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Alexa Translations names new advisory board

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 11:42 AM | By John Chunn


Alexa Translations announced the introduction of a new board of advisers. 

Joining the newly established board is Kent Jespersen, Robert D. Brouwer, Caroline Codsi, Tracie Cook, Bindu Cudjoe, Jean Cumming and Gordon D. Giffin.

“We are very happy to welcome this group of talented, experienced leaders to advise our company through future phases of growth,” said Gary Kalaci, CEO of Alexa Translations. “Their combined expertise in key areas, such as legal, financial and government relations, will play a valuable role in guiding strategic decisions and broadening our client relationships.”

According to the firm’s press release, Jespersen will serve as chair of the advisory board, where he will draw on experience in the technology sector and prior board designations, including chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, chair of Geac Computer Corporation and lead director at Telesystems International Wireless Inc. Beyond his board designations and technology experience, Jespersen has also led several large energy companies as a senior executive and served in government as Canadian consul and trade commissioner for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Other advisory board members:
  • Brouwer is vice-chair for KPMG in Canada, regional head of markets for KPMG in the Americas, a member of the KPMG Americas Management Committee and a member of the KPMG Global Clients and Markets Steering Group;
  • Codsi is president and founder of La Gouvernance au Féminin – Women in Governance, an advocate for gender parity in decision-making bodies and male-dominated fields across Canada;
  • Crook is a senior executive in the legal and financial sector and former chief operating officer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto;
  • Cudjoe is senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary at CWB Financial Group and leader in innovation and diversity in the legal industry;
  • Cumming is a consultant in the legal sector, advising on the future of law, new technologies, business development and communications and former market director/editor-in-chief of Lexpert and Thomson Reuters;
  • Giffin is a senior partner and global vice-chair emeritus at Dentons and former U.S. ambassador to Canada.