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Board of Directors

Doris Miculan Bradley

Doris Miculan Bradley

President & CEO

Doris Miculan Bradley is a Professor, School of Hospitality Tourism Management, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada.With experience working in both the hospitality, tourism and academic sectors, Doris has been involved in the acquisition, sales and storage of wines in the food business, human resource planning, union-contract negotiation and facility management. An award winning Sommelier and Licenced Import Agent, Doris is a Gentle Dame Knighted with Chateau Magnol in Bordeaux. Doris currently sits on the board of directors for Grapes for Humanity Canada and has served the board of directors and Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals. She has served the Board of Directors for The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and has supported trade commissions as Brand Ambassador; most recently, Brand Ambassador for the Wines of Vinho Verde. In addition to being a graduate of the International Sommelier Guild program and certified chef, Doris holds a Human Resource Masters (Executive) from Villanova University, Advanced Executive Management Certificate from McMaster University and has recently completed Global Supply Chain Management Certification. She continues to broaden skills by focussing studies on the region of Champagne.

Tony Aspler

Tony Aspler

President Emeritus

In February 2001, Tony co-founded the foundation with Arlene Willis (who now runs Grapes for Humanity Global). He took over as President from Ms. Willis in 2008. His day job is writing about wine, a career that now spans nearly 40 years. He was the wine columnist for The Toronto Star for 21 years and has authored seventeen books on wine and food, including 'The Wine Atlas of Canada,' 'Vintage Canada', 'The Wine Lover's Companion', 'The Wine Lover Cooks' and 'Travels With My Corkscrew'. Tony’s latest book is, 'Tony Aspler’s Cellar Book'. In December 2007, Tony was awarded the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2012), the same year he was inducted into the New York Media Wine Writers Hall of Fame.

Sam Sarick

Sam Sarick

Vice President/Treasurer

Graduate of York University, land developer, businessman and significant art collector, Mr. Sarick has been involved with many philanthropic organizations over the last 35 years. He has been a director on the boards of various arts and health institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario (to which he donated large gifts of Inuit art and Rembrandt etchings), the McMichael Gallery, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Scarborough Hospital, a founding member and president of The Muki Baum School for multiply handicapped children, and a member of the original boards of both the Canadian and American Grapes for Humanity.

Jackie Davies

Jackie Davies

Recording Secretary

Jackie Davies is an experienced fundraiser with a proven record of success. She has served on the Board of Grapes for Humanity for the past 15 years. She met other board members while working at The Scarborough General Hospital Foundation as their Vice-President. Other positions she has held are the Director of Development of The Laughlen Centre and President of The Don Mills Foundation for Seniors. As President of J. C. Davies & Associates, her client list includes The Salvation Army, Easter Seals, Canadian Landmines Foundation, Camp Oochegais and many other charitable organizations. She is a recipient of the coveted William Peace and Paul Harris Fellow awards from The Rotary Club of Toronto. Jackie has served on the club's Board of Directors, Chaired their Healthy Beginnings program that provides counselling and assistance to young mothers and their children and as Chairperson of Chill Out providing assistance to Toronto's homeless and unemployed. As a Rotarian, she has traveled to countries in Africa to serve as a teacher, fundraiser and often labourer building schools, digging wells and performing other "sweat equity" roles with her fellow Rotarians.

Joel Rose

Joel Rose

Projects Director

Joel Rose is a partner and a member of Aird and Berlis’ Corporate/Commercial Group, specializing in M&A, with a particular focus in representing private equity funds in acquisition and divestiture of Canadian businesses. He is also an active member of the Regulatory Team, who provides advice to the gaming, transportation, and energy industries, including from an M&A perspective. Mr. Rose is continuously selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada under the specialty of Gaming Law as well as in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Transportation Law.

Bernard Stramwasser

Bernard Stramwasser

Board Member

Bernard Stramwasser is a Canadian-born entrepreneur who has lived in Canada, France and the United States. He speaks a number of languages including English, French, Dutch, Spanish, with a working knowledge of Portuguese, Italian and German. His first wine experience was when he was 10 years old and living in France, where he explored the caves of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck in a golf cart tour. This exposed him to the world of wine, and piqued his curiosity. After taking part in several wine trips with his family, Bernard began to discover and admire the magic and passion that winery owners shared. It was a family trip through the Alsace in 1999 however, where Bernard has his moment of revelation - his epiphany. It became apparent that the world of wine was one filled with passion and joie de vivre, and one in which he wanted to be a part. And so, in January 2000, Bernard registered the domain lesommelier.com and his Ontario-based wine import agency, Le Sommelier Inc., of which is still currently President. Bernard earned his Sommelier certification in 2006 with the International Sommelier Guild, and joined the Board of Directors of Grapes for Humanity in 2015.

David Naiberg

David Naiberg, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Board Member

Dr. David Naiberg received his medical and surgical training in Toronto and New York and was Chief of the Department of Ear Nose and Throat-Head and Neck Surgery for over twenty years at The Scarborough Hospital. He has served in executive positions in many local, National and International medical societies and has been awarded the prestigious "Chairman's Award" for his role as a leader in his field. Dr. Naiberg has also been head of the Toronto Chapter of a worldwide Burgundy wine organization and still serves on its National Board. He has been on the Board of Grapes for Humanity since it's inception in 2001.

Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee

Board Member

Geddy Lee is a wine-loving philanthropist, collector and working musician, who has been an active board member of Grapes for Humanity since 2001. As the lead singer and bass player in world-renowned rock-trio RUSH, Lee has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada, received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking a successful music career spanning over 40 years. Introduced to wine in the late 70s while on tour, Lee and his band mate Alex Lifeson began to cultivate their passion for wine that has continued to this day. Lee & Lifeson collaborated on various wine-related fundraising events, highlighted by their Grapes Under Pressure events that have raised over $350,000. Due to his extensive contributions, The Geddy Lee Scholarship was started in 2011 that is awarded annually to a second-year student in Niagara College’s Wine & Viticulture Technician program.

Garrett Herman

Garrett Herman

Board Member

Garrett Herman joined LOM Limited in 1990, following an extensive career with Merrill Lynch Canada. While at Merrill, he held a number of progressive positions including Manager of Institutional Equity and Research, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Head of Private Client Division, as well as Member of the Board of Directors. He served as a Senior Vice President and Director for the Equity Division at Merrill, responsible for all Institutional Sales and Trading, Research, Syndication and Capital Commitment. Garrett was a member of the Consular Corps of Ontario. He is also a past President of the Canada Sri Lanka Business Council and is a past Honorary Consul for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Garrett was Chairman of the Annual LOM Gala and Auction to benefit the” Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada”, an event started in 1994 (15 years). He was a Director-at-Large of the” Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada” and a Director of the “MS Scientific Research Foundation”. Garrett also holds positions as Chairman of the "Galapagos Conservancy Canada" formerly called “Charles Darwin Foundation of Canada” and a Director of “Grapes for Humanity”, as well as “Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation”. He holds memberships at The Grolier Club - New York, The Association Internationale de Bibliophilies - Paris, The Mount Royal Club - Montreal and The National Club - Toronto. Garrett has a B.A. from Concordia University , is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute ( F.C.S.I.) and has a honourary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from the University of Edinburgh.

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons (1940 - 2015)

Board Member

Jeff is a demonstrated law professional and business leader with many years of experience. He is recognized as a highly organized decision-maker who has served extensively on committees and in public office, as well as on the governing body of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Jeff has an incredible wealth of experience in Board governance and public services, including but not limited to: Chairman, Toronto Transit Commission (1987 – 1989); Vice-Chairman, Toronto Transit commission (1984 – 1987); Commissioner, Toronto Transit Commission (1979 – 1984); Past Director: Homes First Foundation (2003 – 2006); Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club (2000 – 2002); Chairman, Jays Care Foundation (2000 – 2006); Rogers Sports Foundation (2000 – Present); Infocorp (1999 – Present); Greater Toronto Airports Authority (2001 – 2005); Member, Molson Indy Board of Trustees (1988 – 2005); Daily Bread Food Bank (2003 – 2004); CAMVEC Corporation (1992 – 2001); Commissioner, Toronto Police Services Board (1997 – 2000); Vice Chairman, Toronto Police Services Board (1999 – 2000); Chairman, Investment Committee, VIA Rail Canada Inc. (1995 – 2000); VIA Rail Canada Inc. (1993 – 2000).

Matt Tedford

Matt Tedford

Board Member

Matt Tedford is the Canadian Managing Partner for KPMG’s Transactions and Restructuring Practice. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA from the University of Toronto. Matt has 20 years experience advising domestic and international clients on transactions. Matt is responsible for managing Canada’s Transactions and Restructuring practice. In this role he is responsible for coordinating various services to clients in Valuations, Transaction Services, Corporate Finance, Restructuring and Turnaround and Infrastructure. Additionally, Matt has been responsible for coordinating and directing buy-side and sell- side transactions services for clients in Private Equity. These services include operational and financial due diligence, deal structuring advice, negotiation support, integration/separation assistance and agreement vetting. In addition to the Grapes for Humanity Canada, he is a Board member of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundations, True Patriot Love Foundation, and Project Sunshine Canada. He is married to his wife, Liz Gallery and has 3 boys, George, Harry and Peter.

Tim Sorensen

Tim Sorensen

Board Member

Tim Sorensen is the President of Primary Capital Markets Inc., a Toronto based exempt market dealer, which focuses on investing, financing and advising Canadian based growth companies. Prior to joining Primary in September of 2010, Tim was head of institutional sales for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada. Macquarie purchased Onion Securities in December of 2007 where Tim was a partner and vice president of institutional sales. He joined Orion in 2004 from Dundee Securities where he held varies positions of increasing importance; including equities research analyst and institutional sales. Tim started his career in 1996 at Eagle and Partners, a boutique brokerage firm, which was the predecessor company to Dundee Securities. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA degree from the University of Windsor and obtained his CFA designation in 1999. Currently, he sits on the board of Merus Labs International, a publicly traded specialty pharma company where he is actively involved on the audit and compensation committees as well as spending a lot time aiding the M&A side of the business. He has a wife and two young children. He enjoys sports and a good glass of wine.

Massimo Capra

Massimo Capra

Ambassador

Chef Massimo Capra is currently the chef and co-owner of Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto at Pearson airport in Toronto and now Trattoria in Doha, Qatar. Born in Italy, Massimo’s culinary training began in Salsomaggiore, Parma. He then started his culinary journey at the famous Trattoria dall' Amelia in Mestre near Venice. He spent several years at Hotel Royal in Courmayeur, Val d’Aosta, Hotel Savoy and Drei Tannen restaurant in San Martino di Castrozza, and under contract with Gallia Hotels in Milan and various resort properties. Massimo came to Toronto in 1982 and worked at “Archers”, a restaurant owned by a family member. In 1989, he became an acclaimed chef at “Prego della Piazza”, where he remained for nine years. In 1997, Massimo joined forces with Paolo Paolini, formerly of Splendido Restaurant to open Mistura Restaurant. Sopra Upper Lounge, opened in 2006, and now is a favourite venue for a variety of entertainment needs. In 2010 chef Massimo Capra licenced his name to the famous restaurant “Rainbow Room” in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. Author of “One Pot Italian” and “Three Chefs The Kitchen Men” which in 2011 received the gold award from Canadian Culinary Book Awards. Chef Massimo Capra is no stranger to television. He was the host of his own show Gourmet Escapes, was a chef host on the hit series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network and today is a regular guest expert on the long running City TV Cityline and judge on the hit show Chopped Canada.

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