New Estonian Centre a game-changer for our community
What do you do?
I have operated my business since 1990 as a Chartered Professional Accountant – Chartered Accountant (CPA-CA) and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).
My main business is litigation support for public and private companies in North America and internationally. I also have a particular passion for the non-profit and academic worlds and have been involved for many years in leading a number of high-level and successful development and fund-raising projects.
What is your role in the Estonian Centre Project?
I’d like to make it very clear right off the bat that I am incredibly excited and inspired by this project – otherwise I wouldn’t be involved. I’m very pleased to lend the expertise that I can to help ensure the project is a success in every aspect.
I’ve been providing general oversight in terms of finance, accounting and risk management. I help identify potential road blocks and help figure out what we need to do to solve them.
Part of my role as well is to help do some serious thinking around just how we will build in the financial efficiencies so that the long term success of this centre is assured.
I will continue to be involved in this important project for the future of our community in the months to come. You will continue to hear from me!
In your opinion, how is the due diligence going?
It is going very well, and nearing completion. It’s a process, and we can only move as fast as the city of Toronto allows us to. The planning approval process can seem lengthy and cumbersome, but this is normal in any development of this scale and in a location like the heart of Toronto. It’s true what they say – you can’t rush city hall, and we wouldn’t want to even if we could. Everything must be completely above board and follow every rule and regulation.
The four organizations leading this project – Estonian House, Tartu College, Estonian Foundation of Canada and Estonian Credit Union – are working diligently toward the goal of developing a new centre for the Estonian community. And, as part of the oversight I have been providing, and I can assure you that the process is in keeping with the resolutions agreed to by a strong majority of the Estonian House shareholders.
From a professional and personal standpoint, I could not be involved in this project if there was any indication of impropriety.
6. detsembril värvus maailm Soome 100. a juubeli auks sinivalgeks. Soome rahvusvärvidesse oli ka ehitud Niagara juga. 6. detsembril möödus 100 aastat päevast, mil Soomest sai iseseisev riik. Soome iseseisvuspäev on Soome rahvuspüha ja Soome lipupäev.
Sinivalgete tulede säras lehvis Soome lipp kõrgelt ja uhkelt ka Ottawas Soome suursaadiku ametliku residentsi ees. Soome suursaadik Kanadas Vesa Lehtonen ja tema abikaasa Pirjetta Manninen korraldasid oma kodus piduliku vastuvõtu, tähistamaks Soome Vabariigi 100. iseseisvuspäeva. Kutsutud külaliste seas olid Kanada valitsuse liikmed, suursaadikud ja diplomaadid kogu maailmast, soomlased ja soomlaste sõbrad üle kogu Kanada.
Ametlikus osas võtsid sõna Vesa Lehtonen, Soome suursaadik Kanadas ja minister Patricia A. Hajdu, MP, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.