Board of Directors

Executive Members

Sheila Jarvis
Chair

Sheila has recently retired from her position as President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital - Canada’s largest academic children’s rehabilitation facility. Sheila’s governance experience includes past Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Hospital Association and past Chair of the Change Foundation - a provincial health policy think tank. She is currently Chair of the International Outreach Program Board of Directors of the St. Joseph’s Health System, Hamilton, Ontario, member Board of Directors of the North York General Hospital, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of CAST and Chair of the Quality and Outcomes Committee. Sheila recently completed the U of T Rotman/ICD Directors course. She has an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta. 

Jamil Jivani
Vice-Chair

Jamil Jivani is a graduate of the School of Law at Yale and is very passionate about youth development and children's issues. While in law school, he served as President of the Yale Black Law Students Association and also acted as a liaison between Yale and various community organizations. Since 2015, he has been a visiting Professor and Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jamil has worked directly with youth in Canada, the U.S., and Kenya. Jamil takes an active role in initiatives in his community including being founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project, which includes Policing Literacy Initiative,  #JaneAndFinchVotes and  Future of Canada's Oil Sands (FoCOS).

Victoria Kondo
Secretary

Victoria holds Bachelors of Law and Education Degrees from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is Deputy Director, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of the Environment. Her past Board experience includes the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the John Ross Robertson Child Care Centre. In her current position, Victoria Chairs the Diversity Committee for the Legal Services Branch.

Tony Veneziano
Treasurer

Tony Veneziano was appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the Toronto Police Service on December 12, 2005. He is responsible for the Service’s overall operating and capital budget process as well as information technology services, fleet operations, facilities management, procurement, payroll and accounting services. Mr. Veneziano holds a Certified General Accountant designation. Prior to joining the Toronto Police Service, he held senior management positions with the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and current City of Toronto. Mr. Veneziano exemplifies high ethical standards, and actively promotes the importance of transparency, integrity, accountability and fiscal responsibility in carrying out his responsibilities with the Toronto Police Service. Tony has been a CAS of Toronto Board member since September 2006, and sits on the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Members

 

Marv Bernstein

Marv is currently the Chief Policy Advisor for UNICEF Canada, a position he has held since September 2010.  Prior to working with UNICEF, Marv served as Saskatchewan’s second independent Children’s Advocate from 2005 to 2010.  From 2001 to 2005, Marv held the position of Director of Policy Development and Legal Support at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in Toronto.  For 20 years previous, he was employed as Chief Counsel to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.  Prior to that, Marv acted as In-House Counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of York Region in Newmarket, Ontario for three years. 

Marv has a Bachelor of Arts, a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He has been called to the Bar in both Ontario and Saskatchewan and is the current Chair of the National Children’s Law Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.  Marv has been awarded both the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by New College at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of both the Child Welfare League of Canada Advocacy Award and the North America Council on Adoptable Children Adoption Activist Award.

Karen Engel 

Karen Engel has been a Board Director of CAST since 2010. She served as Vice Chair from 2013- 2015. She has participated on the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Policy Subcommittee and is Chair of the HR & Compensation Committee.  Karen is a seasoned not-for-profit CEO, having served as the Executive Director of Yorktown Family Services from 1993-2012. Since January 2014, Karen has been the Project Manager – Capacity Building of Board Governance for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Other positions included Senior Policy Analyst with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, Director of Programs and Resources –Jewish Family and Child Service in Toronto and Program Director, Sacred Heart Child and Family Centre. 

Mark Foerster

Mark is the Vice-President, Group Operations and Claims at Munich Reinsurance Company and is accountable for all aspects of claims management for both the Individual and Group life and health insurance business lines in Canada and the Caribbean; and co-leads the Group business results and client management. His team assists clients in implementing practice management enhancements, research studies and other initiatives to help achieve the best mutual results. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in the financial services industry. Mark graduated with Honours Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the requirements for the Certified Financial Planner designation and has extensive not-for-profit Board experience.

Michelle Joseph

Michelle holds a Masters of Political Science from the New School of Social Research in New York, with an undergraduate degree in social sciences from McGill University in Montreal.

Michelle has held a number of progressive leadership positions in community based health organizations over the past eighteen years including the Executive Director of Choice in Health Clinic, Executive Director of Central Toronto Community Health Centers and her current position as Chief Executive Officer of Unison Health and Community Services. Her work has focused on reducing the barriers to accessing health and social services for marginalized communities.

Michelle is passionate about Children’s Aid Society of Toronto both from a professional respect of the importance of providing services to the most vulnerable children and families in Toronto but also as an adoptive mother of two sons through Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.

Niru Kumar 

Niru possesses Bachelors Degrees in Civil and Common Law and a B. Comm. from McGill. In addition, she holds a Certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. Since 2006, she has been a Director on the Board of the Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights and in 2008 became a Director on the Board of Manor Road Nursery School. Over the past several years, Niru has provided legal services to the Walkerton Inquiry, the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services, and the Electrical Safety Authority.

Steve Malone 

Steve brings firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of fostering children in the care of the Society to the Board table, as he has served as a foster parent for two years.  Over the past twenty years, Steve has held senior executive positions in the Canadian financial services industry and prides himself on being an excellent problem solver. Steve was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in 2013.

Carla Moore 

Carla holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto. She has been Director of Human Resources at St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre and currently teaches at George Brown College, Centre for Business – School of Human Resources. Carla has held a variety of HR related positions at C.S.T. Consultants Inc. She has been on the Board of a children’s mental health agency and has volunteered with organizations serving youth including the Jamaican Canadian Association.

Irene Mukasa 

Irene has a BA from Queen’s University and a Master's of Science in Economic Policy from Bath University, UK. As the current Director of Communications for Spectrum Health Care, Irene brings a diverse range of expertise in the areas of Communications and Marketing. Over the last 6 years she has worked with various organizations in the private and not-for-profit sector to develop and enhance their communication strategies. An avid supporter of children focused organizations, Irene also serves as the Communications Advisor for Ripple Foundation.

Ramona Oss

Ramona has a BA in Sociology from Queen’s University and is currently participating in the “Get on Board” Level 1 Certificate Program through the Canadian Board Diversity Council and the Certificate Program in Nonprofit and Voluntary Management at Ryerson University. She is Director of Licensing & Sales for Viacom International Media Networks (Nickelodeon & MTV Networks). 

Haroldene (Deany) Peters

Deany brings twenty years of experience serving on Boards of not-for profit organizations, primarily in the downtown East end of the City of Toronto. She has served on the Regent Park Residents Association, Regent Park Community Health Centre, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre and Dixon Hall, to name a few. For the past seventeen years, Deany has been employed as a Community Development Worker in Regent Park and brings forth a wealth of front-line and Board experience.

Kanchan Rakhra

Kanchan has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University and currently works as a Manager at the Ministry of Labour in the Labour Relations Solution Division. She has worked for various government departments in Ontario for the past nine years, and has held roles in the areas of policy, operations and strategic planning.

Eva Serhal

Eva Serhal is currently the Manager of Telepsychiatry and ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH. She is passionate about systems level planning for distributed and equitable access to healthcare and innovative virtual models of building capacity. Eva holds an MBA and is currently working towards a PhD focusing on outcomes and evaluation in Heath Services Research from the University of Toronto’ s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Additionally, Eva sits as a board member on both the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, and the Gerstein Crisis Centre. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to contribute to these two amazing organizations and their excellent work.

Athavan Thulakanathan 

Athavan possesses an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Certified Management Accountant. He currently works at Deloitte LLP as a Senior Consultant, Strategy & Operations.  Athavan is a past member of the Malvern Youth Cabinet and the Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change.

Margot Trevelyan

Margot Trevelyan has strong ties to CAST.  Both she and her brother were adopted through the Society and she now has two children of her own, both grown up and both also adopted through CAST. Margot hopes that by serving on the board of CAST, she can try to give back to an organization that has contributed so much to her life.

Margot is an expert in board governance and labour relations, having spent over 25 years as Director of Labour Relations and Governance for school boards in the Ministry of Education. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Trevelyan and Associates and recently co-authored the book, “A Tale of Two School Principals and the Superintendent Who Wanted to Lead Them.”

Margot has served on several boards, written articles, directed films and composed original music. She thoroughly enjoys her 12-year old grandson, who ensures she understands the game of hockey. She is a member of the Humanist Association of Toronto and the Toronto Arts and Letter Club. Her hobbies include music (choir and piano), horseback riding, hiking with her collie, Topper, cryptic crosswords, photography and understanding hockey. She does not like gardening