Former Managing Director and Co-Head of Salomon Smith Barney’s Investment Banking business in South and South East Asia. 36 years of Investment and Corporate Banking experience in Asia, including Chief Executive for American Express Bank in India and Head of Chemical Bank’s Investment Banking business in Asia (ex-Japan. Executed numerous debt and equity transactions, raising over US$8 billion for regional corporations and governments.
Mr. Aylward has extensive public/private sector management experience in the resource and transportation sectors. Most recently Mr. Aylward has worked in the oil sands industry and with First Nations groups on business development and environmental technology issues. Previously, he served as CEO of the Goose Bay International Airport and Nunacor Development Corporation. He also served as a Provincial Cabinet Minister for nine years with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador including the Environment, Labour and Forestry portfolios. Mr. Aylward also served as Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Provincial Electionin 2011.
Mr. Abdiye has extensive experience in the financial sector, in both public and private companies. He is a chartered professional accountant (CPA), and current chief financial officer of reporting issuers, where he is responsible for all financial, fiscal management, regulatory compliance matters and reporting aspects of company operations. He also provides strategic guidance and direction in capital structuring, and is engaged in innovative financing programs that leverage sales and development.
Brett James has been a partner and principal of Sussex Strategy Group since 2000. Brett provides clients with strategic counsel on major business issues, informed and intelligent guidance on their government interaction and communications advice to leverage public opinion on issues affected by government decisions. Brett has been a political and communications commentator on several major Canadian media outlets and a guest speaker at many major business, communications and advocacy conferences in Canada and the United States. He continues to be a senior advisor and fundraiser for candidates and campaigns across the country.
George Smitherman has served at all three levels of Canadian government over 3 decades. During a 5 year run as Minister of Health and Long Term Care Smitherman oversaw the largest government department in Canada with a budget of more than $ 30 billion.
In response to the 2008 Financial crisis Smitherman was transferred to the newly formed Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and was leading Ontario’s economic renewal strategy.
On the Infrastructure side Smitherman spearheaded negotiations with the Government of Canada over a shared multi billion dollar Infrastructure Stimulus Program that funded nearly 3000 shovel ready projects on a shared basis with Municipalities, First Nation Communities as well as Colleges and Universities.
Smitherman championed the Green Energy and Economy Act which secured billions in much needed foreign investment all the while providing opportunities for Ontario businesses. This strategy supported Ontario phase out coal fired electricity generation. Smitherman negotiated risk take back agreements with Bruce Power and curtailed Ontario’s momentum towards the completion of two new nuclear power plants.