BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Each Director makes an initial commitment of serving on our Board for two years. No Director may hold office for more than six consecutive years unless granted an extension. The extension can be up to one year at a time and must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.

Karl Pelowich joined JobStart’s Board of Directors in 2017. He assumed the role of Board President on April 17, 2020. Karl was the Board Vice-President from January 2019 to April 16, 2020. Karl has been with TD Bank Financial Group since 2013 and is currently Associate Vice President (AVP), Human Resources and the HR Program Lead for the bank’s Finance Innovation Transformation where he is responsible for developing and implementing the talent management framework. Previously, Karl was AVP, Human Resources for North American Phone Channel & ATM where was responsible for the development and delivery of people strategies and led the HR elements of business planning and transformational programs for Contact Centre and Shared Services teams across North America. Prior to that Karl was AVP, Human Resources for Infrastructure Technology Solutions. Before joining TD, Karl was with BMO Financial Group where he held a variety of roles in Human Resources, Salesforce Effectiveness, Personal & Commercial Banking, Finance and the Contact Centre. Karl has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a MBA from Dalhousie University.

Norman Woo joined JobStart’s Board in June 2010. He assumed the role of acting Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Finance Committee from October 2014 to June 2015. He is currently AVP, Corporate Development for Manulife Financial Corporation. Previously he was a Senior Manager in the Transaction and Restructuring Advisory practice of KPMG LLP where he provided valuations, corporate finance and financial reporting services to public and private companies, as well as the public sector. Norman graduated from the University of Waterloo, where he completed both an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics and a Master of Accounting. Norman is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations.

Tosin Akinwekomi joined JobStart’s Board of Directors in April 2017. Tosin assumed the role of Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee in June 2019.  He is a problem-solver with experience in Financial Services and the Public Sector. Tosin has expertise in Strategic Planning, Transformation, Change Management and Risk. He is currently Director, Organizational Change Management at RBC, and previously held roles in Management Consulting, Internal Audit and Finance. From 2008 to 2016, Tosin led a team to raise $70k+ to provide educational assistance to underprivileged children in Nigeria. He is passionate about Youth development and is the Youth Program Lead at his local church where he focuses on academic, career success, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and interpersonal relationships for youth. Tosin leads fundraising for the church’s annual youth scholarship. He holds a BCom from York University, an MBA and a Certificate in Responsible Leadership from Queen's University and is a CPA.

Ildiko Erdei joined JobStart’s Board in 2017.  She assumed the role of Board Vice President on April 17, 2020. Ildiko is a prosecutor for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, currently focusing on drug prosecutions in the City of Toronto. Ildiko has previously acted as an immigration lawyer, also for the Government of Canada, specializing in refugee law, inadmissibility for criminality, and national security. She has an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Toronto, and a masters in law in international criminal law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Ildiko has travelled and lived abroad extensively, having worked previously for the United Nations and the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She has a passion for volunteerism, having volunteered for various organizations in Toronto and elsewhere.

Janet LeClair joined JobStart’s Board in June 2014. She assumed the role of Board Secretary on June 21, 2017. Janet is a Senior HR Consultant with Stratford Managers Corporation and has broad expertise in human resources, finance and communications. With over 20 years’ experience working with academic administrators, researchers, clinicians, CEO’s and boards of directors she has worked both in the private and public sector -- all with a focus on innovation to advance knowledge for economic and social benefit. Janet has previously served on two boards: with BioTalent Canada for two consecutive 3-year terms and a year with the York Technology Association (now TechConnex). She recently completed Altruvest’s Governance Leadership Program; is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Business Administration Program and the Rotman School of Management’s Advanced Program in Human Resources, University of Toronto; she holds a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation. 

 

Janet became a mentor in The Mentoring Partnership (TMP) program, delivered by JobStart and other member agencies, in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), in 2016.

Michelle Dodokin joined JobStart's Board in 2017. She is a senior financial services executive with broad experience in strategy, operations, finance, communications and corporate social responsibility at leading Canadian companies. Michelle's has a range of social interests including housing, education, employment, nutrition, and fitness. Michelle holds an MBA from Western University and is an alumna of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University.

Amol Joshi joined JobStart’s Board in January 2018.  He is a Senior Technology Executive with over 14 years of experience in leading and executing complex IT Transformations. With a natural handle on leadership and motivation, he approaches business challenges in a detail-oriented way and demonstrates quantifiable results throughout the course of highly technical and complex engagements. At CrucialLogics through Consulting with a Conscience™ Amol leads the Enterprise Solutions and Governance Practices.  Amol brings a solid history of technical expertise in globally scaled enterprise context.

Amol is creative, innovative, and enthusiastic and is driven to provide open and honest advice about the IT solutions available to his clients. He views every problem through a business-focused lens and brings a patient spirit of collaboration to ensure that he delivers a quality result that everyone is comfortable with and that the business can trust is effective.  

Amol has a BSc. in Computer Science, is a certified Project Manager by PMI (PMP) and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Sharon Broughton joined JobStart’s Board in February 2019.  She is an experienced senior marketing leader and marketing research professional with over 20 years’ industry experience, including roles in financial services, retail, consumer and commercial product marketing.  Most recently, Sharon led the marketing research and database analytics team at Suncor (Petro-Canada) and was Global Marketing Director at Petro-Canada Lubricants. She holds an MBA from McMaster University and a Certified Marketing Research Professional designation from the MRIA.

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Jun 26, 2020

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Jun 25, 2020

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Jun 22, 2020

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Jun 22, 2020

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Jun 18, 2020

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Jun 9, 2020

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Jun 4, 2020

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