To support Geneva Centre for Autism in fulfilling its role as a Canadian and international leader in the development and delivery of autism services and programs, the Foundation is fortunate to have an outstanding team of corporate and community leaders providing strategic and fundraising counsel. We are pleased to introduce our governance volunteers.
- James B. Kelsey
James B. Kelsey is the President of Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation and the Chair of Quest – The Geneva Centre for Autism Campaign for Youth and Adults. Jim has been a member of the Geneva Centre for Autism Board of Directors since 2003. As a parent of an adult with autism, he is one of the key leaders in the Geneva Centre Campaign for Adults with Autism. He actively contributes to the Centre’s program planning and is a past speaker at the Centre’s international autism symposium.
At BMO Financial Group, Jim is Senior Vice-President of the Bank's Corporate Finance Division. Since joining the bank in 1969, he has held a variety of account management, commercial sales and senior leadership roles in British Columbia and Ontario.
Leon first joined the Board in 1986 and returned as a Director in 2005. His commitment to enhancing community opportunities for individuals with ASD led him back to the Centre to help us advance care and services
Leon is a recognized expert on Canadian and international bank capital regulations and the president of DSI Bodiam Inc., a co-venture of Desjardins Securities Inc. and the firm he co-founded in 2005, Bodiam Financial Inc. DSI Bodiam specializes in bringing structured credit transactions to Canadian investors.
- Abe Evreniadis
Abe has spent the last eight years advocating for his son who has autism and for other families impacted by the disorder, providing counseling and guidance in navigating the challenges imposed by ASD. He joined the Board of Directors of Geneva Centre for Autism in 2005 recognizing he could channel his personal commitment by helping the organization in its quest to become a Canadian centre of excellence. He was elected the President of the Geneva Centre for Autism Board of Directors on June 21, 2012.
Abe holds an MBA and is a commodities trader and entrepreneur. He is cross appointed to the Foundation Board of Directors.
- Brenda Hogan
Brenda M. Hogan has been a Director on the Board of the Geneva Centre for Autism since the spring of 2009. As godmother of a child with autism spectrum disorder, she has observed the difference strong services and support make for these children and their families.
Brenda holds an MBA with a concentration in finance and has worked for such companies Bell Aliant and the Business Development Bank of Canada. Currently, she is Investment and Portfolio Manager with the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC) which oversees a $250 million co-investment fund.
Brenda sits on the board of Women in Capital Markets and is a founding member of the Royal Ontario Museum Young Patrons Circle. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Toronto.
- Bob Langlois
Bob was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2009 and has served as a leading member of a group of families raising funds for Quest – The Geneva Centre for Autism Campaign for Youth and Adults. To support the Centre, Bob ran his first marathon in 2009 while his wife, children and mother walked 5 kilometres raising $18,000 for our new youth facility.
Bob is a principal of AEC International, a leading international real estate consulting and property tax management consulting firm based in Toronto.
- Roger Nainby
Roger was the President of the Geneva Centre for Autism from 1996-2012. He now holds the position of Past President. His extraordinary dedication and commitment to the Centre springs from a deep commitment to giving back to the community in a meaningful and tangible way. He has lent his skills to a number of inter-agency, community processes, all resulting in an improved network of services and supports for families of children with autism spectrum disorder
Roger is a partner at Houser, Henry & Syron LLP, Roger provides legal services to mid-sized businesses and their owners and managers, helping them deal with the complexity that comes with growth and success.
- Hershel J. Sahian
Hershel Sahian is a community activist and lawyer practicing civil litigation and advocating on public policy, humanitarian and social justice issues. Through his experience working with all levels of government, Hershel has been responsible for several pieces of public legislation across Canada. He has been honoured by the Canadian Jewish Congress with the Monroe Abbey Award and the Ontario government with the Volunteer Service Award.
In 2005, Hershel was introduced to the Centre through his wife, a professional involved in treating children with autism. He joined the Board recognizing strong community commitment will ensure individuals with ASD and their families have the support they need to enjoy maximum quality of life.
- Christian Gingras
As Vice-President at eHealth Ontario, Christian is responsible for the Cornerstone Information Systems (CIS) portfolio, the goal of which is to align and coordinate common services and provide collaborative direction for the following programs: Identity, Access and Privacy, Integration Services, Digital Imaging/Picture Archiving and Communication System, Ontario Laboratories Information System, and Provincial Common Integration Services.
He brings over 15 years of private and public sector service delivery expertise to the agency. As the former director of IT Service Delivery Management Branch with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Christian was accountable for the service management function and was responsible for the planning, implementation and operation of all ambulance dispatching technology in Ontario. Christian’s work encompassed all internally and externally hosted IT infrastructures for the Ministry of Health Promotion and a number of agencies. He has also held leadership roles with Infrastructure Technology Services (ITS) at the Ministry of Government Services, and at IBM Canada Ltd.
Christian proudly serves as board member on The Geneva Centre for Autism.
- Alex Feness
Alex is a Partner with KPMG’s International Corporate Tax Services Group in Toronto. He has been with KPMG for over 20 years and has been a member of the international corporate tax group for 14 years.
Alex provides advice to several Canadian public multinationals and has experience with coordinating cross border tax strategies, implementing tax efficient international financing structures, advising non-Canadian corporations on structuring operations in Canada, advising Canadian corporations on operating multi-nationally, and structuring domestic and international acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations.