Our Board of Directors

Arni C. Thorsteinson , CFA, LL.DArni Thorsteinson

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arni Thorsteinson is President and principal of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited. He has over 35 years experience in real estate development and finance.

Arni is a founder of Arni ThorsteinsonArni ThorsteinsonLanesborough, Huntingdon, Temple and White Rock Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Arni is a Chairman of the Board of the Advisory Board of Canadian Aspen Properties Ltd., Chairman of Vision Capital Fund Advisory Board and Chairman of the Board of Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

He is also a Director of Ben Moss Jewellers Ltd. and Onex Corporation, as well as a Trustee of Bird Construction Income Fund. Arni obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1974 and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Monitoba.


Claude Généreux

Montréal, Québec

Mr. Généreux was appointed Executive Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial in 2015. He is a Director of Power Financial’s subsidiary companies, Great-WestClaude Généreux Lifeco and IGM Financial and a number of their subsidiaries.

Mr. Généreux is Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. During his 28 years with the firm, he focused on serving leading global companies in the Financial Services, Energy and Resources sectors. He has held various leadership positions including Global Sector Leadership in energy, Office Leadership in Montréal, Global Personal Committees for partner election and evaluation, and Global Recruiting for non-MBA candidates. Mr. Généreux helped launch McKinsey’s office in Montréal in 1991 and was also posted in its Paris, Toronto and Stockholm offices.

He serves on the Board of Governors at McGill University and on the Board of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the joint E-MBA program at McGill and HEC. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding and exemplary contributions to his community.

Mr. Généreux graduated from McGill University and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.


Peter Tielmann

Winnipeg, ManitobaPeter Tielmann

Peter Tielmann moved from Europe to Canada and joined Palliser Furniture Ltd. in 1999 where he held various executive roles in Marketing and in Business Development.

In 2001 after recognizing the need for a modern furniture retail alternative in the North American marketplace, Peter founded EQ3 Ltd., a vertically integrated retail concept with a mission “To provide innovative and affordable home furnishings for everyone who appreciates modern design”.

Over the past 12 years EQ3 Ltd. has been firmly established in markets throughout North America. In addition to EQ3, Peter also owns and operates a real‐estate development company and is co‐owner of Casana Furniture Company Ltd.

In the early 1990’s following the fall of the iron curtain, Peter had worked for a number of years in Eastern Europe setting up a business for a German publishing house.

Later in the 1990’s during his time as a student Peter had co‐founded a manufacturing, importing and distribution company consisting of health care products, which he sold prior to moving to Canada. Peter holds a Degree in Architecture from a technical college in Hennef Germany, and a Graduate Degree in International Business Economics from the International Business School (IBS) in Germany. He speaks fluent German, Russian, English and Lithuanian.

Peter serves on a number of boards of companies and non‐for profit organizations. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, alpine winter sports, cooking, music and architecture. Peter is married to Tara DeFehr‐Tielmann since 1997 who is currently active in EQ3. Together they have a daughter Mila.

Elaine DobbinElaine Dobbin

For more than 20 years, Elaine Dobbin has been a key player behind various fundraising programs and charitable events in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is an ardent supporter of several health initiatives. As Campaign Patron for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2004 capital campaign, Ms. Dobbin was the driving force behind the raising of $1.9 million and the construction of Shamrock Farm/Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism. She has worked tirelessly over the years supporting the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association; the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and research Foundation; and the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. She was also a member of the capital Campaign for Memorial University. Outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ms. Dobbin, along with her late husband, Craig. L. Dobbin, established the “Craig & Elaine Dobbin/Nancy P. Blumenthal Professorship for Advanced Lung Disease in the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of Grace Education Foundation, which is a Canadian Resgistered Charity, under the name of ChiKi Kids, for a school in Goa, India. Elaine has visited this school, to assist these children who live in a slum area of Betam, Panjii.

As well, she has supported several important cultural and educational endeavors in the province. Ms. Dobbin conceived, developed and produced a successful 238-page cookbook entitled Food for Thought to raise money and awareness for the Kids Eat Smart Campaign. Memorial University; the Art Gallery of Newfoundland & Labrador; Janeway Children’s Hospital; Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO); Shalloway Choir; Opera on the Avalon, Cancer Society; Crohn’s and Colitis, CNIB, Rainbow Riders and Roncalli Computer Project have all been beneficiaries of her generosity. She sat on the Board of the Ireland Canada University Foundation located in Dublin, which assists and promotes Canadian studies in Irish universities and is an Honourary Board Member and Patron for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002; the Paul Harris Award by Rotary as well as receiving the 2009 Outstanding Philanthropist and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. She received Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 2014 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in November 2015. In addition to supporting these causes, Ms. Dobbin spends as much time as possible with her nine grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, fly-fishing, golfing and traveling. An avid runner, she completed the New York City Marathon in 2003.

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Ottawa, Ontario

Marc Jolicoeur is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms, which provides a broad range of legal solutions to clients. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1980 and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Law School (1978) and School of Management (1975).

Marc practises corporate commercial law with special emphasis on serving Crown corporations, public institutions (post-secondary institutions, hospitals, municipalities) and the charitable and not-for-profit sectors.

Marc has held many senior management positions at BLG. He is the National Group Head of the Specialized Business Law Group and a member of the firm’s National Management Committee. Prior to that, he served as Managing Partner of the Ottawa BLG office and a member of the National Council.

Marc has a strong belief in business and community participation and, during his professional career, he has been actively involved with over 25 organizations as a member of their boards or steering committees, as well as in various other roles. His past board involvement includes the University of Ottawa, the Civic Hospital and Civic Hospital Foundation, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, United Way Ottawa, United Way Canada, La Cité collégiale and Youth Services Bureau Foundation.

Marc has received many awards, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Trudeau Medal and the Order of Ottawa, for his role as a community advocate and for his community service.

Dr. Calvin Gutkin, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Toronto, Ontariophoto Dr. Gutkin

Dr. Calvin Gutkin held the position of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) from March 1 1996 through Dec 31 2012.

photo Dr. Gutkin“The Dr Calvin L Gutkin Ambassador Award” was launched to be presented annually by the College and its Research and Education Foundation to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated leadership in building relationships and fostering teamwork and collaboration among health care groups.

Dr. Gutkin volunteered his time for several years as a physician for Ontario and Canadian Special Olympics and the Toronto Youth Athletic Club which helped disadvantaged boys trying to get their lives on track.

Dr. Gutkin has published numerous articles and presented keynote and other addresses at meetings across Canada, in the United States and abroad.

He has served for many years on the Canadian Medical Forum and was the CFPC’s representative on the Wonca (World Organization of Family Doctors) World Council from 1996-2007. He co- chaired SOAR – a six nation colloquium on the future of family medicine. He was also the CEO of the CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation. In 2012 he was awarded “Honorary Membership” – the highest honour of the 105,000 member American Academy of Family Physicians – in recognition of his contributions to family medicine on both sides of the border. In 2012, Dr Gutkin was also awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing his leadership and contributions to Family Medicine in Canada


Jean-Pascal Simard

Calgary, Alberta

Jean-Pascal Simard joined the oil and gas industry at the beginning of his career in 1990, working at Petro-Canada in Calgary, Canada, following a course in Business Administration at University of Sherbrooke in Quebec (Canada).

In 1992, he joined the Canadian papermaking group Cascades, as financial controller of a plant in Sweden, for four years, then became financial director of a subsidiary in Southwest France, before being appointed, in 1999, as Administrative Director of the European headquarters of Cascades, in Paris.

In October 2001, he took over the administrative and financial management of Vermilion REP SAS, a French subsidiary of the Canadian oil and gas group Vermilion Energy Inc. Beyond his duties (finance, IT, purchasing, legal) he was assigned to manage Key Projects of very different horizons such as:

  • Sept. 2005 to Dec. 2006: Transition Manager of the acquisition of Esso REP
  • Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2012: Coordination of legal proceedings by the representation and protection of Vermilion’s interests
  • Sept. 2010 to July 2011: Vermilion’s spokesman in the debate on shale hydrocarbons in France, and the ban on the use of the hydraulic fracturing technique (Law)

Since September 2011, he has assumed his duties as Public Relations and Government Affairs Director Vermilion REP SAS, under the management of the French President and CEO.

Jean-Pascal Simard is highly active in French and Canadian territories through major organizations:

  • April 2006: Director of the bank Crédit Mutuel de Biscarrosse – Landes (Landes)
  • Dec. 2012: Vice-President of the Avenia competitiveness cluster – Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques); the only French competitiveness cluster in the field of geosciences
  • July 2012: Member of the Executive Committee of the France-Canada Chamber of Commerce since 2012 and appointed 1st Vice President in 2017
  • July 2015 : Chairman of the Exploration & Production Commission of UFIP (French Union of Petroleum Industries)
  • April 2017 : Administrator of the “Maison des Etudiants Canadiens” – Paris
  • July 2017 : Administrator of  “Michaëlle Jean Foundation” – Ottawa (Canada)
  • July 2017 : Vice-President and Treasurer of the Castors Fripouilles association (support to sick children) – Paris