Delisle Youth Services
Board of Directors | 2015 - 2016
Ron Lalonde - President
Ron is the Principle and Vice President of BFC Technologies, a design-build supplier of custom process systems. He is the former Director of Operations for a Kinetics Modular Systems, a manufacturer of process equipment for the Pharmaceutical, Bio-tech, Food and Consumer Products Industries. Ron has been a board member of the Rotman IMC Program, ARECA and a volunteer with the Hockey HEROS program.
Monica Richardson – Vice President
Monica is a mother, wife and marketing professional who lives with her family in Toronto. Recently retired from IBM after a 32-career in various sales and marketing roles, she now consults to small and medium businesses. She recently stepped down from the Board at Autism Ontario, after volunteering for 8 years, 4 of those as a member of the executive leadership team. She is currently the Parent Council chair at Lucy McCormick Senior School, a unique TDSB school whose population are youth with a variety of special challenges. Her 19-year son, Matthew, who has autism, attends this school. Monica believes that all individuals are deserving of being treated with respect and dignity, and to have the opportunity to be a valuable member of society, in whatever capacity they are able to. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, travelling, skiing, reading and spending time with her husband Michael and two Golden Retrievers, Jack and Duke. They spend time travelling to Quebec where their daughter Stephanie has just started first year at Bishops University, studying sports studies and playing varsity rugby.
Cam Reston - Treasurer
Cam has demonstrated strong interpersonal and leadership skills and has been able to apply his financial and operations experience in a practical and common sense way. The companies which he has provided leadership roles have succeeded and he has developed a strong reputation both inside Omnicom Group and throughout the Canadian media industry. Cam has been CFO of PHD Canada for the past 14 years. In his spare time, he was co-founder and President of Rosehall Run Vineyards. Cam graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce program at University of Toronto and a few years later became a Chartered Accountant.
Debbie Hall - Secretary
Debbie retired in 2008 from the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She has worked in provincial government services for over 30 years-mainly under the mandate of MCSS. She was a manager of many different MCSS services over the years and an acting Director on occasion. Debbie has led a number of direct service programs, partnership programs and Human Resources for three years for MCSS. Debbie has a long professional interest in working with social services and government and will bring expertise to the Board in strategic thinking re sectoral changes and government processes and relationships.
Bernard Wong - Member at Large
Bernard is a Management Consultant with a focus on the Financial Services field. He has advised Fortune 500 organizations and the public sector on strategic and operational matters. Bernard is an avid volunteer. He is a Board Member at MADD Toronto and Delisle Youth Services, where he also serves on the Finance Committee and Executive Committee. Bernard is also on the Governance Advisory Committee at Children's Mental Health Ontario. In the past, Bernard was the Event Chair for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life in North York event that raised over $300,000 annually. He has a MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.
Michael has over thirty years in communications and public service-more than 20 of those in senior manager and leadership positions. He is currently the Assistant VP of Strategic Communications and Marketing leading the institution-wide strategic communications and marketing function at University of Toronto. Before joining U of T, he led or played a key role in key communications projects for the Province of Ontario with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture; Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs; Ministry of Education; and Corporate Communications Cabinet Office to name a few. He was Special assistant to the Minister John Sweeney in the early 1990’s. His interest is in both children’s mental health and developmental services stems from his work and personal life.
Robert W. Beattie
Bob is a member of the corporate and commercial law group of Minden Gross LLP. He has a wide-ranging corporate/commercial practice, with areas of specialization in lending and financing transactions, development and construction law, and competition law. Bob has written on various topics including shareholders’ remedies and Competition Act issues, and recently spoke at an American Corporate Counsel (ACC) session on Banking Basics for In-House Counsel.
Andrew was employed until March 2012 by BMO Capital Markets as the Executive Managing Director, Financial Products Group. In this position he was responsible for all aspects of the Prime Brokerage and the Securities Lending business, which included business planning, budgeting, product development, client service, reporting, risk management as well as operational and technological support to clients. He was also responsible for coordinating and interfacing with all internal support groups to ensure legal, audit and regulatory compliance. Client base includes Institutions, Hedge Funds and High Net Worth individuals. Also had responsibility for the TSX and ME Market Making Trading Group from 2003 until the business was exited in 2007. Andrew has his Board Designation. Andrew graduated from the Chartered Director Program at McMaster University, graduated from York University with his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received his Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Sylvia has an MBA from Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She had worked in the banking industry for a number of years before moving to Argentina in 1995 with her husband and family. Since returning in 2000, she has been actively involved in the Toronto community as a volunteer and co-led the UCC’s Parent’s Advisory Committee and Executive Committee. She has also been a treasurer of an $80,000 budget for her committee. Her interest in mental health issues stems from having many friends children struggle with mental health problems and she is committed to supporting initiatives that support these youth.
William E. (Bill) Johnston
Bill obtained his M.A. in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1976, graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982. Bill entered the real estate brokerage business in 1982. He has outstanding credentials: Multi-Time Award-Winner for Sales; Director of Toronto Real Estate Board, 1999, 2002-2004 & 2006-2012; Past Vice-Chair of Discipline, Real Estate Council of Ontario; Past Chair of Government Relations, By-Laws, Finance, MLS, Professional Standards & Education Committees, Toronto Real Estate Board; President, Toronto Real Estate Board (2010-2011); and Director of Canadian Real Estate Association. He is a Two-Time Winner of Real Estate Institute of Canada’s Morguard Literary Award (1998 & 2002) and Author & Presenter of 12 Courses Approved for Mandatory Continuing Education Credits in Ontario. Bill is a Member of Law Society of Upper Canada since 1982 and a proud father of three beautiful children.
Mike has worked at CFO Group, a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, since early 2014 and has a solid reputation as a tenacious and innovative business developer who leverages first-rate connections with referral partners, and optimizes client relationships to achieve superior client outcomes. CFO provides in-house underwriting and specializes in all commercial real estate asset classes which include hospitality, commercial, industrial, retail, office and land. Prior to CFO, Mike worked at a financial institution for over 25 years in various divisions, primarily Commercial Banking and National Accounts. Through his experience, Mike has developed strong expertise in many areas such as credit origination, financial assessment, business development and credit structuring. He is a graduate of Western University, Ivey, HBA 1987 and a BA 1985, in Economics. Mike has built his success on the ability to bring creative solutions to each opportunity. His diligence and high level of expertise as Senior Vice President have made CFO Group one of the fastest growing Commercial Brokerage Firms in Eastern Canada. Mike is the proud father of Cat Scott, a recent graduate of Delisle Visions, and Ken Scott, an undergrad at Dalhousie. He has been involved as a coach for numerous sports and has served in the past on the Reena Foundation board.
Warren is the Provincial Economist for Scotiabank Economics, where his work focuses on economic & fiscal forecasting and trends analysis for the Canadian provinces. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics before pursuing a Master's of Science in Economics in 2011 at the University of Essex. In university, he was extensively active in the broader community, taking on roles as the President of the Students' Union, and a member of the University Board of Governors. In his spare time, Warren is an avid cyclist, runner, and swimmer, with a passion for triathlons. Yoga is a staple in his life, and helps bring calm to his often busy life.
Ms. Cloud, Vice-President Operations & Technology, and Director of the Board at Advantage Group International, holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration in Operational Research and Management Information Systems from McGill University. Janet has over ten years of experience as a Board director (corporate & non-profit), including three years board leadership. She is an accomplished senior technology and operations executive with global experience in medium to large companies. With broad experience in banking, securities, consulting, B2B relationship management, market research, technology and digital products, she has transformed global organizations by inspiring high performance teams in companies of varying size and diverse employees to achieve sustainable growth, efficiency and profitability. Janet is also an experienced and effective speaker and presenter. Janet, a Certified Management Consultant, is a member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Janet is a tutor with “Beat the Street” at Frontier College, a nationwide literacy organization, and a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation, an organization devoted to supporting women internationally to become economically independent contributors to their communities.
Jamie is the Vice President, Branch Customer Experience with Scotiabank. Jamie has worked in the Financial sector for over 25 years, with 20 years at Scotiabank. He has held roles of increasing seniority in Retail Distribution and Human Resources, with a focus on Leadership strategies and Mergers and Acquisitions. Jamie obtained his MBA from the Ivey School of Business. Jamie is married and has two great teenage kids.