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 Coordinator

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

Learning Architect- Viewpoint Leadership Inc.

Alvaro Lozada Cauduro

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

Leah Garrad-Cole

Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Sproos 

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