JC Clark

David Feather has 30 years of experience in the investment management industry. He is currently Chairman of Russell Investments Canada Ltd., where he served as President and CEO from 2010 to 2017.  Previously he was with Mackenzie Financial Corp. from 1991 to 2010 and was President of Mackenzie Financial Services Inc. from 2002 to 2010.    He has also worked in the Economic Strategy Group at Ernst & Young (Woods Gordon), and as a Senior Financial Analyst at Bank of Montreal (Corporate and Government Banking).

David is Chairman of The Peter Cundill Foundation, a Bermuda-based purpose trust with a mission to improve the wellbeing of young people, primarily through social investment in education, sport and mental health. In managing its investment portfolio, the organization has maintained the value-based investment principles of it’s benefactor. David is involved in several other not-for-profit organizations, including being a member of the Board of Governors of McMaster University. He graduated from McMaster with a B.A. Economics in 1985, and an MBA in 1989. He has previously been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and was the 2007 recipient of the Wayne Fox Distinguished Alumni Award for DeGroote School of Business.

JC Clark

Benjie Thomas is the Canadian Managing Partner for Advisory Services at KPMG. Prior to his current role, he was the National Industry Leader of KPMG’s Private Equity Practice in Canada. Benjie was a member of KPMG in Canada’s Board of Directors (2013-2016).

With over 15 years with KPMG, Benjie has advised on some of the most prominent Canadian transactions. Benjie’s specialties include Private Equity, Pension Plans, Food, Beverage, Manufacturing, Distribution, Retail and Technology. He is also a member of the Management Committee for KPMG in Canada.

Benjie is a member of CVCA and the Association of Corporate Growth and is very active in the community. In 2011, Benjie was presented with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario’s Award of Distinction which honours those CAs who have made an early impact, bringing distinction to themselves and to their profession through leadership and achievement in their professional, community and/or personal lives. In addition to garnering an Award of Distinction, Benjie also was named as the recipient of the Christine E. Sinclair Community Leadership Award.