Kinark’s volunteer Board of Directors has a broad range of professional skills, knowledge and experience that reflect the full scope of our operations and strives to reflect Kinark’s goal of geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity.
2015/2016 Board Of Directors
Mark Wakefield, Chair of the Board
Mark Wakefield joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2008. He currently acts as Chair of the Board and previously served as Treasurer and Chair of Finance in addition to participating on several committees including Technology and Risk Management.
Mark is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and, prior to his retirement from full-time work in 2007, he completed a successful 37 year career at KPMG and Xerox Canada holding a number of senior finance positions during that time. Since 2007, Mark has provided services as a Senior Consultant with The Finance Group where he assisted Canadian public companies in implementing International Financial Reporting Standards and additional financial services. Mark has also served as Interim Chief Financial Officer at TVO and Sinai Health Foundation, and has taught accounting courses to prospective CPA’s at Seneca College.
Mark is a Principal of JTX, a company that provides advice on business leadership and sales success to leading Canadian companies. Currently, Mark provides financial consulting support to the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (“SOFII”), a business loan program offered by Community Futures Ontario East.
In addition to his work on the Kinark Board of Directors, Mark joined TVO as a Director in June 2013.
John Rabeau, Past Chair of the Board
John Rabeau joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2007. He currently acts as Past Chair of the Board and previously served as Chair of the Board and Vice-Chair in addition to participating on communities including Governance, Finance and Audit, and the Lead Agency Task Group.
John is a retired Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and has considerable experience working in the Social Service field in Northern Ontario. As Deputy Minister, John was responsible for oversight of the provincial correctional system including both custodial and community programs.
Gregory Glenn, Vice Chair of the Board
Gregory Glenn joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2012. He currently acts as Vice-Chair of the Board and previously served as Secretary of the Board in addition to participating on several committees including Finance and Audit, Human Resources, Governance and Risk Management. Greg also sits on the Kinark Foundation Board of Directors as Secretary.
Gregory has spent over 40 years in the Canadian healthcare industry. During that time, he has held positions in Sales, Marketing, Government Relations and Public Affairs. As a successful entrepreneur, he was the President of the Glenn Group for 13 years and the Senior Vice President of the JBL Group from December 2006 until his retirement in December 2014.
Greg also acts as an Executive Consultant for PharmaChat, a new company that provides in-depth social media and digital intelligence to the healthcare industry.
Tom Schmidt, Secretary of the Board
Tom Schmidt joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014. He currently acts as Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee and Lead Agency Task Group. Tom also sits on the Kinark Foundation Board of Directors as Chair and previously led the Governance Committee and chaired the Fundraising Golf Tournament Committee.
Tom is a cofounder and Managing Director of Norton McMullen Corporate Finance Inc., a Merger and Acquisition advisory firm. He has 35 years of senior executive experience, having lead teams for multinational companies in the life sciences markets in Canada, USA and Internationally. He has held senior executive positions at Eli Lilly, Cargill, Ciba Geigy and Cyanamid. His operational management experience in both large and early stage companies has given him a good understanding of key business success factors in a broad range of product and service market sectors. He actively works to support the organizations where he serves as a Director by sharing his corporate experience and learning.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Guelph and earned his professional Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD-D) as a graduate of the University of Toronto Rotman Business School program in 2011.
Tom is actively engaged in serving his community, in the area of social services as well as supporting charity work and professional organizations by serving on corporate and advisory boards.
Sunil Mistry, Treasurer of the Board
Sunil Mistry joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2013. He currently acts as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.
Sunil is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Enterprise and Technology, Media and Telecom practice with over 20 years of experience and a Sector Lead for KPMG Canada’s Lottery and Gaming Practice. His clients include private companies that are private equity or venture backed, entrepreneur owned or local subsidiaries of larger private foreign corporations. These include high growth technology and professional service-based companies. Throughout his career, he has developed in-depth knowledge and has dealt with numerous matters regarding accounting and reporting issues including US GAAP, IFRS and Canadian private enterprise standards.
Sunil is also a member of the KPMG Enterprise Global Innovative Startups Network. In this role, he coordinates with KPMG offices around the world and brings back best practice to the Canadian practice for KPMG’s global initiatives, as it relates to working with the innovation ecosystem including entrepreneurs, fast growing private equity and venture backed companies.
Sam Aly, Member of the Board
Sam Aly joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014. He currently acts as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and previously served as a member of the Governance and Risk Management committees.
Sam is currently with the York Region Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). He is an accomplished finance and administration leader with over 20 years of progressive experience in accounting, finance, and human resource management. Sam brings expertise in Business, Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, Education, Social Services Health and Policy. Prior to CMHA, he was Director of Finance at the Canadian Red Cross Society and preceding, he was Director of Corporate Services at Brant County Health Unit.
Sam is a Certified General Accountant (CGA), has a Master of Business Administration, Major in Finance and Information Technology Management, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration, Major in Accounting. He also has a Masters Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance.
Sam has served as Board member on the Financial Advisory Committee for the City of Owen Sound and Strategic Planning Advisory Committee for the Marine & Rail Museum.
Larry Doran, Member of the Board
Larry Doran joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2015. He currently acts as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and as a member of the Lead Agency Task Group. He previously served as a member of the Governance Committee.
Larry is President & CEO of Imperium Energy Inc. Prior to this, he was President & CEO of the Peterborough Utilities Group (PUG). Prior to PUG, Larry spent 30 years with Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation. During his career with these organizations he held numerous leadership positions including Regional Director for Northwestern Ontario, VP – Aboriginal & Northern Affairs, VP & GM – Ontario Hydro Retail System, VP & GM – Ontario Transmission System, VP & GM – Hydroelectric Generation and VP – Business Development.
He has a BASc (Electrical Engineering Bachelor Degree) from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto as well as graduate training certificate from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the University of Chicago. In addition, he has achieved his ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Larry has over 25 years of Board experience and is currently also on the Board of Directors of Meridian Credit Union, and Markham District Energy.
Robin MacKnight, Member of the Board
Robin MacKnight is a new Board member at Kinark Child and Family Services.
Robin is a partner at Wilson Vukelich LLP. His practice includes tax, business and estate planning and implementation, dispute resolution with federal and provincial revenue authorities and public policy submissions to all levels of government. Prior to joining the firm, Robin was the Executive Director of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Prior to that, he was a partner of a national law firm.
Robin teaches in the graduate program at Osgoode Hall Law School, was one of the original faculty of the University of Waterloo Master of Tax program where he was the thesis supervisor and taught an emerging issues course for 10 years, and has taught at Queen’s University Law School, the Harvard Law School International Tax Program, the University of Calgary law school and the bar admission courses in Ontario and Alberta.
Robin holds the highest (AV) rating issued by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review process based upon the confidential opinions of lawyers and judges. He also holds the Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Robin has served on several advisory committees to the Canada Revenue Agency and industry associations. He was a director of STEP Canada for over ten years and is now a member of STEP’s Worldwide Public Policy Committee. He received a Founders Award in 2015 for services to STEP. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Trust Quarterly Reviews, published by STEP and The Association of Corporate Trustees.
Caren Narvet, Member of the Board
Caren Narvet joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014. She currently participates on the Lead Agency Task Group, Finance and Audit Committee and previously served as a member of the Technology Committee and Chair of the Lead Agency Task Group.
Caren co-founded Tonbridge in 2003 and served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Tonbridge Power Inc., from 2005 to 2011, where she was responsible for its financial control and reporting and regulatory functions. Prior to this, she was a commercial banker with BMO Bank of Montreal. Caren has experience working with both public and private companies and has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries including information technology, real estate investment, hospitality, major equipment manufacturer, insurance, property management, and professional offices.
Caren is a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), in the province of Ontario.
She was also a director of Delisle Youth Services, a multi-service non-profit agency serving families and youth in crisis in Toronto for three years, and served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the organization during her tenure.
Pina Pejovic, Member of the Board
Pina Pejovic joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2016 and participates on the Human Resources Committee.
Pina is President and Managing Director at Strategy and Insights and has a strong background in program evaluation and performance measurement of public sector programs across Canada.
Pina’s previous work experience is wide and diverse. She was recently Senior Vice President and Toronto Practice Lead for Public Affairs and Program Evaluation at Harris/Decima. Prior to joining Harris/Decima, Pina was Vice President and Head of Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement and a key member of the Health Research Institute for Ipsos Reid for five years. She also worked at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for 17 years managing the Research and Evaluation Branch.
Pina has a doctorate degree in Sociology with a specialization in Quantitative Research Methods from York University, a Master’s Degree in Sociology, and an Honours B.A. in Psychology, also from York University.
She is also a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and served on the Board of Directors for three years as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee and member of the Advocacy Committee.
Peter Zukow, Member of the Board
Peter Zukow is a new Board member at Kinark Child and Family Services.
Peter is the Office Managing Partner of Conroy Ross Partners in Toronto. Over the past 21 years, Peter has been a driving force in the professional and executive search community recruiting the very best talent in a wide cross section of industries. Prior to joining Conroy Ross, Peter was the President of Lock Search Group one of Canada’s largest professional search firms with 10 offices across Canada.
Peter has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from the University of Western Ontario and has obtained his AESC Advanced Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership from Cornell University.
Peter is an active member of Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO) and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). Peter has served as a Board member for Frist Interview Network and Unionville Minor Hockey Association and was also Big Brother.
Applications for membership are posted here as vacancies occur. In the meantime, if you are interested in more information about joining Kinark’s Board of Directors, please email Suzanne.Villenueve@Kinark.on.ca.