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2018-2019 Board of Directors

Janet Mason

Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance University of Toronto
FV Board Chair

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.

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

Deane Collinson

Retired Senior Executive Loblaw Companies, Cadillac Fairview, and Calgary Co-operative Association
FV Board Vice Chair

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.

David Estabrooks, CPA,CA

Retired Senior Vice President Finance, OMERS
FV Treasurer

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.

Paulett Ramsey

Director of Resource Development Massey Centre
FV Board Secretary

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.

John Dynes

Principal and Portfolio Manager - JC Clark Ltd.

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.

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.

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.

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.