Board of Directors
J. R. Kingsley Ward has been a director of the company since June 2014 and has served as Chairman since June 2016. Mr. Ward has over 25 years of experience as an investor in, and director of, private equity and public company investments. He began his career in 1991 at Vimy Ridge Group Ltd., a Toronto-based holding company with a portfolio of investments primarily in the health care industry. In 1992, VRG Capital, a division of the Vimy Ridge Group, was formed to develop merchant banking initiatives for Vimy Ridge Group and he served as President of VRG Capital until 2011. In 2011, VRG Capital Corp. was formed to expand its merchant banking activities in partnership with other family offices, where Mr. Ward currently serves as a Managing Partner.
Mr. Ward is currently Chairman of; Founders Advantage Capital, a public private equity firm; Clarus Securities, an institutional investment dealer; Data Group, a business communications firm; Jones Brown Holdings Inc., a privately held Canadian insurance brokerage and strategic consultancy firm; and Nucro Technics, a pharmaceutical contract support organization. Kingsley is also a Co-Founder and Director of Globalive Technology Partners, an AI and blockchain technology company.He is a Founder and former Director of IPEC (now Flint Energy Services) and a Founder and former Chairman of Pareto Corp., a marketing services company until its sale in 2011. He is a past Director of PLM Group, a commercial printing and direct marketing company. Kingsley serves on, and has served as Director of a number of other private and public companies.
Mr. Ward's commitment to community involvement includes 25 years of executive committee work with Polo for Heart, a Heart & Stroke Foundation charity event, and the Polo for Health series of charity events. He is a co-chair of the Capitalize for Kids board, an investor conference in support of SickKids Hospital, and is a past director of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.Mr. Ward has been actively involved in YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) since 1999 and has held a number of positions, including chairman of the Ontario chapter, member of the Canadian regional council, member of the Canadian regional executive committee and Canadian regional educational officer.
As CEO, Mike oversees all aspects of DCM Communications Management. He leads by establishing high-trust, constructive relationships with each member of the DCM team through dialogue and empowerment. DCM team members are then free to effectively engage and delight customers.
Mike has had a long and successful career in the newspaper publishing business with extensive operational experience in managing print operations. Mike was President and CEO of Sun Media, and integrated Osprey Media into the company when it was acquired by Sun Media in 2007. Mike led the formation of Osprey Media Group in 2001 and it was taken public in 2004 as Osprey Media Income Fund. Prior to forming Osprey, Mike was President of Hollinger Canadian Newspapers L.P. and President and CEO of family-owned Armadale Communications. Most recently, Mike has been a Managing Director at Beringer Capital, a private equity firm based in Toronto, Canada that focuses on the marketing services, specialty media and advertising industries in North America.
In addition to Mike’s work at DCM, he is a Director of Yellow Pages Limited and is involved in a number of not for profit organizations including as Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario.
Mike holds a B. Comm (Honours) from Queen's University.
William Albino has been a Director of the company since August 8, 2012. Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr. Albino was Chief Executive Officer of Smart Systems for Health, an Agency of the Ontario Government charged with developing and implementing electronic health records for all Ontarians.
Before that assignment, Mr. Albino was an Executive Vice President of EDS Canada, responsible, at various times, for the EDS's business in the Telecommunications, Government, and Manufacturing sectors. He spent two years as head of his own consulting company while acting as an independent investor in start-up technology companies. Mr. Albino's longest employment - 25 years - was with Xerox Corporation where he held numerous positions, in both Canada and the US, culminating in his assignment as Vice-President and General Manager of the company's largest division.
Mr. Albino has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is presently a director of The Aurora Historical Society and the Big Brother and Sisters Council of Champions.
James J. Murray joined DCM’s board in June 2016. Mr. Murray’s career spans 50 years in the commercial brokerage industry and he is currently a Principal and Senior Vice President of Lennard Commercial Realty Limited in their Mississauga Office. Until early March 2018, Mr. Murray was the Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development of Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. Brokerage, where his role was that of a team leader on major assignments, over the years these have included the Sheridan College Mississauga & Oakville Campuses, Movati Health Clubs, the TPCL Head Office in Calgary, Alberta, the sale of the Imperial Oil tank farm in Mississauga, the Community Door in Mississauga and Brampton and the sale of Kingsway Financial’s primary office building to the Region of Peel.
Prior to joining Cushman &Wakefield, Mr. Murray was the Managing Director and a Partner of J.J. Barnicke.
Mr. Murray is a member of the Society of Industrial & Office Realtors and is President and Chair for the Hazel McCallion Foundation for Arts, Heritage and Culture. He has also served two six -year terms as a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Peel Regional Police Services Board, as well as, serving a 12 year term on the Board of Governors of the Credit Valley Hospital. Mr. Murray was named “Business Person of the Year” by the Mississauga Board of Trade in 2009 and has also been awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. In 2015, Mr. Murray was awarded the highly prestigious Order of Ontario.
Derek J. Watchorn joined the company’s board in June 2016. For the past six years, Mr. Watchorn has been acting as a consultant on several projects, notably as a member of the management committee involved with the redevelopment of the Buttonville Airport land and, until recently, in respect of a joint venture involving a major shopping centre and several other properties in Budapest. Mr. Watchorn, a lawyer by trade, has extensive experience in the real estate industry through a variety of senior management and director positions he has held with both public and private organizations in Ontario and abroad.
He is a director of Timbercreek Financial Corp., a member of its Audit Committee and Chairman of its Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Watchorn was formerly the President and CEO of Revera Inc. (formerly Retirement Residences REIT) from October 2004 until June 2009. Prior to that, he served in London, England as Executive Vice President of Canary Wharf plc from January 2003 until June 2004 and as Executive Director of TrizecHahn plc from January 1999 until June 2001. Mr. Watchorn was a senior partner of the law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, which he joined as a solicitor in 1968 and became partner of in 1970. During the period from 1987 to 2004 (excluding his tenure with TrizecHahn), Mr. Watchorn was a senior advisor to the Paul Reichmann family in Toronto and, in that capacity, during a three-year period from 1987 until 1990, served on a seconded basis as Executive Director of Olympia & York Canary Wharf plc. Mr. Watchorn was previously a director of Patheon Inc.
James is a senior finance professional with more than 20 years of capital markets and senior leadership experience, having previously worked extensively as an investment banker advising leading small and mid-cap, high growth companies.
He began his investment banking career with Midland Walwyn Capital (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and subsequently was a co-founder, head of investment banking and a member of the executive committee of Clarus Securities, a leading Canadian institutional-focused investment dealer. He later held a senior role with Ludwig Wessel & Associates, a boutique executive search firm specializing in the capital markets, and then advised a private equity fund and its portfolio companies on debt & equity financings and mergers & acquisitions, prior to joining DCM in May, 2015.
At DCM, James plays a key role in the strategic direction of the Company, helping align business and finance strategy to support the long term direction of the Company, and developing and implementing capital markets and M&A strategies. He leads the finance & accounting team to ensure financial compliance and communication of value and risks to investors and our board of directors, and is responsible for providing the proper financial planning and analysis tools and leadership to the organization. James also supports corporate initiatives to drive business and process improvement changes to add value.
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.