David R. Black CPA, CA
Retired Partner- PricewaterhouseCoopers
FV Board Chair
Dave retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers after a 33-year career, 20 of the years as a Partner. During that time, Dave’s work focused on advising clients on Income Tax Planning and Compliance.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountan
Counsellor, Mental Health and Addictions - Eden Community Homes
FV Board Vice Chair
Wangari is a social service professional with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Health Advocacy, Equity and Diversity, and Health Policy. Wangari is currently an Accreditation and Policy Consultant with the Massey Centre for Women. She is on staff at Eden Community Homes and is a former Executive Assistant to a Toronto City Councillor.
In addition to her Social Services policy expertise, Wangari co-organized the AFP Philanthropy Foundation for Canada Conference in 2013 and the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Black Health Leadership Network Summits in 2011/12. Wangari served on the Toronto Board of Health; the Health Equity Council; St. Michael’s Hospital – Mental Health Community Advisory Panel. She is a Council Member on Transitional Council of the College of Homeopaths as Chair of both Registration and Governance Committees – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She sits on the Fred Victor Board of Directors and is a member of the Governance Committee.
Wangari pursued a B.A. in Communications at City College, New York. She holds a Certificate in Community Based Research from the Toronto-based Wellesley Institute. She is certified in the Management for Health Services from St. Michael’s College University of Toronto. She has recently been approved as a reviewer with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation 2014.
Consultant, Special Projects, Hillsdale Investment Management
FV Board Vice Chair
Lis has nearly 30 years of corporate real estate experience in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the UK. Lis was the Chief Operating Officer of Ipc US, a publicly-traded Real Estate Investment Trust, and has held senior positions with Reichmann International, Campeau Corporation and the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club.
Lis holds a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College / DeGroote School of Business; a MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario.
Retired Corporate Communications Director - City of Toronto
FV Board Secretary
Valerie is a retired communications executive with extensive experience in corporate, strategic and crisis communications. With a background in journalism, Valerie served over 25 years in the public sector directing the development and implementation of communications, marketing and media strategies in multiple provincial ministries. As the Director, Corporate Communications, in the newly amalgamated City of Toronto she recruited, integrated and led a multi-disciplinary team in establishing corporate standards and delivering multiple communications and public education programs as well as directing the city’s communications activities during several high-profile events.
Valerie continues to advise non-profit organizations on communications issues and volunteers with a number of local organizations in both program delivery and as a Board member. She holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Deane spent almost 25 years at Loblaw Companies leading some of its' largest retail businesses including Loblaws Supermarkets, No Frills, and Real Canadian Superstore (Ontario). While there, Deane was significantly involved with the development of the Presidents Choice/NoName brands. After spending a few years in corporate real estate at Cadillac Fairview, Deane moved west to be the CEO of Calgary Co-operative Association, the largest retail Co-operative in North America. Here he established a charitable foundation to support local organizations like the Mustard Seed, YWCA, food banks, etc.
Deane was on the Advisory Board, chair of the curriculum committee, and was Retailer in Residence at Ryerson University, School of Retail Management. For the past 10 years, Deane has been on the Canada Committee for Human Rights Watch, and currently co-chairs the HRW Children’s Rights Committee. Deane, with his wife and 3 children have all worked at, and continue to support an orphanage in Honduras. Currently, Deane is on the Board of Directors for FV, and on the Governance and Fundraising committees.
Deane graduated from McMaster University with a B.Comm, completed the Retail Executive Program at Cornell University and the Retail Executive Program at Babson College in Massachusetts.
Principal and Portfolio Manager - JC Clark Ltd.
FV Board Treasurer
John is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Preservation Trust, which is the firm’s flagship investment fund, and Portfolio Manager of the JC Clark Yield Trust, which is the firm’s fixed income fund. John focuses his attention on making investments in publicly-traded North American equities and fixed income investments. John has over 10 years of experience in the investment management industry having joined JC Clark Ltd. in 2003. John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University, is a CFA charterholder and a CMT charterholder.
Tenant - HouseLink Community Homes, Member of the Dream Team
Phillip was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BA in Anthropology. He moved to Toronto to look for work and was only able to find minimum wage unskilled labour jobs in factories. Phillip eventually lost his apartment and became homeless in 1989. After a year on the street, and two years in a rooming house, a case worker at the Salvation Army helped him to get into supportive housing at HouseLink Community Homes.
Phillip realized that, for him, getting a place to live was not good enough. He says, “I had to do something to try and change the system because it wasn’t working and no human being should ever have to face poverty and homelessness.” So, he started doing volunteer work. He became President of the Board at HouseLink from 1999 to 2003, advocated for more supportive housing on the Dream Team and volunteered on the Fred Victor Board of Directors. He makes his contribution to society by volunteering with groups that deal with poverty, homelessness and mental health issues.
Voices from the Streets Coordinator, Working for Change
As a graduate of Voices from the Street and now the coordinator, Dawnmarie Harriott has shared her personal experience of recovery of mental illness/addiction and poverty to support all graduates in their own recovery process. She assists peers in articulating their goals for recovery, making autonomous choices, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress and modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the her own recovery experience. Dawnmarie firmly believes that people with lived experience of all forms of marginalization should be included in research and service provision.
Vice-President, Head of Relationship Investments
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Scott leads a global team responsible for making significant minority investments in public companies on behalf of CPPIB, the professional investment management organization that manages more than $200 Billion for 18 million Canadian contributors and beneficiaries. He has 15 years of experience in the financial services sector. He joined CPPIB’s Private Investments department in 2005 as a Senior Principal in the Infrastructure Investing Group. Prior to that, Scott was an investment professional at Onex Corporation and held positions in both finance and operations at GE Capital Real Estate and GE Plastics.
Scott holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University.
General Counsel - NRStor
Jennifer is General Counsel at NRStor, a Toronto-based energy storage project developer and owner focused on accelerating the development & construction of industry-leading energy storage technologies. Prior to joining NRStor Jennifer served as Senior Legal Counsel at Infrastructure Ontario, a world-leader in large infrastructure projects, and as a lawyer at Torys LLP, one of Canada’s preeminent law firms.
Jennifer’s successes include a lead role in negotiating the Eglinton Crosstown project, Ontario’s largest public transit construction project in more than half a century. Jennifer was also the principal lawyer for Infrastructure Ontario and the Humber River Hospital project, one of Canada’s largest and Ontario’s first fully digital hospital.
Jennifer holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts from Western University, where she received a gold medal for academic achievement.
Assistant Deputy Minister - Local Government and Planning Policy Division, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Janet Mason is a senior government leader with more than 30 years of experience in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). She has held her current position as Assistant Deputy Minister of Local Government and Planning Policy in Municipal Affairs and Housing since 2012, and previously from 1998 – 2004. In executive positions, she has led research and planning in the Cabinet Office and postsecondary education in the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. She has worked in three ministries: Housing, Skills Development and Industry and Trade.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications - Oxford Properties Group
Claire leads Oxford’s global marketing and communications team, overseeing both corporate and asset level strategy for the $30 Billion investment firm. She has over 15 years of experience in the sector, and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications, public relations, and stakeholder and investor relations. In addition, Claire oversees Oxford’s philanthropic and educational programs. Prior to Oxford, Claire worked at various marketing agencies with a focus on clients in the retail and financial services sectors in Canada the United States.
Claire holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Ryerson University.
Senior Director of Clinical Services and Strategic Planning, Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Branch
Karen has worked in community mental health and addiction services for over 20 years. She was a Program Director with Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto and recently took on a Senior Director role with CMHA PEEL. In her role, she participates actively in LHIN and Provincial planning and advisory groups. She was one of the Clinical Leads for the provincial implementation of the common assessment, OCAN. She is past Chair of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Community Resource Connections of Toronto Boards. Karen holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters in Counselling Psychology.
Director of Resource Development, Massey Centre
Paulett is an accomplished fundraising executive whose campaigns have helped grow brand awareness and increase donor share for charitable and advocacy organizations. She has achieved success by raising in excess of $24 million at three major charitable organizations. Areas of expertise include fundraising relationship building, strategic planning, leadership, coaching and development. She currently leads a comprehensive fund development program at the Massey Centre which supports the well-being of marginalized young mothers and their babies. Paulett holds a B.A.S. with a major in Accounting from York University.
Before joining Dentsu Aegis Network, Annette Warring spent four years at MPG (now Havas) in the role of Executive Vice President.
In 2014, Annette was named Media Director of the Year by strategy, the industry’s top honor recognizing a media executive in Canada. Under her leadership, the network’s agency brands also enjoy various industry recognitions including number one RECMA media agency rank for Carat in 2012 and 2014; Gold at the 2012 and 2014 Media Innovation Awards; two Internationalist Awards in 2013; and Best of Show Award and Gold at the 2011 Sponsorship Marketing Awards, to name a few.