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Gary Simonsen

It is with great excitement that boutique consulting firm, tng, welcomes Gary Simonsen to its Team of governance and leadership experts. In December 2017 Gary will step away from his position as CEO of the Canadian Real Estate Association, one of Canada’s largest professional associations, to turn his attention to co-authoring the next chapter in tng’s 22-year story. “I am delighted to continue my career in association with Brad and tng, and am very excited about the opportunity to serve and support boards and associations across North America.”

Gary is recognized as one of the top 50 most influential leaders in real estate in North America and helped CREA receive gold certification from Excellence Canada. Prior to his role leading CREA, Gary ran a successful consulting practice where he assisted organizations to build practical strategic plans, strong leadership teams and confident boards of directors. His work and consulting experience span a broad range of industries and organizational settings. “Gary’s proven background and authentic approach fits perfectly with our firm’s culture and commitment to excellence for our clients.” Over the coming months Gary will work closely with tng founder, Brad Quinn, to reach out to clients and begin developing an enhanced set of services and solutions to meet the needs of not-for-profit leaders and boards across Canada. Already recognized as leaders in this field of work, Gary will help ensure that tng stays ahead of the curve for their extensive list of valued clients.

Brad Quinn, Founder, CEO & President

Brad holds an honours bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Brock University. He is a proven entrepreneur with a solid background in leadership, strategy and corporate governance. Prior to founding tng, in 1994 he held senior positions in a national consultancy and financial institutions.  Brad has also been on the Faculty of Continuing Education – Business Programs at Mohawk, Sheridan, Fanshawe and Niagara Colleges.

Over the past 2 decades, Brad has helped tng's clients plan and implement large-scale transformation initiatives and has become recognized for innovation in governance, leadership and system transformation.

Linda Moore, Founder & Advisor

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (business administration) from Wilfred Laurier University. She is a lead-by-example professional and has held executive positions with for profit and not for profit organizations. Linda was one of the first women executives for the Hudson's Bay Company and was CEO of TranSKILLS, one of Ontario's leading skills training and advisory organizations.

Linda has served on numerous boards and was an advisor on Vision 2020, a sustainable development process to guide the decisions of the then Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth. She has authored two books, "Getting Past the Rapids" and "Reinventing Our Common Future", both dealing with the issues of leadership and sustainable development within organizations and communities. Linda is a recognized pioneer of system transformation and sustainable development. Linda has also been an Executive Coach for over 20 years and continues to support and advise executives internationally.

Gary Simonsen, Vice President

Holding Bachelor and Masters degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University Gary has an extensive background in association management. He has been the CEO of one Canada's largest national associations, participated as a Chair and Director on national boards, and run a locally based not for profit.

Having hands on experience he brings a thoughtful, practical and insightful approach to Board leadership, governance, planning, and issue management. He has facilitated and led many strategic planning sessions, Board orientations and governance reviews.

At a volunteer level, he has been actively engaged in numerous community, civic and charity based organizations. It reflects his strong belief that, whether at work or at home, we all have a responsibility to contribute to making our communities better places.

John Magill, Associate

John's career has comprised many years as a lawyer serving clients from all walks of life and local, national and international businesses, sporting authorities and charities of all sizes and types. Corporate governance has always been an area of interest and specialty for John.

John also has an extensive history of community and charitable leadership and service and was recognized for it by the Governor General of Canada with the 125th Anniversary of Confederation medal. Most recently John has served as board chair for two major hospitals, worked on the strategy that led to their successful merger and served as founding Chair of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Recently, John has been appointed to the Governance Committee of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and, as a citizen member, to the Governance Committee of Council for the City of Mississauga.

Joe McReynolds, Associate

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts (pre-medical science) from the University of Ottawa and a Master degree in Social Work from the Wilfred Laurier University. After many years in senior leadership positions with the Ontario Public Service – in Community and Social Services, Municipal Affairs and Economic Development and Trade, Joe has continued his passion for innovative community development and capacity building.

Joe has been active in his community – sitting on several community Boards and offering himself as a candidate for local government.  Since leaving government he has led the Ontario Community Support Association as CEO, been Chair of the Halton Peel District Health Council, and most recently Joe was the founding Chair of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) from 2005 to 2011. Joe is a recognized community service leader and an advocate for strong governance and system leadership.

Rubin Jen, Associate

Rubin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Engineering) from the University of Toronto, and is a Professional Engineer (P. Eng), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Change Management Practitioner (APMG). Rubin has crossed over and succeeded in numerous sectors, spanning engineering, aerospace, telecom, IT, operations, government and not-for-profit. Rubin has also taught project management for over 10 years with renowned training companies, as well as Sheridan College and Ryerson University, and is a presenter at major global project management events. Rubin also volunteers with the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter, having served on their Board of Directors from 2005-2007. Rubin brings vast knowledge of strategic and tactical approaches in a variety of industries.

Suanne Miedema, Associate

Suanne Miedema has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from York University Schulich School of Business. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors, BoardSource and the Ontario Nonprofit Network and is trained as an Imagine Canada certification standards coach. Prior to establishing a specialty in governance and Board Policy Manuals, Suanne worked in business for over 20 years, most recently as General Manager of DeBoer’s Furniture, a multi-million dollar, multi-site retail organization.

Suanne currently serves as a volunteer director on four nonprofit boards including World Vision Canada, Canada’s largest private relief and development charity with revenues of $445M, and World Vision International with revenues of $3B. Suanne enjoys applying her experience in business and governance to the customized projects she works on with her clients.

Diane Slopek-Weber, Associate

Diane cut her communications chops at one of Canada's most respected brands - Tim Hortons. Over 19 years, she managed all aspects of communications - from internal to external - as the chain grew from 1,000 stores owned by Wendy's International, through the IPO and to the final purchase by private equity. Diane is known for her calm and strategic mindset, her cross-functional leadership abilities, creativity, and ability to adapt and lead through change and growth. She excels in understanding the audience's needs - whether employees, members, franchisees, customers or media - and customizing the message to best meet those needs. As an independent practitioner today, Diane brings a wide range of experience and a passion for creative and effective communication to every client and project, large or small.

Tara Connor, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Tara is a seasoned executive assistant and project coordinator. Having spent over 18 years with one of Ontario’s leading hospitals, Trillium Health Centre, in operational and executive support roles, Tara joined tng in 2007 to support our growing network of not-for-profit and public sector clients and projects. Her in-depth understanding of these settings, attention to detail and exceptional client relationship skills have instilled confidence in clients and added significant capacity to our boutique consultancy.

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Brad and Linda are also cofounders and directors of the Canadian Centre for Leadership and Human Values (CCLHV), a not-for-profit organization established in 2003 to begin and sustain a global dialogue around leadership and organizational transformation. The Centre is also the home of an innovative new Board Governance Portal designed to assemble and support governors to lead and achieve large scale system transformation, together.

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