Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s board of directors resigned Thursday after the Wynne government ousted chairman Paul Godfrey. This is the second time in four years the OLG board has stepped down en masse. Here is a look at the departing board members.
Appointed OLG chairman in February, 2010. Ousted on Thursday, well before his tenure was scheduled to end in February, 2015. Mr. Godfrey is president and CEO of Postmedia Network Inc. A prominent Progressive Conservative, he was first elected to public office in 1964 and served as chairman of Metropolitan Toronto from 1973 to 1984. He led efforts to bring Major League Baseball to Toronto in the 1970s and served as president and CEO of the Blue Jays baseball club from 2000 to 2008. He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
Anthony Melman of Toronto
Appointed in February, 2010, Mr. Melman was on leave from the OLG board. He is chairman and CEO of Nevele Inc. Previously, he was founding partner and vice-president of Onex Corp.
Jan Westcott of Oakville
Appointed in September, 2010. Mr. Westcott resigned on Thursday, but he did not sign onto the protest letter sent to Finance Minister Charles Sousa. Mr. Westcott is president and CEO of Spirits Canada/Association of Canadian Distillers. He is a former president and CEO of Brewers of Ontario.
Shirley Hoy of Toronto
Appointed in February, 2010. Ms. Hoy, CEO at Toronto Lands Corp., was a signatory of the protest letter to Mr. Sousa. She is a former chief administrative officer and city manager for the City of Toronto.
Thomas O’Brien of Tecumseh
Appointed in February, 2010, Mr. O’Brien was part of the protest letter. Mr. O’Brien was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1973 to 2010, serving as a partner for 26 years. He is currently an independent consultant on business and finance matters and a partner in Coopers Hawk Vineyards in Harrow, Ont.
William Swirsky of Toronto
Appointed in February, 2010. Chief executive officer of William J.L. Swirsky & Associates, Mr. Swirsky was a signatory of the protest letter. He is a former vice-president of knowledge development at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Ron Carinci of Toronto
Appointed in September, 2010, Mr. Carinci was part of the protest letter. He is chief operating officer at Urbacon. Previously, he was senior counsel at the law firm of Lang Michener LLP.
Jason Melbourne of Toronto
Appointed in September, 2010, Mr. Melbourne was a signatory of the protest letter. He is managing director of institutional equity sales and trading at CanaccordGenuity. Mr. Melbourne is a board member of the Crescent School Foundation.
Monique Wilberg of North Vancouver
Appointed in September, 2010, Ms. Wilberg was previously chief operating officer of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Inc. Ms. Wilberg is currently an investor and advisor to the Marina Del Sol Development in Concepcion, Chile. She was part of the protest letter.
Source: Public Appointments Secretariat, Government of Ontario