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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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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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Chair of the Board: 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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Vice-Chair: 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: Brian Edmonds

Brian Edmonds is a Chartered Professional Accountant/C.A. and holds a Masters Degree in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Michigan.  His executive interests include strategic planning, fiscal accountability, the impact of social determinants of health, change management, corporate governance and performance improvement.  Brian recently retired from the role of Vice President Support Services and CFO of CAMH, however has returned to providing interim executive leadership and strategic consulting advice, as well as sits on the Board of Directors for three non-profit organizations.

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Past President: 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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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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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.


Director: Maneesha Goonasekera

Maneesha Goonasekera is a Talent Management and Organization Development expert with broad global experience in developing talent strategies and improving organization effectiveness in Fortune 500 companies within the consumer goods and automotive industries.  She has leveraged her expertise in talent acquisition, employer branding, leadership development, succession planning, engagement, organization design, talent management and total rewards to successfully build organization capabilities and transform culture.  Her international career which includes expatriate assignments in Melbourne, Jakarta and New York has inspired her to be an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. Maneesha is currently serving as a Senior Advisor of Talent Management, Organization Development and Compensation for the Conference Board of Canada.  She is a strong supporter of mental health and strategies that ensure a healthy work environment for all.  She joined the CMHA Board of Directors in 2018, and is a member of the Governance Committee and HR Task Force.  Maneesha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Talent Management Professional and Certified Change Management Practitioner.

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Director: Melissa Tamblyn

Melissa Tamblyn is a technology leader with over 25 years of experience working in the health care and non-profit sectors. Melissa leads national health sector consulting service delivery for Microsoft Canada and previously held positions as Vice President, Information Technology at a large international non-profit and Director, Information at Cancer Care Ontario. Leading her own consultancy for close to 10 years, Melissa worked across the Canadian health sector for public and private organizations, advising on strategy, technology design, delivery and quality management. She is a certified project management professional and hold a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University.

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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: 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: Monica Lam

Monica Lam (she/her) is an experienced case manager, currently working with the Regional Municipality of York. As a registered social worker, Monica has expertise in advocacy, research and policy, community outreach, and program development. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Social Work from York University, and Master of Social Work from Ryerson University. On her free time, Monica publishes articles based off her lived experiences; using it as a platform for advocacy.

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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: 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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Director: Stephanie Thompson

Steph was an NCAA All American soccer player at California University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration.  She began her career in the sports world working with the Pittsburgh Pirates in Diversity Initiatives & Community Relations in 2013.  After returning to Canada, she spent a summer traveling with the Pan Am Torch relay team, managing the Games three title partners OLG, Loblaws and CIBC. Next, Steph took on the auto industry with the Canadian International AutoShow. Her high energy and hunger advanced her to lead the team to execute Canada’s largest consumer show for the last five years. Steph has also consulted with a variety of clients in realms of food & beverage, agriculture, fitness and non-profit. She spends her spare time giving back to organizations, non-profits, and recently launched her own Mental Health initiative; Light Up The Dark. Now as the General Manager with The Gathering, Steph brings a fiery passion for relationships and expertise in audience engagement and event execution, to create the most meaningful and memorable experiences.

2019-2025 Strategic Plan

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