DONNA THOMAS, CHAIRPERSON
Todd's mother Donna Thomas believes that if you are going to do something, you must do it well! Throughout her life, Donna has shown a strong sense of community and caring. Her exceptional energies as a fundraiser have resulted in major capital contributions to charities and foundations, including the Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Conservatory. As National Chair of the fundraising campaign for the University of Victoria, Donna lobbied politicians, corporate leaders, faculty, students, and community members alike. In recognition of her exemplary service, UVic presented her with an honorary Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa. Earlier achievements include a real estate career in Edmonton in the '60s, and—through securing government funding—initiation of a day care center, and a teen club to provide a safe meeting place for youths. An astute businesswoman, Donna founded First Victoria Investments in 1989.
Kent Norris is the President and Co-founder/Owner of The Original Cakerie Ltd., a producer of frozen cake and dessert products primarily servicing the North American market. He is Todd's brother-in-law and now resides with his family on the West Coast of British Columbia.
ROBERT H. MANSCHOT
Robert Manschot currently serves as the Managing Director and Chairman of Manschot Investment Group L.L.C., Chairman of Silicon Gaming Entertainment, and Chairman and CEO of RHEM International Enterprises. He previously served as President and CEO of Rural/Metro Corporation, Vice-President of the Hay Group and spent 10 years leading international hotel chains in a senior operating position. He serves on a variety of boards including Action Performance Companies Inc., Phoenix Restaurant Group, Silicon Entertainment, Motorsports Promotions, Sports Southwest, First Wave, TouchScape Corporation, E-port Network and Thomas Pride Development. Mr. Manschot holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel Management from the School for Hospitality Management, The Hague, Netherlands and a Masters of Business Administration degree (with honors) from Boston University
Bill Trimble is founder and president of 98 Corporate Group Resources Ltd., a venture capital company dealing in all aspects related to public company management. Through 98 Corporate Group, Bill has managed over 25 publicly traded companies ranging from resource based businesses to e-commerce companies. Bill started his career with Keg Restaurants where he earned the titles of youngest General Manager and youngest Senior Joint Venture partner by age 21. Prior to founding 98 Corporate Group, Bill earned top distinctions during each of his first three years as an Investment Advisor at Pemberton Securities. Bill was the Founding President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) in Canada and serves as the Past President of the YEO worldwide. In 1993, he was awarded the title of top entrepreneur in "Business in Vancouver".
Liane Thomas presently manages private rental properties and is enjoying being a Mom. She served as a Director for Samoth Capital from 1988 to 1999. Liane worked as a commercial and residential real estate sales agent from 1986 to 1997. She studied economics at the University of Victoria from 1982 to 1986