10th August 2018

Speakers 2018

Alan Wilson

Alan is an International Executive with 30 years’ experience delivering business and technology solutions both in the private and public sector in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.Alan’s sector experience covers software and electronics, finance, aerospace and defence, advanced manufacturing and retail. He has recently worked with colleagues in local government and in DiT to develop Northern Ireland’s Regeneration Pitch Book. This was launched at UK MIPIM in October 2017.More widely, whilst Alan leads on Northern Ireland’s investment strategy, he also assists C level executives of high tech Foreign Direct Investment companies to set up in Northern Ireland. He has also identified significant international trade, export and partnering opportunities for local businesses.

Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly QC is described by the leading industry directory as having “a phenomenal court presence”. Brendan’s practice focuses on the provision of advice and advocacy in cases of fraud, serious crime, and regulatory law. As well as representing individuals, he is also sought out by regulated professionals for cases arising in the workplace. He also regularly advises and represents corporate clients, as well as their individual directors and officers (both in the UK and abroad), in all aspects of business crime.As well as being ranked as a ‘Leading Silk’ in Crime and Financial Crime in Legal 500 and a ‘Leading Silk’ for Crime in Chambers UK, Brendan is ranked in Band 1 for Financial Crime in this years’ Chambers UK Guide where he is described as:“A very measured advocate who commands considerable respect. He is a popular choice for individuals facing charges of fraud, money laundering and bribery. Of late, his focus has been on high-value tax fraud.”

Colin Harvey

Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast and a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

He has served as Head of the Law School, a member of Senate, a Director of the Human Rights Centre, and as a Director of Research. Before returning to Queen’s in 2005 he was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Leeds. He has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught on the George Washington University – Oxford University Summer School in International Human Rights Law, and on the international human rights programme at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Academic Panel at Doughty Street Chambers, and a Senior Research Associate, Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Professor Harvey was a member of the REF2014 Law sub-panel and a member of the REF2014 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. He has served as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and as a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council. He is the Editor of the Series Human Rights Law in Perspective (Hart-Bloomsbury) and is on the editorial boards of Human Rights Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and European Human Rights Law Review. He has written and taught extensively on human rights law and policy and is currently leading an ESRC funded project on the consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland.

Jackie Henry

Jackie leads the Public Sector business in Northern Ireland, is a member of the CBI Council and the public sector reform committee. Based in Belfast, she also fulfils the role of Senior Partner for Northern Ireland and is responsible for Deloitte’s business in the region. She has over 20 years’ experience in consulting in both the public and private sectors and has supported the NI public Sector in a number of key reorganisation reform projects.

James E. Rooney

James E. Rooney is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, one of the region’s leading business associations.

Under Rooney’s guidance, the Boston Chamber has become the leading voice of the business community on public policy issues, weighing in on important matters such as our region’s public transportation infrastructure, economic mobility, health care costs, workforce development and policy regarding our state’s competitiveness. In addition, Rooney has focused on broadening the Chamber’s membership, including introducing new programs and initiatives designed to attract and retain next generation leaders, minority-owned and small businesses.

Prior to joining the Chamber in 2015, Rooney was executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority for nearly 15 years, overseeing the development and construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and leading the management teams of four MCCA owned facilities in Massachusetts.

Before moving to the MCCA in 2001, Rooney served two years as Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, chairing the Mayor’s cabinet and playing a critical role in all aspects of city governance including education, public safety, public works and transportation. He began his public career at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the nation’s fourth largest transit system, where he spent 18 years, starting as a track laborer and ending as Deputy General Manager. He also served one year as the MBTA’s Acting General Manager during a gubernatorial transition. During the 1990s, Rooney served in senior positions at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and the Central Artery Project, Boston’s $15 billion “Big Dig” highway project.

Rooney has served in leadership positions on several boards of directors and currently sits on professional and non-profit boards including the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) North American Advisory Board/Mexico Tourism Board, the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE), The Partnership, Inc., and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC).

Rooney has been recognized many times throughout his career for both professional and civic contributions including, a PCMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the global meetings industry and a City of Boston Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership and advocacy for immigrant advancement and diversity. In 2018, Rooney was named one of Boston’s Top 10 Most Influential People by Boston Magazine.Rooney grew up in South Boston and attended the prestigious Boston Latin School, graduating as president of his class. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and attended the Boston University Graduate School of Management.

John Feerick

Oldest child of immigrants from County Mayo. Educated at Fordham University and practiced law at Skadden for 21 years and then served as Dean at Fordham Law for 21 years. Occupies the Sidney Norris Chair in Public Service at Fordham and serves as founder of the School’s Center for Social Justice. Peace and reconciliation activities in Ireland was part of his agenda as dean, leading to the founding of a summer law program by Fordham in Ireland linking Queens in Belfast and University College Dublin. Accompanied President Clinton to Belfast in 1995 and has hosted visitors from Belfast to Fordham and brought many Fordham students and alumni to Belfast.

In 2017, he received the American Bar Association Medal, its highest award, which noted his numerous appointments and services of others and his integrity and compassion. Honored by the organized bar, universities, the Catholic Church, and citizen groups, including the Flax Trust. He served as President of the NY City Bar Association and Citizens Union Foundation and helped craft the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The author of books and articles, he is married to Emalie Platt and they are the parents of 6 children and 11 grandchildren.

John Lynch

John Lynch is the Vice President of Concept to Consumer at Reebok.Appointed to this position in December 2015, John is responsible for Reebok’s Global Business and Marketing Planning, Retail Support, Licensing and Business Development. John drives the Reebok brand through all global markets.

John first joined Reebok in 1999 and has held various positions in Marketing Communications and Sports Marketing. Prior to his current role, John served as Vice President and Brand Director for the Reebok brand from 2008-2012. In that role, John played a major part in Reebok’s rebranding as THE fitness and training brand. Since then, John has played an integral role in developing and launching Reebok’s partnership with Les Mills in 2013.Before joining Reebok, John was the director of marketing for Polaroid Corporation.

John is an active CrossFitter and runner, but loves all fitness and sports. John received his undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts in 1986 and earned his MBA from Duke University in 1990. He lives in Melrose, MA with his wife Mimi, and their three children.

John Turley

John joined the team at Macaulay Wray Solicitors as partner at the beginning of 2017. His specialism is corporate and commercial law and includes all manner of advice in relation to mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, group reorganisations, hotel sales and purchases and commercial contracts.

He is regularly instructed on general corporate/commercial advisory matters, and has particular experience in advising on the legal aspects of the delivery of domestic sporting events. He also advises sports bodies, sports clubs and sports people in an individual capacity.

A finalist at the Insider’s Dealmaker Awards in the category of Young Dealmaker of the Year in 2016, John’s clients have described him as being ‘commercially minded and practical’ (Legal 500) and he has been praised by clients for his ‘timeliness of delivery and attention to detail’ (Chambers & Partners).

Dr. Karen McCullagh

Karen McCullagh a Lecturer in Law and Course Director for the LLM in Media Law, Policy & Practice at the University of East Anglia. She is a non-practising Solicitor, having qualified and practised Law in Northern Ireland before entering academia. Her research specialism is information rights, encompassing privacy, data protection, and freedom of information. One strand of her recent and on-going research focuses on the data protection implications of Brexit, in respect of which she has provided advice to Governments, Universities, Research Funding bodies, Businesses, and representative bodies e.g. the National Association of Data Protection Officers.

Lord Haughey, OBE

Lord Haughey was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow in 1956.He served an apprenticeship as a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer.

After working abroad for two and a half years in the United Arab Emirates in the early eighties, he returned to Glasgow and set up the company City Refrigeration in 1985 with his wife Susan. The company started its first year with 4 employees with a turnover of £100k. City is now one of the largest privately owned Facilities Management companies in the world with offices in the UK, France, Australia, Kuala Lumpur and North America and employs just over 12,000 people, with an annual turnover of approximately £1bn. City is proud to have some of the largest companies in the world on its client base, i.e. Wal*Mart/Asda, Wesfarmers/Coles, Giant, Jardine Matheson, South Eastern Grocers and BP to name but a few.

Outside of City, Lord Haughey has many other business interests. He was a Director of Celtic Football Club plc for two and a half years from 1994 to 1997 and is now an Ambassador for the Club.In 2000 – He was voted Entrepreneur of the Year for Scotland.

In 2003 – Received the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for Entrepreneurship in the West of Scotland.
In 2005 – Honorary Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University – Doctor of Technology.
In 2012 – Received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
In 2013 – Was elevated to the House of Lords.
In 2018 – Voted Entrepreneur of the Year for Sustained Excellence
In 2018 – Voted Entrepreneur of the Year for ScotlandThe Haughey family has set up a charitable trust that has donated over £9m to charity.

Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins is an acclaimed Northern Irish director and writer. His films – including The First Movie, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, What is This Film Called Love?, Life May Be, A Story of Children and Film, Atomic, Stockholm My Love and The Eyes of Orson Welles – have premiered in Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Venice film festivals and have won the Prix Italia, a Peabody, the Stanley Kubrick Award and many other prizes. He was worked in Iraq, Sarajevo during the siege, Iran, across Asia and in America in Europe. He is Honorary Professor of film at the University of Glasgow, and had Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling.His books include Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary, and the The Story of Looking. He writes for Sight & Sound and Filmkrant and has collaborated with Tilda Swinton on innovative film events. He is the Chair of the Belfast Film Festival, a Patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and a board member of Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. His new project is a 16 hour documentary which rethinks cinema. It is narrated by Jane Fonda and Tilda Swinton.

Mark Dowds

Mark Dowds does nothing in half measures.An accomplished endurance runner and cyclist, a serial investor and startup founder, Mark has earned a name for his ability to motivate others to get “unstuck”—to innovate in old spaces and displace established industries in the name of relevance. He brings that level of commitment to the world of tech whether he is getting a new initiative off the ground or empowering audiences around the world.

In 2012 he co-founded Trov—the world’s first on-demand insurance platform—and today is accountable for all revenue, strategy, and growth as the company expands internationally. In two decades he has helped get dozens of ventures off the ground, through his Canadian-based incubators Fresh Initiatives and Creationstep. During his time in Toronto, he established a co-working facility that helped nurture the city’s emerging web 2.0 community and half a dozen other start-ups, including ServiceCloud that was acquired by Salesforce.com.

Mark was an LP in Bullet Time Ventures, an early seed investor in Uber, Twilio and is a current LP in Anthemis Venture Fund. He is the Chairman of Techstart Ventures, helping entrepreneurs build successful technology businesses from the ground up.

Mark is the Chairman of Generation Innovation – a program designed to bring entrepreneurial experiences to high school students throughout Northern Ireland. He is an advisor to several companies including, Modius Health, StageTEN, and eHarvestHub.

Mark is an electric speaker – tackling topics like disruption, relevance and upending the ways we approach problems primarily in the tech, finance, and insurance sectors. He thrives on pushing people forward to accomplish big things.

If he is not on a plane or a stage, these days Mark is on a bike or spending time creating adventures with his two teenagers and wife of 21 years.

Mr Mike Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist Party Leader 2012-2017 | MLA for Strangford, Northern Ireland Assembly
In 2012 he co-founded Trov—the world’s first on-demand insurance platform—and today is accountable for all revenue, strategy, and growth as the company expands internationally. In two decades he has helped get dozens of ventures off the ground, through his Canadian-based incubators Fresh Initiatives and Creationstep. During his time in Toronto, he established a co-working facility that helped nurture the city’s emerging web 2.0 community and half a dozen other start-ups, including ServiceCloud that was acquired by Salesforce.com.

Mike was born in Belfast and grew up during the 30-plus year conflict in Northern Ireland otherwise known as ‘the Troubles’, which claimed over 3,500 lives from a population of 1.8 million; pro rata, that is the equivalent of around half a million lost lives in the United States. On 25 January 1973, the Nesbitt family linen business was blown up by the IRA, sparking Mike’s lifelong interest in politics and in the human cost of conflict.

Mike graduated with an honours degree in English from Cambridge University in England and beginning a Master of Business Administration course at Queen’s University in Belfast, before starting a career in broadcast sports journalism. Mike switched to news and current affairs in 1986, reporting on all the major events in Northern Ireland, including security matters and the peace and political processes.

In 2007, Mike became a Commissioner for Victims & Survivors of the Northern Ireland Troubles, responsible for promoting the needs and interests of those who suffered most during the conflict. In May 2011, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly for the Ulster Unionist Party and quickly became Leader. Mike was praised in many quarters for his progressive leadership, known for his commitment to the promotion of post-sectarian values, inclusion and reform.

Moira Loughran

Client & Sector Manager (Financial, Professional & Legal Services), Invest Northern Ireland
Moira is a Client & Sector Development Manager for Financial & Professional Services in Invest NI’s Technology & Services Division, with a particular focus on legal services. She manages a team of executives, works with a portfolio of major existing investors and has responsibility for the development and implementation of Invest NI’s legal sector development strategy.

Her key strategic priorities for the NI legal sector are increased internationalisation and the growth of a more expansive cluster in the region. A business & languages graduate from Ulster University with a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management, Moira has worked in economic development for over 15 years. Before moving to her current role in client, team and sector management in 2018, Moira worked as Regional Manager in Invest NI, leading a team to help develop the economy by assisting new export focused companies and existing SME’s to grow in new markets.

Title of Talk: The evolution of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Sector

Dame Mary Peters

In the 1972 Summer Olympics, Peters won the gold medal in the women’s pentathlon, having finished 4th in 1964 and 9th in 1968. To win the gold medal, she narrowly beat the local favourite, Heide Rosendahl.

She represented Northern Ireland at every Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1974. In these games she won 2 gold medals for the pentathlon, plus a gold and silver medal for the shot put.

She was appointed CBE in 1990, having been appointed MBE in 1972. In 2000 she was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire, the year in which Denise Lewis won gold in the women’s multi-discipline event, now the heptathlon.

Northern Ireland’s premier athletics track, on the outskirts of Belfast, is called the Mary Peters Track in her honour. In April 2009 she became Lord Lieutenant of the City of Belfast.

Mary Sugrue

Mary Sugrue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Irish American Partnership.Ms. Sugrue has been with the Irish American Partnership for 27 years, serving as Executive Director before assuming the role of CEO. Originally from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, she graduated from National University of Ireland Carysfort College Dublin with a degree in education and spent three years teaching primary school in Ireland. As an Irish teacher by training, she possesses an indispensable perspective for furthering the Partnership’s mission through impactful grants to schools, educational programs, and community development initiatives.

Michael J. Fitzpatrick

Michael J. Fitzpatrick was elected to the New York State Assembly, on November 5, 2002, representing the 8th Assembly District. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as a member of the Smithtown Town Council for 15 years, from 1988 through 2002.

The 8th AD, within Suffolk County, is composed of the Town of Smithtown in its entirety and northern portions of the Town of Islip, notably the Islip portion of Hauppauge, and a portion of the village of Islandia. Assemblyman Fitzpatrick serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Housing Committee and is a member of the Ways and Means, Higher Education, Agriculture and Labor committees. Mr. Fitzpatrick is an active member of the New York State Chapter of the American-Irish Legislators Society and is currently serving as secretary. Maintaining a presence in the private sector, whose vitality he strives to bolster as a legislator, Mr. Fitzpatrick spent 16 years in the financial services industry.

Active in the community, Assemblyman Fitzpatrick is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and past president of the board of trustees of the Cleary School for the Deaf in Nesconset, New York, where he remains an honorary trustee. He was a member of the Suffolk County Charter Revision Commission and the Human Services Committee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.Assemblyman Fitzpatrick is a 1975 graduate of Hauppauge High School and a 1979 graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, from where he received his B.A. in Business Administration.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was born in Jamaica, Queens on April 15, 1957 and raised in Hauppauge, Long Island. He is married to the former Lorena Herrera of Chihuahua, Mexico, with whom he has raised two children, Corina and Michael. The couple resides in the hamlet of St. James in Smithtown.

Standing committee assignments for 2017-18: Housing, Ways and Means, Higher Education, Agriculture and Labor. Member of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

Michael George

Michael George is a partner with The Versant Group (“Versant”), a real estate focused asset management company. Prior to joining Versant in 2017, Mr. George served as a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Prior to joining Fortress in 2009, Mr. George spent ten years with Deutsche Bank where he was most recently a Managing Director in the Institutional Client Group with responsibility for the Bank’s largest North American clients. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 1999, Mr. George served as Co-Head of Mortgage Backed Securities Trading at Lehman Brothers where he started his career in 1986.

Mr. George graduated from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University with an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science and a postgraduate diploma in Computer Science. Whilst at Cambridge University Mr. George played Rugby for the University 1st XV for three years, ‘walking-on’ to the team.

Nicholas Malito

Nick is an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP where his practice focuses on commercial leasing, bankruptcy, litigation, and advising emergent companies.He represents national and regional clients in commercial leasing and retail property development, from the inception of lease negotiation to retail store launch. Nick’s broad civil litigation experience includes prosecuting and defending appeals, business torts, intellectual property disputes, real estate disputes, construction claims, bankruptcy avoidance actions, claims for disability and employment discrimination, and mass tort claims. Nick also advises emergent companies across all stages of development.

Paul McErlean

Paul McErlean is Managing Director and founder of MCE Public Relations Ltd. He has over 25 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors at all levels focusing in business to business, business to consumer, corporate, financial, political and crisis communications.

Paul previously was joint Managing Director of another major Northern Ireland PR agency and spent a number of years advising the Industrial Development Board and InterTradeIreland in his previous consulting roles – including being the lead communications advisor on the 11 city investment roadshow of North America after the signing of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement in 1998. His career started in broadcasting research and news facilitation with leading independent television company, MacMillan Media and he also spent two years as Head of Communications for one of Northern Ireland’s main political parties. He has degrees from Queen’s and Cambridge Universities and completed an Executive MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, in 2002.

On a voluntary basis, he is Chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Trust – a government and Belfast City Council backed stakeholder group charged with developing the regeneration strategy for Belfast’s most vibrant and historic city centre district. He is also the Chairman of the Destination Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations having served as its Northern Ireland Chairman in 2006. He is also the current Chairman of his industry trade body, the PRCA, in Northern Ireland and was listed in PR Week’s UK PowerBook 150 in 2011.

Outside of work, Paul still has a keen interest in sport, having played Gaelic football at county level in his younger days, he is now an active underage coach with his local club.

Raffaella Folli

Raffaella Folli is a Professor of Linguistics, Head of School of Communication and Provost of the Belfast and Jordanstown Campuses at Ulster University . She studied Philosophy at the University of Milan. In 1998 she completed an MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Oxford and then in 2001 a DPhil in Linguistics, also at the University of Oxford. She joined Ulster University in 2005 having previously held research positions at the University of Arizona (2001-2001) and then the University of Cambridge (2002-2005) .

Her main research area is theoretical syntax. Her standing in linguistics is evidenced by her extensive publications in top journals in the field, various grants from different research councils and extensive collaborations with academics in the UK and the US. In 2011 she was awarded a Distinguished Research Fellowship award in recognition of her research achievements.

She is part of the linguistics team that in 2012 established the Ulster Centre on Multilingualism (UCoM), an information service for people raising or working with children growing up with more than one language. As part of UCoM, she is involved in Language Made Fun, a programme designed to support the language needs of multilingual children or migrant children in Northern Ireland. The programme is in collaboration with the Barnardo’s and is funded by a grant by Big Lottery Fund.

Richard J. Ensor, Esq.

A proven leader in intercollegiate sports, event management and law for over three decades, Richard J. Ensor was named the third Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in August 1988.

Ensor has provided leadership in a period of transition and growth in intercollegiate athletics and the MAAC. During his tenure the MAAC has secured a stable membership base, expanded the number of championships conducted and developed an extensive marketing program cemented with broadcast agreements with ESPN, a web paged hosted by SIDEARM Sports and secured championship venues such as the Times Union Center (Albany, NY), Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and Disney Sports Attractions.

During a time of tumultuous realignment and ethical challenges within NCAA Division I conferences the MAAC remains a homogenous association of private institutions of similar size and funding, which are committed to student-athlete excellence both on the playing fields and in the classroom. The MAAC’s graduation rate is yearly in the top 25% of all leagues and in August 2018 the MAAC again received a NCAA Public Recognition Award for its member schools placing in the top 10% in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate for student-athletes.

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Stephen Cotter

Stephen Cotter is responsible for all the operational aspects of CIE Tours International business covering Ireland and the UK. This includes all supplier contracting, quality control, daily operations and logistics across the company’s scheduled coach tour, customised group, private driver and FIT business. Stephen’s operations team work closely with the CIE Tours product development team on the design and implementation of both new and enhanced products.
As part of the senior management team Stephen also plays a key role in the creation and implementation of the company’s strategic plan and initiatives.
Stephen joined the company in 2001, and during this time has also been in roles responsible for both finance and technology.
Stephen is a qualified Accountant, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Administration (MBA) from Dublin City University.
CIE Tours International is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CIE Group. During 2018, CIE Tours International carried 50,000 passengers, creating turnover of $136 million.

Suzanne Aquino

Suzanne Aquino global Category Manager specializing in Outsourcing and Offshoring with Chain IQ, an independent, global service company providing strategic, tactical and operational procurement for its clients.

As a Global Category Manager Suzanne advises her clients on new ways to create value for their customers in an environment of rapidly changing technology, advancing automation and an increasingly customer experience driven economy.

Prior to joining Chain IQ, Suzanne spent 15 years at UBS where she led strategic sourcing teams responsible for establishing and executing on the bank’s sourcing strategy, identifying opportunities for spend reduction, cost optimization, process improvement and ensuring the effective transition, execution and sustainable performance of the bank’s outsourced portfolios.

Suzanne was born in Belfast and currently resides with her husband in Manhattan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing and is an active member of the Irish Business Organization.

Tim Kennedy

Senator Tim Kennedy, born on October 20, 1976, is a lifelong Western New York resident.

Tim grew up in a blue-collar family in Buffalo, where his parents, Marty and Mary Kennedy, raised Tim and his four siblings to work hard, focus on their education, help their neighbors, and get involved in their community. Tim and his wife, Katie, live in the City of Buffalo where they are raising their three children, Connor, Eireann, and Padraic.

Since being sworn into office in January 2011, Tim has kept a strong focus on protecting the most vulnerable in our community. He spearheaded the passage of Jay-J’s law, legislation that Tim introduced to stiffen penalties on repeat child abusers. The legislation was inspired by Jay J Bolvin, a young boy who was brutally abused by his father. Sadly, Jay J’s father received a light sentence due to antiquated sentencing laws. Tim worked with colleagues in both the Senate and the Assembly to secure passage of Jay J’s Law. Since then, he has pushed through several pieces of legislation to reform Child Protective Services, as well as Jackie’s Law, which protects victims of domestic violence from GPS stalking.

Tim has also fought to protect Western New York’s seniors. He worked with community and government leaders to secure funds to transform the former Holy Family Elementary School in Buffalo into a senior apartment complex. He also fought for a significant increase in eligibility for EPIC, a state program to help pay for prescription drugs. With Tim’s support, the income eligibility for single seniors has increased from $35,000 to $75,000, and has increased for couples from $50,000 to $100,000. This has opened up eligibility to thousands more seniors in Western New York.

Above all, Tim knows the importance of growing and protecting Western New York’s workforce. He fought to secure passage of SUNY 2020, legislation which is allowing the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College to thrive. He also has worked to secure funding to support workforce training programs to the long-term unemployed, opening them up to rewarding good-paying careers. Tim voted to fund the Buffalo Billion, which is creating thousands of jobs in Western New York, giving the local economy the boost needed to break away from decades of decline. He also regularly works one-on-one with local companies to link them with state resources that allow them to grow their workforce.

Tim went to St. Martin’s Elementary School before attending St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He then received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy at D’Youville College. As he studied at D’Youville, Tim began to truly understand the challenges facing Western New York. Recognizing that any challenge is an opportunity for a community to grow stronger, Tim was inspired to get involved in government to help move the community forward. As a licensed occupational therapist, Tim has spent his entire career working to help people. For 11 years, Tim worked with geriatric and pediatric populations to help them recover from injuries and fully participate in all life situations.