Principal Researcher Microsoft Corp.
Author, Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design
Sun Life Financial Canada
McDonald’s Canada
Managing Director
Waterstone Human Capita
Managing Director & Chairman
FirstEnergy Capital Corp.
Bill Buxton
Principal Researcher
Microsoft Corp.
Author, Sketching User
Experiences: Getting the
Design Right and the Right Design

Bill Buxton is a principal researcher at Microsoft Corp., and the author of the book, Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design. Mr. Buxton is a trained musician who began using computers over thirty years ago to further his art. This early experience led Mr. Buxton to work with the University of Toronto on digital musical instruments and novel interfaces in the late 70s.

Mr. Buxton’s work was soon on the radar of Xerox PARC, who approached him to participate in pioneering research on collaborative work, interaction techniques and ubiquitous computing. By 1994, Mr. Buxton joined Alias Research (and in 1995 its parent company SGI) where he had the opportunity to work with some of the top filmmakers and industrial designers in the world. He was Chief Scientist at Alias throughout the development of the animation package, Maya, which won an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement.

Kevin P. Dougherty
Sun Life Financial Canada

Kevin P. Dougherty is the President of Sun Life Financial Canada.

Mr. Dougherty joined Sun Life Financial in 1994 as Vice-President, Group Marketing & Sales. He was appointed Vice-President, Group Insurance in 1996, and Vice-President, Group Retirement Services in 2001. He was subsequently appointed Executive Vice-President of Sun Life Financial’s Canadian Group Benefits and Group Retirement Services businesses, and then President of Sun Life Financial’s Canadian business in September 2004.

Since assuming his role as President, Mr. Dougherty has focused on a number of key strategic initiatives including: strengthening its Career Sales Force model, overseeing the Company’s re-entry into the Wholesale channel, building on its partnership with CI Investments, investing in the development of Sun Life Financial Canada’s Rollover Products and Services for retiring group plan members, and continued investment and leadership in the Total Benefits arena.

Mr. Dougherty is the Chairman of the National Quality Institute’s Board of Governors, and serves on the Board of Directors of Assuris, the Canadian Life Insurance Industry's guarantee fund. He is an active member of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute.

Mr. Dougherty holds an MBA (International) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Louie Mele
McDonald’s Canada

From its start in 1967 with a single restaurant in Richmond, BC - and the first McDonald's outside the US - to more than 1,400 restaurant locations from coast to coast, McDonald's Canada has grown, evolved and continues to prosper, and help shape the face of the quick service restaurant industry today. President Louie Mele, a 35-year veteran of the company, discusses its history, its philosophies and his personal leadership approach to maintaining McDonald's Canada's competitive advantage.

Louie Mele began his career with McDonald's in 1972 as a crew member in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario. Through an unrelenting sense of dedication and commitment, he advanced through various managerial positions, eventually resulting in his appointment to Operations Manager in 1985.

In 1987, Mr. Mele took his Canadian experience overseas to Italy where he assumed the role of Director of Operations and in April 1990 was named President of McDonald's Italy.

Mr. Mele relocated to the United States in 1995 where he served as Regional Manager of the Southeast Division, a position he held until 2001.

Mr. Mele returned home to Canada in April 2001 where he took on the role of Executive Vice President of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited. In August 2003, he added the role of Chief Operating Officer for the company.

In April 2005, Mr. Mele was appointed to his current position of President of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada. His international experience and passion for quality, service, cleanliness and value continues to bring a renewed focus to the Canadian System.

Mr. Mele is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada; The Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association; The Brick and At Last. He is also Chair of the CRFA's Fitness and Nutrition Roundtable, a committee he was instrumental in establishing three years ago. Mr. Mele was honoured by the Caboto Club in his hometown of Windsor with the 2005 Italian of the Year award.

Martin Parker
Managing Director
Waterstone Human Capital

In November 2007, Waterstone Human Capital will release its 3rd Annual Canadian Corporate Culture StudyTM. Which companies consistently make the Top Ten? Marty parker will provide insight into what gives these companies the competitive edge. You'll also learn how creating a positive corporate culture in your business can drive profit.

Mr. Parker is the Managing Director and Founder of Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm based in Toronto.

Formerly, Mr Parker was Managing Director and Partner with the Caldwell Partners International. He also held the role of Canada's leading marketing communications group of companies. Mr. Parker's earlier career was with the Johnson and Johnson and Labatt Breweries where he held progressively senior sales and marketing positions.

Brett Wilson
Managing Director & Chairman
FirstEnergy Capital Corp.

Born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Brett graduated from the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 1979, and later earned an MBA from the University of Calgary. In 1993, he co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp. with partners Murray Edwards, Rick Grafton and Jim Davidson - the first investment bank to truly focus exclusively on Canada's lucrative oil and gas sector. Fourteen years later, FirstEnergy is an industry leader, having participated in almost 750 financings valued at over $50 billion, and advised on some 190 M&A projects worth a combined $84 billion.

Brett has taken the lead in marketing FirstEnergy through innovative community giving/sharing programs and highly regarded charity events. He has also guided the firm towards an industry-leading reputation for energy-based conferences held in the world's major financial centres. He is now the non-executive Chairman of FirstEnergy, focusing on strategy and tactics to allow the firm to continue to prosper in providing investment banking services to the volatile global energy industry.

He has been honoured with numerous awards during his career, including being ranked as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40", Top 20 Deal Makers, and Top 10 M&A Specialists. He is a distinguished graduate of U of C's Faculty of Management and has received wide recognition for his broad contributions to community. in 2007, he was singled out as Calgary's Person of the Year and is the recipient of this year's U of S Alumni Award of Achievement. He has also been recognized for his significant contributions to the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) both at the reginal and global level.

Brett recently established the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2006, he established the Wilson Centre for Domestic Abuse Studies in Calgary and is actively promoting competitive sports of volleyball and swimming. He plans to continue to focus his business and philanthropic ventures on finding more opportunities for innovation in his home provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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