Rick is the President and CEO of Phaze 3 Associates. Rick’s expertise in international trade, advocacy, and public policy are born from more than 40 years of first-hand experience in the Canadian lumber industry. Rick led the expansion of the Weston Forest Group of companies across 40 countries, and continues to promote the interests of Canadian producers in the softwood lumber dispute.
Rick is active in the Conservative Party of Canada and co-founded the Together We Stand Military Families Foundation. Rick sits on the Boards of Elevate Financial, Weston Wood Solutions, Brookside Capital Partners, Element 5 Co., The Logic, Awz Ventures Inc., and the C.D. Howe Institute, where he also sits on its International Economic Policy and National Policy Councils.
He is also on the Boards of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Regimental Council of The Queen’s York Rangers and the Association for Lumber Remanufacturers of Ontario, which he also founded. Rick’s proudest accomplishment is Weston Forest Products having repeatedly won Waterstone Canada’s award for Most Admired Corporate Cultures.
Eleanor is the Director, Advocacy and Government Relations at Phaze 3 Associates. She has more than a decade of experience in Canadian politics, specifically working on Parliament Hill for two Ministers, managing complex files and issues, and assisting with the success of legislative agendas and communications strategies. Eleanor left Parliament Hill to work for a not-for-profit organization where she ran a successful internship program, training young people in the most effective ways to engage in politics, at all three levels of government. Having worked with more than 250 university and highschool students over the course of 8 years, watching many of them take on increasingly senior roles in government, or be elected themselves, has been her most rewarding experience. In her “off time”, Eleanor’s energetic 5-year-old son keeps her on the run and constantly looking for answers to satisfy his insatiable curiosity.
Brian is the Personal Assistant to the President and CEO of Phaze 3 Associates, supporting all his executive activities, while ensuring objectives are accomplished efficiently. Brian has worked at several Canadian news outlets, and eventually transitioned to copywriting and grant writing, successfully procuring funding for local artists, businesses, and charities. Phaze 3 Associates tackle diverse and often complicated projects, giving Brian ample opportunities to utilize his writing skills to advance philanthropic, political and commercial causes. After a stint in the Israel Defense Forces, Brian spent several years teaching English in Shanghai, China. A former rabbinical school student, people are often surprised to discover that he is more fluent in Mandarin than in Yiddish.
Stephanie is the Executive Vice President at Phaze 3 Associates. She spent 10 years working with the federal government as a Senior Human Resources Advisor for Transport Canada, specializing in recruitment and retention, before joining Phaze 3.
Stephanie guides the Phaze 3 team through the firm’s dynamic work tempo with a human-centred philosophy. As a staunch advocate for mothers dealing with mental health issues, Stephanie’s empathic stance towards team members and clients, flows from her experience, education and intuitive understanding of the interplay between people’s personal and professional lives.
Stephanie is an avid reader and is doing her part to contribute to the growing body of writing exploring motherhood and mental wellbeing. A mother of two young girls, Stephanie blogs about her experiences at: www.mamaneedsavodka.com
Frishta is the Bookkeeper at Phaze 3 Associates. She oversees operational accounting activities and produces actionable monthly financial statements. While some of her family remains in her native Afghanistan, Frishta has taken full advantage of the educational and social opportunities Canada provides. A Ryerson University grad dedicated to professional advancement, Frishta has successfully completed Level 5 of the CGA designation, and is a certified RPA and Registered Forensic Accountant. When not in the office, and especially throughout tax season, Frishta devotes countless hours assisting new Canadians and low-income families with tax matters. She is a proud Deri speaker and cultural ambassador who enjoys sharing her culture through food and Afghani folklore.
Brian is the CFO of Phaze 3 Associates. He has spent his career as the CFO of single-family offices, directly involved in overseeing financial reporting, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, refinancing, and income tax planning.
In addition to the extensive hours Brian spends at Phaze 3, he spends his evenings and weekends guiding people through difficult life circumstances and has become a cornerstone within his community.
For leisure, Brian can usually be found on weekends and warm summer evenings aboard his boat, moored at Toronto’s Harbourfront.
Rick is the CEO of the Together We Stand Military Families Foundation, the primary philanthropic focal point at Phaze 3 Associates. After spending close to 10 years as a Lead Accounts Manager at a top advertising and design agency, Rick felt it was time to apply his problem-solving skills for the good of Canada’s brave military families. A former professional golfer, Rick evaluates strategic planning in terms of its long-range impact, and effectively pivots when unforeseen changes arise. A creative thinker, he loves a challenge and mapping out projects on his whiteboard. When not attached to his mobile or laptop, Rick enjoys spending time outdoors playing sports, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Michael is the Managing Principal of Four Cornerstones Capital Inc. He is responsible for seeking out investment opportunities while ensuring current investments yield successful results. Prior to joining 4CS, Michael was a Managing Partner of Weston Premium Woods Inc., which he and his partners exited in a sale to Richelieu Hardware Canada.
Michael’s business acumen and impeccable ability to forecast the growth potential of commercial ventures and the people behind them, enabled him to strategically expand the sale of Weston Premium Wood products and services into new U.S. and Canadian markets shortly after graduating from Western University in 2004.
Michael became the youngest individual ever appointed to the National Hardwood Lumber Association’s Board of Directors. During his decade-long tenure, he also became Vice-President of the Hardwood Distributor’s Association. When not in the office, Michael’s “happy place” is anywhere he gets to play with his two daughters.
Rene is the Controller of Phaze 3 Associates. Bringing over 15 years of Accounting experience, including 8 years of Property Management experience, Rene specializes in analyzing financial information, preparing accurate and timely financial reports/statements and ensuring appropriate accounting control procedures in order to maintain the integrity of all financial information provided.
When not in the Office, Rene enjoys spending time with his family and friends, or attending whichever sporting event is happening in Toronto (except for Maple Leaf games).