Senior Leadership Team

John Gerrard

Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Reaume

Senior Director Strategic Initiatives

Andrew Griffith

Director of Finance

Mark Jambrovic

Director of Revenue Operations

Tara Petch

Director of Partnerships

Julie Watt

Director of Communications

Roger Broad

Director of Planning & Development

Gary Wiebe

Director of Construction

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 - MBA

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.

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.

Patti Kishimoto

Secretary of the Board

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.

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.

Michael Quast

Director and Chair of the Planning & Development Committee

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 an M.A. (Econ) in Politics from the University of Manchester, UK.

Phil Tuning

Director

Phil is President of John Deere Financial Canada based in Oakville. Prior to this role, he was the Manager, Global Data Management & Governance for John Deere Financial based in Johnston, Iowa. Throughout his career with John Deere, he has held a range of positions. Notably, Managing Director, John Deere Leasing Thailand based in Bangkok, Manager, State Public Affairs where he serves as Deere’s lobbyist for the state of Iowa and roles in credit underwriting, market development, marketing services and customer management.

He joined John Deere in 1999 as a member of the John Deere’s Gator Utility Vehicle Group start-up team in Williamsburg, VA. Phil and his family moved to the Des Moines, Iowa area in 2002 where he joined John Deere Financial.

Phil was appointed to Clive’s City Council on July 21, 2011 and was elected to serve in November the same year. As a member of City Council, he served as the city’s representative on the Metro Waste Authority’s board of directors. Prior to City Council he was appointed to Clive’s Citizens’ Budget Committee and Board of Adjustment. He is a past board member of CULTUREALL, Clive Community Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Iowa Taxpayers Association.

Phil is a native of Virginia. He has a B.S. degree in Finance from VA Tech and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Phil and his wife Sarah reside in Oakville. He has a daughter and grandson who reside in Des Moines, Iowa. For fun, he enjoys cycling, exercising, and travel.

Michael Dauncey

Director

Michael Dauncey is the Director of Health & Safety Mattamy Homes and has a relationship with Habitat that spans over 8 years. Since 2011, Michael has been actively volunteering on Habitat build sites and offering necessary on-site safety.

As an active member of the community, Michael currently sits on a number of housing and safety initiatives: MOL’s (Ministry of Labour) prevention council which advises the Minister of Labour; Board of directors for the IHSA (Infrastructure Health and safety association.); Chair of the OHBA (Ontario Home Builders Association) health and safety committee. (BOD); Section 21 committee representing management for low rise residential; Member of the Construction Legislative Review Committee (CLRC); Member of the CHSAP (Construction Health and Safety Action Plan) Communications Task Group; Member of Rescon (Residential Construction Council of Ontario) safety committee.

Michael attended Mayville State College & University of Regina in the faculty of education and received an award for Safety Professional of the Year from the CSSE (Canadian Society of Safety Engineering). As a former teacher in South America with IBEU (Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos) and CELEP, Micheal is also very active in coaching minor hockey, baseball, and rugby teams.

Mike Brush - MBA

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.

Lynn Fergusson

Director

Lynn Fergusson, founding Partner at Social Impact Advisors (www.socialimpactadvisors.ca), helps non-profit and social purpose organizations across Canada focus on their results and achieve a meaningful social impact. She is a strategy coach/facilitator in the McConnell Foundation’s “Innoweave” program, helping non-profits and cross-sector collectives improve their impact. In addition, Lynn teaches Strategic Philanthropy & Leadership at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, where she has also taught Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability in the MBA program. Her background includes various leadership roles at GE, including on the National Executive and leading the employee volunteer organization in Canada.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration from Ivey, MBA from Schulich and a Certificate in Adult Training & Development from OISE (University of Toronto). She was a proud member of the Habitat for Humanity Halton board from 2008-2014, and is delighted to return to the expanded Habitat affiliate.

Social Impact Advisors is a Certified B Corp, meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability and performance, using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. Social Impact Advisors is among B The Change’s 2018 Best For The World Honorees.

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.

Cathy Borsa

Director - On Leave

Cathy is a Director of Capital Project Delivery at Metrolinx and is currently working on the implementation of the $20B Regional Express Rail program. She is a skilled senior leader and industry professional in the construction and engineering fields with nearly 20 years of managing multi-million dollar high profile projects. Her expertise includes projects in the transportation, aviation, commercial, institutional, technology and energy markets for both the public and private sectors.

Cathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental and Health Sciences from York University. Additionally, she has a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).

Cathy and her husband Christopher enjoy spending time outdoors, travelling and focusing on healthy living.

James Fraser

Director

James is the President of Fraser Retail Strategies. With over 22 years in the marketing industry, James is a pioneer in the retail and shopper marketing space. He is a published writer and speaker throughout North America on a variety of shopper related topics ranging from sales strategy to retail communication. James recently returned to Canada after a 2 year engagement as the Head of North American shopper operations for Mosaic Sales Solutions.

Well known for his “keep it simple” approach to retail marketing, James believes that true shopper insights come from the shopper and as such he can often be found in his second office – the store. James lives in Oakville and is married with 3 children.

Jim Spitali

Director

Jim Spitali is the Vice President of Operations at Genworth Canada. Jim leads lender and regional underwriting for Genworth's Underwriting and Customer Service centres. Jim has responsibility for developing and executing strategies that optimize operational effectiveness while improving the customer experience. His focus is on driving productivity and operational efficiencies through innovation.

Jim has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Genworth Canada in 2015, Jim held various positions in Retail Banking, Wealth Management, and Sales Strategy with CIBC and Meridian Credit Union. Jim has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Brock University and an MBA from Dalhousie University. He has served as a Board Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara. Jim and his wife Megan have lived in Burlington for over 9 years and currently reside in Oakville with their daughter Mila.