Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Pathak has served as CEO of Ekagrata Inc., a business building oriented principal investment company, since January 2015 and as a Principal of In Colour Capital Inc., an independent principal investment group, since April 2015. He has been an appointee of the Government of Canada on the Board of the Business Development Bank of Canada for nearly a decade. Previously, Mr. Pathak has been a Partner of McKinsey & Company Inc. At McKinsey he was a leader of the North American Telecom Practice, the Financial Services Practices and a leader in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice. He has also been part of the startup team and the Managing Partner of ReichmannHauer Capital Partners, a successful Canadian investment firm. Mr. Pathak has an MBA from INSEAD with Distinction and a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology (“IIT”), where he was adjudged the Best All-round Graduating Student of his class. He also has a Diploma in Fuzzy Logic from IIT.
Edwin J. Rigaud
Edwin J. Rigaud has more than 40 years of business experience across a multitude of operating and leadership roles. In 2007, Mr. Rigaud founded EnovaPremier and commenced operations through the acquisition of the assets of T&WA, Inc. Since that time, he has served as owner and the President and Chief Executive Officer of EnovaPremier (2007-2018) and as Chairman (2019) while guiding that company to a position as one of the leading providers of automotive tire & wheel pre-assembly services in the United States. Prior to founding EnovaPremier, Mr. Rigaud served in numerous operating and management capacities at Procter & Gamble from 1965 to 2001. Mr. Rigaud’s notable leadership positions at Procter & Gamble included his role as a Vice President of Food & Beverage Products and as a Vice President of Government Relations in North America. Adding to his experience as a senior manager, Mr. Rigaud developed significant expertise in product development and brand management having been the first Technical Brand Manager in the exploratory phase of Pringle’s, and ultimately the Product Development Group Leader during the execution of Pringle’s national launch. Mr. Rigaud also led the product development efforts of Secret Deodorant & Antiperspirant improvements, including key active ingredient technology and perfume upgrades, while having direct participation with the Leo Burnett Agency in the creation of the famous advertising slogan, “strong enough for a man, but made for a woman”. Mr. Rigaud’s leadership in these efforts helped to facilitate a major relaunch of the Secret brand. He was ultimately named a Director in Product Development. Outside of his corporate leadership experience, Mr. Rigaud has served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Board of the local affiliate of Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati. Mr. Rigaud has also held appointments by Governor Bob Taft to the Ohio Board of Regents, and by President George W. Bush to the national Institute of Museum and Library Services. In 1997, Mr. Rigaud became the first CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. This 9-year development program included raising $110 million while working closely with John Pepper, former Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, who served as the national building Campaign Chairman. Mr. Rigaud is also the head of one of the first African American co-ownership groups of a Major League Baseball franchise, the Cincinnati Reds.
Darryl T. F. McCall
With more than 35 years of domestic and international operating experience with consumer products businesses, Mr. McCall will provide us with a broad range functional expertise and executive leadership experience. Mr. McCall served as Executive Vice President and Executive Committee member at Coty, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 where his key responsibilities involved the management of numerous global manufacturing facilities and distribution centers. During his tenure at Coty, Mr. McCall also held major responsibilities related to the integration of 5 acquired businesses and helped lead the company through its $1.0 billion initial public offering in 2013. Prior to joining Coty, Mr. McCall held numerous positions at Procter & Gamble from 1978 to 2008. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. McCall was Product Supply Vice President — Global Fabric Care, leading a global organization comprised of more than 35 manufacturing operations centers and more than 16,000 employees. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. McCall served as General Manager of Procter & Gamble’s Global Personal Cleansing Care Division which oversees brands such as Camay®, Gillette®, Ivory®, Olay®, Old Spice®, and Zest®. Mr. McCall also held significant responsibilities for integrating certain of Procter & Gamble’s large acquisitions. Notable examples include the leadership of the supply chain integration of Gillette® and Wella®. Over the course of his career Mr. McCall has managed operations in Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and the United States. He also is an outside independent Director for HCP Packaging.
Richard White has served as Chief Executive Officer of Aeolus Capital Group Ltd., a financial and strategic management advisory firm, since May 2017. Mr. White served as Managing Director and head of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.’s. Private Equity and Special Products Department from 2004 until April 2017. From 1997 until 2002, Mr. White was a Managing Director of CIBC Capital Partners, the private equity merchant banking division of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the successor by acquisition of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. From 1985 until 1997, Mr. White was a Managing Director and one of approximately 30 General Partners of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Mr. White was responsible for founding and building several of its investment banking industry groups including consumer products, business services, industrials, technology, gaming and leisure, and real estate. Mr. White also headed Oppenheimer’s mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. White is a CPA. Mr. White is a former member of the Board of Directors of Escalade, Incorporated, a sporting goods company (NASDAQ: “ESCA”) and Lead Independent Director of G-III Apparel Group Ltd., a manufacturer, retailer, and distributor of apparel (NASDAQ: “GIII”). Mr. White holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Tufts University.
Ann M. Schwister
Ann M. Schwister has 29 years of domestic and international operational experience at Procter and Gamble. She served as Vice President and CFO of Procter and Gamble’s two most important regions, North America and Greater China and Vice President and CFO for the Global Oral Care business. Since retiring from Procter and Gamble in 2018, Ms. Schwister has been a strategic advisor working with several organizations including social enterprises and a small family owned business. She also serves on the Executive Committee and board of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation where she chaired the Finance and Audit Committee for six years. Additionally, she has served on the CFO Committee of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Wisconsin School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. In these roles, Ms. Schwister has amassed significant experience regarding Global P&L responsibilities, gained a deep understanding of consumers and digital and traditional retail environments, and gained experience with respect to small businesses. She is a qualified audit committee financial expert and has corporate governance expertise. She has a BBA degree in Finance with a specialization in International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Decorated with Order of Canada, Aditya Jha is a rare combination of a serial entrepreneur and a philanthropist. His entrepreneurial pursuits have included start-up technology ventures (USA, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Morocco, Kenya, Nepal and France) as well as turn-around businesses (e.g. turn-around of a Chocolate Manufacturing facility that originally was one of the oldest factories of Cadbury) in Canada. He co-founded a software company, Isopia Inc., after having a successful career at Bell Canada as General Manager, eBusiness and prior to that rich professional career in several international destinations. In July 2001, his start-up venture Isopia Inc was a major acquisition by a mega billion-dollar company, Sun Microsystems Inc., USA. His private charitable foundation (www.poafoundation.org) has fourteen endowments (for scholarships) & five grants (for entrepreneurship) at five universities/colleges (disbursing $70,000 annually in perpetuity) and has supported numerous charitable projects in Canada, India and Nepal. He is currently CEO of dgMarket International Inc., USA (www.dgmarket.com), a micro-multinational company (global eProcurement Services & Software business, formerly an initiative of the World Bank), which has customer base in over 100 countries and employees based in EIGHT countries & Eleven cities.
Rahul Petkar, President and CEO of Mississauga, ON based Ishkan Inc. is a business leader with over thirty years experience in the financial services and technology sectors spanning Asia, Middle East, North America and Latin America.
Rahul established Polaris Canada, a banking technology company providing services to all the major Canadian banks, some US Financial Institutions and was responsible for significantly scaling it. As CEO, he expanded the Polaris footprint to Latin America establishing operations in Santiago, Chile offering innovative payment solutions to the financial services and the retail industry. Earlier at TD Waterhouse, as Director International Development, he was a core member of the team responsible for the global expansion of TD’s brokerage and wealth management business to Japan, UK, Luxembourg, and Hong Kong. In the past, he has also worked with Citibank and Merrill Lynch in the business and operations areas.
Rahul is a strategic advisor and board member to both publicly listed and private fintech start ups in US and Canada. He has been a speaker and a panelist on topics pertaining to financial services, global sourcing, start ups and technology on various occasions at the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, Schulich Business School, Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce among others.
In 2013, Rahul was appointed by the Mayor of Mississauga to serve on the Mississauga Economic Development Advisory Board. As Chairman of the Board, he provided direction to Mississauga”s new 2020-2025 Economic Development Policy which was approved by City Council. He is a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors in Toronto and a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), the largest global not for profit association supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Rahul is a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from VNIT, Nagpur and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.