EMPLOYMENT

MEET THE TEAM

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Board of Directors

Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly

MASc, BA, C.Dir

Board Member, Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee

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.

Vase Sarmah

B.Tech (IT), Executive MBA

Board Member, Vice-Chair of Governance & Nominating Committee

With a vast experience in the Technology sector of the corporate world, Vase’s specialty lies in Service Delivery through Technology Management for Global Operations. She currently leads Operational Support Strategy and Optimization for Lifion with a focus to drive global operational expansion for improved strategic positioning and better customer service. Throughout her career, Vase has worked for many Fortune 500 companies around the globe helping them make the best use of technology to solve business problems thus promoting growth. She is the Regional Director for iWIN (International Women’s Inclusion Network) Canada, a Business Resource Group for corporate women in her company. She uses this capacity to promote a culture of empowering women ‘to sit at the table’. She believes the world needs more women in leadership roles.

Paulo Salomao

MBA. MASc, B.Eng.

Board Member, Vice-Chair of Strategic & Risk Management Committee

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.

Theresa Mutlak

BA, CPA, CMA, C.Dir.

Board Member, Vice-Chair of Finance & Audit Committee, Member of Strategic & Risk Management Committee

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. 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, taking on several volunteer positions over the years, including a role at Woman’s College Hospital in the Experience Advisor Program and as Director on a community led non-profit organization (WLPCA), which aims to enhance the overall quality of life in the neighbourhood.

Aneesa Mohammed

BA

Board Member, Member of Governance & Nominating Committee

Aneesa Mohammed brings over 16 years of experience in the Ontario Public Service and specializes in policy development, intergovernmental relations, issues and stakeholder management.  She has worked in a variety of senior government roles, including advising provincial Cabinet Ministers at the Ministries of Education, Economic Development and Trade and Community and Social Services. Aneesa has developed public policy and has significant experience and understanding of the inner workings of government. She is currently with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade where she provides expertise and leadership on government decision making, policy development and is the intergovernmental relations lead for the ministry with federal, provincial and territorial counterparts. She has also held leadership roles within executive offices at Cabinet Office and the Ministries of Government and Consumer Services and Municipal Affairs and Housing. Aneesa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Windsor. Outside of work, Aneesa loves to spend time with her husband and young son.

Karime Abdel-Hay

MBA, B.Com, CPA, CMA

Board Member, Member of Strategic & Risk Management Committee

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.

Mark Poole

MBA. MEng.

Treasurer, Chair of Finance & Audit Committee, Member of Human Resources & Compensation Committee

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 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.

Adnan Masood

MBA, MFAc, B.Com

Secretary, Chair of Governance & Nominating Committee

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 The 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.

Pamela Wong

CPA, CMA, MBA

Board Member, Vice-Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee

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.

Epsit Jajal

MBA, CPA, CMA

Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair of Strategic & Risk Management Committee, Member of Governance & Nominating Committee

Epsit Jajal brings 20+ years of 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 Achēv that help the management team improve its operational effectiveness.

Andrew Gall

FCPA, FCMA, MBA, C. Dir, A.C.C, CM&AI

Chair of the Board

Andrew Gall is the Chief Financial Officer of Toronto Artscape Inc. and related entities. As a dynamic and collaborative financial strategist, he leads Artscape’s financial and IT systems. Andrew has 20+ years of experience in mergers, change management, finance, business development, strategy, risk, governance, IT, and HR. He was previously the CEO of Ontario Pharmacists Association, VP of Finance and Administration at Health Shared Services Ontario, and held senior executive roles at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and companies in the pharmaceutical, construction and not-for-profit healthcare industries. Andrew holds an Executive MBA from University of Toronto, an Honours BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and he 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 a registered healthcare charity, a not-for-profit professional organization, and other commercial and residential condominium corporations.

Non-Board Committee Members

Melissa Qi

MFAcc, BA

Non-Board Committee Member, Member of Finance & Audit Committee, and Governance & Nominating Committee

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.

Lenna Bradburn

MPA

Non-Board Committee Member, Member of Human Resources & Compensation Committee

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.

Jay Adhvaryu

CPA, CMA

Non-Board Committee Member, Member of Finance & Audit Committee

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.

Executive Team

Teresa Landry

Senior Director, Human Resources

Oscar Bolivar

Controller, Finance

Moya MacKinnon

Vice President, Employment & Newcomer Services

Karen McNeil

Vice President, Language Services

Robert Olson

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Merv Hillier

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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