Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides strategic and critical input to the Board of Directors and leadership to support the development and strategy of the organization.

Michael Hayward

President, Wintergreen Learning Materials

Michael Hayward

As President of Wintergreen Learning Materials, Michael has been singularly focused for over 25 years on creating a synergistic, supportive work environment for employees and providing world class customer service to Canada’s education community. Extensive travel and strong industry relationships have helped in his continued pursuit to bring together a variety of interested individuals in support of education across the country. Through these relationships and industry education, Michael has developed a passion and expertise in the selection of educationally appropriate materials for school and child care environments. Michael is the proud father of three daughters, does not have a television, and enjoys writing, playing guitar, cottaging, physical pursuits and struggling with golf.


Chris McDonald

President, Hot Docs

Prior to Hot Docs, Chris worked for two national environmental organizations before becoming the Development Director at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre - the advanced film, television and new media training centre founded by director Norman Jewison. Chris was appointed Executive Director of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in October of 1998 and was named President in 2013. Chris continues to sit on several industry advisory boards, and has served on panels and juries at leading film festivals and markets around the world. A native of Montreal, Chris holds a degree in Film Studies from McGill University.

Chris McDonald

Jim Phillips

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, Copernicus Educational Products

Jim Phillips

Jim started Copernicus Educational Products in 1989 with his father George. Copernicus manufactures educational furniture and equipment for schools ranging from teaching easels to mobile carts for LCD touch screens. Copernicus employs over 50 people and is working on becoming a more socially responsible company within the educational market by funneling at least 1% of their sales on socially responsible initiatives.


Andrew Spinner

Vice President, Greypoint Capital

Andrew is the Vice President of Greypoint Capital, a mid market lender for Canadian real estate and operating companies. Having gained his Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto, Andrew applied his financial expertise and entrepreneurial drive in co-founding an education based startup, before being acquired by EventMobi in 2013. Along the way, Andrew founded Canada’s first charitable crowdfunding platform for teachers – Pick My Class Canada. Having established a large network while helping fund classroom projects across Canada, Andrew brings a wealth of experience and innovative thinking to the Advisory Board. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Andrew obtained his bachelors of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University.

Andrew Spinner

Dale Schattenkirk

Director, KPMG Management Consulting and Operations

Dale Schattenkirk

With 25 years of experience, Dale has worked extensively within both public and private sectors across Canada concentrating on organizational change and design. His focus is engaging staff to achieve results through the use of process and quality improvement methodologies. While working with the Saskatchewan Health system and creating the provincial quality program, for this effort, Dale and his team were awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. He also is responsible for helping three manufacturing facilities achieve the prestigious Industry Weeks Top Ten award. Prior to KPMG, Dale founded Learning to See Consulting, a boutique consultancy firm focused exclusively on process improvement in private and government based organizations. A recent change of location from Saskatchewan to Toronto has rejuvenated Dale’s passion for helping the community. Dale holds a Certified Human Resource Professional designation and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Ohio State Fisher School of Business.