The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® is supported each year by a group of dedicated leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to form a committee whose purpose is to recruit corporate teams and sponsors to the event. The Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital is incredibly grateful to these dedicated men and women, many of whom are also participants in and leading fundraisers for The Ride.
In particular, we would like to recognize the leaders of this committee, the Co-Chairs of the 2020 Ride.
SVP, Branch Banking, Quebec Region
Chair, Quebec Market, TD Bank Group
In June 2015, Sylvie Demers was named Senior Vice President of Branch Banking in Quebec. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing business strategy, ensuring the growth of Branch Banking and providing value-added services to our customers. In November 2015, she was named Chair of TD’s Executive Committee in Quebec. The committee’s mandate is to significantly increase its presence in the province across all sectors.
Previously, Sylvie was Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, based in Toronto and was also President, Affinity Market Group at TD Insurance.
Sylvie joined TD in 1985 and has held various positions, including in Commercial Banking Services, Corporate Banking and Retail Banking. She was also Regional Vice President and Market Leader, Eastern Canada, Private Client Services for TD Waterhouse. She gained expertise through her various roles in the financing of private and public companies. Sylvie also completed mandates in fund management, cash management and derivative products, in addition to her role as District Vice President of the Montreal Centre-South network of branches.
Her deep financial knowledge combined with her people skills have enabled her to succeed on an analytical level as well as in business development and team mobilization. Sylvie has always made her mark as a leader; her strength lies in her ability to assess the talents of her team members and to create strong organizational structures. She knows how to maximize her employees’ strengths to achieve excellent results.
As a seasoned executive, Sylvie is a public speaker on subjects like the financial industry and the advancement of women in business. She has always seen the value of mentorship, having been a mentor to numerous colleagues throughout her career. Finally, she is executive champion and spokesperson for the arts, culture and diversity both within the organization and in the community.
Sylvie is known for her balanced approach. She recognizes the importance of giving back and is very involved with non-profit organizations. Over the past few years, she has served as honorary chairperson of fundraising campaigns for various organizations such as the Sainte-Justine Hospital, the Montreal Chinese Hospital, the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She is currently on the board of the Foundation of Greater Montréal and was appointed President of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation in July 2017.
Sylvie graduated from HEC Montréal and holds a specialisation in Finance.
President and CEO
Britton Electric Co. Ltd.
Perry Britton is President and CEO of Britton Electric Co. Ltd., Quebec’s leading electrical contractor, a position that he has held for 40 years. Headquartered in Montreal and serving the province of Quebec since 1948 as well as Eastern Ontario, the company provides a complete spectrum of electrical contracting services for the commercial, industrial, institutional and residential markets.
Perry is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, having earned a Bachelor of Science in electric power engineering and an MBA in 1978, pursuing both degrees concurrently. Shortly after graduation at the age of 21 and following the passing of the Company’s founder, the late Harvey I. Britton, Perry took over the reins of the business. Up until the mid-1990s he practiced a hands-on approach and spent much of his time actively involved in all of the company’s day-to-day operations. Today, Perry oversees the overall direction of the business, developing long-term strategies to maintain the company’s leading position in the marketplace. In addition to his current responsibilities, he continues to maintain close contact with many of the company’s clients.
Perry has long been involved in community and charitable works and presently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation in Montreal, and Hadassah International. He has been a member of YPO since 1990, and through that has travelled extensively over the years. Aside from devoting himself to work, family and YPO, Perry pursues his many hobbies and passions including travel, scuba diving, and photography, as well as collecting wine and scotch whisky.
Chairman & CEO
PEAK Financial Group
Robert Frances is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of PEAK Financial Group headquartered in Montreal (QC). PEAK administers over $10 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial Advisors, professionals and employees. PEAK is known in the industry as a staunch advocate of Independent Financial Advice.
Robert founded PEAK at the age of 27. The firm was listed by Profit 100 as Canada’s fastest growing company for six consecutive years.
His involvement extends beyond his firm’s activities as he dedicates much of his time to the finance community and industry. He has served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board. Robert is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a global network which represents over 23,000 business leaders in 132 countries. He held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. Ernst & Young recognized him as Entrepreneur of the Year for Quebec in the Business Services Category. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board. This investment was made through PEAK Capital Partners, through which Robert holds many investments in start-ups and innovative businesses.
Robert and his wife, Mary, are the proud parents of four children. When not busy with PEAK, YPO events or playing with his kids, Robert’s hobby and passion is playing, writing and recording music.
President, CEO and General Manager
Monsieur Torriani was first exposed to the world of fine hotels and luxury travel at the age of 10 and literally ‘grew up in the industry’. Andrew’s father was a renowned hotelier in South Africa, and it was under his tutelage that Andrew learned the business of exceptional hospitality.
After working in a variety of positions in the industry throughout his teens, he went on to graduate with both a degree in mathematics from Queens University and a business degree from McGill. After a very successful term as director of Human Resources for Air Canada, Andrew joined Ritz-Carlton in 1996 and has made his home with the Ritz family.
As President and CEO of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Andrew’s self-described mandate is to make the Ritz-Carlton Montreal not only the premier destination in Montreal, but in the country. He firmly believes that the ‘new’ Ritz-Carlton Montreal achieves the perfect balance between a modern hotel and a hotel with relevance and history. “It is important that it retains a strong character, while being very contemporary,” says Andrew.
Andrew, his wife and their three children live in Montreal and are all passionate about and committed to the community. He describes the city as “having European flair, but still very casual in a distinctly North American way – everyone is so well received in Montreal.” Mr. Torriani is confident that the city’s upscale-yet-casual atmosphere is one of the reasons that the Ritz-Carlton Montreal cannot help but appeal to today’s traveller.