Gary Comerford, Kristin Morch and Mark Wakefield Join TVO's Board of Directors

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 Ontario."

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.

About TVO
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, visit

Where to Find TVO

On air:
Over-the-air (may vary in some areas)
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 209
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1209
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Shaw Direct channel 353
BlackBerry World


For further information:

Media Contact:
Paul Ginis
TVO Public Relations Specialist
416.484.2600 x 2445


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