TWEE BROWN VICE-CHAIR
Twee is the CEO of High Point Development, proprietor of Ben Thanh Restaurants, and Principal of Trident Property Management Inc.
One of her principle beliefs is “giving back to the community which has given so much to her and her family”, motivating her to dedicate her free time to boards, and charitable and advisory committees. She is the incoming Chair and currently serves as an Executive on the Board of Directors of the London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF), an organization that supports discovery and innovation in research, education, and patient care at London Health Sciences Centre; one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals.
Twee is the Past President of the Boys and Girls Club Foundation Board; an organization that promotes physical and mental health, and the emotional well-being of children and youth. She served as the President of The Grand Theatre Operating Board, a company that produces and presents professional theatre on two stages with a joint capacity of 983 seats. She is the Co-founder of 100 Who Care London, a group that raised over $500,000 net for London Charities, and she was honoured with the Pillar Community Innovation Award for this work.
Twee served two terms as a Director of the London Chamber of Commerce; a politically independent, membership-based, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to lead and serve the London business community. Her love for entrepreneurship is further demonstrated by her work as a founding member and Director of the London Professional Chinese Business Association (LPCBA), which focuses on the development of professional and business relationships between the Chinese and larger London communities. Twee was selected to be a member of ‘Quantum Shift’ for the engagement of the “best 40 entrepreneurs” in Canada at the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Becoming involved in the political space for the first time in 2018, she was the Campaign Manager for the 2018 - 2022 London City Mayor, Ed Holder. It was the first-ever ranked ballot election in Canada. The scrutiny, pressures, and stress experienced during the management of the campaign reaffirmed her interest to lead in a capacity outside the political arena, while it increased her passion to serve her community and the public.
ROSS CHAPIN DIRECTOR
Ross Chapin leads Highview Residences - providers of exceptional care for people living with a diagnosis of dementia, in London and Kitchener-Waterloo.
Having received his C.A. designation in 1977, Ross, arrived in London from Toronto with his wife Cathy and their three children in 1987 to work with the Executive Team at University Hospital (UH). His 10-years at the Hospital included exciting work in the 90’s when he helped effect the merger of UH and Victoria Hospital, to become London Health Sciences Centre.
Ross’s care for the person, whether it is an individual with dementia who has a need for an appropriate place to live a dignified life, or a staff member who is on their life long journey of learning, influences the decisions he makes.
This combined with his financial acuity and acute-care operational experience inspired Ross to spearhead the creation of three new independent Retirement Residences designed to fill a void in the spectrum of services and care available to the community by industry and government.
Ross and his wife Cathy live just outside St. Mary’s Ontario. Their children, now adults in their own right, live in Mississauga and St. Mary’s. Ross and Cathy now have 6 grandchildren who amaze them at the speed in which they grow up.
MATTHEW CREIGHTON DIRECTOR
Matthew Creighton is the Corporate Contract and Business Manager with a global leader of reconstructive medical devices. Matthew brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience and has been involved with charitable service since his days at Western University, where he obtained a degree in Economics.
As a third-generation Londoner, Matthew was raised with the philosophy of giving back to the community that provides an opportunity to make a life. Matthew wants to make a difference and has a desire to help. He participated as a member of the See the Line Concussion Research and Awareness steering committee, a fundraiser for the Geriatric Behavior Unit at the London Health Sciences Center, event organizer for the Mustang Football Helmet Fundraiser, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the London BRAIN and BIOBANK. Matthew is currently Chair of the London Health Sciences Foundation Governance and Nomination Committee, a member of the London Health Sciences Foundation Executive committee, and an active member of the London Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors.
BETH NELLIGAN DIRECTOR
Beth is the Director & Group Lead, Commercial Distribution at Scotiabank where she leads of team of professionals to provide financing solutions to support businesses in their short-term and long-term goals. Beth has 15+ years in the Finance and Accounting sector, starting her career at Ernst & Young LLP where she earned her CA, CPA, and found her love for helping businesses and organizations in the London Community. Beth has helped customer’s across a variety of industries but enjoys working with owner-operated private sector businesses, not-for-profit entities, and healthcare organizations. Beth draws from these experiences in both her professional and volunteer capacity.
As a third-generation Londoner, Beth is committed to bettering the London community and believes it is important to give back through volunteer work on a number of Boards and Committees. She has volunteered for a number of not-for-profit organizations including MS Society, London Middlesex, The Epilepsy Support Centre, The London Hunt & County Club and the Children’s Health Foundation. In her spare time, Beth enjoys golfing, cooking, and traveling, and her new bulldog puppy, Bruiser.
MICHAEL MEAGHER DIRECTOR
Michael Meagher is an experienced Board Chair, Board Director, and President/CEO.
Michael has 20 years of private Board experience across 8 different organizations including Chair of 2 Boards and Chair/Co-Chair of 10 Board Committees. He has brought more than 40 years of business experience to those Boards including President/CEO of 5 for-profit organizations that created 3,000 net new jobs. He has founded 3 businesses and completed the sale of firms that returned $25 million to shareholders. The organizations he has led have won major industry awards including Profit magazine’s 16th highest-growth Canadian firm, Arthur Andersen’s “50 Best Managed Companies in Canada”, YPO Gold’s “Best-Chapter-Worldwide”, and multiple Best-Business-Innovation prizes.
Michael’s key strength is accelerating growth in small and mid-sized private organizations. His technical skills, first honed at Procter & Gamble, are strategic planning, marketing, and sales. His people skills include leading for-profit companies with 100 to 2,000 employees, volunteer groups of 200 to 300 people, and Boards of 10 to 20 Directors. Industries where he’s been successful have included consumer packaged goods, consumer/business services, and healthcare. Geographically his work has been in North America with a smattering of experience in Western Europe.
Michael has enjoyed significant success within the world’s premier association of Presidents/CEOs, YPO. He has served on two national and three local Boards, been Chair of two Chapters, Education Officer for Canada Region and two Chapters, Membership Chair, Forum Chair, and Communications Chair. As YPO Gold Chapter Chair he led the revitalization of the Chapter and, through that effort, won the YPO Gold Best-Chapter-Worldwide award amongst a field of 171 Chapters. As Education Officer and Event Day Chair he won 4 Best In-The-World, 1 Best-In-Americas, and 9 Best-In-Canada awards. He has been Moderator of 4 YPO Forums, 3 of which he co-founded.
Michael’s people, strategy and marketing skills have also produced successes in the political arena. As Campaign Chair/Manager he led and won two elections in Canada: one for Federal office where his team reversed 15 years of Party election losses, and one for Mayor of London Ontario on behalf of a first-time mayoral candidate. He served as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London where he was a key driver in securing $308 million in government funding for infrastructure projects and in creating 21,000 net new jobs for the City.
Michael’s interests outside business and politics are varied. He was a founding mentor of the Marketing Hall of Legends that is developing the next generation of marketing leaders. He was an MBA and undergraduate lecturer at Western University’s Ivey School of Business. He was a top-rated instructor at Humber College’s business program. He was a founder of an environmental education program called Earth Angels, an author and executive editor of The Canadian Green Marketing Handbook, a Pan Am Games torch bearer in its cross-Canada relay, and has completed 3 marathons including the original course in Greece. Michael has travelled to 40 countries for business and pleasure, bicycled England from coast to coast, and is currently a member of his high school’s 50th reunion organizing committee.
Michael holds an MBA from the University of Toronto where he was on the Dean’s List and was Class President. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick where he served as Vice President of the Engineering Undergraduate Society, Business Manager of the University Yearbook, and was a member of the varsity cross country and junior varsity hockey teams.
PAUL MORRISSEY CHAIR
Paul Morrissey is a life-long Londoner and graduate of Western University. He is a partner at the London law firm, Siskinds LLP, and for the past 27 years, has provided institutional, corporate and private clients with legal services and representation before courts and tribunals on various matters including human resources, estates, insurance, contract and property issues, human rights, municipal issues and regulatory compliance.
Paul has previously been a member of boards for 5 other community organizations. Paul coached youth soccer at various levels for 18 years, but with his seven children now grown up, he is now looking forward to spending more time exploring Ontario rivers in his canoe and engaging in community issues that are important to him, including elder care and protecting the rights of vulnerable individuals.
JEFF PETRIE DIRECTOR
Jeff has been an advisor with Scotia Wealth Management since 2002, thus providing clients with a high level of experience through difficult markets. Jeff recently attained the Chartered Investment Manager Designation and is qualified as an Associate Portfolio Manager. Before becoming an advisor, Jeff played professional hockey with the Detroit Red Wings organization, and during that time was able to complete the required designations to enter the financial services industry. Jeff graduated from the University of Western Ontario, has been a student-athlete representing Western for 5 years, and spent some time with the Canadian National Hockey Team and representing Canada at the World Student Games.
Outside of the office, Jeff is very involved in the community, supporting important social causes through volunteering time and creating and running some unique events in London. Jeff has been one of the Creators and driving forces behind Unplugged, A Concert for Kids for 7 years that has raised over $250,000, as well as Kids Tri 4 Kids, and Triathlon for kids in London, having raised approximately $140,000 in 5 years. These events have directed all funds to kid’s organizations in the area. Having been an organizer for the local chapter of 100 Who Care London, Chaired the Scotia Golf Tourney, and most recently facilitating a Children’s financial literacy workshop, there are many important charitable works Jeff has supported.
When not at work Jeff and his wife April spend time being active playing hockey, skiing, volleyball, golf, or taking their Golden retriever Rocklynn out for some exercise. When they are able to get away to spend time with friends and family, Jeff and April do enjoy cottaging.
I believe my East Coast roots play a considerable role in how I interact with clients. I grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and have since made London my home. It is especially important to me to explain options and solutions to our clients in a way that is understandable and meaningful to them, and that our office is a friendly place where people like to be. I am an avid sports fan and approach life as if it is a team sport. I have learned so much by surrounding myself with a lineup of family, friends, and coworkers, and I play an active role in the coaching and development of future Chartered Professional Accountants at our firm.
I enjoy exploring just about anything new with my husband and travel buddy and endeavor to cross a few more adventures off the bucket list each year. I love fitness, good food and wine, and the great outdoors. When I’m not in the office, I can often be found on the golf course, elbow-deep in yet another home renovation or keeping up with my young family
My goals for the future are to continue assisting our clients with their financial information, so they can focus on running their businesses while making an impact on the London community.
Beverley Zaifman is a retired teacher and active volunteer in the community. She continues to tutor children to prepare them for their bar mitzvah commitments in the Jewish community and she spearheads many committees in her synagogue.
Bev volunteered on the Board of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario for several years and chaired the golf fundraiser through her years as a board member. She taught at and was board chair for the London Community Hebrew Day School, and also spearheaded many fundraising campaigns.
As a volunteer and professional with United Jewish Appeal, she assisted the community in collaborative efforts to cross the divide sometimes found in the various denominations, bringing people together over food and celebration. In her personal life, Bev and her late husband Bernie met at UWO, and their four children are also proud graduates of Western.
In Bernie’s late stages of Parkinson's Disease with dementia, McCormick Care’s educational programs and staff were supremely supportive in assisting the family with keeping Bernie at home, and really were the ones who guided the family in the end stages of Bernie’s life. Bev considers McCormick Home and McCormick Care programs and staff to be unique and local gems in the city of London. And of course, for fun, entertaining at home, theatre and travel will be back on the books post-COVID 19.
ERIN-KATE SWEENEY ROSS DIRECTOR
Erin-Kate began her career in financial services and Fund Development with St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, London, and is now a Partner/Instructor with Meditate with Erin-Kate. She helps her clients reduce stress, build resilience and improve their wellbeing.
As a varsity athlete at McGill University, Erin-Kate has a keen interest in fitness with a special emphasis on positive reinforcement and motivation. Her family commitment to service led to various volunteer positions with McCormick Care Foundation, London Health Sciences Foundation, and Wellness Works, and was part of the group that established ‘Jewels and Jeans Gala’ for the Arthritis Society.
A long-time Londoner and devoted mother, Erin-Kate is the daughter of Dr. John P and Jo Ann Sweeney, and granddaughter of Dr. Paul and Blanche Sweeney, all of London ON. She enjoys pickle ball, tennis, golf, and hiking, and has a personal love for family and friends and those with a good sense of humour.
Erin-Kate along with her mother are deeply committed to the McCormick Care Group, for the wonderful support and education received when her father, now deceased was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.