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Advisory and Adjudication Committee

Advisory and Adjudication Committee for the 2018 Ontario Export Awards.

MARK DRAKE
Mark has more than 40 years of international business experience. He was formerly president and CEO of Electrovert Ltd and then of the Canadian Exporters’ Association (now CME). He was also director and chair of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). He is a member of Transparency International Canada.
Ian Howcroft_CME IAN HOWCROFT
Ian is a senior vice president, Provincial Operations and Corporate Counsel with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). He also serves on a variety of national and provincial economic committees and boards.
WILLIAM TRUFFEN
William (Bill) Truffen is the district manager for Export Development Canada for the Toronto North East Region. Bill leads a dedicated team of professionals who help support Canadian Businesses go, grow and succeed in their journey to expand their Businesses globally. Bill has more than 25 years experience in Canadian Banking with two of Canada’s largest Institutions and has the expertise that Canadian businesses need to grow in the U.S. and beyond.
PETER KUCHEREPA
Peter lives at the intersection of business, law and policy in international trade. He is an adjunct professor in international business, a commercial lawyer, former Trade Commissioner, and a trade policy leader in government. He is a director of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) and former recipient of the Ontario Export Award.
JAMES MENZIES
Jim is national leader, Manufacturing & Distribution with Grant Thornton and has developed a strong Canadian and international network.  He also regularly develops thought leadership on industry issues.
GWENAËLE MONTAGNER
Gwenaele is director, International Trade Development, WTC – Toronto with the Toronto Region Board of Trade. She has 25 years of international business experience spanning markets in Africa and Latin America. She brings a wealth of experience and outstanding track record in developing the global market presence of Canadian companies.
ALBERTO QUIROZ
Alberto is currently the president of Intellimeter Canada Inc. of Pickering, Ontario, a leading supplier of electric sub meters and leading integrator of sub metering systems. Over the years he has built an extensive network of business contacts throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
FAYE ROBERTS
Faye is currently managing partner of Scout Public Affairs Inc. After spending 18 years working in Corporate and Public Affairs at General Motors Canada, Faye brings knowledge of corporate affairs that few growing businesses ever get to access. Faye has extensive government relations experience that spans tax and trade issues, environmental and global climate change, natural resource and regulatory issues.
JEFF BROWNLEE
Jeff is the publisher of Plant magazine, as well as CanadianManufacturing.com and Cleantech Canada. Previously, he spent 13 years as vice president, public affairs, marketing and business development at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – Canada’s largest and longest-standing trade and industry association – and also published CME’s 20/20 magazine. In this expansive role, Jeff led the organization’s overall engagement strategy, with responsibility for growing CME’s membership base and influence. Jeff has served at a senior level in numerous federal government departments – including finance and security – and was press secretary for Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
Joe Terrett JOE TERRETT
Joe is the editor of Plant, Canada’s leading national manufacturing magazine. Joe has more than 20 years of experience as an editor in Canada’s industrial sector.
REHANA BEGG
Rehana is the editor of CanadianManufacturing.com, CleanTech Canada and Machinery and Equipment MRO at Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest publisher of trade and specialty business magazines. Rehana has 18 years of editorial experience across B2B and B2C publications.
WILL MAZGAY
Will Is the associate editor of CanadianManufacturing.com, Cleantech Canada and ExportEdge at Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest publisher of trade and specialty business magazines. He provides a fresh voice on all things related to business, trade, technology, environmental innovation and regulation, economics and politics.
ILANA FAWCETT
Ilana, national account manager for Annex Business Media, is a veteran in building and managing media programs for her clients for over 25 years. Ilana has a knack for taking a client’s needs and plugging them into just the right mediums to help them build their business. Specializing in the manufacturing sector, Ilana helps her clients navigate through the B2B media world by helping them to obtain new qualified clients through print, digital, event sponsorship and more.