OTEC UPDATE - Board Announcement from Victoria Behune, President & CEO of OTEC


As OTEC continues to grow and develop innovative training and consulting solutions for the workforce development needs of our clients, partners and stakeholders, I am pleased to announce that we have elected a dynamic new Chair and have added two experienced and dedicated leaders to our Board of Directors.

Assuming the role of Chair is Mr. Nick DiRenzo, FCPA, ICD.D, President, Sun Life Financial Investment Services Inc. Mr. DiRenzo has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry, with particular expertise in insurance, wealth management, banking and mortgages. He offers a proven talent for leading growth from strategy to results and has been a member of the OTEC Board since 2013.

Mr. Gary Hallam, Executive Dean, School of Business and Hospitality, Conestoga College, becomes Vice Chair. Mr. Hallam has served on OTEC’s Board since 2013 and is the academic representative on the Board providing excellent industry and education perspective. 

Officers continuing for another term on the Board is Treasurer Mr. Doug Hyland, Managing Partner ROCG Americas and Ms. Grace Sammut, Managing Director Resorts of Ontario, OTEC’s Industry Liaison. 

Members elected for another term:

  • Mr. Bill Allen, Managing Director, WRA Management Group
  • Mr. Sheldon K. Gould, Chief Operating Officer, Delmanor Seniors Communities
  • Mr. David Adames, Senior Director, Business Development, Niagara
  • Parks Commission
  • Ms. Wendy Forsythe, Formerly President, OMERS Investment Management

Joining this accomplished group of OTEC Directors is Ms. Brenda Brown, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Compass Group of Canada, and Mr. John Wilkinson, Partner, WeirFouldLLP.


Ms. Brown has held executive Human Resources positions at International food and beverage organizations for over a decade. She is currently Senior Vice President Human Resources, at the Compass Group Canada (CGC), where she and her staff of talented managers oversee all people-related activities for 25,000 associates in Canada, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. In 2010, Ms. Brown was named One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She has been honored as a Top 50 Diversity leader, received an honorary degree from George Brown College and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors certification.

Mr. Wilkinson brings with him over two decades of knowledge and experience working with not-for-profit organizations.  As a partner at WeirFoulds LLP, a Toronto law firm of approximately 95 lawyers, Mr. Wilkinson provides corporate and commercial advice to for-profit businesses and to non-profit organizations including regulatory colleges, universities, industry associations, health service providers, sports organizations, and charities.  John’s current community involvement includes being a founding director of the Toronto Sports Council, being the EVP Competitive of the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association, and being the President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors. 

I would also like to sincerely thank the outgoing members of our Board, Dr. David Martin (past Board chair), and Ms. Esther Lee for their many years of service. Thanks to their support and contributions, OTEC has grown into Ontario’s leading tourism, hospitality, healthcare, workforce and service sector training and consulting organization.