Board of Directors

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CLARE ASHBEE

Chair

Up until 2021, Clare was V.P. Sustainable Building Solutions at EllisDon, a world-leading construction and building services company. Clare has significant experience advising international clients on large-scale, complex projects in the energy, transport, telecommunications, health and education sectors.

Prior to joining EllisDon, Clare held positions in the Energy and Infrastructure teams at Investec Bank in Toronto and PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, England. In 2015, Clare was nominated for the Canadian Women in Infrastructure Emerging Leader Award.

Clare also has experience working in international development having held positions at the Aga Khan Foundation and the African Development Bank. During this time, Clare focused on developing programs and financial tools to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Clare has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and an undergraduate degree in Applied Economics from Queen’s University. Clare is currently on a career break focusing on family and spending time with her young daughter.

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MARION MACKENZIE

Vice Chair

Marion is an award-winning senior communications executive with international experience in both the corporate and consulting sectors, enjoying a particular focus on stakeholder relations and strategic communications. Previously, as President of GCI Canada, a member company of WPP, the world’s chief communications services group, she provided advice to some of the globe’s largest companies. She was most proud of GCI being recognized as one of the “Greater Toronto Top 100 Employers” for several years.

Marion holds a MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Public Relations with Distinction from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds her ICD.D. certification. Marion is also a graduate of the Rotman “Judy Project” for women executive leaders and a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF). She currently chairs the IWF national communications committee.

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DAVID ARMOUR

Former Board Chair

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Canadian Feed The Children’s Chair of the Board, David Armour. David passed away peacefully on April 30, 2024, in Toronto, Ontario, surrounded by the love of his family. David joined CFTC in September 2020, and every day since, he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our cause. We are sincerely grateful for all of David’s contributions including his teachings and leadership, steadfast support, and passion for helping children and leading change. David leaves a lasting legacy for the organization.

David brings to the board the experience of numerous leadership roles in the charitable sector including CEO of the United Way of Canada, founding CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, founding CEO of the Canadian Medical Foundation, President of the United Church of Canada Foundation, Executive Officer Philanthropy of the United Church of Canada, Senior Advisor to the University Laval Foundation and Regional Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

As a volunteer, David has served on numerous national and provincial boards and most recently as a board member of the Pembina Institute in Alberta and of Food Banks Canada.

David has a Masters in Management Degree in the McGill McConnel National Voluntary Sector Leaders Program from McGill University and a Bachelors in Science in Psychology from McMaster University.

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ELIZABETH DYKE

Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee

Elizabeth Dyke has been a health and social development consultant since 2008, working in Canada and internationally with governments, NGOs, universities, and private organizations. Her consulting work includes evaluation, research, writing/medical writing, strategic development, capacity development, policy analysis, knowledge translation/synthesis, and facilitation.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Elizabeth held a number of senior executive roles in not-for-profit and public service, including Director of the Canadian Population Health Initiative of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Director of the Health Charities Council of Canada (a membership-based organization of 53 national health charities). Elizabeth has a Master of Arts in Sociology from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Population Health from University of Ottawa.

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TONY MALFARA

Treasurer, Chair Of The Finance & Audit Committee

Tony is a former Senior Partner with KPMG with 42 years of experience providing Audit, Risk and Governance knowledge and services to Senior Executives and Directors for many organizations and industries. Tony is recognized as a good communicator and facilitator able to increase organizational awareness and commitment to Governance and Risk with Executive Management, CEOs, and Directors.

Tony is currently on the board of the Humber River Hospital Foundation, having served until recently as Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee, a member of the Audit and Finance Committee, and presently the Marketing Committee. Tony is also on the board of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health, where he is a member of the Finance and Quality Committee and on the Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and is focused on creating greater awareness and understanding of Governance.

Tony has led or assisted executives and boards with the evaluation and enhancement of governance, risk management, and internal controls associated with Financial, Information Technology, Regulatory, and Operational activities or functional areas. Areas of experience that are relevant and top of mind for boards include large IT projects and initiatives, IT Cyber Risk and System Access Security, IT Governance and Performance, Data Governance and Privacy, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management, and Enterprise Risk.

Prior to joining KPMG, Tony spent 17 years in industry for Maple Leaf Food and St. Lawrence Cement in various Financial and Accounting positions. Tony attended Toronto Metropolitan University and is a CGA-CPA as well as a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and an accredited ICD.D.

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CRAIG BUCKLEY

Director

Craig is currently Vice President & Director at TD Asset Management where he is responsible for originating and structuring infrastructure private debt investments. Previously, he was co-head of Investec’s North American Infrastructure team and advised successful proponents on infrastructure projects across Canada. He has led on ten other major projects for many of the leading global clients in the sector, raising over $2 billion in committed finance in the process.

Craig brings more than 16 years of project finance experience in North America and Europe and an extensive network of North American and global project sponsors to his role on the CFTC Board of Directors. Craig is keen to apply his professional skills to support children’s welfare and help them achieve the best possible foundation to live healthy, happy lives.

Craig obtained an MA (Cantab), Natural Sciences, and is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

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NADIA HUMAYUN

Director

Nadia is the Senior Manager of Major Gifts at the Aga Khan Museum. She collaborates with philanthropists who seek to propel the Museum’s mission forward and promote diversity and pluralism through the arts. Nadia has 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, focused on revenue generation and developing strategic partnerships to drive social impact.

Connecting with people, and developing long-term relationships is something she enjoys both in her personal and professional life. Her previous experiences include working in organizations focused on international development and social innovation.

Having lived in over 11 cities in 8 countries, Nadia has always been drawn to understanding the social, economic and historical systems that perpetuate inequality in local and global contexts. This inspired her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Global Development from Queen’s University, and a Masters in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.

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REEMA IBRAHIM

Director

Reema is a Partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice. She has over fifteen years of experience providing assurance and advisory services to clients in the financial services industry, with a focus on the banking and asset management sectors. Reema led audit engagements on many high profile clients including audit committee communications. She developed and led financial control testing programs, assisted with complex accounting standards’ implementation projects, and independent reviews of the governance, accounting standards and controls frameworks of oversight functions. Reema continues to help her clients navigate their governance and risk management journeys in the current heightened regulatory environment and increasing demands by stakeholders in the financial services sector.

Reema is a CPA, CA and has earned her Bachelor of Arts-Honours and Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Macaulay Child Development Centre. She enjoys travelling with her husband to explore different cultures and while in Toronto she practices yoga, Pilates and stand-up paddles through the summer months. Reema believes that investing in our children’s education, well-being and the sustainability of their communities builds the foundation for success in the future.

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AYO MAKANJUOLA

Director

Ayo D. Makanjuola is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the Millbrook First Nation in Truro Nova Scotia. He brings over 14 years of finance experience from various industries.

He was also the immediate past Chief Financial Officer of the Black Business Initiative in Halifax. He was also the Project Lead on the Supporting the Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) a project aimed at capacity building for Black-led and Black-serving not-for-profit organizations across Canada. The project, which was fully funded by the Federal government through Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC) helps provide funds to organizations who were hoping to improve capacity by diversifying their sources of revenue, improvement in governance, operational effectiveness and efficiency, Digital adaptation, and charitable readiness.

Ayo serves on the Board of the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth as the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee, the Board of the CPA Nova Scotia as the Vice Chair, and the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation. He is also a member of the Not-For-Profit Advisory Committee (NFPAC) of the Accounting Standard Board and an Advisor with Catalyste+ (formerly Canadian Executive Society Organisation)

A chartered accountant from Nigeria, United Kingdom, and Nova Scotia, Ayo completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance before moving to Canada in 2015.

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Lea Nicholas-MacKenzie

Director

Lea is a proud member of the Wəlastəkwey (Maliseet Nation), with decades of experience in international relations and the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. She works with and trains Indigenous Peoples, governments, organizations and corporations to achieve transformative change through human rights, Indigenous engagement, inclusion, and reconciliation.

Lea is the co-founder of JWR Business Group. She is also a Canadian Technical Advisor for the Alinea International TAP/EDM Initiative, a founding member and co-chair of the Honouring Nations Canada Circle of Advisors at Fulbright Canada, and a member of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She holds a BA in French Language and Linguistics from the University of New Brunswick and an MA in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. In 2021, she was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women for her profound, thoughtful and measurable impact on diversity.

Lea previously served as the Chief of Protocol and Director of Aboriginal Outreach and Participation for the Four Host First Nations during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, as Special Advisor on Indigenous Issues at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York, and Principal at LNM Indigenous Consulting Inc.

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TIM PRINCE

Director

Tim is Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG Canada and National Leader of Operations M&A, where he leads Canada’s largest Integration and Separation practice with a team of 15 dedicated specialists.

He has worked on over 100 integrations and separations over the last 13 years and also conducted research into mergers and acquisitions that was published in the Financial Times. Tim has a B.Sc. from the University of Strathclyde, UK and is an Associate (ACMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK.

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RAJ SHARDA

Director

Raj is currently the Chief Operating Officer, Division of University Advancement at the University of Toronto, leading corporate services in support of the University’s Defy Gravity Campaign.

Previously Raj held progressive leadership roles in health policy and program delivery for the British Columbia Ministry of Health in Victoria B.C., international consulting on health sector reform projects with the World Health Organization in Washington D.C., corporate services and administration at the Ministry of Health in Ontario and capital planning and operations at Ontario’s Office of the Treasury Board.

He also has served as Vice-Chair of the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto and was a member of the Board of the Public Health Association of British Columbia.

Raj is passionate about connecting with people, building a common purpose, striving for continuous improvement and adopting best practices with a focus on establishing a reputation for service excellence. He is known for being a forward thinking, strategic and collaborative partner and has a strong commitment to creating spaces and a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion.

Raj holds a Master of Health Sciences (M.H.Sc.) from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.Sc. in Biology and a B.A. in Gerontology from McMaster University. He is a graduate of the Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Business and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).

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ZAHRA TASEER

Director

Zahra Taseer is a family law lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. She is a Partner at Laurel Family Law LLP and a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She is also an accredited mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators and a roster mediator for Mediate393 that offers court onsite family mediation.

She came to law after working with human rights and specifically women’s rights organizations in Pakistan, Thailand and New York. She has extensive experience serving on Boards of Directors and has worked for and volunteered with nonprofit organizations internationally and in Canada. Zahra currently also serves on the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law and as the Law Foundation of Ontario’s representative on the Board of the Directors of the Ontario Justice Education Network

Zahra has an LLM from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of Ottawa, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and English Literature from McGill University.

She is an executive member of the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and she is a executive member of the Mid-Career Standing Committee of The Advocates’ Society.

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STEPHANIE WIAFE

Director

Steph Wiafe (she/her/hers) is an epidemiologist and public health professional. She holds expertise in addressing health inequities at local and international levels. Steph is experienced in working as a community health researcher, investigating communicable diseases, the toxic drug crisis, and advocating for health justice Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. Her approach to the work is intersectional and centers the living and lived experiences of people.

As a descendant of the Asante tribe in Ghana, she is a racialized settler on the stolen and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.Through her work with BIPOCQT+ communities around the world, in addressing systemic health disparities, mobilizing grassroots movements, and challenging the status quo of white supremacy in health systems, she has cultivated a career dedicated to health and healing through decolonization, reparations, and justice.

During her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, she became passionate about addressing the intersectionality of health disparities among excluded groups, which inspired her research during her Master of Public Health Degree from Queen’s University.

Committees

FINANCE & AUDIT

The Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) guides, reviews and oversees the annual operating plan and budget; monitors organizational performance; reviews and recommends investment policy; assesses overall financial risk and oversees risk mitigation strategies and internal controls.

The FAC also recommends the external auditor and reviews and recommends approval of the audited statements by the Board.

NOMINATION & GOVERNANCE

The Nomination and Governance Committee (NGC) oversees the Board’s overall approach to governance including director nominations and the size, composition and structure of the Board and its committees. It documents directors’ skills and experience and recruits to address any gaps.

The NGC is also responsible for Board orientation and continuing education to ensure that directors are prepared and capable of assuming their governance and fiduciary responsibilities.