Our Board of Directors

Thanks to a committed group of volunteers – our Board of Directors – we achieve the highest standards in stewardship and accountability.

Our Board ensures that:

• Funds are used for the purpose for which they are given
• Funds are managed effectively and ethically
• The Foundation’s affairs are managed with appropriate care and control
• We comply with any legislation pertaining to privacy issues

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Sam Ajmera

Serving on the Board since 2016, Mr. Sam Ajmera is Co-Founder of FGF Brands, which he co-founded in 2004 with his two sons; Ojus and Tejus. FGF Brands is a commercial bakery that produces an entire collection of authentic flatbreads sold under the brand name “Stonefire.”

Mr. Ajmera arrived in Canada in 1974 and co-founded Dough Delight with his brother Shreyas. By the time the company was sold in 1994 to Canada Bread, it was producing 5 million bagels and 3 million croissants a day.

Born in Mumbai, India, Mr. Ajmera holds a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Detroit. He moved to Canada following his graduation.

Mr. Ajmera is a supporter of BAPS Charities, a non-profit organization committed to humanitarian operations throughout the world in such diverse fields as medical, educational, environmental, community and disaster relief services. In April 2012, he also supported the Ajmera Family Chair in Urology at Sunnybrook Hospital to further pursue genetic research in prostate cancer.

In 2009, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) gave Mr. Ajmera the Entrepreneur Award in recognition of his achievements.

Mr. Ajmera has supported the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation as a member of the Diwali – A Night to Shine Event Committee. He also hosted a dinner in support of diabetes research in May 2009. In 2009, FGF Brands was a presenting sponsor of the Ladies on the Links golf event raising funds for the mechanical heart program.

Mr. Ajmera is a member of the Finance Committee.

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Patrick Dovigi

Standing for election for the first time is Mr. Patrick Dovigi is the founder and chief executive officer of GFL Environmental Inc. (“GFL”), a Canadian multi‐sector environmental services company with headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. Prior to founding GFL, Patrick served as President at Waste Excellence Corporation and has held Vice President positions at Brovi Investments and Right Lease, a construction equipment and automotive leasing company.

Patrick attended Toronto’s Ryerson University, studying business management at the school.

Patrick has held a number of Directors’ seats on Boards including NGTV (“No Good TV”), a celebrity news channel, Ontario Waste Management Association and most recently, Environmental Research & Education Foundation.

Utilizing the experience and knowledge he gained from his previous endeavors, Patrick established GFL in 2007. GFL was born from Patrick’s desire and drive to offer sustainability and innovation in the environmental services sector and has grown to provide a robust array of environmental services solutions in addition to their commercial and residential waste removal. Other services offered by GFL include institutional waste management, automotive and collision waste disposal, demolition, shoring, civil, excavation as well as soil remediation. GFL currently employs over 9000 people across North America.

Patrick’s entrepreneurial spirit has not only driven GFL expansion in to ten provinces across Canada and ten states in the US, it has also earned him recipient of 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Power & Utilities & Environment. It is for this reason that the Company has also been acknowledged by the media as one of the continent’s fastest growing environmental services companies.

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Jim Leech

Serving on the Board since 1996, Mr. Jim Leech is Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University and Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company. He retired in 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canada’s largest single profession pension plan representing 330,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario. During his business career, he led large public companies operating and investing in the financial services, real estate and energy industries, as well as start-up technology businesses.

Mr. Leech is on the board of Historica Canada, the Chair of Advisory Board of the Institute for Sustainable Finance, the former Chair of the MasterCard Foundation, a founding Board member of Right to Play International, and the former Honorary Colonel of 32 Signal Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and ICD Governance College.

In 2012, Mr. Leech was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his work with the True Patriot Love Foundation; in 2014 was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an innovator in pension management, for his writings on the subject of retirement funding, and for his community involvement; and in 2019 was awarded the Order of Ontario for his work as a pioneer in pension management, philanthropic leadership and non-partisan public service.

Mr. Leech Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors. He serves on the Foundation’s Investment Committee and is Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee.

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Kim Mason

A key member of RBC’s National Office team, Ms. Kim Mason leads the development of strategies that enable our advisor teams from Small Business to Senior Markets to deliver trusted advice and exceptional client experiences. In her role, she is responsible for role design, performance management, advice and service tools, learning and support, and market and sales leadership practices for our Business segment. As head of distribution, a key area of focus for her is on the effective deployment of resources and channels to ensure the ultimate client experience and industry-leading growth across all of our business segments.

Since joining RBC in 1986, Kim has held a wide variety of increasingly responsible Regional and National Office positions, including Regional President, Greater Toronto, and roles in Retail and Commercial Banking, Global Payments and Trade, as well as executive responsibilities in Contact Centres, Group Risk Management and Retail Banking. Prior to assuming her current role, she was Senior Vice President, Personal & Commercial Banking – Operations.

Kim completed her MBA at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and received her Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario. In June of 2014 she obtained her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). During her career at RBC, Kim has been recognized as a Top 50 Atlantic CEO for 2012, 2013 and 2014, was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence for 2013 by Women of Influence Magazine. She has also been recognized as one of WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2014. Kim was awarded the Rotman Top 10 WIMA (Women in Management Association) Award in 2015.

A believer in community, Kim co-chaired the United Way of Metro Halifax’s 2012-13 campaign and remains and active volunteer with UW today. She has served on the board of directors for Mount Saint Vincent University and the Greater Halifax Partnership. She has held both director and chair roles on hospital and health care boards for more than 17 years. Kim is also a Director on the Toronto Finance International, (formerly TFSA), the University of Western Ontario’s School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities Advisory Council (SASAH), as well as being a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Born and raised in Milton, Kim currently resides in Oakville with her husband and three children.

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Deb Matthews

Ms. Deb Matthews is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2018 who represented the riding of London North Centre. Matthews served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. She was the 10th Deputy Premier of Ontario, in office from February 2013 until January 2018.

Deb Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature by the people of London North Centre in 2003 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Following her election in 2007, she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In October 2009 she was appointed to her current position as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and is committed to building a more sustainable health care system with shorter wait times and better access to high quality family health care.

Throughout her life, Deb has been actively involved in community organizations. She served as President of Big Sisters of London, and has volunteered with organizations including the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Salvation Army, Orchestra London, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Her professional experience includes time spent in the construction industry, fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of London, and teaching at the University of Western Ontario where she was twice honoured with a place on the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll while completing her Ph.D. in Social Demography.

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