Donya Vahidi practices corporate commercial, intellectual property, technology and enter-tainment
law at Boughton Law. As part of her intellectual property practice, she advises
clients on brand strategy and protection, trademark applications, cancellations, opposi-tions,
infringement, passing off and unfair competition. Vahidi also assists companies in
the negotiation and drafting of technology-related agreements, including software as a ser-vice
agreements, licensing agreements, development agreements, information technology
consulting agreements and privacy policies. Read the article she wrote regarding the own-ership
of an employer’s intellectual property on page 13.
CRAIG DOWDEN, PH.D.
Craig Dowden, a certified positive psychology coach, has a doctorate in psychology, with a
concentration in business. An engaging and inspiring coach, Dowden partners with lead-ers
and executives from diverse industries and sectors to work on their most important
challenges. In his role as a trusted advisor, he integrates the latest findings in the science of
leadership, team and organizational excellence into his coaching and consulting work. Read
his interview with author Douglas Stone about receiving feedback on page 22.
Sarah Matsushita is the communications and network engagement manager of the
Ontario Nonprofit Network. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10
years and most recently directed communications and advocacy for a women’s rights net-work
in Asia Pacific. Matsushita has previously worked in the educational sector in Japan
and in fundraising and event production at the Toronto International Film Festival and the
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. She holds a degree in political science from McMaster
University and public relations post-grad certificate from Humber. She lives in Burlington,
Ont. with her partner and active toddler. Read the article she wrote about leadership devel-opment
in the nonprofit sector on page 29.
Doug McCann is a managing principal of Predictive Success Corporation. He has been
leveraging the Predictive Index to optimize organizational development and succession
planning through consulting and educational training for over 25 years. Prior to joining
Predictive Success, he spent two decades practicing leadership. McCann understands the
importance of creating a work environment where people are able to grow both personally
and professionally while meeting the goals of the business. Read the article he wrote about
the role of behavioural analytics in succession planning on page 33.
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