THI Canada’s New Leaders Launch Event

December 11, 2019


Join us for an evening of discussion, insightful information and learn from our distinguished guests how we can help Greece through our programs of crisis relief and direct philanthropy.

Date: December 11th, Wednesday
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30pm. Reception to follow.
Venue: The Burroughes building, 639 Queen St W, Toronto
Cocktail & Interview Session Hosted by Sandra Gionas producer with TVO’s The Agenda.


Peter Polydor

Peter Polydor is a successful entrepreneur who has built successful companies in web services, finance and real estate. He is the Founder and President of Ergo Holdings, a privately-held group of companies in the finance, tech and real estate sectors. Currently Peter is the CEO of their venture arm Ergo Capital which focuses on investments in tech and high-growth sectors. In addition to his work at Ergo Capital, Peter is the Founder of the Eureka Building, a 3-acre tech hub meant to foster innovation and entrepreneurs with locations in California and Canada. As well, he is an Honorary Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales and President of Ergo Properties.

Peter is a recipient of the Greek 40 Under 40 award, the Power 30 Under 30 award, Charter Member of the Canadian C100 and Founder of Accelerate Greece. He was an Edmonson Fellow at the University of Southern California, received his BA from Occidental College and his MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford, Said Business School.

A THI Talk Peter Polydor


Sandra Gionas

Sandra Gionas is an award-winning producer with TVO’s nightly current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Though the program covers everything from politics at home to foreign affairs, social changes to the digital revolution, Sandra regularly covers health care reform and provincial politics. She has also worked on TVO shows Studio 2, and More 2 Life. Sandra is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and Ryerson University’s School of Journalism.

Sandra was lead producer for The Agenda’s “Mental Health Matters” series which won a Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario 2013 Media Award for Television, Best In-Depth Feature and the 2012 Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto’s Public Service award for raising awareness about mental health issues. Sandra is a member of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and sits on its board.

THI Toronto - New Leaders - Dec 11

All proceeds of this event will go towards supporting our work with partner charity Prolepsis/Diatrofi providing daily meals to schoolchildren in impoverished areas of Greece. The situation is so dire for many of these children that their school lunch is the only meal that they will receive on a daily basis.

THI Canada’s grant, with a matching donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, has already provided 130,000 meals to students suffering from food insecurity and hunger. THI Canada’s further contribution of $50,000 provided food for 450 students for the 2018-2019 school year and the support continues for the next school year.

THI Canada is continuing to support and provide meals to students in need for the school year 2019-2020 by working with Prolepsis/Diatrofi and a further grant of $50,000 CAD. The following schools participated in the DIATROFI Program with the grant provided by THI Canada (all students attending each school received the meal on a daily basis)

1. Κindergarten of Sageika: 30 students
2. Elementary school of Sageika: 140 students
3. High school of Athens for students with special needs: 74 students
4. High school of Aghios Dimitrios for students with special needs: 124 students
5. Kindergarten of Alexandreia for students with special needs: 4 students
6. Elementary school of Alexandreia for students with special needs: 29 students
7. High school of Argyroupolis for students with special needs: 30 students




Vasileios Tsianos

Juilia Overs

Marissa Soumalias


Natasha Bourliaskou (Chair)
Vasileios Tsianos
Ioanna Bampe
Maria Eminidou
Chris Mantelos
Patrick Kanopoulos
Peter Belesiotis
Marisa Vekios
Aria Karafylis
Irene Derpanis
Yonida Koukio
Athan Papadas
Nicole Vassiliou
Georgios Petridis
Eva Sypsis
Vasili Bourikas
Julia Al Alkaila
Agis Ioannis Kitsikis
Jason Tsoukas
Phillipos Georgiadis
Alysa Batzios
Anatoly Mavromatis
Anastasia Drakos
Andreas Kalogiannides
Styliani Papoutsi
The Hellenic Initiative Canada (THI Canada) New Leaders Section is an international group of like-minded young professionals 21-40 years of age who actively believe in investing in the future of Greece through direct philanthropy and crisis relief. New Leaders are Greeks and Philhellenes of the Diaspora who are passionate about working together (Oli Mazi) to fund-raise, donate their time, resources, skills and expertise in helping to build a better future for Hellas.

All attendees who have purchased a ticket enter a raffle to win a one night stay in a standard room at the historic William Gray Hotel in Montreal + Thermal experience for two at Spa William Gray, compliments of Le Groupe Antonopoulos.