Board of Directors
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.
One-third of the Board of Directors self identifies as individuals with lived experience. We believe this adds significant value to the conversations, decisions and governance structure of the organization.
Sarah Diebel, Chair
Sarah is an energy lawyer for the public utility that operates Ontario’s power grid and administers the electricity markets – the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Sarah is currently the Director of Enforcement & Legal, in the Market Assessment & Compliance Division, responsible for overseeing compliance with the market rules and reliability standards, including issuing sanctions against market participants to return money to Ontario consumers, where appropriate. As an energy lawyer, Sarah has supported generation supply procurements (renewables, gas and storage), conservation and demand management programs, and market renewal/modernization programs. Sarah joined the Daily Bread Board in 2012, as an anti-poverty advocate. During her law school studies, Sarah pursued a concentration in law and social justice, which included research and advocacy on the Ontario Works Program, indigenous access to health care and the legalization of prostitution. Sarah is a passionate community advocate for the right to food and the sharing of wealth in our great city by redistributing resources more fairly to lift our neighbours out of poverty.
Ben Wise, Vice-Chair
Ben Wise is the Head of Programmatic Media at Google, where he manages online advertising and develops new programs to expand Google product delivery. He has spent 10 years in progressive roles in consulting, marketing and sales. Ben has co-founded and acted as President for SpringTern, a website connecting students and small business for volunteer work projects, and founded and acted as Executive Director of Step By Step Africa, a grassroots organization that plans and implements HIV/AIDS testing and treatment programs in Ghana and Uganda. He has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
J. Ian Giffen, Treasurer
J. Ian Giffen serves as a 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. Ian is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) 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. He has a passionate 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 and is currently on the board of CAMH.
Adam Baksh, Secretary
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.
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. Aisha is fluent in multiple languages. She has volunteered in the not-for-profit sector as a Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton and as a United Way fundraiser.
Jennifer Bond is a lawyer with experience in employment and labour relations. Jennifer is currently the Director of Labour Relations and Legal Counsel for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the second-largest housing provider in North America, with over 58,000 units of housing and an estimated 164,000 tenants. She has worked with TCHC since 2012 and prior to that was an associate at McMillan LLP in Employment and Labour Relations. Jennifer is passionate about utilizing her skills and expertise to fight food insecurity in Toronto.
Neil Bowden is involved with the Daily Bread to contribute to the fight against poverty and hunger in the City of Toronto. In his professional life, Neil is the Senior Vice President, Group Finance at Canada Goose responsible for leading all aspects of Finance across the globe. Prior to that, his career at KPMG spanned more than a decade in both the Toronto and Chicago offices, where he audited public companies in the Consumer Markets practice. Neil is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. At home, he’s a dedicated husband and father of two.
Gaylen Duncan is Managing Director and Country Operating Officer for Bank of America’s platform in Canada. Gaylen has over 20 years of experience in capital markets working for both Canadian and US banking institutions with areas of focus including finance, risk management, operations and governance. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, a CFA Charterholder and most recently a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Directors Education Program and is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).
Gaylen is actively involved with the firm’s philanthropic efforts and chairs the country’s charitable committee while leading the firm’s initiatives with local charitable organizations. He has actively volunteered at Daily Bread for over 10yrs and is excited to be part of the extended Daily Bread team to help fight hungry in the city of Toronto.
Morgan Harris, CISA, PMP, is a business systems consultant with experience advising clients in the public and private sector. Mr. Harris has implemented business and financial management information systems for firms operating in Canada and several other countries. Mr. Harris has consulted to several public sector non-profit organizations mandated by the Government of Ontario. He has advised executives on a range of issues from information technology implementation and management, I.T. governance, financial controls, audit and compliance, to business strategy. He is a director of several non-profit organizations in Toronto and has also acted as a board advisor. He also provides pro-bono advisory consulting to smaller non-profits and start-ups. He has worked with organizations in the mental health sector, social housing, community advocacy and food security.
Karen Hsiung is the VP Marketing at LIVIVA Foods, a North American start-up offering healthy, low carb pasta alternatives to the natural/organic market. With over 20 years in the consumer-packaged goods industry, Karen has worked on market-leading brands including Michelina’s, Glad, Brita, Ocean Spray, Centrum, and Schweppes. She also has a passionate interest in Women in Leadership and is a former Regional Officer with the Network of Executive Women (Toronto Chapter), whose mission is to advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry. Karen is excited to contribute to Daily Bread and its fight against food insecurity in Toronto.
Gale M. Kelly
Gale is a Partner with KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice, specializing in the accounting for complex transactions. Gale leads KPMG Canada’s technical topic teams on financial instruments, stock-based payments, income tax accounting and pensions. Currently, she is a member of KPMG’s global IFRS financial instruments, income tax accounting and employee benefits technical topic teams. She is also a SEC Filing Reviewing Partner and Canadian Securities Engagement Partner. Gale is currently a member of CPA Canada’s Accounting Standards Board (AcSB), and chairs the AcSB’s IFRS Discussion Group. The AcSB is an independent body with the authority to establish accounting standards for use by all Canadian entities outside the public sector, including public and private entities and not-for-profits. She is a member of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ Deposit-taking Institutions Auditors Advisory Committee. She is a past a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee (2011 – 2018). As a partner, Gale has been involved with KPMG Canada’s largest and most complex clients for 20 years.
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.
Regan McGee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nobul Corporation, an innovative technology company that has created a revolutionary online real estate trading marketplace operating throughout North America. Regan brings 20 years of experience running complex organizations and empowering his employees to achieve outstanding success. Prior to conceiving and founding Nobul, he ran his own real estate investment company, McGee Capital, and served in senior roles at Brookfield, BMO and Dundee. Regan is an Economist and Chartered Investment Manager by training. Regan is a licensed real estate Broker and is a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association, the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Toronto Real Estate Board, and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, as well as a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, from the Canadian Securities Institute. Regan has served passionately on the boards and committees of large financial institutions, the North York General Hospital and several not-for-profit organizations.
Anthony Santilli is Managing Director of an early stage sharing economy start-up aimed at lowering the overall GHG emissions of the commercial real estate industry. Previously Anthony led marketing and sales and helped grow Bullfrog Power into Canada’s leading 100% Green Energy Company. Anthony brings 20 plus years of progressive marketing and business experience in small start-ups and large international businesses, with emphasis on innovation, marketing and growth. Anthony holds a Science degree from McGill University and a joint MBA from McGill and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Anthony has been a dedicated supporter of the Daily Bread Food Bank both in his professional and family life.
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.
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.
Christine Yip is the Founder of Organizations for Impact, a management consultancy that works with leaders across sectors to build more inclusive, psychologically safe, and empowering workplace cultures. Previous to this, Christine worked as a Manager at both Accenture and KPMG consulting practices, and as a social policy researcher at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre and the London School of Economics’ Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph. She also teaches Change Management at York’s Schulich School of Business.