Strong & Proud Foundation.
Treble Victor Group was founded by Mark Walden & Don Ludlow as The Pinnacle Group in Spring 2007. The initial intent of the group was to provide mutual support to one another in our respective fields of expertise
After three years of successes, accomplishments and growth driven by a group of ‘core’ members, some transient members and a number of impressive guests (and leaders) who have joined our different meetings, the decision was taken to formalize and expand the group.
This journey began in February 2010 and is on-going…
Veni, Vidi, Vici.
Our name is derived from the Latin expression “Veni, Vidi, Vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered”.
Our tongue in cheek use of this expression is not a nod to Julius Caesar’s victory, but rather, a recognition of Treble Victor members’ propensity to stay the course and see things through to completion.
We believe that this practice serves us well, in whatever we choose to do.
About Our Members
All members of Treble Victor Group have served in the military at some time, some still serving as Regular Force or Reservists, but most have successfully transitioned or are in the process of transitioning to fulfilling careers outside the military. They remain connected with one another through the experience of ‘service to country’ and by our shared principles of:
We believe that the leadership training & experience we received through military service is unparalleled, yet it is generally undervalued, not recognized or just plain misunderstood in the marketplace.
Through our activities, the profile of Treble Victor and its members and our mutual achievements & successes we wish to shatter this paradigm once and for all.
National Board Members
Cliff is a Partner at MNP and leads the firm’s Enterprise Risk Services practice for Eastern Canada, as well as MNP’s national business continuity and emergency management consulting practice. A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, he served for 23 years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and 3 years in the reserves as the Commanding Officer of the Royal Regiment of Canada. Cliff was one on the original members of the Treble Victor (when it was founded as the Pinnacle Group) and he is also a member of Canada Company and a supporter of Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur and Wounded Warriors Canada.
Past National President
Philip is a senior partner with PwC based in Toronto. He leads the firm’s global centre of excellence helping clients realize value from transforming their customer facing functions (sales marketing & service) powered by Cloud, Machine Learning and AI platforms. For PwC in Canada he leads the firm’s Marketing, Sales and Communication function.
Philip served in the South African Navy as a Marine.
National Board Member- Treasurer
David has served in the Canadian Army Reserves since 2004 with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. In his civilian employment, he has worked in the accounting and finance sectors for over six years. He is currently an Investment Associate at the Jefferies Group at ScotiaMcleod in Kanata. David joined the Ottawa chapter of the Treble Victor Group in 2013. He has volunteered as the Director Communications for 3 years and has organized the annual combined 3V Ottawa and Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur networking event at the HMCS Bytown Mess. He is excited for his expanded role with 3V and hopes to play a major role in growing the team. David will continue on with his role as member of the Ottawa chapter leadership team.
National Board Member- Secretary
Theresa Sapara is a 14 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces where she served in the Regular Force Army as a Logistics Officer. Post military career, her private sector experience has been in operations in the retail and mining sector focused on digital transformation and organizational change. Theresa’s current role is in professional services at Amazon Web Service where she oversees the Canadian operations and strategic accounts portfolio in the US. Theresa has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing her EMBA at Ivey School of Business.
National Board Member and Ottawa chapter Lead
Francis Bleeker is COO of Robotics Centre. He has over 30 years experience in defence and security in government and industry. He has a wide industry network having served as chairman of the International Committee and member of the Government Relations Committee of CADSI. Before moving to Canada in 1998, Francis worked in European police co-operation and concurrently was a commissioned infantry officer in the Dutch Army (reserve) for 17-years.
National Board Member and Montreal chapter Lead
Dave is the president of Morrow Consulting & Training Inc., a company that delivers top tier fitness and lifestyle advice for the military and first responder community, hosts the popular HRD2KILL Podcast and is an instructional design consultant with the CAF Transition Group. Dave has spent most of his career in the education and training domain having honed his instructional abilities during his 15 year career in the CAF as a reservist and as a high school science teacher. He holds science and education degrees and a Master of Arts from McGill University which studied school based injury protocols for concussed high school athletes. He also served as a CIMIC operator in Afghanistan and was instrumental in the opening of numerous schools during his deployment.
National Board Member and Calgary chapter Lead
Stephen Oliver has served in the military for over 17 years, with a variety of roles including infranteer and psychological operations. He has a master’s degree from the university of Waterloo in urban planning and is currently a practicing planner with Stantec Consulting Ltd. His work focuses on engagement, policy and development for both private and public clients. He specializes in access to transit, transit oriented development and public engagement for major infrastructure.
National Board Member and Vancouver chapter Lead
Rupert leads the Vancouver membership. Rupert is a former regular British Army Captain with operational experience, he moved to Canada in 2006 and brings a wealth of consultancy knowledge with him, he took the Chapter lead in 2015.
National Board Member and Edmonton chapter Lead
Nick served in the Canadian Army for over 30 years as an Officer with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He commanded soldiers at a variety of levels throughout his career including a combined arms battle group, and spent some time with Canada’s Special Operations Forces as the lead planner for the Command. He has a wide range of overseas operational experience with multiple tours in the Balkans and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for actions in Afghanistan, as well as multiple Chief of Defence Staff Commendations for outstanding leadership. He holds two Masters degrees and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course. He is currently employed with the Alberta Government as Executive Director for the Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT), maintaining a focus on operations, leader development, and the provincial government’s emergency management program.
National Board Member and Fredericton chapter Lead
Dennis LeBlanc has served in the military for over 19.5 years, beginning in his career as an Airfield Engineer to Infantryman and retiring as an Infantry Officer with The Royal Canadian Regiment. He is a master’s candidate for the Master of Education program at the University of New Brunswick. He owns multiple businesses. He is the President of One Smart Advisor and DJ LeBlanc Safety, Education and Training Consulting, and a online agency Gallinger Leblanc Consulting. His work focuses on leveraging education products and training within the Financial, B2B, and construction industries adding in expansion and growth. Dennis is also heavily involved with Veterans Advocacy and sits as Co-Chair to the Minister of Veterans Affairs regarding Service Delivery, and also a volunteer with Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur.
George (Geordie) Young
National Board Member
Geordie is Managing Director, Asset and Risk Metrics at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, a wealth management firm. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2010, Geordie worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years in London, UK, as an Executive Director in the Interest Rate Products group. He previously worked in the energy industry, structuring electricity and gas derivative transactions for the North American markets. Prior thereto he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Geordie is on the board of True Patriot Love, and is a participant in the TPL Expedition series. He took part in the ski to the Magnetic North Pole in April 2014, and was a TPL civilian co-chair for the 2016 expedition to climb Mt. Vinson in Antarctica. He is also on the board of Team Rubicon Canada.
He was a youth hockey coach for many years, and is a Scout and Venturer Leader for the Toronto 219th Troop. Originally from British Columbia, Geordie lives in Toronto with his wife Karen and their two children, Jeffrey and Kathryn.
National Board Member and Toronto chapter Lead
LCdr (Ret’d) Rob Francis released from the CAF in July 2016 after 20 years of service. Originally from Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Rob began his career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Warfare Officer, having served in Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships PRESERVER, HALIFAX, and VILLE DE QUEBEC as a bridge watch keeper and an Anti-Submarine Warfare director. He spent over 500 days at sea, including a deployment to the Persian Gulf in response to the 9/11 attacks. A highlight of Rob’s naval career his work as a Ship’s Diver.
After completing a Master degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, he finished his career in the CAF as a professor of Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College in Kingston.
In 2016 Rob began his post-military career as the Vice-President, HR at Medcan in downtown Toronto. In 2018 he took on a leading role with a new executive health clinic, Franmed Health, as its Chief Operating Officer.
Rob has been an active member of Treble Victor since 2015.
Samieh provides a full suite of Operational Support to various types of clients including 3V. Over 16 years of Corporate experience in Telecomm. Versatile Professional Administrator with extensive experience in effectively managing programs, projects and people. Samieh is passionate about personal growth and teaches Kundalini Yoga part time.