Dr. Asher Alkoby

Asher is an Associate Professor, Department of Law and Business Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). After several years of practicing commercial law, Asher completed his Master and Doctoral degrees at the University of Toronto and joined The Law and Business Department at TRSM in 2006.

 

He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Advanced Business Law, Environmental Law and Business, Socially Responsible Management, and the Law of Hospitality and Tourism.

 

Asher has studied, received research grants, and published in the areas of international governance, civil society engagement, environmental law, corporate social responsibility and diversity in the workplace. He has held several leadership roles at TMU and currently serves as Chair of the University’s Research Ethics Board.

 

      Amrita Bhalla

Amrita is an accomplished HR executive with over 20 years of experience. In 2015, Amrita founded A.B. Consulting, specializing in HR advisory services across a multitude of sectors, including hospitality and tourism. The company’s portfolio also specializes in workforce development initiatives for the Caribbean.

Her professional background includes executive HR roles in the luxury hospitality industry with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and Belmond Hotels.  She has lived and worked in Canada, Bermuda, United Kingdom, Thailand and India and has a broad range of geographic experience.

Amrita is an Advisory Board Member for Women in Tourism and Hospitality Canada (With.org).  She is also the Board President for the Rosedale – Moore Park Association (RMPA).  Amrita enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and is a mentor with Ignite Bermuda, a local entrepreneurial accelerator.

She joined the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in 2015, teaching Human Resources Management and Organizational Behaviour. Amrita holds a Masters in Industrial Relations (MIR) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queens University. She is based in Toronto, Canada.

 

      Katherine Carre

Katherine Carre is counsel in the corporate commercial group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  She regularly advises not-for-profit organizations, charities and private corporations on a wide range of matters, including corporate governance, commercial agreements and transactions.  Katherine has been advising social clubs on the impact of the ONCA for many years, and, in particular, has been advising many share capital social clubs on their various continuance options.

 

      Colin Druhan

Colin Druhan is a business strategist with more than fifteen years of experience working with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. He has served as Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada since 2014.

Pride at Work Canada empowers employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation through dialogue, education and thought leadership. In 2021 he was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Toronto, Canada's largest volunteer centre, where he has served as a Director since 2018. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Diversity Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). In 2020 Colin was named a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction, joining a diverse group of rising leaders who are passionate about shaping their communities within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Originally from Cole Harbour, NS, Colin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and has completed executive education programs at both the Rotman School of Management and at Harvard Business School.

 

      Anthony Hopkins

 

Following a progressively successful 25-year career of executive level leadership experience in the areas of human resources, training and development and general management, Anthony left the corporate sector in 2004, to create a consulting practice that focuses on adding value to the investment that organizations have made in their human capital.

In September 2006, he joined the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) as an instructor in the School of Hospitality Tourism Management, while continuing to provide consulting, training, leadership, and team effectiveness services to industry. Since 2009 Anthony has also served as the Business Management Institute Faculty Coordinator for the Club Management Association of Canada. In this role, he plans, selects the teaching faculty, and coordinates an annual five-day professional development leadership course for the association’s members. In June 2012, Anthony helped launch a new career centre and in October was appointed as the Director of the Business Career Hub, a career centre designed to support the needs of business students within the Ted Rogers School of Management. In this role, he led a team of career consultants with a mission to build strong relationships with employers and to prepare TRSM students and alumni to reflect and act on their career aspirations, passions, and goals.

October 2016 – October 2017, Anthony served as an Executive-in-Residence at TRSM where he helped students and alumni become more self-aware of their strengths, interests, and preferences and how to use this awareness to develop a career management strategy, establish short and long-term goals and build the confidence to achieve them. In October 2017 Anthony was asked to join the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre as a Senior Fellow where he continues to support students and the Centre’s research and educational activities. As a qualified practitioner of Lumina Learning Canada, Anthony has worked with over 2,000 individuals using psychometric tools to guide and coach individuals through a process of self-awareness to identify strengths, competencies, and opportunities for growth as well as choices they make as leaders, all of which contribute to making informed career and life decisions. Anthony is also a sought after speaker and facilitator for a variety of topics including leadership, interpersonal communication, managing conflict, building effective working relationship, and helping individuals and teams increase their effectiveness to drive improved results.

In addition to his early education and training in Hotel and Restaurant Management in England, Anthony is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program for the Hospitality Industry at Guelph University and holds the Certified Human Resource Practitioner (CHRP)’ret’ and Leader (CHRL)’ret’ designations from the Human Resources Professionals Association.

 

Kim Iwamoto, CCM, CCE, CPA, CGA

Kim has spent over twenty-five years in the private club industry as a General Manager across Canada. She is best known for her sound business acumen, love of food and wine, passion for learning and insightful skills to the task at hand.  She works with employees to create environments and conditions that will allow individuals to align their strengths to the club’s vision for a personalized, authentic experience, and provides a customized solutions approach to member services.

In 2021, Kim moved back to Ontario from Alberta to be close to her family and is now consulting to Private Clubs in various capacities. Prior to joining the Ranchmen’s Club in 2016, Kim was General Manager at the Caledon Mountain Trout Club, Controller at the Weston Golf & Country Club, General Manager at the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto and Assistant General Manager of The National Club.

Kim’s professional passion includes supporting staff while creating teams that contribute to a shared understanding and a common language for resolution of a variety of situations. Kim is active in a number of associations and committees related to her field and has presented to a variety of audiences, including CMAC (previously CSCM) as a Professional Development committee member and presenter, previous Editorial chairman of CMQ and served on the National and Ontario Branch Boards, now a past president of both.

Although Kim’s formal education was at the University of Calgary, where she completed her Bachelor of Accounting Science, Accounting and Finance, she completed her Certification in Accounting at Ryerson University, her certification as a Certified Public Accountant, and CCM, and CCE.  Kim is currently available to assist Clubs in their Strategic Planning, Team Building, and of course Accounting!

 

Liz McDowell, CCM, CPA, CA

Liz McDowell is a Director with GGA Partners and an experienced executive specializing in strategic planning, corporate governance, management, operations, finance, and accounting. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Certified Club Manager (CCM), and seasoned private club manager with over ten years of experience operating a premier private golf club, Liz provides an impactful and valuable perspective to GGA’s full complement of service offerings from transaction advisory to strategy and operations consulting, to research and analytics services.

 

Active across the club industry, Liz has served on several associations and private club advisory boards and their committees.  Liz is a member of the National CMAC Finance & Audit Committee, and Co-Chair of the National CMAC Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

 

      Victoria Prince

Victoria Prince is the National Leader of BLG’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Group.  She advises clients, including many social clubs, on a wide range of issues, including governance and strategic initiatives, board orientation, legal audits of operations, and a myriad of other matters. Victoria has been tracking and advising on the ONCA since its passing in 2010 and is helping many clubs with their transition.

 

      Mike Wien

 

After spending 28 years in senior marketing positions with Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Omni Hotels, CitiBank and Deloitte, Mike Wien left the corporate world 20 years ago to become an adjunct professor of marketing in the School of Hospitality at Georgia State University, a consultant dedicated to helping service organizations become more effective at growing their business and an Ironman Triathlete who is a regular competitor in the World Championship.  This unusual combination of real-life experiences has given Mike the content to write a book and develop a workshop that focuses on creating a competitive advantage for the service industry. He weaves relevant stories from his business and triathlon careers into a speech filled with practical ideas for being more successful in attracting new clients or members.

Mike is the founder of The Specific Edge Institute, an organization dedicated to helping companies create marketing and business development strategies that uncover often overlooked ways to grow revenue.  Mike helps organizations create competitive advantages by out-thinking and out-maneuvering their competitors instead of just outspending them. 

Mike has an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a B.S in business from Colorado State University.  He is active in his community serving on four not-for-profit boards including USA Triathlon, the governing body for triathlons within the United States Olympic Committee.  He has led the membership marketing class for BMI in the United States for 5 years and for BMI in Canada in 2020.