BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Board of Directors
In addition to being a Director of HEHCo and HUC, Mr. Tugman is currently President, CEO, and majority owner of TDL Canada Inc. a distributor of internet infrastructure equipment and other residential and commercial technology products. Mr. Tugman is also Chair of the Advisory Board for Sustainable Business, CPA Canada, and Audit Committee Chair for Solar Manufacturer Silfab Inc. Mr. Tugman was the former President and CEO of Marsulex Inc., from 2004 until its sale in June 2011. He is a former Director of several Corporations.
Mr. Tugman was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 2011. He obtained his ICD.D in 2015. A member of Financial Executives International Canada (FEIC), he served on FEIC's Board from 2004 to 2007, and was a founding Chairman of one of the national committees. He has also served on the Chemistry Industry Assn. of Canada's (CIAC) Board from 2007 to 2011 and was Chairman from 2010 to 2011.
Councillor Sam Merulla
City of Hamilton City Councillor - Ward 4 – Sam Merulla was first elected in November of 2000 as City Councillor for Ward 4 in the newly amalgamated City of Hamilton. Strongly committed to the citizens of East Hamilton, he actively serves as a member of the General Issues Committee (GIC), Board of Health Committee, Healthy & Safe Communities Committee and the Public Works Committee.
Councillor Merulla is an active participant on several Committees dedicated to people with disabilities such as the Hamilton-Wentworth Training Board for the Labour Partner Group for Persons with Disabilities, the HRDC Employment Expo Committee and the Hamilton-Wentworth Service Providers Committee. In addition, he sat on D.A.R.T.S. (Disabled and Aged Regional Transit System) Board of Directors as Vice Chairman from 1999-2003 and is the Services Coordinator for PATH Employment Services/Human Resource Development Canada.
Councillor Merulla has held such positions as Advisor to the Official Opposition Whip and Management Board Critic of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Executive Senior Advisor to Hamilton East MPP, Environment Critic and Community and Social Services Critic, (Ontario Government, Legislative Assembly of Ontario Queen’s Park office. Councillor Merulla resides in Hamilton with his wife Corinne and their two daughters, Alexa and Sabrina.
Julia Kamula is a former Senior Media Executive with over 30 years’ experience in Canada’s leading print and digital publishing, distribution and print manufacturing organizations. In her most recent role, Ms. Kamula was Senior Vice President of TC Media – Transcontinental Inc. Previous to joining Transcontinental, she was Executive Vice President of Operations for Sun Media – Quebecor Inc., joining Sun Media through the acquisition of Osprey Media in 2007 where she was Senior Vice President of Operations.
Ms. Kamula is a certified Director (ICD.D) with extensive experience on large complex boards in the education, healthcare and news media sectors. In addition to serving on the Boards of Hamilton Enterprises Corporation and Hamilton Utilities Corporation, she is currently a Director on the Board of Hamilton Health Sciences Research Institute.
Ms. Kamula’s previous board experience includes a nine-year term with Hamilton Health Sciences, most recently as Board Chair. She has also served as a Director on the Boards of News Media Canada, the Atlantic Free Daily Newspaper Group, Brock University and Niagara College Canada.
Julia is a resident of downtown Hamilton and a proud supporter of the city.
Greg McCamus is a retired executive with senior operational leadership experience in the telecommunications and energy industries. Most recently he was President of Superior Plus Energy Distribution, a division of Superior Plus (TSX SPB.TO) and led the strategic transformation of Superior Propane in Canada and the entry of Superior into the US market where the company is now one of the largest propane distributors in North America. Prior to joining Superior in 2005 he held a number of senior executive roles in the competitive telecommunications industry with Call-Net Enterprises (Sprint Canada), AT&T Canada, and Unitel Communications.
Mr. McCamus holds an HBA from Huron University College (University of Western Ontario), an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business, and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a past member of the board of directors of the National Propane Gas Association and of The Learning Partnership.
Christa C. Wessel
Christa Wessel is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of ClearView Strategic Partners Inc. where she is responsible for operations including technology, finance and advisory services. Prior to joining ClearView, an ethics reporting system provider, Christa was Senior Advisor at The Change Alliance where she provided leading-edge advice and support to Boards of Directors and senior leaders in the areas of strategic planning, culture, reputation and ethics.
Ms. Wessel leverages her experience as a C-suite executive for global giants McCain and Siemens, where she held chief accountability for the human resources, compliance, legal and stakeholder engagement portfolios. As the Executive Vice-Presiden
t, Global Business Practices at McCain, she was responsible for ensuring the business was aligned with organizational values and objectives, and that business strategies and social mission met stakeholder’s expectations. As a senior partner with two major Canadian law firms, she has also provided strategic counsel to numerous corporations in the areas of international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and governance. Ms. Wessel is a faculty member at The Directors College and lectures at Ryerson University. She was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario, holds an LL.B., University of Ottawa, B.A. Econ., York University C. Dir., Directors College at McMaster University and a Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management from University of Toronto.
Elizabeth DiDonato is a senior executive who for the past few years has been assisting enterprises achieve significant strategic objectives through assignments in corporate branding, process re-engineering, governance realignment, corporate reorganization including acquisitions and divestitures, record keeping and data analytics. Elizabeth has held executive positions in the global enterprises of McCain Foods, Siemens and International Wallcoverings, and has served as the Executive Director of the Research Oversight and Compliance Office at the University of Toronto.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Business Administration, and went on to become a C.P.A. Chartered Accountant. Elizabeth honed her management and governance skills during her tenure at Price Waterhouse and Pricewaterhouse Coopers where she led numerous special and assurance engagements at the regional office level as well as advising other professionals from the Canadian National Office. Elizabeth also obtained the Chartered Director designation from McMaster University, and is a life-time resident of the City of Hamilton.