Board and Governance
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: Donald Fox
Vice-Chair: Chris Simard
Treasurer: Mabel Wong
Board of Directors
Don is Executive Vice President of Intact Financial Corporation and is responsible for overseeing IFC's Investment Management, Corporate Legal, Corporate Development, Audit and Finance functions. Prior to joining the company, Don spent 29 years in the investment banking business, most recently as Vice Chair Global Investment Banking at CIBC. Don is a past member of the Boards of CIBC Children’s Foundation and ProAction Cops & Kids and has supported and volunteered for various educational and not-for-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. A Saskatchewan native, Don now resides in Toronto where he and his wife have raised their two children.
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 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal as well as The McCord Museum Foundation. She also chairs the Development and Special Events Committee of the Montréal Bach Festival and is a member of the board of the Jewish General Hospital. Bita holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from McGill University, a Master of Business Administration from Singapore Management University 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.
Carey was an early employee of JDS Uniphase Inc., a leading company in fiber optic instruments, where he held a variety of positions, chiefly associated with R&D, manufacturing and marketing. He is now an investor in high tech and biotechnology companies. He formerly sat on the board of the Queensway Carleton Hospital where, in 2012, the Garrett Family Surgical Center was opened. The family also manages The Garrett Family Foundation with a mission to work through healthcare, social service, education and related agencies to improve the well-being of residents in their community, their country and in developing countries. Carey lives in Ottawa with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Ryan and Meaghan.
Katrina is an award-winning entrepreneur from Saskatoon specializing in communications, technology and digital strategy. She is a seasoned executive, leader and strategist who has influenced 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 and was one of the young entrepreneurs that represented Canada at the G20 YEA Summit in Berlin, Germany.
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 currently sits on the Board of Tangerine Bank, St Michael’s Hospital Foundation and the Toronto Region Board of Trade. James and his wife Sue, have two children.
Joane is a Partner at KPMG, with over twelve years of experience working with and specializing in the not-for-profit and public sector. Joane is both a Canadian and U.S. designated CPA. Joane 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, she also currently serves as the Vice President of Finance & Treasurer of Ascend Canada. Previously, she was the President of the Management Alumni Association at U of T, Scarborough campus, and named as one of the 2016 Arbor Award recipients from The University of Toronto for her contribution to the University.
David Parker is a founding partner in Changequity Investments Inc. and is the president of Artisan Resources Corporation. He is on the board of directors for IDM Mining Limited, UNICEF Canada and Science World at Telus World of Science. He served as an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence with the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC and was a senior advisor in the inception and launch of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). Prior to this, David worked with Teck Resources Ltd. where he served as Vice-President, Sustainability and led the development and launch of Teck’s sustainability strategy. David was Chairperson of the Mining Association of British Columbia and the International Council on Mining and Metals - Social and Economic Development Task Force. He has also played an instrumental role in creating mutually respectful and collaborative relationships and creating socio-economic participation agreements with First Nations in Canada. David’s holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University, and a Masters of Law degree from the University of British Columbia where he has served as Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law.
David Robertson 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. David was a member of the Scottish National rugby squad for a year and a half before injury cut short his playing career. David and his family moved to Vancouver Island in 1986, and in 1993, he moved over to Shawnigan Lake School, working as a Deputy Head then Principal before accepting the position of Headmaster in 2000. A passionate advocate of strong schools and character education, David has led Shawnigan Lake School through a period of unprecedented growth and development in every way but he has never lost his passion for helping young people to be their best and for education in general. His guiding light has always 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.
Geeta Sankappanavar is the Co-Founder and President of Grafton Asset Management, a Calgary-based energy investment firm with ~$1B in capital under management, focused on investing at the asset level in oil and gas and infrastructure that supports the intermittency of renewable energy. She is a graduate of the M.I.T. and began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company in New York. Prior to co-founding Grafton Asset Management, Geeta worked at New Vernon Capital, was previously Vice President, Head of Strategic Global Outsourcing for Cambridge Solutions, and was a founding partner at Marincorp Solutions and IRI. Geeta also serves on the Board of Directors of The Palix Foundation, and Jowidana Hotels Ltd. She has been honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People, and one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40.
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 $285 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 The 25th Team.