Founder and Co-chair
Born in Falmouth Jamaica, Karl Hale played Davis Cup for Jamaica for 10 years. He is currently the Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament in Toronto and the Director of Racquet Sports at the prestigious Donalda Club. Karl is on the board of the PTR (largest tennis coaching organization worldwide with 15,000 members) and the TPA (Canada's tennis coaching organization with over 2,000 members). He also founded the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity Event which has raised over $700,000 for North York General Hospital and Tennis Canada Go for Gold Fund. While doing all of this he has maintained his tennis level being ranked #1 in the world over 40 in 2008. He is an active family man who does many philanthropic activities for the Jamaican community.
Born in the Parish of Hanover, Alene Chen currently works for IBM, the world's largest information technology company. Having worked with other large companies, Alene comes with great experience having been President of Johnson & Johnson Alliance of Black Employees (JJABE), an affinity group. She is a past student of Rusea's High School and past President of Rusea's Old Students' Association Canada. Her experience comes from being involved in many community projects and also as the first Vice President of The Alliance of Jamaica Alumni Associations, a 30 year old Canadian Charity where she gets hands on experience.
Norma was born in the parish of Portland, Jamaica and migrated to Canada in 1971. She joined the sales staff of Air Jamaica Ltd. in 1983 and served as Area Sales Manager Canada from 1991-2010. Norma's job description included Sales/Marketing and Community Development. Norma has a keen interest in all types of sports and has two children- Tina & Geoffrey. She is a proud Board Member of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, which provides the opportunity to give back to Jamaica.
Mark Josephs, born in Kingston, Jamaica, is the President of Kisko Products. His parents migrated to Canada with their family on Christmas Eve of 1975. Kisko is a number one brand in Canada and a family business, owning Kisko Freezies and the Mr. Freeze brand. Mark started his career in sales with Nestle before joining the family business full-time in 1988. Mark is actively involved in a number of charities and enjoys leadership development. Kisko has been built on strong Christian values, with one of the core values being to give to those that are less fortunate and to serve others. Mark is pleased to serve on the Board of the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation with such a great team.
Denise Jones is President and Co-Founder of Jones & Jones Productions Ltd., a Multi-Service Corporation specializing in Event Management, Marketing and connecting Brands to Diverse communities. She has earned Gold from Universal Records for marketing Bob Marley in Canada and has been honoured by the Government of Ontario, Professional Organizations and media. Denise is the founding Chair of the Reggae category of the JUNO Awards, the producer of JAMBANA™ One World Festival, which is the largest Jamaican event in Canada and is also named The Toronto Star's "People with Clout in the Entertainment Industry". Denise was Vice President of Education and Marketing for the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada and the Harry Jerome Award for entertainment.
Bruce leads Deloitte’s National Audit Advisory practice, advising on complex accounting, business transactions, and finance modernization. In addition to being awarded the prestigious FCPA, Bruce is also a CA and CPA, working with public and private companies under both IFRS and US GAAP. He holds a Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. With more than 20 years of experience, Bruce believes in building long-term relationships, and works to ensure finance teams are strategic partners for the businesses they support. He clearly understands the unique challenges that confront finance executives on an ongoing basis and takes an innovative approach to providing solutions to complicated business and finance issues.
Michael brings more than 25 years of wireless, e-commerce, digital marketing, interactive entertainment and consulting industry experience to the table. In 2002 he founded MyThum, and led the company from its inception as a mobile marketing company to one of Canada’s largest and most respected full service digital solutions provider. In his most recent role, Michael served as president of Olson Canada and head of the agency’s mobile practice group. Olson Canada is an industry-leader in mobile marketing serving premier brands across North America. MyThum is currently being named Canada’s New Media Company of the Year.
Tina Walker was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Canada with her family in 1973. Tina graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance. She has served in various leadership roles and has a broad range of experience in strategic planning and change management, business operations, communications, product management, sales operations, and finance. She currently works at Apple Canada as Senior Manager, Channel Programs and Development. Tina is an avid sports enthusiast, and is actively engaged in mentorship, and workplace diversity initiatives.
Sasha is Vice President of Technology at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Advisory Board Member
Philip Rose acts as the regional director for the Jamaican Tourist Board in Canada. With over twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry, he has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for new technologies. He first joined the Jamaica Tourist Board in 1998 as a sales representative for the mid-west region and was promoted to the post of district sales manager in 2007. Rose spearheaded the JTB's first social media campaign.