Kilian Berz, Co-Chair | Co-Founder
Kilian Berz leads The Boston Consulting Group’s operations in Canada. Kilian has worked extensively as a consultant in financial services, telecommunications, consumer goods, and health care in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He also has operational experience as COO of a mid-sized German manufacturing company.
Kilian has focused a significant amount of his time on transforming organizations by creating a differentiated customer experience. Based on customers’ technical, functional and emotional needs, he has helped companies to redefine their customer service proposition and innovate their approach to deliver the targeted experience.
He holds a Master of Philosophy in economics from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in business from Bonn University. Kilian serves on the Board of Directors at CivicAction.
Ashim Khemani, Co-Chair
Ashim Khemani is CEO of Stem Capital, a professional services firm which serves institutions, boards and families in the disciplines of insurance, investments, wealth management, risk, talent solutions and digital strategy.
Ashim has had the privilege of contributing, building and leading teams to design and execute start-up, growth and turn-around mandates in a wide range of organizations. He has focused on shaping and advancing firm-building (culture) activities in concert with retaining a keen competitive and commercial focus. Over the past 25 years, Ashim has led Medavie Blue Cross as President, he was the CHRO | CMO | Chief Development Officer at Sobeys and the CEO, Global Head of Innovation & Growth at Aon (Hewitt).
He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University. He is a certified director (ICD.D), serves on SAP’s Executive Advisory Committee, and the board and Audit Committee at Russell Investments.
Joe Manget, Co-Founder
Joe Manget is an Operating Partner at Alignvest and Chairman of the Edgewood Health Network Inc. (EHN), a Canadian based private pay mental health and addictions treatment platform launched by Alignvest in December 2013. Prior to joining Alignvest, Joe was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group where he led BCG Canada (2006 to 2009), then led BCG’s Global Operations practice (2010 to 2012), which he transformed into the firm’s largest and fastest growing global practice. Prior to BCG, he was a senior manager at IBM Canada (now Celestica).
Joe holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto, graduating first in class (summa cum laude) in both programs. Joe is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), is on the Finance Committee for Upper Canada College, and serves on the board of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.
Helen Burstyn, Co-Founder
Helen Burstyn has enjoyed a 35-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service.
She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Social Venture Zone at Ryerson University. The former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Helen also served for several years as the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisor, Social Enterprise and Chair of the Partnership Forum, the province’s advisory body on the not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. Helen currently serves as Chair of Evergreen and The Walrus Foundation, and serves on the board of many non-profit and charitable organizations. She is the author of Eleven Out of Ten: The Life and Work of David Pecaut.
Helen attended the University of Windsor (Honours BA), McMaster University in Hamilton (MA) and continued her post-graduate studies in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto (ABD). She has four daughters and three granddaughters, and lives in midtown Toronto.
Nan DasGupta is a Partner and Managing Director in the Toronto office of The Boston Consulting Group. She is a core member of the Financial Services, Strategy and Organization practice areas, and has extensive experience in large-scale organizational transformation.
Nan’s project experience at BCG has focused on issues of strategy , organization, and channel effectiveness for financial services and retail companies. Prior to joining BCG Nan was a project engineer at General Electric Company in the Industrial Motors business.
Nan received her MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Masters of Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Honours Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from McGill University.
Bill Young is the founder and President of Social Capital Partners (SCP), a non-profit organization he started in 2001. SCP’s primary goal is to find innovative ways to provide meaningful job opportunities for people who face employment barriers. Before founding SCP, Bill spent twenty years in the private sector leading high growth, entrepreneurial organizations. He was CEO of Hamilton Computers, a publicly traded computer company, as well as Optel Communications Corp (later Axxent).
Bill began his career as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He currently sits as an advisor on a variety of boards for social enterprises and community organizations, as well as being a member of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance.
Gordon Baird | Appointed Secretary to the Board
Gordon Baird is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault's Business Law Group in Toronto. His practice is focused on lending and secured transactions.
Gordon is the chair of the McCarthy Tétrault National Pro Bono Committee and a member of the boards of directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario and Connect Legal, a pro bono organization offering assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs, and Opera in Concert. He is recognized in the 2007-2014 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the area of banking and finance law. He also appears in the 2014 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of Banking (including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law). Gordon appears in Best Lawyers Canada in the areas of banking and finance and project finance law.
Gordon holds a BA (Economics) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1986, and his LLB from the University of Toronto in 1989. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1991.