CMHA is a registered charity, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board is guided by a strategic plan, which is updated on an annual basis. They meet regularly throughout the year to monitor organizational operations. The vision and mission are made possible with the work and support of our Board:
- President and Director: Monica Gaudry
- Vice-President and Director: Ali Soheil
- Treasurer and Director: Evelyn Sutherland
- Immediate Past President (Ex Officio): Brian Fazackerley
- Director: Ed Baer
- Director: Laura Bhoi
- Director: Joe Blomeley
- Director: Jacqueline Delfosse
- Director: Michael Favelyukis
- Director: Mustafa Khaliq
- Director: Juanita Nathan
- Director: Roy Saad
- Director: Michelle Simard
- Director: Dawn-Marie Stevens
- CEO and Director (Ex Officio): Rebecca Shields
Monica Gaudry currently serves as the Manager, Major Gifts, Tiffany Circle with Canadian Red Cross. She is an accomplished fundraising professional with 10 years’ demonstrated experience. She is results-driven with sound business acumen, innovative thinking and marketing savvy. Monica is well versed in the evolving challenges faced in healthcare acquired by many years of employment in large, complex hospital settings.
Ali Soheil has been with BMO for 28 years. During these years he has held over number of different roles across Sales, Marketing, Product Manufacturing, Strategy, Contact Center, Risk, IT, Process Engineering, Change Management, Program Management and Operations. Ali has earned the reputation of an enterprise leader who delivers results with a strong focus on employee engagement and culture. In addition to his professional career, Ali is actively involved in the community. He is a strong advocate for diversity, youth employment, education & Mental Health. Ali is a digital leader who actively uses social media to advocate, promote and educate. Ali loves to publish articles on subjects he is passionate about, some of which have been featured in management and leadership sites. Ali holds an EMBA from the Ivey School of Business. He also holds a B.Sc. and Masters in Project Management from Schulich. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean enterprise Practitioner. Ali’s key areas of expertise Include: Business strategy and execution, Business and process transformation, Change management, Business innovation, Risk management & Employee engagement & Culture.
Evelyn Sutherland was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Enercare Inc. (TSX:ECI) and each of its subsidiaries in August 2011. Since her appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Enercare has quadrupled its revenue and market cap, delivered total shareholder returns of 232%. This represents a return that is nearly 20 times the return of the S&P/TSX Composite over the same period, and places Enercare in the top 10% of companies included in the S&P/TSX Composite. Prior to joining Enercare, Evelyn was Chief Financial Officer of Scott’s Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:SRQ), at the time the organization managed a portfolio of 220 retail properties, in seven provinces across Canada. At Scott’s REIT, she had overall responsibility for financial reporting, external financing/public debt/capital raising, corporate governance, M&A, operations, greenfield developments and investor relations. Evelyn was also the former Chief Financial Officer of the United Purchasing Group of Canada, where she played an instrumental role in building the finance team, assisting with the creation of their strategic plan and working with management groups to improve reporting and overall processes. Ms. Sutherland is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant. She became a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Brian Fazackerley retired as a senior ranking police officer from the Durham Regional Police Service in 2012. He began his policing career in York Region in 1975 and has spent time working at Queen’s Park as a government policing advisor. He is also a lawyer and still does some consulting and adjudication work. Brian joined the CMHA Board in 2013 and has been President since June, 2015.
Ed Baer joined the board of directors in June 2017 and has been appointed to the Audit and Governance Committee. Ed’s professional experience encompasses over 25 years of business development, strategic planning, senior level corporate finance, investor relations, and management expertise with a focus on the natural resource sector. Throughout his professional career, Ed served in a senior executive capacity to TSX, NYSE, and AIM listed companies and on executive and board directorships on multiple occasions. Ed holds an LLM from York University-Osgood Hall Law School, an MSc. Leadership from Northeastern university and a Honours Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. Ed also holds the ICD.D designation from the institute of Corporate Directors and completed corporate Governance Executive programs at Harvard University and the University of Toronto-Rotman School of Management along with the Director’s Literacy program.
Laura Bhoi is the Chief Executive Officer of Renascent Fellowship and Foundations, one of Ontario’s longest-standing treatment providers, with facilities in Toronto and Brooklin, Ontario. Prior to working at Renascent, Laura held senior leadership roles at Toronto-based addiction treatment centre, Bellwood Health Services, including the position of President from 2009 until 2015. Laura’s career also encompasses marketing management in the private sector and working with the hospital sector for the Ontario Ministry of Health. Laura earned a B.A. in Psychology (Honours) at Queens University, an MBA in Health Services Management at McMaster University and a Certificate in Addiction Studies, also at McMaster.
Joe Blomeley is Vice President, Public Sector with Morneau Shepell. In this role, he is responsible for driving Morneau Shepell’s growth in the public sector, working closely with senior government officials and providing thought-leadership on public policy issues. Prior to joining Morneau Shepell, Joe was Vice President, Innovation and Skills with the Business Council of Canada. In this role, he led the Council’s thought-leadership, analysis and advocacy on innovation, education and workforce issues. While at the Council, Joe was Secretary to the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, an organization made up CEOs and post-secondary presidents that supports young Canadians as they transition from school to work, strengthen R&D collaboration and help Canadian employers as they adapt to the 21st century economy. He also managed the Council’s Next Generation Business Leaders program and Senior HR Executives Network. Earlier in his career, Joe worked at Industry Canada, primarily in the Strategic Policy Sector, where his principal role was to review, advise and support departmental cabinet documents. He also contributed to the department’s medium-term planning process, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Digital Economy Strategy and worked closely with the Department of Foreign and Affairs and International Trade, the Privy Council Office and Finance Canada. Joe holds Masters’ and Bachelor of Arts Degrees respectively from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the Banff Leadership Forum, a Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Education Policy Research Initiative and in the process of joining the Board of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
Jacqueline Delfosse is an accomplished consultant with over 20 years of Human Resources and Training and Organizational Development background. Her experience includes Human Resources, Operations and Call Center Management with a speciality in Learning and Organizational Development. She has worked in various Senior Management capacities, including Senior Manager Training & Development, Manager, Global Learning & Organizational Consultant and has implemented key learning and professional development initiatives across organizations. Jackie has served as a board or committee member on several foundations and associations over the years, and became a board member of Canadian Mental Health Association in 2014. As a senior consultant with Morneau Shepell, Jackie specializes in Leadership Development and raising awareness about Mental Health in the Workplace. She has consulted with, trained, educated and coached thousands of managers and employees, drawing on insights from over twenty years of corporate experience as a manager and human relations professional. She proudly works with industry leaders across the country on Mental Health in the Workplace initiatives and consulting in a way that clarifies the role of the leader and brings a down-to-earth understanding of the complex arena of mental health in the workplace.
Michael Favelyukis is the Vice-President, Finance and Administration, of Community Trust Company. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Michael has particular expertise in tax issues and securities. He obtained his International Bachelor of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business, York Univeristy in 2004, a continuation of his studies which began in the Netherlands. An avid global traveller, Michael is fluent in Russian, Hebrew and conversational in Spanish.
Mustafa Khaliq is an accomplished analytics geek and storyteller. Over a 15 year career in the dynamic consumer goods industry, Mustafa leveraged multiple data and research sources to support marketing and sales with their brand stories and strategies. In addition, Mustafa developed and implemented national training programs and successfully managed the execution of new cost-efficient and user-friendly reporting platforms across the organization. Mustafa is also very passionate about several of his side projects which include: a wardrobe and image consulting service for time-strapped and fashion savvy professionals, an online men’s clothing and accessory line called Viktor and Muse and a marketing consultancy service which helps companies target and engage with underserved ethnic groups. In the same way Mustafa has helped clients grow awareness and engagement with communities, he hopes to bring the same success with CMHA and its vision and objectives. Mustafa earned his MBA from the Schulich School of Business and his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
Juanita Nathan is a long time resident of Markham, a community and youth outreach worker, seniors support staff, Triple P parenting group facilitator and a counsellor for abused women. Juanita dedicates her time and energy striving to make positive changes in the lives of youth, parents and seniors. Whether its helping students get their life on track and back into school or helping women cope with abuse, teaching strategies to parents on being involved with their child or ensuring that seniors are active and informed about their health; Juanita plays an instrumental role in the lives of many individuals and families. Her record on community involvement and grass roots engagement is exceptional. After graduating from Brock University with a BA Psychology, Juanita went on to complete a special project for the Ministry of Attorney General focusing on domestic abuse. Her strong desire to help young people overcome obstacles and challenges put her on her path to get involved in the community and pursue a career in the social services sector. Juanita Nathan currently works with YOUTHLINK, Family Services of York Region and serves as an Elected Public School Board Trustee. Juanita’s specialties include conflict resolution, community development projects, program development, implementation and evaluation, & facilitation.
Roy Saad is the Manager, Stakeholder Engagement at United Way of Peel Region. Roy holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University and has extensive experience in fundraising, relationship management, motivating and leading volunteers for a collective cause, and service integration for newcomers to Canada. He has the ability to impact and influence, develop relationships, and lead organizational change. Roy is a champion for diversity and has been commended for his strong work ethic, solid problem-solving skills and enthusiasm.
Michelle Simard is a Toronto based lawyer with experience in health law and regulatory matters. She is a versatile and highly skilled lawyer who is able to provide organizations with sound legal counsel, mitigate risk/exposure, avoid litigation, develop legal agreements, interpret policy and navigate regulatory issues. Michelle also teaches negotiation tactics and strategy at Osgoode Hall Law School as she is experienced litigator with advanced negotiation skills. Michelle is meticulous and focused, known for exceptional level of service and quality of legal counsel. In addition to the above, Michelle plans to bring her experience in auditing processes, reviewing legislation, assessing legal and financial implications, and utilizing best practices to benefit CMHA. Currently, Michelle advises on policy development and administrative procedures to animal rights and environmental law organizations. She has served on various boards and numerous executives such as the Ontario Bar Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and Climate Change Lawyers Network. Michelle looks forward to bring her notable contributions to CMHA York Region.
Dawn-Marie Stevens is a sales and marketing leader who helps companies bridge the gap between corporate vision and sales execution. Coaching sales teams to focus on mission critical sales activities that increase market penetration. She has a customer-centric approach with a history of establishing and managing key accounts that result in long-term partnerships. Dawn-Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Counselling, from the University of Alberta. She currently works with Clean River Recycling Solutions.
Rebecca Shields began her tenure as the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe in May 2012. Her model of transformational impact leadership has focused on responsive and innovative solutions to individual and community needs. She has over 18 years’ experience in senior leadership in a variety of social profit organizations, including the Executive Director of CMHA Vancouver Burnaby Branch and Deafblind Services Society of BC, and Director of Development for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. The recipient of numerous accolades for her innovative leadership, Rebecca is a mental health advocate, philanthropist, and committed community builder who, after many years, has figured out that great planning inspires hopes and dreams and not the other way around.
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