MBA, CPA, CA, CFA, CHRL, C.Dir
Chair of the Board
Mr. Farhad Sethna is the Vice-President, Corporate Services at Shepherd Village, a healthcare facility in Toronto. He is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Marketing and Administrative Services. Mr. Sethna has held senior roles in the healthcare industry over the last 20 years at a hospital and organizations serving seniors and disabled individuals.
A strong proponent of giving to the community, Mr. Sethna is Vice-Chair of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and prior to that was the Chair of the Alzheimer Society of York Region. He has also completed a 4 year term as Treasurer of Art Starts, a community based arts organization and was actively involved with the 100th Toronto Scout Group.
FCPA, FCMA, MBA, C. Dir, A.C.C, CM&AI
Vice-Chair of the Board, Corporate Secretary, Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee
Andrew Gall currently provides consulting services that increase business value and lead to long-term sustainable growth. Engagements include improving operational performance and governance practices, identifying opportunities to grow, developing new business strategies, business transformation initiatives, interim executive services, and special projects.
Andrew was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). OPA is Canada's largest advocacy organization, and professional development and drug information provider for pharmacists and represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. In this role he was focused on helping the association achieve the goals set out in its strategic plan.
Prior to joining OPA, Andrew served as Vice President, Finance and Administration at Health Shared Services Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres) where he was responsible for finance, human resources, procurement, facilities, administration, privacy, risk management and security. He played an integral role in the recent mergers of the CCACs and LHINs and the formation of a new provincial Crown shared-services agency.
Andrew's previous experience also includes nine years with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario where he played a key role in the major post-merger integration of the three regulated accounting professions in Ontario. Other senior executive roles included the pharmaceutical, construction and not-for-profit healthcare industries. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in mergers, change management, general management, finance, business development, strategy, risk management, governance, information technology, and human resources.
In addition to holding an Executive MBA from University of Toronto and an Honours BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, Andrew is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCMA), Chartered Director (C. Dir.). He is also Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) and has earned the Certified M&A Integration credential. Andrew also serves as a director of another registered healthcare charity and a not-for-profit professional organization.
MBA, CPA, CMA
Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee
Mr. Epsit Jajal brings 20+ years of experience senior leadership experience from a range of industries including banking, consulting services, insurance, mining, construction, telecom, high tech, retail, software, energy, and the public sector. Mr. Jajal specializes in implementing organizational transformation initiatives that help dramatically improve organizational profitability and enterprise value through the use of innovative and strategically important technology-based solutions. His areas of expertise include leading global teams responsible for technology, finance, professional services, and business operations. Combined with his globally recognized academic credentials in business (MBA from Western University’s Ivey School of Business), finance (CPA, CMA) and outsourcing certification (University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business), Mr. Jajal provides insightful perspectives to TCET that help the management team improve its operational effectiveness.
Beyond his involvement with TCET, Mr. Jajal also devotes time to working with charitable organisations, mentoring recently immigrated internationally trained professionals, and as an advisor and board member for other owner operated businesses and other Not-For-Profit organisations.
CPA, CMA, MBA
Ms. Pamela Wong – Board Member, Chair of Strategic & Risk Management Committee, Member of Human Resources & Compensation Committee
Ms. Pamela Wong is a global financial services executive with a demonstrated track record of developing strategy, identifying new business opportunities, and driving transformational change. As Global Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Operations at Manulife, she is responsible for strategy development for the global marketing function and the implementation of marketing ROI measurement. Prior to this role, Ms. Wong held a variety of progressively senior roles in corporate strategy, corporate development, customer experience and new product development in Canada and Hong Kong. Before joining Manulife, Ms. Wong worked in FP&A at Kraft and Maple Leaf Foods.
Ms. Wong holds a BA in Honors Economics and Political Science from Western University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. She is also a CPA, CMA.
Ms. Pamela Wong has been a Director since 2015 and was formerly Chair of HRCC. She is also on the board of the University of Toronto Schools (UTS), her alma mater. Ms. Wong lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
CFA, CPA, CMA, MBA, CFP
Past Chair, Board Member and Human Resources & Compensation Committee Member
With almost 20 years of financial services experience, Jeff Brown is currently the Head of Retail Business Banking at HSBC Canada. In this role, Jeff oversees the development and execution of HSBC’s Small Business proposition. Prior to this role, Jeff was Vice President of Retail Banking at Meridian Credit Union, where he led an aggressive and successful branch expansion strategy in the GTA. Under his leadership, positive gains were made in Meridian’s Membership growth, Member satisfaction and employee engagement.
Previous to his time at Meridian, Jeff held a variety of roles at CIBC including roles in the bank’s Business Banking, Wealth and Commercial Divisions. Jeff graduated with his MBA from Laurier, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Financial Planner designations.
MBA, MFAc, B.Com
Board Member and Vice-Chair of Governance & Nominating Committee
Mr. Adnan Masood has over 20 years of experience in the areas of governance, risk and compliance. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant, Enterprise Risk Management with Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat. In this role, he is responsible for providing advice, guidance and oversight to OPS ministries and agencies on the implementation of Province's Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control-Integrated Frameworks. Through his career in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), he has held various positions of increasing responsibility in financial oversight, risk management, compliance and assurance. Mr. Masood has a Master's degree in Financial Accountability (MFAc) from York University and Certification in Risk Management from the University of Toronto. He also holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting complimented by Bachelors of Commerce (B.Com) in accounting
Board Member and Governance & Nominating Committee Member
Anum Kazi joined TCET in January 2016 as a Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC) member of the board. She is currently working as an Accounting Analyst at IC Savings & Credit Union with 2+ years of international experience. She holds a Masters in Financial Accountability (MFAc) from York University, specializing in corporate governance, strategy, and risk. She brings in diversity and a balance on practical and academic fronts to the board intelligence. She thrives on intellectual stimulation, and strongly believes that knowledge is the key in raising ourselves from our lower self.
Anum also holds a BS Joint Honors in Accounting and Finance from Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Pakistan.
BEng, MBA, MBCS CITP, CPA, CMA
Board Member and Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee
Mr. Desmond Alvares is Director of Operations and CFO at Emerge Canada Inc., a Distributor of Elite ETFs. Desmond has experience in Business, Project Management, Finance and IT Management in senior leadership roles in Canadian and International Wealth Management and Retail banks, providing insight and understanding of compliance rules for all levels in the Industry. Mr. Alvares held various senior positions at KPMG, TD Wealth, CIBC, RBC, IFDS, Capital One and UBS Private Banking in the Investment, Finance and Risk Management divisions as business analyst, Director and Project Manager. Mr. Alvares has been a long-time advocate for newcomers to Canada, having gone through the transition himself and being a mentor to MBA and CMA students. Mr. Alvares holds a BEng. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary, London University (UK) and an MBA from the Shulich School of Business, York University. He is also a CPA, CMA.
Board Member, Vice-Chair of Finance & Audit Committee, Member of Strategic & Risk Management Committee
Mr. Mark Poole is an international executive who has held senior leadership roles in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia. In addition to his functional assignments in Sales, Marketing, Operations and Strategic Planning, Mr. Poole has had a variety of business unit leadership roles including Managing Director for Whirlpool’s Corporation’s Oceania Region and most recently as Vice President and General Manager for Innovative Surface Solutions, a chemical company, in Albany, New York. Mr. Poole has long been involved in the community and has taken on several volunteer roles over the years. He was a board member of the United Way of Peel, a district officer with Toastmasters International, a member of the Supervisory Council for Unicol Credit Union, and most recently, a member of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Advisory Group in Bethlehem, New York. He has also provided consulting for the Social Planning Council of Peel.
MBA, B.Com, CPA, CMA
Board Member, Member of Strategic & Risk Management Committee
Mr. Karime Abdel-Hay brings a wealth of management consulting experience and stakeholder relations understanding. In addition to his strategic thinking and accounting and finance skills, he has strong communication and facilitation abilities. Mr. Abdel-Hay has a passion for learning and teaching. Mr. Abdel-Hay is currently a Partner, Advisory – Management Consulting at KPMG LLP, focused on the wealth management and insurance transformation practice. His current professional services role includes business development, project delivery and oversight, thought leadership development, and people development and recruitment. His previous roles were with Accenture Strategy, Investment Planning Counsel, CITCO and CIBC Mellon. He has also participated in Ivey Business School’s LEADER student- driven overseas economic development program. Mr. Karime Abdel-Hay holds an MBA from University of Western Ontario and a BCom from University of Manitoba. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant.
Board Member, Member of Governance & Nominating Committee
Ms. Aneesa Mohammed brings over 16 years of expert government relations experience in the Ontario Public Service. She has developed public policy, and understands the inner workings of government and government decision making. She has worked in senior executive offices, including three Minister’s offices, two Deputy Minister’s Offices and Cabinet Office. Ms. Mohammed is currently the Team Lead / Senior Policy Advisor with Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, with the Province of Ontario. In her current position she is the engagement lead for Economic Development and Policy Division with her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts. She has previous provincial ministerial experience in the Ministry of Governance and Consumer Services, Cabinet Office, Intergovernmental Affairs (Health, Social, Environment and National Institutions), Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Community and Social Services. Ms. Aneesa Mohammed holds a BA, Political Science and Psychology from University of Windsor.
BA, CPA, CMA, C.Dir.
Board Member, Member of Finance & Audit Committee
Ms. Theresa Mutlak is the Treasurer and Director, Financial Systems at the LCBO. As a strategy-focused finance executive with 25+ years of demonstrated ability, Theresa has led projects to streamline business operations, drive growth and increase efficiency. She is a senior finance leader with a proven track record of mentoring future leaders, executing strategy, leading change, and empowering teams through cross-divisional collaboration. She is adept at leading cross-functional programs to deliver complex multi-phase projects, balancing big-picture thinking with detail-oriented analytical skills to drive business improvements. Ms. Mutlak has a BA, Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto, is a CPA, CMA and Chartered Director (C.Dir.). She has also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. She is a member of the Association of Financial Professionals and Canadian Treasurers Association. Ms. Mutlak has long been involved in the enhancement of her community and has taken on several volunteer roles over the years. As a passionate supporter in the continuous improvement of health care systems, Ms. Mutlak volunteers her time at Woman’s College Hospital in the Experience Advisor Program, and has supported her local community by being a Director on a community led non-profit organization (WLPCA), which aims to enhance the overall quality of life in the neighbourhood.
MBA. MASc, B.Eng.
Board Member, Member of Strategic & Risk Management Committee
Mr. Paulo Salomao has 15+ years of consulting and executive experience across strategy, operations, technology, and investments. He is currently a Managing Director at Accenture, where he focuses on helping organizations unlock business value through technology. Before Accenture, Mr. Salomao worked at OMERS, where he was a member of the senior executive team between 2014 and 2016. Prior to OMERS, Mr. Salomao held executive roles at both Manulife and Aimia, and also spent five years at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Salomao holds a B.Eng. in Control and Automation Engineering from UNICAMP (Brazil), an M.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management, all with distinction. Mr. Salomao immigrated to Canada from Brazil in 2004. Outside of work, Mr. Salomao is member of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the B.Com. Program at Humber College and a member of the Pension Policy Council at the C.D. Howe Institute. Mr. Paulo Salomao lives in Toronto with his wife, two children, and dog.
MASc, BA, C.Dir
Board Member, Member of Human Resources & Compensation Committee
Ms. Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly brings over two decades of executive experience within the university sector, in addition to government, NGO and consulting experience. Ms. Taylor-O’Reilly is currently Assistant Vice-President at York University and is the founding chief executive of the School of Continuing Studies. Serving a global market, the School provides workforce development support to organizations, skills development for individuals, and is home to North America’s largest and most respected university English Language Institute. In addition to education experience she brings provincial and municipal government relations, marketing, and public relations experience. Prior to York University, Ms. Taylor-O’Reilly served in leadership and teaching roles at McMaster University. She has served as a director and as President of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education. Ms. Taylor-O’Reilly holds an MASc and BA from University of Waterloo, is a graduate of the Western University’s Ivey School of Business Executive Program, and a Chartered Director (C.Dir.).
Non-Board Committee Members
Non-Director Member of Human Resources & Compensation Committee
Mr. Jay Adhvaryu is a dynamic high energy, results oriented senior finance professional with extensive experience in Finance and Accounting management roles. Mr. Adhvaryu is currently the Director of Finance – Financial Planning and Analysis with Shred-it/Stericycle Inc., in Oakville, where he provides finance planning support to the Corporate Executive team. Prior to his current role, Mr. Adhvaryu held senior management roles with Aimia Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., SSP Canada Food Services Inc., Oakville Toyota, among others. Mr. Adhvaryu is recognized as a leader and an exceptional people manager who is a skilled communicator that inspires and motivates teams to move business ahead and achieve desired results by working with leadership teams and collaborating effectively across the organization.
Mr. Adhvaryu holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting Major from Ryerson University and is also a CPA, CMA.
Non-Director Member of Finance & Audit Committee
Ms. Martina Wood is an author and mostly retired finance professional. She provides management expertise and a practical approach to financial management, systems, and controllership issues with a focus on policies, processes, procedures and controls. Her strong and reliable counsel has helped numerous GTA organizations in a broad range of sectors.
Ms. Wood has written on business and personal finance issues, and has scientific, medical, and health policy interests. Ms. Wood is the author of “Smart Decisions about Breast Cancer – choices, risks, living well, preventing recurrence”, a powerful health literacy book and toolkit for women.
Ms. Wood also volunteers as a lay representative for the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), and is a member of the Drug Pricing Policy Working Group, a patient advocacy coalition. Her past volunteer work includes seven years on the Mississauga Election Campaign Finances Committee, as well as leadership roles with various community groups
Non-Director Member of Strategic & Risk Management Committee
Ms. Lenna Bradburn has over 25 years of executive leadership experience, primarily in the public sector. She has held executive positions at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, City of Toronto, Borealis Infrastructure, and Ombudsman Ontario. Ms. Bradburn also had the privilege of being Canada’s first female police chief in Guelph, ON in 1994. Throughout her career, Ms. Bradburn has had a passion for organizational transformation leading her to become a skilled change agent focusing on strategy, innovation, people, processes and systems.
Today, Ms. Bradburn is an independent consultant providing a range of consulting services to clients.
Lenna holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Criminology) from the University of Toronto.
Non-Director Member of Finance & Audit Committee Member
Melissa Qi is an experienced professional in the public sector specializing in policy, strategy, project management and stakeholder engagement. She has worked in both partisan and non-partisan capacities within government, including at the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, City of Markham/York Region, and most recently, the Ontario Energy Board. Melissa has advised municipal councillors and provincial cabinet ministers in their respective portfolios and capacities on dozens of Boards and Committees. She previously served on York University's Graduate Students Council and the President's Community Safety Council.
Melissa holds a Master of Financial Accountability and an Honours BA in Political Science and Public Administration. She is working towards her Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School.