Board of Directors

Freda Colbourne, President, Colbourne Consulting Inc. & Chair, MLSE LaunchPad 
Freda is a strategic communications, change management and philanthropy consultant that advises C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and boards of directors on how to solve their most important communications challenges. She previously served as the CEO of Edelman PR. Freda is a graduate of the Board Governance program at the Rotman School of Business.

Jenn Miller, Director of Mission and Money​, Atkinson Foundation 
Jenn Miller is a queer, white settler that has been working in philanthropy for over two decades. She currently works as the Director, Mission and Money with the Atkinson Foundation, a charitable foundation committed to social and economic justice. Prior to Atkinson, she worked at the City of Toronto and at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Jenn has also worked as consultant providing program development, facilitation and strategic planning support to a wide range of nonprofit organizations. She is a member of United Way of Greater Toronto's Community Impact Committee and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada's Governing Circle. Jenn lives in Toronto with her partner and is the parent of a teenager who is a member of Constance Lake First Nation in northern Ontario.

Ige Egal, Policy Adviser, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)​
Ige is passionate about community development. He believes in the power of sport to provide transformational opportunities for both individuals and communities. As a proponent of equitable access to formative extra-curricular opportunities, Ige has worked across various sports, activities, and communities. Ige was the founding executive director at the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF), Canada’s leading grassroots rugby-for-development organization. Ige currently works at the Paris based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as a policy adviser. He also serves as a board director for grassroots community organisations.

Shane Dolgin, SVP, Public, Corporate and Government Affairs, Scotiabank

Shane Dolgin is a senior communications executive with significant global leadership experience working in more than 50 countries. He has spent much of his career in the technology sector with a focus on financial services and mobile communications. He brings a strong background in corporate communications and public and government affairs, along with expertise in digital storytelling, crisis and issues management, financial communications and corporate reputation management. Since 2018 he has led the international communications consultancy Edelman’s global relationship with PayPal, overseeing a team of more than 150 people in 20+ markets. Previously, he led international communications and government affairs at Scotiabank. In that role, he was responsible for global external communications and reputation management, internal communications to the bank’s more than 90,000 employees, as well as government affairs in 50+ markets. Prior to Scotiabank, Shane led communications for TELUS, at the time Canada’s second largest wireless carrier. He lives in Toronto with his two children and is active as a volunteer supporting pediatric cancer and other causes.

Bob Hunter, Senior Projects Advisor, MLSE
Robert (Bob) Hunter is a principal in the consulting firm of BCI + network.  Hunter is the former Chief Venues & Entertainment Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and has over 35 years’ experience in the sport, entertainment, hospitality and tourism industries.  During his career, he has opened and operated three major stadiums in both Toronto and Vancouver (Rogers Centre, BMO Field and B.C. Place Stadium); one major arena in Toronto (Air Canada Centre) and two smaller arenas GM Centre (Oshawa) and Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto).  In addition, he has managed annual revenue and operating budgets in excess of $100 million.
Overseeing the operating teams for five venues for MLSE, Robert oversaw all venues operations, in-house food and beverage, live entertainment, suites sales and service and construction and venue development.  Home to both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors, Air Canada Centre is annually recognized as one of the top five busiest buildings in North America for sports and concert events.  Robert’s food and beverage experience includes growing the company’s in-house food and beverage operation revenue from $24 million annually in 1989 to over $80 million in five locations by 2015. Heading up venue development and construction, he has directly worked on numerous arena and stadium projects on the owners’ behalf totaling investments exceeding $1.1 billion.  Robert has also been responsible for all corporate real estate functions on behalf of this large sports management company. Hunter has managed large employee groups exceeding 200 full-time and over 3,000 part-time employees with MLSE which is consistently recognized as one of the leading customer service organizations in sports and entertainment.
Hunter’s has performed consulting work in both the U.S. and Canada for such clients as the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Portland Venues Authority, Montreal’s Olympic Park, Niagara 2021Summer Games and currently Overactive Esports Media Group. Prior to MLSE, Robert has held numerous positions in both the public and private sectors.  These include, President & CEO, ProFac Management Group (one of Canada’s largest facility management companies); President & CEO, SkyDome Corporation (now the Rogers Centre); Senior Vice President, Operations and Client Services, SkyDome Corporation; Director of Operations, B.C. Place Stadium; and, Director of Operations, Expo86 World’s Fair. On a community basis, Robert has been a volunteer for over 20 years for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) including roles as Board Member, Vice Chair CFE Certification Board, Arenas Committee Chair and Chair of IAVM’s Foundation.  He has also taught for over 15 years at the Associations Industry School held annually.  Robert has also served as an Expert Witness on Venue Safety matters. Hunter serves on numerous Boards in his hometown of Toronto including Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Tourism Toronto, Business Improvement Association, MLSE Launchpad and Athletica Sports Equipment in Waterloo.

Michael Whitcombe, Partner, MacMillan LLP
Michael Whitcombe is a Senior Partner and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice and Pharmaceuticals Practice of McMillan. He principally practices in the areas of negotiated merger and acquisition transactions (domestic and cross-border), private equity investments, strategic alliances, complex commercial arrangements and corporate governance. Michael regularly advises medium and large corporations (both domestic and international) and their boards of directors in connection with their operations throughout Canada. He has significant industry experience in pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, distribution, service, entertainment, hospitality and tourism sectors. Michael is Director of a number of Canadian corporations and has served as the The Arthritis Society since 1996. He is a member of the OBCA and CBCA Advisory Sub-Committees to the Business Law Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). Michael holds a degree in Business Administration in addition to his LLB and LLM. Since 2006, Michael has been recognized as one of Canada's leading Business Lawyers in the Lexpert / ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Vijay Kanwar, Co-founder and Director, KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres Inc​
As an executive member of many high-profile boards, while also establishing and growing his own highly successful business, Vijay Kanwar has accumulated significant experience in forming and implementing strategic plans, supported by his acumen for financial management.
Vijay’s motivation to launch and grow KMH Cardiology and Diagnostics grew from his vision of offering high-level, timely, and affordable patient health care options. Since opening his first facility in 1988, Kanwar has never taken his focus off that goal, and by recruiting and developing a high performing team, has grown his business to over 20 locations, serving over 300,000 patients each year in Canada , US and other parts of world, while also working on the leading edge of electronic medical records, and leading international medical research. As a board member of other organizations, Business Development Bank of Canada , York University, and the Treasury Board of Canada, Vijay has combined his business expertise with his connections across government and private industry, and his understanding of public-private partnerships, to champion and drive significant capital projects. Vijay is proud to have grown his career and raised his family in Canada, and is gratified to live in a country where diversity is valued, nurtured, and recognized as a strength.

Inder Minhas, SVP, Mergers & Acquisitions, Superior Plus Corp.
Inder Minhas is the Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Superior Plus. He leads the enterprise-wide strategy and has leadership and accountability for the corporate development team. Inder has been involved in a number of transformative transactions and has held various senior financial leadership roles during his career. Inder is an entrepreneurial leader with track record of success in earnings growth, operationalizing strategic objectives and deploying capital to maximize returns. Inder is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Certified IT Professional (CITP) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce.

Tara Jones, MLSE LaunchPad Youth Board Member
Tara is a Project Supervisor at DoorDash Technologies Canada Inc. for Dasher Support Labs. She owns and manages teams to execute different types of projects and deep dives with the singular focus of enhancing the Dasher (driver) experience. Aside from enhancing the Dasher experience, Tara continues to work with Senior Managers and Stakeholders to uphold employee culture. She is the manager of the Monthly Employee Newsletter and continues to enhance her Culture and Team Building Guide as changes occur. Tara works on the leadership team for the Women@DoorDash Employee Resource Group as an Internal Communications Officer, where their mission is to ensure each womxn leads every initiative with the best version of themselves. Tara is a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Alumni who held an executive seat for 2 years and is now a Mentor for the team. Tara graduated from York University in Sociology & Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on Gender and youth issues in an international and legal perspective. She also partook in the York University Varsity Lacrosse team, as she has always had a passion for sport. Tara continues using her voice to help overcome challenges and implement change as a member of MLSE LaunchPad Youth Advisory Committee.