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Charles Criminisi

Board of Directors Candidate 2023

This candidate has been endorsed by the Board of Directors.

I wish to become a Director on FirstOntario’s Board as I feel that I can make a positive contribution to its work by utilizing my governance experience gained from practicing law from my call to the bar in 1985 to my retirement in 2018. Furthermore, I have some understanding of FirstOntario and its industry due to my firm representing it while I practiced law (approximately from 2011 until I retired in 2018).

What can you specifically contribute to the Board?
  • Experience as a lawyer
  • Experience in Board governance
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Community involvement and connections
Educational/Professional Designations
  • 1983: LLB @ Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario
  • 1985: Called to the Bar of Ontario
  • 2013: Mediation Program Certificate @ Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 2019: Adjudicator’s Certification @ ODACC
Work Experience
  • Partner @ Agro Zaffiro LLP (law firm of which I was the Chair from approximately 2004 to 2014)
  • Mediator, Arbitrator, Adjudicator since my retirement from the practice of law in 2018
Board and/or Committee Experience
  • 1999 to 2008: Burlington Community Foundation Board including Chair for 2 years
  • 2007 to 2017: Art Gallery of Hamilton Board including Chair for 2 years
  • 2012 to 2021: Hamilton Health Sciences Board including Chair for 2 years
  • 2022 to present: Hamilton Community Foundation Board
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