous multi-lateral initiatives, policy committees and reviews including chairing the Energy and Indigenous Affairs Committees at the Business Council. Tom is active volunteer and is currently on the Board of Central City Foundation – Vancouver’s longest running downtown charity.

Mr. Syer holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and lives in Vancouver with his family.

Nick Thadaney, TMX Group

nicholas-thadaney.1441051632Nicholas is President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Equity Capital Markets, TMX Group, and a member of the senior management team. Mr. Thadaney is responsible for all of TMX Group’s equity listing and trading activity across the company’s equities markets and alternative trading systems, including Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and TSX Alpha Exchange.

Mr. Thadaney has extensive business, leadership, and client development experience, as well as a strong commitment to developing superior value propositions from the perspective of the market and TMX Group clients, both in Canada and globally.

Prior to joining TMX Group in 2015, Mr. Thadaney was Chief Executive Officer of ITG Canada Corp. since 2005, with responsibility for managing all aspects of the business, as well as a Member of ITG’s Global Executive Committee. Previously, he was Director of Sales and Trading of ITG Canada’s Institutional Equities business from 2000 to 2005. Before his tenure at ITG, Mr. Thadaney was Vice-President, Business Development (Equities) at C.T. Securities Inc., which was later acquired by T.D. Securities Inc. in 1999. He is also a member of several industry associations and registered charities, including the Investment Industry Association of Canada, the Young Presidents Association (Ontario Chapter), the Redwood Shelter, and others.

Mr. Thadaney earned a BA in Economics from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Mike van Akkooi, SVP, Government Relations Kinross Gold

Mr. van Akkooi was appointed Senior Vice President, Government Relations at Kinross Gold in May 2017. Prior to joining Kinross, he held various global government and corporate affairs roles with BHP Billiton across the company’s minerals and petroleum portfolio based in Singapore, Houston and lastly in Melbourne. In November 2015 he was dispatched to Brazil to act as BHP Billiton’s interim Head of Corporate Affairs for Brazil directly following the Samarco tailings dam tragedy. A native of the Netherlands, he joined BHP Billiton after a diverse career in international politics with the Netherlands Government.

Mr. van Akkooi holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and an executive MBA from HEC Paris.

Raziel Zisman, Alicanto Mining Corp.

Raziel is Executive Chairman of Alicanto Mining Corp., a private project generating company with offices in Canada and in Colombia and is also Executive Chairman of Fénix Geoconsult Ltd., a geological consulting company. Raziel grew up in Lima, Peru and read development economics at Sussex University in the UK, followed by studies in Canada where he took a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School as well as graduate degrees in economics, environmental studies and law. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and of the New York bar. After clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada, he worked in the Toronto office of a leading American law firm, in cross border financings and mergers & acquisitions, gaining experience in the mining, energy and other sectors, and at major Canadian business-law firms, working primarily in the mining and natural resource sectors. He is a director at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), where he is serves on the International Affairs Committee. Raziel holds an M.A., M.E.S. and an LL.M.