Board of Directors
Daniel J. Greenglass (Co-Chair)
As Co-Chair and acting treasurer, Daniel J. Greenglass is a managing partner of Brennan Custom Homes Inc. Toronto’s leading developer, designer and builder of luxury homes and condominiums. Over the last 24 years working with Brennan, Greenglass has helped establish a successful design/build residential business in Palm Beach, Florida and has worked with the company extensively in Nassau, Bahamas. Greenglass co-founded Best Buddies Canada in 1994 which he co-chairs and is currently a Board Member of Honest Reporting. For his work with Best Buddies, Greenglass was awarded the Medal of Good Citizenship of Ontario in 2008.
Penny Shore (Co-Chair)
In 1995 Ms. Shore co-founded Best Buddies Canada, a subsidiary of Best Buddies International. She has worked with her Co-Chair, Danny Greenglass, to recruit the Board of Directors, develop a Business Plan for the organization, fundraise, hire staff, create a newsletter and they continue to Co-Chair the Board. She has established and developed several publishing and consulting businesses over the past 25 years. Her expertise in fields of public speaking, consumer education, and training continue to be excellent resources for Best Buddies Canada.
Paul is Director, Financial Services for TransUnion Canada. He is the former CEO and Founder of Choice Capital Corporation and co-founder Choice Bank Ltd. Mr. Devereaux has had a successful track record in the Consumer Financial Services and Marketing industries. Prior to Choice Bank, as EVP Risk and Business Development, Mr. Devereaux was Vice President of Sales and Consulting for Fair Isaac and Company (NYSE: FIC) from 2001-2006 managing large financial institutions across the Enterprise lifecycle. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Credit Scoring and Risk Strategy Association from 2001-2006. Prior to Fair Isaac, he was Vice President of Business Development and Global Sales for Marketswitch (a Capital One funded software company) from 2000 until 2001, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for E-Satisfy from 1999 -2000 and a member of the Direct Marketing Association. From 1995-1999, Mr. Devereaux worked for Giga Information Group, a technology Company as a Director from company start to taking public. Prior to 1995 Mr. Devereaux held various Finance and Sales roles. In addition to serving as founding member of Choice Capital and Choice Bank Belize, he holds an accredited Bachelors degree in Marketing from Florida International University. He has over 23 years experience in the areas of technology, marketing, sales and risk management.
Mr. Devereaux now sits on the Board of Best Buddies Canada. Former Board posts include Choice Bank Ltd, Credit and Risk Association Canada, Board of Advisors for Clover Insurance Ltd, Board of Down Syndrome Association and Board of Centennial Infant and Child Centre.
Heli Donaldson attended Toronto French School and Saint Joe’s Catholic school prior to receiving a University Degree at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Heli remained in Boston for several years after graduation and worked for Scudder, Stevens and Clark. Upon returning to Toronto she worked in advertising for Vickers and Benson and has been the Owner/Operator of Spirits Bar and Grill since 1987.
Heli was a long time board member of the BIA Bloor Yorkville Association and played an active role in the revitalization of the Bloor/Yorkville area. She is currently a board member of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association (ORHMA).
Heli is actively involved in many Toronto charities and has been a board member of Best Buddies Canada since 1998 and co-chaired the Gala in its 8th and 9th years. She has a strong interest in the arts and is a member of Toronto based Partners In Art.
J Gibson is the President of JGD Inc. which offers comprehensive design services from architectural design, to building and construction management, thru to the finishing’s of interior design and décor. J studied architecture at Harvard and Columbia Universities and went on to study interior design at Parsons School of Design in New York.
J is committed to giving back to the community. He has volunteered his time, sponsored friends and last year J involved his company in making gift boxes for women’s shelters throughout the city. He has been extensively involved in many different charitable organizations including The Princess Margaret Hospital, Camp Oochigeas and the Ronald McDonald House.
J offers a wealth of knowledge from his experience in corporate identity, design aesthetic and public service.
Mr. Greenberg in his current role as Director, Original Programming for Astral Television Networks, is responsible for the development of the TMN/Mpix Original programming slate, while also overseeing the acquisition of Canadian theatrical features. Previously, Aubie held the role of Director, Programming for Astral Television Networks where he oversaw all aspects of programming for Astral’s pay networks. Aubie has vast entertainment industry experience including stints in home video and theatrical distribution and has been an active member in the film and television industry for over 25 years. He recently sat on the Gemini Governance Committee which recommended sweeping changes that were implemented to the voting and numerous categories of the annual Genie Awards. As well, Aubie served on the steering committee at Ryerson School of Radio and Television Arts. He has also actively participated in numerous industry panels and events for TIFF, CFC, NSI, Toronto Short Film Festival, Strategic Partners, Banff Media Festival and many other film and broadcast groups.
Jacqueline M. Harper
Jacqueline M. Harper obtained her law degree from the Université de Moncton and a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University. She returned to Toronto and has practiced law for 19 years, providing services in both official languages in the areas of litigation and commercial real estate. She is currently in private practice and has also been General Counsel for a multinational corporation. She has been a frequent speaker on legal issues, particularly those involving real estate based transactions. In addition, Jacqueline is a Certified Adjudicator and has been a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board since 2010. Her work has taken her across the Province including attending to matters on the First Nations’ reserves of Moosonee and Attawapiskat. Jacqueline is a member of the Audit Committee and Toronto Council of the Ontario Bar Association, as well as the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. She is involved with a number of local charities and has been a life-long volunteer with various groups for people with intellectual disabilities.
Bonnie Hurvitz is the owner of B.R. Interiors, an interior design company specializing in residential homes and real estate staging.
Bonnie is highly engaged with Sunnybrook and currently sits on both the Donor Relations Committee and the Common Marketing & Communications Committee.
In addition, Bonnie chaired Mind Matters, an event to raise funds to build a classroom for the Fresh Start Program within the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. Mind Matters was a successful afternoon of Mah-jong, Rummikub, Scrabble and Bridge.
Bonnie supports the Art Gallery of Ontario, Habitat for Humanity, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and The Next 36.
Beginning his schooling in Business and Law, Brian has transitioned into hotels where he is currently the President of Centennial Hotels Ltd. and has been for 20 years. He is on the board of Mount Sinai Hospital and Yeshiva University and is active in numerous charitable organizations.
Mrs. Pantalone is Director of a number of family-owned real estate and development companies in Toronto, Canada, including National Homes, a major residential homebuilder, and Living Life Group, whose interests include developing and managing retirement residences as well as commercial development, infill housing neighbourhoods and land development.
Mrs. Pantalone also sits on the board of The Institute for International Urban Development and is a current member of the Toronto Real Estate Board. As past Chair, and long-time Board Member of Montcrest School, an independent non-profit school in Toronto, Mrs. Pantalone directed overall growth, acquisition of land and campus development. Rene is a past Governor of the Canadian Olympic Trust, and a past member of the Canadian Olympic Association. Representing the Canadian Alumni, she was a board member on the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Alumni Council. Mrs. Pantalone has sat on the board of a number of charities in Toronto including The Sunnybrook Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Fundraising Committee and Rosalie Hall Home for Unwed Mothers. Rene was past chair of the TFSC for Ovarian Cancer which raised monies for both Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital Ovarian Cancer Research and clinics. Rene was instrumental in establishing the Ovarian Cancer Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital as well as establishing The Heart of Fashion for North York General Hospital Breast Screening Clinic. Mrs. Pantalone’s education includes both B.A. and B. Ed. degrees from York University in Toronto and she recently graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, AMDP ’05.
Deborah Robinson is the Founder and President of Bay Street HR.
Robinson completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Denver in 1984, and the Institute of Corporate Director, ICD.D program at the Rotman School of Business in 2011. Since 2004, Robinson has been an Officer of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the HR Committee for Best Buddies Canada.
Robinson says: “The organization touches your heart strings; to make such a difference in peoples’ lives is why charity exists and why I got involved.”
Rob Knowlton is the Vice President of Finance at Frontline Broadband Inc., a company that provides ultra high-speed fibre optic internet and HDTV services to Condo buildings. Rob completed his Bachelor of Science – Mining Engineering at Queen’s University in 2007 and his Masters of Business Administration at Dalhousie University in 2009. Rob then obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2012, working with KPMG in the Audit Practice. Rob is just returning from 3 years in Sydney, Australia, where he worked at KPMG and the National Broadband Network. Rob is passionate about exploring the outdoors and has volunteered his time for many charitable causes including Movember, the Ride for Heart and the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
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