2014 Honourees

Ken MacLeod
President & CEO, New Brunswick Youth Orchestra

Ken MacLeod has been a leader in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years — as a senior manager, volunteer, board member, donor and consultant.  

Ken is President and CEO of the internationally acclaimed New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO), today known as one of the most accomplished youth orchestra programs in Canada. During his 12-year tenure, the NBYO conducted four international tours, recorded four CDs, won the ECMA 2008 for Classical Recording of the Year and was featured in two nationally televised documentaries, Practice, Practice, Practice and Sistema Revolution. In July 2011 the NBYO won first place, with the highest distinction, at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival and competition in Vienna, Austria.
Ken is the founder of NBYO’s Sistema New Brunswick program. Launched in 2009, Sistema NB offers social change and hope to vulnerable children through music. Sistema NB is expanding annually and now operates four Sistema NB centres in New Brunswick – in Moncton, Saint John, Richibucto and the Tobique First Nation, serving more than 600 children daily. NBYO and Sistema NB also provide leadership in Canada and internationally by presenting national conferences for teachers and leaders and by mentoring others in their efforts to begin Sistema-inspired programs.
Ken is also the founder and President of KMA Consultants, a firm specializing in fundraising and communications for non-profit organizations. From 1995 - 1999 Ken served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and prior to that as Vice-President at Atlantic Baptist University (Crandall). He is a graduate of Acadia University and Mount Allison University and is a recipient of the Order of Moncton, Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and a Paul Harris Fellow. Ken serves on the board of Youth Orchestra of the Americas and is a faculty member of its Global Leaders Program.

Bernard Richard
Former Ombudsman & Child and Youth Advocate

Following a career in Social Work, as Secretary General of the Société Nationale de l’Acadie and in the practice of law, Bernard Richard served as an M.L.A. in New Brunswick from 1991 to 2003.  During that time, he occupied several cabinet positions (Intergovernmental Affairs, Justice, Education and Social Policy Renewal).

In opposition, he served as Leader, caucus chair and House Leader.

In January, 2004, Mr. Richard assumed the responsibilities of New Brunswick’s sixth Ombudsman. In November 2006, Mr. Richard was appointed New Brunswick’s first Child & Youth Advocate. He retired from both positions in March 2011.

He has been the recipient of several prizes and awards, most notably the Léger-Comeau Medal, the Order of Merit from the Université de Moncton, the Merit Award from the New Brunswick association of French-speaking teachers, the Senator Muriel McQueen Fergusson Award, a life membership from the international association of French-speaking Ombudsman, the UNB Alumni Award of Distinction, the Lieutenant- Governor’s Dialogue Award, appointment as a Queen’s Counsel and an Honorary PhD in law from Mount Allison University. He was a Trudeau Foundation mentor in 2012.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Plan Canada (Chair, 2009-2013), one of Canada’s major NGOs, which supports children in Third World countries; he has also served on Plan International’s governance body. He volunteers for several other non-profits, mostly in the area of children’s rights and issues, including as chair of a Working Group on the rights of the Child in French-speaking countries, of the First Nations Children Futures Fund (improving play spaces and opportunities and leadership training for NB aboriginal children) and of DOTSNB, an advocacy group promoting improved mental health services for children and youth. He is also a board member of Partners for Youth Inc. and chairs the Fondation Nationale de l’Acadie, a newly created foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the identity of the Acadian people. Finally, he contributes a weekly column to l’Acadie Nouvelle, NB’s only French-language daily newspaper.

Alan N. MacGibbon, F.C.P.A., F.C.A., C.M.C.
Former Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte LLP

Alan MacGibbon served as Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte LLP (Canada) from 2004 to 2012. In this role, he was responsible for leading and managing the largest Canadian professional services firm, a partnership with over 800 partners and over 8000 employees, operating in 56 locations in Canada. Under Alan’s leadership, the firm recorded substantial growth, adjusted to the new regulatory environment and navigated through the global financial crisis. Alan also assumed the role of Global Managing Director of Deloitte’s global organization, which operates in over 150 countries in the world with over 200,000 employees.

A native of Newfoundland, Alan joined Deloitte in Saint John, New Brunswick after graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 1978, and his career at Deloitte has spanned over 35 years. 

As a champion of public education in Canada, Mr. MacGibbon has supported public education by helping educational organizations do more with fewer resources, and implement process and technology solutions that increase efficiencies. 

Alan served previously on the Board of The Learning Partnership and is also a former Chair of the Conference Board of Canada. Deloitte has also been critical to the success of The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program delivered in partnership with the Rotman School of Management. Since 2005, their support has enabled over 300 leaders in public education to benefit from an executive leadership experience.
Alan has also demonstrated extensive community involvement throughout his career. He supported the United Way of Greater Toronto, having led the leadership component of the Major Giving Cabinet. He also continues to support the Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership at UNB, which focuses on building entrepreneurial capability in New Brunswick.

In 2011, Deloitte education practitioners around the world collaborated to produce “Making the Grade: A Study of the Top 10 Issues Facing Higher Education Institutions.” The report put best practices in the public domain and provided strategies to help educational institutions re-invent themselves and evolve to meet changing educational needs. Deloitte’s thought leadership continues to support innovative solutions and drive for excellence in public education.

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Nitin Kawale
President, Cisco Systems Canada

Nitin Kawale is President of Cisco Canada, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the local operations, including sales, marketing, finance, distribution, and services. He is a prominently featured keynote speaker and panellist at many leading IT industry and business events. He has advised all levels of government in Canada on issues of information technology, productivity, and innovation. And he is a frequently cited and quoted leading business voice and thought leader by Canada’s top print, online, and broadcast media.
Since becoming president of Cisco Canada in 2008, Mr. Kawale has been championing public education. In 2013 and under his leadership, Cisco in Canada launched Connected North – a program that provides innovative and unique educational opportunities to students. Connected North, through the use of Cisco TelePresence technology, links students and classrooms in underserved and remote Aboriginal communities with other students located in southern Canada, providing collaboration, cultural exchange and mentoring. Connected North also brings real-time experts-on-demand into classrooms, plus teacher training and support through high-definition video.
As part of its corporate social responsibility, Cisco offers the Networking Academy program in partnership with schools, community colleges, universities, and other organizations. The program prepares students for entry-level jobs in information and communication technology, furthers their education, and allows them to earn globally recognized Cisco certifications. The Networking Academy has since 1998 educated more than 112,000 students in Canada and given $50M in-kind contribution to education.
Cisco has also established 10 research chairs with an investment of more than $15 million in universities across Canada. These chairs are supporting innovation and research in areas, including: healthcare and mining solutions, smart grid and e-learning.
Mr. Kawale is a product of the public education system and holds a bachelor of applied sciences degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto.

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