TORONTO, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - TVO's Chair of the Board of Directors,
Peter O'Brian is pleased to announce that Gary Comerford, Kristin Morch
and Mark Wakefield have been appointed to the Board as new members.
"Mr. Comerford, Ms. Morch and Mr. Wakefield each bring a wealth of
experience to the Board of Directors," said Peter O'Brian, Chair of the
TVO Board of Directors. "Their insight will be of great benefit to TVO
as we continue to push the boundaries of educational media and deliver
on our promise to build a smarter, more aware and more informed
Mr. Comerford, born and raised in Niagara-on-the-Lake, brings his depth
of strategic marketing expertise and years of Board experience to TVO.
For over 35 years, Mr. Comerford has been actively involved in dealing
with the enormous changes that have taken place in the financial
services industry. As Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing
Officer at Reinsurance Group of America International, he oversees all
strategic marketing efforts worldwide. From 1989 to 2009, Mr. Comerford
worked at Sun Life Financial in senior executive roles including Senior
Vice-President, International and General Manager, India for Sun Life
Financial Asia. He also brings to the role a blend of expertise in
business and culture, in his roles as Director of Aditya Birla Minacs
Worldwide Inc, Vice-Chair of the Canada-India Business Council, and
past Chair of The Shaw Festival.
Ms. Morch, LLB, is co-founder and trustee of The Pace Family Foundation,
based in Toronto, which contributes to improving health care in
Ontario, and in Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Niger
and Kenya. For more than 11 years, Ms. Morch served as General Counsel
to The Continental Saxon Group, a diversified real estate, venture
capital and oil and gas private company. Previously, as a partner at
the law firms, Aird and Berlis LLP, and Aylesworth Thompson, Ms. Morch
specialized in real estate financing. She has also served on the Board
of Directors for the Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Wakefield returns to TVO in the role as Board Member, having
previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer in 2009. A
resident of Markham, he is the Principal of Journey to Excellence where
he provides consulting advice to leading Canadian companies.
Previously, he was a Senior Consultant with The Finance Group, and
Vice-President of Finance/Chief Accountant at Xerox Canada Inc. Mr.
Wakefield also serves as Treasurer and Board member of Kinark Child and
Family Services, a children's mental health organization.
"Mr. Comerford's strategic marketing knowledge, Ms. Morch's
philanthropic vision, and Mr. Wakefield's finance and business
expertise will serve TVO well, as we move ahead with our digital
innovation strategy and our ambition to use educational media to help
Ontario's kids be successful in school and engage citizens of all ages
in the big issues of the day," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive
Officer of TVO.
Pursuant of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority Act, the
Ontario Government appointed all three board members for three-year
terms that run from June 19, 2013 to June 18, 2016.
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to
be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
Where to Find TVO
For further information:
TVO Public Relations Specialist
416.484.2600 x 2445