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Seneca College’s Board of Governors welcomes three new community leaders

Heads of Torstar, CGA Ontario and eHealth bring wealth of expertise to the Board

Toronto, October 2, 2013 – Seneca College’s Board of Governors will welcome its newest external members Doug Brooks, John Honderich and Alice Keung to its first meeting of the 2013-14 academic year.

“Seneca and its students are well-served by a Board of Governors with an exceptional range of skills and experience,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “Doug, John and Alice bring outstanding community, provincial and national leadership, and we look forward to their contributions.”

Doug Brooks is the chief executive officer of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. In his role, he is responsible for the leadership of the largest provincial CGA association, serving the needs of more than 30,000 CGAs and students in the CGA program of professional studies. Prior to joining the CGA, Mr. Brooks held many senior finance, sales and marketing roles at Coca Cola Canada, CBC Television, and NHL Enterprises. He received his Chartered Director designation in 2010 from The Directors College at the DeGroote School of Business and the Conference Board of Canada. Recognized for his service to CGA and the accounting profession, he was acknowledged as a fellow by CGA in 2008. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service. He currently serves on the finance committee at Southlake Regional Hospital Foundation.

John Honderich is 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.

Alice Keung is currently the Chief Operating Officer of eHealth Ontario. In this role Ms. Keung oversees the development and delivery of provincial ehealth programs, as well as the technical operations. Prior to joining eHealth Ontario, she was an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care. She has also held senior executive positions at Air Canada and the National Bank of Canada. Ms. Keung has twice been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women” by the Women Executive Network. Ms. Keung holds a MBA from Concordia University's Molson School of Business, in Montreal.

Also joining the Board this year are Stan White representing the support staff and Ibrahima Sow representing the students. Ibrahima is a third-year student in the Business Administration – Management program and Stan is a 29-year employee of Seneca, now working in International Student Services.

Colleen Fleming also becomes the new Chair of the Board. Ms. Fleming has been a board member since 2010 and is the President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd. She is also the Managing Director of Verity’s Bridge2Success practice, servicing the unique needs of the nonprofit sector at one of Canada’s national HR consulting firms. Ms. Fleming has held many positions including CEO of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, President and CEO of Career Edge Organization, President of Laura Secord Inc., Senior Vice President of Nestle Canada Inc., and Retail Director of Canada and US Operations for Tabi International.

Seneca’s Board of Governors consists of 21 members: 16 representing the community, four members elected by administration, faculty, support staff and students, and the President.

With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

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Kayla Lewis
Seneca College Media Relations
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