Jennifer Bishop is a partner in the Corporate/Commercial Group of Aird Berlis LLP. Her extensive business law experience and dedication to providing creative solutions make her a trusted advisor to client teams. Jennifer advises on mergers and acquisitions and the negotiation and drafting of major commercial agreements. Clients rely on her to provide strategic advice on domestic, cross-border and international matters. Her practice focuses on a broad range of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, divestitures and day-to-day corporate advice. Jennifer works with private sector clients across a variety of industries, including retail, packaged and consumer goods, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, technology, healthcare, insurance, sports and media.
Jennifer has been recognized as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 and is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Law. In law school she was awarded the J.W. Whiteside Award for outstanding volunteer commitment to under-served legal communities. Jennifer is a frequent speaker on matters relating to corporate law, governance, leadership and gender equity, and is an officer of the International Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Group.
Jennifer’s passion for sports law is driven by her own experience competing at the national and international levels. She serves on many boards and holds key leadership positions in the sporting world. Jennifer is currently the Chair of the Board of Tennis Canada and, in 2020, was appointed to one of the most prestigious committees of the International Tennis Federation, the Billie Jean King Cup Committee. Jennifer fuels her passion for giving back to sport as Chair of the Board of the Doug Philpott Inner-City Children’s Tennis Foundation.
Ms. O’Gorman has a background in sports, education, and retail management in the private club industry, and extensive experience with program development.
Beginning her career in Winnipeg as a high school teacher, she later relocated in Toronto and has worked at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club, the Granite Club, and the Badminton & Racquet Club in various senior Professional and Sport Management roles. More recently, she has managed the retail sports shops for the Mayfair Clubs.
She’s a graduate of the University of Manitoba, a former Top 10 player in badminton, squash and tennis, and was recently inducted into the Tennis Manitoba Hall of Fame for her competitive achievements, and patronage.
As a volunteer, she is a Past President of Tennis Manitoba, the National Association of North American Club Athletic Directors, and currently sits as a Board Member of the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club.
Served in numerous capacities on the OTA Council-now Board of Directors, holding positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Education Committee Chair over a period of more than 20 years during the 1960′s until the 1980′s. As Education Committee Chair developed the first teaching manuals for use by physical education teachers and promoted tennis instruction in schools.
One of the group of volunteers that first formed the Philpott Foundation, and now serves on the Board of Directors and has been Chair of the Program Committee of the Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Foundation since the Foundation’s inception.
A Canadian Open volunteer for many years and holder of a Tennis Canada Distinguished Service Award.
As a player Sharon was a Canadian U18 Junior Champion and a National and Provincial Senior Doubles Champion in both doubles and mixed categories and Captained two Canadian International Teams–the Maria Bueno and Maureen Connolly Cup teams. Sharon has been an active tennis instructor for her entire adult life and continues to this day to instruct tennis at the community level.
Arlen became a board member in 2012. He has had a longstanding connection to the sport and to the Toronto tennis community, including having played competitively as a junior and then in the NCAA as an undergrad in the US. He is a strong believer in the value of sport and the life lessons it teaches, especially for children, and is honoured to assist such a worthy organization as The Philpott. Arlen received a BA degree from the University of Louisiana (formerly NLU), a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a partner at a large Toronto law firm.
Adam Borovilos recently joined the Philpott Board in 2012. He is a Chartered Accountant, and is currently the Director-Statutory Reporting for Brookfield Residential Property Services. Prior to joining the Philpott, Adam served as Treasurer on the executive committee of Bridlewood Community Tennis Club in Scarborough, where he developed his love for tennis. He currently has also served for several years on the Board of Street Health Community Nursing Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on delivering health care and advocacy for the homeless and under-housed in downtown Toronto.
Kosty Gilis joined the Philpott board in 2016. He has played tennis since the age of 6, though never quite reaching the skill level of many of his fellow Philpott board members. Having himself started playing in a local City of Toronto parks and recreation department-sponsored tennis program, his desire to be involved with a great organization like Philpott is directly tied to his own experience as a child and a belief that tennis is a sport like no other – it requires stamina, athleticism and mental strength, while teaching self-reliance and on-the-spot thinking. Kosty received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a Managing Director at Onex Corporation.
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A lifelong tennis enthusiast, Peter bring many years of sales and marketing experience, from both outside and from within the tennis community to his position. After graduating with an English degree from York University, Peter spent 15 years in the advertising world, working first for an ad agency and later in sales and marketing for several media outlets including SCORE Golf, the National Post and Transcontinental. He was also a partner in the country’s largest in-store radio network, POPPS. Peter eventually directed his efforts within the tennis business, working on contract for Tennis Canada and part-time as a tennis instructor at the Waterside Sports Club in Toronto. Most recently he was a partner in RL SportsLines, a tennis and golf apparel distributor. He joined the OTA in October 2010 in the capacity of Marketing Manager. Responsibilities include communications, sponsorship and event management.
Sophie Ronan joined the Philpott Board in 2017 after spending 5 years on the Programming Committee and chairing numerous third party fundraisers to benefit the organization.
With an early passion for tennis, Sophie competed nationally and internationally, earning a tennis scholarship to the University of South Carolina. She is a 2-time Canadian national sportsmanship award winner and finalist for the NCAA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award.
Sophie holds a B.S. in Finance/Economics and worked in the banking and finance industry for 10 years at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. She currently works in the development department at Tennis Canada on projects ranging from safeguarding in sport to enhancing participation and retention. As the sport of tennis has deeply influenced her entire life, she relishes the opportunity to bring tennis to new communities by serving Philpott’s mission.
Tré has a long connection to tennis, having played nationally and internationally as a junior. He also taught for a number of years at Banbury tennis club, specializing in Junior Development. After a long absence from the game, he joined the Men’s Varsity tennis team at York University, where he received his BA in economics. He has worked in both the banking and business valuation sector, and currently works as a Portfolio Manager at a corporate foreign exchange firm.
Tré remains an active player at both Banbury Tennis Club and the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, playing in Men’s and Inter-county leagues. He wishes to serve Philpotts mission for community outreach, and give to others what tennis has brought to him.