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.
Ben Wise, 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.
Gale M. Kelly, Vice-Chair
Gale M. Kelly is a Partner with KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice, specializing in the accounting for complex transactions. She is also a SEC Filing Reviewing Partner and Canadian Securities Engagement Partner. As a partner, Gale has been involved with KPMG’s largest and most complex clients for over 20 years. She is a member of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ Deposit-taking Institutions Auditors Advisory Committee and a past member of the OSC’s Disclosure Advisor Committee, as well as a CPA Canada’s Accounting Standards Board and IFRS Discussion Group.
Gaylen Duncan, Treasurer
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 10 years and is excited to be part of the extended Daily Bread team to help fight hungry in the city of Toronto.
Christine Yip, Corporate Secretary
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.
Aisha Ansari is currently employed with Deloitte Economics as a Senior Manager. 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.
JT Badiani is the President, Focused Improvement Consulting. JT has consulted to the public sector, and non-profit organizations and has advised executives on a range of issues from operational improvement, supply chain/logistics optimization, information technology implementation and management, to business strategy. JT holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Chemical) from Western University, Master of Business Administration from Ivey School of Business and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Prior to Focused Improvement has held leadership positions at PwC, Dunkin Brands, Bombardier Aerospace, and GE. JT is involved with the Daily Bread to contribute to the fight against poverty and hunger in the City of Toronto.
Jennifer Bond is a lawyer with experience in employment and labour relations. Jennifer is currently the Director of Labour Relations with Ontario Power Generation which provides approximately half of the electricity generation in the province. Prior to that, Jennifer was the Director of Labour Relations and Legal Counsel for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the second-largest housing provider in North America. 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.
Jamille Clarke-Darshanand is a public policy professional focused on social policy and income insecurity issues who has worked in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, Jamille works on creative placemaking and community engagement at Artscape, a non-profit development company. Previously, she contributed to the development of policy to enhance income security at the Province of Ontario and as an independent policy consultant for Toronto-based non-profits. Jamille is passionate about community development and helped start a non-profit organization aimed at connecting, promoting, and renewing her hometown, Scarborough.
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 a Partner with Four Corners Group, Canada’s leading independent retained executive search firm. With over 25 years of experience building brands and companies, Karen now utilizes her experience to focus on the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Retail sectors. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a holder of the Chartered Marketer designation (CM). Prior to Daily Bread, Karen was a Regional Officer with the Network of Executive Women (NEW), whose mission is to advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry. Karen is passionate about Daily Bread and its fight against food insecurity in Toronto.
Maheen Merchant is a lawyer with close to ten years of wide-ranging experience in several areas of law. Currently, she is a lawyer with the in-house legal department of LIUNA, Local 183 practicing labour and civil litigation. Maheen also holds a Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Maheen strongly believes in the protection of socio-economic rights and is excited about bringing her skills and experience to the Daily Bread Food Bank in its fight against food insecurity and poverty.
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 Just Boardrooms Inc., a marketplace for on-demand boardroom rentals. With the growing need for #workfromanywhere, Just Boardrooms is offering both gig and corporate business professionals an easy, frictionless platform to book professional meeting spaces by the hour. Previously, Anthony led marketing and sales, and helped grow Bullfrog Power into Canada’s leading 100% Green Energy Company. Anthony brings 20+ 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.