Advisory Board - Ontario

People - Dave Brereton

Dave Brereton is the founder and current Executive Chairman of the Board of TECSYS Inc. Under his vision and leadership, TECSYS has grown from a start-up company to a leading international provider of software solutions to multinational corporations ( TECSYS presently generates $33 million/year and has about 300 employees. Mr. Brereton served as TECSYS' CEO and/or Co-CEO until 2006. Prior to it going public, The Financial Post and Arthur Andersen & Company chose TECSYS as one of Canada's 50 Best-Managed Private Companies. In 1996, Mr. Brereton was named one of the country's Top 40 Executives Under 40, by The Financial Post, The Caldwell Partners, CTV Television Network, and Canadian Airlines. In 2000, he was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Mr. Brereton is an early investor in Silanis Inc., a leading e-document technology company where he currently serves as a board member and chair of the audit committee. ( Since 2006, Mr. Brereton is also the National Director of Youth for Christ Canada ( , the largest youth-focused Christian organization in Canada, and is the founder of a fully accredited high school for marginalized youth in Montreal, Quebec. Dave and his wife Katy live in Montreal, Quebec.  They have six grown children and many grandchildren who are the joy of their lives.

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Hank de Jong belongs to Jesus Christ.   He is husband to one wife, Michelle, and is the father of Elisa, Kara, James and Miriam. Hank and Michelle also currently serve as foster parents in Hamilton. Hank has served in his role as Executive Director of EduDeo Ministries ( ) for 12 years. He loves to hear stories of kids coming to faith in Jesus through quality, Christ-centred education. He recently completed his Master of Arts in Leadership through Trinity Western University. Along with spending time with his family, Hank loves to watch and play sports.

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Michael Hanna is the Co-Founder and President of Hanna Strategy Group, established to develop a global community of inspired business leaders that are transforming society through business.  Michael created the Business for Life Conference for Christian Business Leaders and an entrepreneurial coaching program that teaches entrepreneurs how to establish a thriving business that tangibly advances their industries, founded on Biblical principles. A respected thought leader in Sales Operations, Michael has been a featured speaker for organizations such as OpenView Venture Partners and the Sales Management Association. Through his expertise in Sales & Marketing Operations, Michael has helped dozens of small to mid-sized companies achieve repeatable double-triple growth.  Some of those companies have since gone public or been acquired.  Michael also founded and sold his own company, Sales Ops Solutions. Together with his wife Dana, Michael joyfully serves his community, as a Pastor at Gateway City Church (Toronto).  Michael also sits on several boards, helping them to increase their impact on the community. Michael and Dana are happily married with one daughter and two sons.Michael’s lifelong passion is to prove that everyone can be stunningly successful in business, family and community, none at the expense of the other.

Gary Hoftyzer is a business, wills and estates lawyer serving Burlington and Oakville. Gary obtained his B.A. and LL.B. from Queen's University and his J.D. from Western University. He received various awards during his studies. Gary has served clients ranging from multinational companies to charities to family owned businesses. He worked for a large Toronto based firm before making his home in the Halton Region. Gary enjoys practicing law in Halton and being part of its dynamic Christian community.

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Derek Hoogland is the Director of Partners Worldwide Canada, a network of Christian businesspeople faithfully pursuing a world without poverty. Partners Worldwide uses business as the way to create flourishing economic environments in all parts of the world by creating partnerships with local community institutions, removing obstacles and building up permanent local capacity designed to catalyze entrepreneurs and job creators. Through this business is celebrated as a calling to do God’s work. Derek's primary role is to equip Canadian entrepreneurs, farmers and business professionals to use their skills and experience to train, mentor and encourage over 70,000 small business owners and farmers in the global network. Since 2011 Derek has served with Partners Worldwide in Canada and the Unites States. He previously lived, studied and served abroad in Liberia, Ghana and the Dominican Republic. He holds a BA in International Development from Calvin College. Derek lives in Hamilton and enjoys racing and cruising sailboats on the Great Lakes. 

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Keith Knight is the executive director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation and the president of Christian Business International. He regularly connects with more than 5,000 Christian business and professional leaders across Canada and has recently expanded into the United States and beyond. He served as the communication director of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for nine years and, prior to that, as editor of various daily, weekly and monthly newspapers and publications.

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Brad Pedersen - Developing into a world-class entrepreneur who makes impact, has always been part of the ethos of Brad Pedersen.  Brad had an early start with his entrepreneurial endeavours creating a wood cutting business at 14 years of age.  Brad had several other business pursuits before being inspired to get into the kids business by reading a story about a young entrepreneur who invented a toy and through it built a successful company. With this example Brad was compelled to develop his first toy company; "bootstrapping" it from a basement condo in Red Deer, Alberta and growing it to become one of the largest Canadian toy companies.  Along the way the company received several awards and accolades including the: CYBF Growth Award; Profit 100 Ranked 4 consecutive years (2001 - 2005); and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee.

Tech 4 Kids was launched in 2008 and in a few short years has grown into an 8 figure enterprise that employees 50 staff on 3 continents and does business in over 60 countries around the world.   

Brad married Kelly his college sweetheart who not only has been his life partner for over 20 years but she has also played an important role in helping build and grow the business. Brad is the father of Bretton and Megan who both attend McMaster University and to whom he encourages to chase their passion and purpose in life. Brad is committed to being a life long learner and personal mastery and as such is honing his skill's in an attempt to become the best and brightest version of himself.  Brad is a follower of Jesus Christ and is open about his Christian Faith.  He considers it a privilege to be able to use his business as a platform to live out his values and give back.  Brad has a passion for fitness, adventure and outdoor pursuits and understands the importance seeking out sanctuary to both inspire ideas and refresh the soul.


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Mike Reinders is President and a member of the Board of Directors of Maple Reinders Group (, a family and employee owned construction company focusing on buildings and environmental facilities.  Mike leads the senior management team responsible for projects from coast to coast in Canada with contract volumes of over $400 million and more than 400 employees.  The company has been named as one the Best Employers in Canada and Canada's Best Managed Companies and has won numerous awards of Excellence for Buildings and Environmental projects.  Mike has a degree in
Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Toronto.  He has been chair and board member of the Ontario General Contractors Association and is currently on the Canadian Construction Association Board of Directors.  Mike and his family are longtime residents of Oakville.  Mike has served on the board of ClearView Church where he attends, has been a board member at John Knox Christian School and Kings Christian Collegiate.  He is also a past board member of Health Partners International of Canada, a registered health charity.

People - Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson is a graduate of Canada Christian College. From 2005-2012 he was the Publisher of Evangelical Christian Magazine, a magazine that featured interesting and relevant articles on today's Canadian Churches and culture. Today he is the President of Canada Christian Directory. The annual full color magazine/directory is published for individual cities across Canada. Christian Directories are available in Bookstores, Businesses and Churches, throughout the country. Ben is a Christ follower, has a heart for Evangelism, lives in Mississauga and is a father of 2 children.

Gil Scott founded Gil Scott Sports Management (GSSM) ( in 1979 and currently represents a wide range of clients:  more than 65 active NFL & CFL football players; NHL, NCAA, CFL & CIS coaches and management; and sports media personalities.  GSSM has negotiated over five hundred professional sports contracts including contracts for first round selections in both the NFL and CFL, GMs and coaches in the NHL, and the richest contract for a kicker in the history of the NFL.  Gil is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. ’73) and has a wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge and experience in the business of sports.  Gil was the first Canadian contract advisor to be certified by the NFLPA.  Gil served as the Sports Consultant for the Royal Bank’s Sports Professionals Program from 1997 through 2009.  A man of strong faith, Gil is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of EQUIP Canada, a non-profit organization specializing in the development of effective, international Christian leaders. On this project, Gil works side-by-side with EQUIP’s founder John Maxwell, the renown author and speaker. Their organization has already trained over two million Christian leaders worldwide.  Gil will speak about how he built his business, the role his faith has played and how he strives to make a difference every day.  Gil's presentation will draw on anecdotes from having dealt with 100s of top athletes, coaches and professional sports teams throughout North America.

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H.J. (Hank) Vander Laan founded Trojan Technologies 1976, acquiring the patent for a small ultraviolet device for private water supply applications. Building upon that concept he developed a company that is now a global leader in its field with revenues well in excess of $200 million per year.
After 25 years as President at Trojan, Mr. Vander Laan handed over the leadership of the company to the next generation and was appointed Chairman of the Board. In December 2004, Trojan Technologies was acquired by Danaher Corp., a large international company based in Washington, DC.
Prior to founding Trojan Technologies, Mr. Vander Laan was Vice President of Canadian Cable Systems Limited (currently Rogers Cable Systems) from 1969 to 1977, where he was responsible for technical operations and personnel for the largest cable television company in Canada.
Mr. Vander Laan received his education at The University of Western Ontario and was appointed to the University’s Board of Governors from 2002 to 2010, and served as Vice Chair. He served as chair of the board of The Stiller Centre of Technology Commercialization, served on the board of UWO Research Park and was the Founding Chair of London TechAlliance. Mr. Vander Laan served as a board member on the Ontario Government’s Clean Water Legacy Trust as well as the Investment & Trade Advisory Council to the Provincial Ministry of Economic Development & Trade. He is presently a board member of the Ivey School of Business at UWO and on a number of public and private companies. In 2006 Mr. Vander Laan was inducted into the London Business Hall of Fame in recognition of his local, national and international contributions to the business as well as broader community. In the past, he served on Christian School Boards, Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, and his local church council.

Today, Mr. Vander Laan represents Trojan as Senior Advisor exploring strategic alliances, directions and solutions for providing safe drinking water to large urban areas.

 People - Rob Wildeboer (e)

Rob Wildeboer is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts supplier, specializing in automotive fluid systems and metal forming products.  Martinrea has over 15,000 employees at 38 divisions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and China and generates almost $4 billion in revenue. 

Previously, Mr. Wildeboer was a partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, a law firm that practises corporate, securities and tax law that he co-founded in 1993, and he remains Counsel to the firm.  Prior to that, he was a lawyer with Stikeman, Elliott; an associate professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught corporate law and corporate finance; and a regulator with the Ontario Securities Commission.  Mr. Wildeboer is Vice-Chairman of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA); a director of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Counsel (CAPC); a member of the Ontario Manufacturing Council; a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Minister of Finance of Canada; and Chair of the CEO Manufacturing Advisory Council.  

He has been a director or adviser of numerous charitable organizations.  He is Chair of Cardus, a faith-based think tank. He was Chair of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for eight years and is now on their Advisory Board.  He has been on the Ontario Advisory Board for Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization for five years. 

In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.  

Mr. Wildeboer holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from York University, and an LLM from Harvard University.

People - David Zietsma ELO Logo Dr. David Zietsma is Vice President, External Relations and Enrolment at Redeemer University College. Redeemer is a Christian undergraduate university offering programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees. From its Hamilton, Ontario campus, the university has prepared graduating classes for more than 30 years. As head of the External Relations and Enrolment division, David leads the university’s efforts in marketing and communications, strategic relations, enrollment management, financial aid and institutional advancement. He has previously served as Dean of Humanities and Associate Provost (Curriculum) and was responsible for leading core curriculum renewal and new program initiatives. David began his time at Redeemer as a faculty member in the History Department. He still finds time for the classroom where, as Associate Professor of History, he teaches courses in American history and culture. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Akron and an MA in History from the University of Waterloo. David lives in Hamilton with his wife Anna and their four children. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, and recreational hockey.