Board of Directors
Justin is a lawyer with over a decade experience in the energy sector starting with being a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Minister of Energy and then as the Ontario Policy Lead for the Canadian Wind Energy Association and then Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs at the Electricity Distributors Association. Since 2019, he is the Executive Director of Energy Storage Canada, a not-for-profit organization and the only national trade association in Canada dedicated solely to the growth and market development of the country’s energy storage sector as a means of accelerating the realization of Canada’s ongoing energy transition and Net Zero goals through advocacy, education, collaboration, and research.
Justin holds a Honours BA in Economics & Political Science from the University of Toronto as well as a Law Degree from the University of Western. He was called to the bar in 2004.
Justin has been a director of the York Region Children’s Aid Society since February 2019 and is the current Chair of the Board. Additionally, Justin is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism Committee as well as a member of the Governance Committee.
Susan Bird is a chartered director having achieved the ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. She is a graduate of York University with a major in economics. She holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation and is a Fellow of the ISCEBS. Susan serves on several not for profit boards as a director and chair. Susan is considered an expert in governance and educates those involved in the governance of programs in the financial services and health care sectors.
Susan joined the York Region CAS Board of Directors in January 2017 and is the Secretary to the Board, the Chair of the Risk Oversight Committee, and a member of the Board Finance Committee.
Susan is the Chair of the York Region Children’s Fund Board of Directors.
John Rogers was called to the Bar in 1974 and specialized in real estate, development, and planning law with the firm McChesney & Rogers. John began working for the Town of Newmarket in 1999, and then served the Towns of East Gwillimbury and Aurora respectively as Chief Administrative Officer. John was on the Council for the Town of Georgina from 1978 to 1988, first as Ward Councillor, and then Mayor. In addition to his legal and political work, John has volunteered with numerous organizations such as: United Way of York Region, United Way Centraide Canada, Central LHIN, Places For People Haliburton, Markham Stouffville Hospital, St. Peter’s Maple Lake Anglican Church. and The York Region Abuse Program.
John has been a member of the York Region CAS Board of Directors since April 2016. He is the current Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Officer at Large
Melissa Froio is a teacher/chaplain for the York Catholic District School Board. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a Master’s Degree in Education. In 2018, she was appointed chaplain, a role which enables her to mentor students while working as a faith ambassador for the school and greater community. She has experience in the areas of grief counselling, suicide prevention, and mental health and wellness. She uses this platform to create community relationships, where she organizes fundraisers, charitable events, and student driven initiatives for the betterment of society. Melissa has been teaching for 15 years and continues to advocate for marginalized youth. Her passion enables her to find creative solutions for the various pedagogical dilemmas of the 21st century.
Melissa has been a member of the York Region CAS Board of Directors since June 2020. Melissa is a current member of the Governance Committee of the Board.
Chanice McAnuff is a first-voice advocate, with lived experience in the Child Welfare system. Chanice is currently the Executive Director of Ontario for Youth in Care Canada, Founder and CEO of Project Outsiders (a youth-led, registered not-for-profit organization for youth in care), and she sits on numerous committees including the Youth for Change committee for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Child Welfare Political Action Committee, and more. In her work, Chanice continues to engage with youth throughout York Region. Among many other things, she has experience in consulting, event coordinating, project management, public speaking, and team building.
As a Board member for York Region Children’s Aid Society, she hopes to assist in governing the organization in a new direction that ensures better outcomes for youth aging out of care by amplifying youth voices within the Board.
Chanice joined the York Region CAS Board of Directors in November 2020 and is a current member of the Risk Oversight Committee.
Francesca Loffreda is a Peer Mentor for Blue Door Support Services’ INNclusion Program – a program providing supportive housing for up to 4 2SLGBTQ+ youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness in York Region. Francesca has 4 years’ experience working with homeless children, youth and families at Blue Door. They moved to Canada from Italy in 2015 to study Child and Youth Care at Georgian College, specializing on human rights issues pertaining to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. In 2017, Francesca co-created GenderLens, the first and only Italian association aimed at supporting families to better support their gender variant and nonbinary children from a positive, person-centered approach. Francesca continues to support this project, advocating and educating about gender diversity and fluidity.
Francesca joined the YRCAS Board of Directors in October 2022
Kelly West is an experienced non-profit leader who brings a history of service excellence and a commitment to fostering a strong and positive work culture in the developmental services sector. She is the Vice President of Community Services at Kerry’s Place Autism Services responsible for system planning and leadership with the Ontario Autism Program, complex special needs strategy and provincial and federal service sector planning for persons with ASD.
Kelly holds a B.Soc.Sc. with a concentration in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Social Work degree and Master of Social Work degree from York University and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree.
Kelly joined the YRCAS Board of Directors in September 2022 and is a member of the Governance Committee.
Michela Pirruccio (she/her) works in the non-profit sector of York Region and is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Environment and Urban Change at York University. Michela holds an Undergraduate Degree in Community Development from Acadia University and a Master’s Degree in Applied Health Science from the University of Waterloo. She engages in activist scholarship that meets on the intersections of youth homelessness and 2SLGBTQIA+ advocacy while asking questions that attend to issues of suburban space making, policy development, urban planning, and service provision. As a registered yoga teacher, Michela fuses her passion for 2SLGBTQIA+ space making with a hands-on trauma-informed practice to connect with those facing adversity in York Region and foster spaces of belonging and support for the queer community.
Michela joined the YRCAS Board of Directors in October 2022 and is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism (IDEA) Committee.
Immediate Past Chair
Tahir Shafiq P.Eng, FEC is a senior manager with 20 years of experience in business development, engineering and governance. He is skilled in developing national and global strategic business plans for multinational high-tech companies and has managed various international teams and strategic partnerships. He has been serving on several regional and national not-for-profit organizations’ boards since 2009. Tahir has received special awards from the Ontario and the Canadian Governments and Professional Engineers of Ontario, recognizing his commitment to community service. He holds an MBA from Adelphi University in New York, specialized training in International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and holds a Master in Management Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees from the University of the Punjab, Lahore. Tahir is a designated Professional Engineer, as well as a Fellow of Engineers Canada.
Tahir joined the York Region CAS Board of Directors in February 2015 and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board.
Thushyan Kayilas is Senior Director of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at LifeWorks. In this role, he is responsible for driving the organization’s global DEI strategy and governance across North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Prior to joining LifeWorks, Thushyan lived and worked internationally with various institutions, including: Hewlett Packard, the United Nations, and the Government of Canada.
Thushyan holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University; Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University; and Juris Doctorate (JD) in Common Law from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.
Thushyan joined the YRCAS Board of Directors in October 2022 and is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism (IDEA) Committee.
Thai Truong has been a police officer for the past 20 years. Thai is a Superintendent with York Regional Police. Currently, he is in charge of Corporate Development Services – Training & Education, Professional Development, Recruiting, Academic Learning, Leadership Training, Technology & Skills Development, Officer Safety, Firearms, Practical Skills and Police Vehicle Operations. Thai has been qualified as an expert witness in various areas of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls – both in the Ontario Court of Justice and in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Windsor, and he is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.
Thai has been a member of the York Region CAS Board of Directors since September 2019 and sits on the Risk Oversight Committee of the Board.
Tim Flemming is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Tim is also the President of Flemming & Associates Ltd, specializing in consulting in the areas of process improvement and solution implementation. Tim has held various senior positions with Sears Canada since 1998, including Senior Vice President of Procurement, National Financial Manager, and Director, Internal Audit. Tim is a graduate of economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Chartered Professional Accountant. Tim has volunteered with a number of youth and sport initiatives within York Region for over 20 years.
Tim joined the York Region CAS Board of Directors in December 2015 and is a current member of the Finance Committee of the Board.
Richard Kinch is a graduate of Western Ontario and recently retired from the Johnson & Johnson Family of companies where he held senior positions in a number of fields including Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources. Richard’s last position was Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. For the past 10 years as a business consultant, he has focused on the areas of Executive Development, Team Building, and Strategic Planning. Richard has volunteered on a number of not-for-profit Boards, his most recent as Chair of CHATS (Community and Home Assistance to Seniors) in York Region. He is currently volunteering with the Youth Justice Commission in York Region as part of Project Springboard.
Richard joined the York Region CAS Board of Directors in May 2015 and is a current member of the Risk Oversight and the Governance Committees of the Board.
Riyaz Abdulrasul is a finance leader with over 25 years of experience working in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Riyaz is a Chartered Professional Accountant/C.M.A. and currently holds the position of V.P. Finance & Technology at Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe. Other most recent positions were held at Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Health. Riyaz previously held a position in the Board of Directors at Southlake Academic Family Health Team. His executive interests include strategic planning, performance improvement, corporate governance, fiscal accountability, change management, and the impact of social determinants of health.
Riyaz joined the YRCAS Board of Directors in September 2022 and is a member of the Finance Committee.
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