Steve Blake

Director

Steve Blake is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Child Development Institute (CDI).  He brings over 20 years of experience in senior business and financial executive roles spanning private companies, publicly traded companies and NGO’s.  Mr. Blake has managed all aspects of finance, including treasury, financial and price modeling and tax compliance.  His experience includes overseeing and managing technology and operational change management projects, as well as M&A initiatives.  He has been successful in using the experience he gained in the private sector to assist and work in the not-for-profit sector.

Prior to joining CDI in 2014, Mr. Blake served as the Chief Financial Officer for The Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS), leaving shortly after its amalgamation with the TMX Group and Alpha Exchange in 2012.  Prior to being appointed to CFO in 2005, he held senior roles in finance at CDS since joining in 2000.

Mr. Blake joined the public accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick on graduating university and progressed to Senior Manager, Assurance and Consulting Services.  Mr. Blake also worked in the insolvency practice at KPMG and ended his career at KPMG providing consulting services in the KPMG, Centre for Government in 1998.  He left KPMG to join the T. Eaton Company and was involved in Eaton’s going public in 1998.

Mr. Blake served on the Board of Directors of the Child Development institute, as well as the Finance and Audit Committee from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Blake is a CPA, CA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University.

Jim Dale

Director

Jim Dale is the Chief Executive Officer of Leede Jones Gable Inc.  Leede is an independent investment dealer providing client advisory, wealth management and equity capital markets services to clients throughout Canada.  Leede has long history of raising early stage capital in the resource sectors and in emerging markets.   Mr. Dale has been with Leede for 15 years, starting as Chief Financial Officer.  

Prior to joining Leede, Jim worked in the energy industry for more than 10 years with Nexen Inc., an international oil & gas and chemical production company.  He held several senior level management positions in finance, procurement and risk management.  In 1999, Jim was seconded to the World Petroleum Congress where he served in an executive finance role.   Jim also has executive and board experience with new ventures in the energy sector.

Jim currently serves on several investment industry committees and chairs the Small and Independent Dealer committee of the Investment Industry Association of Canada.  Jim’s past community service includes board positions for the governing societies of two of Calgary’s leading sport and recreation facilities, including a term as Chairman at each society.   Jim is a CPA, CA and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba in 1982.

Jim Dale

Director

Jim Dale is the Chief Executive Officer of Leede Jones Gable Inc.  Leede is an independent investment dealer providing client advisory, wealth management and equity capital markets services to clients throughout Canada.  Leede has long history of raising early stage capital in the resource sectors and in emerging markets.   Mr. Dale has been with Leede for 15 years, starting as Chief Financial Officer.  

Prior to joining Leede, Jim worked in the energy industry for more than 10 years with Nexen Inc., an international oil & gas and chemical production company.  He held several senior level management positions in finance, procurement and risk management.  In 1999, Jim was seconded to the World Petroleum Congress where he served in an executive finance role.   Jim also has executive and board experience with new ventures in the energy sector.

Jim currently serves on several investment industry committees and chairs the Small and Independent Dealer committee of the Investment Industry Association of Canada.  Jim’s past community service includes board positions for the governing societies of two of Calgary’s leading sport and recreation facilities, including a term as Chairman at each society.   Jim is a CPA, CA and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba in 1982.

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Steve Blake

Director

Steve Blake is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Child Development Institute (CDI).  He brings over 20 years of experience in senior business and financial executive roles spanning private companies, publicly traded companies and NGO’s.  Mr. Blake has managed all aspects of finance, including treasury, financial and price modeling and tax compliance.  His experience includes overseeing and managing technology and operational change management projects, as well as M&A initiatives.  He has been successful in using the experience he gained in the private sector to assist and work in the not-for-profit sector.

Prior to joining CDI in 2014, Mr. Blake served as the Chief Financial Officer for The Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS), leaving shortly after its amalgamation with the TMX Group and Alpha Exchange in 2012.  Prior to being appointed to CFO in 2005, he held senior roles in finance at CDS since joining in 2000.

Mr. Blake joined the public accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick on graduating university and progressed to Senior Manager, Assurance and Consulting Services.  Mr. Blake also worked in the insolvency practice at KPMG and ended his career at KPMG providing consulting services in the KPMG, Centre for Government in 1998.  He left KPMG to join the T. Eaton Company and was involved in Eaton’s going public in 1998.

Mr. Blake served on the Board of Directors of the Child Development Institute, as well as the Finance and Audit Committee from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Blake is a CPA, CA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University.