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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: Chris Simard
  • Vice-Chair: Mabel Wong
  • Treasurer: Mabel Wong

Board of Directors

Chris Simard (AB)
Board Chair

Chris practices law in Calgary as a senior partner at Bennett Jones LLP, a national business law firm. He writes and has spoken on numerous restructuring and energy law issues at conferences of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and the Annual Review of Insolvency Law. He is a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and the Chair of its Regional Membership Committee - Prairies. Chris holds Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees.

Mabel Wong (ON)
Vice Chair and Treasurer

Mabel is a Managing Director at Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager focused on real estate, infrastructure, renewable energy, and private equity. Mabel joined Brookfield in 2007 and has held various senior finance positions during that time. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield’s insurance group.


Helen Burstyn, C.M. (ON)

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, and 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).


Linda Ezergailis (ON)

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. 


Monika Federau (ON)

Monika is an experienced senior executive with an extensive career in the financial services industry and in 2019 was a recipient of the Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women award by Women’s Executive Network (WXN), for her efforts to advance women in leadership by breaking down barriers for future generations.


Katrina German (SK)

Katrina is an award-winning entrepreneur specializing in communications, technology and digital strategy. She is a seasoned executive, leader and strategist who has reached millions of people through digital storytelling and online media. Through her fifteen years in communications, she has worn many hats; Tech start-up CEO, fundraiser, digital strategist, community manager, writer, television producer and host, video editor, speaker, and trainer.


Sébastien Gittens (AB)

Sébastien is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP who 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.


Anthony Giuffre (AB)

Anthony 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, land, storage, food distribution, and technology education — and, ultimately, generates cash-flow and finds long term value-add for investors.


Heidi Henschel (ON)

Heidi is a philanthropist and leadership volunteer. She established the Fairmont Foundation in 2013 which focuses on Mental Health and Education.  The foundation supports organizations working with refugees, non-profits in Heidi’s hometown of Hamilton, and runs a long-term education program in collaboration with the Hamilton Community Foundation. Heidi has been involved with community groups in the Waterloo Region that help individuals overcome obstacles and live fuller, healthier lives. 


Brett Herman (AB)

Brett most recently was Founder, President and CEO of TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. He has extensive oil and gas experience in leadership roles at public oil and gas companies. Prior to TORC, Brett was the 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. Brett has been involved with the UNICEF Canada Calgary Water for Life Gala as a member of the Patrons’ Council since 2011 and has been the event’s Honorary Chair since 2019.

Naren Kalyanaraman (ON)

Naren is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Associates based out of Toronto. He has extensive experience in 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.


Jamie Loughery (NS)

Jamie is BMO Financial Group’s Regional President for Atlantic Canada. Based in Halifax, he leads the Private Wealth Management business across the Atlantic Provinces. Jamie joined BMO in 2008 as Head of Practice Management at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Jamie began his career as a consultant specializing in analytics, business productivity, succession and compensation. His client roster included many of the largest companies in North America in this sector. 


James McPhedran (ON)

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, the Board of Governors of CI Financial and the St Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board.


Joane Mui (ON)

Joane is a Partner at KPMG, with 15 years of audit experience, now specializing in the not-for-profit and public sector. She is passionate about volunteering in the community and is actively involved in different capacities. She is currently a Board member of UNICEF Canada.


Katrin (Kathy) Nakashima (QC)

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. 


David Robertson (BC)

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 helping leaders with their growth and development.


Geeta Sankappanavar (AB)

Geeta is the Founder and CEO of Akira Impact, an essential assets investment firm that invests to support UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is recognized as an international thought leader, an unrelenting advocate for women’s equality, a committed philanthropist and has been honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.