Senior Leadership Team

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 Master's 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 include being an in-school mentor for five years as part of the Peel Big Brother Big Sister's program.

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.

Jim Spitali

Director and Chair of the HR and Governance Committee 

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.

Uma Annamalai

Director

Executive Counsel, Global Investigations, GE.  Uma has been with GE for over 15 years and is currently Executive Counsel with GE’s Global Investigations team with responsibility for significant investigations, representations before enforcement agencies and M&A compliance. In this role, Uma leads complex government, regulatory and internal investigations globally for GE’s Power and Renewables businesses. Uma received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, an M.B.A. from Queen’s University and an L.L.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.  Uma, her husband and 2 children have lived in Oakville for over 10 years.

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.

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.

Lynn Fergusson

Director

Lynn Fergusson, a 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.

Hugh Hyndman

Director

Hugh Hyndman is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of 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 sold his company to manage Canadian operations for Northern-Ireland- based First Derivatives and has recently retired from that position.  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 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.

Ameeta Vijay

Director

Ameeta is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) with over 20 years of extensive regulatory, compliance, audit, risk management and international work experience. She has provided strategic advice, leadership and operational advisory support throughout her career.  At PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she specialized in the audit of investment companies, after which she joined the Bermuda Monetary Authority, operationalized a compliance monitoring regime, risk assessment programs, managed a $100M fixed income portfolio and conducted investigations and enforcement work. She later joined Fidelity Investments International where she developed its local regulatory regime.  Ameeta is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Social Venture Connexion (SVX) where she has been for more than 5 years.  Ameeta oversees compliance with corporate policies, relevant laws and regulations, as well as governance and financial operations for SVX. She is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of compliance policies, operational procedures and internal control processes as well as all financial matters including preparation of financial budgets and forecasts.  She also holds a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Western Ontario and the CSC, PDO, EMPC and CCO. Ameeta is on the Board of both the Verge Breakthrough Fund and the Oakville Community Foundation, and she Chairs the Program Related Investments Committee of the OCF.  SVX is a financial services firm that designs strategies, manages products, and raises capital for impact ventures, funds, organizations and investors. SVX works with ventures and funds across sectors by preparing them for investor due diligence, providing advice for their capital raising strategy, providing access to the SVX platform to manage their investments, and connecting them to investors.