Nimbus is pleased to welcome Warren Spitz as a shareholder.
Warren Spitz is the Founder (1986), President & CEO of the UCS Forest Group of Companies, a North American-based importer and distributor of high quality hardwood lumber and decorative panels. His other business interests include his role as Chair and Co-Founder of Frank Brothers Guitar Company and Co-Founder of Spitz Technologies Corp.
He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration) and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Sauder School of Business.
Mr. Spitz is a supporter of both the cultural arts and the broader community. He recently completed a nine-year term on the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and served as Chair of the HR, Governance and Nominating Committee. He created and co-Chaired “Friends of TIFF Gala” in 2012 and 2013 with his daughter Kelsey, Jennifer Tory and Academy Award Nominated Director Deepa Mehta. The two events netted over $1M for TIFF. Mr. Spitz recently was appointed Chair of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation Board.
He is a proud member of both Canada Company and the True Patriot Love Foundation, which support Canada’s military and their families. He has lectured on Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada, was the Founding Senator of the De La Salle College Oaklands Cadet Corps, and in 2011 co-Chaired with W. Brett Wilson “Operation Western Front”, a tribute gala dinner in Vancouver that raised $1M for the True Patriot Love Foundation. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on behalf of the Canadian Military.
Married for over 30 years, he and his wife Maureen spend their time between Toronto, Vancouver and California. Along with their three children, Gregory, Kelsey and Mathew, they enjoy traveling together, alpine skiing, waterskiing, and the cultural arts. Mr. Spitz is also an avid runner having completed 13 marathons including Boston, Athens, Seville, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
The Spitz Family and the UCS Group of companies are supporters of a broad array of charities including Plan International, the American and Canadian Red Cross, Children’s Aid Society, Habitat for Humanity, SickKids Foundation, Education Africa the Toronto International Film Festival, etc. They recently founded the Spitz Fellows Program, a pathway for Aboriginal women to pursue a business education at the Sauder School of Business with the goal of eliminating financial and other barriers to success.