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Board of Directors

Directors of the George Brown College Foundation have a strong interest in and commitment to the goals and long-term objectives of George Brown College. Our Directors bring credibility, integrity, and respect to the Foundation. Their energy, enthusiasm, and dedication are the basis for the overall success of the Foundation's fundraising initiatives.

Current members of the Board come from diverse backgrounds and all have demonstrated a dedication to excellence in their chosen fields:

Officers of the Board:

Doug TurnbullDoug Turnbull  
Former Deputy Chairman, TD Securities Inc.

Doug is an investment banker with over 30 years of experience in fixed income capital markets, M&A and government advisory services in Canada, the US and Japan.  He is a member of the Ontario Finance Minister’s Economic Advisory Panel, is Chair of the Board of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, where he also Chairs the Executive Committee of the Board, serves on the Board of Directors of Metrolinx, a transit agency of the Government of Ontario, and ORBIS Canada.


Board members:

Photo of Cindy GouveiaCindy Gouveia
President, George Brown College Foundation

Cindy Gouveia is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of management experience both in private and public sector. Cindy is a results driven individual whose strengths are relationship development and management, formulating optimal strategies, troubleshooting complex problems and bringing together diverse clientele. Cindy takes on a coaching and mentoring approach to executing on key deliverables through people. She is an inspiring individual who has the ability to identify opportunities where they are least present, a known problem solver and innovative solutions provider. She has travelled overseas establishing cross cultural partnerships delivering strategic results through sensitivity and respect towards diversity. Cindy holds an MBA from the University of Guelph and is in the process of completing a PhD in Higher Education.

Noella MilneNoella Milne
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Noella was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1988. She received her B.A. with a major in Law at Carleton University and received her law degree from the University of Toronto Law School. Noella is Past Chair of the Children’s Aid Foundation and a Past President of the Canadian Club. Besides sitting on several not-for-profit boards, including the Ontario Science Centre and UNICEF Canada, Noella is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Panel at the University of Toronto Law School, an Honorary Life Director of the Canadian Club, a recipient of the Children’s Aid Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2010 recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. 

Jerry PatavaJerry Patava
President & CEO, Great Gulf Homes

Jerry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Great Gulf Group of Companies, one of North America’s premier real estate organizations. Before joining Great Gulf, Jerry was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc., Vice President and Treasurer of Canadian Pacific Limited, and Vice President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. He is also a Trustee of The Consumers' Waterheater Income and Trimac Income Funds, as well as a Director and Past Chair of Kids Help Phone.  Jerry brings to the Foundation over 30 years of diverse, executive level business experience earned from several top tier Canadian corporations.

Anne SadoAnne Sado
President, George Brown College

Anne became president of George Brown College in January 2004. In 2008, she was named Chair of Colleges Ontario’s Committee of Presidents. Prior to joining George Brown College, Anne spent 25 years at Bell Canada, holding numerous positions in engineering, field operations, customer service, business development and business planning. Anne holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. She is Chair of the Trillium Health Centre; Director, Toronto Region Research Alliance; Director, Legacy Private Trust; Director, ORANO; and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at OISE, University of Toronto.  

 Mark McEwan imageMark McEwan
Chef, Entrepreneur

Mark McEwan, a George Brown College alumni who earned his Chef Apprentice diploma in 1978, is a well-known Canadian chef and owner of high-end restaurants North 44, Bymark, ONE, and Fabbrica, as well as upscale gourmet grocery store McEwan.  He is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Great Food at Home, the head judge of acclaimed television show Top Chef Canada, the star of Food Network show The Heat, and has produced a cookware line with Fresco that is sold across the country.

 Peter Lee imagePeter Lee
Managing Director and Head, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Peter Lee is Managing Director & Head of CIBC Private Wealth Management Canada which is part of the CIBC group of companies, one of North America’s largest financial services institutions and one of the world’s strongest banks.  With over 25 years of industry experience which spans Full-Service Brokerage, Private Banking, Trust, Estate and Financial Planning, he has been leading National Product & Sales and CIBC Wood Gundy’s Ontario Region of over 470 Investment Advisors managing $58 billion for clients across 42 locations.  Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of the George Brown College Foundation, is the former Board Chair of The Children’s Aid Foundation, and has held leadership roles for the benefit of Sick Kids Foundation and the United Way.

 Gary Teelucksingh imageGary Teelucksingh
Partner, Wealth & Investment Management, Capco

A wealth management and financial services expert, Gary Teelucksingh has experience growing, managing and optimizing multiple $100M+ enterprises within North America.  He is the president of Addison Enterprises, an executive consulting business focused on strategic planning and product development, and holds an M.A. in Mathematics and an MBA in Marketing, Strategy and Finance from the University of Western Ontario. 

Karen Foss Karen Foss
President, Roy Foss Motors Ltd
Karen is President of Roy Foss Motors Ltd, a privately held family business established in 1962 which includes several automotive retails stores, a land holding company, and Canada’s largest independently owned fleet leasing company. She is a member of the Cadillac National Advisory Board for General Motors of Canada and is the first Canadian Dealer to serve on General Motors (US) Women's Dealer Advisory Council (WDAC) representing both General Motors of Canada and Roy Foss Motors LTD. Karen was awarded Dealer of Distinction from WDAC.

Marissa SoumaliasMarissa Soumalias
Campaign Director, KCI Ketchum Canada

Marissa is a philanthropy professional with nine years of experience in the charitable/not for profit sector. With expertise in the areas of fundraising, corporate sponsorship, donor stewardship and event planning, Marissa is passionate about facilitating change, building capacity and delivering results in the philanthropic sector. Prior to joining KCI Ketchum Canada, Marissa held increasingly senior positions with Canada’s Walk of Fame, culminating in Manager, Inductee Relations. Committed to volunteerism, Marissa donates her time and efforts to such organizations as the George Brown College Young Leaders Council, Holland Bloorview Kid’s Rehabilitation Centre, Together Family Resource Centre and World Vision Canada.