Kristy Carscallen (Chair)

Canadian Managing Partner of Audit, KPMG LLP

Kristy is Canadian Managing Partner of Audit for KPMG, which provides audit, tax and advisory services to many public and private businesses, not-for-profit and public-sector organizations across the country. She has been a Partner at KPMG for 13 years and has over 20 years of experience providing independent financial and compliance audit services to public and private companies in the software and electronics industries. Kristy is married and the mother of one.

“It is important for me to be involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto as I want to help make the lives of families and their children just a little bit easier during a difficult time. I am committed to helping RMHC Toronto and all of its employees provide a peaceful atmosphere for the families.”

Denise Carpenter (Vice-Chair)

Founder and CEO of ADC & Associates

Denise Carpenter is an experienced c-suite executive, business strategist, Board Director and executive coach with broad experience in several business sectors. She has spent her career advocating for companies and governments on issues that matter most to Canadians and acting as a trusted confidant to senior executives and governments. She has a strong track record in building relationships that deliver value to multiple stakeholders in complex business, government, and not-for-profit environments. Denise brings a diverse background and broad experience to the table, through her ability to ask the right questions, respect diversity of thought, foster dialogue, and build consensus.

Denise is currently Chair of the Board, EnerFORGE, Chair of the Board, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of Synergy North and Chair of the Board, Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, a social enterprise.

In 2018, Denise was appointed to the Diversity 50 Cohort, recognizing Canada’s most diverse and eligible Board candidates. She is an active and accredited member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, The International Coach Federation and the International Women’s Forum. Her passion is exploring the world, its people, and its cultures. She lives in Toronto and continues to travel widely.

“I have always believed that we all need to look out for each other and give back to our communities. Working alongside the other RMHC Toronto Board Members, I am honoured to contribute and be part of this incredible organization.”

Jayson Horner (Past Chair)

Co-Founder, President and CEO, CanDeal

Jayson is Co-Founder, President and CEO of CanDeal, Canada’s largest alternative trading system, a position he has held since 2002. He has spent more than 30 years within the financial services sector in a variety of senior positions with companies including TD Securities, Richardson Greenshields of Canada and Merrill Lynch. He also holds professional designations from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Investment Industry Organization of Canada. Jayson previously chaired the United Way Campaign for Merrill Lynch Canada. He first became involved with RMHC Toronto in 2007, and took on the role of Chair in 2018.

“It is important for me to be involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto because the environment and services the organization provides creates a “home away from home” for families during an extremely difficult time in their lives. The time and effort that I put forth on behalf of the organization and the Board is aimed at ensuring its goals and objectives are attained, and to the greatest extent possible, expanded upon.”

Geoff Behm (Treasurer)

Chief Financial Officer, State Street Canada

Geoff is Chief Financial Officer with State Street Canada, a position he has held since 2014. His primary responsibility is overseeing all aspects of the finance function in Canada as well as accounting for legal entity transfer pricing for State Street Corporation. Prior to joining State Street Canada, Geoff was Assistant Vice President-Finance with Home Capital Group Inc. From 1995 to 2006, he worked at Ernst & Young LLP, specializing in providing assurance services to financial institutions in a senior management role. Geoff graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1995 and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1999.

“The importance of community involvement was central in my family growing up and something I continue to take great joy in. I was fortunate to live the Ronald McDonald House mission of providing a “home away from home” first hand when my youngest son experienced health complications following his birth. Through the diagnosis, surgery and healing process, the support and comfort of Ronald McDonald House was instrumental in helping to keep us focused and strong as a family. Ronald McDonald House helped us stay close to our son and make a difficult situation a little easier. I am honoured to contribute and give back to this organization.”

Michelle Chaisson (Secretary)

Freelance Commercial Lawyer/Entrepreneur

Michelle is a senior commercial lawyer operating a freelance legal practice and is also co-founder of an online retail business. Michelle formerly held positions of Assistant General Counsel, Senior Legal Counsel, and Assistant Secretary of the Board of Governors at Ryerson University, where she provided legal and strategic advice in the areas of corporate/commercial law, information technology, procurement, access to information, privacy, copyright and governance. Prior to joining Ryerson in 2014, she practised law for seven years with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, primarily working on infrastructure/P3 projects.

Michelle has a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University and earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. Before joining the Board in 2017, she served on the RMHC Toronto Young Professionals Committee and on the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board.

“I feel privileged to be involved with an organization that has a unique mission to keep families close during the most difficult time of their lives. As a mother of two young children, I have such compassion for children who are struggling through serious illness and welcome the opportunity to do something to support these children and their families.”

Dr. Yaron Avitzur

Medical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation, SickKids and University Health Network

Dr. Avitzur is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and the Medical Director of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation at The Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network. He is a graduate of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Avitzur specializes in pediatric liver and intestinal transplantation and in intestinal failure and rehabilitation. He conducts research which focuses on the short- and long-term outcome of patients with these diseases to improve their outcome and quality of life. Dr. Avitzur is involved with Trillium Gift of Life policy making and in national and international committees in the field of transplantation and intestinal rehabilitation. He joined the RMHC Toronto Board in 2015.

“Many of our patients and their families spend months in the hospital, facing challenging times and dealing with complex and severe diseases. RMHC Toronto is an integral part of the care and well-being of our patients and their families and provides them with a wonderful sheltered sanctuary. I’m privileged to be part of this organization and contribute to the well-being of our patients and families”

Antoinette Benoit

Board Director

Antoinette joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited as Chief Marketing Officer in 2014. Prior to joining McDonald’s Canada, she served as Vice President, Strategy and Insights at McDonald’s Europe. A native of France, Antoinette has held progressively senior roles within the McDonald’s Family, in France and in Europe, since 1997. Prior to joining the company, she worked in product management at both Unilever and Colgate Palmolive in France. Antoinette is a graduate of Sciences-Po in Paris, and also holds a master’s degree in political science and marketing. Antoinette is a mother of two children. A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, she joined the RMHC Toronto Board in 2017.

“As a mother of two children, family has always been the most treasured part of my life. Serving on the RMHC Toronto Board is important to me to give back, and help other families stay close during a difficult time. Combining my passion for family and McDonald’s, I am deeply committed to making a contribution that will help ensure RMHC is here to serve families for many generations to come.”

Aric Bhargava

Managing Partner, Birli & Associates

Aric is a regulatory compliance professional and Managing Partner with Birli & Associates. He holds an Honours BA and completed his Institute of Corporate Directors Not For Profit (ICD.NFP) from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and his Regulatory Compliance and Legal Risk Management from Osgoode Hall Professional Development. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial sector holding senior level regulatory compliance and corporate governance roles including Visa Canada, JPMorgan Chase, and Manulife. Before becoming an RMHC Toronto Board member, Aric’s family used the services of RMHC Toronto and he served on the RMHC Toronto Family Room Sub-Committee in 2013.

“As a father, RMHC Toronto is important to me. This is a charity I believe in and I can attest to how well it works for families during their time of need. In our experience, the RMHC Toronto Family Room was an incredible source of support when we needed it the most. Working alongside the other Board Members, I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back and be involved within the community in such a personal and meaningful way. RMHC Toronto transitioned my family from desperation to inspiration and now, as an RMHC Toronto Board Member, this is where my passion and purpose intersect.”

Catherine Bridgman

Chief Executive Officer, RMHC Toronto

As CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto, Catherine is committed to keeping families close to their seriously ill children. Catherine joined RMHC Toronto in June 2021 and previously served as CEO of RMHC South Central Ontario from 2015 to 2021. An experienced executive, revenue generator, culture builder, marketer, operational leader, and communications professional, Catherine has successfully worked in business for over 30 years launching, relaunching, and guiding brands. Catherine is a mother of two grown children who are both involved in media and the arts.

“I am honoured to be leading the RMHC Toronto team and am deeply passionate about advancing our mission of keeping families close. It is an honour to work collaboratively with the staff, volunteers, donors, and the Board to build on the charity’s legacy of care and compassion.”

Teri E. Brown

Board Member, RMHC Toronto

Teri is an accomplished board member and operates as a business advisor to organizations across several sectors including health and life sciences, retail, financial services, property management and government. She brings operating, corporate and professional services experience to the board table. Her business acumen is complemented by her ability to open doors, connect people and opportunities, forge and maintain outstanding alliances, anticipate and manage complexity and risk, inspire emerging leaders and deliver results. Recent Board experience in health care includes nine years as a Director of the Board of one of the country’s pre-eminent academic health science centres.

Teri is also a member of the Board of Directors of a national organization focused on feeding hungry families and people in Canada. In addition to her MBA, Teri holds a Certificate in Global Management and is a certified Blue Ocean Strategy consultant.

“It’s important for me to be involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto as a way to contribute to making life a bit smoother for families with a critically ill child or one undergoing treatment. To be able to lend support to the organization that has long served as an “oasis” during difficult “treks” for families is a privilege. To be able to contribute by being part of its future of continued high-quality, integrated and sensitive support programs is exciting indeed!”

Joseph Cooper

Managing Partner, Cooper and Partners Inc.

As a global technology executive with expertise in developing and managing enterprise transformational strategies, Joe advises Boards, CEOs, senior management teams and financial technology firms on leveraging technologies to enable their business strategies. Previously, Joe was Vice President & General Manager, Financial Services Sector, IBM Corporation, where his responsibilities included strategy, execution, business results and client satisfaction for the full range of service offerings to IBM’s banking, insurance and financial markets customers across the United States. Prior to this role, Joe was the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at Manulife Financial. Joe joined the RMHC Toronto Board of Directors in 2013, and served as Chair from 2015 to 2018.

“After returning from five years in the U.S., I was searching for an opportunity where I could volunteer my time towards children, whether it is in their development or in assisting them with their challenges. When I was approached by Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto, I quickly jumped at the chance to join the Board. I was previously involved with RMH New York while living in the U.S., and saw it as a great way to give to an incredibly worthy cause.”

Brent Currie

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Client Engagement, MD Financial Management

In November 2019, Brent joined the leadership team at MD Financial, a Scotiabank subsidiary dedicated to Canada’s physicians and their families for over 50 years. At MD, he leads the team that is responsible for marketing, product management, partnerships, research & analytics, and client support. Brent joined Scotiabank in 2000 and has held various roles since – most recently as SVP, Client Experience, Wealth Management and SVP, Brand Management & Marketing Services, leading the team that oversaw the execution of Scotiabank’s global brand and media strategy. Brent earned a BA from Western and his HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He joined the RMHC Toronto Board in 2016.

“Family and good health are two of the most important blessings in life. When a child has serious health challenges, it’s vital that family be nearby to help them heal, together. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to make this a reality.”

Anthony Faiella

Senior VP, Business Development at AGinvest Properties Canada

Anthony is the Senior VP, Business Development at AGinvest Properties Canada. He has 30 years of experience in the investment industry with much of it spent in institutional equities at Merrill Lynch Canada. He is a licensed portfolio manager, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute. He earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a CPA from the State of Illinois.

Anthony is an Executive-in-Residence at the Schulich School of Business, where he oversees the student run investment fund. He sits on an advisory board at Schulich and chairs a committee of investment professionals that work with students to guide and mentor them as they manage an actual investment portfolio.

“It is a real privilege to be part of an organization that does so much to help families during their most difficult times. It is an extraordinary group that assists the families and provide them with a home away from home. I am very proud and honoured to help support this group and contribute in any way I can. As a father with two daughters, I can’t imagine a more vulnerable time for a family. RMHC Toronto helps keep families together while providing the care they need, when they need it most. I think that’s pretty special.”

Jim Fennell

Vice President, Foodservice and Convenience, Saputo Dairy Products Canada

Jim is Vice President, Foodservice and Convenience at Saputo Dairy Products Canada. He has been involved in the Canadian dairy industry for the past 30 years, working for several large organizations, with the last 11 years at Saputo. In his role, Jim is responsible for national foodservice and convenience accounts, and the industrial sales business in Canada. Jim has been actively involved with children’s charities for over 20 years, including Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Friends of We Care. Participation in both organizations has included golf days, Board meetings and Home for Dinners, along with various other annual events. Jim has always been passionate about supporting children and families in need. He joined the Board of Directors of RMHC Toronto in 2019 and is Co-Chair of the Development Committee.

“I have been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities programs across Canada for over 20 years and I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of serving on the RMHC Toronto Board. Making it possible for families to be close together when they need it most is so important, and I am honoured to help support this objective in our community at RMHC Toronto.”

Marcia Finlayson

Owner/Operator, McDonald’s Restaurants – York Region

Marcia is the proud Owner/Operator of seven McDonald’s Restaurants in York Region with over 400 employees and serving over four million guests per year. Marcia’s tenure with the McDonald’s brand spans 45 years and started when she joined McDonald’s while attending high school. Marcia resumed her career with McDonald’s after graduating from Western University where she held progressive positions in a variety of functions within McDonald’s Corporate organization including Marketing, Supply Chain and Communications.

In 2008, Marcia realized her long-term goal of becoming a McDonald’s Owner/Operator and founded Finlayson Hospitality Partners operating three locations and growing to the current seven restaurants. Marcia’s organization has been recognized frequently for its operational accomplishments and commitment to the community including, Markham Board of Trade, Seneca College, Stouffville Chamber of Commerce, Portraits of Giving Award and the proudest accomplishments for her team was being recognized with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, International McTLC Award of Excellence.

“The mission of the Ronald McDonald House has been important to me and my husband Todd since 1986 when we volunteered as Weekend Managers at the London Ronald McDonald House. As Owner/Operators, we worked to bring the Ronald McDonald Family Room to Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Together with our local community business leaders called the “Fab 15” we have raised over $600,000 in the past five years, hosted many Home for Dinner events and continue to elevate the mission.

“As parents of two and grandparents to three, Todd and I believe that Family is medicine and are honoured to serve.”

Karen Kinnear

Vice-President, Clinical Operations, The Hospital for Sick Children

Karen is a senior healthcare leader with over 25 years of healthcare experience, including 18 years of leadership and management in paediatric academic health care. Karen has been with The Hospital for Sick Children for 28 years and currently oversees a portfolio that includes Ambulatory Services, Perioperative Services and Central Re-processing, Diagnostic Imaging, Paediatric Laboratory Medicine, Rehabilitation Services, Genetics and Rare Diseases Programs, and Clinical Informatics and Technology Programs, including telemedicine and the Ontario, Nunavut and Manitoba Poison Centres. She joined the Board of Directors at RMHC Toronto in 2019.

“Every day I see the impact of having RMHC Toronto available to families at SickKids. That ‘home away from home’ and the comfort it brings to families has been a consistent theme. Having a child in hospital is very stressful. Being far away from home compounds that stress. We are so lucky to have RMHC Toronto and I could not think of a better way to support families during one of the most challenging times of their family life.”

Rocky Malfara

Vice President, GTS Financial Services, IBM Canada

Rocky is Vice President, GTS Financial Services for IBM Canada, where he leads an enterprise technology team supporting the design, build and run of the foundational systems for the Canadian financial services sector. He brings IBM industry-driven insights to enable clients to harness the value of cognitive computing and emerging technologies to address their specific market needs. Prior to his time at IBM, Rocky was Vice President, Business Optimization and Technology Practices at TD Bank where he led a team of professionals focused on optimizing the business performance of technology.

Rocky has over 20 years of leadership experience in finance, operations, sales, IT optimization and enterprise scale infrastructure and agile transformation. He holds a bachelor of Commerce from York University in addition to Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations. Rocky joined the RMHC Toronto Development Committee in 2016 and the RMHC Toronto Board in 2017.

“As a father of a young child living in Toronto, I have a heightened awareness of how fortunate we are to have access to a world class health-care community. I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of the impact a seriously ill child has on parents and the entire family and how that impact is compounded when the care that’s needed isn’t locally available. It is a privilege to contribute to an organization that provides respite and a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families.”

David Ogilvie

Board Member, RMHC Toronto

David is an experienced hospitality executive with a broad background in leadership, sales and operations throughout North America. He spent over 30 years working with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, supporting renowned brands including the Westin Harbour Castle and Sheraton Centre Toronto. In recent years, David has turned his attention to philanthropy, working with Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands Jamaica and Free the Children, as well as serving on the board of numerous organizations including Tourism Toronto, Special Olympics Canada and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. He joined the RMHC Toronto Board in 2015.

“I have always believed that we all need to give back to both our local and global communities. The work that RMHC Toronto does is just amazing and I am honored to be a part of this great organization. I look forward to helping them grow as they continue to help families from around the world.”

Victor Rocca

Senior Vice President, ParaMed Home Health Care

Victor is Senior Vice President, ParaMed Home Health Care, a leading provider of home care and wellness solutions across Canada since 1974. Victor has a breadth of experience delivering impactful business results in leadership roles in Operations, Finance, and Real Estate Development for national organizations including Canadian Tire and McDonald’s Canada, where he was introduced to RMHC.

Victor believes in the power of strategic planning to drive results and has a strong reputation of enabling and empowering his teams. Acknowledged as a respected business partner and communicator, Victor has an exceptional ability to engage diverse groups and guide stakeholders through transformational change while making a positive impact on the business and its people. He has led the vision, strategy, and execution of several large-scale change initiatives. Victor also takes great pride in being purposeful, accountable, and challenging of the status quo.

Victor is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BBA (Hons) from Brock University. He previously served as Treasurer and Executive Board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario.

“I believe RMHC Toronto plays an important role in helping families when they need it the most. As a husband and father with young children of my own, I truly feel for the parents and siblings going through this difficult time. RMHC Toronto is a safe haven for these families – to come together, support one another and find comfort and understanding. I am so proud to be part of RMHC Toronto and look forward to continuing to support the efforts to bring people together around the common goal of helping each other.”

Brent Simmons

Senior Managing Director, Sun Life Financial Defined Benefit Solutions

Brent Simmons is Senior Managing Director of Sun Life Financial’s Defined Benefit Solutions business, where he leads a team of pension and investment experts who help some of Canada’s largest employers manage the risks in their defined benefit pension plans. Brent joined Sun Life in 2008 and was initially responsible for the actuarial pricing, valuation and risk management of the company’s group retirement products. In 2010, he moved to lead the Defined Benefit Solutions team. Brent graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics in 1994 and spent the first 14 years of his career consulting to pension plans and insurance companies.

Brent first began volunteering with RMHC Toronto in 2007 as a Weekend House Manager before becoming a member of the Family Room Sub-Committee in 2012. He joined the RMHC Toronto Board in 2015.

“I first learned of Ronald McDonald House and its amazing work over 25 years ago when one of my childhood friends became sick. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have volunteered with Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto and been part of its incredible mission. A family’s love is so powerful – especially in helping a sick child get better.”

Committees

  • Kristy Carscallen (Chair)
  • Denise Carpenter (Vice-Chair)
  • Jayson Horner (Past Chair)
  • Geoff Behm (Treasurer)
  • Michelle Chaisson (Secretary)
  • Catherine Bridgman (CEO)
  • Karen Kinnear
  • Jim Fennell (Co-Chair)
  • Melissa DeMers (Co-Chair)
  • Antoinette Benoit
  • Catherine Bridgman (CEO)
  • Brent Currie
  • Marcia Finlayson
  • Anshu Grover
  • Carolyn Hawthorn
  • Rocky Malfara
  • Dayl Marks
  • Elke Rubach
  • Carolyn Saunders
  • Maureen Shaughnessy Kitts
  • Geoff Behm (Co-Chair)
  • Catherine Bridgman (CEO)
  • Aric Bhargava
  • Gerry Dimakopoulos
  • Anthony Faiella
  • David Gluck
  • Victor Rocca
  • Rosie Sardo
  • Clara Shin
  • Michelle Chaisson (Chair)
  • Catherine Bridgman (CEO)
  • Aric Bhargava
  • Teri Brown
  • Kristy Carscallen
  • Jayson Horner
  • Hema Tuitt
  • Anthony Faiella (Chair)
  • Ted Conrod
  • George Ganas
  • G. Keith Graham
  • Bruce Harrop
  • Andrew Hoffman
  • Stuart Morrow
  • Henry A. Rachfalowski
  • Thierry Vallée
  • Rocky Malfara (Co-Chair)
  • Catherine Bridgman (CEO)
  • Gerard Dunphy
  • Ryan Garrett
  • Radu Gherghel
  • Candice Gurwitz
  • Alex Woda
  • Candice Gurwitz (Co-Chair)
  • Karen Kinnear (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Yaron Avitzur
  • Catherine Bridgman (CEO)
  • David Brownstone
  • Teri Brown
  • Pam Hubley
  • Natalie Kennedy
  • Janet Proctor
  • Devon Montemurro (Chair)
  • Laura Ross (Co-Chair)
  • Rebecca Hoffer (Co-Chair)
  • Yaara Avitzur
  • Annick Bahile
  • Ravi Balakrishnan
  • Denisa Balana
  • Stephanie Chow
  • Caroline DiCosmo
  • Manal Hossain
  • Maggie Hutton
  • Jessa Leidl
  • Antonio Lombardi
  • Sarah MacNicol
  • Jessica Pellerin
  • Tobias Rajchel
  • Terri Schneider
  • Alycia Young