Board of Directors
Monica Rok is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of CentriLogic Inc., a premier global provider of managed infrastructure and cloud solutions. Monica joined CentriLogic after it acquired Advanced Knowledge Networks Inc. (AKN) in November 2015, a company she co-founded and which she lead as President since 2007.
During AKN's the early years, she held executive positions in finance and corporate administration, and then ultimately assumed the role of President. During her time with AKN, Monica provided solid financial, systems and organizational guidance to the company. She was involved in all aspects of corporate growth, operations and management. Under her guidance, AKN grew actively and steadily to its current position as one of Canada’s top IT network and infrastructure providers.
As President of AKN, Monica provided oversight and direction to all aspects of corporate operations, sales, marketing and administration. Her vision shaped and guided AKN’s corporate strategy. Her leadership focus was to deliver high quality, high touch services to clients in all industry sectors. Over the years, Monica attracted, motivated and directed a strong executive team that reflected her corporate values, executed her strategy and continuously delivered solid results. In 2010, Monica was recognized as a top Canadian Female Entrepreneur by PROFIT/Chatelaine W100, a ranking and awards program that is Canada’s largest celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women.
During her early career, Monica acquired practical, hands on experience in finance and operations through her time at TD Bank. She was involved in commercial finance, account management and corporate operations.
In 1990, Monica graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours BComm. In 1992 she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University as a gold medalist MBA.
Monica is also the founder and President of The Andrew Rok Foundation, a charitable organization established to honour the legacy of her late husband, Andrew Rok. After Andrew’s sudden and unexpected passing, Monica decided that his memory could never fade – that he must live on by making a difference in the lives of smart, passionate young people who embody Andrew’s values of innovation, leadership and perseverance. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial support and mentorship to high performing university students who have embarked on a post-secondary education in the fields of computer science or computational mathematics.
With over 40 years in the industry, Frank Koelsch is an expert in IT and business transformation. Frank has held a range of senior executive and CEO level positions. In 1984, he was one of three founders of Gartner Group Canada. He grew the company to be Canada's largest and most highly regarded provider of industry leading research and analysis services. During his time with Gartner, he created a thriving executive consulting practice. focused on harnessing the transformative power of information technology to achieve breakthrough business results.
After Gartner Group, Frank was invited to found and lead the Everest Group's Canadian business. The Everest Group (Dallas, TX) is the world's leading outsourcing advisory firm, serving Fortune 1000 clients globally. As President and CEO, Frank successfully established Everest as Canada's premier outsourcing consultancy.
In 1995, he successfully published his first book titled The Infomedia Revolution. It quickly became a bestseller and was widely acclaimed for its insight into how advances in computing technology have revolutionized business activity in every industry sector. Top executives around the world have used it to help shape their strategic thinking and advance their corporate goals.
Throughout his career, Frank has actively promoted continuous learning, career development and mentoring. He participated in the original committee that founded Kingsway College School in Etobicoke (Toronto). It is a privately funded not-for-profit school serving children from Nursery to Grade 8. It creates a motivating, engaging environment where students can learn, grow and reach their full potential as individuals and contributing members of society.
Cliff was born and educated in Toronto. He has a BA and JD from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Law from the London School of Economics.
Since 1971 he has practiced law in Toronto. He is a partner with the firm of Gardiner Roberts LLP, specializing in charitable and non‑profit organizations. He advises many charitable and non-profit boards on governance issues, and regularly participates in their strategic planning sessions. He also practices business law, commercial leasing and wills and trusts. He is Past Chair of the Charities and Not‑for‑Profit Section of the Ontario Bar Association and a member of the National Section Executive. He speaks and writes on charitable and non-profit topics and has been actively engaged in a number of provincial and federal legislative update task forces.
He sits on a number of charitable boards, including the Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, International Churchill Society Canada and the Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, of which he is Chairman. He is a director and Secretary of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, and chairs its Governance Committee.