Harvard Club of Toronto Executive Board

Ann Elisabeth Stuart Samson, President

Ann Elisabeth is President of the Harvard Club of Toronto. During the day she is the Managing Editor for BabyCenter.ca, Canada’s largest digital parenting resource. She has edited two best-selling parenting books, been published in the Globe & Mail and appeared on national and regional radio and TV across Canada. In addition to being an experienced science and health communicator, Ann Elisabeth has also worked extensively in international development, women’s rights, and innovation. She holds an AB degree from Harvard College (class of 1997) in History and Science, as well as a MPhil from University of Cambridge (UK) in the History and Philosophy of Science. While at Harvard, she was president of the Mather House Council and rowed on the varsity heavyweight crew. Originally from Florida, Ann Elisabeth has lived in Toronto since 2001, moving here with her husband Sean Samson ‘96 and they now raise their three little kids (classes of 2028, 2030 and 2032).

Jordan Dupuis, Past President

Jordan is President of the Harvard Club of Toronto. He is a project manager with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and previously worked for Canadian International Council and its predecessor organization, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and the Center for International Development at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Jordan received his AB in Government from Harvard College and holds the record for career saves by a goalkeeper on the Harvard Men’s Soccer Team.

Linda Maxwell, Treasurer

Linda is the Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Toronto. She is a head and neck surgeon, specializing in facial plastic surgery and holds hospital privileges at a regional teaching hospital in north central Toronto. Linda also works as a healthcare consultant, specializing in advising early stage and high growth healthcare ventures on commercial and clinical strategy. With expertise in research commercialization and health care innovation accrued while in the UK, Linda serves as a Volunteer Advisor to health care start-ups at MaRS Discovery District. Linda earned an AB cum laude (Biology) from Harvard College, an MD from Yale School of Medicine and an MBA from University of Oxford. She completed six years of surgical training and fellowship at University of Toronto.

Jessie Ma, Chair, Public Service

Jessie Ma is a proud Torontonian who wants to make urban centres more livable through energy and creativity. At Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, Jessie is an IESO Distinguished Research Fellow and conducts research in the integrated delivery of electricity, gas, and water conservation programs. Jessie spent over a dozen years at Hydro One and was the driving force behind the launch of the corporate responsibility program. She graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Master in Public Administration program and the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science program.

Mitchell Wigdor, Co-Chair, Schools Committee and Past President

Mitchell Wigdor is a lawyer and business consultant focusing upon acquisitions and international investment, primarily in Southeast Asia. Mitchell is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto where he teaches investment and growth in emerging economies to graduate students from the Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs. His academic interests are the relationship between ICT and growth and the role of the private sector in economic development. Previously, Mitchell was a partner in the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon. He is a graduate of Harvard College (AB) where he concentrated in Government, the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc), McGill Law School (BCL-LLB) and the University of Toronto (SJD).  He is a member of the Bars of Ontario and Quebec and is the Honorary Consul for Malaysia in Toronto.

Jill Levenson, GSAS Liaison

Jill L. Levenson (PhD '67) is emeritus professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she taught since receiving her doctoral degree.  Her main research interest is early modern drama, especially Shakespeare; and her secondary field is modern drama.  As chair of the International Shakespeare Association (ISA), she convened international Shakespeare conferences in Brisbane (2006) and Prague (2011).  She is now an honorary vice president of the ISA, and she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Wendy Feldman, Kennedy School Liaison

Wendy Feldman works in Cabinet Office at the Governmnet of Ontario. She was previously with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and served as Director of Research of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Her cereer aslo includes experience with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Design Exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (in Ottawa, Paris and the UN), the Office of the Solicitor General of Canada and as a Parliamentary Intern. She received her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from the University of Ottawa. The Harvard Kennedy School recognized Wendy for her exceptional dedication as a member of the HKS Alumni Executive Council and the Harvard Club of Toronto with the 2013 Julius E. Babbitt Memorial Alumni Volunteer Award.

Jonathan Guss, Past President

Jonathan Guss is an experienced CEO in healthcare and finance. While practising leadership and management at the Ontario Medical Association (CEO for 7 years) and Credit Union Central of Ontario (CEO for 12 years), he implemented deep cultural change, seamlessly. A lawyer by training, he is an honourary lifetime member of the OMA and has been inducted into both the Co-operative and the Credit Union Halls of Fame. He now runs his own consulting firm advising boards and senior management on Board-CEO relations and decision-making; he also chairs the President’s Advisory Board on the Health for Life Initiative at the University of Guelph. He graduated from Harvard College in 1968.

Winston Gee, Membership Chair

Winston Gee is the Membership Chair of the Harvard Club of Toronto and a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Toronto. He has worked in litigation, corporate law, and policy analysis, most recently as a summer associate at Torys LLP and as a consultant with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, a national leader in the use of social experiments to test policy ideas. Winston is active in public-interest litigation and has recently worked on files with the Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario, the David Centre for Constitutional Rights, and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto. He continues to do pro bono work with Torys throughout the academic year. Winston received his AB in Government from Harvard College, where was a senior editor of the Harvard International Review and an anti-poverty advocate with LIFT-Boston.

Nancy J. Coombs, Executive at Large

Nancy J. Coombs is Executive at Large of the Harvard Club of Toronto. Highlights include serving as Chairman of the HCT Centennial Gala and chairing the Harvard Global Series’ Protocol Committee, as well as interviewing applicants and organizing other club events. Her career has encompassed serving as Executive Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Boston and Assistant Trade Commissioner for luxury and consumer goods at the French Trade Commission in Toronto. In addition, Nancy (EdM; BA Northwestern) worked on the Organizing Committee of the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships and in the International Relations Division of the Pan-American Games X, as well as recent philanthropic pursuits in arts advocacy and education.

Rick Blickstead, Executive at Large

Rick is the President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association, President of Clothesline, one of Canada’s largest social enterprises and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Latterly he was CEO of the Wellesley Institute, one of Canada’s preeminent population health research and policy think tanks, and President of several large US and Canadian retail companies. Rick sits on a number of public and private sector Boards and also acts as a Governor of Regis College, Univ. of Toronto, and Centennial College.

Rick has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, an MBA from the Rotman School, University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the joint Non-Profit Management program at the Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools. Rick’s two sons, Michael and John, were graduates of Harvard College (2005, 2006 respectively) while Michael and his spouse, Amrita were both graduates of the Harvard Business School in 2010.

Mircea Baldean, Digital Chair

Mircea Baldean is the Digital Chair of the Harvard Club of Toronto. Given his passion to understand and influence human behaviour, he founded MeetVibe Inc., a mobile and social platform that makes networking more effective by linking digital channels with the physical environment. Mr. Baldean leads corporate management, partnerships, business operations and product development. He brings ideas to fruition as demonstrated by his passion project growing into a company consisting of seasoned professionals committed to finding exciting ways to bring people together. Mr. Baldean earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom in 2013, and continued his studies in Behavioral Finance at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School later on that year.

Dina Maxwell, Executive at Large

Dina is an Executive Member at Large for the Harvard Club of Toronto. Formerly, she served as co-Chair of the Admissions Committee and was Chair of the Young Graduates Committee. She works at PricewaterHouseCooper LLP in Toronto as the Manager of Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Risk Assurance Services Group. Previously, Dina practiced law at full service law firms where she worked for a variety of clients, focusing on privacy and cyber security law and civil litigation. Dina is Certified Information Privacy Professional in both Canadian and American privacy law. Dina graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English and American Language and Literature and a Citation in French in 2006. Dina obtained her law degree (J.D.) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2009. Dina was called to the Bar in the province of Ontario in 2010.