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Tiger Talks

September 22, 2018

9:00 – 10:15 am

Second Century Building

8:45
All Grade 11 and 12 students report to the Mandeville Theatre

9:00 – 9:30

Dr. Jeremy Pridham MD, FRCPC OR ’78 Mandeville Theatre


PowerPoint Presentation and Video

Title: "Be a Catalyst for Change"

Jeremy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chair of Anesthesia at Memorial


University of Newfoundland. He obtained his Medical Degree at Western Ontario
and did his specialty training in Anesthesia in Newfoundland. Besides helping start
Lakecrest Independent School, Newfoundland’s first not for profit K-9 in 1992, he is
also a cofounder of Team Broken Earth, a registered Canadian Medical Relief
Mission that provides tertiary medical care to countries in need. These missions
have provided medical care in Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Since graduating from Ridley, he has been a director and chair of various not for
profit groups. He would like to encourage you to think about becoming a catalyst
for change.

Matt Picken ’93 Mandeville Theatre

Title: Seven Ways to be Epic!

Post-Millennials (also known as Generation Z or the iGeneration) have an incredible


opportunity to differentiate themselves from the preceding Millennial cohort. Matt’s
presentation focuses on seven key themes that will enable members of Gen-Z to
rise to the occasion in a ridiculously competitive world.

Matt is the Canadian Head of Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a Fortune
500 company offering professional services and advisory in real estate. Prior to
this, Matt worked for 14 years at Brookfield and four years at RBC Capital Markets
in investment banking. Over the years, Matt has worked with several not-for-
profits and organizations, including most recently, Covenant House and Michael
Garron Hospital. While at Ridley, Matt was actively involved in debating and public
speaking, and was the Class Valedictorian for his graduating year. Matt has been
happily married for 11-years and is the proud father of a 10-year old daughter
(Myla), eight-year old son (Max) and two-year old Bernese/Lab/Poodle mix
(Murphy).
David Conklin ’83 ROOM 103

Title - Opening Doors and Keeping Them Open

David Conklin is a partner at Goodmans. He is a commercial litigator specialising in


capital market based and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive
experience with corporate governance-based litigation, securities class actions,
regulatory and special committee investigations, insider trading, shareholder
activism, M& A disputes, oppression claims and stakeholder claims in corporate
restructurings. David represents shareholders, boards of directors and
entrepreneurs of both private and public companies.
Before joining Goodmans in 2007, David was a partner and senior litigator at a
leading Toronto litigation boutique. David received his LL.M from Columbia
University in New York City focusing on capital markets, corporate finance and
governance issues. In 2006, he passed the New York Bar and began practicing with
one of the most prominent securities and class action firms in the United States.

Peter Coffin ’78 Room 103

Title: Building a business that matters: How I believe my company can


make a difference by focusing on sustainability.

Peter Coffin is founder and president of Breckinridge Capital Advisors, a Boston-


based fixed income (bond) investment manager with 75 employees and over $36
billion in assets under management. After graduating from Hamilton College in
1982 with a BA in Classical Studies, Peter began his career as an analyst, and then
worked at Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS) where he managed a number of
bond mutual funds. Today, Peter is very active in the field of sustainable investing,
having served on the boards and committees for the US Sustainable Investment
Forum, The Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Ceres.

Willa (Minnes) Kriebel ’88 Room 107

Title: The 3 big R s to moving life forward or sideways.

Sometimes life takes a few twists and turns and spits you out to a different
direction.
Willa Kriebel (Minnes 88) has over 20 years of sponsorship, sales, marketing and
event management experience. The door closed suddenly on her plan to operate
and own a remote fly-fishing camp in Alaska with her partner. As did a few other
opportunities. IMG (International Management Group) and Sport BC is where she
landed until another door opened. Willa now runs her own consulting company and
is the co-founder of WOWride Cycling Club, where podium results for the race team
is a common theme.

Alex Little ’03 Room 107

Title: Confidence and Perspective: How a Ridley Education Sent Me Around


the World and Brought Me Back Again

Alex graduated from Ridley in 2003 and went on to earn an Honours Sociology
degree from the University of Guelph. Following a volunteer trip to India in early
2008, Alex decided to go into the field of education and earned her Master of
Science in Education degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She spent four
years teaching internationally – two years in London, England, and two years at
Branksome Hall Asia on Jeju Island, South Korea - before moving home to St.
Catharines to join Ridley’s Admissions Office in July 2014. She has traveled to 39
countries (and counting!) and enjoys volunteering with the Niagara Health System
and the Canadian Cancer Society in her free time.

David Carter’ 88 ROOM 121

Title: "One person, several careers... You can pivot to different things, but
laying a good foundation really helps"

David Carter is principal of DK Consultancy Inc. / InTune Communications and


advises start-ups in the blockchain and crypto asset spaces. Most recently Mr.
Carter was EVP with 3iQ Corp, a digital asset Investment Fund Manager in Toronto,
Canada. He is presently serving as CFO of Digitaltown, a US public Smart Cities
software company traded on the Nasdaq OTC exchange.
Mr. Carter’s experience spans Technology solutions, Health Care and Legal
Services, and Non-Profit governance where his consultancy of the past 18 years has
vested.
Mr. Carter is on the Advisory Board of Blockchain Canada, and is the new Chair (as
of September 21, 2018) of the Board of Governors of Ridley College, one of
Canada’s leading independent educational institutions
Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor of Economics from Western University, a CPA
(Chartered Professional Accountant, and CA, Canada) and is a former Certified
Fraud Examiner.

John von Kaufman ’88 ROOM 121

Title: An international career: the work of a Canadian diplomat

This talk aims to give interested students a personal view of one option for an
international career: the Canadian Foreign Service, including a brief overview of
Canada's current foreign policy, some key global challenges the world is facing, and
an idea of daily life as a diplomat.
Mr. von Kaufmann is Chargé d’Affaires and Head of the Office of the Embassy of
Canada in Bratislava. Prior to assuming this position in September 2016, Mr. von
Kaufmann served as Deputy Director in the Middle East, Gulf and Maghreb Relations
Division at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
(now Global Affairs Canada) in Ottawa, managing Canada’s political relations with
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Mr. von
Kaufmann was previously Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN
in Geneva (2006-10), where he was head of the Human Rights Section,
representing Canada on the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. von Kaufmann holds a
BA in international relations and political science from Brown University, Providence
R.I., USA; a JD in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto; and a
Master of Advanced Studies in International Law in Armed Conflict from the
University of Geneva and IHEID’s Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian
Law. He is married with two children.

Dr. Tricia (Lennox) Thomas ’88 ROOM 209

Title: From Ridley to US Glaucoma specialist: A Journey Navigating US


Immigrations and the US Medical System

Before graduating from Ridley, Headmaster Jeremy Packard warned me that my


decision to go to Princeton was a decision to leave Canada…. I didn’t understand
the warning until years later.
Tricia graduated from Ridley in 1988. She then graduated from Princeton University
in 1992 with a degree in Molecular Biology. From there she worked for New England
BioLabs in Beverly, MA before going to medical school. She graduated from
Jefferson Medical College in 1999 with an Ophthalmology Residency at Wills Eye
Hospital in 2002 and a Glaucoma Fellowship at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in
2003. She returned to Wills Eye Hospital and worked for a few years in academic
medicine. She is now in private practice in the Philadelphia Area where she can
better balance work and family life. She currently lives in Holland, PA with her
husband and 2 girls, Lauren and Katharine.

Joey Palov ’88 ROOM 209

Title: “Relationships: The value of starting and maintaining them.”

I’m a father of three daughters, a husband, and in my spare time an insurance


litigator. I arrived at Ridley late (two weeks into September of 1986) and finished
early (1988 - skipped grade eleven). After abandoning the pursuit of a health
sciences career, I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English
and went on to law school at Dalhousie University. Almost 25 years later, I still live
in the same city, Halifax, and am a partner in the same firm where I started my
career. But it hasn’t been boring.
Keddy Chandran ’03 ROOM 235

Title: Identifying and Developing Your “Personal Brand”

Keddy is a Project Director of Renewable Energy Development at Nextera Energy


Resources, where he leads the development and construction of major solar, wind
and energy storage projects across the State of New York. He began his career at
the U.S. Department of Energy, and subsequently worked in finance, automotive,
and distributed generation. After graduating from Ridley in 2003, he attended Duke
University where he received a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s
of Engineering Management. He also received an MBA from the Wharton School of
Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Justin Pintwala ’03 Room 235

Title: Your Environment Matters - In order to take chances, be choosy with


the people & places you surround yourself with

Justin Pintwala went from Ridley to the University of British Columbia (Whistler!)
and ran a painting franchise, then went to work in finance on Bay Street, started a
business that failed and is currently running his own recruitment / headhunting
company.

He still loves to learn lessons the hard way but is slowly getting wiser.... he hopes.

Mike Allen ’03 Room 119

Title: Connections. Keep in touch. It matters

Mike Allen has been in the investment business for 15 years. He started his career
at MGI Securities, which was founded by two Ridlians. After he worked at BMO
Nesbitt Burns and then went on to be part of the original team at
Wealthsimple. Mike has served on various Ridley College committees, including the
125 Committee and the recent Gala Committee.

Wendy O’Brien ’88 Room 119

Title: How To Fake it in Hollywood


Using your own unique voice and intuition to forge a path into the Entertainment Industry.
Wendy is an Emmy nominated Casting Director in Los Angeles, who has worked
on many award winning film and television series over her 26 years in the
industry. When she is not working, she is with her husband and 2 daughters and
is still rowing competitively.

9:30 – 10:00

Dr. Jeremy Pridham MD, FRCPC OR ’78 Mandeville Theatre
PowerPoint Presentation and Video

Title: "Be a Catalyst for Change"

Jeremy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chair of Anesthesia at Memorial


University of Newfoundland. He obtained his Medical Degree at Western Ontario
and did his specialty training in Anesthesia in Newfoundland. Besides helping start
Lakecrest Independent School, Newfoundland’s first not for profit K-9 in 1992, he is
also a cofounder of Team Broken Earth, a registered Canadian Medical Relief
Mission that provides tertiary medical care to countries in need. These missions
have provided medical care in Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Since graduating from Ridley, he has been a director and chair of various not for
profit groups. He would like to encourage you to think about becoming a catalyst
for change.

Matt Picken ’93 Mandeville Theatre

Title: Seven Ways to be Epic!

Post-Millennials (also known as Generation Z or the iGeneration) have an incredible


opportunity to differentiate themselves from the preceding Millennial cohort. Matt’s
presentation focuses on seven key themes that will enable members of Gen-Z to
rise to the occasion in a ridiculously competitive world.

Matt is the Canadian Head of Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a Fortune
500 company offering professional services and advisory in real estate. Prior to
this, Matt worked for 14 years at Brookfield and four years at RBC Capital Markets
in investment banking. Over the years, Matt has worked with several not-for-
profits and organizations, including most recently, Covenant House and Michael
Garron Hospital. While at Ridley, Matt was actively involved in debating and public
speaking, and was the Class Valedictorian for his graduating year. Matt has been
happily married for 11-years and is the proud father of a 10-year old daughter
(Myla), eight-year old son (Max) and two-year old Bernese/Lab/Poodle mix
(Murphy).
David Conklin ’83 ROOM 103

Title - Opening Doors and Keeping Them Open

David Conklin is a partner at Goodmans. He is a commercial litigator specialising in


capital market based and complex commercial litigation. He has extensive
experience with corporate governance-based litigation, securities class actions,
regulatory and special committee investigations, insider trading, shareholder
activism, M& A disputes, oppression claims and stakeholder claims in corporate
restructurings. David represents shareholders, boards of directors and
entrepreneurs of both private and public companies.
Before joining Goodmans in 2007, David was a partner and senior litigator at a
leading Toronto litigation boutique. David received his LL.M from Columbia
University in New York City focusing on capital markets, corporate finance and
governance issues. In 2006, he passed the New York Bar and began practicing with
one of the most prominent securities and class action firms in the United States.

Peter Coffin ’78 Room 103

Title: Building a business that matters: How I believe my company can


make a difference by focusing on sustainability.

Peter Coffin is founder and president of Breckinridge Capital Advisors, a Boston-


based fixed income (bond) investment manager with 75 employees and over $36
billion in assets under management. After graduating from Hamilton College in
1982 with a BA in Classical Studies, Peter began his career as an analyst, and then
worked at Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS) where he managed a number of
bond mutual funds. Today, Peter is very active in the field of sustainable investing,
having served on the boards and committees for the US Sustainable Investment
Forum, The Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Ceres.

Willa (Minnes) Kriebel ’88 Room 107

Title: The 3 big R s to moving life forward or sideways.

Sometimes life takes a few twists and turns and spits you out to a different
direction.
Willa Kriebel (Minnes 88) has over 20 years of sponsorship, sales, marketing and
event management experience. The door closed suddenly on her plan to operate
and own a remote fly-fishing camp in Alaska with her partner. As did a few other
opportunities. IMG (International Management Group) and Sport BC is where she
landed until another door opened. Willa now runs her own consulting company and
is the co-founder of WOWride Cycling Club, where podium results for the race team
is a common theme.
Alex Little ’03 Room 107

Title: Confidence and Perspective: How a Ridley Education Sent Me Around


the World and Brought Me Back Again

Alex graduated from Ridley in 2003 and went on to earn an Honours Sociology
degree from the University of Guelph. Following a volunteer trip to India in early
2008, Alex decided to go into the field of education and earned her Master of
Science in Education degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She spent four
years teaching internationally – two years in London, England, and two years at
Branksome Hall Asia on Jeju Island, South Korea - before moving home to St.
Catharines to join Ridley’s Admissions Office in July 2014. She has traveled to 39
countries (and counting!) and enjoys volunteering with the Niagara Health System
and the Canadian Cancer Society in her free time.

David Carter’ 88 ROOM 121

Title: "One person, several careers... You can pivot to different things, but
laying a good foundation really helps"

David Carter is principal of DK Consultancy Inc. / InTune Communications and


advises start-ups in the blockchain and crypto asset spaces. Most recently Mr.
Carter was EVP with 3iQ Corp, a digital asset Investment Fund Manager in Toronto,
Canada. He is presently serving as CFO of Digitaltown, a US public Smart Cities
software company traded on the Nasdaq OTC exchange.
Mr. Carter’s experience spans Technology solutions, Health Care and Legal
Services, and Non-Profit governance where his consultancy of the past 18 years has
vested.
Mr. Carter is on the Advisory Board of Blockchain Canada, and is the new Chair (as
of September 21, 2018) of the Board of Governors of Ridley College, one of
Canada’s leading independent educational institutions
Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor of Economics from Western University, a CPA
(Chartered Professional Accountant, and CA, Canada) and is a former Certified
Fraud Examiner.

John von Kaufman ’88 ROOM 121

Title: An international career: the work of a Canadian diplomat

This talk aims to give interested students a personal view of one option for an
international career: the Canadian Foreign Service, including a brief overview of
Canada's current foreign policy, some key global challenges the world is facing, and
an idea of daily life as a diplomat.
Mr. von Kaufmann is Chargé d’Affaires and Head of the Office of the Embassy of
Canada in Bratislava. Prior to assuming this position in September 2016, Mr. von
Kaufmann served as Deputy Director in the Middle East, Gulf and Maghreb Relations
Division at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
(now Global Affairs Canada) in Ottawa, managing Canada’s political relations with
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Mr. von
Kaufmann was previously Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN
in Geneva (2006-10), where he was head of the Human Rights Section,
representing Canada on the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. von Kaufmann holds a
BA in international relations and political science from Brown University, Providence
R.I., USA; a JD in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto; and a
Master of Advanced Studies in International Law in Armed Conflict from the
University of Geneva and IHEID’s Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian
Law. He is married with two children.

Dr. Tricia (Lennox) Thomas ’88 ROOM 209

Title: From Ridley to US Glaucoma specialist: A Journey Navigating US


Immigrations and the US Medical System

Before graduating from Ridley, Headmaster Jeremy Packard warned me that my


decision to go to Princeton was a decision to leave Canada…. I didn’t understand
the warning until years later.
Tricia graduated from Ridley in 1988. She then graduated from Princeton University
in 1992 with a degree in Molecular Biology. From there she worked for New England
BioLabs in Beverly, MA before going to medical school. She graduated from
Jefferson Medical College in 1999 with an Ophthalmology Residency at Wills Eye
Hospital in 2002 and a Glaucoma Fellowship at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in
2003. She returned to Wills Eye Hospital and worked for a few years in academic
medicine. She is now in private practice in the Philadelphia Area where she can
better balance work and family life. She currently lives in Holland, PA with her
husband and 2 girls, Lauren and Katharine.

Joey Palov ’88 ROOM 209

Title: “Relationships: The value of starting and maintaining them.”

I’m a father of three daughters, a husband, and in my spare time an insurance


litigator. I arrived at Ridley late (two weeks into September of 1986) and finished
early (1988 - skipped grade eleven). After abandoning the pursuit of a health
sciences career, I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English
and went on to law school at Dalhousie University. Almost 25 years later, I still live
in the same city, Halifax, and am a partner in the same firm where I started my
career. But it hasn’t been boring.
Keddy Chandran ’03 ROOM 235

Title: Identifying and Developing Your “Personal Brand”

Keddy is a Project Director of Renewable Energy Development at Nextera Energy


Resources, where he leads the development and construction of major solar, wind
and energy storage projects across the State of New York. He began his career at
the U.S. Department of Energy, and subsequently worked in finance, automotive,
and distributed generation. After graduating from Ridley in 2003, he attended Duke
University where he received a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s
of Engineering Management. He also received an MBA from the Wharton School of
Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Justin Pintwala ’03 Room 235

Title: Your Environment Matters - In order to take chances, be choosy with


the people & places you surround yourself with

Justin Pintwala went from Ridley to the University of British Columbia (Whistler!)
and ran a painting franchise, then went to work in finance on Bay Street, started a
business that failed and is currently running his own recruitment / headhunting
company.

He still loves to learn lessons the hard way but is slowly getting wiser.... he hopes.

Mike Allen ’03 Room 119

Title: Connections. Keep in touch. It matters

Mike Allen has been in the investment business for 15 years. He started his career
at MGI Securities, which was founded by two Ridlians. After he worked at BMO
Nesbitt Burns and then went on to be part of the original team at
Wealthsimple. Mike has served on various Ridley College committees, including the
125 Committee and the recent Gala Committee.

Wendy O’Brien ’88 Room 119

Title: How To Fake it in Hollywood


Using your own unique voice and intuition to forge a path into the Entertainment Industry.

Wendy is an Emmy nominated Casting Director in Los Angeles, who has worked
on many award winning film and television series over her 26 years in the
industry. When she is not working, she is with her husband and 2 daughters and
is still rowing competitively.