Board of Governors 2020-21
Effective Sept. 1, 2020
David Agnew, BA
David Agnew became Seneca’s fifth president in 2009. Prior to joining Seneca, he held leadership positions in public, private and non-profit sectors, including as Secretary to the Cabinet in the Ontario Government, Principal Secretary to the Premier, 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 is Chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). He also serves on numerous other boards and committees, including the Canadian Ditchley Foundation Advisory Board and vice-chair of Polytechnics Canada. He is past chair of Colleges Ontario and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, former vice-chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and is 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 Sept. 1, 2017.
Hamza BaigHamza Baig, a student in the Electronics Engineering Technology program, was elected as the student governor representative for the 2019-20 academic year. He has worked as a student ambassador, SMILE mentor and as a business development co-ordinator with Seneca International. He joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2019.
Chris Bullen, BA, MA
Superintendent William (Chris) Bullen started his policing career with York Regional Police in 1988. During his policing career, he has been assigned to the Community Services Bureau, the Community Oriented Response Unit, the Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Public Order Unit, the Traffic Bureau and the Uniform Recruiting Unit. Outside of policing, he is the past president and vice-president of the Association of Black Law Enforcers, a former board of director of the Canadian Hearing Society, campaign member of United Way of Greater Toronto and current Chair of Seneca’s Program Advisory Committee for Police Foundations and Public Safety diploma programs. Mr. Bullen is a graduate of Carleton University, Seneca and Guelph-Humber University. He holds a master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. He joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2018.
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 Sept. 1, 2016.
Kimberly Moran, B. Comm.
Kimberly Moran is the CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO), representing the province’s largest provider of child and youth mental health services. She serves on the board of Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto and previously contributed to the North York General Hospital and SIM-one Simulation Healthcare Network boards. She is a member of the Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine. Prior to CMHO, she held positions as special advisor to the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, acting CEO and chief operating officer at UNICEF Canada and senior finance positions with TD Bank and Ernst & Young. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a B. Comm in marketing/accounting from the University of British Columbia. She joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2019 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Peivand Pirouzi, M.Sc., PhD
Peivand Pirouzi was elected the faculty governor representative. He teaches in several programs in the Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Sciences and has been at Seneca since fall 2011. He holds a PhD in physiology from the School of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke, Que., M.Sc. in biological sciences from University of Quebec in Montreal, Que., and the professional accreditation from the Canadian Council of Continuing Pharmaceutical Education with certifications in psychiatry, evidence-based medicine and people management. He joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2019.
Jerin Raj, Technical Support Technologist in the Information Technology Services department, was elected the support staff representative. He has been working at Seneca since fall 2015. He joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2019.
Mark Solomon, BA, BA Hons, MA
Mark Solomon, Associate Dean, Student Services and Indigenous Education, joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2015 as the administrative staff governor. He was re-elected as the administrative staff governor representative and began serving on the board for a second term on Sept. 1, 2018. Mr. Solomon leads Seneca’s efforts to respond to, and integrate into our curriculum and services, the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission affecting postsecondary education. He oversees student services for both domestic and international students as well as student conduct. Mr. Solomon 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. He has worked 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.
Ashif Somani, CPA, CA, CFP
Ashif Somani first joined Seneca’s Board of Governors in 2008. He served two full terms and for his last three years as chair of the Finance and Administration Committee. Mr. Somani is a partner with BDO Canada LLP and has more than 30 years of experience providing audit, management and business advisory services to a wide variety of clients. As a member of BDO’s Quality Assurance team, he is responsible for establishing and monitoring quality standards for the firm’s accounting and auditing practices. Mr. Somani is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario, CPA Canada and is a former treasurer and board member of the York Region Children’s Aid Society. He also served as chair of the Finance and Investment Committee for Mackenzie Health Foundation as well as treasurer of the board. Mr. Somani is a CPA and certified financial planner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Toronto. Mr. Somani re-joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2018 and is currently serving as Chair.
Belinda Tang, B.Comm., MHRM
Belinda Tang is a business adviser on strategic change and organization development, global talent management and executive coaching. She was previously with the IBM Corporation, with an international career in Canada, the United States and Asia. As IBM’s global head of leadership and chief diversity officer, she led an international team and transformed leadership development, diversity and inclusion for a new era. She was also vice-president of human resources for IBM’s consulting business in North American and emerging markets. A graduate of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Ms. Tang received her master’s degree in human resources management from York University. She is an accredited executive and organization coach from Columbia University in New York. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including a nine-year tenure at the Markham Stouffville Hospital during a period of the hospital’s redevelopment. She was on the Asia Society Talent Council in New York. She joined the Seneca Board of Governors in September 2016 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Alice Thomas, B.Sc., MBA
Alice Thomas is the Chief Digital Technology Officer at Sun Life Financial. She joined Sun Life in 2007 and has more than 25 years of experience in technology, with a focus on digital strategy and solutions. In her current role she is responsible for technology enablement of the company’s digital strategies globally. She is a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion and is an active champion for encouraging and supporting women in technology careers. She holds a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She was on the board of Microskills, a United Way member agency for two years, and is currently a member of the Alumni Advisory board at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering. She joined Seneca’s Board of Governors on Sept. 1, 2019.