This Year's Gala Lineup
This year's celebration will feature an incredible lineup of speakers as well as amazing entertainment!
There will also be a cocktail hour after the doors open, prior to the start of the gala!
Tamara Lopez calls herself "The One Woman Show" because all of the hats that she wears at any one time makes her a jack-of-all-trades. She would also consider herself altruistic based on the numerous volunteering efforts and involvements that she has within the community. She has spoken at various conferences including the Human Resources Professionals Association, TEDx and at Notre Dame Secondary School. She has also hosted The Women As Career Coaches event and various events for The Canadian Cancer Society- Halton Branch including Hope and the City as well Mudmoiselle. She is hardworking, dedicated and professional. Tamara Lopez is never one to disappoint!
R. Douglas Elliott
R. Douglas Elliott is a partner in Cambridge LLP. He received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1979, his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1982, and was called to the Bar in 1984. The Law Society certified him as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 2003, and awarded him the Law Society Medal in 2010.
Mr. Elliott is well known for his work on landmark constitutional cases such as same sex marriage, and is also a leader in the field of class actions. He has been counsel in class actions involving some of the largest recoveries against the Crown in Canada. Mr. Elliott won the largest Canadian class action trial judgement valued at $50 million in an action brought by a group of gay and lesbian Canadians seeking CPP survivor’s pensions against the federal government in Hislop v Canada. He played a key role in the national hepatitis C team that secured a $1.5 billion settlement from the federal and provincial governments in Parsons v Canada, one of the largest settlements in Canadian class action history.
Chief Nishan Duraiappah
Chief Nishan Duraiappah was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada. Chief Duraiappah began his career with Halton Police in December 1995. He served in a variety of assignments throughout his career including frontline policing, specialized investigations, and Diversity and Community relations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Halton Police in 2015 leading frontline policing, community mobilization, innovation and technology.
In October 2019, Chief Duraiappah was appointed Chief of Peel Regional Police. Chief Duraiappah arrived with a mandate for change and the strategic goal of becoming the most progressive police service in Canada.
Chief Duraiappah is heavily involved in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Chief Duraiappah is also now the current President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Merit Canada.
Elvira Kurt is a Canadian Comedy Award winning, three-time Gemini Award nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran, who's starred, hosted, appeared in and written for too many TV shows and comedy specials to mention. Elvira will be sure to make you laugh at this year's gala!