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Howard Bogach

Howard Bogach joined Tarion in 2008 bringing over 20 years of experience in the financial services, cooperative and member service sectors.   Prior to joining Tarion, Howard served as President & CEO of Credit Union Central of Ontario (CUCO), a $2.2 billion wholesale financial services provider which also acts as the provincial industry trade association supporting 160 member organizations.  Prior to joining CUCO, Howard was President & CEO of Metro Credit Union, the largest Credit Union in the Greater Toronto area with over 44,000 members and assets in excess of $600 million.  Howard began his career in Western Canada where he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at Hudson’s Bay Company, Touche Ross, Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation and Capital City Savings. He graduated from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 1977.

David J. Guiney

Chief Operating Officer
 
David J. Guiney joined Tarion in August of 2008 as Senior Vice-President, Operations, and was named Chief Operating Officer in February of 2012. David brings extensive experience in the practice of corporate and commercial law in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Tarion, David was a partner at Tanner & Guiney Associates-Barristers and Solicitors, where he served as general corporate counsel to Credit Union Central of Canada and Credit Union Central of Ontario. Prior to forming Tanner & Guiney Associates, David served on the senior management team of Credit Union Central of Ontario as General Counsel. David graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985 and received his LL.B. from McGill University in 1989. He also holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

Peter Balasubramanian (On Leave)

 
Peter Balasubramanian joined Tarion in January, 2004 as corporate counsel following several years at Torys LLP where he advised clients, including Tarion, on matters related to commercial real estate, construction litigation and general corporate commercial litigation.   Peter was promoted to the position of Senior Counsel in 2005, and has provided legal advice on policy development, compliance obligations and warranty-related issues for Tarion over the past several years. In February 2009, he took on the role of Vice President, Claims. He is currently responsible for the management of all warranty service claims related to new homes and condominium units in Ontario. Peter is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School where he has also served as an adjunct professor teaching advocacy. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

John Becevello 

 
John Becevello joined Tarion as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and moved into his current role in 2010. John graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1978 with an Honours Degree in Mathematics and became a Chartered Accountant a year later. He began his corporate career with Trizec Corporation in Calgary, Alberta, where he became the Corporate Controller. He then moved to Royal Trustco Limited where he served as the Director of Corporate Accounting. John also worked for the Canadian Branch of the Prudential Insurance Company of America where he held the position of Vice President & Comptroller. Most recently, John worked for Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, initially as Vice President of Accounting and subsequently as Vice President of Financial Processes where he was responsible for leading finance process and system improvements.

Eileen Holden

Vice President, Human Resources
 
Eileen Holden joined Tarion in December 2003 and brings an extensive background in Human Resources management.  A graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1976 and an MBA in 1978, Eileen is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).  Prior to joining Tarion, Eileen spent 19 years at Eli Lilly Canada in a number of progressively senior management roles.  More recently, Eileen was Director, Human Resources at Quest Software Canada and Director, Human Resources for Casco Inc. (Canada Starch)

Edmond Lee

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
 
Edmond Lee joined Tarion in 2010 and brings experience from increasingly senior roles in financial management and reporting to this position. Edmond is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Toronto Bachelor of Commerce Program. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Prior to joining Tarion, Edmond was with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada where his most recent position was Vice President, Financial Management, International.  Edmond also gained considerable expertise in the securities area from progressively senior financial and controllership roles with HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., TD Waterhouse, and Deutsche Bank Securities Canada.

Karen Mortfield

Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations
 
Karen Mortfield joined Tarion in June of 2012 and brings to the organization a passion for stakeholder engagement and communications. Most recently she managed her own company, which provided media training and crisis communication counsel to government and corporate clients. Karen has held senior communications and government relations roles in the real estate, energy and consumer goods sectors. She has served as the press secretary to a political party leader and as senior staff to several provincial cabinet ministers. Karen has also worked as a national broadcaster and was the news director of a nation-wide chain of radio stations.

Tim Schumacher

Vice President and General Counsel
 
Tim Schumacher joined Tarion in 2006 and brings an extensive background in real estate, corporate and commercial law. During a distinguished 22 year career with the Toronto law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, he advised clients such as Hydro One, Oxford Developments, Bank of Montreal, Procter & Gamble and the former Eaton companies. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 1980 and a Degree in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985 and has lectured for a number of years in Real Estate for the Law Society Bar Admission Course.

Bill Wallace

Vice President and Chief Information Officer
 
Bill Wallace joined Tarion as Vice President, Information Services in 2002.  Among the highlights of Bill's nearly twenty years in IS was his 1996 appointment as Director of Information Systems for GAN Canada, a foreign owned property and casualty insurance company. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President, Information Technology for COGECO Cable Inc., and most recently served as Project Director/Portal Consultant for the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations in Toronto. In his most recent role, Bill managed the development and deployment of the CSIO Insurance Portal which is a major insurance industry initiative, and the first of its kind in the world. Bill graduated from McMaster University in 1983 with a degree in computer science, and earned his Master of Business Administration in 1997, also from McMaster.