Board of Governors
Effective September 1, 2016
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 Colleges and Institutes Canada and past chair of Colleges Ontario and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Mr. Agnew is also a founding member of Sichuan University’s International Advisory Board.
Fariba Anderson, BSc, MBA, CMC, CGEIT
Fariba Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer at AcuteNet providing software solutions for the Healthcare industry. She has held senior positions with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Allstream, Bell, Compuware, Rogers and Imperial Oil. Ms. Anderson is recognized by Privacy Commissioner of Ontario as Privacy Ambassador due to her leadership to embed Privacy by Design within the technology construct. She is a Director at Seneca College Board of Governors, St. Joseph Health Center, and Rotman Vision Fund Board. Ms. Anderson is a member of University of Toronto College of Electoral and YMCA of Greater Toronto Audit Committee, Seneca College Academic Planning and Student Affairs Committee, St. Joseph Hospital Quality Committee and St. Joseph Hospital Pension Committee. Ms. Anderson has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and recipient of University of Toronto Arbor Award. In 2011, she was shortlisted as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants. In 2013, she was nominated for CATA Alliance Wilfrid Laurier University Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology. In 2014, Ms. Anderson was nominated for ITAC CIO of the Year Award. She holds a MBA from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a Computer Science Degree from York University. She is also a Certified Management Consultant with CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT) designation. Ms. Anderson joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2011.
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. She has held a number of leadership roles including Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, University Health Network; Toronto General Hospital, Vice-President 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 CIHI, VentureLab and Manmouth. She is an invited speaker and conference participant, particularly in the areas of health care strategy. Ms. Beed joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2014 and is currently serving as Vice-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 a director of Hydro One Corp., Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility and a director of the Minto Group, a private real estate developer. 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 Nestle S.A. in Switzerland, a global food and beverage company, and Chief Executive Officer of Nestle 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, MH.Sc.
Lois Cormack is the President and CEO of Sienna Senior Living, appointed in April 2013. She has led an organizational transformation that includes positioning Sienna Senior Living as a leading high quality seniors living provider and doubling the size of the company with successful large acquisitions of seniors living properties. Ms. Cormack has also led the development of high performing teams, successfully driving the transformation of company culture, aligning new Vision, Mission and Values and executing on a sound long-term business strategy that has included the rebranding of Sienna in 2015. Ms. Cormack is an experienced leader in the sector, having served as the past President of a mid- sized seniors living company, running an independent consulting practice, and holding other senior leadership roles in the health care and seniors’ living sectors. Ms. Cormack holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University. Ms. Cormack joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2014.
Donna Duncan, BA (Hon), MA
Donna Duncan is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a large children’s mental health treatment, research and education centre serving the Greater Toronto Area, and a community affiliate of the University of Toronto’s faculties of medicine and social work. Prior to joining Hincks-Dellcrest, Donna spent more than 20 years working with municipal, provincial, federal and international governments and within the broader public sector. Ms. Duncan’s previous experience includes working as a college professor and serving as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Government House Leader. She has served on a variety of not-for-profit boards and has been a front-line volunteer in a number of hospitals. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ms. Duncan joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2011 and is currently serving as 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 is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. Dr. Jestin is on Advisory Boards for the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University, and the University of Guelph where he is the Economist in Residence at the College of Management & Economics. He also serves on several other advisory boards, including the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education and the Markham Stouffville Hospital, where he is past Chair. Dr. Jestin has also been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council and has been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. Before joining Scotiabank, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several universities. Dr. Jestin joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2014 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Alice Keung, MBA
Alice Keung is currently the Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer of Economical Insurance and she was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at eHealth Ontario. She brings extensive executive management experience from the public and private sectors, both in Canada and internationally. Her previous roles included 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 Operations, Interface Inc. Ms. Keung has twice been recognized by the Women Executive Network 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 MBA from John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal. 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.
Naki Osutei, MA
Naki Osutei is committed to developing diverse leadership and to building a livable and prosperous city region. She has achieved this in roles across sectors as varied as arts and culture, sports, and social and economic development. Notably, she was the Vice President, Strategy for the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance where she developed leadership programs and convened leaders to address challenges facing the Toronto region’s social and economic future. She also had the distinct honour of contributing to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games where she led corporate diversity, inclusion, accessibility and legacy programs as Director, Public Affairs and Social Legacy. She is honoured to take these experiences into the private sector to support the development of leaders at CIBC as the Director, Executive Talent is Management. She holds a master's and bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Guelph and is often called upon to speak on the issues of cross-sectoral collaboration, leadership and diversity at private sector, government, non-profit and post-secondary institutions. Ms. Osutei joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2011.
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.
Jeff Vandenberg is a third-year student in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce of International Business Management program. While apprenticing as an electrician, Mr. Vandenberg became interested in the idea of running a business and enrolled at Seneca. He currently continues his studies while working as a customer service representative for Nestlé Canada. Mr. Vandenberg joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on October 14, 2016 as the student governor.
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.
Karen Webb, P.Eng, MBA, ICD.D
Karen Webb’s corporate career includes roles such as Vice-President Operations at Foresters and Manulife, Vice-President Marketing and VP Projects at Rogers Wireless, and a variety of roles at Imperial Oil from engineering to customer service to business re-engineering. She is Board Chair at MicroSkills, a United Way member agency and Chair of Camp1. She holds an ICD.D from Rotman School of Business (UofT), a MBA from York University, and a Systems Design Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. Ms. Webb joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on September 1, 2011.