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Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Judy Welikovitch attended McGill University (B.Comm) and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.). She has spent her career working on social justice issues. For more than 15 years she was the Executive Director of a not-for profit community-based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. As the clinic's Senior Counsel, the focus of her legal practice was in the area of immigration and refugee law and administrative law. As the ED of the clinic reporting to a Board of Directors, Judy was able to lead the clinic in broadening the range of services offered to include a housing help service, a housing support service and a mental health service, all funded by the City of Toronto.

Most recently, Judy has developed and written successful proposals for funding for a child welfare service which addresses the issue of the disproportionality of Black children in group and foster care, and an anti-gang program that addresses the causal issues of youth gang-involvement in order to support Black gang-involved youth in exiting their gangs.

Judy joined the Board of Directors of the Centre in September 2015 and was elected President in September 2016. She is also a member of the Governance, Human Resources and Finance and Audit Committees. Having worked as the ED of a not-for-profit legal clinic, Judy brings her legal and governance expertise, her not-for-profit management experience and her experience in working with diverse communities to the strategic leadership of the GCA. She has a strong interest in autism issues and in helping the GCA to meet the new and emerging needs of people living with ASDs and of their families.

Beata is a Toronto based Strategy Consultant with over 20 years' experience in strategic management. She has been engaged with clients in a number of industries including professional services, financial services, telecom, consumer business, pharmaceuticals, and oil & gas in both corporate and management consultancy roles, and has worked with some of the largest brands worldwide including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Unilever, BP, Kraft, Pfizer, PepsiCo, and GlaxoSmithKline. Her expertise lies in supporting and advising senior leadership teams to understand their critical business issues, to anticipate complex problems, and propose recommendations that impact their organization as a whole globally, or within a region or a business unit.

Beata has worked and lived in Toronto, New York and London, and has recently returned home to Toronto with her family. Beata holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto and has completed the Executive Leadership for Women program at Harvard Business School.

Alex is a partner with KPMG’s International Corporate Tax Services Group in Toronto. He has been with KPMG for 28 years and has practiced tax for 25 years. He graduated from Western University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts (Finance and Economics) and obtained his chartered accountant / CPA designation in 1992. At KPMG, Alex advises multinational corporations and has experience coordinating cross-border tax structures, implementing international financing structures, advising non-Canadian corporations on investing into Canada, advising Canadian corporations on operating internationally, and structuring domestic and international acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations. Alex has been a board member for both the Centre and Foundation since 2010. As Treasurer of the Center Board, he leverages his CA / CPA designation to provide oversight in connection with financial matters. Alex also chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Foundation Board. When not working, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons - actively engaging in his sons’ sporting activities, travelling, playing piano and guitar, and vacationing in northern Ontario.

Roger is the Past President and a long-standing Director of Geneva Centre for Autism. He is the chairman of the Geneva Centre’s governance committee. He was a founding and senior partner of Houser Henry & Syron LLP.  Roger acted as general counsel to many corporate clients and served as a director on several boards. Roger retired from legal practise in 2018.

In 2016 the Governor General awarded Roger the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for his longstanding work with Geneva Centre for Autism. Roger has dedicated over 25 years to the Centre and its Foundation. His leadership and commitment have helped establish services and support for families of persons affected by autism spectrum disorder.

Susan Cayne is the founder of Cayne Consulting, a consulting agency that develops corporate and marketing strategies for organizations of all sizes. Susan is also an executive coach, providing individual career coaching to people looking to expand their career horizons.

Previously, Susan spent close to 20 years in various senior leadership positions in both global and entrepreneurial organizations. Having started her career in Finance at Procter & Gamble, Susan quickly transitioned into increasingly senior Marketing roles at both Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. At PepsiCo, Susan launched PepsiCo’s largest consumer loyalty program to-date, Pepsi Access, a Canadian-led web based platform supported by 360 degree activation. From PepsiCo, Susan moved to Spin Master where she focused her efforts on driving the US and international marketing efforts for several portfolios and led numerous product launches and marketing campaigns. She then moved to Calgary where she was brought into Jugo Juice to turn-around a declining business and develop long-term strategic plans. Susan successfully helped grow the business by repositioning the brand, launching a new menu, evolving the media mix and digital marketing go-to-market strategies and redefining the vision for the company’s health’s platforms.

Susan is a proud mother of two young girls, an active volunteer at their school, and recently co-led a Girls Empowerment Workshop series for 6-8 year olds. Susan’s family and friends have been touched by autism so she is looking to give back by utilizing her business leadership skills to help families unleash the potential in their children.

Paul Jachymek is a lawyer at Metrolinx specializing in Infrastructure and Projects. Paul has worked in major law firms with a focus on Mergers and Acquisitions, Projects, Procurement, Construction, Financing and Corporate/Commercial matters. He has an MBA from the University of Toronto and an LLB from the University of Windsor. Prior to law, Paul was a Business Consultant focused on turning around underperforming businesses and large business units.  He has experience leading and working with multidisciplinary teams with companies in various industries including hi-tech, transit, heavy manufacturing, food processing, services and hospitality sectors. Paul is the father of young son who continues to use the services of the Geneva Centre for Autism. Paul joined the foundation board in 2016.


Darren Williams is a Partner with Deloitte LLP and Senior Managing Director with Deloitte Corporate Finance in Toronto, Canada. Darren has specialized in providing strategic corporate finance / mergers & acquisition advice to business owners and management teams since 1996. He has held senior positions during his investment banking career with a major financial institution as well as premier boutique firms. Darren graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1990. Darren is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a CF (Corporate Finance) Designation. Darren has served with the Geneva Centre since 2015 and is a member of the Real Estate Committee.

Executive Leadership Team

Abe Evreniadis, CEO
Kathy Shaw, Chief Financial Officer
Renita Paranjape, Senior Director, Programs and Services
Kim Takata, Director, Human Resources