Harvard Club of Toronto Executive Board

Ann Elisabeth Stuart Samson, President

In addition to her Harvard Club of Toronto duties, Ann Elisabeth works as a strategy and communications consultant. She is the former Head of Communications and External Engagement for the Equality Fund. She was Managing Editor for BabyCenter.ca, Canada’s largest digital parenting resource for 12 years and 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, science and technology, 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 Radcliffe Varsity crew. Originally from Florida, Ann Elisabeth has lived in Toronto since 2001, moving here with her husband Sean Samson ‘96, where they are raising their three children.

Rohan Hazelton, Treasurer

Rohan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with more than 25 years of international finance experience, 20 years of that in the mining industry. Rohan is currently CFO of Cerrado Gold and Ascendant Resources.  As one of the early employees of Wheaton River/Goldcorp from 2002, he assumed progressively senior roles with the company through to 2015, including VP Finance and CFO Mexican Operations, to VP Strategy, leading medium and long term strategic planning with the senior leadership team, restructurings and financial analyses for more than twenty M&A transactions totalling over $20 billion. He holds an AB from Harvard College in Applied Mathematics and Economics (1996), and is active in the community as Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Toronto and Co-founder and Director of Young Mining Professionals.

 

 

Skye Regan, Vice-President

 

   
 

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.

Winston Gee, Schools' Committee Co-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, Membership Chair

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.