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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud

 

Board of Directors Profiles
The UTAA operates through a Board of Directors comprised of 14 directors, two of whom are ex-officio members.

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Corwin Cambray
(MScPl)
City Planner, City of Toronto

Corwin is a Project Manager in Toronto’s City Planning Division where he leads interdisciplinary teams examining how to leverage infrastructure investment for local community benefit. Prior to that, Corwin was the Program Manager in the Office of the Chief Planner where he played a lead role in delivering City Planning’s first strategic plan, and aligning operating and capital budgets with divisional priorities.

Corwin served on the Planning Alumni Committee of the University of Toronto Association of Geography Alumni from 2002 to 2010. Under his leadership PAC introduced several student-focused initiatives including professional development seminars and mentoring, in addition to significant fundraising campaigns. Corwin’s contributions were recognized with an Arbour Award (2010) as well as the Honorary President Award (2009) and Outstanding Service Award (2005) from the UTGA. In 2010 Corwin was appointed to the College of Electors and elected to its Executive Committee in 2012 and 2013.

Along with his Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, Corwin holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours from Queen’s University and a graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Western University. He is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner with Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

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Dario Di Censo, Treasurer
(BCom 1988 UTM)
Chief Financial Officer, Armstrong Moving and Storage Ltd.

Dario began his career at The Dominion Group Inc. soon after graduation from UTM in 1988, working in the accounting department and progressively assuming greater responsibilities in accounting and finance. By 1999 he assumed the position of president at The Dominion Group Inc. with responsibility for operations in Canada, The United States and Mexico. After 25 years, Dario led the successful divestiture of the company for the shareholders.

In 2014, Dario joined Armstrong Moving & Storage Ltd – a leader in global relocation services. Leading the finance department, he also serves as a key advisor to the ownership group.

He has been an active alumni volunteer at UTM since 2004 and served as the UTM Alumni Association President from 2007 to 2010. He has participated in the UTM Alumni Mentorship Program and has been a guest speaker and volunteer at numerous events, including the commerce students’ orientation and events for graduating students. Dario has been actively involved with the UTAA’s Alumni Mentorship Initiative and has served on the UTAA Mentorship Committee since its creation in 2011.

Dario obtained his CMA designation in 1991, his FCMA designation in 2010, and received an Arbor Award from the University in 2010.

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Tye Farrow, President-elect
(B Arc 1987 AL&D)
Senior Partner, Farrow

Tye Farrow has gained international recognition for designing places that enhance our capacity to thrive—culturally, economically, mentally and physically. He has initiated a global “Cause Health” movement aimed at raising expectations for design as the basis for total health, which extends beyond technical sustainability and physical health to encompass our state of mind.

Tye’s projects across North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East demonstrate leadership in this visionary quest. He has been invited to present his ideas at leading institutions including the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, as well as venues from Helsinki to Houston. His portfolio includes multiple international awards for designing some of the most technically advanced buildings in the world.The Stockholm-based World Congress on Design and Health identified him as a global leader who is making “a significant contribution to health and humanity through the medium of architecture and design.”Tye holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Tye’s involvement at the University of Toronto includes: past Vice-chair, College of Electors; current Alumni Representative, Faculty Council, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design; and current Boundless Campaign Cabinet member, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design. He is also an Arbor Award recipient.

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Susan Gillmeister
(BA 1981 VIC)
Master Strategist, insync

Susan has spent the last 29 years working in the Marketing Communications industry, currently doing strategy consulting with major pharmaceutical firms. Prior to that, Susan spent over 20 years in the advertising industry, providing strategic insight and account management for major Canadian advertisers at top firms including MacLaren McCann, BBDO, Ammirati & Puris, FCB, Cossette and Saatchi and Saatchi. Susan graduated from Victoria College an Honours BA in English, which she followed up with a graduate diploma in Sports Administration from Concordia University in 1983 and a Masters in Business Administration from York University in 1990.

Since 1991 Susan has been an active volunteer at Victoria University, serving over 10 years on the Victoria Alumni Association, including as president. In addition, she served two terms on the Victoria University Board of Regents, co-chaired the Victoria University Women’s Residence Reunion, and was a member of the Vic 175th Anniversary Executive Committee. Susan received an Arbour Award for her volunteer commitment to Victoria College.

Sana Halwani

Sana Halwani
(JD 2004 Law)
Partner, Gilbert’s LLP

Sana is a partner at Gilbert’s LLP and co-chairs its Life Sciences practice. Her practice focusses on intellectual property litigation, primarily in the life sciences, information technology, and energy sectors. Sana was recently pro bono counsel to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in the first case in Canada seeking to address whether genes should be patentable.

Prior to her time at the University of Toronto, Sana received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Biotechnological Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield, UK. Sana also clerked for Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2005-6, and was an Action Canada Fellow in 2006-7.

Sana has been heavily involved in the University of Toronto community since joining it. Her contributions during her legal studies garnered her the Dean’s Key, as well as a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. Since graduating, Sana has taken on numerous roles at the University, including Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Discipline Tribunal; member of the College of Electors; member of the Law Alumni Association; trial advocacy instructor at the Faculty of Law; and alumni mentor. In 2012, she was the recipient of an Arbor Award for her service to the University.

Sana lives in Toronto with her husband, two sons, and her neurotic yet lovable Australian Shepherd.

Josh Hunter

Josh Hunter, Secretary
(LLB 2003 Law, MBA 2003 Rotman)
Counsel, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Josh is Counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. Josh has appeared in courts and tribunals in Ontario, Québec, and federally, including arguing on behalf of Ontario in the Supreme Court of Canada in the Senate Reference and the Supreme Court Act Reference. Josh has particular experience in judicial independence matters, parliamentary conventions and procedure, and Canadian and English legal history.

After obtaining an Honours B.A. in English and Classics from McMaster University, Josh completed the joint LL.B./M.B.A. program at U of T. As a student at U of T, Josh served on a number of university committees, including the Academic Board, the Committee on Academic Policy and Programs, the School of Graduate Studies Council, the Faculty of Law Council, and the University Discipline Tribunal, and received a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. Josh subsequently received an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He also expects to receive a Master of Theological Studies degree from U of T and St. Augustine’s Seminary in November 2014.

Since 2007, Josh has been a member of the Board of the Burlington Public Library, helping oversee the operations of a public library system with seven branches and a $7 million budget.

Melinda Jacobs

Melinda Jacobs
(BA 2012 Trinity)
Co-Founder, Lucent Sky

Melinda Jacobs is the co-founder of Lucent Sky, a software company that accelerates the way developers find and fix security problems. In this role she oversees the management and growth of the company’s two offices in Asia-Pacific and the United States.

Prior to joining Lucent Sky, Melinda was living in Asia Pacific working in the fields of entrepreneurship, investment and community building. Melinda is a co-founder of the Social Innovation Research Group, or “Surge,” a project she co-founded with colleagues from the University of Toronto that focused on creating networks and dialogue for the advancement of entrepreneurship and social impact organizations in Taiwan and Asia Pacific.

As an undergraduate student and Loran Scholar, Melinda was a co-Head of College at Trinity, and served extensively on governance committees at the College and University. In addition to her Honours B.A. Melinda holds a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Next 36, a program for young Canadian innovators. Melinda has been a Canadian delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit, and has spoken at the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Social Enterprise World Forum. She resides in San Francisco, California and proudly hails from Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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Pedram Kaya
(BCom 2006 UC)
Director, BMO Corporate Finance Division

Pedram is an asset based lender at the Bank of Montreal. He manages a $350 million senior secured debt portfolio, financing both public and private companies with revenues ranging from $50 million to $1.2 billion. He has participated in a number of restructuring, turnaround and working capital financings, as well as leveraged buyout, M&A, and dividend recap transactions. Pedram speaks at asset based lending conferences, and has lectured to MBAs about structured finance. Prior to his banking career, Pedram worked at Deloitte in its enterprise risk and strategy and operations practices.

In addition to being co-chair of the mentorship committee on the UTAA, Pedram has mentored over 200 high school entrepreneurs since 2006 with Junior Achievement. Pedram is also a member of the board of directors of Renascent, a non-profit that has helped more than 45,000 individuals recover from alcoholism and drug addiction since 1971.

Pedram is a recipient of the Gordon Cressy and University College Merit awards, and is a First Norman Alexander Scholar. Pedram also holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. If not in Toronto, you’ll find him scuba diving somewhere in the Aegean Sea.

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Jeff Luciano
(MBA 2006 Rotman)
Sales Representative, Keller Williams Realty

Jeff Luciano is a licensed Realtor with the Toronto Real Estate Board and is affiliated with an east-end Toronto brokerage that is part of Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate company in the world. In 2015 Keller Williams was ranked the #1 Training Organization in the world by Training Magazine and this commitment to education and training is key to Jeff’s involvement with the company. He is an active member of the Education Committee for his brokerage, where he teaches as an Ignite Instructor as well as mentoring new agents. Jeff is also a licensed mortgage agent with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, acts as a retail consultant for select clients and is a shareholder in a real estate investment company focused on residential income properties.

After completing an Honours B.A. in Sociology from McMaster University in 1998, Jeff completed the full time MBA program at U of T. While attending the Rotman School of Management, Jeff was part of the leadership for a number of student associations, including the Rotman Real Estate Association, the Rotman Marketing Association and the Rotman Entertainment & Media Association. He was nominated as Valedictorian for the Class of 2006.

Jeff has volunteered on a range of local and national Boards since 2004. He has taken Board Governance seminars with Altruvest and the Rotman School of Management and is an avid student of effective Board policy. Since 2011, Jeff has volunteered in different capacities on some UTAA committees and projects, including the UTAA Committee on Community Engagement and the Nominations Committee.

Scott MacKendrick

Scott MacKendrick, President
(BASc 1982 Engineering)
Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP

R. Scott MacKendrick is a Partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP / S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l., a prominent Canadian intellectual property law firm. Scott practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on litigation. He has been involved in patent litigation across a broad range of technologies, and has been involved in trade-mark, copyright, industrial design, and trade secret litigation and in domain name dispute resolution. He also has an active practice before the Trade-marks Office and the Trade-marks Opposition Board.

Scott is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School, has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and at the University of Victoria, and has been a frequent instructor at the McGill University-IPIC Trade-mark Practitioner Advanced Course.

Scott was vice-chair of the College of Electors, vice-chair of the Chancellor Search Committee, a member of the College of Electors’ Executive and Nominating Committees, and has served on an Awards of Excellence selection committee. Scott is the recipient of an Arbor Award for his service to the University. He also holds a LL.B. from Queen’s University, and resides in Toronto.

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Lesley Riedstra
(BA 1995 New)
Business Architect, CIBC Channel Strategy & Integration

Lesley Riedstra is a certified Business Architect and working within CIBC’s Channel Strategy & Integration team, focusing on delivering innovation to modernize banking for their clients. Her role is centered around understanding business needs, and translating them into solutions. During her time at CIBC, she has led architectural designs for small scale initiatives as well as working on multi-year transformational changes. Her strength has been the ability to negotiate between many stakeholders and partners to achieve success on each initiative.

U of T has always been a key part of her family – Lesley met her husband and many of her friends while attending New College. During her undergrad years, Lesley was actively involved in the New College Student Council, and credits that experience as forming the basis for her leadership skills today. After graduating from U of T, she remained involved with New College as a mentor and in leadership roles through the Alumni Association, serving on many committees and groups at the college.

Lesley most recently served on the College of Electors (CoE) Executive Committee for the last 2 years of her term. As part of her term with CoE, she led a committee recommending tactics to increase diversity in the nomination pool for Governing Council positions.

Geeta Yadav

Geeta Yadav, Vice-President, Governance
(BSc 2003 UC)
Dermatologist, Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Geeta Yadav’s academic interests include access to dermatologic care. Previously, she worked on health policy for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Malawi and Health Canada in Ottawa. As an undergraduate student she was an elected member of the Governing Council, held membership on the University Affairs Board and the Academic Appeals Committee, and was also a recipient of an Arbor Scholarship and Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. In medical school she was the Ontario Regional Representative for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and received a Citizenship Award from the Provincial Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario and Learner Peer Award of Excellence from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. As a resident she was the Co-Chair of the Canadian Dermatology Association, Residents and Fellows Society.

In addition to her Hon. BSc and completing her FRCPC at the University of Toronto, Geeta holds an MD from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and an MHS in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She resides in Toronto.

Ex-officio

David Palmer, Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer (represented on the board by his designate, Barbara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations)