Bentley Springer is a seasoned IT professional, leading teams providing IT services for large national organizations for almost two decades. He is currently the Manager of IT Support Services for CARA Operations.
Passionate about community capacity building, Bentley has served as a leader in the black community for the past 18 years. He was founder and President of Black Habits from 1998-2008, and performed leadership roles for the Lions Circle from 2005-2016, including President and Chair. Bentley is also a trained mediator, and leverages these skills in a volunteer capacity.
Bentley first attended MCC Toronto in February 2012. Five months later, he and his partner, Denise, became members and dedicated MCC volunteers, and were proudly married by Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M. in July 2013. In 2016, Bentley was elected to the MCC Toronto board and also participated in the Reference Group.
Joe Jamieson is the Deputy Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers.
Joe was first certified to teach in Quebec in 1992 and began his 23-year career in education with the Halton Catholic District School Board. He has served as a teacher, writer, curriculum consultant and as the Director of the College Standards of Practice and Accreditation department and Director of the Investigations and Hearings department. He holds a MEd from the University of Toronto, a BA from the University of Waterloo and a diploma in Secondary Education from McGill University.
Joe is influential in managing the College’s financial systems, including its $40 million annual operating budget, working closely with the 37 elected and appointed members of the College’s governing Council, leading major College initiatives and speaking frequently to community partners. Joe is a compelling and sought after presenter within the education sector. He speaks frequently at public and education conferences on topics such as professional conduct, leadership, education law, and LGBTQ issues in education.
Most recently, Joe led our Reference Group in providing support for the congregation and staff. Joe is also a member of the Finance Committee.
Cheryl Smith, CPA, CA is a partner at Monte-Lisi & Smith, Chartered Accountants (“ML&S”). Cheryl graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science, Honours, before earning her MBA at the University of Toronto. Cheryl provides responsive, value-driven, services to assist owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations with their audit, accounting, tax and advisory needs.
In addition to her role at ML&S, Cheryl’s recent volunteer experience includes sitting on the Board of the Pride and Remembrance Association and the finance committee of MCC Toronto. Cheryl enjoys travelling, going to the theatre, golfing and spending time with friends and family.
Andrew Fleming is a Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and is Managing Partner of the Toronto office. He is a member of the Business Law Group of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and its Banking and Financial Products practice team. He has extensive experience in business law, including banking, company and securities law, and regulatory requirements relating to financial institutions and products, as well as corporate transactions, financings and mergers & acquisitions. In the area of banking law, he has participated in structuring some of the largest corporate credits in Canada and assisted on banking matters related to the ABCP (asset-backed commercial paper) crisis. On the financial regulatory front, Mr. Fleming participated in structuring the first global covered bond programme by Canadian issuer (RBC), and the first ever covered bond issue in Canada, also for RBC. In addition, he participated in the structuring of an innovative structured finance shelf offering for RBC in Canada. In both cases, a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment applicable to financial institutions was required, as well as, an appreciation of the related policy issues. Also has acted as arbitrator in international business matters. Andrew is a Past Member of the Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission and of the Committee on Corporate Disclosure of the TSX. He was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1975 and to the Bar of Ontario in 1999. He is listed as one of Canada’s leading Capital Markets lawyers in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers. Andrew also volunteers as a Governor of the Shaw Festival and is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Ryerson Theatre School.
Lori Boyce, CHS is a graduate of Queen’s University, holding degrees in History and Education. Her professional career began in 1981 at Crown Life as a Disability Underwriter Trainee. In the past 34 years Lori has held a variety of executive positions at Aetna, Maritime, and Manulife; she has always had some degree of responsibility for Living Benefits underwriting. Currently she is the AVP of Underwriting, Risk Management, & Research and Development, Retail Markets, Manulife Financial. Lori’s focus is finding creative solutions for individual Disability, Critical Illness, and Long term Care insurance underwriting challenges and providing Living Benefits underwriting input into product development, training and field support.
I have been coming to worship here for many years. Certainly, Brent and his sermons have been instrumental in giving me things to think about and inspiring me to do things differently. This is a place of comfort when times are tough and it’s a great place to celebrate when times are good. The people are fabulous! This is where I volunteer my time, its what I believe in. We are doing good work in the world. It’s good to be a part of it.
Anne Brayley is Vice President Philanthropic Services at the Toronto Foundation. She has been actively involved with the Foundation for many years, including prior service as a Board member and committee volunteer. She joined the staff team in 2008. In her role, Anne leads the team responsible for new donor development, donor services and stewardship, and marketing/communications for the Foundation. Included in the portfolio is an emphasis on building relationships within the advisory community of lawyers, accountants and financial services professionals who are working with clients to develop plans for creating lasting philanthropic legacies.
Anne’s career prior to the Toronto Foundation includes roles in the publishing and advertising fields, as well as 10 years in the executive search industry. She was also the founder of Brayley & Associates, her own successful professional services firm. Anne is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. She is a frequent writer and presenter on the topic of strategic philanthropy
Anne has been a congregant at MCC Toronto for over 20 years, served as a Board member since 2007 and is currently Vice Moderator.
Most of you wouldn’t know that my journey with MCC Toronto began back in 1991, when a friend suggested I come to a ‘nice gay church’ with him. Little did I know he was also setting me up on a blind date with one of his friends. I’ll just say that only one of those introductions worked out! Over the years, my world has expanded in amazing ways because of MCC. I’ve grown in my spiritual self, made deep and lasting friendships and witnessed how MCC has impacted so many lives for the better. Our roots in the gay community have been a bedrock as we’ve grown to welcome so many from all walks of life over the past 38 years. So here I find myself now as Chair of the Board. What a privilege to represent the congregation in this way, as we all strive to chart a course towards the future for the church. Our job as a Board is to listen, learn and apply our best judgement to the many decisions we make. We are blessed to have so many at MCCT who share these goals.