Board of Directors
Stephen Miles, Interim Chair
Stephen is an international business executive, currently Chief Operating Officer -International at Harlequin, with a proven track record in strategy, new business development and sharp execution. He builds local teams and with goal setting, clear and open communications and the ability to find the key levers in each business unit, he drives growth in businesses all over the world. He has lived and managed businesses in 5 countries, has been responsible for businesses in 17 countries and has worked in the international field for almost 25 years.
Jennifer Canham, Secretary
Jennifer Canham is a youth content executive with a passion for improving the lives of children through education, literacy, and daily laughter. For more than 15 years she has had the privilege of leading the team at Owlkids, creating and promoting Chirp, chickaDEE and OWL Magazines and Owlkids Books. As Group Publisher she works with a talented and dedicated team of more than 30 children’s content experts to inspire a love of learning in millions of kids across North America. In other words, she has the best job in the world.
Kenneth (Ken) Toten, Treasurer
Ken is the President and founder of the TAO Group Holdings, a boutique investment bank specializing in structured finance, which he started in 2009 after a long career in real estate finance. He started his professional career in the financial services industry in 1979 with the Royal Bank of Canada, moving to the Mercantile Bank of Canada (MBC) in 1980, from which he transitioned to Citibank Canada after the MBC was taken over by the National Bank. At Citibank and MBC, he was a senior officer, responsible for all aspects of real estate lending including, construction lending, conventional and high ratio mortgages, moving into remedial management and then CMBS at Citicorp Securities in New York during the 1990s. He became a senior real estate credit officer with global credit-approval authority at Citibank in 1994. After Citi and, prior to founding TAO, Ken spent 10 years as a principal at a private niche investment bank in Toronto, where he created structured product based upon commercial real estate assets. Ken holds an honours BA in economics from McGill University and an MA in international relations from the University of Toronto.
Virginia “Ginny” Bosomworth owns and operates a successful boutique consulting firm engaged in management consulting, with an emphasis on clarifying and articulating strategic planning. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Ginny worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. In addition, she has significant board experience with organizations such as the YWCA, Children’s Theatre, and Junior Achievement. Ginny is active in her own philanthropy and currently invests time and resources to support in the development of women and children in Honduras and India. She holds a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky.
Elana Rabinovitch received her Honours B.A. (English literature) from Concordia University and continued her postgraduate studies at Carleton University’s School of Journalism. After stints as a cub reporter and freelance writer, Elana worked as a researcher and reporter for Southam News in Toronto. In the late 1980’s, Elana moved into broadcast journalism, working as an editorial intern, writer, reporter and producer at CBC Television News, CBC National News and CBC Television’s The Journal. While at the CBC, Elana helped cover news stories like the first Persian Gulf War, the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, the economic recession, the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, and more. In the early 1990’s, Elana was offered the job of managing the Media Relations department at Sony Music Canada, a rare and exciting opportunity to mix music and media. At Sony, she worked with an array of artists like Oasis, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey and others.
Elana then moved over to PolyGram as Director of Artist and Media Relations to work with its historic suite of labels – A&M, Island Records and Motown. While there, she helped promote and market some of the finest established and emerging artists in the world like U2, Mary J. Blige, PJ Harvey, Michael Jackson and more.
Ten years ago, Elana took over the running of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her father, Jack Rabinovitch, had founded the prize in 1994 as a lasting tribute to his late wife Doris Giller, an exceptional literary journalist.
Ken is an international authority on children’s books, and a retired librarian. His most recent position was as the children and youth advocate for the Toronto Public Library. He is a respected storyteller and author, and his awards include the Toronto Arts Awards, Librarian of the Year (Ontario Library Association), Champion of Canadian Children’s Literature (Canadian Children’s Book Centre), and Jubilee Award (University of Toronto).
John Stackhouse is senior vice-president, office of the CEO, at the Royal Bank of Canada and an author and senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto, and the C.D. Howe Institute. He was formerly editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, as well as the newspaper’s business editor, national editor and foreign editor, and from 1992 to 1999 its correspondent in New Delhi. He is also on the boards of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation. His books include Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation and Mass Disruption.