Board of Directors

Executive Members

Margot Trevelyan
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.

Marv Bernstein
First Vice-Chair

Marv is a lawyer with a B.A., J.D., LL.M.(ADR) and decades of varied professional experience, having served in a variety of roles in relation to the child welfare sector, with a unique 360- degree perspective informed through various sets of responsibilities, lenses and experiences in different jurisdictions. He has been engaged in volunteer work and as a child rights and child advocacy consultant since 2017.

Marv served as Chief Policy Advisor for UNICEF Canada from 2010 to 2017, where he advocated for the implementation of children’s human rights with all levels of government and various network and stakeholder groups. During this period, Marv wrote multiple policy and legal briefs that were submitted to federal and provincial parliamentary and legislative committees. On many occasions, he testified as a witness before those committees.

Prior to working with UNICEF Canada, Marv was appointed by an all-party committee as Saskatchewan’s second Children’s Advocate, where he served from 2005 to 2010 as an independent officer of the Saskatchewan Legislature and had one of the broadest legislative mandates in Canada.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 3 years.

Marv is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies and serves on the respective Executives of the Child and Youth Law Sections of each of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. He is also a member of the Child Rights Academic Network, the Children in Limbo Task Force and the Canadian Network to End Corporal Punishment of Children.

Marv has been recognized for his work in both Ontario and Saskatchewan. He has been awarded both the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus and children's champion 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.

Audrey Lee
Second Vice-Chair: Diversity Lead

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.

Mark Foerster
Secretary

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.

Yeugenia Kazantseva
Treasurer

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.

 

Members

Christine Bradley

Christine is owner/president of Medland Alliance a sales and marketing agency to the Janitorial and Hygiene sector in Eastern Canada. Christine is also a former foster child. She graduated from the Pre U program at University of Toronto in Canadian Studies and later went on to George Brown College graduating with an Honours Certificate in Community Work. Christine's personal as well as professional experience has led her to have a strong passion for social justice and awareness relating to mental health, affordable housing and children and youth in care. She is committed to improving the lives of young adults in, and leaving care.

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.

Silvie Crawford

Over the span of 30 years, Silvie Crawford has held leadership roles across complex academic health science centres. Silvie has been an active contributor to many regional and provincial children's initiatives that have built strong partnerships to positively impact policy, practice and strategy to better respond to the evolving needs of organizations and communities. Silvie has participated on a number of Hospital and Community sector boards and supported organizations through teaching, coaching and mentoring in areas of quality practice, leadership and governance. Silvie has an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a Masters of Laws specializing in Health Law as well as is a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

Uppi Doshi

Uppi (oo-pee) Doshi is a collaborative leader who takes the time to build strong relationships to create a positive team environment and bring people together to work towards a common goal. Uppi has over a decade of experience with building and managing programs across various sectors: CPG, Technology and Social Impact. Uppi completed her BMath from University of Waterloo and a MBA from Schulich School of Business. She has also completed a Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program. Uppi has a passion for enabling positive mental health and being part of a community where we work together to ensure children are safe and supported. She volunteers for Kids Help Phone as a Crisis Responder and previously was on the Board of Directors for Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO). Uppi is currently in the process of publishing her first book, “I am Mindful” to promote positive mental health for children.

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.

Gerald Mak

Gerald Mak is currently Senior Manager, Global Risk Management at Scotiabank. Heavily involved in his community, Gerald has spent over 15 years volunteering on various community boards, steering and advisory committees with St. John Ambulance, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Digital Media Zone, Big Brothers and Sisters, University Health Network, Toronto Police Service and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Gerald is extremely passionate about social issues and the well-being of others. For his community work, he has received several awards including the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism, Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, and Canada’s Volunteer Award. He holds a Commerce degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, and an Executive Master’s degree in Communications from McMaster University.

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.

Marlon Merraro

Marlon Merraro is a well-recognized social systems architect with a clear focus on poverty reduction and addressing the social determinants of health within a dynamic framework of equity and inclusion. He brings 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions within the non-profit sector and municipal government spearheading strategic strategies and tactical methods that address complex social issues, resulting in improved and more equitable health and community services.

Irene Mukasa

Irene has a BA from Queen’s University and a Master's of Science in Economic Policy from Bath University, UK. As a Director at NATIONAL Public Relations, Irene brings a diverse range of expertise in the areas of Communications and Marketing. Over the last 7 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 a Communications Advisor for Ripple Foundation.

Cheyanne Ratnam

Cheyanne Ratnam, B.S.W, M.S.W, is a child advocate who is also a post-secondary educator in the social services sector, and was the Phase 2 project coordinator at A Way Home Toronto (youth homelessness). Cheyanne serves on the board of directors of Scarborough West Community Legal Clinic, is a member of the Children in Limbo Taskforce, and is affiliated with multiple groups that transcend sectors and communities.

Marshall Schnapp

Last year Marshall and his Partner adopted through CAST an amazing little boy who just turned seven. Marshall has a Bachelor of Arts, a law degree and a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has 15 years of experience in dispute resolution. He started as a litigation lawyer and moved into dispute resolution; his practice includes mediation, arbitration, workplace investigation, workplace restoration, conflict/negotiation coaching, complaint handling, and facilitation. In 2017, he was appointed as the first Chair of the Complaint and Resolution Council for Student Societies at the University of Toronto. Marshall enjoys spending time with his son and partner; among other things, they enjoy being outdoors, playing tennis and traveling.

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.