Neil Gross is a senior capital markets policy consultant. Through his firm Component Strategies, Neil provides guidance on investor protection, financial industry professionalism, client complaint resolution and organizational governance issues.
Neil currently serves as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Advisory Panel. He’s also a director of portfolio management firm R. N. Croft Financial Group Inc. and a member of the independent review committee for Alignvest Capital Management Inc.
Previously, Neil enjoyed a 30-year career as a lawyer litigating investor loss claims and regulatory enforcement cases. He then served as executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) while concurrently appointed to the OSC’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee and Seniors Expert Advisory Committee.
In the volunteer sector, Neil is a director of Family Councils Ontario – a public charity dedicated to supporting family advocacy for residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the province. He also sits on the Vulnerable Investor Task Force convened by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and the selection panel for the Portfolio Management Association of Canada annual award of excellence in investment journalism.
David Harvey has worked in the fields of service to the aged and people with disabilities for many years, in government and with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. He has worked to create opportunities for people to influence how services are delivered and also to help providers learn how to provide quality, person-centred care. Today, David is a free-lance podcaster with a program, Dementia Dialogue that captures the voice of people living with dementia.
Raza M. Mirza, PhD, recently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto's Institute for Life Course & Aging and is currently the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE; www.nicenet.ca), a knowledge transfer network in the field of aging.
Dr. Mirza received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Graduate department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of research and teaching interest include the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being.
Sarah Pettersen is a MEd candidate at the University of Toronto with a Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care across the Life Course. She has served on two Family Councils in Toronto and considers the active engagement and advocacy of family members, friends and caregivers to play an important role in ensuring a positive long term care experience. Sarah’s professional career in the non-profit sector has centred on strategic initiatives and communications.