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Leadership and Results

Leadership and Results

CMHA is a registered charity, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. 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.

2019-2025 Strategic Plan
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View the Annual Report

Our Board is guided by a strategic plan, which is updated on an annual basis. This report highlights our progress toward achieving our strategic goals, and shares stories of the wonderful work that our staff and volunteers are doing as we pursue mental health for all.

Board Members

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President and Director: Ali Soheil

Ali Soheil has been with BMO for 28 years. During these years he has held a number of different roles across Sales, Marketing, Product Manufacturing, Strategy, Contact Center, Risk, IT, Process Engineering, Change Management, Program Management and Operations. All have 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 and 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 on management and leadership sites. He holds an EMBA from the Ivey School of Business. He also holds a B.Sc. and a 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 and culture.

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Past President and Director: Monica Gaudry

Monica Gaudry has been dedicated to the non-profit and charitable sector for over 24 years, serving the last 15 as a fundraising leader. As the Director of Major Giving and Campaigns at Canadian Red Cross, she oversees the program and team from Manitoba to the Atlantic provinces and focuses on transformational giving. Monica’s success in delivering fundraising results can be attributed to her sound business acumen, innovative thinking and marketing savvy. She is also well versed in the evolving challenges faced in healthcare acquired by many years of employment in large, complex hospital settings.

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Treasurer and Director: Evelyn Sutherland

Evelyn Sutherland has over 15 years of experience in finance and marketing roles. Currently, Ms. Sutherland serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Staples Canada ULC (“Staples Canada”). In this role, she is responsible for Staples Canada’s overall financial strategic direction, including all aspects of financial reporting and planning, treasury and controller’s operations, taxation and payroll, as well as M & A, procurement and real estate asset management. Prior to her appointment at Staples Canada in 2018, Ms. Sutherland held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Enercare Inc., helping to oversee the company’s significant growth during her tenure. Prior to that role, Ms. Sutherland was the Chief Financial Officer of Key REIT, at which time the organization managed a portfolio of 220 retail properties in seven provinces across Canada. Prior to this position, Ms. Sutherland was the Chief Financial Officer of the United Purchasing Group of Canada, the Canadian purchasing group for Yum! Brands. In 2016, Ms. Sutherland was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and received the Canadian Dealmakers Award for Mid-Markets. Ms. Sutherland is a Chartered Financial Accountant and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

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Director: Bozica Balenovic

Bozica Balenovic is a Director of Taxation at Brookfield Infrastructure Group where she oversees the tax compliance, tax planning and the financial statement tax reporting process. Prior to joining Brookfield, Bozica spent 5 years leading the tax department at Canadian public companies. At the onset of Bozica’s career, she spent over 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP helping both Canadian-based multinational corporations as well as inbound multinationals navigate the Canadian corporate tax environment. Bozica has experience advising companies on various complex tax issues relating to their operations, including business expansions and restructuring. Along with a strong technical background, Bozica has strong analytical capabilities, sound business sense and a creative mind. Bozica is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

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Vice-President and Director: Laura Bhoi

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 to 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 Queen’s University, an MBA in Health Services Management at McMaster University and a certificate in Addiction Studies, also at McMaster.

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Director: Jacqueline Delfosse

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 specialty 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.

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Director: Michael Favelyukis

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 University 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.

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Director: Mustafa Khaliq

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.

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Director: Roy Saad

Roy Saad has over ten years of experience working with NGOs, business and the public sector. In his current role as Manager, Communications with LifeLabs, he’s part of a national team that deals with media requests, brand awareness and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining LifeLabs, Roy was the Director, Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs with United Way of Peel Region and was responsible for media profile, issues management and oversaw a team that executed corporate engagement, youth engagement and senior executive engagement opportunities.

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Director: Michelle Simard

Michelle Simard is a collaborative, solutions-oriented professional with over ten years experience, specializing in strategic planning, business intelligence, corporate strategy & analysis, risk management, financial services, negotiation and transactions, information compliance, privacy law and data protection regulation.

Versatile and highly skilled, she is able to provide organizations with strong executive leadership and sound legal counsel to mitigate risk/exposure, avoid litigation, develop and negotiate legal agreements, implement cybersecurity and incident response measures, interpret policy and navigate regulatory issues and regulatory requirements. She employs evidence-informed practice (EIP) concepts and QA programs, while also auditing processes, assessing legal and financial implications and utilizing best practices.

Michelle also teaches negotiation tactics and strategy at Osgoode Hall Law School as she is an experienced conflicts resolution negotiator and mediator with advanced negotiation skills. Michelle advises on risk management, policy development, health and privacy law matters and administrative procedure to various organizations and boards.

Michelle currently serves in Senior Management as Senior Legal Counsel and Privacy & Data Protection Officer at the 4finance Group for North America Operations.

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Director: Cynthia Sargeant

Cynthia Sargeant is an experienced lawyer with in-house leadership skills managing people and expertise dealing with complex legal issues in the areas of M&A, Corporate and Commercial Work, and Corporate Governance. Currently, Cynthia is Senior Counsel at the Bank of Montreal, where she is an advisor to BMO’s Canadian Wealth Group. Cynthia has acted for public and private companies and underwriters in connection with public offerings, private placement financings, purchase and sale transactions (including by way of a take-over bid and plan of arrangement) and corporate reorganizations. Cynthia has provided ongoing advice to public issuers with respect to corporate governance requirements, continuous disclosure obligations and stock exchange matters. Prior to joining BMO, Ms.Sargeant was in-house counsel at The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Of Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and was previously a partner at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP.

Dawn-Marie Stevens

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.

Director: Stephanie Thompson

Director: Maneesha Goonasekera

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Director: Joshua Campbell

Joshua has been in the real estate industry since 2005. He started his Real Estate Broker career with Coldwell Banker and has since evolved and founded the entity of Knowledge Broker. Joshua founded Pinnacle Ridge Capital, a company with divisions in mortgage financing, property management and property development. Joshua holds a Bachelor Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies (BACS) from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.Joshua is also actively involved with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Newmarket Smart City Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Western and Ryerson University Alumni, York Region Humane Society, Inn From the Cold and Southlake Regional Health Centre. Joshua, his wife Kristy and their two children, Maeve and Clive can often be seen supporting their community at local events around the Town of Newmarket.

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Director: Parisa Mehrfar

Parisa Mehrfar is an experienced healthcare leader with over 7 years of successful project planning and execution, coupled with a robust clinical foundation. In her current role as the Integration and Planning Manager at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Parisa leads the development of the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team, which is a provincially led initiative. Parisa is well versed with the healthcare landscape, including challenges faced by both providers and clients of mental health and addictions. Parisa is a registered Dietitian and has her Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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CEO and Director (Ex-Officio): Rebecca Shields

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.

2019-2025 Strategic Plan

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