Samira Zia Rehman (Co-chair)
Samira is a seasoned media and communications professional having worked in both the public and private sector. Her career has largely focused on arts, culture and entertainment with a strong emphasis on community building. She is a passionate storyteller with key strengths in issues management, creative direction, and strategic planning. Samira is dedicated to representing under-served communities and creating the capacity for others to meet their full potential through art and mentorship. She is also an unwavering advocate for women’s rights and safety, volunteering and fundraising for over ten years for various agencies including Aids Committee of Toronto, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and women’s shelters throughout the GTA.
Gerry Phillips has been in the investment industry for over 35 years. His career started in the mid 80s at the Vancouver Stock Exchange. He became the Head Trader for Walwyn Stodgell after just 3 years on the floor. He then moved to Toronto to work at the TSX. He spent almost 20 years working for RBC Capital Markets on the proprietary trading desk and was one of the first pro traders to ever achieve Vice-President status.
After leaving RBC, and with the encouragement of friends and colleagues, he became a very successful financial advisor. After a few years of mentorship from top advisors, as well as fully developing his own skills, he decided to launch his own firm, Phillips Financial Group.
Jane Gatcke is a professional Development Manager skilled in Fundraising, Event Management, Client Service, and Strategic Planning, with a demonstrated history of working in Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management for over 10 years. Prior to transitioning her career to the charitable sector, for over a decade Jane held private sector roles with two of Canada’s major banks.
An advocate for the cancer cause, Jane is a breast cancer survivor. First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Jane was then diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in 2018. Throughout Jane’s cancer journey, Jane has actively volunteered with organizations such as Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Melanie’s Way and After Breast Cancer, all with the intent to create awareness, share her story, inspire hope, and advocate for the breast cancer cause.
Dr. Ellen Warner
Dr. Warner is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a staff medical oncologist at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook since 1993. Her practice and research are devoted to breast cancer. In 1994, she created a program for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer patients, which introduced genetic counselling and testing to the Odette Cancer Centre. Since 1997 she has led a study to explore the role of MRI in screening women with an inherited predisposition to develop breast cancer. This research helped make annual MRI surveillance the standard of care for this very high-risk population and led to the development of the high-risk Ontario breast screening program. Since 2011 the program has offered annual MRI and mammography to women at very high risk for breast cancer between ages 30 and 70.
In addition, Dr. Warner is the creator and director of PYNK: Breast Cancer Program for Young Women. Launched in 2008, it is the only interdisciplinary clinical and research program in Canada for breast cancer patients diagnosed at age 40 or younger. PYNK addresses the special medical and psychosocial needs of this population and offers these women enrolment in studies focusing on women in this age group.
Mary Minna is a retired Accountant. Mary graduated in Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University. Mary also attained her CPA designation in 1983. Mary worked for Suncor Energy Inc for 35 years in various accounting roles and left in 2015 as Manager of Inventory Accounting.