Board of Governors 2017-2018
Effective September 1, 2017
David Agnew, BA
David Agnew became Seneca’s fifth president in 2009. Mr. Agnew was Secretary to the Cabinet in the Ontario Government from 1992-95 after serving as the Premier’s Principal Secretary. He has held leadership positions in public, private and non-profit sectors, including as President/CEO of UNICEF Canada, Principal at Digital 4Sight, Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario and Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. In 1995, he was seconded to the University of Toronto’s Massey College as a Senior Resident. Mr. Agnew serves on numerous boards and committees, including as a director of Polytechnics Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) as well as past chair of Colleges Ontario and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Mr. Agnew is also a founding member of Sichuan University’s International Advisory Board.
Fareed Amin, BA, MPA
Fareed Amin is the inaugural President and Executive Director of the Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC). Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Amin served as the Senior Vice President, Public Policy, for Walton Development and Management, Canada; with responsibility for leading and executing the government management strategy and public policy relations plan for the Walton Group of Companies (“Walton”) in Ontario. Mr. Amin has over 26 years of distinguished service in the public sector and has gained a comprehensive understanding of the legislative processes and the policy framework that guides growth related initiatives and economic opportunities within the province of Ontario. Mr. Amin held progressively responsible positions in the Government of Ontario including Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guyana, a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Certificate in Leadership from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mr. Amin joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2017.
Janet Beed, BN, M.Sc.N.Janet Beed is currently an independent practitioner and advisor with a focus on building organizational capacity, implementing strategic change and maximizing the innovation agenda in health care. Previously, she held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Markham Stouffville Hospital, a community hospital serving more than 340,000 people in York Region. She has held a number of leadership roles including Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital; Vice-President of Organizational Development and Patient Care Programs at the Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute; and several senior positions at the Hospital for Sick Children. Ms. Beed was also a Partner in the Global Consulting Practice of Deloitte working in the energy and manufacturing industries with a focus on change management. She has board experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors and currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and ventureLAB and is an IHPME fellow at the University of Toronto. She is an invited speaker and conference participant, particularly in the areas of health care strategy and caregiver support. A graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, Ms. Beed holds a Master of Nursing degree. Ms. Beed joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2014 and is currently serving as Chair.
Doug Brooks, FCPA, FCGA, ACCA, C.Dir
Doug Brooks is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA). The CMA is the only association that embraces Canada’s major business sectors and all marketing disciplines, channels and technologies. Its programs help shape the future of marketing by building talented marketers and business leaders and by demonstrating marketing’s strategic role as a key driver of business success. Prior to joining CMA, Mr. Brooks was the Chief Executive Officer of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario where he played an integral role in the unification of the three accounting bodies in Ontario. Mr. Brooks has enjoyed a diverse career in senior finance, sales and marketing roles at Coca Cola Canada, CBC Television and NHL Enterprises. Active in his community of Newmarket for many years, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service in 2012. Mr. Brooks joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2013.
Marc Caira, Dip. (Hons), HPB1
Marc Caira is the Vice-Chairman of the board of directors of Restaurant Brands International Inc., a multinational quick service restaurant company and parent company to Tim Hortons and Burger King. He is also currently serving on the board of directors of Hydro One Corp., Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility; the Minto Group, a private real estate developer; and Gildan Activewear Inc., a leading manufacturer of everyday basic apparel. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chairman of Restaurant Brands International Inc. in December 2014, Mr. Caira was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tim Hortons Inc., a multinational fast food restaurant, a member of the Executive Board of Nestlé S.A. in Switzerland, a global food and beverage company, and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Professional. Mr. Caira holds a Diploma with Honours in Marketing Management from Seneca College, Toronto (1977) and is a graduate of the High Performance Boards 1 program at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Caira joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2016.
Ahmed Chakera, BS
Ahmed Chakera is a Senior Technical Specialist. He has been at Seneca for 27 years in Information Technology Services and has worked as a professor in the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. He is a graduate of Seneca’s Computer Engineering program and has a degree in IT Global Management from Davenport University. Mr. Chakera joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2016 as the support staff governor.
Lois Cormack, CHE, MH.Sc.
Lois Cormack is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sienna Senior Living, a leading Canadian seniors living provider with 71 residences in Ontario and British Columbia. Ms. Cormack has led the organization through significant growth and transformation, more than doubling the size of the company and successfully rebranding and repositioning it as a high-quality provider. Ms. Cormack has more than 25 years of experience in executive roles including President of Specialty Care, a mid-size private seniors living company, and as owner of a consulting practice focused on organizational change and implementation of systems to improve services for seniors. She is involved with organizations to advocate for sound policy on seniors care and services, including a previous appointment as Chair of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. In 2014 and 2015, she was named as one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs in Profit/Canadian Businesses W100 in recognition of outstanding company growth and performance. Ms. Cormack holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto, is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at University of Western Ontario and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. Ms. Cormack joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2014 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Shafiq Ebrahim, MBA, FICB, ACIB
Shafiq Ebrahim is currently Manager, Commercial Banking with National Bank of Canada. He manages a portfolio of more than 50 borrowing and non-borrowing clients with authorized lending limit of $41 million and deposit business of $183 million. Mr. Ebrahim has been a banker for more than 20 years. He previously worked for HSBC Bank Canada, RBC Royal Bank and Barclays Bank of Canada. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (England) and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. As a volunteer, Mr. Ebrahim has served as Chair and Board Director of Special Olympics Ontario, Board Director of Mackenzie Health, Board Director of Heart & Stroke Foundation, Chair of Golf Committee, IDRF, Board Trustee of United Way of York Region, Board Trustee and Cabinet Member of United Way of Greater Toronto, and Member of York Regional Police, Police Community Advisory Council. Mr. Ebrahim joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2016.
John Honderich, BA, LLB
John Honderich is currently the Chair of the Board of Torstar and Chair of the Torstar Voting Trust. He has served as Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on the future of the Greater Toronto Area and Creative Cities and also on the Attorney General’s panel on Justice and the Media from January 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Honderich served as the Toronto Mayor’s Special Ambassador on Urban Issues from May 2004 to February 2006. He served as Publisher of the Toronto Star from 1994 until May 2004. Prior to his appointment as Publisher, Mr. Honderich was Editor of the Toronto Star from 1988-1994. Mr. Honderich joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2013.
Warren Jestin, MA, PhD
Warren Jestin retired from Scotiabank in 2016 after nearly three decades as Chief Economist. He also has worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at a number of Canadian Universities. Warren is an advisor and public speaker on domestic and global economic issues and is Economist in Residence at the University of Guelph’s College of Business & Economics. He is Chair of the Central LHIN’s Board of Directors, sits on the board of the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and is past Chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors. Warren also has been involved with policy committees of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Learning Partnership, the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. He holds a PH.D. from the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Guelph. In 2016, Warren received the CFPDP’s King Clancy Award in recognition of his support for physically disabled persons. Dr. Jestin joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2014 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Alice Keung, BA, MBA, ICD.D
Alice Keung is currently the Chief Transformation Officer of Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s top 10 P&C insurance company. Ms. Keung is an industry-recognized champion of digital innovation and strategist in business transformation. She brings extensive executive management experience from the public and private sectors, both in Canada and internationally. Her previous roles included Chief Operating Officer of eHealth Ontario, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at Air Canada, Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer with the National Bank, Vice-President of Asia-Pacific Operations, Interface Inc.. The Women Executive Network has twice recognized Ms. Keung as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women”. She is also the recipient of an Award of Distinction from Concordia University for her outstanding contribution to business and communities. Ms. Keung holds a BA and MBA from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal. She obtained her ICD.D accreditation in 2017. Ms. Keung joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2013.
Mina Mawani, MHSc.HA
Mina Mawani is President and Chief Executive Officer of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. With 15 years of experience in non-profit, private sector, hospital, and government roles, Ms. Mawani is now turning her attention to making Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis stop. For life. She is an experienced leader and change navigator, guiding non-profits from vision to strategy to results. Applying her passion and enthusiasm to the Crohn’s and colitis community, Ms. Mawani is deeply engaged with the issues that matter most to her constituents – finding cures and improving lives for the nearly 250,000 Canadians affected by these chronic diseases. She currently serves on the Board of Pine River Institute and served on the Board of Women’s College Hospital (where she chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee). She is a member of the International Women’s Forum Canada (IWFC) and has held a number of leadership roles, including President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Chief Development Officer and Executive Committee member at Civic Action, and CEO of the Aga Khan Council for Canada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Mawani held key roles at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2016, she received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for her achievements and contributions to Canada. Ms. Mawani joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2015.
Gagandeep Singh Sidhu
Gagandeep Singh Sidhu, a student in the Accounting & Finance program at Newnham Campus, was elected as the student governor representative for the 2017-2018 academic year. Mr. Singh Sidhu migrated from New Delhi to Toronto in 2015 to pursue higher education and to gain international experience. He has been involved in various activities at Seneca including volunteering and working as a student ambassador, orientation leader, SMILE mentor and peer tutor. Mr. Singh Sidhu is also an active member of the Toronto Youth Council (TYC).
Mark Solomon, BA, BA Hons, MA
Mark Solomon is the Director, Student Life. He has work at Seneca since 2006 in Student Services with a variety of student groups including the Leadership Program, First Generation, Aboriginal students and the Seneca Student Federation. He holds a BA in music and a BA Honours in native studies from Laurentian University, and a MA in social justice and equity studies from Brock University. Mr. Solomon joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2015 as the administrative staff governor.
Belinda Tang, B.Comm, MHRM
Belinda Tang brings deep experiences in the information technology industry, helping organizations develop and implement strategies for business transformation, global talent management, and senior leadership development. She returned to Canada in 2016, after being overseas for eight years where she held a number of senior leadership roles at IBM. As Vice President, Human Resources, based in New York, and then Shanghai, China, Belinda led the acquisition and development of senior talent in key markets around the world. Most recently, Belinda was Vice President, Global Leadership Development, and IBM’s Chief Diversity Officer, based in Armonk, New York. In that capacity, she successfully led a Joint Leadership Development Program, in partnership with several Fortune 100 companies, to develop future CEOs. She also designed and implemented a strategy to develop a next generation of diverse global leaders. Prior to going abroad, Belinda held executive positions in Canada. Belinda has served on a number of not-for-profit boards in Canada, including a 9-year tenure at the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board where she chaired the Strategic Planning and Nominating Committees. During the Hospital’s expansion, she also acted as the Board’s liaison with the Local Health Integration Network at the Ontario Ministry of Health. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from York University. Ms. Tang joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2016.
Vince Timpano, MBA, ICD.D
Vincent R. Timpano is President, Americas Coalitions and Executive Vice-President for Aimia Inc. In this role, Mr. Timpano has full accountability for leading and growing Aimia’s Coalition and data driven marketing business, Aeroplan, and serves as a Director of PLM, Aimia’s joint venture with Aeroméxico that operates the Club Premier loyalty program. Mr. Timpano is also responsible for launching and developing new coalition programs across North and South America. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Aeroplan, where he established the strategic direction and led each of Aimia Canada’s businesses. Before Aeroplan, Mr. Timpano was President, Coca-Cola Ltd where he led the company’s beverage businesses in Canada. Prior to holding that position, he served as President and CEO for The Minute Maid Company Canada, an operating group of The Coca-Cola Company. Mr. Timpano is currently the Chair, United Way Toronto and York Region, as well as Chair of its Governance and Human Resources Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Business for the Arts. Mr. Timpano holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Timpano joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2016.
Rashpal Uppal-Assi, CITP, CSCMP, MBA
Rashpal Uppal-Assi is a professor with the School of International Business and Management. During her career, she has worked as a practitioner and consultant with public, private and NGO sector companies driving efficiency in supply chain management and processes. Ms. Uppal-Assi has also held several roles with the Supply Chain Management Association. In 2015, she was appointed as a member of the National Case Competition Advisory Board. Ms. Uppal-Assi holds a MBA from Athabasca University, an International Business Administration Diploma from Seneca College, a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional designation, and a Certified International Trade Professional designation. Ms. Uppal-Assi joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 28, 2016 as the faculty governor.