Current Palette Skills Board Members

Denise Amyot

President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada

Denise was appointed President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada in June of 2013. She was previously the president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation including three national museums: Agriculture and Food, Aviation and Space and Science and Technology.

Arjan Arenja

Owner/President Spectrum Business Development Inc.

Arjan Arenja is a highly accomplished professional with a broad range of experience in the engineering, construction, and electrical (generation and safety) fields as well as corporate board governance. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He recently received his governance education designation (ICD.D) with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Arjan is a licensed professional engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and has held senior management roles in various organizations, including Royal Group Technologies and Bruce Power.

Arjan serves on a number of boards, including: Electrical Safety Authority, Engineers Canada, and Professional Engineers Ontario.

Francoise Bertrand

Chair of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail Canada, Strategic Advisor to the Leadership Institute

After a 40-year career as a business executive, Francoise Bertrand now dedicates her time to acting as a corporate director. Throughout her career, Ms. Bertrand has been recognized with several significant honours, most notably, Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France.

Ann Buller

Former president, Centennial College

Ann Buller, President Emeritus, Centennial College, assumed the presidency of Centennial College in 2004. A visionary leader who embedded the principles of equity and social justice into Centennial’s programs and operations, she spearheaded a wide range of innovative mentoring and outreach initiatives.

Karimah Es Sabar

Chief Executive Officer & General Partner Quark Venture LP

A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader and board director with broad global experience, Karimah Es Sabar has had a successful career spanning multinational pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, start-up companies, not-for-profit organizations and venture investment firms. Karimah is currently CEO & General Partner at Quark Venture LP, a venture investment firm focused on disruptive bioscience investments, and she is a Director of the Global Health Sciences [GHS] Fund.

Louis Levesque

Associate Deputy Minister of Finance

Louis Lévesque enjoyed a long and storied career as an economist career, first with the Quebec Government, first with the Crop Insurance Board and later with the Department of Finance, where is was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in 2004. He left the public service in July 2015 and later was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Finance Montreal, the cluster of financial institutions in Quebec.

Veronique Proulx

President and CEO of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME) and Senior Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs for Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Veronique Proulx is President and CEO of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME) and Senior Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs, for its parent organization, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. She is the first woman to hold this CEO position, and has extensive expertise in the exporting business and in Quebec’s manufacturing sector

Sheridan Scott

Former co-leader of the Competition, Anti-trust and Foreign Investment Group practice at Bennett Jones LLP and Canada’s Commissioner of Competition from 2004 to 2009

Sheridan Scott was the co-leader of the competition, Anti-trust and Foreign Investment Group practice at Bennett Jones LLP prior to her retirement in 2015. She assisted clients in matters related to anti-trust law and communications policy and also advised clients on telecommunications and broadcasting law matters.

Janet Yale

Board Chair

Chair of The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative; Review Panel and former President and CEO of the Arthritis Society (Canada)

Janet Yale, ICD.D, is an accomplished leader and senior executive with long years of management experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She served as the President and CEO of the Arthritis Society (Canada) from June 2012 to January 2020 after a long career in the telecommunications and broadcast sectors.

Drew Fagan

Chair of the Governance Committee

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Affiliated Faculty Member, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Drew Fagan is a professor at the Munk School. Drew is also a senior advisor at McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a public affairs firm affiliated with the national business law firm McMillan. As a public policy advisor, his clients have included departments and agencies with all three orders of government, as well as Indigenous organizations and public interest startups.

Marie-Lucie Morin

Chair of the HR Committee

Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister & Associate Secretary to the Cabinet

Marie-Lucie Morin was Executive Director at the World Bank from 2010 to 2013. Previous to this she pursued a 30-year career in the Federal Public Service where she was appointed National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet in 2008, Deputy Minister for International Trade, and Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Melanie Woodin

Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science – University of Toronto

Professor Melanie Woodin is Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University Toronto. As Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Faculty, Arts & Science is a global hub for research, teaching, and innovation. She joined U of T in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology and was promoted to full Professor in 2017 in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology. Professor Woodin’s research seeks to understand how the brain functions by studying neuronal circuits and the mechanisms underlying learning and memory. She began her first term as Dean of Arts & Science on July 1, 2019, and was reappointed for a second term from July 1, 2024 to December 30, 2029. She is also the president of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

Margaret Pacheco

Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee

President, Baywall Consulting Inc.

President, Institute of Internal Auditors (Toronto Chapter)

Margaret is a recognized leader in Audit, Governance, Risk, Compliance and Project Management with over 20 years of experience. Margaret is a CPA,CA and PMP and has focused her last 15 years in Financial Institutions; Banking, Insurance (Life, P&C and Reinsurance) and Wealth Management. Margaret has worked in Canada, U.S.A. and South Africa providing her with exposure to different regulatory environments and practices.

Palette Staff

Rhonda Barnet

CEO, Palette Skills

Former President & COO, AVIT Manufacturing

Rhonda Barnet is the former President & Chief Operating Officer of AVIT Manufacturing (formerly Steelworks Design), an engineering and custom automation firm in Peterborough, Ontario, and the current CEO of Palette Skills. An ardent supporter of Canadian Manufacturing and Exporting, Rhonda was appointed the first female Chair in history of the National Board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (2016-2018). Further appointments include the Federal Advanced Manufacturing Strategy Table and Board Member of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen Canada), one of the 5 Canadian Super Clusters to deliver $950M of federal innovation funds.

Eligibility for SalesCamp

To be admitted and accepted into the program, you must be:
  • Be actively searching for work and ready to take on employment opportunities tech sales.
  • Be able to legally work in Canada. 
  • Not be a full-time student.
  • Be a highly motivated individual actively seeking out new opportunities.
  • Have least 3 years of formal work experience in Canada or abroad.
  • Have an English language rating of CLB Level 8, or IELTS of 6.5 overall.
  • Be available for Zoom sessions, many of which will be full-time.
  • Be able and committed to attending networking day events as part of regular programming.
  • Be comfortable using technology and learning online.
  • Live or intend to live in the province where the program is being offered.
  • Have a reliable internet connection, device, and a quiet environment for virtual learning.
  • Be committed and able to join the Canadian workforce full-time immediately following the program.
You may not be eligible if:
  • You do not pass our application and/or interview skills assessment. 
  • You are not actively searching or able to start a job in business-to-business tech sales.
  • You are not able to legally work in Canada.
  • You do not reside in the province where the program is operating.
  • You are going to school full-time.
  • You do not have three years of work experience outside of your studies.
  • You are interested in taking SalesCamp solely for learning purposes, but are building your own business and not intending to work in the field.

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