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 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 is a Managing Director at Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager with over $350 billion of assets, 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, and today is responsible for finance and corporate operations in the Brookfield Infrastructure Group.
Mabel also currently serves on the Brookfield Women’s Advisory Committee and on the Board of the Brookfield Partners Foundation. Prior to her tenure at Brookfield, Mabel worked in the audit and assurance practice of Deloitte and Touche LLP in Vancouver. Mabel holds a CPA, CA designation and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with honours in finance and accounting, from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Mabel currently resides in Toronto and is a member of UNICEF Canada’s Women Unlimited.
Helen has enjoyed a 40-year career in government, business, academia, broadcasting and community service. She dedicated much of her professional life to public service, serving as Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Senior Advisor to the Premier. Her community service includes serving as Chair of Evergreen and The Walrus Foundation. She has also served on the board of many other not-for-profits, including the Toronto Public Library Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company, LEAP: The Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, TIFF and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Helen was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017 in recognition of her leadership of charitable and public institutions supporting arts and culture, education, health, and the environment. She also received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and the Provincial Citizenship Award for Volunteer Service.
Bita is Vice President of Philanthropy for The Foundation WCPD, a boutique financial services firm dedicated to wealth creation, preservation and donation through comprehensive money management solutions, insurance products and specialized tax assisted investments.
She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, Sierra Club Canada Foundation as well as a Trustee of the McCord Museum Foundation. Bita holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from McGill University, a Master of Business Administration from SMU and Chartered Investment Manager designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.
Linda Ezergailis is a Managing Director in the Institutional Equities Research group at TD Securities. Linda 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 (graduating with a Silver Medal) 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 two daughters, and considers herself to be a global citizen.
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.
She recently retired from the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Intact Financial where she spent the past decade contributing to the company’s growth as Canada’s leading P&C insurance company, and a leader in North American Specialty insurance. Monika began her career in the insurance industry in product development, sales and marketing. She then held senior marketing and operations roles at software and e-commerce companies where she was responsible for customer acquisition in Canada, the US and Australia. She then was based in Hong Kong for Manulife Financial where she was responsible for building the brand throughout Asia. Monika serves on the 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 Queen’s University.
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.
Katrina is in the CBC Future 40 Under 40, has won the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurship, Startup Canada Prairie Award for Innovation, represented Canada at the G20 YEA Summit in Berlin, Germany and won the prestigious International Women in Tech award for “Women in Communications”. Katrina launched her new book, “Action Tracking: Master your Digital 2 Marketing Strategy in Under 30 Days” and has appeared as a tech expert on TV shows around Canada including “The Social”. Katrina is a believer in measured results, radical creativity and using technology to improve workflow.
Heidi is a philanthropist and leadership volunteer, with a focus on education and mental health. She established the Fairmont Foundation in 2013 to help individuals and groups in her hometown of Hamilton and community groups in the Waterloo Region overcome obstacles and live fuller, healthier lives. Heidi took part in The Philanthropy Workshop, a strategic philanthropy course, in 2014-2015.
Heidi has also served as a volunteer with numerous community organizations including the Waterloo Region’s Child & Youth Advocacy Centres (Campaign Chair) and as a long-standing Board member with the Kitchener Waterloo Counseling Services. She is a member of UNICEF Canada’s The 25th Team, Women UNlimited and UNdaunted. Heidi has had the chance to travel to Ethiopia and Indonesia with the 25th Team members, and UNICEF.
Brett currently serves as 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 & Chief Executive Officer of Result Energy Inc.
Previously, he was the President & Chief Executive Officer of TriStar Oil & Gas Ltd. from 2006 until 2009. Prior thereto, Brett was the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of StarPoint Energy Ltd. from September 2003 until January 2005 and StarPoint Energy Trust until January 2006. He 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.
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. He holds an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business and an economics degree from Western University.
His volunteer work includes serving on the board of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has also volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network as well as PalCare Network for York Region. Jamie is a committed supporter of the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala and is himself an aspiring chef and avid golfer. He coaches minor hockey in Bedford where he lives with his wife and three children.
James McPhedran is a Financial Services Executive and Board Director. Previously, James spent 22 years at Scotiabank, including his most recent role as Executive Vice President, Canadian Banking. James’ other Scotiabank roles included Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, Canadian Banking, Senior Vice President, Ontario Region, Managing Director and Head of Scotia Private Client Group, and a range of roles across Marketing, Financial and Estate Planning, and Insurance.
Before joining Scotiabank, James spent 10 years with American Express. 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 Programme at the London Business School in London, England. He is currently a Senior Advisor with McKinsey and Company, sits on the Supervisory Board of Maduro and Curiel’s Bank (MCB) Curacao, the Board of Governors of CI Financial, and the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation board. James and his wife Sue, have two children.
Joane is a Partner at KPMG, with over fourteen years of experience working with and specializing in the not-for-profit and public sector. She is passionate about volunteering in the community and is actively involved in different capacities. In addition to her role as a Board member of UNICEF Canada, Joane is also a guest lecturer at York University and the University of Toronto.
Previously she was the Vice President of Finance & Treasurer of Ascend Canada, the President of the Management Alumni Association at U of T at Scarborough, and was named as one of the 2016 Arbor Award recipients from The University of Toronto 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 severely disabled children 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 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.
David was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. After completing his M.A.(Hons) at the University of Aberdeen and his teaching degree (P.G.C.E.) from Loughborough University, in England, he began his teaching career in 1978. A lifelong sportsman, David was a member of the Scottish National rugby squad. He and his family emigrated to Vancouver Island in 1986, becoming proud Canadians shortly after.
In 1993, he moved to the leadership of Shawnigan Lake School. A passionate advocate of strong schools and character education, David has led Shawnigan through a period of unprecedented growth and development. Serving on a number of other boards, he has always maintained a passion for education and for helping young people to be their best. His guiding light has forever been kindness and his aims have always been to help develop first-class human beings. He retired recently in June 2018 after 25 years of leadership at the school. He now consults for schools in different parts of the world as well helping leaders with their growth and development.
Geeta is the Co-founder and President of Grafton Asset Management, a ~$1B energy investment firm based in Calgary Alberta. She is responsible for strategy, oversight and execution of all Grafton’s business and operating units. Geeta began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company out of the New York Office and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She has been honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People and Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40. Geeta serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Daytona Power Co., as well as serves on the Board of Directors of Pipestone Energy Corp. In addition to her for-profit boards, Geeta serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Calgary, as a board member of UNICEF Canada, to help the world’s most vulnerable and the Palix Foundation supporting the Alberta Family Wellness initiative in the areas of early childhood development, addiction and mental health.