Senior Leadership Team

John Gerrard

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Griffith

Director of Finance

Mark Jambrovic

Director of ReStore  & Volunteer Operations

Roger Broad

Director of Construction

Tara Petch

Director of New Business Development

Board of Directors

Julian Aziz

Chair of the Board

Julian Aziz is a long-time resident of Halton region and has four children and five grandchildren. With an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science and a graduate degree in Civil Engineering from University of Toronto, Julian’s professional career of over 30 years has been in commercial real estate investment. Julian has corporate and institutional experience in the acquisition, development, asset and portfolio management of office, retail and industrial properties as well as fiduciary oversight and accountability for certain domestic pension fund investors in such commercial real estate. For the last 15 years, Julian has provided, in a fiduciary capacity, investment, portfolio, and asset management advice and reporting to several Canadian pension fund clients and other institutional real estate investors. Julian’s non-professional interests include competitive offshore sailing, golf at the Oakville Golf Club and tennis at the Oakville Club and he shares these interests with Jennifer, his wife of 37 years.

Jeff Williams

Vice Chair

Jeff is the Executive VP of Business and Product Development, Alight Solutions – the world’s leader in Human Resource Solutions. In this role, Jeff is responsible for expanding Alight’s global leadership position. Functionally, he is responsible for Marketing, Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Commercial Operations. Prior to joining Alight, Jeff’s functional background includes operations, customer care, sales, marketing, professional services, and corporate development. He has also worked in a variety of industries such as HR/HCM, telecom, technology, BPO, and financial services leading large teams across multiple continents. Jeff held senior executive roles at companies that included ADP, Minacs, and firms acquired by Rogers and Vodafone. Jeff’s expertise includes Operations, Competitive Landscape, Sales, Marketing, General Management, People Management, and Mentoring. Jeff is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Brock University.

Sunil Ghai

Secretary of the Board

Sunil is a business and finance professional currently working as the Director of Finance, Administration and IT at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. In his position, he is accountable for the full scope of financial management, society properties, administration and Information Technology capacity. Sunil leads the strategic planning function and business services support as part of the senior management team in supporting the Child Protection services provided in the City of Toronto especially for the Catholic community. Previously Sunil has worked in various positions with wide-ranging experience – 15 years in the Ontario Public Service and 10 years at Ontario Hydro at a senior level. Over the last 7 years, Sunil has served on the non-profit boards in Halton Region. He was a Board Member and Treasurer with Halton Multicultural Council from 2005-2009; and a Board Member with CMHA-Halton Branch from 2008-2010. Sunil is also currently serving as a citizen member on the region of Halton Diversity Advisory Committee since 2006. Sunil has completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA, 1990) from Rotman’s School of Business at University of Toronto, and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA, 2000) designation from the State of Delaware. More recently he has completed courses through executive learning at Schulich School of Business to further his skills in leadership, operational excellence and understanding of governance in the non-profit sector. Sunil has been a resident of Milton since 2001 and has actively engaged in community activities and organizations that are actively promoting diversity, integration and settlement services for the newcomers to the region of Halton. Married with two grown-up children, Sunil has enjoyed living in the community of Milton and region of Halton.

Robert Cinapri

Treasurer of the Board, Chair of the Finance & Risk Committee

Robert is a CPA, CA, and holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He has over 20 years of industry experience, in a broad range of business activities, in numerous and progressively more senior roles. He has worked in senior financial and strategic positions with emerging technology enterprises, multinational aerospace design, development and manufacturing, high-end audio-video firms and international dealership structures. Currently, he is a full-time professor at The Business School at Humber College. Previous to joining Habitat Halton-Mississauga, Robert held the chair position at the St. Julia Elementary School Council over the past eight years. Robert is a long-time resident of Mississauga and has participated in numerous Habitat for Humanity builds during his time at Honeywell.

Thomas Arnold

Director and Chair of the HR and Governance Committee

Thomas Arnold is a lawyer practicing at the law firm of Arnold, Foster LLP located in Georgetown. Thomas joined the firm as an articling student following his graduation from Dalhousie Law School in 2005 and became a partner in 2008. In addition to his litigation practice, Thomas’ law practice includes real estate and real estate development. Thomas routinely represents clients before Town Council, the Committee of Adjustment and Consent, and administrative tribunals including the Ontario Municipal Board. In addition to his law degree, Thomas also received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business. Thomas and his wife Alanna are active members of the Halton Hills community and are savoring being new parents to their one-year-old daughter, Reilly.

Hugh Hyndman

Director

Hugh Hyndman is a graduate of Computer Science from the University Toronto. He has worked in the software industry for the past 40 years, with management positions in Toronto, Singapore, Mexico, and the UK. Hugh founded Affinity Systems, a Mississauga-based software engineering company that is a substantial supporter of Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga and the Mississauga Furniture Bank. He recently sold his company and now manages Canadian operations for Northern-Ireland-based First Derivatives. Hugh has served on the Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga Board for 6 years, presiding as Board Chair for four. Hugh’s previous volunteer experience includes: Board Member and Treasurer of the Ontario Soccer Referee Association (Halton), Tutor for the Oakville Literacy Council, and Board Member and Discipline Chair for the Acton Soccer Club, Snowboarding Instructor for Shred for Youth Program, and being called Akela with Scouts Canada. Hugh and his wife Jane are long-term residents of Halton Region, living in Oakville for 20 years, and in Limehouse (Halton Hills) for the last 14 years.

Mike Brush

Director

Mike is President and a founding Partner of COREinternational, which focuses on unleashing human capability and accelerating profitable, sustainable results for large complex businesses. Along with management of the business he provides advisory services in a variety of industries and sectors, including communications, financial services, pharmaceutical, biotech, retail, transportation, automotive and natural resources. Mike has a Master of Business Administration, Finance & Human Resource Management from the University of Windsor, as well as bachelor degrees in Social Work, and Sociology from McMaster University. Mike has a long history of volunteerism. He is currently in his seventh year as a HFHHM board member as well as a member of the HR & Governance committee. Mike and his wife Lisa are Burlington residents where they raised 3 children. In his spare time, he is an avid runner, skier, and cyclist.

Sherman Chan

Director

Sherman Chan is the Associate Vice President of the Vandyk Development Group. An Urban Planner by trade, Sherman leads the development of both multi-family residential and ICI projects on a cross-disciplinary level including due diligence, development & approvals, marketing & sales, construction, and final turnover. Sherman is involved in spearheading the process of acquiring and developing underutilized land in the Greater Toronto Area, with a niche eye and expertise in recognizing emerging infill opportunities and obtaining maximum entitlements and rights to build, coupled with strategies towards a set of managed solutions in the repositioning of real-estate and distressed properties. A long-time resident and raised in Oakville, Sherman is basketball fanatic and can be found spending his spare time playing twice a week or catching up on the latest happenings around the NBA. Sherman was also previously a member of the Habitat Toronto Site Selection Committee.

Patti Kishimoto

Director

Patti has a Masters degree in Sociology from Western University and an MBA from McMaster University. Her professional career was in the delivery of computer and telecommunications infrastructure services to the Government of Ontario. She held several senior management positions responsible for all aspects of delivering IT infrastructure services in support of mission critical programs to the public. Now retired, Patti has volunteered with the Mississauga Habitat affiliate since 2009 as a member of the team which established the affiliate's first physical office and first ReStore. She has been a member of the
Board since 2012 and continues into her second term as a member of the merged Halton-Mississauga Board. A long-time resident of Mississauga, Patti's other volunteer activities includes being an in-school mentor for five years as part of the Peel Big Brother Big Sister's program.

Gord Robb

Director

Gord Robb is co-owner of Seabourne Real Estate Services, which provides advisory services across the spectrum of real estate investment. He has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate for over 20 years. Gord has been Manager of Real Estate Investments and of Mortgage Investments for Aetna Canada, Director of Real Estate Investments for Edgecombe Investments (the real estate subsidiary of North American Life) and worked for McLean McCarthy/Deutsche Bank Securities, where he was responsible for real estate sales, mortgage financing and investment banking. Gord was part of the team that established the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Midland Walwyn, which, during his tenure, was ranked top in Canada in real estate equity financing. He subsequently became Managing Director of the TD Realty Group at TD Securities, where he was responsible for the origination and management of all real estate investment banking activities. Under Gord’s leadership, the TD Realty Group was ranked #1 in Canada in debt capital markets from 1999 to 2001. Gord has been a member of Habitat Halton’s Board of Directors since September 2010, a member of its Property Development Committee since November 2009, and he is currently a member of the Finance Committee.

Mike Swartz

Director

Mike has been a Habitat volunteer since 2003 and has served as a Board Director on various committees and task forces since 2009. After receiving an Honours Bus Admin (finance) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University he pursued follow-up studies in corporate finance at Harvard Business School. He has also completed the certificate course in Not For Profit Board Essentials at The Institute of Corporate Directors Rotman School of Management. He has a professional background in corporate lending and investment banking. His 25-year career with TD Bank included executive leadership positions in several operating units in the U.S. He and his wife Jan reside in Burlington. Mike also serves as a Board Director on several National Health Charities including Diabetes Canada and The National Diabetes Trust where he Chairs the Audit Committee. He is also Vice Chair of the Diabetes Canada Advocacy Council. In 2014 Mike was recognized among 65,000 volunteers at Diabetes Canada as National Volunteer of the year.

Michael Quast

Director

Michael is a strategic, business-focused communications and marketing leader with more than 25 years of experience in the areas of strategic branding, marketing, communications, public relations and award-winning content generation. Michael was instrumental in creating one of North America’s most trusted and iconic brands in contractor Mike Holmes (“Holmes On Homes”). Michael is a passionate advocate for homeowner safety and education. He has extensive experience in the new home building, renovation and home inspection industries. He has a proven track record of building successful partnerships with business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Michael currently works as Vice President, Marketing & Communications for Pioneering Technology Corporation, North America’s leader in cooking fire prevention technology and products. Michael and his wife live in Oakville’s first straw bale house, which they built together more than 12 years ago. Both of their children (and most of their money) go to Queen’s University in Kingston. Michael has a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from Queen’s University and a M.A. (Econ) in Politics from the University of Manchester, UK.

Cathy Borsa

Director

Cathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and Health Sciences from York University. Additionally, she has a Designation as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She is a skilled manager, leader and industry professional in the field of Construction and Engineering. Over the last 18 years, she has had a wide range of experience in construction and project management of multi-million dollar highly technical construction and engineering projects. Her expertise encompasses infrastructure and capital cost projects, full building hospital renovations, new building construction, airport construction, tenant build-out as well as energy management projects. In recent years, she was Manager within the Capital Projects Group at Metrolinx working on the implementation of the $13.5B Regional Express Rail program and other capital projects within the portfolio. Her role provided exposure to all aspects of the industry including the political and strategic realm. Currently, she is with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority where she is Manager of Infrastructure Redevelopment and responsible for large infrastructure projects and programs within the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Cathy and her husband Christopher enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling and focusing on healthy living.

Teresa Garside

Director

Teresa is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is currently President of John Deere Financial Canada, where she leads all aspects of the Canadian financial services operations, providing financing for equipment manufactured by John Deere's agricultural equipment, commercial and consumer equipment, and construction and forestry divisions. She has 17 years of experience with John Deere Financial in multiple leadership capacities within the U.S. and Canada, primarily focused in Market Development and Business Development. Prior to joining JDF, Teresa was with Wells Fargo where she held various management roles in the credit card, mortgage and banking industries focusing on Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Business Development. Teresa lives in Oakville with her husband and two of their four daughters, while the other two are grown and living in the U.S. She is also actively engaged with the United Way and JDRF. Any free time she can find is devoted to her family.