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Board of Directors

Georgia Woods, Chairperson

As Chief Information Security Officer for BMO Financial Group (BMOFG), Georgia’s role includes identifying and managing information security risks associated with information technology and communication of information security policies, providing enterprise-wide governance, promoting best practices and delivering value-added trusted security solutions. Georgia began her career with BMO in 1985 as a Systems Development Analyst and progressed from there through various senior roles in the technology organization. Georgia has a BSc in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Financial Services from Dalhousie University. Georgia is executive sponsor for Step Ahead, an employee support network for people who strive for BMOFG to be a barrier-free and inclusive work environment for individuals with visible and invisible disabilities. Membership on ACSA’s Board of Directors is Georgia’s first experience as a board member.

Doug Brown, Vice Chairperson

 

Anupaa Ratnasingam, CPA, CA, Treasurer

As a Vice President of Finance at Global Matrix, Anupaa Ratnasingam is responsible for the management of both Client and Corporate Accounting Departments. She is responsible for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.  Anupaa has over 5 years of experience in public accounting with experience wide range of industries including: Health Care, Automotive and Technology. Anupaa has received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Honours from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Global Matrix, Anupaa worked at KPMG Toronto in the firm’s Audit and Assurance Group, serving both public and private clients in Energy, Mining, Industrial and Manufacturing sector.

Anupaa serves as the Treasurer of ACSA and is also a member of the Board’s Finance committee.  Anupaa is passionate about volunteering and contributing to build a better tomorrow for all communities.

Jay Paleja, Secretary

Jay Paleja is a Corporate Management and Policy Consultant at the City of Toronto. At theCity, Jay advises, informs and coordinates relationships with other orders of government to advance the City’s strategic interests. Prior to this, Jay was a Policy Advisor at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario where he was responsible for supporting the administration of a $500 million infrastructure program. Jay is a first term ACSA board member and he is excited and proud to serve the Scarborough community he grew up in. He received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal. During both programs he was actively involved in student life, including the Graduate Student Union and Public Good Initiative where he provided policy and governance advice to a non-profit organization. In his spare time, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife and Labrador Retriever, Cooper.

Carol Cunningham, Director at Large

An active and engaged resident of the Scarborough community, Carol is passionate about serving the most vulnerable populations in the area and has dedicated the past 33 years to doing so. Carol is the co-founder and Director of the not-for-profit organization Caring Community Connections, which developed and implemented initiatives for underserved community members with a focus on youth programs. During her time with CCC, Carol collaborated with ACSA, the Boys and Girls Club, and other local organizations to better serve the community at large. She has presented her keynote address, "Caring is Cool” - a message of empathy and compassion - to students and educators throughout Toronto. For 25 years, she participated in a specialized foster care program and is foster mother to over 80 young offenders. 

Carol is also the proud mother of two grown sons with learning disabilities, who have fueled her second passion: advocating for students and children who learn differently. Her personal experiences empower her to share her knowledge and insights with parents and teachers, as well as with students. She has presented throughout Ontario and internationally. Her passionate message provides strategies for advocacy, empathy, and a host of ideas to assist  special learners and their parents. Carol also trained students with the Toronto District School Board on assistive technologies.

Recently, Carol’s desire to serve has grown from a focus on youth to include any person struggling with the demands of daily life. Last year, she worked with Out of the Cold, a  program that provides meals and overnight shelter to the homeless. Carol is honored to be a returning board member for ACSA, having previously served from 2001 to 2007.

Naheed Dosani, Director at Large

Naheed Dosani is a Palliative Care & Family Physician at Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and William Osler Health System. He recently completed his fellowship in Palliative Medicine at the University of Toronto and prior to that, his Residency in inner-city Family Medicine, where he served as Co-Chief Resident of St. Michael’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. After completing his training, he founded PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless), ICHA's newest program. He is a researcher, with projects underway investigating the impact of housing on health, social media as a tool for communication among healthcare providers and palliative care for heart failure patients. He teaches medical students & residents, serves on the Board of Directors for the Agincourt Community Services Association and serves on the Steering Committee for Healthcare Providers Against Poverty. Naheed is passionate about the social determinants of health, inner city health, global health equity and social media. You can follow Naheed on Twitter @NaheedD

Bryan Heal, Director at Large

Bryan is the Accreditation Manager for child and youth mental health at the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA).  Prior to this he has worked in municipal policies and served for 9 years as a health researcher and program evaluator for public sector and non profit organizations in Ontario and internationally.  During this time, he has audited community health and youth engagement programs serving street involved and multiply marginalized populations, provided strategy and evaluation services to youth serving and humanitarian relief organizations, and has served on knowledge exchange, technology and policy working groups of the provincial government and other funding bodies.

Complementing service on the ACSA Board, Bryan is a Scarborough resident who has Co-Chaired the Dorset Park Community Hub Steering Committee, organized several Jane's walks, and remains an active member of the Maytree Foundation's Leadership Network and civic-building initiatives of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance.  Bryan has an academic background in population health, and has completed undergraduate, graduate and professional training through McMaster University, Lakehead University, the Wellesley Institute for Urban Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Outside of work, he enjoys reading, running, eating, and learning about new cultures, places and people.

Cameron A. MacDonald, Director at Large 

As Assistant Vice President and Counsel to Manulfe Financial Corporation, Cameron advises Manulife’s Corporate and Divisional Law groups on a broad range of legal and commercial issues. For Corporate Law, he is principally responsible for all corporate transactional matters, including public and private financings, intercompany transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. For Divisional Law, Mr. MacDonald oversees a team of legal specialists in Manulife’s Montreal and Waterloo offices and is responsible for the provision of strategic legal advice and the oversight of legal issues relating to the business units within Canadian Division.

Prior to joining Manulife in 2012, Cameron practiced with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in the Corporate and Securities group. Cameron has represented senior management, boards of directors, acquirers, targets, selling shareholders, special committees, issuers and underwriters/agents in a variety of transactional matters, including public take-over bids (both hostile and friendly), proxy contests, structured product launches, fund mergers, corporate finance transactions and restructurings. Most recently, Cameron played a lead role in connection with Manulife’s $4 billion acquisition of Standard Life Canada and the related $2.26 billion bought deal financing of subscription receipts.

Cameron holds a J.D. (with distinction) from the University of Western Ontario and a B.Comm. (with distinction) from the University of Guelph.   

Krista Mahadeo, Director at Large

Krista is a Certified Human Resources Professional with more than 20 years experience working in corporate environments, and is an active member of the Human Resources Professionals Association - Toronto Chapter.  She immigrated to Scarborough with her family as a teenager from Guyana.  Krista’s past volunteer activities include Executive Member with Malvern Softball Association, a Candy Striper at Scarborough General Hospital, among other volunteer activities.  Krista is very happy to be a new member of the ACSA Board of Directors, and is looking forward to working with everyone, and contributing to the development of our community. 

Paul Rook, Director at Large

Paul Rook has been active resident in Scarborough for 40 years, as an educator, a political organizer and a participant in local organizations. He taught in three high schools - Agincourt, MacDonald and Pearson - within the area covered by Agincourt Community Services Association.  For eight years he was full-time Vice-President and then President of the Scarborough district of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. Paul is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Scarborough Civic Action Committee (SCAN). He was Chair and Vice-chair of the Scarborough Hospital Community Advisory Council and in this capacity represented our community on many hospital committees. Paul previously served as member of ACSA’s Board and during that time was Board Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary and Chair of our Policy Committee, when it did a complete review of our by-laws and policies. He trains people, who are obtaining their certification in dispute resolution and also teaches at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University. He brings experience and skills in policy making, organizing, chairing meetings, decision making and dispute resolution to our Board.

Naeema Tharani, Director at Large

Naeema is a Research & Evaluation Analyst at Kinark Child and Family Services, with experience working with multiple Public Health Units across Ontario. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health, Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, and a Certificate in Project Management. She is goal-oriented, evidence-focused and over the years has developed a reputation as a “big picture thinker”. In addition to planning and implementing evaluations, she has experience with strategic planning, policy and project management activities.

Outside of work, Naeema is actively involved in planning and coordinating programs and events for youth, promoting leadership and community engagement. Naeema is excited to be an active member on ACSA's Board of Directors.

Lois Williams, Director at Large

 

To contact the Board of Directors, please email board@agincourtcommunityservices.com

 

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