The Hellenic Initiative Board of Directors
Alexander Georgiadis – Co-President
Krinos Foods Canada Ltd.
Alexander Georgiadis, President Krinos Foods Canada Ltd.
Krinos is the leading importer, distributor and manufacturer of Greek/Mediterranean specialty foods with distribution and production facilities in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. The company sells through various distribution channels frozen, refrigerated and dry foods items in various product categories including, feta cheese, various hard cheeses, olives, olive oil, frozen pies, a variety of fillo dough products and other select high-end ethnic delicacies.
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.
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.
Elias Retsinas – Secretary
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.
Board of Directors
Managing partner of Richter LLP, over 23 years of experience counseling numerous Canadian-controlled private companies as well as public corporations. He practices in the area of tax working with businesses to meet their overall business objectives while ensuring that tax matters are properly addressed.
Over the years, Tasso Lagios has written numerous papers and been invited as a guest lecturer on topics ranging from corporate reorganizations, international taxation as well as industry specific topics such as real estate and retail.
Eldorado Gold Corporation
Eduardo Moura is business executive with Eldorado Gold Corporation. He has been based in Athens since 2012 as Eldorado’s Vice-President and General Manager for Greece. He joined Eldorado’s Sao Bento Gold Mine in Brazil in October 1996 as a Planning Engineer and relocated to the Vancouver office of Eldorado in the year 2000. Prior to being relocated to Greece Eduardo held the position of Vice-President, Corporate Development and was involved on numerous corporate transactions on behalf of Eldorado Gold. Eduardo has an MBA from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, a post-graduate degree in Engineering Economy from Fundacao Dom Cabral and a degree in Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil
Dr. John Sampalis
Medical Research Inc
Dr. John Sampalis is an entrepreneur who is recognised as one of Canada’s leading epidemiologists and the top trauma researcher in Canada. Founded in 1985, JSS Medical Research Inc. has over 25 years of experience in clinical research. With over 120 projects in 15 different therapeutic areas, their clinical operations teams handle high volumes of recruitment with over 400,000 patients processed at more than 8,000 sites in the last five years.
Dr. Sampalis is a tenured professor of Surgery and Epidemiology & Biostatistics of McGill University, the University of Montreal and University of Laval. Throughout his career he has received numerous scholarships from provincial and federal funding agencies including the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Health Development Program and the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Quebec. With over 140 peer-reviewed publications in high ranking journals and more than seven million dollars in research funding, Dr. Sampalis is recognized as one of the leading clinical epidemiologists in the world, and one of the top trauma researchers in Canada.
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.