For over twenty years, Chris has worked in the financial services industry in Kingston. He is the President of Stonehouse Financial Advisory Services, an independent personal financial planning organization. Chris is a graduate of Concordia University (B.Comm) and Dalhousie University (MBA). In addition, he holds several industry-specific designations.Chris has been active in volunteering over the years with Kingston Blue Marlins, Kingston Ice Wolves, Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Kingston chapter of Advocis, a professional association for financial advisors. Chris is married to Dr. Jenn Carpenter, and they have two teen-aged children, Sidonie and Adam.
Michael Bell is a retired art history professor and art museum director. Michael has been at one time or another Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Public Archives of Canada; Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Queen’s University); Visual Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council; Assistant Director (Public Programs), National Gallery of Canada; Director and CEO, McMichael Canadian Art Collection; and Founding Director, Carleton University Art Gallery and Associate Professor.Since coming to Kingston in the early 1970s, Michael has maintained a residence in the region almost continuously even though his work took place elsewhere. During the late 1980s Michael served on the Board of the National Museums of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada. Since 2006 Michael has been a director of the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation and from 2009 -2011 served as the President, during which time a contemporary fund-raising framework was developed to position the Foundation for its 50th anniversary. Michael resides in Kingston with his wife, Diane Fitsell. Michael operates the Canadian amateur radio station VE3NOO.
Gayle Barr graduated from Queen’s University with a BA in Sociology, following which she worked with young offenders in Cobourg and then in group homes for the Children’s Aid Society in Toronto. After two years of direct service work, she pursued a Master in Social Work degree, concentrating in Social Policy and Administration, at Carleton University.Once her studies were completed, Gayle was fortunate to obtain a position with the Ontario regional office of Health Promotion, Health Canada in Toronto, ending her time there as Regional Director. The focus of the work was to provide grants for community and academic health promotion projects, projects related to national smoking, alcohol and drug strategies as well as HIV/AIDS education. Much of her work was centred in the area of health promotion for older adults, including leading a national strategy group.After moving to Kingston in 1989 with her family, Gayle began working with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Her work there focussed on planning, project management and organizational effectiveness. At the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, her most recent position was as Senior Program/Policy Consultant in the area of primary care reform, new methods of payment for family physicians and the implementation of Family Health Teams. The goal of this work was to increase access to family physicians and other health care professionals working in teams to better serve patients.Since retiring in 2012 Gayle has undertaken a diverse range of volunteer work in the arts, health care and social services including serving as Secretary on the Board of The Kingston Prize Association: Canada’s National Portrait competition. Gayle joined the CFKA Community Grants Committee in 2013 and is honoured to now serve as Chair of this committee comprised of a lively, enthusiastic group of knowledgeable and thoughtful people who work diligently to select worthwhile projects on behalf of the Community Foundation.
Brad French is the Owner and President of Alliance Wireless Communications and Alliance Alarms /401 Security. He attended Holy Cross Catholic High School in Kingston then went on to graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours BA in 1998, and then from the University of Liverpool with an MBA in 2004. Since graduation, Brad has been involved in all aspects of his family business.In addition to this Brad served on the Board of the Youth Diversion Program (www.youthdiversion.org) from 2000 to 2009 in all executive capacities. Through his company Alliance Alarms, Brad also created the Youth Diversion Program Endowment Fund. Brad has also served as President and Past President of the Canadian Association of Message Exchange Board of Directors (www.camx.ca) a Telephone Answering Service Industry Association.Brad was born and raised in Kingston. He is married to Alida, a teacher at Bayridge High School, and they have two children, Kayla and John. To find out more about Brad you can view his LinkedIn Profile at www.linkedin.com/in/BradFrench.
Jonathan Warren is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Tax Partner with a National accounting firm, KPMG LLP. Jonathan has over 18 years’ experience in the public accounting industry, assisting clients in many facets of their accounting, tax and information control systems, ensuring proper governance to oversee their financial operations. In addition, Jonathan has extensive experience with the Income Tax Act and the applicable rules as they relate to charities and foundations.During his career, Jonathan has been invited to be a special lecturer in delivering tax training courses nationally within KPMG and externally with CPA Ontario. Currently Jonathan is the Treasurer for the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area and also serves on the Board of Directors for the KPMG Foundation, a national charitable foundation for the Partners of KPMG. Previously, Jonathan has served over 7-years as the Treasurer for the Kingston and Area Branch of St. John Ambulance.
Peter Finnegan is Vice President and Branch Manager of the Kingston office of BMO Nesbitt Burns. BMO Nesbitt Burns is one of the largest investment advisory firms in Canada which forms a core part of the success of Bank of Montreal Financial Group, Canada’s oldest bank founded in 1817.Peter has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and in addition to managing the Kingston/Brockville/Perth offices, he leads a team that advises and manages investment portfolios for individuals, families, charities and corporations. He has a degree in Economics (Carleton University 1989), and holds designations as a Certified Investment Manager, Portfolio Manager and Professional Financial Planner.Peter has held volunteer board/cabinet positions with the Business Improvement Association of Belleville (1995-1998), United Way of Quinte (1996-2004), United Way of Peterborough (2005-2007), Providence Care Corporation (2011-2014) and was an inaugural member of the Investment Advisor Advisory committee to senior management of BMO Nesbitt Burns (2014-2015).Peter is married to Marisa and they have two children, Julia and Ethan who attend Regiopolis Notre Dame high school. Julia will be attending Queens next year.
Richard Kizell is a graduate of Queen’s University. He has spent many years managing several successful family businesses and their holdings. Currently he is the owner of a local Investment Planning Council office in downtown Kingston with six professional financial planners and five support staff. Richard has been a financial planner since February 1986 and is a Certified Financial Planner, Registered Financial Planner, and Chartered Life Underwriter. Richard has played a leading role in the Kingston community and has served on many boards and committees including Rotary, Kiwanis, Red Cross, Downtown Kingston Association, Chamber of Commerce, and Queen’s medical school fundraising committee. Richard served in many different capacities at Beth Israel Congregation including President, Secretary, and Finance Chair for over 25 years. Richard has also been involved with a leadership role in the local B’nai Brith fundraiser for over 40 years.Richard has been married to his wife, Cheryl, for 33 years. They have two married daughters. Valerie lives in Calgary with her husband, Matthew, and Erin lives in Vancouver with Marcus. Cheryl and Richard are very excited that their first grandchild Isaac, was born in April 2017 to Valerie and Matthew.
Bryce Parisotto is the President of Benefits Consulting Plus Inc., a local employee benefits and insurance consulting firm. Bryce moved to Ontario in 1993 from his hometown of Abbotsford, BC to attend the University of Ottawa where he achieved his Bachelor of Commerce degree.He began working in the insurance industry when he graduated and was transferred to Kingston in 1999 to manage the local employee benefits office of Great-West Life. In 2007, Bryce left Great-West Life to start his career as an employee benefits consultant and in 2010 founded Benefits Consulting Plus.Bryce is a past Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of KFL&A and helped raise money for Hospice Kingston as a committee member of Chilifest for three years. Most recently, Bryce was a member of the Resource Development Committee of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.Bryce enjoys playing hockey and golf and spending time with his wife Shannon and their two kids William and Chelsea.
Jay Rayner is an established and skilled Investment Advisor at Assante Capital Management with eight years of experience focusing on managing investments and wealth for a diversified clientele. Jay sits on a number of boards and committees focused on fundraising and community advocacy.
Melissa Seal is a partner at the law firm of Templeman Menninga LLP, a full-service law firm serving clients across Ontario from offices in Kingston, Belleville, and Brockville. Melissa primarily practices in the areas of labour, employment, and human rights. Melissa has lived in Kingston for nearly 15 years, and in her free time enjoys reading, paddleboarding, and spending time with her children.
Mr. Thomson received his B.A. and his LL.B. from Queen’s University, and his LL.M. from the University of California. His career in law and public service began at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught law and became Assistant Dean of the Law School. In 1972, Mr. Thomson was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for the Province of Ontario. Subsequently, he was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Community and Social Services, responsible for children’s services. Mr. Thomson returned to the bench, and then, from 1985-1989, he was the Director of Education for the Law Society of Upper Canada and also chaired a provincial committee on social assistance reform. In 1989, he became Deputy Minister of Citizenship for the Province of Ontario, followed by appointments as Deputy Minister of Labour, and Ontario Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Thomson was then Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada from 1994-1998. After a term as Skelton-Clark fellow at Queen’s University, he assumed the position of Executive Director of the National Judicial Institute in 2000. In 2006, he became Senior Director, International Programs for the Institute. He also chaired Ontario’s Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.Mr. Thomson has chaired or been a member of several boards including but not limited to Justice Studies Centre of the Americas, Kingston General Hospital, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.Mr. Thomson currently facilitates the Working Group on Income Security, which has been asked by the Ontario government to develop a roadmap for income security reform by the summer of 2017.
Rod White is one of the top Real Estate Agents in Kingston. Rod has many roots in Kingston; he has lived in the city for the last thirty-five years; Rod and his family live in the downtown area within walking distance to Queen’s and he is intimately familiar with the education, religious and medical offerings of the city. He is a Queen’s University Graduate (Bachelor of Commerce 1980) and successfully operated a Windsurfing Outdoor Retail store in the downtown core for ten years prior to entering the Real Estate profession. Rod owns a cottage and is a boating enthusiast with extensive knowledge of the 1000 Islands and small lakes in and around Kingston.
George Wright retired from CGI Group as an Executive Management Consultant in February 2014 after 25 years of full time employment with CGI and 19 years with Alcan. He moved to Kingston with his family in 1977. He has experience in all aspects of managing Information Technology (IT) from strategic planning through project delivery to on-going operations in both the private and public sectors.Mr. Wright is a graduate of McGill University (B. Eng – Electrical). He was awarded an Athlone Fellowship and attended the Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London (M.Sc. in Control Systems). He was elected to the status of Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario in March 2003 in recognition of his service to the profession of Management Consulting. He is authorized to use the designation Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC). Through his working career (and more recently, during retirement), Mr. Wright has contributed to several volunteer organizations. These include:
- Community Foundation for Kingston & Area: Project Manager, Vital Signs® report for 2016, 2015 and 2014;
- The Kingston Prize, Canada’s Portrait Prize: providing business expertise for planning and finance to the Board;
- Canadian Association of Management Consultants: Chair, Eastern Ontario Chapter;
- Kingston Technology Council: founding Board member and subsequently Chair;
- Thyroid Foundation of Canada: founding Board member (1980) and subsequently Chair.
He has built two boats from kits using the “stich and glue technique” – a kayak and a rowing boat.
Household renovations, whacking garden weeds and the challenges of a MGB also consume his leisure time.
Honorary Life Members
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Life-long resident of Kingston, Michael Davies is the Founder and President of The Davies Charitable Foundation. He is the former owner and publisher of the Kingston Whig-Standard Co. Ltd. (1969-90).Michael has been active in arts and other cultural activities in Eastern Ontario for many years. He has served in various capacities with the Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Grand Theatre Board, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, Queen’s University Board of Trustees, the Kingston Rowing Club, and The Trillium Foundation.Michael is a founding member/President of the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston. As Past-President, Michael now sits on the Board of Directors as an honourary lifetime member, and continues his role a Chair of the Fund Development Committee.Michael has received numerous awards for community services including the Order of Canada, he is a Paul Harris Fellow and he holds an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University as well as an honorary diploma from St. Lawrence College.He is married to Elaine and has five Children and twelve grandchildren (aged two to twenty). His recreational pursuits include piloting, sailing, music, and tennis.
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Florence Campbell is a retired senior executive from positions such as Vice Principal, Advancement, Queen’s University; Vice President, Conference Board of Canada (Ottawa); sales/services, public affairs and government relations management portfolios in IBM Canada Ltd (Toronto and Ottawa).Current board involvement includes Past Chair, Queen’s Family Health Team and Board member, KFL&A Public Health.Previous board of directors’ involvement in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston include: Ottawa Carleton Economic Development Corporation, Carleton University, Elmwood School, Canadian Clubs of Toronto and Ottawa (and President of the Ottawa Club), Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Ottawa Carleton Learning Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, Advisory Board of the Ottawa Heart Institute, Rideau Club, Five Lakes Club, Kingston Symphony Association, Kingston General Hospital (Chair, Planning and Research Development Committees and member Governance Committee), Grand Theatre Fundraising Restoration Committee, Founding Vice-Chair of the South East Local Health Integration Network (and Chair of Governance Committee, Co-Chair Collaborative Governance Development Team); Community for Excellence in Health Governance.In 2012 Florence received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for community engagement and in 2013 the Ontario Medical Association Community Service Award for her contribution to the health and welfare of the population of Kingston.
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After almost 35 years in public accounting Greg retired from his role as an Associate Partner with KPMG in the summer of 2009 at which time he continued with KPMG in a consulting capacity. At the same time, Greg took on the role of Treasurer of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. He served as President from 2012-2014 and Past President until June 2017. With over 40 years of public accounting experience in Hamilton, KPMG National Tax and for the past 30 years with KPMG in Kingston, Greg has provided specialist tax services in a variety of areas that include individuals, corporations, charities and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to his retirement, Greg was responsible for the tax group in the Kingston office of KPMG which included 10 full time tax professionals. During his career, Greg has been involved with writing and editing KPMG tax publications that focused on current tax matters and potential tax planning strategies for clients. He has been involved in preparing and presenting a variety of firm training courses encompassing a wide range of personal, corporate, charity and not-for profit income tax issues. Greg is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
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Originally from British Columbia and a graduate of UBC, Eveline Flint pursued various reporting and editing jobs until 1965, and then spent five years in London, England, before moving to Kingston with her husband and son. She was employed at Queen’s University for 12 years, lastly as Employment Manager, before becoming a Life Underwriter with the Canada Life Assurance Company, Kingston Branch.While at Queen’s, Eveline was founding president of the University Staff Association and a member of the first two Principal’s Committees on the Status of Women. She was on the selection committee for the first Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, an organizer for the 1985 Courage to Dream Conference (which planted the seed for the creation of the community foundation) and a board member of The Ban Righ Foundation for Continuing Education for Women.Among past community activities, Eveline includes past president of The Kingston Arthritis Society, Medic Alert Chair for Kingston Life Underwriters, and member of the Grand Theatre Summer Festival Advisory Committee for several years.Eveline was the last president of The Martello Tower Society, and led the reorganization into The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.
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Originally from Western Canada, Virginia moved to Kingston in 1975 with her husband John and family. John accepted a teaching position at the Business School at Queen’s.Virginia and her friend Katie Carmichael established a successful kitchen shop in downtown Kingston called Kitchen Cargo, which they ran for over ten years. It was a great business education and through it their commitment to Kingston was established.Virginia views the Foundation as a resource for future generations of Kingstonians. Planning for the future and working with other established charities is a very satisfying way to know your community. You are laying the ground work for continued good things happening. An established Community Foundation can be the safety net in good times and bad. Virginia has worked with the Resource Development Committee and is an Honorary Life Member of the Board of Directors.
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Regina (Gini) Rosen is a community activist inspired by a desire to affect positive change. Her activities include extensive fundraising for a broad spectrum of interests. She has volunteered with dozens of community, national, and international organizations including The City of Kingston (arts funding committee), Kingston Regional Arts Council (creator of first citywide Art’s Fair and producer of arts video), and the Grand Theatre (where the main auditorium is named for her).After attending Boston University, Gini earned an Early Education Teacher’s degree and a BA in Religion & Drama from Queen’s University. A lifelong student, Gini has continued pursuing post-graduate education in Women’s, Film, and Religious Studies. Her involvement at Queen’s is ongoing, as she initiated a proposal for a Jewish Studies’ Program and, with her late husband Irving, successfully raised the necessary funds to enable Queen’s to institute a Program in Jewish Studies. In June 2014, Gini was bestowed an Honourary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater.Gini has remained active with the Foundation since her appointment as Vice-President in 1985, becoming President of the Board of Directors in June 2000, and an Honourary Board Member since. Along with working on many of the sub-committees, she has chaired or co-chaired four major fundraisers: The Tragically Hip Benefit Concert Across the Causeway;Tenth Anniversary Black & White Gala; Under the Big Top and Jailhouse Rock. After twenty years in that role, she continues as Editor of Ripples, our Semi-Annual Report to the Community.Gini attributes her volunteer involvement to a synergy of three things: willingness, opportunity, and capability. Inspired by her faith and her family, she looks to help where she can in order to live life in a meaningful way.She and her late husband Irving raised three children: Gregg, the current president of Kimco Steel, who lives in Kingston with his wife Marla and children Samantha, Cody, and Alexis; Andrea, a world renowned Art Gallery owner who lives with her husband Simrel and daughter Stella in New York; and Charles, who after several careers is currently engaged in regenerative farming and cider making, and lives with wife Lauren and children Sydney and Oscar in New Jersey.
Mary-Alice Thompson is a Partner with the law firm Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham, LLP, Kingston’s oldest and largest law firm. Mary-Alice Thompson practices law in the areas of wills, estates, and trusts, as well as personal and estate planning. She is certified as a specialist in Estate and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).Mary-Alice obtained her law degree from Queen’s University in 1992, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1994. She has worked as in-house lawyer, for a large firm in Toronto, and in her own private practice, before joining Cunningham Swan in 2010. She has taught Wills and Trusts at Queen’s University Law School, Succession Law at St. Lawrence College and Estate Planning and Administration and Legal Writing for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course.Mary-Alice speaks often at public seminars on will and estate planning matters, including charitable giving. A new edition of her book “Will Drafting in Canada: A Practical Guide for Lawyers” (with Robyn Solnik and Brian Billingham) will be published by LexisNexis in 2016. She has also lectured and written about estate planning, estate administration, and charities law.Mary-Alice has been involved with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area in a number of capacities since the first organizational meeting!
Marc LeBlanc, VP, CIM, FCSI, Portfolio Manager, has been an investment advisor since 1994. His expertise in the industry is Canadian equities and discretionary portfolio management.