A mentor is someone who allows you to see hope inside yourself. - Oprah Winfrey
With a dynamic career, Vicky Milner has been involved in an array of industries including fashion, retail, music, entertainment, and philanthropic management. Vicky’s strong business acumen and passionate outlook on the fashion industry, has led her to bring the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards also known as CAFA to life. Through the recognition and promotion of outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry, CAFA is dedicated to generating a stronger appreciation and market for our designers and artists both in Canada and abroad and to the economic development of the Canadian fashion industry. Vicky is always seeking creative avenues to provide support to designers and to create an international spotlight on local talent. Vicky sits on the Board of FGI, Toronto and is involved with a variety of charities including SickKids, Baycrest and Oolagen.
Sylvia has been involved with Mantella Corporation since 2008. In 2010 Sylvia took her position as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Her mission statement, “To maintain the stellar integrity and impeccable reputation of a family owned corporation established more than 70 years ago.”
Through careful, strategic, and very selective branding decisions, Sylvia has been an integral asset to the growth of Mantella Corporation. Mantella Corporation is a significant contributor to their community, local charities, and charities on a global level.
Evan Cooperman is Executive Vice President at Foremost Financial and is in charge of streamlining operations and growing investor capital. Since Evan joined in 2013, Foremost has doubled its investor capital and mortgages under administration. Prior roles have included co-founding StarBridge Capital Ltd. in mid-2012, President of Toronto based Artemis Wealth Advisors, Partner and Principal at Prime Quadrant LP, a leading investment consultant to wealthy families, and co-founder of a Toronto based technology business specializing in online brand management and protection. Evan is a graduate of the Master of Management and Professional Accounting program at the University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). Evan’s most important jobs are as husband to his wonderful wife and father to his three young boys. He is involved in a number of community initiatives including the Israel and Overseas Committee of the United Jewish Appeal, Member of the Board of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and Building Committee of his local synagogue. Evan believes that you always give 100%, unless you are giving blood.
Jian Magen is one of twin entrepreneurs behind the creation and success of Magen Boys Entertainment (MBE), a fully-integrated national entertainment group with close to 100 staff, a first-class inventory of technical, media and staging equipment, with an 8,000 square foot office and warehouse space, multiple event venues, a digital activation business and a film production division. For over 15 years, MBE has managed and executed more than 10,000 events from gala fundraisers and Hollywood film launches to big-ticket concerts and over the top Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings. Jian’s event production skills have won him numerous industry awards including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Jian donates a considerable amount of his time, resources and entertainment services to many charities in Canada including: Rethink Breast Cancer, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sick Kids Hospital, Gilda’s Club, The MS Society, The Ovarian Cancer Society, Camp Cucumber, Princess Margaret Hospital, Children’s Wish Fund, and more. Jian is also a partner in GROW Interactive Learning, an interactive program to stop bullying and build positivity in Canada’s schools. Jian Magen graduated from York University in 2002.
In 2009 Invidiata joined the Invidiata Team; a team that her father, Christopher, established and has successfully lead to achieve the #1 RE/MAX Team in Canada for thirteen years, and #1 RE/MAX Team Worldwide 2007 and 2012. In January 2010, [free-them] was founded; an initiative dedicated to raising awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking in Canada and abroad by partnering with people, organizations, & businesses to fight human trafficking – slavery today. [free-them] is a Stakeholder to three federal bills that have amended the Criminal Code of Canada and also to the Federal Government’s National AcNon Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. [free-them] continues to lead as a Stakeholder to the City of Toronto to see a Slave Free Toronto. Invidiata and [free-them] have appeared on many national and local media sources, including but not limited to, The Globe and Mail, CBC, CBC Radio, CTV, The Toronto Star, GlobalTV, CityNews, CP24 News. Invidiata was a nominee for Canadian Women’s Fashion Magazine Chatelaine as a Top 20 Finalist for “Canada’s Women of the Year 2011″; recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012; National Freedom Award in October 2012; most recent, Invidiata was recognized as a “Woman of Honour” at the 2016 Honouring Heroes event presented by “The Joy Smith Foundation”.
Cliff Ritter is the Co-Founder of LowestRates.ca, President & CEO of Rank1st.ca. and a 15 year search engine optimization (SEO) expert. He cut his teeth in industries with high levels of SEO competition, such as gaming, finance and health. The companies he's lent his expertise to have generated well over $150 million through direct SEO efforts.
In his spare time Cliff keeps busy running after his 2 and 6 year old girls while lending his expertise and time to charitable causes and organizations that hit close to home.
Stephen is President and Creative Director of Gardner Productions. An award-winning producer and director, and for the last 20 years, Stephen has produced commercials, and high-end videos for numerous international and local campaigns and events. Clients include Swarovski, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Pepsico, The Albert Einstein Foundation, Intel, and SpinMaster.
A key ingredient that all Gardner commercials and videos share is authentic brand marketing. Each show directly appeals to the specific market it’s targeted towards. The result: each show is creatively cultivated to create a powerful “storytelling” experience. Stephen also writes a regular blog based on customer experiences and trends, and has been quoted in numerous publications including MacLean’s Magazine, LifeStyle and other European publications. Stephen also guest speaks at various conferences across North America, and enjoys connecting on a one-to one basis with people representing various brands and industries.