Born, raised and educated in East York, Justin Van Dette is the founder and President of the East York Hall of Fame. He currently works at Michael Garron Hospital, formerly known as Toronto East General Hospital, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. A big believer in public service and making a difference, Justin is a Board Member of the East York Historical Society, the 54 Division Community Police Liaison Committee and Past President of the Parkview Hills Community Association. He has also worked for all three levels of government and recently launched a campaign to ‘Get East York Moving Again’, which called the City of Toronto to restore the paper bus schedules and to immediately fix the traffic signals along O’Connor Drive.
Ken started his broadcasting career at Access Cable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He got his first big break there doing play-by-play for the junior A team – as a volunteer. He did it well, and the station decided to hire him, and pay him to do a weekly news program. This was followed by stops in Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and finally Toronto, where he worked with CP24, TSN and the NHL Network, before landing at Sportsnet in 2011. A proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, Ken grew up admiring broadcasters just as much as the players. Personalities like Bob Cole and Danny Gallivan helped spur his interest in pursuing a career in sports media.
Ken is the author of Hockey Card Stories, a book that reveals what was really going on in your favourite old hockey cards through the eyes of the players depicted on them. Ken has covered just about everything during his almost 20 years in television, from the Olympics to the Stanley Cup Finals, Grey Cups and the Super Bowl.
Barb DiGiulio is the host of The Nightside, weeknights from 7-10pm on Newstalk 1010. Barb has been in broadcasting for over 25 years, the majority of which were spent in sports radio. She is very involved in the community and is very proud to be associated with a number of hospitals, including Michael Garron Hospital, where both of her kids were born. Barb lives in East York with her husband Nick and their two sons.
Rizwan has worked with the Michael Garron Hospital over the years by organizing fundraisers with Madinah Masjid to help build the hospital's new wing. Rizwan also organizes events for his local community including ball hockey tournaments, soccer tournaments, ski trips and community picnics. Rizwan is currently enrolled in York University's Teacher Education program and will be graduating in April 2017.
Richard Ellis re-joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited as Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs in September 2008 following a number of years serving as Vice President, Communications at McDonald’s USA. Prior to joining McDonald’s USA, Ellis held the position of Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs at McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada from 2003 - 2005. Ellis was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada (RMHC) in October of 2008 and became Chairman in 2012. He also leads the Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Management Communications departments at McDonald’s Canada.
Odysseas Papadimitriou’s real estate practice focuses on commercial real estate and land development including acquisitions, dispositions, real property financing, commercial leasing, and condominium development.
Odysseas has also developed a particular expertise in condominium law. He represents and advises developers, condominium corporations, and condominium lenders on a variety of issues including condominium governance, reciprocal agreements, dispute resolution, lien enforcement, management and operation, and third-party contracts.
Odysseas received his Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010. While at law school, Odysseas served as a senior case manager with the Osgoode Hall Business Clinic, volunteered with the Artist Legal Advice Services, and served as President of the Hellenic-Canadian Law Students Association—Osgoode Chapter. Prior to attending law school, Odysseas obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from York University
Anton began his insurance career with Marsh Canada and obtained his RIBO license in 2003. He also successfully obtained his CAIB and CIP designations over the next few years. In 2007, Anton joined XL Insurance Company Ltd. and was sent to apprentice for the role of underwriter in Fine Art & Specie insurance at the XL syndicate at Lloyd’s of London for four months.Returning back to North America, Anton served both the Toronto and New York offices for XL Insurance in the niche field of Fine Art & Specie insurance.After nearly a decade as an underwriter, and also completing his CRM degree, Anton rejoined Marsh to take up the challenge of growing Marsh Canada’s Private Client High Net Worth business on a national level. Anton applies his experience to each of his clients along with a dedication to efficient and professional service. He is responsible for sales and account management of personal insurance for high net worth clients and multigenerational families, and has access and experience in arranging coverage for a variety of international exposures.