Ms. Brooks has spent more than 25 years building prestige retail formats around the world including Holt Renfrew, Lane Crawford, Harvey Nichols, and leading designer brand stand-alone stores in Asia. Most recently, Ms. Brooks was the President of the Lane Crawford Joyce Group based in Hong Kong. In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the company which represents many of the world’s leading brands and more than 500 locations in nine Asian countries including the 158 year old Lane Crawford department stores, Joyce Boutiques, Pedder Group, and the LCJG Distribution Company. Under her leadership, the company saw the expansion of these formats into Greater China and South East Asia.
In Canada, Ms. Brooks is best known for her roles at Holt Renfrew where she was Executive Vice President/General Merchandise Manager and Senior Vice President of Marketing. In these positions, she was responsible for strategic planning, marketing functions, merchandise buying and designer brand acquisition to name a few. Bonnie also served as Editor-in-Chief of FLARE, Canada’s largest fashion and lifestyle magazine and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Known as one of the most respected retail experts in Asia and North America, Ms. Brooks has been recently recognized in a variety of publications including 2010 Monocle Magazine’s 25 Top Retailers Worldwide and Fast Company (New York) Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2010 worldwide.
Ms. Brooks is a member of the Indigo Books & Music Inc. Board of Directors, and the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees.
Kedrosky was previously a venture partner with Ventures West, where he invested in consumer technologies, media, semiconductors, and life sciences. He is currently an advisor/investor to CoveritLive, and Xpenser, and has been on the board of many venture-backed companies, including Marqui Corporation, Dabble DB, and ActiveState. Earlier in his career, Kedrosky was a highly ranked technology equity analyst, and founded the technology equity research practice at HSBC James Capel. As an entrepreneur, he financed and launched one of the first hosted blogging services, GrokSoup, which grew to more than 1,000 subscribers.
Kedrosky obtained his undergraduate degree in engineering from Carleton University, his MBA from Queen's University, and his Ph.D from the University of Western Ontario.
In 2002, Michael returned to his homeland of Jamaica and purchased a 75% stake in the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica Limited (NCB). At the time of purchase, he immediately deployed a transformation team with a mandate to improve employee morale, increase customer confidence and modernize the bank’s IT infrastructure. Today, NCB is the largest bank in the country and has a reputation for being a leader in corporate citizenship and for its mantra “Building a Better Jamaica”.
In 2006, Michael co-founded Columbus International Inc., a diversified telecommunications company which provides services to over 21 countries across the Caribbean and Latin America. Michael through Portland Investment Counsel continues to manage over $2 billion for Manulife Financial. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc., Portland Investment Counsel and Chairman of Portland Private Equity.
Among his many personal accomplishments, Michael has received the doctor of laws degree from a number of distinguished universities including, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, Northern Caribbean University, Wilfred Laurier University, the University of West Indies and York University.
In 2008, he received the Order of Jamaica – one of the country’s highest national honours for outstanding service in business and philanthropy. In 2010 Michael joined the Board of the Trust for the Americas (a dynamic development institution affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS) recognizing his “leadership in the area of corporate social responsibility”. The OAS is an organization that, with 35 member countries, facilitates development, security, human rights, democracy and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere.
In November 2000 he left Asda and developed a new work ethic – ‘Going Plural’ and is currently President of Loblaw Companies Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Selfridges & Co and George Weston Ltd, and Non Executive Director of BskyB Group plc.
Previously, she was a key strategist for the world-famous Razorfish, in San Francisco, and has worked on projects for Microsoft, Adobe, HP and Bell. MacArthur also hosts the podcasts net @ night, commandN, and Webnation, which won the 2007 iTunes Top New Podcast award. She also hosts and produces a show called Girls Go Geek on Xbox LIVE.
In Penenberg’s Viral Loop talks he names and explains the paradigm-busting phenomenon which is the essence of how the most successful Web 2.0 companies – from Google to PayPal – are growing. Each designed its product with a viral loop at its core: to use it, you have to spread it. The result: Never before has there been the potential to create wealth this fast, on this scale, and starting with so little
Penenberg explains that all of these companies are powered by something called a “viral expansion loop,” which is accomplished by incorporating virality into the functionality of their products. In plain English, it means a company grows because each new user begets more users. Just by using a product they have to spread it. After all, what’s the sense of being on Facebook if none of your friends are on Facebook, or using Flickr if you can’t share your photos? The result is a type of alchemy that, done right, leads to a self-replicating, borg-like growth: One user becomes two, then four, eight, to a million and more. It is not a stretch to say that viral loops have emerged as the most significant business accelerant to hit Silicon Valley since the search engine.
A former senior editor at Forbes and reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of The New Republic. Penenberg’s story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and is portrayed in the film Shattered Glass (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).
Prior to founding Knightsbridge Human Capital Management Inc., Mr. Shaw was President and CEO of Pepsi Cola Canada Beverages from 1996 to the end of 1999, a $1.0 Billion company, employing 3,500 people within Canada. Mr. Shaw’s career with PepsiCo spanned twenty-two years within Canada and abroad where he demonstrated a successful track record in building, growing and sustaining customer-focused businesses and relationships. From 1989 until 1996, Mr. Shaw lived in Australia, Singapore and Turkey holding various levels of general management responsibility.
Mr. Shaw is the former Chairman of the North York General Hospital Foundation and member of the Hospital Board of Directors, and former Chairman of the Canadian Soft Drink Industry. He is the current Chair of the Stratford Chefs School. In addition, he sits on the Queen’s School of Business Advisory Board, The Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation Board, the Amrop Hever Board, and two publicly traded boards, Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited and Brick Brewing Co. Limited.