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Senior Fellows

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Following a progressively successful career of executive level leadership experience in the areas of human resources, training and development and general management, Anthony left the corporate sector in 2004, to create a consulting practice that focused on adding value to the investment that organizations have made in the development of their human capital.

In September 2006, he joined the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), Ryerson University as an instructor in the School of Hospitality Tourism Management, while continuing to provide consulting services to industry. Since 2009 Anthony has also served as the Business Management Institute Faculty Coordinator for the Canadian Society of Club Managers. In this role, he plans, selects the teaching faculty, and coordinates an annual five-day professional development leadership course for the associations members which is held at TRSM.

In June 2012, Anthony helped launch a new career centre and in October 2012 was appointed as the Director of the Business Career Hub, a career centre designed to support the needs of business students within the Ted Rogers School of Management. In this role, he led a team of career consultants with a mission to build strong relationships with employers and to prepare, motivate and empower all TRSM students and alumni to reflect and act on their career aspirations, passions & goals.

October 2016 – October 2017, Anthony served as an Executive-in-Residence at the Ted Rogers School of Management where he helped students and alumni become more self-aware of their strengths, interests and preferences and how to use this awareness to develop a career management strategy, establish short and long-term goals and build the confidence to achieve them.

In equipping individuals with the sound judgement and essential interpersonal skills that have contributed to his own success, and as a qualified practitioner with Lumina Learning, Anthony uses Lumina psychometric tools to guide and coach’s students in the Top 200 program through a process of self-awareness that contributes to them making informed life and career choices prior to graduation.

In October 2017 Anthony was asked to join the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre as a Senior Fellow where he will continue to support the Top 200 students and the Centre’s research and educational activities.

In addition to his early education and training in Hotel and Restaurant Management in England, Anthony is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program for the Hospitality Industry at Guelph University and holds the Certified Human Resource Practitioner (CHRP) and Leader (CHRL) designations from the Human Resources Professionals Association.

Anthony is an active volunteer and supporter of several industry-related organizations, having previously held the positions of, Vice-chair of the Board of Directors at the Ontario Service Safety Alliance and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation, and is a Past President of the Hospitality Human Resource Professionals Association of Toronto.

Gail Cook-Johnson

Hershell Ezrin

Dr. Gail Cook Johnson helps C-suite executives and enterprise leaders to better implement their strategic decisions through the application of appropriate change management principles and practices.

Over her 30 year career, Gail has developed long-term relationships with several firms, working with them to build organizations that can effectively respond to global growth, market changes, economic challenges, service expansions, and, as the need arises, effectively leverage acquisitions.

For example, Gail has worked with:

  • A leading North American CPG to develop a planning process that better anticipates and responds to their changing marketplace.
  • A Fortune 500 company to ensure the sum of the parts became greater than the whole following several acquisitions. The work focused, in particular, on clearly defining governance processes, which centrally included an integrated business process that combined metrics with meaningful business decision making in the right places at the right time, with the right information.
  • A leading financial services firm to restructure their management team as the level of products and services expanded, to define and maintain an effective organizational culture, and, most recently, design the talent management plan to support an upgraded risk management system.
  • An international services firm to envision and implement a global HR strategy that supported their growth over the last several years, ensuring they had the global talent supply and processes in place to provide brand integrity in all area of expansion.
  • A leading pharmaceutical firm to develop strategies and processes to integrate several new acquisitions. These processes begin with the strategy team, through due diligence to acquisition.
  • A cross-functional team in a heavy manufacturing enterprise to redesign their firm’s processes to address new product lines.

In addition to building her own firm, Gail was a partner with Mercer Delta, a leading change management firm. A Canadian, Gail has served at the invitation of the Chief Statistician of Canada on the Advisory Committee for Labour Statistics, Statistics Canada. She also applies her organizational development skills to cultural-community issues. She has been active in the set-up of the Centre for Women’s Health Research and as well as served on the the board of Tapestry New Opera, a not-for-profit entrepreneurial organization which brings together diverse artistic talents for the creation of new musical theatre.

Gail has authored or co-authored two books, From Hidden Conflict to Crisis in Iran and Labour Economics in Canada as well as series of articles on the differences between American and Canadian workplace attitudes for the Conference Board of Canada.

Gail holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Business, specializing in Industrial Relations and Organizational Development, from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When not at work, but likely thinking about it, Gail can be found variously in a kayak, hip deep in a river with her fly fishing rod, around her kitchen table with friends, or adventuring with her sons, who themselves are global citizens, working and living in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A.


Hershell Ezrin is Former Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, and is Managing Director, Tipping Point Solutions, a company focused on social media and advocacy. He also and leads classes in government relations at Seneca College.

Ezrin was Chief Executive of a publicly traded international automotive car care company; he also served as Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s largest public affairs consultancies. He has more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles, in both the public and private sectors, as a political advisor, public policy expert, not for profit advocacy leader and strategic communications counsellor. Ezrin has frequently written opinion pieces for the national media. He also makes frequent appearances on TV, radio and electronic media.

During his career, Ezrin has served as a senior counsellor and advisor to elected officials at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels, as well as serving as Canadian Consul in New York and Los Angeles. As Consul, he played an integral part in the development and rollout of Canadian public diplomacy initiatives in the USA. He was also a member of the federal-provincial relations team within the Privy Council Office under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and was Deputy Minister and Principal Secretary to Premier David Peterson. He was Founding CEO of CIJA (Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy).  

Over the past quarter-century, Ezrin served on a wide cross-section of private and public Boards of Directors at both the national and regional levels. In the not for profit sector, Ezrin sat on numerous Boards in the public policy, international relations and trade, arts, culture, and healthcare fields. Ezrin has lived and / or worked on four continents over the past 40 years and hold a BA (Hons.) from University of Toronto and an MA from Carleton University, both in history.

Ann Cavoukian

Hershell Ezrin

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.

In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 39 languages. Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, and most recently, Dr. Cavoukian was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017).

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