2023-2024 Board of Directors
Monica is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Scotiabank, leading a team responsible for government relations and public policy. Prior to joining the bank, she was an effective senior consultant at a government relations firm, excelling in client service with private and not-for-profit organizations. Monica provided support and advice on government communications and strategies for engagement.
Monica’s professional career started in the public sector, including both in the office of the Prime Minister of Canada and the office of the Premier of Ontario. She was able to consistently achieve results in high-pressure and complex situations, using proven problem-solving and issues management skills.
Ken McKinnon, Managing Director, is Head of Real Estate Corporate Banking at TD Securities, a position he has held since 2014. He has been with TD Bank Group for over 20 years, joining TD Securities in 2003. TDS’ Real Estate Corporate Banking team consists of 20 professionals covering all sectors of the real estate space across Canada and the US. While at TD Securities, Ken has actively built leading relationships with large public and private real estate owners and operators. He has experience in originating, arranging and syndicating large debt transactions and project financings. Ken is also the lead for the Black Experience Committee for TDS and is a member of TD Bank’s Black Experience Steering Committee and Community Investment Committee. He has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor. Ken is a CFA Charterholder.
Chris Anastasopoulos, CPA, CA, MBA
Chris’ support of Fred Victor is driven by his commitment to helping vulnerable populations in our community experiencing homelessness and poverty. Chris is proud to support Fred Victor’s services including providing emergency shelter, affordable housing, health care services, food programs, and job training to those in need in order to help them get back on their feet with dignity and at the same time build a better community for all.
Chris is a strategic financial executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, having led high-performance finance and operations teams at a global asset manager, a major Canadian pension plan, and a leading Canadian chartered bank. Chris brings to the Board years of financial stewardship experience, experience addressing business opportunities and risks, a collaborative focus, and a commitment to excellence, ethics, and integrity.
Anne lives in Toronto’s St Lawrence community; a community where the struggle for housing and health is evident in the streets every day. That presence brought her to Fred Victor, initially in 2018 as a member of the Service Quality Committee and to the Board in 2000. Anne is proud of the fact that every day, Fred Victor and other organizations like it, are there to assist hundreds of individuals and families to remain healthy and housed.
Now retired, Anne’s career spanned 40 years in public health and community home care. Following five years as the Executive Director of the Community Care Access Centre Simcoe County, she moved to Toronto in 2007 to focus on performance measurement and quality improvement in the delivery of provincial programs in home and community care.
Nancy Easton, Hons B.A.
Nancy became a volunteer at Fred Victor to play a role in the fight against homelessness. Fred Victor is a leader in Toronto’s homelessness fight and most importantly, offers a broad range of programs and services that are critical in this fight. Hearing success stories of the people Fred Victor serves is what inspires Nancy to continue her work with the board.
Nancy spent much of her career in a worldwide human resources leadership role. Staffing, cross-group collaboration, strategic thinking, focus on diversity and inclusion, managing and developing people, succession planning, and workforce planning are all skills that provide a well-rounded background allowing Nancy to bring a balanced and informed perspective to the board.
Jawad Kassab, M.B.A., LL.B., M.Div.
Through Fred Victor, Jawad is committed to offering hope to persons who are homeless. Family mental health and addiction that resulted in homelessness and trauma is the driving force behind his commitment, together with a sense of justice, and the dignity and worth of each person living on the street.
A mission-driven, fiscally responsible, strategic thinker committed to social justice and healthy communities, Jawad governs with compassion and strength. Jawad has spent 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 sector.
Executive Director, Zeo Organic Foods and Inorganic Co.
Neill Carson is Clinical Director and Site Lead of SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health. He is an experienced health-care leader, knowledgeable in collaborative leadership, evidence-based planning and organizational transformation. A social worker with experience in children’s, youth and adult mental health, he has provided and supervised direct service in mood and anxiety disorders, substance misuse disorders, concurrent disorders, dual diagnosis and trauma. He has taught certificate courses with York University and George Brown College focused on Dual Diagnosis assessment, treatment, service planning and staff administration.
Neill received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and his Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. His professional development learning includes completing Health Canada’s EXTRA Fellowship in evidence-based administration in 2016 and the University Health Network’s certificate in Collaborative Leadership in 2015. He is presently completing the Teaching Scholars Program at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Neill came to SickKids CCMH from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where he was an executive director, an administrative director and a program manager. Neill served on the board of Ontario’s largest supportive housing provider, Mainstay Housing, from 2010 to 2016. He was President and Board Chair from 2013 to 2016.
Christina Topp, MBA
An experienced marketing and fundraising professional, Christina joined Fred Victor to bring her experience building brands and financial support, to help tackle the complex issues of homelessness in Toronto. Having dedicated her career to a wide range of social and environmental causes she felt it important to give back in a volunteer capacity and was inspired by Fred Victor’s approach to addressing the interconnected issues of income, health, and homelessness.
Data-informed 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 Bachelor of Arts in International Development and completed her MBA at the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Michele is the CEO of OUTFRONT Canada, one of Canada’s leading Out-of-Home companies. She is committed to driving the business forward with passion, innovation and thoughtfulness; including a focused commitment to partnering with key community agencies. Michele has been active in the Canadian Media industry for over 30 years, including positions in radio, print, market research and advertising. She has lived in downtown Toronto for most of her life and is delighted to be able to join an organization that plays such a key role within the city.
John Hinds is the Former President and CEO of News Media Canada which represents over 800 newspapers and news media organizations from coast to coast to coast. As president and CEO he serves as the industry’s voice on public policy issues, while also managing the organization’s comprehensive research and marketing portfolio.
A lawyer by training, John has previously served in senior political roles both federally and provincially. He also has extensive experience as a public affairs consultant.
John strongly believes in giving back to his community. He has a served on a number of for profit and corporate boards including United Way of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Harbourfront Centre and Solus Trust Company. He is a former Chair of Casey House Hospice and a former Vice Chair of St Joseph’s Health Centre.
Prossy understands the challenges and struggles of the homeless, immigrants, and refugees, the people that Fred Victor serves. Being a member of the Fred Victor Board is an opportunity for her to share her experiences and be an advocate and contribute to an organization with a meaningful mandate.
Prossy has worked with not-for-profit organizations in her entire career serving the underprivileged, advocating for social justice and implementing programs that promote and protect the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Anju Nair, M.Sc, Ph.D
Anju Nair has been on the board of directors since June 2022. Dr. Nair considers it an incredible privilege to be on the board of directors of Fred Victor, which is relentlessly working towards ending homelessness in Toronto and addressing other issues related to Mental health and addictions. She has previously worked as Intake Worker at Fred Victor’s one of the many locations. She believes her experience at Fred Victor has been valuable experience in understanding the issues and barriers impacting marginalized people in Toronto.
She has been with Ontario Public Service since 2015. She has comprehensive knowledge of health care legislation, regulation, and policies and has experience interpreting and applying government legislation, policies, and procedures related to people with disabilities.
Anju Nair has a Ph.D. in Zoology. She has also authored several scientific research papers which have been published in leading International and Indian Journals.
She is a mom to a very beautiful, daughter and most adorable toy Yorkshire terrier.