David G. Samuel, Board Chair
Dave joined Birch Hill in 2005. Dave is Chairman of GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. and also serves on the Board of Directors of Creation Technologies, Sigma Systems and Softchoice. He has also served on the Board of Aquaterra, EISI and was Chairman of Shred-it International. Prior to joining Birch Hill, Dave had over 15 years of experience in private equity, operations, consulting and investment banking. Dave’s experience includes serving as President, Rogers Cable (High Speed Internet Access) and working at McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley. Dave received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.
Claude Bigras, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Since 1982, Mr. Bigras has spent his career in the construction, janitorial and facility maintenance industry. He joined GDI in 1994 and later became a major shareholder in 1998. Over the years, he has held many positions, and became President and CEO of GDI in December 2004. In his role as President and CEO, Mr. Bigras has overseen GDI’s significant organic growth, leading GDI to become the largest janitorial services company in Canada, and one of the largest in North America. Through his leadership, perspective and experience, Mr. Bigras has driven the development of GDI’s key financial strategic planning, and brings with him an exceptional track record of strategic acquisitions. Mr. Bigras holds certificates in Finance and Management from École des Hautes Études commerciales in Montréal.
Michael Boychuk, Director
Mr. Boychuk has been President and CEO of Bimcor Inc. since 2009. Bimcor is a private sector pension plan manager for the Bell Canada group of companies and is a registered adviser with the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec) and the Ontario Securities Commission. He was previously a director Yellow Media Inc., Yellow Pages Digital & Media Solutions Limited, Yellow Pages Limited and currently serves as director at Laurentian Bank of Canada. From 1999 to 2009, he was Senior Vice-President and Treasurer of BCE Inc./Bell Canada, being responsible for all treasury, corporate security as well as environment and sustainability activities, and for the BCE Group of companies’ pension plans. Mr. Boychuk is a member of the Board of Governors and Chair of McGill University’s Audit Committee. He also serves on the International Advisory Committee of McGill University’s Faculty of Management, is a member of the Advisory Board of Nunavut Trust and sits on the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Investment Committee. Mr. Boychuk is a graduate of McGill University (Bachelors of Commerce 1977, GDPA 1978, CPA, CA 1979, FCPA, FCA 2012) and has been a professional chartered accountant since 1979. He became a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec in 2012.
David A. Galloway, Director
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Galloway was a member of Bank of Montreal’s board of directors and was appointed Chairman of the board of directors on May 1, 2004. While at the Bank of Montreal, he served on the Risk Review Committee and the Human Resources and Management Compensation Committee. He was also a director of Harris Financial Corp. and served on its Risk Oversight Committee. Mr. Galloway is the former President and CEO of Torstar Corporation, a position he held from 1988 to 2002. He joined Torstar in 1981 and became the President and CEO for Harlequin Worldwide in 1982. Prior to joining Torstar, he was a founding partner of the Canada Consulting Group, a leading strategic management consulting firm that was acquired by the Boston Consulting Group. He has previously served on the following boards: Shell Canada Ltd., Cognos Incorporated, Abitibi-Consolidated, Hudson’s Bay Company, Clearnet Communications Inc., Corel Corporation, Torstar Corporation, Visible Genetics and Westburne Inc. Today, Mr. Galloway is retired but currently sits on the boards of Toromont Industries Ltd. and Scripps Network Interactive, Inc. Mr. Galloway has a bachelor’s degree (Honours) in political science and economics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Murray Leimert, Director
Mr. Leimert has been in the construction and trade services business for over 30 years, having done every job from Apprentice to President. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Leimert acted in a number of senior operational and internal management roles as part of the fast growing Flint Energy organization. Mr. Leimert was the founding President of Braid Industrial Services, an industrial electrical and instrumentation contractor, from 2005 to 2010. In 2010 he joined Trydor as President, guiding the company through its sale to Wesco Distribution in 2012. Mr. Leimert joined Ainsworth Inc. (‘’Ainsworth’’) as President and COO in 2012, responsible for re-positioning the company as a national skilled trade services company serving the commercial and institutional sectors. Mr. Leimert possesses a Master Electrician Ticket and an Executive Management Program from Queens University. With GDI’s acquisition of Ainsworth in November of 2015, Mr. Leimert has decided to transition out of his role as President and to offer his operational experience as a director on the Board of GDI.
Richard G. Roy, Director
For the past 15 years, Mr. Roy has spent his career at Uni-Sélect Inc., a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry, the fifth-largest automotive parts distributor and largest independent paint distributor in North America. Mr. Roy has occupied an array of executive positions with Uni-Sélect – from 1999 to 2007 he acted as the company’s CFO, from 2007 to 2008 he acted as its Chief Operating Officer and from 2008 on he assumed the position of President and CEO. He also currently sits on the board of directors of Dollarama Inc., the leading dollar store operator in Canada with over 900 stores spanned across the country. Mr. Roy holds a bachelor’s degree from École des Hautes Études commerciales in Montréal and holds FCPA and FCA designations.
Carl M. Youngman, Director
Mr. Youngman is founder, Chairman and CEO of Youngman & Charm, a private equity investment management and consulting firm, and is on the Advisory Board of Schultze Asset Management, LLC, a U.S. based distressed securities manager. For over 30 years he has been helping public and private companies, their managements, investors in companies and lenders to companies resolve their operational and financial problems. Mr. Youngman is an active member of several professional associations and was a founder and former Vice-Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association and holds the designation of Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) from the Turnaround Management Association and an Executive Master’s degree from The American College of Corporate Directors. Mr. Youngman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.