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Board of Directors

Mr. Farhad Sethna – Chair of the Board

MBA, CPA, CA, CFA, CHRL, C.Dir

Farhad is the Vice-President, Corporate Services at Shepherd Village, a healthcare facility in Toronto. He is responsible for a multitude of functions including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing and Administrative Services. Farhad has held senior roles in the healthcare industry over the last 15 years at a hospital and organizations serving seniors and disabled individuals.

A strong proponent of giving to the community, Farhad is on the board of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and prior to that was the Chair of the Alzheimer Society of York Region. He has also completed a 4 year term as Treasurer of Art Starts, a community based arts organization and was actively involved with the 100th Toronto Scout Group.

Mr. Andrew Gall – Vice-Chair of the Board, Corporate Secretary, Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee

FCPA, FCMA, MBA, C. Dir, A.C.C, CM&AI

Andrew Gall was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA).  OPA is Canada's largest advocacy organization, and professional development and drug information provider for pharmacists and represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. In this role he was focused on helping the Association achieve the goals set out in its strategic plan.

Prior to joining OPA, Andrew served as Vice President, Finance and Administration at Health Shared Services Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres) where he was responsible for finance, human resources, procurement, facilities, administration, privacy, risk management and security.

Andrew's previous experience also includes nine years with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario as well as roles with the pharmaceutical, construction and not-for-profit healthcare industries. He has more than 20 years of experience in mergers, general management, finance, business development, strategy, governance and risk management.

In addition to holding an Executive MBA from University of Toronto and an Honours BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, Andrew is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCMA), Chartered Director (C. Dir.). He is also Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) and has earned the Certified M&A Integration credential.

Mr. Epsit Jajal – Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee

MBA, CPA, CMA

Mr. Jajal brings 20+ years of experience senior leadership experience from a range of industries including banking, consulting services, insurance, mining, construction, telecom, high tech, retail, software, energy, and the public sector.  Mr. Jajal specializes in implementing organizational transformation initiatives that help dramatically improve organizational profitability and enterprise value through the use of innovative and strategically important technology-based solutions.  His areas of expertise include leading global teams responsible for technology, finance, professional services, and business operations. Combined with his globally recognized academic credentials in business (MBA from Western University’s Ivey School of Business), finance (CPA, CMA) and outsourcing certification (University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business),  Mr. Jajal provides insightful perspectives to TCET that help the management team improve its operational effectiveness.

Beyond his involvement with TCET, Mr. Jajal also devotes time to working with charitable organisations, mentoring recently immigrated internationally trained professionals, and as an advisor and board member for other owner operated businesses and other Not-For-Profit organisations.

Ms. Pamela Wong – Board Member and Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee

CPA, CMA, MBA

Pamela Wong is Vice President, Global Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Manulife.  She is responsible for strategy development and the leadership of key strategic initiatives that enable Manulife’s transformation into a customer obsessed organization.  Prior to this role, Pamela held a variety of progressively senior roles in corporate strategy, corporate development, customer experience and new product development in Canada and Hong Kong.  Before joining Manulife, Pamela worked in finance at Kraft and Maple Leaf Foods.

Pamela holds a BA in Honors Economics and Political Science from Western University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.  She is also a CPA, CMA.

Mr. Jeff Brown – Past Chair, Board Member and Human Resources & Compensation Committee Member

CFA, CPA, CMA, MBA, CFP

With almost 20 years of financial services experience, Jeff Brown is currently the Head of Retail Business Banking at HSBC Canada.  In this role, Jeff oversees the development and execution of HSBC’s Small Business proposition. Prior to this role, Jeff was Vice President of Retail Banking at Meridian Credit Union, where he led an aggressive and successful branch expansion strategy in the GTA. Under his leadership, positive gains were made in Meridian’s Membership growth, Member satisfaction and employee engagement.

Previous to his time at Meridian, Jeff held a variety of roles at CIBC including roles in the bank’s Business Banking, Wealth and Commercial Divisions. Jeff graduated with his MBA from Laurier, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Financial Planner designations. 

Mr. Robert Murison – Board Member and Finance & Audit Committee Member

B. Comm, MBA, CPA, CA, CMA

Robert Murison is an honors’ graduate of the School of Business at Queen’s University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Robert is multi designated earning both his Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations. After spending 5 years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants Robert has three decades of experience in a number of industries in positions that have included Cost Manager, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Operations Controller, Divisional Controller, Corporate Controller, and Chief Financial Officer. Since 2000, Robert has also been very active in the Education sector teaching financial and management accounting for the Society of Management Accountants and at several universities.

Mr. Adnan Masood – Board Member and Governance & Nominating Committee Member

MBA, MFAc

Adnan Masood has over 20 years of experience in risk management, assurance, financial accountability and managing projects for both public and private sectors. Adnan is currently working as a Quality Assurance Coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Through his career in the Ontario Public Service he has held various positions of increasing responsibility regarding financial oversight, risk management, accountability and business management.

Mr. Masood has a master’s degree in Financial Accountability (MFAc) from York University. In addition, he also holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the School of Business and Commerce, Preston University and bachelors of commerce (B.Com) from the University of Punjab.

Ms. Anum Kazi – Board Member and Governance & Nominating Committee Member

MFAc

Anum Kazi joined TCET in January 2016 as a Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) member of the board. She is currently working as an Accounting Analyst at IC Savings & Credit Union with 2+ years of international experience. She holds a Masters in Financial Accountability (MFAc) from York University, specializing in corporate governance, strategy, and risk. She brings in diversity and a balance on practical and academic fronts to the board intelligence. She thrives on intellectual stimulation, and strongly believes that knowledge is the key in raising ourselves from our lower self.

Anum also holds a BS Joint Honors in Accounting and Finance from Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Pakistan.

Mr. Desmond Alvares – Board Member and Governance & Nominating Committee Member

MBA, MBCS CITP, CPA, CMA

Desmond has experience in Business, Project Management, Finance and IT Management in senior leadership roles in Canadian and International Wealth Management and Retail banks, provided insight and understanding of compliance rules for all levels in the Industry. Desmond held various senior positions at KPMG, TD Wealth, CIBC, IFDS, Capital One and UBS Private Banking in the Investment, Finance and Risk Management divisions as business analyst, Director and Project Manager.

In addition to being a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, he is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) with the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Mr. Mark Poole – Board Member and Finance & Audit Committee Member

MBA. MEng.

Mark Poole is an international executive who has held senior leadership roles in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.  In addition to his functional assignments in Sales, Marketing, Operations and Strategic Planning, Mr. Poole has had a variety of business unit leadership roles including Managing Director for Whirlpool’s Corporation’s Oceania Region and most recently as Vice President and General Manager for Innovative Surface Solutions, a chemical company, in Albany, New York.

Mr. Poole has long been involved in the community and has taken on several volunteer roles over the years.  He was a board member of the United Way of Peel, a district officer with Toastmasters International, a member of the Supervisory Council for Unicol Credit Union, and most recently, a member of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Advisory Group in Bethlehem, New York. He has also provided consulting for the Social Planning Council of Peel.

 

Non-Board Committee Members

 

Ms. Gouri Khorana – Governance & Nominating Committee Member

MBA, P1

Gouri Khorana is a licensed paralegal, with over 10 years of legal experience working within both the public and private sectors in Ontario.

Gouri holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Guelph and is currently working with the College of Early Childhood Educators, where she holds the position of Investigator.

Mr. Jay Adhvaryu – Human Resources & Compensation Committee Member

CPA, CMA

Jay Adhvaryu is a dynamic high energy, results oriented senior finance professional with extensive experience in Finance and Accounting management roles. Jay is currently the Director of Finance – Financial Planning and Analysis with Shred-it/Stericycle Inc., in Oakville, where he provides finance planning support to the Corporate Executive team. Prior to his current role, Jay held senior management roles with Aimia Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., SSP Canada Food Services Inc., Oakville Toyota, among others. Jay is recognized as a leader and an exceptional people manager who is a skilled communicator that inspires and motivates teams to move business ahead and achieve desired results by working with leadership teams and collaborating effectively across the organization.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting Major from Ryerson University and is also a CPA, CMA.

Ms. Martina Wood – Human Resources & Compensation Committee Member

CPA, CMA

Martina Wood is an author and mostly retired finance professional. She provides management expertise and a practical approach to financial management, systems, and controllership issues with a focus on policies, processes, procedures and controls. Her strong and reliable counsel has helped numerous GTA organizations in a broad range of sectors.

She has written on business and personal finance issues, and has scientific, medical, and health policy interests. Ms. Wood is the author of “Smart Decisions about Breast Cancer – choices, risks, living well, preventing recurrence”, a powerful health literacy book and toolkit for women.

Martina also volunteers as a lay representative for the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), and is a member of the Drug Pricing Policy Working Group, a patient advocacy coalition. Her past volunteer work includes seven years on the Mississauga Election Campaign Finances Committee, as well as leadership roles with various community groups.

Ms. Lenna Bradburn – Human Resources & Compensation Committee Member

MPA

Lenna Bradburn has over 25 years of executive leadership experience, primarily in the public sector. She has held executive positions at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, City of Toronto, Borealis Infrastructure, and Ombudsman Ontario. Lenna also had the privilege of being Canada’s first female police chief in Guelph, ON in 1994. Throughout her career, Lenna has had a passion for organizational transformation leading her to become a skilled change agent focusing on strategy, innovation, people, processes and systems. Today, Lenna is an independent consultant providing a range of consulting services to clients.

Lenna holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Criminology) from the University of Toronto.

Ms. Melissa Qi - Finance & Audit Committee Member

Melissa Qi has held a range of positions in the public sector specializing in policy, operations and governance. She currently advises the Deputy Mayor of Markham, including the oversight of a dozen Committees and Boards. Melissa previously worked for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport in partisan and non-partisan capacities. A believer of giving back, Melissa advocated for the interest of over 6000 students on the York University Community Safety Council. She also occupied a seat on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Council, governing its academic standards and integrity.

Melissa holds a Master of Financial Accountability and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration. She is currently working towards her L.L.M. in Business Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mr. Robert Pearson - Finance & Audit Committee Member

Rob is an educator, business leader, corporate learning thought leader, and filmmaker. He has a rich and varied work history including higher education, healthcare, entrepreneurial start-ups, large creative agencies and non-profits.  During the tech boom, Rob held senior leadership roles in several Ed Tech start-ups and then took on the lead of the Learning and Customer Experience practice at Maritz Canada, a US based marketing services company, now Bond Brand Loyalty.  Most recently Rob served as CEO at the Institute for Performance and Learning, a non-profit association focused on workplace learning.  Rob is a life-time member of I4PL and also a past chair of the national board of directors.  Currently, Rob is Director of Executive and Corporate Education at the Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.  Rob is responsible for setting strategy, business development and overseeing operations.

Rob holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Syracuse University, an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.

 

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