2017 - 2018 Board of Directors

Wangari Muriuki
CEO & President, Wangari Muriuki Consultants
FV Board Chair

  As an experienced leader in the healthcare and social service sector, Wangari has mastered the art of strategic direction and corporate positioning within the not-for-profit sector.   She is currently the Accreditation Consultant for Across Boundaries and is also a Management Consultant with the Massey Centre for Women.  In 2016, Wangari was appointed to the College of Denturists, Ontario, as a Public Member of Council.  Her dynamism and ingenuity has enabled her to guide a number of organizations through Quality Improvement.   

As an Accreditation and Quality Improvement Consultant, Wangari works with clients from the public and non-profit sectors, offering her expertise in governance, service quality, client care, public relations, strategic and crisis communication, media relations and staff training. What sets  Wangari apart in her field is the positive impact of her "people first" philosophy, her integrity, and her energy and passion for learning and creativity.  This positive impact is felt at work, at home and in the community. For Wangari, volunteering is part of her lifestyle; she has championed the advancement of women in the political arena, serving on many boards of associations and charities.

Lis Wigmore
Consultant, Hillsdale Investment Management
FV Board Vice Chair and Chair of Governance

  Lis has close to 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 is a Board Member of Pure Industrial Reit with 23 million square feet in the US and Canada. Lis holds a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College / DeGroote School of Business; a MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and a Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario.

Annette Warring
CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Canada
FV Board Vice Chair

  Annette Warring is CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Canada, driving the company’s vision of ‘innovating the way brands are built’. Since her arrival in 2007, Annette has accelerated the shift from a traditional media offering to now five network brands and five specialist agencies, working together under one single P&L. Under her tenure, annual agency revenue has tripled in two years. In less than a year, Annette succeeded in landing the group and family of brands five major blue chip accounts including P&G, Canada’s largest advertising account; MasterCard; Reckitt Benckiser; Danone; and Microsoft.

Before joining Dentsu Aegis Network, Annette 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.

John Dynes
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.

Sandra Bennett
Consultant, Dental public Health Specialist and Epidemiologist

  Dr. Sandra Bennett is a public health dentist and epidemiologist with experience in public health policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation.  In addition to her clinical practice in the public and private healthcare sectors, she has also worked in research and academia.  During her career with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, her work largely focused on oral health and child/youth health.  She now works as a healthcare consultant.

She has volunteered for a number of charities, including serving on the Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity, Toronto.

Dr. Bennett holds a Master of Science degree, a Diploma in Dental Public Health, and a Diploma in Gerontology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Deane Collinson
Retired Senior Executive Loblaw Companies, Cadillac Fairview, and Calgary Co-operative Association

  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. There he established a charitable foundation to support local organizations like the Mustard Seed, YWCA, and food banks.

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 three children have all worked at, and continue to support an orphanage in Honduras.  Deane serves on the Governance and Fundraising committees of the Fred Victor Board of Directors.

Deane graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce, completed the Retail Executive Program at Cornell University, and the Retail Executive Program at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Phillip Dufresne
Member of Homecoming Community Choice Coalition
Tenant, HouseLink Community Homes

  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.

David Estabrooks, CPA,CA
Retired Senior Vice President Finance, OMERS

  David retired after a finance and accounting career spanning the public accounting (Price Waterhouse), oil and gas (Gulf Canada), banking (Bank of Montreal) and pension (OMERS Administration Corporation) industries. David also leads the Board of a seniors affordable housing residence in Mississauga and is a Board member of the Mississauga Food Bank.

In addition to the CPA, CA accounting designation, David also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Toronto.

Dawnmarie Harriott
Voices from the Streets Co-ordinator
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.

Jawad Kassab
Former Executive Lead
Refugee and Immigration Program GTA, Legal Aid Ontario

  A mission driven, fiscally responsible, strategic thinker committed to social justice and healthy communities, who leads change with compassion and strength. Jawad Kassab has spent most of his career ensuring access to justice for refugees and immigrants, transforming business operations, building productive relationships, and improving governance in the legal, health and social services sectors. 

Over 22 years, Jawad worked at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), most recently as Executive Lead for LAO’s $32M Refugee and Immigration Program transforming its operations and services with a focus on quality improvement, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.  Demonstrating his commitment to governance and community, Jawad has served as director on a number of Boards, including Parkinson’s Canada, Four Villages Community Health Center, Silver Circle West Toronto Support Services for Seniors, and now Fred Victor.

Jawad holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Ivey, a LLB from Dalhousie, and a Master of Divinity degree from The University of Toronto.

Scott Lawrence
Managing Director & Head of Fundamental Equities
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

  Scott leads the team responsible for CPPIB’s active long/short portfolio of investments in public companies. He has close to 20 years of experience in the financial services sector. He joined the CPP Investment Board’s Private Investments department in 2005 as a Senior Principal to start the Infrastructure Investments group, and in 2009 moved to the Public Market Investments department to start the Relationship Investments group. Prior to that, Scott was an investment professional at Onex Corporation and held various 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, Canada.

Janet Mason
Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Toronto

  Janet Mason is a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, where she teaches policy implementation.   She came to the School after a long career in the Ontario Public Service – leading policy development and implementation in a diverse range of policy fields such as municipal finance and governance, land use planning, landlord and tenant legislation, housing and postsecondary education.  Since leaving government she has remained active in policy reform, participating as a member of Mayor John Tory’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing from January 2015 to January 2016.  

Karen O’Connor (R.S.W)
Senior Director, Clinical Services and Strategic Planning
Canadian Mental Health Association - Peel Branch

  Over the past 15 years Karen has held positions in senior management in the community mental health sector. She was part of the project team that implemented the common assessment tool for community mental health in Ontario and was previous chair of The Ontario Early Psychosis Intervention Network. She is an instructor with the George Brown/Griffin Dual Diagnosis Program and The Toronto Hostel Training Centre.

Paulett Ramsey
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 Bachelor of Administrative Studies with a major in Accounting from York University.

Christina Topp
Senior Director, Fundraising
Liberal Party of Canada

Christina is an experienced fundraising professional with twenty-years experience raising funds, creating campaigns and building sustainable and engaged bases of support for charitable organizations and political parties. Data-driven and relationship focused, she has helped grow monthly giving programs, launch new initiatives and develop strategic partnerships. Christina graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelors of Arts in International Development and completed her MBA at the Schulich School of Business. 

Staff Directors at Fred Victor

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