We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of our Board of Directors and Non-Director Committee Members. Each of them brings a wealth of experience and leadership expertise from diverse sectors. Achēv’s CEO Tonie Chaltas, Board Chair Andrew Gall and the senior leadership team, look forward to working together to support the delivery of exceptional youth, employment, newcomer settlement and language assessment services across the GTA.
The new Board Members are:
Ana Nunes, ICD.D, CFA, FCIA, FSA
Board Member, Vice-Chair of the Strategic & Risk Management Committee
Ana Nunes brings more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the retirement savings industry. She held various leadership roles during her 10+ years at OMERS, including Senior Vice President of Plan Risk, Senior Vice President of Pension Services, and President of OMERS Investment Management. During her consulting career at Mercer, she advised clients on the full spectrum of pension plan issues.
Ana is a strategic thinker who is known for deep analytical skills and an ability to clearly communicate key issues. She has led multiple strategic initiatives that grew assets under management by over $2 billion. She brings extensive experience supporting Boards with the oversight of risk management, pension funding, large-scale administration operations and cybersecurity.
Ana is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the MoveUp/ICBC Pension Plan. She has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Benefits and Pensions Monitor and has volunteered her time to various charitable causes through the years.
In addition to being a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and Society of Actuaries, Ana is a CFA charterholder and holds the ICD.D designation.
Lawrence Eta, eMBA, MM, BSc
Board Member, Vice-Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee
Lawrence Eta is the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Toronto. As a transformative leader and business partner, he provides vision, strategy and execution to modernize and deliver innovative technology solutions to enhance the customer service experience.
Over the span of his 20+ career Lawrence has been involved in a wide range of technology industries, holding various senior leadership positions including, Global Director of Customer Success within the Internet of Things (IOT) sector, Vice President of Technical Architecture and Director of Business Technology Solutions for an international business process outsourcing organization and Director of Information Services for one of Canada’s top 60 pension and benefits plans. Lawrence holds an Executive MBA from Lansbridge University, Master of Management from American Sentinel University, and Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from Staffordshire University
Lawrence is a TEDX speaker and member of Coalition of Innovation Leaders against Racism (CILAR). He is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion and creating equity and prosperity for communities. He has served on not for profit committees and boards including Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division), Langley Hospice and Arizona Children’s Association.
Megan MacRae, M.I.R.
Board Member, Vice-Chair of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee
Megan MacRae is the Executive Director of Human Resources at the TTC. As a member of the TTC Executive Team she oversees the provision of all Human Resources services throughout the Organization.
Megan began her labour relations career in the Canadian airline industry and moved towards public transit first at GO Transit before joining the TTC in 2008. In her time at the TTC, Megan has held a variety of positions, including Employee Relations Consultant, Director of Compensation Services and Director of Employee Relations, and has led multiple rounds of collective bargaining.
Megan has been a Board member on the TTC Pension Plan since 2013 where she serves on the Governance Committee as well as the Investment Committee. Megan has contributed as a Board member previously with the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association as well as Big Brothers and Sisters of Ajax Pickering.
Megan has her undergraduate degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University and her Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management from Queens University and holds an advanced certificate in trust management.
Melissa Qi, LLM, MFAc
Board Member, Member of Governance & Nominating Committee
Melissa Qi is an experienced professional specializing in risk, governance, policy, strategy and project management. With close to a decade of experience in the public sector, she has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, City of Markham, Region of York, Ontario Energy Board, and currently the City of Brampton. Melissa has advised elected officials and senior leaders on dozens of Boards and Committees.
Melissa is a member of York Regional Police’s Community Liaison Committee, and has served on York University’s Graduate Students Council and the Community Safety Council.
Board Member, Member of the Strategic & Risk Management Committee
Kim Warburton is a strategic communications and public affairs executive with extensive, broad experience building corporate reputation and brand, stakeholder relationships, and employee engagement. She has held senior global and national positions in the multinational, financial, telecommunications and advertising sectors, including roles with TD Bank Group, GE and Bell Canada. She has worked in the Ontario government focusing on workforce skills and economic development. Kim is a respected leader and trusted advisor known for managing complexity, coaching to unlock potential, and creating initiatives that inspire and motivate. She is currently an independent strategic communications advisor.
Kim is an inclusive, community builder. She is passionate about “joining the dots” to build perspective and create meaningful outcomes. Her interests include navigating the changing nature of work, economic participation and opportunity, and life-long learning. She recently served as Chair and Director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is a Director of Actua a national organization engaging youth in STEM to build employability skills and confidence. She has also served as advisor on Mississauga’s Economic Development Advisory Board, and as Chair and Director of the Trillium Health Partners Hospital Foundation.
Non-Director Committee Member of Strategic and Risk Management Committee
Andrea Swinton is a not-for-profit CEO known for leading at the national and provincial levels, bringing a business focus to charities and building platforms that have doubled revenue in three years.
She serves on the board of directors for Hazel Burns Hospice and Endeavour Consulting for Non-Profits and is the Chair of their respective Governance and Fundraising Committees. She’s also been a panelist at a global health symposium held in Vienna, Austria, workshop moderator, conference speaker, and acted as a spokesperson in the national media.
Prior to transitioning to the not-for-profit sector, she worked in brand marketing for Canada’s leading loyalty program, and in direct marketing for a national home and auto insurance firm.
A graduate of Queen’s University, Andrea holds a B.A. in Sociology and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Marlon Blake, MBA, CPA, FCCA
Non-Director Member of Finance and Audit Committee
Marlon Blake has over 15 years of experience working in senior level leadership roles in not-for-profit, consulting, and financial services industries. He is currently the Director, Finance at ICES, responsible for providing financial and operational leadership, accounting expertise and guidance to the organization. Before ICES, Marlon was the Director of Finance at ACT, where he provided strategic leadership and vision for the financial functions of the organization. He also worked in senior roles at Optimal Growth Consulting, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, and the Government of Bermuda. He has strong leadership experience in financial reporting, strategic planning, analytics, project management, process automation, governance, risk, IT, mentoring and coaching people.
Marlon holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University, CPA, CGA designation from CPA Ontario, and he is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant.
Non-Director Committee Member of Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Ruth Woods has more than 35 years executive experience in professional services management, investment banking and consulting. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she is responsible for Finance, IT, HR, Facilities and Administration. Prior to Osler she was a founding partner of Hugessen Consulting Inc, Senior Vice President; Global Head of Human Resources at Scotia Capital; and a Founding Director of Women in Capital Markets. Ruth is currently on the board of Scarborough Health Network and has served on the Bishop Strachan School and Royal St. George’s College Boards of Governors as Vice-Chair and Chair respectively, and on the board of Kinross Gold Corp.
Ruth graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Business Administration, and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics.
To view all of Achēv’s Board Member profiles, visit our Meet The Board page.