Board of Directors
Amy Bryson, B.A. (Hon), LL.B
A member of the CAA South Central Ontario Board of Directors since May 8, 2008, Amy Bryson is the Manager of HBA Recruitment at Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University. Prior to taking on this challenge, she practiced corporate commercial law in London, Ontario for twelve years, eleven of them with McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP. Her experience in financings, and mergers and acquisitions in the insurance industry, is an invaluable asset to the organization.
Deeply committed to her community, Amy served for nine years as a Director and held various offices, including President, of MainStreet London Revitalization Organization. As well she has served for many years as a member of the Better Business Bureau’s Charitable Review Committee and is a former member of the Ministry and Personnel Committee at Metropolitan United Church.
Currently, Amy serves as the Vice Chair of the Social Responsibility and Government Relations Committee and is a member of the Human Resources Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
William (Bill) Carter, Vice Chair
A member of CAA South Central Ontario's Board of Directors since 2004 and currently Vice Chair of the Board, Bill Carter has enjoyed a distinguished career in the accounting industry from 1970 - 2001 when he held a number of senior positions, including office managing partner of the accounting firm Clarkson Gordon/ Ernst & Young in Windsor.
In 2001 he accepted the position of President and CEO of Windsor Raceway Inc, and in 2004 accepted the position of President K Scrap Resources Ltd in Windsor.
His varied experience and accomplishments in industry have enabled him to provide valuable insight as a member of our Board of Directors. Additional professional milestones include:
- Past Vice Chair, Audit committee for the City of Windsor
- Past Director and Treasurer- United Way / Centraide, Windsor Essex County; serving on the finance, investment, membership and executive committees
- Chair of Business Advisory Committee, St. Clair College
- Past Director - Ontario Horseracing Industry Association and served on the BioSecurity and Finance committees as well as the committee responsible for negotiating ORC fees and levies
- Past President Essex Kent Chartered Accountants Association; worked with schools to assist in recruiting students for the CA program.
- Past Chairman and Treasurer of the Willistead Classic & Antique Car Show; served on this board for nine years assisting in raising funds for the restoration of Willistead Manor.
- Past Vice President and Treasurer of Willistead Manor Inc.
- St. Clair College – Alumni of Distinction Award
Mervin ("Merv") A.C. Daub, B.Comm (Hon.), MBA, Ph.D
A member of the CAA South Central Ontario Board of Directors since 2004, Merv Daub has enjoyed a successful career of over 30 years as an academic economist in the Queen’s School of Business. During that period he was a member or chair of virtually every committee in the School and served on numerous university-wide committees as well. He has also presented at numerous conferences and seminars, and been a guest lecturer, in various universities around the world.
Merv has published three books and over 60 articles on subjects ranging from economic forecasting to business, sport, history and energy matters. He has been a member of the Canadian Economic Association, the American Economic Association, the International Institute of Forecasters and various other professional associations.
His professional accomplishments also include being a Senior Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada and a member of the Ontario Energy Board (where he chaired an Ontario Hydro Rate case hearing).
Currently retired, and an Emeritus Professor at Queen’s, he has also served on several other boards including the Board of the Kingston General Hospital(where he chaired the Audit Committee), that of the Community Foundation of Kingston and the Area, and the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University( where he also chaired the Audit Committee).
Currently, Merv serves as the Chair of the Social Responsibility and Government Relations Committee and Vice Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
William Graham, MBA (with Distinction); B.Sc. (Eng), P.Eng. (ret'd)
A member of the CAA South Central Ontario Board of Directors since 2003, Bill Graham is President and Chief Executive Officer of Quartham International and Quartham Investment Group Limited, located in Toronto. He is also an Executive-in-Residence, International MBA Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University.
His career highlights include being President & CEO, member of the Board of Proponix (Canada) Inc., Proponix Pty Limited, Proponix (Australia) Pty Limited and affiliates; Asia Pacific Region Head, Financial Institutions, Citibank N.A., Singapore; and Managing Director, Financial Institutions and Transactions Services, Citibank Canada.
He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Schulich School of Business, York University as well as a Member of the Board of Directors, York University Alumni Association. Bill is also a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Currently, Bill is a member of the Social Responsibility and Government Relations Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors. He is also a Director on the CAA National Board and the Board of Club Auto Roadside Services, as well as Chairing the Audit Committees of both of those Boards. Bill is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Bridgewater Bank in Calgary, Alberta.
Janet Lafortune, B.A., AICB, C.DIR
A member of the CAA South Central Ontario Board of Directors since 2009, Janet Lafortune is a partner in Lafortune & Associates, located in Peterborough, Ontario, consulting in the areas of marketing and strategic planning.
Ms. Lafortune’s career highlights include 21 years with Quaker Oats Company of Canada where she held positions including Vice President Marketing, Director Information Services, and Manufacturing Services Manager. Janet previously held progressive management positions with CIBC.
She is past Board Chair, Peterborough Utilities Inc., and was formerly a director of City of Peterborough Holdings Co Inc. Janet is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, having completed the Director Education program through The Directors College of University of McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.
An active volunteer, Ms. Lafortune currently sits on the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of Lakefield College School. Past directorships include United Way of Canada – Centraide Canada, Showplace Peterborough Performance Centre, Performers for Literacy (Toronto), and Hospice Peterborough.
Currently, Janet serves as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
Art Leitch, P.Eng., MBA, M.Eng., BaSc
A member of the Board of Directors of CAA South Central Ontario since 2000, Art is a former Director and President /CEO of Hamilton Utilities Corporation. He holds a Professional Directors Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Master of Environmental Engineering from University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from York University.
Art was previously General Manager of Public Works for the City of Hamilton and a Commissioner with the former Hamilton Hydro Commission. He has served as General Manager of Sarnia Hydro, Senior Vice-President of United Utilities International PLC and as Commissioner of Planning and Public Works in the Region of Halton.
He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Link-Line Group of Companies, Vice-Chair of the Ontario Clean Water Agency Board, is on the Thunder Bay Hydro Board and is former Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Energy Association.
Currently, Art serves on the Human Resources Committee and Social Responsibility and Government Relations Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
Linda Matthews, B.A., FIIC
Linda has been a member of CAA South Central Ontario's Board of Directors since 2001.
She began her distinguished insurance career with Royal and SunAlliance in 1975 holding a number of increasing senior positions including Regional Vice President for Ontario Personal Insurance (1992) and Vice President of Personal Insurance (1994).
Ms. Matthews was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Royal and SunAlliance Canada in March 1998. She retired from the company in October 2000.
Currently, Linda serves as a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Audit, Risk & Conduct Review Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
Dina Palozzi, BA, MBA, ICD.D
Dina Palozzi was appointed to the Board of Directors of CAA South Central Ontario in 2002 and is currently Chair of the Board. She is President of Paladina Management Consulting, Inc. Dina retired from BMO Financial Group where she was Chief Privacy Officer and Executive Vice President of Client Relations. She brings a unique blend of private and public sector experience to the Board, having worked over 30 years in the Ontario Public Service in various senior management portfolios. Currently, she also serves as Chair of the York Central Hospital Board of Trustees, and as a director on the Toronto Centre For Financial Sector Supervision.
John Prno, MPA
A member of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors since 2004, John Prno has also been the Chief/Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Region of Waterloo since 1999. Prior to that, he was the Operations Manager with the predecessor Kitchener-Waterloo Regional Ambulance Service, and has held various clinical, management and consulting roles in Ontario EMS since 1975.
Currently, John serves as the Vice Chair of the Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Conduct Review Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
His community and professional involvement includes the following memberships and honours:
- Member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chair for Heartwood Place, a local provider of affordable housing
- Past Chair and Member of the Board of Directors for the Kitchener-Waterloo Branch of St. John Ambulance
- Member of the Board of Directors and Vice President for OMMI – the Ontario Municipal Management Institute
- Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for OAPC - the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs
- Chair, Ontario EMS Awards Committee for the Governor General’s Chancellery of Honours
- Member of the Senate/Regimental Council for the Highland Fusiliers of Canada, Waterloo Region’s reserve infantry regiment
- Member of the Conestoga Garrison, 78th Fraser Highlanders, a philanthropic service organization supporting military charities and preserving Scottish-Canadian military history
- Recipient of the Order of St. John (Serving Member), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and EMS Exemplary Service Medals, and Alumnus of Distinction Award from the Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Anthony Salerno, B.A., MA, MBA
A member of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors since 2010, Anthony Salerno, is President of Integrity Works Inc.
Mr. Salerno’s extensive career in the public sector includes a number of senior positions with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Finance including CEO of the Ontario Financing Authority. In the private sector, he was Managing Director of Government Investment Banking at BMO Nesbitt Burns and has also served on a number of Boards in both the private and public sectors.
Currently, Tony serves on the Social Responsibility and Government Relations Committee as well as the Governance and Nominating Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
Susan Waywell, B.Com., C.A.
A member of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors since 2003, Susan is a Partner at Collins Blay LLP, Chartered Accountants in Kingston.
Her past professional highlights include the following:
Member of the Audit Committee of Queen’s University. Treasurer of the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston and member of the Investment Committee. Chair Accounting Division – United Way Campaign, President of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern Ontario, President of the Queen’s Business Club, Kingston Branch, Director of Kingston and District Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Membership Committee, Member of the Finance Committee, Treasurer of Church Athletic League of Kingston, Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Stanton Yellowknife Hospital Board.
Susan has also been a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, past chair of the Applications Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Ontario and past President of the Eastern Ontario Chartered Accountants Association.
Currently, Susan serves as Chair of the Audit, Risk and Conduct Review Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.
Philip Wilson, B.Comm., CA
A member of the CAA South Central Ontario Board of Directors since 2009, Philip Wilson, has had an extensive career that included positions with KPMG, Bank of Montreal, Bank of America Canada (BofA) and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada (RSA). He served as Chief Financial Officer of both BofA and later RSA until his retirement.
Phil currently consults in the areas of risk management, investments and financial structuring through his firm, Cyanna Corporation. He lectures on various financial topics at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario including risk management for financial institutions, financial engineering, and derivatives. Phil is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves on a number of other boards including ACE-INA Group Canada and Bridgewater Bank.
Currently, Phil serves as the Vice Chair of the Audit, Risk and Conduct Review Committee and is a member of the Social Responsibility and Government Relations Committee of CAA South Central Ontario’s Board of Directors.