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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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-welikovitch-bcomm-ll-b-698b0977

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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/beata-mehta-942514/

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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-feness-7bb4707

Roger is the Past President and a long-standing Director of the Geneva Centre for Autism. He is a founding and senior partner of Houser Henry, assisting Canadian and international clients to grow and transfer ownership successfully and builds tremendous personal rapport with people. With a practice that includes Business Law, Financing and Business Succession Planning, Roger is known as a clear communicator. He acts as general counsel to many companies and often serves as a director on their boards.

In 2016 Roger was awarded 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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogernainbyhouserhenrysyron

David Mousavi is a Toronto business lawyer and long-time non-profit leader, currently serving as Chair on the boards of two GTA agencies in the seniors care and child care sectors. He began his legal career at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and is now General Counsel to the Toronto Real Estate Board, where he advises on regulatory and governance issues and oversees professional development and disciplinary standards. David holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and has completed Executive Education at the Harvard Business School. Outside of his professional endeavours, David is an active community volunteer for numerous city-building initiatives, a 2017 Civic Action DiverseCity Fellow, and part-time faculty with Centennial College’s School of Business. David joined the board in 2016.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmousavi

 

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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-jachymek-27946415

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.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-williams-4736b46

Executive Leadership Team

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