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.
2020/2021 Board Of Directors
Vice Chair and Secretary
Sunil Mistry, Chair of the Board
Sunil Mistry joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2013. He currently acts as Chair of the Board and a member of the Human Resources Committee. He previously served as Vice-Chair of the Board and the 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.
Peter Zukow, Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board
Peter Zukow joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2016. He currently acts as the Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board and as a Chair of the Governance Committee.
Peter is the President of the Central Region for Optimum Talent. 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 Optimum Talent, 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.
Caren Narvet, Treasurer of the Board
Caren Narvet joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014. She currently acts as the Treasurer of the Board and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Governance Committee. She previously served as Secretary of the Board, Chair of the Lead Agency Task Group and was a member of the Technology Committee.
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 Bank of Montreal (BMO). 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 Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant (CPA, 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.
Donna Kingelin, Member of the Board
Donna Kingelin joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2017. Donna has previously served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the human Resources Committee and as a member of the Governance Committee.
Donna Kingelin is the owner and Managing Partner at Kingswood Consulting. A consulting company specialized in the seniors’ housing market. She brings over 30 years’ of experience in the seniors housing industry and a comprehensive knowledge of operations. Her experience includes the administration of nursing homes, independent retirement homes, assisted living complexes, skilled nursing facilities and home care, in public and private organizations.
Donna has held several senior executive positions including Managing Director, Canadian Operation at Holiday Corporation and Chief Operating Officer at Revera Inc. Prior to this, she was the Vice-President of Operations for Canada and US at Retirement Residences REIT.
Donna is a Registered Nurse by profession and has completed executive management training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She also has earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
She currently serves as a Board Trustee at Lakeridge Health Corporation, at Oshawa Power & Utilities Corporation, and at Extendicare.
Tom Schmidt, Member of the Board
Tom Schmidt joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2014. Tom sits on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Kinark Foundation Board of Directors as Chair. He previously participated on several committees including Governance, Lead Agency Task Group and Fundraising Golf Tournament.
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.
AJ Balasingham, Member of the Board
AJ Balasingham joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in October 2020, and sits as a member of the Governance Committee. AJ has extensive expertise in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He also brings experience in criminal justice, education and public policy.
AJ is a professor for the specialized Academic Certificate Program in Inclusive Leadership Practices at Centennial College School of Advancement. His courses focus on creating inclusive cultures in the contemporary workplace, intersectionality, inclusive leadership models and cultural intelligence. He has served as a police constable with the Halton Regional Police Service, and brings over 12 years of volunteer experience with the SAAAC Autism Centre.
AJ is a PhD Candidate in Social and Cultural Analysis in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. His doctoral research focuses on Canadian refugee policy and the intersection between law and group identity. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration specializing in Migration and Ethnic Relations, and an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, both from the University of Western Ontario.
Larry Doran, Member of the Board
Larry Doran joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2015. He currently sits as a member of the Human Resources Committee. He previously served as a Chair of the Human Resources Committee and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee, Governance Committee and Lead Agency Task Group.
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 Executive Certificates 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 joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2016. He currently sits as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and Governance Committee.
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.
Sharon Cochran, Member of the Board
Sharon has recently joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2018. Sharon currently sits as a member of the Governance Committee.
Sharon is a senior administrator with extensive experience in the post-secondary education system. Her areas of expertise includes financial services, human resources management, facilities and capital management, purchasing, risk operations and business development, in public and private organizations.
Sharon has held several senior executive positions including the Director of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers, Vice President of Special Projects and Vice President of Administration and Finance at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to this, she was an Associate Vice-President of Human Resources for the University of Saskatchewan and Director of Academic Relations for Simon Fraser University.
Sharon holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of British Columbia and has achieved the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She also has several years of Board experience and currently serves as Board Trustee at both the Lakeridge Health and the Abilities Centre.
Dr. Christopher Jyu, Member of the Board
Dr. Christopher Jyu has recently joined as a Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in June 2018.Dr. Jyu currently sits as a member of the Governance Committee.
Dr. Jyu is a comprehensive family care physician with over 30 years of experience practicing medicine in a variety of settings that includes private clinics, hospital emergency departments and after-hours clinics.
Dr. Jyu has championed a number of major initiatives, such as the creation of the first after-hours patient care delivery system in Scarborough (Centenary After-Hours Clinic Inc.) in 1989, the creation of the first Family Health Group (FHG) in Scarborough in 2003, and the implementation of the first Alternative Funding Arrangement (AFA) Program at the Emergency Department in the Scarborough Hospital (TSH), General Campus, in 2004. Additionally, to this, he is also the founder of the East GTA Family Health Team.
Dr. Jyu has dedicated innumerable hours every year to various national and provincial associations and organizations including the Ontario Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, and Local Health Integration Networks with the objective of making a difference in the health care system in Ontario and Canada. He has also served on numerous provincial expert panels, national task forces, and committees to help shape the public policy landscape in Ontario and Canada.
Dr. Jyu has served on several Boards and currently serves on several national task groups at the Canadian Medical Association. He is a graduate of the joint Physician Leadership Development Program from Ontario Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association & Schulich School of Management. He has a MBA from Rotman School of Management and holds the credential of Canadian Certified Physician Executive. He has achieved the ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Sharon Baker, Member of the Board
Sharon Baker has joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in 2019. Sharon currently sits as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
Sharon has over 25 years of experience supporting and serving Boards including private, non-profit, public sector and fundraising. She brings expertise in the areas of non-profit shared services leadership (governance and management), strategic development, and execution and outcomes based/innovation procurement.
Over the course of her career, Sharon has assumed various leadership roles in the health care sector with increased responsibility in the health system transformation particularly in the areas of eHealth, digital health and virtual care. She currently provides executive and strategic oversight to the implementation of the Ontario Telemedicine Network program model.
Sharon is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. She is a designated director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). She held a number of volunteer board positions with Ontario Shores Health Centre and Ontario Shores Foundation. She currently serves as Vice-Chair at the Board of Scientists in School.
Orchid Jahanshahi, Member of the Board
Orchid Jahanshahi joined Kinark Child and Family Services’ Board of Directors in October 2020. Orchid currently sits as a member of the Human Resources Committee and the Governance Committee.
Orchid is a commercial leader with extensive marketing management, sales management, and Global Brand Strategy in the pharmaceutical sector. In her current role as VP of Commercial Life Sciences at ODAIA.ai, Orchid is responsible for business development and marketing of a SaaS platform designed for the pharma companies in automating predictive analytics for real-time insights. As a collaborative people leader, she led diversity and inclusion education at a large organization and built agile and cohesive sales and marketing teams.
Orchid holds an MBA from Ivey School of Business from the University of Western Ontario.
Orchid pivoted her career to the artificial intelligence space with the vision to create awareness for the ethical use of AI in the life sciences sector. In 2020, Orchid managed a pro bono project for the Governance of AI at a leading mental health institution in Canada. Orchid sits on the board of directors for Swansea Kids Place.
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