With more than 30 years of financial services experience Cheryl shares a broad business skill set from her roles across a number of business lines including asset management, capital markets, human resources and domestic banking. In her current role as Vice President, National Accounts at Dynamic Funds Cheryl has responsibility for strategic management of a portfolio of industry leading clients. Her not for profit volunteer work has been with a focus on Africa following her daughter’s experience building schools in Kenya in 2009 and her own Africa trip in 2013 where she had a unique opportunity to spend time with the founders of a number of volunteer organizations. Working with organizations that can make a sustainable difference led Cheryl to join the board of RTV in February 2015.
CIARAN MCGEOWN B.Sc., CA
Ciaran McGeown is a Manager of Corporate Expenses at Manulife Financial where he is responsible for providing reporting, analysis and budgeting to senior management. With his B.Sc. in Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, Chartered Accountant designation and past experience as a mentor for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council program, Ciaran has proved himself a beneficial member of the RTV finance team and brings us significant insight and knowledge to best practices.
DAN RICHARDS MBA
Over his 30 years in the financial industry, Dan Richards built and sold two start-up companies and was CEO of a public company. His not for profit experience includes three years as Vice Chair of the City of Toronto Planning Board, serving on the board of Big Brothers of Toronto and five terms on the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in economics from McGill and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Since 1992 he has been an award winning instructor in the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Dan is chair of the fundraising committee of Raising the Village.
DERMOT MUIR LL.B
Dermot Muir is an experienced General Counsel Leader with the unique ability to balance strategy/operations, results/people and legal expertise/innovation. He served for 10 years as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Infrastructure Ontario (IO) a world leader in infrastructure finance and public private partnerships. He was the principal architect of the legal services for IO’s $7B pooled financing loan programme, one of the largest such programmes in North America and was also responsible for legal services for the Province of Ontario’s real estate portfolio, the second largest in Canada. Dermot serves on several NFP Boards and has a long history of involvement in corporate governance.
JOHN PHYPER CSC, MASc, MBA
John Phyper has over 25 years of experience in the management of high growth companies and is currently the EVP of Sales, Marketing and Alliances at Intelex Technologies – a software company that specializes in solutions for environmental, health and safety quality issues. Additionally, John has co-authored seven books relating to environmental issues, his latest of which was released in 2009 and is entitled “Good to Green”.
IAN STEAMAN A.B.
Ian Steaman works in partnership development for music and brand marketing agency, Embrace in Toronto. He graduated with honors from Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics and spent 17 years working in the music industry, most notably for the seminal dance and hip-hop record label, Tommy Boy records where he worked on several platinum & Grammy award winning albums and for the Sony Music label, Jive records (home of Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Usher and Outkast) where he guided multiple projects to the top of the charts. Ian brings his experience in the areas of branding & marketing, including social media strategy, to Raising the Village’s marketing efforts.
SHAWN HOLDEN CHEUNG, H.B. Comm., MPA
Shortly after graduating from university, Shawn began working with a grassroots micro-finance organization in rural Uganda partnering with village leadership and communities to realize their goals and priorities. Upon his return to Canada, Shawn joined Accenture as a management consultant, where he advised Fortune 500 firms on process design, strategic planning and business transformation within retail and product sectors. He currently leads RTV’s programs methodology and partnerships. Shawn holds an H.B. Commerce from McMaster University and MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
VIRAJ DESAI, BSc. PT, MBA
Viraj Desai’s 25 years+ management and consulting experience spans leadership and consulting roles in healthcare organizations, in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations consulting practice and at her own consulting company “CIM Professional Services Inc”. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, operational and program reviews and corporate performance measurement across industry areas including public sector, retail, infrastructure, and telecommunications. Viraj currently sits on the Board of a large regional healthcare facility. She also provides mentorship to entrepreneurs with mental health challenges as part of a Rotman program. Viraj was born in Uganda. This combined with her familiarity with the developing world and her vast business experience led her to join the RTV Board.
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
ALAN LIU H.BBA M.Div KRIS SOMERS MBA B.Comm. ANGELA McLENNAN B.Ed. B.Comm. MPA DR. ELIZABETH YOUNG B.Sc MD, FRCP(C) Pediatrics ELIZABETH ‘BUFF’ COX B.A. M.Div AUSTIN WONG B.A. M.A. LL.B ANITA TONG B.A. MAcc CA SAMMY YOUNAN B.A. MONISH GANDHI B.A. Sc. DAVID MAASSARANY B.A. PG.c KHALID JANMOHAMED BSE, LL.B BARNARD STEYN, MBA, MPhil FRANCK N. PERRIN MA, CIM
Dr. Atif Kubursi M.Sc. Ph.D.
Dr. Kubursi has been a Professor of Economics at McMaster University for over 3 decades and is the President of Econometric Research Limited which he founded in 1972. Additionally, Dr. Kubursi has been a Senior Development Officer for the United Nations Industrial Organization and his experiences through several UNIDO missions has swept him across Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sudan and Egypt. His vast knowledge of globalization and economic development issues makes him a vital advisor to our team.