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 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.
Mabel also serves on the Brookfield Diversity Advisory Group, 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. She 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 resides in Toronto and is a member of UNICEF Canada’s Women UNlimited and its predecessor, the 25th Team.
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).
Helen was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017, received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and the Provincial Citizenship Award for Volunteer Service.
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 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 is a director on the board of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Her volunteer work includes the Advisory board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, the Advisory Board of the Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation, and the York University Alumni Board. 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.
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.
Sébastien holds a B.Sc. in pharmacology and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science and biomedical engineering from the University of Alberta, an LL.B. from the University of Calgary, and an LL.M. from Stanford University.
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.
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 at 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 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.
Heidi took part in The Philanthropy Workshop, a strategic philanthropy course and has also served as a volunteer with numerous community organizations including the Waterloo Region’s Child & Youth Advocacy Centres. She is also a long-standing Board member with the Kitchener Waterloo Counseling Services. Heidi is a member of UNICEF Canada’s The 25th Team, Women UNlimited and UNdaunted. Heidi had the chance to see UNICEF’s work on the ground closely in Ethiopia and Indonesia as part of the 25th Team.
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 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.
Naren holds a Masters Degree in Information Technology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
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 lives in Bedford with his wife and three children.
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.
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 competed 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Geeta serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the University of Calgary, as a board member of UNICEF Canada, AXIS Connects, and the Palix Foundation and as a member of the Calgary Foundation Investment Committee. In addition to non-profit boards, Geeta serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Daytona Power Co., and on the Board of Directors of Pipestone Energy Corp. Geeta is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.