The BIG Schmooze


November 20, 2019

6:30pm - Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres & Networking
7:30pm - Panel Begins
8:30pm - Networking


Toronto Reference Library
2nd Floor - Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8


Early Bird Price: $50
(Until November 1)

Regular Price: $65

Please join us at The Big Schmooze for a unique networking opportunity and to hear from a panel of industry leaders!


The incomparable panel of five accomplished leaders will include: Jordan Banks, Victor G. Dodig, Mitchell Goldhar, Beth Wilson & Catherine Zahn. Come hear this exclusive panel discuss their personal experiences and share their stories about how they reached the pinnacle of their industries and how their philanthropic values helped them rise to the top.




Jeff Appleby – Managing Director, Real Estate Investment Banking, CIBC and Nancy Stitt  – Partner, STITT + ZOSKY


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Jordan Banks

As President of Rogers Media, Jordan Banks is responsible for the current $2 billion business and approximately 4,000 employees across Canada from a variety of sports and media properties, consisting of 23 conventional and specialty TV channels including Sportsnet, 29 local TV stations, 56 radio stations, 3 OTT services, 2 podcast networks, The Shopping Channel, a multiplatform content studio, and data offerings.

With deep strategic insights in the digital space and global content experience, Banks is uniquely positioned to lead the next chapter of Rogers Media and its cross-channel consumer experience. A highly respected business leader, Banks was named one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business magazine, one of the 25 Most Influential Innovators in Canada by Financial Post magazine, as well as being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Prior to joining Rogers Media, Banks was the former Managing Director of Facebook & Instagram Canada, leading all domestic commercial operations, while also serving for a period of time as Facebook’s Global Head of Vertical Strategy.

Banks’s previous roles include CEO at JumpTV, Managing Director of eBay Canada, and working as an executive at the National Hockey League Players’ Association in their international business and licensing group. Banks also practiced corporate law at Goodmans LLP, and was the co-founder of Thunder Road Capital where he provided investment and advisory services to tech companies.

Banks sits on the Board of Directors for SickKids Foundation, the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and Cineplex Inc., and has spent the past two decades tirelessly raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care.

Victor G. Dodig

Victor G. Dodig was named President and CEO of the CIBC group of companies, one of North America's leading financial services institutions, in September 2014.

During his tenure, Victor has helped usher in a new era for the bank, positioning CIBC as a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world. In 2016, he led the acquisition of The PrivateBank, establishing a strong North American platform for CIBC to serve clients and deliver future growth.

Victor brings more than 25 years of extensive business and banking experience, having led CIBC's Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Retail Banking businesses. He also led several businesses with UBS and Merrill Lynch in Canada and internationally, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

A member of CIBC's Board of Directors, Victor also serves on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute and the Business Council of Canada. A recipient of the 2017 Catalyst Canada Honours (Company Leader) Champion award, Victor is a vocal advocate for inclusion in the workplace. He serves as Chair of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, a member of the global Catalyst Board of Directors, and Past Chair of the 30% Club Canada.

He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and was recognized as a Baker Scholar. Victor holds a diploma from the Institut d'études politiques in Paris and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (St. Michael's College) in Commerce. He has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University.

Victor resides in Toronto with his wife Maureen. They are the proud parents of 4 children.

Mitchell Goldhar

Mitchell Goldhar is a Canadian businessman and the founder of SmartCentres, a Commercial and Residential Real Estate Company focused on bringing value to Canadian communities.

MMitchell is the Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $9.7 Billion. The company’s rapid growth continues with $12.1 Billion in announced new real estate activities on its properties across country.

Mitchell started SmartCentres with the belief that Canadians deserve convenient access to affordable retail. With a shared vision, he worked to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, which they did in 1994. He eventually became, and still remains, Walmart’s only real estate development partner in the world.

Mitchell is also the owner of the Penguin Group of Companies, PenguinPickUp, REVIVAL Film Studios, Clevelands House and Maccabi Tel Aviv FC:

  • • His private company, Penguin Group, owns strategically located real estate across Canada, including VMC; Vaughan’s new 100-acre, 20 million-sf master planned city centre.
  • PenguinPickUp is a growing network of over 100 PickUp Points that provide customers with a convenient one-stop delivery solution for online shopping.
  • REVIVAL Film Studios is an active 300,000-sf film studio in downtown Toronto.
  • Clevelands House is a 1,200-acre waterfront resort in Muskoka.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv is the oldest Football Club in Israel. They have won more titles than any other Israeli club and are the current Israeli Premier League champions.

A firm believer in education, Mitchell holds a BA in Political Science from York University and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Geography and Rotman School of Management since 2004 (Professor of the Year 2015).

Mitchell is a member of the Board of Onex Corporation, Indigo Books and Music, the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto General Hospital, and is Director Emeritus with the SickKids Foundation.

Beth Wilson

As Dentons' Canada Chief Executive Officer and a member of the global leadership team, serving on the Global Board and Global Management Committee, Beth is leading the Firm in Canada through an aggressive and targeted focus on exceeding our clients' expectations of value and results, and commitment to an inclusive culture that empowers diverse teams and supports an entrepreneurial spirit and performance based culture. A respected senior strategic business leader, Beth is focused on ensuring that Dentons continues to be a workplace of choice for leading talent in Canada and around the world.

Prior to assuming her role as the Firm’s Canada CEO, Beth served as Managing Partner at KPMG in the Greater Toronto Area, where she led the largest business unit in Canada. Beth served as a member of KPMG's Management Committee in various leadership positions, including Canadian Managing Partner Community Leadership, Canadian Managing Partner Regions and Enterprise with responsibility for 24 regional offices across Canada, and Chief Human Resources Officer. She also held various global leadership roles.

Beth is widely known and respected in the Canadian business community and is an accomplished and dedicated community leader. She exemplifies this through her board and community involvement, and her advancement of women in business, and has been recognized by leading organizations such as YWCA Toronto, Canadian Women of Influence and WXN.

The auditing and consulting professions, similar to the legal profession, are undergoing significant disruption and transformation. Beth's extensive experience and leadership is playing an important role in shaping how Dentons responds to this disruption.

Catherine Zahn

Dr. Zahn was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital and the country’s largest academic health science centre focused on mental illness.

She received her MD (honours) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T), where she completed her residency training in neurology. She holds an MSc in Health Administration from U or T and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at the U of T Rotman School of Management. Dr. Zahn is a Professor in the U of T Faculty of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has made numerous contributions to health care in Ontario through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment and mental healthcare system improvement.

Recent honours include membership in the Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws degrees (honoris causa) from Western University, (London, Ontario) and Ryerson University, (Toronto, Ontario), the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement (York University) and the Faculty of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award (U of T). Dr. Zahn serves on a number of health-care related boards and committees, as well as on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College.

Dr. Zahn is a champion for the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience, working to steer mental illness into the mainstream of healthcare, and promoting equitable access to healthcare resources for people with mental illness.