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.
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
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.
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.
Stonegate Private Counsel
Michael Mallinos, a Principal and founding Partner of Stonegate Private Counsel, brings extensive experience in managing all facets of a high net worth families’ financial affairs. Michael has worked for many years developing a ‘Family Office’ solution- dealing not only with Investment, Estate, and Tax planning, but also wealth and business succession planning. Understanding that wealth stewardship means more than just the numbers, Michael facilitates a focus on open and transparent communication with all family members. Helping families define their own unique “Philosophy of Wealth” as an integral step in creating the foundation on which a successful transition plan is built. With more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, Michael holds the Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA), the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), the Financial Management Advisor (FMA) and the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designations, as well as being a registered Portfolio Manager. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and is involved in various charities, serving as the Chair of the Royal Patron’s Circle, the (past) Co-Chair of the Young Patron’s Circle and a current member of the Planned Giving Committee at the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as a founding member and board member of the Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada. He and his wife reside in Toronto with their two children
Jenny P. Mboutsiadis
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.
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.