President, Parkelaw Inc.
Board Member since: March 2006
Bill is an experienced business executive with an extensive background in both business and not for profit association management. His career commenced in education where he taught at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. He then moved into the corporate world in human resources management with such companies as the Bay, Scintrex Inc., Royal Trust, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Canada.
Following his career in human resources Bill moved into public affairs management as Director of Government Relations with GlaxoWellcome Inc. During his ten years in this role Bill was instrumental in growing the public affairs function to be one of the leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. He also assumed a leadership role in the successful industry lobby to bring about changes in Canada’s intellectual property protection for brand name pharmaceuticals. He was awarded the industry’s President’s Award in 1998 for this effort.
In 2000 Bill moved into the world of not for profit and association management as a CEO of such organizations as St. John Ambulance in Ontario, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association and the Chicken Farmers of Ontario. During this period Bill worked on contracts through his consulting firm, Parkelaw Inc. with such clients as R. X .and D., the Ontario Hospital Association, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Canada , the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute, The Biotechnology Initiative in Toronto, and the Canadian Assistive Devices Association.
Bill’s volunteer activities have included Chair and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of the Empire Club of Canada, President of the Metropolitan Toronto Lung Association and sitting on the Boards of the Queensway General Hospital, Erindale College in Mississauga, the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, the University of Guelph Alumni Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Public Affairs Association of Canada and the John Howard Society of Ontario. He now sits on the advisory board of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph and the campaign team raising 20 million dollars for the University's new athletic complex.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Honours BA, and he also holds a B.Ed from Queen’s University, an M.Ed from the University of Toronto and he has post graduate studies in history at Queen’s University. Bill is also a Certified Human Resources Professional.
Bill lives in Burlington. Ontario with his wife Sara who is an executive with Intact Insurance and they have two grown children, Kate and Elizabeth.