Perry N. Dellelce, Chair
Perry Dellelce is a founder and managing partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, one of Canada’s leading corporate finance and transactional law firms. Perry practises in the areas of securities, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Perry has been recognized as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer by Lexpert and as one of Canada’s leading practitioners in the area of Technology Transactions in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and as a Leading Canadian Global Mining Lawyer in Lexpert’s Global Mining 2016/2017 Supplement.
LL.B. University of Ottawa 1990
M.B.A. University of Notre Dame 1987
B.A. Western University 1985
Perry serves on the board of directors of various corporations and various charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Some of his mandates include:
- Board of Governors - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario;
- Chair, Defy the Conventional Capital Campaign - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario;
- Past Chair, Board of Directors - Sunnybrook Foundation, Toronto, Ontario;
- Board of Directors - Sunnybrook Foundation, Toronto, Ontario;
- Board of Directors - Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc., Toronto, Ontario;
- Business Advisory Council - Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana;
- Deputy Chair, Campaign Cabinet – Western University, London, Ontario;
- Board of Directors – Canadian Olympic Foundation;
- Board of Directors – Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation, Toronto, Ontario;
- Co-Chair – Toronto Celebrates Sudbury Organization Committee.
Perry has received a number of awards and recognition for his community service. Some of these honours include:
- Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario Business Excellence Award – Community Building Award
- University of Ottawa – Common Law Honour Society
- University of Notre Dame – Distinguished Alumni Award for the Mendoza College of Business
- Western University – The Albert Citation
- Western University – Purple and White Award
Daniel Lamarre, Vice-Chair
In 2006, Daniel Lamarre succeeded the company's founder as President and CEO of one of the biggest entertainment businesses in the world, Cirque du Soleil. Under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Lamarre, the Cirque du Soleil brand has continued to thrive, and is recognized globally for its creative autonomy, business acumen, avant-garde performance philosophy and social values.
Following his term as President and CEO of the TVA Group Inc., Mr. Lamarre joined Cirque du Soleil in 2001 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Shows and New Ventures divisions. At that time, the Cirque de Soleil organization had 2,000 employees and seven shows in performance. Ten years later, nearly 4,000 employees support 18 shows on five continents—a decade of amazing growth inspired and guided by Mr. Lamarre's vision.
Most notably, Mr. Lamarre succeeded in reaching an agreement with the Beatles, who, for the first time in history, joined forces with other performing artists to create a show. He also negotiated the creation of two shows and other creative works with the estate of Michael Jackson. When Mr. Lamarre signed an agreement with CKX, representing Elvis Presley, his hat trick was complete; he had effectively brought together three music icons under the Cirque du Soleil banner.
Mr. Lamarre's community involvement has been deep and far reaching. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Hexagram and a member of the Board of Trustees of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Over the years, he has been an active member of the TVA Group Inc. Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the 25th anniversary of Place des Arts, the Théâtre La Licorne Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the École nationale de cirque du Centre Immaculée-Conception, as well as Governor of the Sports Québec Gala and the Défi sportif. Mr. Lamarre has also served on the boards of Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, and was Chairman of the Communications Committee for the Centraide (United Way) 1995 campaign. He is also very active in causes such as One Drop, Cirque du Monde, Maison Gilles-Carle and the École nationale de cirque. He also contributes to several other causes through his own foundation.
Alex Trebek, Honorary Chair
Alex Trebek has been the host of JEOPARDY! since America’s Favorite Quiz Show®'s syndicated debut in 1984. He has become one of television’s most enduring and iconic figures, engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his impeccable delivery of “answers and questions.”
Trebek has won five Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Game Show Host as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Trebek holds a Guinness World Records™ record for Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter; he has hosted more than 7,300 episodes of JEOPARDY! (and counting).
In 2013, Trebek was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he and JEOPARDY! received the Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” He is one of the few celebrities to have been honored with a coveted star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned degrees in philosophy. After university, Trebek worked for the CBC, covering national news and special events for radio and television. He made his American television debut in 1973 as the host of NBC’s game show “Wizard of Odds,” and after several other hosting roles, he became the host of JEOPARDY!.
Trebek has maintained strong ties to the University of Ottawa: he has created scholarships, sponsored a Lecture Series, and supported the construction of Alumni Hall, which, in May 2015, was named in his honor. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate and he received the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement, the top award bestowed on University of Ottawa alumni. He is a long-time supporter of World Vision and has travelled to many third-world countries on behalf of that organization.
Trebek lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jean. They have two adult children: Emily, an event planner in Los Angeles, and Matthew, the owner of OSO, a Mexican restaurant in Harlem.
Sheila Block, Vice-Chair
Sheila R. Block is Chair of Torys' Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice in Toronto and serves as trial and appellate counsel with a broad civil litigation practice. She has acted as counsel on numerous high-profile cases that span a wide range of disciplines, appearing before all levels of court in Canada and in international arbitrations.
Ranked by Lexpert as one of Canada's top 25 corporate litigators and one of Canada's top 25 women lawyers, Ms. Block has taught advocacy in Canada, the United States, Britain, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, El Salvador, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Singapore, India, and Hong Kong, as well as publishing the Canadian edition of Modern Trial Advocacy by Lubet.
Since receiving an LLB (Gold Medallist) from the University of Ottawa in 1972, and being called to the Ontario Bar in 1974, Ms. Block has established herself as one of Canada's most prominent lawyers. Her career accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards, such as the Advocates' Society Medal, the Laidlaw Medal for Advocacy, the Toronto Lawyers' Association Award of Distinction, the Law Society Medal, the OBA's Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation, and the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement. She was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2016 by Benchmark. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, and an inaugural member of the University of Ottawa's Common Law Honour Society. She was awarded an honorary LLD from uOttawa in 2014 and an honorary LLD from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2015.
Ms. Block chaired the Quadrennial Commission on Judicial Compensation (2007-2011). She has served on several boards and currently serves as Chair of the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation, Trustee and President of the Harold G. Fox Foundation and a founder and Trustee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Geneva.
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