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World's Challenge Challenge Judges

Heidi Balsillie, Founder, The Fairmount Foundation

Heidi Balsillie

Heidi Balsillie is an alumna of Western University.  She founded the Fairmount Foundation in 2013, for which the main areas of investment are mental health, and improving access to postsecondary education for disadvantaged students. She also believes that international study is invaluable to Canadian undergraduate students.

She has also joined a women’s giving group called the 25th team, supporting UNICEF projects in 5 middle-income countries.  She has also travelled to Ecuador, Peru and Indonesia with different organizations working in communities in these countries. 

When she is not involved in the Fairmount Foundation projects, Heidi enjoys skiing, cycling, yoga, hiking, travelling, and attending live music events. Heidi also spends lots of time gathering friends and family at her cottage, and loves spending time with her two grown children

Twee Brown, CEO, High Point Development and Adamas Group

Twee Brown

Twee Brown is the CEO of High Point Development, CEO of Adamas Group, Founder and Principal of AIM (Aspire Inspire Motivate Inc.), proprietor of Ben Thanh (TAN) Restaurants, and President of Kidscape Indoor Playground.

Twee dedicates her free time to her family, boards, charitable and advisory committees and cabinets. She is currently the President of the Boys and Girls Club Foundation Board, Past President of The Grand Theatre Operating Board, Executive on the Board of Directors at London Health Sciences Foundation and a Director of the London Chamber of Commerce.

She is also the Chair of the London Health Sciences Foundation’s Governance and Nominating Committee.  She is the Co-founder of 100 Who Care London, and was awarded the 2014 Pillar Community Innovation Award.  She was selected to be a member of Quantum Shift 2014 for the engagement of the “best 40 entrepreneurs” in Canada at the Ivey Business School.

 

Janet De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade 

Janet De Silva

As President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jan De Silva is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world. 

Prior to joining the Board, Jan was CEO of Sun Life Financial Hong Kong and co-founded Retail China Limited, which was acquired in 2010.  She’s also served as Dean of Ivey Asia, part of Western University’s Ivey Business School. 

Jan has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, a Woman of our Time by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, and made the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s inaugural Diversity 50 list.

 

Anne van Leeuwen, Consul General of The Netherlands in Toronto

Anne van Leeuwen

Mr. van Leeuwen was appointed as Consul General of the Netherlands in Toronto in 2013.  He earned his Master of Arts in social anthropology from the University of Amsterdam in 1988 and two years later began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the beginning of his diplomatic career he worked in the South Asia Division of the Foreign Ministry; in the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in the Conflict Management and Crisis Prevention Division. 

From 1999-2002 Mr. van Leeuwen served in the Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia; and worked in the Embassy in Ottawa before taking positions as Deputy Director of the Facility Services and Housing Division, followed by Head of the Consular Affairs Division in the Ministry, prior to his current appointment as Consul General of The Netherlands in Toronto.

He has recently been appointed as to the position of Non-Resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.