Board of Directors

Sandra Pupatello, Windsor, ON

Chair of the Board

Sandra was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1995, was appointed to Cabinet in 2003. She served most of her years in Cabinet as Minister of Industry and Trade, where she led trade delegations in most major markets around the world and provided steady leadership through a uniquely challenging economic climate. Sandra chose to enter the private sector and spent the next 5 years with PwC Canada as their Strategic Advisor: Industry, Global Markets & Public Sector. Sandra’s depth of experience, network of business contacts, global experience and public profile enabled her to drive growth for the firm and their clients, domestically and on the global stage.

She sits on the boards of Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts maker,    and the Asia Pacific Foundation. She is also the Vice Chair of Ontario Global 100, a private sector non-profit promoting trade. She is the former Chair and Board member of Hydro One, Canada’s largest transmission company.

Sandra’s ongoing commitment to community betterment and mentoring women who aspire to lead, led to her receiving the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2014 Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women award. She was recently awarded the Business Woman of the Year by the ICCO in Toronto, Canada, and the 2016 Innovation and Global Growth Award by BMO Canada.

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, Winnipeg, MB

Throughout his career, Lloyd has held many leadership positions, including the role of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 2004 – 2014. Prior to that, he acted as a Senior Cabinet Minister, serving in portfolios such as Foreign Affairs in the Chretien government and Minister of Employment, Immigration and Transport in the Trudeau government of the 1980’s. One of his major accomplishments includes an advancement of human security through the Ottawa Treaty, for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is currently chair of the board of CUSO, Chancellor of St Pauls University College, a board member of the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and member of The Hague Institute Commission on Governance and Security.

Celso Boscariol, Vancouver, BC

Celso has been actively involved in Canadian politics and practicing commercial law since graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1981.  He was called to the Bar in Alberta in 1982 and British Columbia in 1995, before going on to co-chair the National Convention of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1996. Some of his most memorable roles include serving as the past President of the Liberal Party of Canada (B.C.), the President of the National Federation of Canadian-Italian Business and Professional Associations Inc., a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade, and as President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Canada – West. Currently, Celso is a Partner at Watson Goepel LLP.

Hon. Herb Breau, Ottawa, ON

Herb is a former Liberal MP with a long career in politics. From 1968 until 1984, Herb represented his riding of Gloucester. During his time at the House of Commons, Herb served as a Parliamentary Secretary, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Task Forces on North-South Relations and on Fiscal Federalism in Canada, Chairman of the Parliamentary Association of Canada-United States, and a member of the Trilateral Commission from 1981 to 1984. After his time as the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, he entered the private sector to serve in positions such as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Syscan International.

Prof. Andrew Cohen, Ottawa, ON

Andrew is currently a professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications, with a specialization in international affairs. Andrew is a journalist and author with over 35 years of experience working as a reporter, editor, columnist and foreign correspondent for leading newspapers and magazines. Throughout his journalism career he has written for The Time, The Ottawa Citizen, and United Press International, to name a few. In addition to his extensive journalism career, Andrew has written seven books which explore politics, history and foreign policy. His book, While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World, was a national best-seller and a finalist for The Governor General’s Literary Award. His passion for history lead him to become the founding president of Historica Canada, before returning to Carleton University in 2010. He has won two National Newspaper Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and has twice received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Patrick Dillon, Hamilton, ON

Patrick J. Dillon is the Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario; a position he has held since January of 1997.  Patrick began his career in the construction industry as an apprentice electrician and became a journeyperson in 1966.  Following 18 years of experience in the construction industry, he was elected Business Manager of Hamilton Local 105 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  In 1991, he was elected Executive Chairman of the IBEW Construction Council of Ontario. In the same year, Patrick was elected President of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario; a role he held until 1997. Mr. Dillon sits on a number of boards where he brings a construction industry perspective, including those of the Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Council, Infrastructure Ontario, the Appointments Council of the Ontario College of Trades, the De Novo Treatment Centre, the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre, the Canadian Nuclear Workers Council, the Ontario Construction Secretariat, CivicAction, and BuildForce Canada. Mr. Dillon is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) where he served from 1998 to 2014, and is a former member of the Hamilton Harbor Commission. He also serves on the Ministry of Labour’s Construction Industry Advisory Panel. In July 2012, the Minister of Training Colleges and Universities presented Mr. Dillon with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the Province of Ontario and the people of Canada.” In his hometown of Hamilton, Mr. Dillon is an avid curler and golfer. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Iris Evans, Edmonton, AB

Get to know Iris Evans, who became part of our board in March 2015. Iris currently sits on the Board of Directors for Servus Credit Union, and serves as a volunteer for Royal Alexandra Hospital. Having been a member of the Alberta legislative assembly for Sherwood Park for 15 years, she contributes much governance experience. During those years, Iris was the minister of six departments, including Municipal Affairs, Children’s Services, Health and Wellness, Employment, Industry and Immigration, Finance and Enterprise and finally International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Before being elected to the legislature, she served as a school board trustee, municipal councillor and the reeve of Strathcona County. She has also been active as a member of the boards of college and community associations and groups. She currently sits as a volunteer on the board of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

As a speaker and management consultant, Iris has used her experience to benefit others through her company You First Inc.

Iris is the proud mother of three sons—Kevin, Trent and Darren—and the grandmother of five grandchildren, who are the light of her life.

Hon. Sergio Marchi, Ottawa, ON

The Honourable Sergio Marchi was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) in February 2015. As President of CEA, Mr. Marchi acts as spokesperson on issues of national concern to the electric utility industry.

The Honourable Sergio Marchi was elected as a Toronto City Councillor in 1982, and was subsequently elected as the Member of Parliament representing the Toronto riding of York West in 1984. During his time in the federal government, he served as Cabinet Minister in three key portfolios: International Trade; Environment; and Citizenship and Immigration. After voluntarily leaving the political arena in 1999, Mr. Marchi was appointed Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN) Agencies in Geneva, where he served for five years.

In 2003, he was nominated by the Canadian government and the UN Secretary General to serve as Commissioner on the UN Global Commission on International Migration, a position he held until 2005. Prior to joining CEA, Mr. Marchi held a number of positions in the private sector, and was a frequent public speaker and commentator on international issues, including global migration, international economy, trade, and investment.

Mr. Marchi is also a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Mr. Marchi graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning. He is married, with two children.

David Miller, Ottawa, ON

David is the current Vice President of Governments Affairs at CN. With a long career in politics and public affairs, David has a unique understanding of the innerworkings of the government. In the past, David has worked as the Special Assistant in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition from 1984 until 1990. He later became the Vice President of Hill and Knowlton Canada, before returning to politics as the Director of Operations for the Office of the Prime Minister in 2000.

Dr. Karen Mock, Toronto, ON

Karen Mock is a human rights consultant, psychologist and teacher educator. She is former Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada.  Karen has been qualified by the Canadian courts and human rights tribunals as an expert on human rights, discrimination, racism, antisemitism and hate crime, and has received several awards and honours for her work.

Prior to devoting herself full time to human rights, she taught at the University of Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnical University and York University.  Considered a pioneer in the field, Karen developed and taught the first course in Canada on multicultural teacher education. She is published widely in the field, and has written courses and manuals for intercultural and race relations training, as well as practical strategies for implementing multiculturalism, anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion, and for taking action against hate.

Donald Arseneault

Donald Arseneault is the Government Relations Manager for the Canadian Building Trades Union since October 1, 2017. He had also served as a Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly which he was re-elected for a fourth term in the provincial election held September 22, 2014, as member for the Campbellton-Dalhousie riding.

On October 7, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister responsible for Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Efficiency NB. In June 2016, he was appointed Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. He has also kept his appointment as Minister responsible for Official Languages. He was a member of the Cabinet Committees on Priorities, Treasuray Board, Jobs Board, Climate Change, and Policy.

He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the June 9, 2003, provincial election. He was re-elected in the September 18, 2006, provincial election. On October 3, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Natural Resources. He served in this capacity until November 12, 2008, when he was appointed Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. He was added the responsibility as Minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative on June 22, 2009. On April 1, 2010, he was appointed Minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. On May 11, 2010, he became Deputy Premier. He held three portfolios, along with Deputy Premier, at the same time.

Anne Clarke

Anne Clarke has over 20 years of experience in public policy, international
development, human rights advocacy and change management. Her career includes
roles as legislative researcher, social policy analyst and advisor with the Canadian
federal government, and significant governance experience with organizations such as
Cuso International, The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy and the National Capital
Alliance on Race Relations.

As a consultant, Ms. Clarke has provided expertise as a trained mediator, facilitator and
community engagement organizer to Agriculture Canada, the Canadian Human Rights
Commission, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and the
Canadian Union of Public Employees among others.

Internationally, Ms. Clarke’s work has brought her to Belize, Central America as a
gender expert, advisor and trainer; and to Jamaica, where she worked with the Office of
the Former Prime Minister of Jamaica/Bureau of Women’s Affairs to develop programs
and policies to address gender-based issues such as equity and violence.

Ms. Clarke has a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Work, both
from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Junaid Mirza, Toronto, ON

Treasurer

Junaid Mirza is a Senior Manager, Tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Junaid helps Canadian companies expand their global footprint in a sustainable manner, matching tax outcomes with business needs and the requirements of an increasingly complex international tax compliance environment. Junaid has a keen interest in tax policy and has been involved in advising developing countries in formulating tax regimes to facilitate the development of knowledge-based economies.

Junaid holds a masters degree in international trade from the University of Reading (UK) and a bachelors degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada). He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with  his wife and two daughters.

Executive Director

Andrew Cardozo

Andrew Cardozo has worked on public policy throughout his career and always been in positions of leadership and team building.

He has been a Commissioner at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

He has also been Executive Director of the Alliance of Sector Councils, (a skills development industry organization) and was the founding president of the Pearson-Shoyama Institute (a niche think-tank that focused on diversity and immigration).

He has been a columnist for the Toronto Star, Broadcast Dialogue and presently and the Ottawa-based Hill Times.

Andrew is an Adjunct Professor and teaches at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Over the years he has volunteered in the campaigns of progressive candidates at all levels of government.

Andrew’s volunteer involvement includes being an adjudicator for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (www.cbsc.ca).  He has been a board member of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (www.cic.ca), the YMCA-YWCA Ottawa, Media Awareness Network, the Vancouver-based Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS) and been active in Big Brothers of Ottawa.  Andrew is also an artist in his spare time (www.cardozoart.ca)

He has a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from York University and an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University.


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