The Hellenic Initiative Board of Directors
Alexander Georgiadis – Co-President
Krinos Foods Canada Ltd.
President Krinos Foods Canada Ltd. and Tiras Dairies Inc.
Krinos is the leading importer, distributor and manufacturer of Greek/Mediterranean specialty foods with distribution and production facilities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tiras Dairies, specializes in the production of Greek specialty cheeses in Alberta.
Alexander, holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University 85’ and a B.A. in Political Science from IONA College 83’. At Columbia as a student of the School of International and Public affairs (S.I.P.A.), he was elected President of his class and since 2009 he is also a member of the S.I.P.A. Advisory Board.
He speaks English, Greek, French and Spanish.
John Sotos – Co-President
John Sotos is the founding partner of Sotos LLP and carries on a broad transactional and dispute resolution practice in franchise, hospitality, automotive, grocery and distribution law.
John possesses unique expertise in franchising corporate networks, mergers of competing systems and offers an expert perspective on franchise regulation, having advised governments on both a national and international scale throughout his career. He regularly counsels companies on matters regarding structuring international and domestic franchise transactions, system restructurings, distribution of products and services as well as on franchise disclosure matters.
He offers strategic support to franchisors, buying or selling franchise systems, as well as those who are in the process of repositioning their concept or brand. John has significant expertise negotiating complex franchise matters and is counsel to numerous trade and not for profit associations.
John also has substantial experience advising family owned companies in transitioning to professional management, including the establishment, management and leadership of advisory and other boards that facilitate intergenerational succession.
Anna Antonopoulos – Treasurer
Vice President Finance
Anna Antonopoulos CPA, CA: Vice President Finance of the Antonopoulos Group, a dynamic hospitality and real estate company with a portfolio of boutique hotels, restaurants and spas in Old Montreal. Over the past many years, the group has been recognized on several occasions for its exceptional contribution to regional tourism.
Anna is also a board member of the Foundation of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Montreal. The Antonopoulos Group has been honoured with the Montreal Arts-Business Award for their continued support of the arts.
Jenny P. Mboutsiadis – Secretary
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Jenny P. Mboutsiadis is a lawyer who represents taxpayers in their disputes with Canadian tax authorities. She is an expert tax litigator with almost two decades of trial experience and has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. She has expertise in corporate tax matters and issues affecting high net worth individuals. Recently, Jenny spent eleven years as a tax litigator for the Department of Justice Canada. Prior to that, she was a tax litigator at another leading Bay Street law firm.
Jenny was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. She holds a Master of Laws in tax law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, an LLB from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and History from the University of Toronto.
Along with her parents and brother, Jenny has been an active member of Toronto’s Greek community since childhood. She has been involved with the Society of Kastorians and Suburbs (Toronto), the Greek Community of Toronto, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.
Board of Directors
Ambassador Robert Peck
With nearly 35 years in the Government of Canada as a career Foreign Service Officer,
Ambassador Peck has held a number of important roles in Canada and abroad.
In Ottawa these have included Press Secretary and Departmental Spokesperson to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Protocol of Canada. Mr. Peck was Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria from 2004 to 2007.
He recently returned to Canada following his tenure as Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic and High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus from 2011 to 2015.
Ambassador Peck was recognized as a tireless champion of Canada-Greece relations, including the promotion of enhanced bilateral trade/investment and cultural relations. He and his Greek-born wife, Maria Pantazi-Peck, continue to be ardent supporters of several humanitarian organizations including ELPIDA and Aghia Sophia Hospital in Athens, chronic care facility Asylon Aniaton, and Greek NGO “The Smile of the Child.”
Mr. Peck has been recognized with numerous awards including the Foreign Minister’s Citation for Foreign Policy Excellence, the Minister’s Merit Award and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the Hellenic Republic.
Former Director, Ontario Securities Commission
Tula held senior positions at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) for 16 years, retiring December 2015. As Director of the Office of Domestic and International Affairs, she strengthened relationships to advance securities reform initiatives, provided advice on a broad range of securities issues, negotiated international agreements and worked with Canadian and international regulators and governments to develop standards and laws in securities regulation. Tula represented the OSC at the International Organization of Securities Commissions and at the Joint Forum of Securities, Banking and Insurance Regulators.
Prior to the OSC, Tula served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Finance. She also had the honour of serving as a Citizenship Court Judge.
Tula is currently Vice-President of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation.
Canada Auto Parks
Mr. Andreas Papadakos immigrated from Greece in his early teens and embraced the Canadian culture while maintain his Greek roots. As an entrepreneur Mr. Papadakos has built a very successful parking business in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding Cities. He has expanded his horizon to include residential and commercial real estate holdings to include medical buildings, pharmacy, commercial buildings and lands. Andreas has and is involved in numerous Greek organizations, boards and supported many Greek events. Andreas has a passion to promote Greek culture and products and recently started importing wines and beers from Greece.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Elias Retsinas specializes in real estate law and is a senior partner at Fasken Martineau’s Montreal office. His practice is focused on the acquisition, financing, development and leasing of real estate assets such as office and residential complexes, shopping centres, resorts, wilderness estates and hotel properties.
Elias regularly acts on behalf of domestic and foreign family offices, lenders, property owners/investors, developers and hotel banners and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the technical and business aspects surrounding the real estate industry.
Elias recently led various high-profile real estate transactions including the conclusion of construction and term financing arrangements exceeding $3B with some of Canada’s most active lenders and real estate developers.
Washington, D.C. correspondent
Katerina Sokou is Principal at News Intelligence, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and the Washington Correspondent for Greek daily Kathimerini and SKAI TV. She is a contributor to American and European media on Greece, the U.S. and transatlantic relations. She has also covered the Eurozone, interviewing senior officials and prominent economists, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Piraeus, researching the US role in the Greek debt crisis.
Previously, she was a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, worked at the business desk of the Washington Post, was International Financial News editor at Kathimerini and a financial reporter at To Vima newspaper, where she covered Greece’s entry to the Eurozone. Ms. Sokou obtained a B.A. in History with Honours from the University of Ioannina, Greece, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK, and an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism.
Retired United Nations Secretariat Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. Zisis Haritos, Economist, has served in his career as Staff and Consultant at a number of national and international organizations including the Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments, United Nations Secretariat, European Union Commision, World Bank (IBRD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). His international experience includes: public project management, public infrastructure planning, privatization of state assets and crown corporations, (i.e. Air Canada, CNR, airports and ports), and regulation and pricing of transport infrastructure. His field project experience covers over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia as welll as Canada. He held long-term assignments as Adviser to Governments: of EU Candidate Countries with the purpose to assist them in fulfilling conditions for becoming members of the EU (acquis communautaire); of developing countries in transport planning in Africa; and of countries-in-transition in East and Southeast Europe, Caucuses and Central Asia on behalf of the United Nations Secretariat.
He held University appointments as Honorary Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, and Visiting Professor and Research Associate at the University of Toronto and York University Joint Program in Transport. He is member of international professional associations. He is author of a book in transport economics and of a number of articles in international refereed learned journals.
His education includes: BASc (Electrical Engineering), MA (Economics) and PhD (Economics).
He has a daughter and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Alexander Georgiadis, Chair
Grant Application Oversight
Jenny Mpoutsiadis, Chair
Tula Alexopoulos, Member
Katerina Sokou, Chair
Katerina Alexakis, Member
Katerina Sokou, Chair
Director of Operations
Katerina Alexakis, Unite Creative INC.
Natasha Bourliaskou, Programs and Events Coordinator
Maria Antonopoulos, Le Groupe Antonopoulos
Spyridon Kotsovilis, University of Toronto
Vasileios Tsianos, StrategyCorp Inc.
Yonida Koukio, McCarthy Tétrault
Dimitris Vohaitis, News Correspondent-Photographer
Aphrodite Salas, Concordia University
Joenne Vrakas, CityTV
John Yannitsos, Bow Cliff Seniors
Danai-Maria (Aria) Karafylis
New Leaders Host Committee
Natasha Bourliaskou (Chair)
Julia Al Alkaila
Agis Ioannis Kitsikis