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Board of Directors

Mr. Jeff Brown – Chair of the Board

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. Farhad Sethna – Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee

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 – Board Member and Chair of the Finance & Audit 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. Ben Earle – Board Member and Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee

MA

With 15 years of experience in not-for-profit and charity management, Ben Earle works with directors and senior management teams in the community services sector to enhance and improve governance and operations processes, manage change and transitions, cultivate and improve stakeholder relations, and develop growth opportunities. Over his career, he has held senior roles in community development, operations management, and executive leadership. Ben has worked in multiple non-profit sectors, including settlement services, housing services, food security, and community development. He has developed extensive governance experience through multiple board roles, including four years as a Public Interest Director with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, where he had two terms as Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Trained as an applied social scientist, Ben has degrees in Anthropology and Criminology, and has focused his academic work in the areas of applied research, public policy and community engagement.

Currently Ben is the Executive Director of Feed the Need in Durham and works as a research and community development consultant and is working on several exciting projects in workforce and labour market planning, and smart cities development.

Mr. Epsit Jajal – Board Member and Finance & Audit Committee Member

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.

Mr. Desmond Alvares – Board Member and Finance & Audit 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.

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

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. 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.

 

Non-Board Committee Members

Ms. Anum Kazi – 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.

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 – Finance & Audit 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.

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Region of Peel
Employment Ontario
Government of Saskatchewan
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Service Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Toronto Employment & Social Services