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VINCENT GASPARRO, CO-FOUNDER, B.A., MBA, O.M.C.

Vincent has experience in both the private and public sector. Vincent is currently Managing Director of a boutique private equity firm. He was previously Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada and also worked for a Federal Cabinet Minister as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs.

Vincent earned his B.A. (Honours) from York University, and an MBA from Villanova University.

In 2010 Vincent was the recipient of The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship an award that recognizes people who have made exceptional long-term contributions to the quality of life in the province.

In 2015 Vincent was honoured with the 2015 Urban Hero Award which recognized his work with Project Engagement and giving back to families in need.

Vincent was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where he currently lives with his wife Nicole and his two daughters.

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MICHAEL THOMPSON, CO-FOUNDER

A City Councillor for Scarborough Centre since 2003, Michael is an outspoken proponent of community safety and a tireless worker on behalf of the City and his Ward. Michael’s work on behalf of the community led to his re-election with the highest number of votes and the highest margin of victory of any Councillor in the 2006 City of Toronto municipal election. Michael was most recently re-elected in the 2010 municipal election.

Michael’s participation on the front lines of many issues is shaping our city through his roles as Chair of Youth Assisting Youth, as a Board member of the Toronto Transit Commission, Economic Development Committee, the Toronto Zoo and as a Board Member and Vice President, Municipal Section of the Canadian National Exhibition. Michael has also volunteered for many organizations such as the Ontario March of Dimes, Second Harvest and the World Youth Day celebration.

In addition to Michael Thompson’s prominent role as co-founder of Project Engagement, he has also raised funds for numerous organizations, including the Scarborough Hospital, Sickle Cell Ontario, Hellenic Home, Ontario Black History Society and Just for Kicks Soccer.

Raised in Scarborough Centre, Michael graduated from Ionview Public School, Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate and Concordia University, where he received a BA degree in Economics. Prior to entering politics, Michael worked in the financial services industry and later founded and ran a successful business services company.