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.

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.

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

Zainab Muse

Ottawa, Ontario

Zainab Muse    Zainab Muse is a strategist, process designer, interactive digital media expert, and a mission-driven entrepreneur. She is the founder & CEO of Wingd Inc., and Creatorland. Some of her core mandates include advocating for youth leadership, women & newcomer entrepreneurship, new technologies, and diversity in the workplace.

As an entrepreneur, she trailblazes by ushering in innovative strategies and new interactive technologies to businesses and organizations she works with and stands out with her cross-disciplinary knowledge 7 skill set. Her ability to create projects that push the envelope have taken her to several spaces as a documentary producer in partnership with Bell Media & CBC Ottawa, author of Ottawa’s first millennial guidebook titled, “An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital”, creator of “Winston”- a digital concierge tool for boutique hotels in partnership with Alt Hotel, board of director of both RBC Bluesfest and City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), as well as revered growth strategist for various social enterprises and organizations in Ottawa. She’s currently in the process of launching Ottawa’s first pre-stage incubator program for early-stage entrepreneurs led by a team of diversity talented women.

Zainab is continuously recognized as a strong advocate for design thinking and entrepreneurship and has led many panel discussions, guest speaking roles, and workshops on these topics. Her works have been supported by various media outlets and key officials in the public sector at every level of the Canadian government. Not only has she been recognized as an Ottawa ambassador, she was also recently named one of the “Top 10 Shifters in Ottawa” in 2018, and in 2019 was awarded “Entrepreneurs of the Year” by Women in Communications & Technology. Also in 2019, she became the first Canadian Chapter Lead for Singapore/New York-based organization, SoGal Foundation, with a mission to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship.

Robert William Peck

Ottawa, Ontario

Robert Peck is a graduate of Concordia University in Montréal with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Journalism. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Parliamentary Internship Program sponsored by the Canadian Political Science Association and the Canadian House of Commons.

Recently retired after 35 years with Global Affairs Canada, Mr. Peck held several sensitive and demanding positions in Canada and abroad. At Headquarters, these included Press Secretary and Departmental Spokesperson to two Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Protocol of Canada. He was Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria from 2004 to 2007, and Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic and High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus from 2011 to 2015.

As Canada’s representative to both Algeria and the Hellenic Republic, former Ambassador Peck worked closely with the Canadian oil and gas and mining sectors. This involved advocacy at the ministerial and head of state/head of government levels and providing strategic advice on critical issues and emerging trends.

Earlier in his career, he served in various diplomatic roles in Nigeria, Switzerland, and Greece. During a two-year leave of absence from the Government of Canada, Mr. Peck was Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at CAE Inc., the global leader in aerospace simulation technology.

Throughout his diplomatic career, Ambassador Peck has been a strong supporter of cultural diplomacy and worked closely with leading Canadian and international artists and organizations. As Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic he played a leading role in supporting the unprecedented and highly successful exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History in 2015​: “ ​ The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great ​ .”

Mr. Peck was named in 2017 as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors of ​Energean PLC ​ , a leading independent oil and gas company in the Eastern Mediterranean. He is also actively involved in the voluntary sector as President of the Board of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra (OSO), a member of the Canadian Institute in Greece (CIG), and an Honorary Director of The Hellenic Initiative (Canada). He continues to be engaged with
several charitable organizations in Greece, including a local non-governmental organization that provides a safe haven for refugee minors on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Former Ambassador Peck has received numerous awards including the Canadian Foreign Minister’s Citation for Foreign Policy Excellence, the Minister’s Merit Award, a Citation from the Fondation Club Avenir ​ for his exceptional contribution to Canada-Algeria relations, and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix conferred by the President of the Hellenic Republic.