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Originally from Montreal Quebec, Kate moved to  London with her husband Paul and two children in 2008. She has been a professional fundraiser for the Stratford Festival in Canada, the Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Her volunteer time is freely given to fundraising. In 2009, She and her husband Paul  completed a $1million campaign to endow in honour of their late son Christopher, a Research Fellow for leukaemia research at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.  In London she has volunteered with the Canadian Women’s Club for which she served as President for 3 years and the London Welsh Rugby Club.

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Paul Weidemann, Treasurer

Paul Weidemann is the Treasurer for the Maple Leaf Trust. As part of CIBC’s European Corporate Banking department, he is responsible for managing client relationships across various sectors. In 2012 he moved to London with his wife, having worked with CIBC in Toronto prior to that.

He is a graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada) and a CFA charterholder. As of 2015, Paul is also a trustee of the London CIBC Children’s Foundation

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David Glennie is the Office Managing Partner of the London office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, one of the leading Canadian law firms. His practice focuses on international corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, with particular expertise in natural resource transactions. David has practised in both Toronto and London, and has been involved in numerous domestic and international public and private financings and acquisitions. David is also a trustee of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund.



Lily Harriss has over 17 years of major gift fundraising experience. She has a degree in Cultural Management and a Masters of Business. Lily was a Director of Development, Corporations and Foundations at Queen’s University in Canada. She joined Dulwich Picture Gallery as the Director of Development and Communications in September 2008. She is married to an Englishman, Dr. Julian Harriss who is a Senior Consultant at Kings College Hospital and they have a son Jonathan who is determined to keep his Canadian accent. Lily is committed to supporting the Canadian charitable activities in London and she is looking forward to helping the Maple Leaf Trust with their fundraising strategy in order to strengthen its support for initiatives in this country.

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Mr. del Missier is a former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Barclays Bank Plc and was a member of the bank’s Executive Committee.

Mr. del Missier joined Barclays in June 1997 as Head of Derivatives and in subsequent years went on to assume responsibility for the Trading, Sales and Research functions. In addition,  in 2003 he was also appointed Regional Head of Europe for Barclays Capital. He was appointed Co-President of Barclays Capital in 2005 and in 2008 moved to New York to become Barclays Capital President and Regional Head of the Americas. In 2010, Mr. del Missier became Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking, before becoming the bank’s COO in June 2012. He also served as Chairman of the bank’s Execution and Operating Committee and was a member of its Treasury Committee.

Prior to Barclays, he was at Bankers Trust in London as a Senior Managing Director of Derivatives Products, responsible for the European business. Previously, he was based in Toronto, Canada, responsible for the Canadian Dollar interest rate derivatives business. Before Bankers Trust, he worked for Bank of Nova Scotia.

Mr. del Missier is a past Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and served on the Boards of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA); the Markets Management Group (MMG) of the International Institute of Finance (IIF); the British American Business Council; and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). He currently serves on the Board of Room to Read, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Advisory Board of the Queen’s University School of Business (QSB) in Kingston, Canada. He is currently the Chairman of the QSB Fundraising Campaign and also a past member of the Queen’s University Board of Trustees.

He graduated with a BSc (Chemical Engineering) and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.


Jennifer Tripp Black MBE

Jennifer has Canadian and British citizenship. She is married and has one son. Jennifer worked for Wood Gundy Limited in London and Toronto for ten years (1971 -81) making two transatlantic moves. She starting as a junior secretary and became Assistant to the Vice Chairman. For the next five years she worked for Elmwood Women’s Club as their Toronto Programme Director. In 1986 she returned to work for Wood Gundy in London as Assistant Vice President in charge of Corporate Events and Roadshows until 1994. In 1994 Jennifer became the Chair of the Veteran’s Support Committee for the Canadian Women’s Club in London. In 2003 Jennifer became the Chair and Founder of Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund for the Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation. Jennifer was awarded an MBE in 2012 for her services to charity.