board of directors
Westmount, Québec, Canada
Since January 1969, Herschel Segal has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rainy Day Investments Ltd., an investment company. In 1959, Mr. Segal founded Le Château Inc., a clothing retailer listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until September 2006. Mr. Segal served as Executive Chairman of Le Château Inc. until February 2007 and remains a director. Mr. Segal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. Mr. Segal is a founder of DAVIDsTEA.
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Emilia Di Raddo has been the President of Le Château Inc., a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, since 2000, where she has also served on the Board of Directors since 2001 and served as Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 2000. Prior to that, Mrs. Di Raddo was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP where she practiced for more than 15 years for companies operating in the retail and consumer products industries. Mrs. Di Raddo received a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University, Montreal, Québec, and is a chartered accountant and CPA.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From 1980 to 2013, Max Ludwig Fischer was Professor of German and International Studies at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, where he also held administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies. Since 2008, Mr. Fischer has been a consultant to the President and CEO of Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, a consistent winner of Travel & Leisure’s “Best Spa Destination”, as well as a Bi-Annual Lecturer on Nutrition and Natural Healing Modalities at Rancho La Puerta. In 2018, Mr. Fischer was an invited lecturer on “The Concept of Holistic Living” at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York. Mr. Fischer holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and sociology from the University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany. Mr. Fischer is the author of numerous publications on 20th century literature, exile literature and intercultural communications. In addition to his expertise in literature, Mr. Fischer has a deep interest in psychology, holistic living and natural nutrition.
Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
Peter Robinson possesses diverse leadership experience spanning more than four decades in business, government and the non-profit sectors. He was Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation from 2008 to 2017 and, from 2000 to 2008, was Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Canadian consumers’ cooperative that sells outdoor recreation gear and clothing exclusively to its members. From 1983 to 2000, Mr. Robinson held a number of positions with BC Housing, a government agency, including Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, and a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and a Doctor of Social Sciences degree, both from Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia. He has been extensively involved in community and humanitarian work, including serving as a director from 2012 to 2017 of Imagine Canada, a national charitable organization, governor of the Canadian Red Cross Society from 2010 to 2012, and Chair of the Board of Governors and Chancellor of Royal Roads University from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Robinson has received several honorary degrees and awards, including Honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University in 2014, Honorary Doctor of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2010, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Order of Red Cross from the Canadian Red Cross Society in 2005.
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec, Canada
Pat De Marco has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Viau Food Products Inc. of Laval, Québec, a large Canadian processor of beef and pork products, since 2008. Prior thereto, Mr. De Marco held senior executive positions at Moores Retail Group Inc., Canada’s leading menswear retailer, from 1995 as Chief Financial Officer and from 2002 as President. Prior to that, Mr. De Marco was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where for 13 years he audited and consulted for companies in the manufacturing, real estate and consumer goods sectors. Mr. De Marco is a CPA, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Québec.
Bromont (Québec) Canada
Susan L. Burkman is an experienced financial consulting executive. Throughout her 35 years in the investment banking industry, she has successfully led equity, M&A, and valuation and fairness opinion transactions in excess of $6 billion for Canadian companies across numerous industries. Since 2007, she has been majority shareholder and President of Burkman Capital Corporation, an investment banking boutique located in Bromont, Québec. From 1997 to 2007, Ms. Burkman was a partner at Griffiths McBurney and Partners and a Director at GMP Securities where she led the Investment Banking Group in Montreal. Prior thereto, Ms. Burkman was President of Mathurin-Burkman Inc., an investment banking boutique, a Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of McNeil Mantha Inc., then a publicly-traded Canadian securities brokerage firm, and held positions with Wood Gundy Securities in Toronto and with the Corporate Banking division of Bank of Montreal. Ms. Burkman started her professional career as an auditor with KPMG at its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Toronto, Ontario offices. Since 2012, Ms. Burkman has been a member of the Board of Directors of Olameter Inc., a provider of outsourced utility solutions in North America based in Montreal. Ms. Burkman holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and became a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania.