JOIN US AT THE TORONTO SHOW

October 10 @ the Winter Garden Theatre

Doors open at 7:00 pm; show starts at 7:30 pm

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Headliner Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro is a ground-breaking stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer and director originally from Mississippi.  Hailed for her effortless storytelling and fearless stage presence, her subject matter ranges from the delightfully absurd to the monumentally serious.  Rolling Stone recently named Tig “one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.” 

This year Tig and her wife/writing partner Stephanie Allynne sold the screenplay First Ladies to Netflix with Jennifer Aniston attached to star as the first female President of the United States, and Tig starring as the First Lady.  In 2019 Tig will also appear opposite Oscar award-winner Octavia Spencer in the Paramount Pictures comedy Instant Family.

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Tig Notaro

Headliner Tig Notaro

For two seasons Tig wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical Amazon series One Mississippi, which she co-created with Oscar award-winner Diablo Cody.  The series yielded several award nominations including WGA, GLAAD and Critics’ Choice awards. 

In 2013 Tig was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore release Live, the number one selling comedy album of 2012.  Tig was also nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award for her 2015 HBO special Boyish Girl Interrupted.  She received a GLAAD Media Award nomination for the Netflix original documentary Tig.  Her memoir I’m Just a Person is a New York Times Best Seller. 

Tig is a favorite on numerous talk shows including Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conan.  She is also a frequent public radio contributor.  Tig continues to tour internationally, selling out Carnegie Hall in 2016.  In her time off Tig enjoys birdwatching with Stephanie, their twin sons and cat, Fluff, at home in Los Angeles.

Website: www.tignotaro.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tignotarocomedy
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tignotaro

Host Shaun Majumder

Host and Gemini Award-winning actor/comedian Shaun Majumder hails from Burlington, Newfoundland (population 350).  He starred in the Farrelly brothers Fox comedy Unhitched in 2008 before his Comedy Central Presents special debuted; he’s since appeared on 24, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and has been one of the lead cast members on This Hours Has 22 Minutes for 14 years.

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Host Shaun Majumder

Shaun’s documentary series Majumder Manor told the story of his dream to transform his hometown into a high-end, sustainable tourist destination and ran for two seasons on the W Network.  Film credits include Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, The Ladies Man, Pushing Tin, Purpose and Bob Funk, and he’s hosted the Just for Laughs comedy festival TV series for three seasons.

Shaun currently splits his time between Los Angeles, Halifax and Newfoundland.

4 CEOs Perform a Stand-up Comedy Routine

Not only will the CEOs have to perform five minutes of original stand-up comedy, they’ll have to juggle comedy classes, everyday business and fundraising.  They will work their Contacts lists, strong-arm their business associates and beg for every possible dollar for SickKids.  After intense coaching by seasoned local comedians, these movers and shakers will be judged on-stage by a panel of industry veterans.  But, most importantly, they’ll be raising money for an important cause.

  • Wes Hall

    Executive Chairman & Founder
    Kingsdale Advisors

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  • Marie Henein

    Senior Partner
    Henein Hutchison LLP

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  • Joe Natale

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Rogers Communications Inc.

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  • Kim Shannon

    President & Co-Chief Investment Officer
    Sionna Investment Managers

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Wes Hall

Executive Chairman & Founder
Kingsdale Advisors

Expert.  Innovator.  Entrepreneur.  With over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and shareholder communications, Wes Hall has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and proxy solicitation.  The Globe & Mail has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers” and Canadian Business magazine named him one of the “most powerful businesspeople” in 2016. 

Wes founded Kingsdale Advisors in 2003 to provide clients with best-in-class services for communicating with shareholders and managing any transaction or event that requires a shareholder vote.  Wes has since enhanced Kingsdale’s wide range of services by building a unique governance advisory practice specializing in helping issuers meet the changing expectations of shareholders and their proxy advisors, a strategic communications division and creative department. 

Under Wes’ leadership Kingsdale has set itself apart by delivering an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including:  Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, and Suncor.  He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and proxy contests in North America.  They include Enbridge’s $37 billion merger with Spectra Energy, Agrium, and Potash Corp.’s $36 billion merger, Tim Hortons’ $12.5 billion merger with Burger King, Pershing Square Capital Management’s campaign to replace the board of Canadian Pacific Railway, and Petro Canada’s $19 billion merger with Suncor Energy. 

Committed to sharing his expertise and setting a new standard in governance leadership, Wes was a founding board member of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) and is regularly featured on BNN, Bloomberg TV, and in The Globe & Mail, Financial Post, The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on the cover of the Report on Business as “The Fixer.” 

Other accomplishments include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award for Ontario and, in 2011, Wes received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.  In 2015 Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and in 2017 an honorary doctorate, both from the University of the West Indies.  He is currently a director of SickKids Foundation, board member of Pathways to Education and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and former Chairman of the Board of Difference Capital Financial, former Director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc., Longford Energy, Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada.

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Marie Henein

Senior Partner
Henein Hutchison LLP

Ms. Henein is a senior partner at Henein Hutchison LLP recognized in Canadian Lawyer as one of the country’s Top 10 Litigation Boutiques.  She has been counsel on numerous high-profile cases.  Her experience includes a wide range of criminal, regulatory, quasi-criminal and cross border litigation representing individual, corporate and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level.  She acts in an advisory capacity in a range of complex matters.  Ms. Henein has frequently argued at all levels of court including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

She received her LL.B. in 1989 from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Master of Laws from Columbia University in 1991.  Ms. Henein is the past president of The Advocates’ Society, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute.  She is a founder of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s appellate pro bono program, a program that provides free appellate services to unrepresented individuals at the Court of Appeal.  Ms. Henein has lectured extensively throughout the country and is the editor of numerous publications.

Ms. Henein has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine and was the 2013 recipient of the Law Society of Ontario’s Laura Legge Award.  Most recently, in 2017, she was awarded the Law Society Medal.

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Joe Natale

President & Chief Executive Officer
Rogers Communications Inc.

Joe Natale joined Rogers as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2017.  Leading a team of 26,000 across Canada, Joe is a passionate executive who is committed to creating a best-in-class customer experience, a high-performing culture and industry-leading growth.

Prior to joining Rogers Joe was President and CEO at TELUS.  He joined the company in 2003 holding several senior positions including President of Enterprise Solutions, President of Consumer Solutions and Chief Commercial Officer.

Prior to 2003 Joe was a senior partner at KPMG and held successive leadership roles within KPMG.  He joined KPMG after it acquired the company he co-founded, PNO Management Consultants Inc., in 1997.  As a consultant Joe specialized in strategy and business transformation services.

Joe also devotes his efforts to the communities he serves.  He currently sits on the Board of Trustees at SickKids and is actively involved with the CivicAction Leadership Foundation.  He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.  He lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

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Kim Shannon

President & Co-Chief Investment Officer Sionna Investment Managers

Kim Shannon founded Sionna in 2002 and has more than 35 years of industry experience.  She is the president and co-chief investment officer at Sionna and was previously chief investment officer and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada.  Kim serves as a board member with the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and is the Chair of its Governance Committee.  She is also on the board for the Brandes Institute, the Ontario Arts Foundation, United Corporation (a listed closed-end fund), a member of the C.D. Howe Institute's National Council and the CFA Institute Board of Regents (she previously served as its chair).  Kim is also a past president of the CFA Society Toronto. 

Kim Shannon founded Sionna in 2002 and has more than 35 years of industry experience.  She is the president and co-chief investment officer at Sionna and was previously chief investment officer and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada.  Kim serves as a board member with the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and is the Chair of its Governance Committee.  She is also on the board for the Brandes Institute, the Ontario Arts Foundation, United Corporation (a listed closed-end fund), a member of the C.D. Howe Institute's National Council and the CFA Institute Board of Regents (she previously served as its chair).  Kim is also a past president of the CFA Society Toronto. 

The Judges

Mark Breslin

CEO & Founder, Yuk Yuk’s

Mark Breslin is the CEO and founder of Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs – with 12 comedy clubs across Canada, the founder and artistic director for the Humber College Comedy program and a founding member of the Canadian comedy awards.

He has acted as producer, executive producer and story consultant for numerous television programs such as Late Night with Joan Rivers, Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui and Kenny vs Spenny among others.  He is an author and columnist and worked in radio as the program director for Laugh Attack on SiriusXM Canada.

Breslin is also a much sought-after public speaker.  Selected speaking engagements have included the American Comedy Institute in NYC, the Big Bear Comedy Workshop in L.A., Association for Campus Entrepreneurs (Toronto keynote address), universities, colleges and many more.

In 2014 Breslin was named one of the 180 most influential people ever to be born and raised in Toronto.  In 2017 he was awarded the Order of Canada – the second highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations and medals of Canada.

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Amanda Lang

Anchor, BNN Bloomberg

Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years.  Lang is the host of Bloomberg Markets for BNN Bloomberg, a global program airing daily from Toronto and New York.  Previously Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network.  For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange with Kevin O’Leary.  And prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay on BNN for six years.

Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist.  Her first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper where she became the paper’s New York correspondent.  In New York she made the leap to television where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and, before long, wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor.  Lang is also a best-selling author.  The Power of Why (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success.  The Beauty of Discomfort (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be and sets out strategies for how to achieve it.

Jim Slotek

Movie Critic

Jim Slotek is a former Toronto Sun columnist, movie critic, TV critic and comedy beat reporter who covered Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival for 20 straight years.  He’s been a scriptwriter for the NHL Awards, Gemini Awards and documentaries, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for comedy writing on a special (the NHL Awards). 

Slotek currently writes for Zoomer and Movie Entertainment magazines, northernstars.ca and he freelances travel pieces for the Toronto Sun.  He also started the movie site original-cin.ca which features the work of veteran print movie critics.

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Peter Anthony

Peter Anthony is a Canadian Comedy Award winner (breakout artist 2008) and nominee (best male stand-up 2013) originally from the small town of Pictou, Nova Scotia.  He has established himself as one of the most passionate comedians in the country – constantly pushing the envelope and developing his distinctive, hilarious point of view.

Some of Peter’s credits include:  Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival, CBC’s Halifax ComedyFest, Toronto’s North by Northeast (NXNE) festival, CBC Radio’s The Debaters and television appearances on The Comedy Network, MTV and CTV’s Comedy Now!

Outside of the club and festival circuit Peter also performs as a corporate entertainer.  Some of his past clients include Tim Hortons, Procter & Gamble, Bell Mobility and SickKids hospital.  Peter is constantly requested to MC corporate events and fundraisers and continues to enjoy meeting and interacting with business leaders from across Canada.

For more information about Peter be sure to visit peterisfunny.com.

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Ian Sirota

Ian Sirota has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Miller, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel and Dana Carvey, and headlines comedy clubs across North America.  Ian was a regular cast member and writer for Comedy Inc., Comedy Now!, Gutterball Alley, Mr. D and many more.  Ian has been nominated for not one, but two Gemini Awards, including best comedy performance.  In 2019 Ian performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and his gala CBC set was dubbed “best set of the fest” by Lara Rae, the festival’s artistic director.

Ian’s famous hoax on Jerry Springer was recently named 50th funniest moment in Canadian comedy history by Sirius Radio.  Number 50 out of the top 150 in history … not too shabby.

This sharp-tongued comedian takes no prisoners and blends observational humour with a family focus, all the while mastering the audience with lightening crowd work.

A perfect fit for any fundraiser or corporate event, Ian continues to be a regular contributor to Humour Me.  The event turns Canada’s biggest CEOs into stand-up comedians to raise money for charity.  Ian’s students include Mayor John Tory of Toronto who took home the trophy in 2017.  Ian has coached the winner of this event four out of the past eight years.