First Book Canada Leadership

Heather Farquharson

Executive Director

Favourite Book: The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton

Amy Smithers

Programs Manager

Favourite Book: The Time Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Gurdeep Dhaliwal

Strategic Alliances Manager

Favourite Book: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Julie Mai

E-Commerce & Data Manager

Favourite Book: The Yellow Áo Dài by Hanh Bui

Jenny Pullon

Programs Coordinator

Favourite Book: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Simi Olaniyan

Events Coordinator

Board of Directors

Tanis Feasby

Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications, RBC 


Julie Lavoie

Partner, Co-Leader Business Lines, Levio Business + Technology 


Rumeet Billan Ph.D

CEO, Women of Influence+

Alvaro Lozada Cauduro

Vice President and General Manager, Global Fraud Operations – Amex Bank of Canada

Luke Gee

Vice President, Everyday Banking Product, TD Bank Group

Adam Mamdani

VP Proprietary Distribution, RBC Insurance

Ryan Peterson

Chartered Professional Accountant, RKP

Kyle Zimmer

President & CEO, First Book USA