A diverse group of leaders from the medical, legal and business communities, the UNICEF Canada Board of Directors exercises overall responsibility for the policies, programs and direction of the organization and provides advice and counsel on a broad range of policy and operational matters.
The composition of the board, whose members are elected, is chosen to reflect a broad range of expertise, with all members having a strong and demonstrated commitment to the world’s most vulnerable children. Board members adhere to UNICEF Canada’s confidentiality and conflict of interest policies.
- President and CEO: David Morley
- Chair: James McPhedran
- Vice-Chair: Monika Federau
- Treasurer: Joane Mui
- Secretary: Katrin (Kathy) Nakashima
Board of Directors
James is a Financial Service Executive and Board Director. He currently works as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company and sits on the Supervisory Board of Maduro and Curiel’s Bank (MCB) in the Caribbean, Scotiabank Jamaica, the Board of Governors of CI Financial and the St Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board.
Previously he held the position of Executive Vice President of Canadian Banking at Scotiabank, overseeing the branch network, call centres, digital banking and Tangerine Bank. James joined Scotiabank in 1996 and served in a number of roles across Wealth Management and Retail Banking. James spent 10 years with American Express prior to joining Scotiabank. James is a graduate of Queen’s University, and has completed both the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business and the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School. James and his wife Sue have two children.
Monika is an experienced senior executive leader with an extensive career in financial and consumer services. She has lived and worked internationally and has developed deep expertise in strategy, digital transformation, marketing and branding, and sustainability leadership. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Assuris following her retirement from Intact Financial where she was the company’s Chief Strategy Officer.
She has been a passionate advocate for women throughout her career and in 2019 was recognized as one of the Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
She is an active volunteer serving on the Dean’s Advisory board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and the Advisory Board of the Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation.
Monika earned a bachelor’s degree from York University and an MBA from the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University.
Joane is a Partner at KPMG, with over 15 years of audit experience, specializing in the not-for-profit and public sector. She is passionate about volunteering in the community and is actively involved in different capacities.
Previously she has been the Vice President of Finance & Treasurer of Ascend Canada, the President of the Management Alumni Association at the University of Toronto (UofT) at Scarborough, and was named one of the 2016 Arbor Award recipients from UofT for her contribution to the University.
Kathy is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Co-Chair of its Investment Committee, and member of the Executive, Governance, and Nomination Committees. In 2017, she served as Interim President. She sits on the Hospital’s Council for Services to Children and Adolescents and its Executive Committee.
Kathy is a member of the Governing Board of Mackay Centre School for children with disabilities and was instrumental in obtaining government funding for a state-of-the-art building. She also sits on the McGill Law Faculty Advisory Board. Kathy earned a D.E.C. in Science, B.Sc. (Honours), B.C.L. and LL.B. at McGill University. She practiced corporate-commercial law and was a co-managing partner. She then joined the conglomerate Imasco and became Vice-President and Corporate Secretary. Kathy donated a kidney to her sister and was a member of the Organ Donation Committee of the Canadian Council of Donation and Transplantation for many years.
Jeannine is a passionate advocate and philanthropist. She spent several years as a corporate finance lawyer with McInnes Cooper, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest firms, and also served as corporate secretary and legal counsel to a TSX-listed company. She recently served as a director and secretary of 2b theatre, and is currently a trustee to a private foundation.
She leads UNICEF Canada’s Chefs for UNICEF, Water for Life Gala in Halifax. She joined UNICEF Canada’s 25th Team focused on maternal and child health, and travelled to Cambodia and Peru as part of this initiative. These experiences cemented her commitment to helping UNICEF in its life-saving work.
Jeannine believes in the importance of physical activity and enjoys hitting the tennis court. She currently lives in Halifax with her husband, Greg, and two daughters, Zoe and Anna, whom she loves to cheer on from the sidelines of the basketball and volleyball courts.
Helen’s career spanning over 40-years has involved working with government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service. She has served as Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Senior Advisor to the Premier. Her community service includes serving as Chair of Evergreen, The Koffler Centre of the Arts, past-Chair of Waterfront Toronto and The Walrus Foundation.
She has also served on the board of not-for-profit organizations, including the Toronto Public Library Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company, LEAP: The Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, TIFF, Luminato and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Helen was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017, and received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and the Provincial Citizenship Award for Volunteer Service.
Robin is the President of property development firm Twin Brook Developments Ltd. and has spent his career as a Business Executive and an Entrepreneur, with a passion community service. He is also a Strategic Advisor at Fasken, BC’s largest Business Law Firm and Chair of the Advisory Board for ATL Senior Living which specializes in housing for seniors. He is a Partner in Radar Immigration Inc. and Radar Recruitment Inc., which actively assist foreign workers to connect with local businesses. Prior to these roles, Robin has worked with multinational corporations including Duracell Canada, Beamscope Canada, and Kodak Canada.
Robin plays an active role in Metro Vancouver’s business community and South Asian Community, volunteering his time at several endeavours, including fundraising for children’s charities. This includes organizations like the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Vancouver, Business Laureates of BC, United Way BC, Abbotsford Airport Authority, SFU Beedie Advisory Board, and a Commissioner on the City of Burnaby’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commission.
A graduate of Simon Fraser University (SFU), Robin enjoys spending time with his three children and wife, including coaching his son’s soccer team.
Ben Marc most recently worked with VIA Rail Canada as the Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, leading initiatives to promote universal accessibility, sustainable development and social responsibility.
Over the course of his career, he has worked in the public and private sectors, at the Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles du Québec and at Partenariat International. Prior to joining VIA Rail, Ben Marc worked with Sollio Cooperative Group and Quebecor Media in senior leadership positions.
Ben Marc holds an undergraduate degree in communications and management from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Institut de la Communication et des Médias) and a Master’s degree in sociology of information and communication from the Université de Ouagadougou. He also completed a graduate diploma in cultural organization management from HEC Montréal. Ben Marc is highly involved in his community and has been on the Boards of Directors of at least a dozen organizations working in a variety of sectors such as arts and culture, economic development and diversity and inclusion. These include the Université de Montréal, and Excellence Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Les Petits frères among others.
Linda is a Managing Director in the Institutional Equities Research group at TD Securities (TDSI). She has been responsible for setting forth TDSI's investment recommendations about energy infrastructure publicly traded equities to clients since she joined the organization in 2003. She works with fixed income and other colleagues when formulating industry and company outlooks.
Prior to equities research, she worked for the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant and Imperial Oil in engineering and finance roles. Linda has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She grew up in Toronto, where she now lives with her husband Jeff and children and considers herself to be a global citizen.
Katrina is an award-winning social-impact entrepreneur specializing in communications, technology and digital strategy. The founder of EthicalDigital.ca, Katrina and her team are changing the trajectory of the internet through digital marketing strategy, research and certification. She is a seasoned executive, leader and strategist who has reached millions of people through digital storytelling and online media.
Katrina has won the prestigious International Women in Tech award for Women in Communications as well as been named in the Top 21 Future of Good New Founders to Watch. Katrina launched her new book, Action Tracking: Master your Digital Marketing Strategy in Under 30 Days and has appeared as a tech expert on TV shows around Canada. Katrina is a believer in measured results, radical creativity and using technology to improve workflow.
Sebastien is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP and advises clients both domestically and internationally on all matters relating to the management and commercialization of intellectual property, as well as data security and privacy. Engaged with his community, he currently sits on the board of UNICEF Canada and the City of Calgary's Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. He previously served on the board of the Westmount Charter School Society, the Calgary International Film Festival Society, and the Calgary Parking Authority.
Sébastien holds a B.Sc. in pharmacology and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences and biomedical engineering from the University of Alberta, an LL.B. from the University of Calgary, and an LL.M. from Stanford University.
Anthony is the founder, CEO, and executive chairman of Avenue Living, and has more than 25 years’ experience in creating, managing, and operating start-ups. He actively serves a variety of roles in over a dozen businesses, from CEO to mentor. Anthony’s flagship venture, Avenue Living, is a vertically integrated platform that emphasizes building the core competencies of business. It focuses on investing in the everyday — in residential and commercial real estate, agricultural land, storage, retail, fintech, proptech, and education technology —ultimately generating cash-flow and finding long term value-add for investors.
Anthony offers his time, knowledge, and guidance to various philanthropic causes, including the Calgary Public Library Foundation, TELUS Spark Science Centre, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, and UNICEF Canada. He has been a frequent guest speaker and published author with various educational institutions, including the University of Calgary, and is an active mentor to young entrepreneurs across Canada. As a proud finisher of 16 Ironman Triathlons, this pursuit directly relates to his lifelong love of sports and understanding the entrepreneurial journey.
Heidi established the Fairmount Foundation (FF) in 2013. Her focus areas of work have been education and mental health, and have expanded over the years to include work with the settlement of refugees and affordable housing. The two geographic areas where FF invests are Hamilton and Waterloo Region.
Heidi is a member of The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW), an international strategic philanthropy organization, and PFC, the Canadian organization for family foundations, to learn, collaborate, and advocate. Heidi was a member of the 25th Team, and is a member of the Women UNlimited initiative at UNICEF Canada. She has been able to see the work of UNICEF first hand during her visits to Ethiopia and Indonesia with the 25th Team.
Brett is currently the President & CEO of Lucero Energy Corp., a Canadian listed oil and gas company with assets in the United States. He has extensive experience in leadership roles at public oil and gas companies. Prior to Lucero Energy Corp., Brett was the Founder, President and CEO of TORC Oil & Gas Ltd., President and CEO of Result Energy Inc. and President and CEO of TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd.
Brett is a Chartered Accountant and is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge. He has been involved with the UNICEF Canada Water for Life Gala in Calgary as a member of the Patrons’ Council since 2011. He has been the event’s Honorary Chair since 2019.
Naren is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Associates based out of Toronto. He has extensive experience advising US, Canada and global financial services organizations on cybersecurity, fraud, and financial crimes. Over the last 15 years, he has specialized in helping organizations deal with high-pressure situations such as cyber breaches, regulatory criticism, insider threats and other related issues. He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences on these topics.
Naren holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
Jamie sits on the Executive Leadership team for BMO Private Wealth Canada, leading a team of dedicated professionals in Ontario. He contributes to the strategic direction of the business and leads the team’s regional mandate.
Jamie began his career in a consulting practice specializing in analytics, business productivity, succession and compensation. He consulted and partnered with many of the largest companies in North America in this space, including BMO. Jamie officially joined BMO Nesbitt Burns in 2008 as Vice President and Head of Practice Management and most recently held the position of Regional President – Atlantic.
He is an avid golfer and an aspiring chef. He can generally be found entertaining friends with his wife, Marnie, and three children, Carson, Leah and Kennedy on weekends. He also enjoys working as a strategic advisor to small enterprises and coaches minor hockey.
Jamie graduated from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Economics, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
David began his teaching career in 1978 and is a passionate advocate of strong schools and character education. He led Shawnigan Lake School through a period of unprecedented growth and development for 25 years until 2018, when he retired. He has come out of retirement and is currently the Head of the Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan, BC. He also consults for schools in different parts of the world as well as helping leaders with their growth and development.
Serving on many other boards, he has always maintained a passion for education and helping young people be their best. His guiding light has forever been kindness and his aim has always been to help develop first-class human beings. David was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland and completed his M.A.(Hons) at the University of Aberdeen and his teaching degree (P.G.C.E.) from Loughborough University, in England. A lifelong sportsman, he was a member of the Scottish National rugby squad.