Virtues@Work was formed to establish a forum for business professionals to discuss and develop effective ways of acting virtuously and leading corporations and individuals to grow in line with the principles of human dignity and the common good.
To contribute to the cultural, moral and intellectual wealth of Canadian society including by educating business professionals in the principles of solidarity, human dignity and the common good and by preparing the next generation of leaders to be persons of integrity, virtue and moral probity.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”
"Authentic leadership must be based on authentic anthropology, one that includes aretology, the science of virtues."
(book "Created for Greatness")
Peter Copeland is a husband, father, son, brother, Ontarian and Canadian. He has worked in entrepreneurship and business, teaching, academic writing and research, and politics. After pursuing graduate school in philosophy, he entered politics and public policy, where he now works as Director of Policy & Stakeholder Relations for Ontario’s Solicitor General. He also serves as an Associate Fellow with various think tanks and NGOs, where he writes, interviews and produces content at the intersection of ideas, science, public policy and culture. Much of his life has been spent in Southwestern Ontario, though he's called Vancouver and Montreal home for multiple years. His travels have taken him to Denmark for studies, and Korea to teach English. He has a deep and abiding interest in the intellectual side of things in general, and politics in particular. Trained in Business & Economics (BBA), as well as Philosophy (MA) with a focus on Political Theory, he attempts to synthesize insights he's gained in these areas to write about cultural and political issues from a philosophical perspective. A constant theme that guides his thinking is the focus on the coherence—both practical and conceptual—of intellectual frameworks, worldviews, and lifestyles; the assumption being that truth, goodness, and beauty are not separate from one another but found together in a coherent whole. He finds that a good deal of disagreement and conflict arises from the simultaneous pursuit of interests and values that are difficult or impossible to balance and realize together in practice, and a general lack of common sense and reflection. In a rapidly changing world, he thinks it is imperative to think strategically about how to instantiate the structures of governance and forms of life required to maintain a society characterized by ordered liberty.
Carlos Carderelli received his Bachelor’s degrees on Electric Engineering and Business Administration from University Mackenzie in Brazil and was the GM for a Brazilian CPG company for 20 years before moving to Canada where he lives with his wife Izabel and his two sons. In addition to his professional activities and at Virtues@Work, he also volunteers with the Ontario Track3 Adaptive Sports Association together with his sons.
Rob is a seasoned veteran from electric power generation industry with more than 34 years of experience in varied roles operations, engineering, forecasting as well as regulatory affairs. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering Science from University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. He has a keen interest in domestic and geo-politics, economics, industrial and energy policy. He is married to Flora, and resides in Oakville along with their children Maria and Stephen. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, chess and DIY projects. He is past President of Family Enrichment Toronto.
Douglas Kelly joined the Ottawa Citizen as a reporter in 1982, before joining the Financial Post in Toronto as Bay Street reporter in 1990. He later became Investing Editor of the FP.
He joined The National Post when it was launched in 1998, and held a number of positions before being named Editor-in-Chief in 2005. In 2010, he became Publisher of the Post. In 2013, he joined St. Joseph Communications, where he ultimately became President of its magazine division that today includes such titles Maclean's, Toronto Life, and Chatelaine.
A Toronto native, Doug is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program. He is a past recipient of the Asia-Pacific Fellowship for Journalists and editor of the Financial Post Guide to Investing.
Doug lives in Toronto with his wife. They are the proud parents of two sons and a beagle.
Mauricio Morales is the Service and Operations Coordinator and the Corporate Philosophy Team Leader at Kyocera Document Solutions Canada, Vancouver. He manages the branch inventory and operations and reviews corporate philosophy subjects and practices that make the work environment better. He has a BA in Philosophy and Human Resources Certificate from the University of Toronto. He spends his free time going out for hikes, playing tennis and mentoring at youth programs.
Gregorio Kilayko is the former chairman of ABN-Amro's banking operation in the Philippines. He was the founding head of ING Baring's stock brokerage and investment banking business in the Philippines and served as the Philippine Stock Exchange Governor from 1996 to 2000. He served as independent director of SM Prime and Belle Corporation from 2008 to 2019. He is currently an independent director of East West Bank and Philequity Funds.