John David Elwood has been a Board Member of Best Buddies since 2000. In 2002 he conceived and helped initiate the annual “Thrill of Ascot” event which, with the full support and great efforts of the Board, Staff, and Sponsors, has now become one of Toronto’s most popular fashion charity events.
Other charitable efforts include: Fundraising for the Myelin Repair Foundation in California, the MS Society of Canada, and years as a team leader liaising with corporate sponsors for the United Way.
Mr. Elwood acts in an investment advisory capacity to clients providing guidance and raising capital funds for new ventures.
As a member of the Independent Financial Brokers of Canada, and licensed by the Ontario Securities Commission, Mr. Elwood has managed large groups of private investment portfolios.
Previously, Mr. Elwood managed Crown Trust Co., then First City Trust as Vice President of Business Development for Eastern Canada.
Mr. Elwood graduated from Bishops University in Quebec, Canada. He entered the Banking and Trust industry with Montreal Trust, ultimately promoted to Head Office in Toronto in the Pension Trust Investment Department. As an Industry member, he joined the Education Committee of the Mutual Funds Institute of Canada, then in its early years.