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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2016

Daily Bread Food Bank is run by a volunteer board of directors elected annually by its member agencies. Daily Bread tries to ensure the board reflects the composition of the wider community, including representation from member agencies and people experiencing low-income.

Board Executives

Al Shulman (Chair) is Vice President, Marketing at Just Energy. Just Energy is a multi-national Natural Gas, Electricity, Green energy and Solar provider. Al is responsible for all marketing programs, all brand, communications, PR and Media Relations. Prior to joining Just Energy, Al spent 15 years in sales and marketing roles in telecommunications, including 9 years at Rogers Communications most recently as General Manager, National Retail Sales. Al lives in Toronto with his wife and two children where he also spends his time volunteering as a youth baseball coach.

Andy Burgess (Vice-Chair) is an entrepreneur and former CEO of Somerset Entertainment, Canada’s leading specialty music producer and distributor with seven offices, 200 employees and over $100 million in revenue. During his 15 years as Somerset’s CEO, Andy managed all of its financial, sales, marketing and distribution functions. Andy has served on both for-profit and not-for-profit Boards. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Sanctuary Ministries, a Daily Bread Food Bank member agency.

Ghazala Parvez (Treasurer) is the Chief Financial Officer at Nulogy Corporation. Prior to joining Nulogy, Ghazala, a Chartered Accountant, has held financial management roles at various public and private companies including Intelex Technologies, Adenyo Inc., SNC-Lavalin Inc., BCE Emergis Inc. and Lavalife. Ghazala brings her financial management experience to help the Board in its financial oversight function and a commitment to help the Daily Bread Food Bank continue its fight to end hunger in our community.

John Stapleton (Secretary) worked for the Ontario Government in the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations. His more recent government work concerned the implementation of the National Child Benefit. Since leaving the government, John has freelanced as a social policy consultant with governments while continuing to work with other diverse interests such as the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, and the Toronto City Summit Alliance. John served as the Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults (MISWAA) in Toronto and was the co-chair of the working group associated with this project. He volunteers with St. Christopher House and Woodgreen Community Services of Toronto and holds an Innovations Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation.

Board Members

Anthony Santilli is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Bullfrog Power, Canada’s 100% Green Energy Company. Anthony brings 20 plus years of progressive marketing and business experience in small start-ups and large established businesses, with emphasis on marketing and general business principles. Anthony has been a dedicated supporter of the Daily Bread Food Bank both in his professional and family life.

Bonnie Matthews is the Operations Manager at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT). Bonnie brings front-line experience working for a Daily Bread Food Bank member organization that serves the needs and interests of people living in poverty, including managing the NCCT’s food program. Bonnie is devoted to improving client service and providing safe and inclusive access to nutritious food for those experiencing food insecurity.

Christine Yip works in the Advisory Services Practice at KPMG focusing on helping public and private sector clients manage complex change and improve how they manage their people. Prior to this she was a Policy Associate at the Mowat Centre, where she assessed and developed programming to increase the social impact of the not-for-profit sector, including capacity building through government funding initiatives. Christine studied Social Policy at the London School of Economics, where she had the opportunity to work at the Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion to evaluate a residential training program aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of social housing tenants. Christine also brings corporate experience in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and oversight of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

John Bianchin is the Director of Analytics at HAVI Global Solutions, where he is responsible for Canadian analytics and forecasting for various food industry products and promotions. John brings over 20 years of progressive retail industry expertise, offering specialized, objective business insights to maximize growth. John is a long-serving member of the Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Toronto, and a recent volunteer with Lifeline Syria.

Karen Hsiung is the Director of Marketing at Bellisio Foods Canada, where she oversees brand marketing, innovation and research for frozen food products. Karen is a former Regional Officer with the Network of Executive Women, where she led fundraising and membership for the Toronto chapter.

Regan McGee is the Chairman of McGee Capital, and Chief Executive Officer of McGee Group Ltd., where he oversees large real estate investment, private equity and investment banking deals in Toronto and international markets. Regan has served on the Boards and Committees of large financial institutions, the North York General Hospital and several not-for-profit organizations.

Neil Bowden is currently employed with Canada Goose as the Director of Finance. Prior to working with Canada Goose Neil worked with KPMG. He has more than ten years of experience providing financial statement audit and accounting services to public and non-public companies in Chicago and Toronto. Neil has served on engagement teams for a diverse range of clients, including multinational consumer products manufacturers and distributors, start-up ventures, retailers, and global mining companies. Services delivered to these clients have included: annual audits of financial statements and interim review procedures, often requiring management of multi-disciplinary global client service teams; review of and assistance with SEC filings, including registration statements associated with equity offerings; and auditing and advising on accounting for acquisitions.

Jennifer Bond is currently the Director of Labour Relations and Legal Counsel for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. She has worked with TCHC since 2012 and prior to that was an associate at McMillan LLP in Employment and Labour Relations. Jennifer has a lot of experience in providing legal opinions and recommendations on human resource policies, procedures and employee relations which often result in positive employment relationships.

Sarah Diebel is a lawyer with experience in both employment law and corporate/commercial law. She is currently working as legal counsel at Independent Electricity System Operator (formerly the Ontario Power Authority), and prior to that worked at Bruce Power and several Toronto-based law firms. Sarah has a longstanding interest and involvement in social justice issues. During her LL.B studies, she completed a concentration in Law and Social Justice which included research and academic writing related to the Ontario Works Program, Aboriginal access to health care and legalization of prostitution. She has been a member of Amnesty International for many years, and looks forward to utilizing her legal and business expertise in the fight against poverty and hunger.

Ian Giffen serves as an Advisor and/or Corporate Director to technology companies and investment funds. Ian is currently a Director of Absolute Software Inc. (ABT.TSX), Kinaxis Inc. (KXS.TSX) and a number of private companies and serves on the Advisory Board of OMERS Ventures. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and has a Designation in Corporate Finance. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and worked with KPMG in Glasgow from 1978 – 1982. He has a keen interest in supporting organizations that enable people to overcome disadvantages to achieve independence and financial stability, and has served with a number of charitable organizations.

Victor Willis is the Executive Director at PARC (Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre), a Daily Bread Food Bank member agency. Victor has extensive experience working in not-for-profit organizations, including York Support Services Network, Gerstein Crisis Centre, Trinity Square Café Enterprises and The 519 Church Street Community Centre. He also has in-depth governance, strategic planning and financial management experience as a volunteer Director on a number of not-for-profit Boards. Victor believes that, in a time of growing challenges, Daily Bread Food Bank can play a crucial role in developing and increasing the overall capacity to respond to hunger by building collaborative networks with other like-minded organizations.

Mark Wilson is Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Labour Relations at Loblaw Companies Limited. He joined Loblaw in December of 2006. Mark is responsible for developing and delivering the people portion of the business strategy. Mark has enjoyed a progressive 23-year career in Human Resources and Labour Relations, in four different industries – Telecommunications, Food Service Retail/Quick Service Restaurants, Death Care and most recently Grocery Retail. He began his career in 1990 as a Union Business Agent with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175.

Aisha Ansari is currently employed with Deloitte Economics as a Senior Associate. Prior to joining Deloitte, Aisha worked with the Government of Ontario in public policy, specializing in economics. She is fluent in multiple languages and has volunteered in the not-for-profit sector as a Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton and as a United Way fundraiser.

Adam Baksh has a background in food industry supply chain consulting, specializing in improving logistics, delivery infrastructure and change management. He has previously worked with Kraft, General Mills, Campbell’s, Proctor Gamble, Loblaw and other major suppliers. He is excited to make a major commitment to volunteering at this point in his career.