Board of Directors

Executive Members

Sheila Jarvis
Chair

Sheila has recently retired from her position as President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital - Canada’s largest academic children’s rehabilitation facility. Sheila’s governance experience includes past Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Hospital Association and past Chair of the Change Foundation - a provincial health policy think tank. She is currently Chair of the International Outreach Program Board of Directors of the St. Joseph’s Health System, Hamilton, Ontario, member Board of Directors of the North York General Hospital, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CAST and Chair of the Quality and Outcomes Committee. Sheila recently completed the U of T Rotman/ICD Directors course. She has an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta. 

Margot Trevelyan
Vice-Chair

Margot Trevelyan has strong ties to CAST.  Both she and her brother were adopted through the Society and she now has two children of her own, both grown up and both also adopted through CAST. Margot hopes that by serving on the board of CAST, she can try to give back to an organization that has contributed so much to her life.

Margot is an expert in board governance and labour relations, having spent over 25 years as Director of Labour Relations and Governance for school boards in the Ministry of Education. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Trevelyan and Associates and recently co-authored the book, “A Tale of Two School Principals and the Superintendent Who Wanted to Lead Them.”

Margot has served on several boards, written articles, directed films and composed original music. She thoroughly enjoys her 12-year old grandson, who ensures she understands the game of hockey. She is a member of the Humanist Association of Toronto and the Toronto Arts and Letter Club. Her hobbies include music (choir and piano), horseback riding, hiking with her collie, Topper, cryptic crosswords, photography and understanding hockey. She does not like gardening.

Irene Mukasa
Diversity Lead

Irene has a BA from Queen’s University and a Master's of Science in Economic Policy from Bath University, UK. As the current Director of Communications for Spectrum Health Care, Irene brings a diverse range of expertise in the areas of Communications and Marketing. Over the last 6 years she has worked with various organizations in the private and not-for-profit sector to develop and enhance their communication strategies. An avid supporter of children focused organizations, Irene also serves as the Communications Advisor for Ripple Foundation.

Yeugenia Kazantseva
Secretary

Yeugenia was born and grew up in the former Soviet Union – in the capital city of Moscow. She has called Toronto her hometown since 1993. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Yeugenia worked at TELUS Communications as a Project Manager and later as Program Manager for over twelve years, focusing on business integration projects. She now enjoys a full-time career in real estate.

Yeugenia has dedicated a significant amount of time to volunteering in the charitable and non-profit sector, including organizations such as Northern Secondary School Council, the Northern Secondary School Foundation, Women’s Connections Network, WXN, and the Arthritis Society.

Mark Foerster
Treasurer

Mark is the Vice-President, Group Operations and Claims at Munich Reinsurance Company and is accountable for all aspects of claims management for both the Individual and Group life and health insurance business lines in Canada and the Caribbean; and co-leads the Group business results and client management. His team assists clients in implementing practice management enhancements, research studies and other initiatives to help achieve the best mutual results. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in the financial services industry. Mark graduated with Honours Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the requirements for the Certified Financial Planner designation and has extensive not-for-profit Board experience.

 

Members

 

Marv Bernstein

Marv is currently the Chief Policy Advisor for UNICEF Canada, a position he has held since September 2010.  Prior to working with UNICEF, Marv served as Saskatchewan’s second independent Children’s Advocate from 2005 to 2010.  From 2001 to 2005, Marv held the position of Director of Policy Development and Legal Support at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in Toronto.  For 20 years previous, he was employed as Chief Counsel to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.  Prior to that, Marv acted as In-House Counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of York Region in Newmarket, Ontario for three years. 

Marv has a Bachelor of Arts, a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He has been called to the Bar in both Ontario and Saskatchewan and is the current Chair of the National Children’s Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.  Marv has been awarded both the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by New College at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of both the Child Welfare League of Canada Advocacy Award and the North America Council on Adoptable Children Adoption Activist Award.

Christine Bradley

 

Randolph (Randy) Carter

Randy has over 30 years of experience with Toronto Police Services. Currently, he is Unit Commander of 33 Division. He possesses an MBA from Queen’s School of Business, a BAA in Justice Studies from Guelph University and has taken Executive Leadership Training through the FBI National Academy.

Randy is currently a Board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Toronto, Director of Senior Officers Organization, and is a Director-at-Large, Toronto Business Club- Queen’s School of Business Alumni.

Dr. Allison Crawford

Allison Crawford is a psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, where she is the Director of the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also co-Chair of ECHO Ontario Mental Health. Allison is connected to issues relevant to children in care, and adoption, both through her work and through her personal experience as a foster and adoptive parent. She is particularly engaged with Indigenous communities. Allison has worked as a psychiatrist in Nunavut for 10 years, and coordinates psychiatric services for the Government of Nunavut. Allison uses the arts in her clinical work and research, and as a method of community engagement. She currently leads research projects using arts-based methods and storytelling with the Adoption Council of Canada, and with the Arctic Council.

Catharine Dutt

Catharine is VP & Global Audit Head, Strategy, Planning & Operations, Internal Audit and is a member of the Executive Management Team for Internal Audit at Royal Bank of Canada.

Catharine has accountabilities for the following areas:  Data Analytics Management; Transformation and Strategy; IA Key Initiatives; Financial & Audit Planning, Audit Analytics and Reporting; Learning, Methodology & Quality Assurance; and Communications.   She is also responsible for the operational management of IA, supporting the Chief Audit Executive in the day-to-day operations of the group.

Originally from Toronto, Catharine went to the University of Waterloo, completing her Master of Accounting degree in 1996. She has her Canadian CPA, CA and US CPA (Delaware) designations.

Catharine joined RBC in 2007 as a Senior Director in Finance Audit, with overall responsibility for various Finance and Functions audit portfolios over 5 years.  Prior to joining RBC, Catharine was with the KPMG Toronto Financial Institutions audit practice for over 10 years, overseeing global bank and investment dealer engagements.

Catharine enjoys playing golf in her spare time in Toronto and photography on her travels.

Michelle Joseph

Michelle holds a Masters of Political Science from the New School of Social Research in New York, with an undergraduate degree in social sciences from McGill University in Montreal.

Michelle has held a number of progressive leadership positions in community based health organizations over the past eighteen years including the Executive Director of Choice in Health Clinic, Executive Director of Central Toronto Community Health Centers and her current position as Chief Executive Officer of Unison Health and Community Services. Her work has focused on reducing the barriers to accessing health and social services for marginalized communities.

Michelle is passionate about Children’s Aid Society of Toronto both from a professional respect of the importance of providing services to the most vulnerable children and families in Toronto but also as an adoptive mother of two sons through Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.

Audrey Lee

Audrey holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She is Founding Partner of her own law firm, which specializes in family law. She was a Board member of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT) for a period of six years. In addition, she was a Volunteer Duty Counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario for five years and also held various Editorial roles on the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

Steve Malone

Steve brings firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of fostering children in the care of the Society to the Board table, as he has served as a foster parent for two years. Over the past twenty years, Steve has held senior executive positions in the Canadian financial services industry and prides himself on being an excellent problem solver. Steve was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in 2013.

Harmy Mendoza

Since 2007, Harmy has been the Executive Director of WomanACT, Toronto. In addition, she has experience as a Program Coordinator for the YWCA Rent Supplement and Housing Allowance Program, as an Immigration, Settlement and Refugee Specialist with the YWCA Arise Shelter, and was a Crisis Line Supervisor and Emergency Back-Up Worker for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. Harmy holds an MA Degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University.

Carla Moore

Carla is a professor at George Brown College, Centre for Business – School of Human Resources.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto. Carla has held senior leadership roles in the Financial and Community Services Sectors. She has previously volunteered at the board and grassroots level with organizations serving youth, including the Jamaican Canadian Association.

Neil Price

Neil is Director of Student Life at Humber College. He has an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson, a Bachelor of Education from OISE and an Honours BA from York.  He has a demonstrated ability to develop and foster effective relationships with students, colleagues, community members, volunteers and other stakeholders. He is also very committed to working with young people, particularly those from the Black community.

Neil is a Board member of Story Planet (Social Enterprise) and previously was a member of the Allocations Panel for United Way.

Kanchan Rakhra

Kanchan has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University and currently works in the public sector. She has held roles as a senior manager in multiple ministries and agencies in the areas of policy, operations and strategic planning and coordination. 

Eva Serhal

Eva Serhal is currently the Manager of Telepsychiatry and ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH. She is passionate about systems level planning for distributed and equitable access to healthcare and innovative virtual models of building capacity. Eva holds an MBA and is currently working towards a PhD focusing on outcomes and evaluation in Heath Services Research from the University of Toronto’ s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Additionally, Eva sits as a board member on both the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, and the Gerstein Crisis Centre. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to contribute to these two amazing organizations and their excellent work.

Salim Zulfikar Somani

An Ismaili Muslim born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Salim has had extensive engagement in voluntary services as member of various provincial boards including, the Economic Planning board, the Education board and Youth and Sports board, the Religious Education board etc.  He has also presented at various intimate engagement seminars to the youth on ethics and morals at various university campuses across Ontario.

Salim has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto. He commenced his training as a Chartered Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s   National Offices in downtown Toronto after which he obtained his postgraduate designation of a Chartered Accountant. He currently holds a designation of a Canadian CPA and is a registered member CPA, Canada, CPA, Ontario and CPA, British Columbia. He is also qualified as a CPA in Illinois, USA. Salim currently owns and operates an accounting practice in Toronto, Ontario. He also is currently a tribunal member of CPA Ontario’s Disciplinary Committee involved in the governance function responsible for adjudication on tribunal hearings of members of the profession.

Salim has maintained various leadership positions including the more recent custodianship and representative leadership at a community center in Toronto for a period of 3 years responsible for the improvement of the quality of lives of all segments of the community including younger children, the youth, the seniors of the community and particularly for developing strategies that supported the most marginalized members of the community.

For over 10 years Salim was engaged in providing international professional voluntary services to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) being one of the largest private development networks in world where his work involved supporting the establishment and operations of The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance under AKDN’s network. He provided training on leadership, finance, internal audit, and leading and executing international external audits of microfinance institutions in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique), the Middle East (Syria), Central Asia (Tajikistan and Afghanistan) and in North Africa (Egypt). Salim is currently an executive member and the Chief Financial Officer of the Willowdale Provincial Liberal Association.

Salim is also a recipient of many awards including the prevailing Ministry of Culture and Citizenship Award for multi-years of outstanding services to the community. As a central part of his life, Salim remains committed to the ethic of service to individuals, to the community, and to society at large both in Canada as well as internationally.