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Steve Blake

Chair

Steve Blake was the Chief Operating Officer for the Child Development Institute (CDI).  He brings over 20 years of experience in senior business and financial executive roles spanning private companies, publicly traded companies and NGO’s.  Mr. Blake has managed all aspects of finance, including treasury, business valuation and price modeling and tax compliance.  His experience includes overseeing and managing technology, human resources and operational change management projects, as well as M&A initiatives.  He has been successful in using the experience he gained in the private sector to assist and work in the not-for-profit sector.

Mr. Blake is currently providing consulting services to not-for-profit and small business clients.

Prior to joining CDI in 2014, Mr. Blake served as the Chief Financial Officer for The Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS), leaving shortly after its amalgamation with the TMX Group and Alpha Exchange in 2012.  Prior to being appointed to CFO in 2005, he held various senior roles in finance at CDS since joining in 2000.

Mr. Blake joined the public accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick on graduating university and progressed to Senior Manager, Assurance and Consulting Services.  Mr. Blake also worked in the insolvency practice at KPMG and ended his career at KPMG providing consulting services in the KPMG, Centre for Government in 1998.  He left KPMG to join the T. Eaton Company and was involved in Eaton’s going public.

Mr. Blake served on the Board of Directors of the Child Development institute, as well as the Finance and Audit Committee from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Blake is a CPA, CA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University.