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Don Mercer

Don Mercer has been involved in a variety of roles with the Council since he retired in April 2007 after a long career in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver with Competition Bureau Canada, which administers the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act, the Textiles Act and the Precious Metals Marking Act. These laws, intended by Parliament to foster healthy competition and a trust in the marketplace, interdict anti-competitive behaviour, such as price-fixing and abuse of dominance among marketplace players and help ensure trust in Canada’s marketplace by outlawing misleading advertising, misrepresentations, fraud and deception.
Don and spouse Susan are ardent boaters, hikers, walkers and global travellers. Don is past Commander, Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron, a Unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS), and is currently national MAREP (marine reporting re navigation chart and aids to navigation issues), officer of CPS as well as holding CPS Pacific Mainland District and Vancouver Island North District positions.
He resides in Ladysmith, B.C.

Dennis Hogarth
Vice President

Dennis Hogarth has more than 40 years of experience in the business world, including 27 years working in international leadership positions as a Partner with KPMG, one of the world’s leading professional service firms. Starting in KPMG’s Toronto Office in 1973, he moved to KPMG’s national Department of Professional Practice in 1984 where he headed up a group investigating and implementing emerging technologies to support the Canadian audit practice. 

In 1994, Dennis transferred to KPMG’s International Headquarters in The Netherlands to form and lead the firm’s first Global Technology Group, a function that included development of the change processes and communications involved with the formation and restructuring of global information processes. After returning to North America in 1999 as an International as a Partner in KPMG’s U.S. firm, Dennis continued his involvement in the design and execution of major KPMG International initiatives and reforms, and the management of implementation projects to achieve major organizational change. 

Dennis has worked as an independent consultant since retiring from KPMG in 2011. He has also has assisted clients in the public, private, financial and health care sectors with their strategic planning and transformation projects, and then working with management on plans to achieve success. He has performed long term assignments for a multi national public company and for several United Nations and Canadian government agencies, helping them to chart their strategic directions. 

Through his management and consulting roles, Dennis brings a unique and intuitive business mindset to the structure of business functions through his combined knowledge of finance, business, IT management, information security and risk management acquired through years of international experience in both the private and public sectors. He has also played a major role in identifying risks associated with the increasing use of integrated databases for information and knowledge management and also in the rapidly developing field of predictive analytics using “Big Data”. 

Dennis holds an Honours Degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada, and is a CPA and Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA). He also holds professional certifications in the information risk and security and data privacy areas. 

Dennis has served as a board member of the Consumers Council of Canada since 2012, and is currently its volunteer Vice President.  He has testified on behalf of the Council before the CRTC and a Parliamentary Committee reviewing Canadian Privacy laws (PIPEDA). He is currently a Trustee for the Port Hope Capitol Theatre Endowment Trust Foundation and is a member of the Audit Committee for the Port Hope Community Health Center. His previous board roles have included the Committee of Management of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, where he also served as Vice-Commodore, Finance and Administration. Dennis resides in Northumberland County, Ontario with his wife and two children.

Simon Wong

Simon Wong is an information professional who focuses on the complex interplay between business needs and information systems. He has been involved in the design and implementation of a variety of information system projects, including the Public Policy and Governance Portal spearheaded by the University of Toronto, and the OCREB Online system under the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
He resides in Markham, Ontario.

Howard Deane

Howard Deane owns Acme Metric Company Ltd., a Greater Toronto Area based consultancy in social media, web analytics, knowledge management and search engine optimization. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of experience, most of it with KPMG, where he was the Chief Knowledge Officer of the Canadian firm, managing significant portions of the firm’s knowledge and research functions. He also ran the IT Consulting Group for KPMG in the Bahamas.
He resides in Pickering, Ontario

Julie Caissie

Julie Caissie is currently working for Neil Squires Society as an Employment Specialist and is also the business owner of JC Research and Consultation. She has bachelor's and master’s degrees in family studies and a doctorate in francophone minority education from the Université de Moncton. She just recently obtained the Newborn Behavioral Observation certification (level 1) from the Brazelton Institute located in Boston. She is a member of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, the International Federation for Home Economics, the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice and the New Brunswick Home Economics Association. She is acting as a member of the continuing education committee for NBHEA and she is also responsible for their Facebook page.
She resides in Dieppe, New Brunswick

Dolly Gerrior

Dolly Gerrior is a project manager for the non-profit industry, and, over the past few years, she has centred her work on youth focused issues. She has been actively involved in the development of Consumers Council of Canada’s youth network, has advised on middle school policies and has been actively promoting employment training to at-risk youth.  Dolly is an active consumer representative as a member of the Consumers Advisory Council for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority and has served as a public representative on the Children’s Advisory Committee for Advertising Standards Canada. She has developed and assisted on a number of research projects for the Consumers Council of Canada including the feasibility of a national consumer assembly, energy efficiency in the building code, and a comparison of new home warranty programs across Canada.
She resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Marshall Leslie

Marshall Leslie is the owner and principal of M. Leslie Inc., a consulting firm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Since 1985 – employing a project based business model – the firm has helped integrate the market plans, competitive analyses, market research, forecasts, and distribution plans of manufacturers, and other organizations, that serve the construction industry. Clients include some of North America’s largest manufacturers of building products, Canadian and American trade associations, independent power generators, First Nations, and standards development organizations.
He resides in Toronto.

Sherry Monahan

Sherry Monahan has spent 25 years as President or Vice President of organizations directing consultations with health care organizations across Canada and internationally. She is experienced in professional staff recruitment, team building and delivery of services, aimed at achieving superior client satisfaction. She has led interdisciplinary health teams, with service providers from the full care continuum, to implement best practices, improve patient flow, reduce length of stay and improve benchmark performance. Expertise in performance improvement, process redesign and change management, applied to processes in the clinical setting. Her clients have included academic health science centres, community general hospitals, provincial ministries of health and community-based agencies. Sherry has a BSCN, Nursing, from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MBA from Concordia University.
She resides in Toronto.

Andrea Rosen

Andrea Rosen has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement and regulation. She was a senior executive in the Canadian public service, and has deep and extensive experience in law enforcement and fostering compliance with regulations. Andrea is now President and CEO of Andrea Rosen & Associates, and draws on this experience when providing private sector firms with advice on how to design compliance programs to ensure adherence to laws and regulations and demonstrate due diligence. She also provides advice and technical assistance to governments that seek to optimize their legal and regulatory regimes, providing blueprints for concept and design, mounting and operating enforcement programs, and advising on strategic direction. 
She resides in Ottawa.

Christine Simpson

Christine Simpson is an experienced consultant with extensive knowledge of consumer product safety issues. She developed her experience based on her many years of public service as a Consumer Product Safety Officer at Health Canada. She has specialized knowledge about toys, children's products, textiles and consumer chemical products and has more than 35 years of experience working with manufacturers, importers and third-party test labs in Asia and the U.S. related to ensuring compliance with Canadian requirements. 
She resides in Toronto.

Sally Southey

A seasoned bilingual leader with 35 years of Canadian and international experience managing difficult communications challenges, shaping policy and advocating for Canada, Sally Southey is president of Southey Consultants. She provides strategic communications and policy advice and execution, including planning, messaging, writing, and media relations. She has served as Director General Strategic Communications and Parliamentary Affairs, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission; Vice President, External Relations and Communications, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); Minister-Counsellor Public Affairs, Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Director of Communications for different sectors for Industry Canada, Senior Policy Analyst, Communications, Privy Council Office; and Chief Media Relations, Canadian Human Rights Commission.
She resides in Ottawa.

Larry Swartz

Larry Swartz is a professional leader, award-winning lawyer, CFA Charterholder, in-house counsel. He has expertise in independent financial, regulatory compliance, pensions, corporate governance practice. He is a member of the adjunct Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School, with an emphasis on investments and insurance, administration and risk management, contracts and drafting, restructuring and insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, negotiation and litigation, benefits and tax. He has worked for Canada’s largest firm administering pensions and fastest growing administrator of retirement savings plans. Experience includes public sector, financial institutions, and international law.
Larry is a resident of Toronto.

Ken Whitehurst
Executive Director

Ken Whitehurst has served as Director of Research and Communications and then Executive Director of the Consumers Council of Canada since 2008. He has 30 years of senior-level general and project management experience in consumer representation and research; news media; sales, marketing and regulated disclosure communications; business information systems; management consulting; and financial services. 
He has served as manager for Canada of news agency United Press International, vice president and general manager of broadcast news network Standard Broadcast News, director of media services for Global Strategy Financial Inc., and editor-in-chief of Metroland North Media.
He resides in Aurora, Ontario.

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