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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:

Noella MilneNoella Milne
Chair of the Board
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Noella was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1988. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in law at Carleton University, and later received her law degree from the University of Toronto Law School. Noella is the former Chair of the Children’s Aid Foundation and the former President of the Canadian Club. Aside from 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. She is also 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.


Board members:

Photo of Cindy GouveiaCindy Gouveia
President, George Brown College Foundation

Cindy is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of management experience 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. She is an inspiring individual who has the ability to identify opportunities where they are least present, a known problem-solver and an innovative solutions provider. She has travelled overseas establishing cross-cultural partnerships, delivering strategic results through sensitivity and respect towards diversity. Cindy holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Guelph and she is currently in the process of completing a PhD in higher education.

Jerry PatavaJerry Patava
Director & Chair of the Finance Committee
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. Jerry was also the Vice President and Treasurer of Canadian Pacific Limited, and the Vice President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. He is a Trustee of The Consumers' Waterheater Income Fund and Trimac Income Funds, as well as a Director and former Chair of Kids Help Phone. Jerry brings to the Foundation over 30 years of diverse, executive level business experience, earned from several top Canadian corporations.

Anne SadoAnne Sado
President, George Brown College

Anne became President of George Brown College in 2004. In 2008, she was named the 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 the Chair of the Trillium Health Centre, the Director of the Toronto Region Research Alliance, as well as the Director of Legacy Private Trust and the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORANO). Anne is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

 Mark McEwan imageMark McEwan
Chef, Entrepreneur

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

 Peter Lee imagePeter Lee
Director & Member of the Finance Committee
Managing Director and Head, CIBC Private Wealth Management

Peter Lee is the Managing Director and 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. With over 25 years of industry experience that includes full-service brokerage, private banking, and trust, estate and financial planning, Peter has been leading national product and sales and CIBC Wood Gundy's Ontario Region, made up of over 470 investment advisors, who manage $58 billion for clients. Peter currently serves on the board of the George Brown College Foundation, and he is the former Board Chair of the Children's Aid Foundation. Peter has also held leadership roles for the benefit of the Sick Kids Foundation and the United Way.

 Gary Teelucksingh imageGary Teelucksingh
Director & Member of the Finance Committee
Partner, Wealth & Investment Management, Capco

As 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 a Masters of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing, Strategy and Finance from the University of Western Ontario.  

Karen Foss Karen Foss
President, Roy Foss Motors Ltd

Karen is the President of Roy Foss Motors Ltd, a privately held family business  established in 1962, which includes several automotive retail 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 she 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 and 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 senior positions with Canada's Walk of Fame, including her position as Manager of 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.

Alan Dean HeadshotAlan Dean
President, Brookfield Partners Foundation

Alan Dean was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the George Brown College Foundation in September 2015. Alan currently serves as the President and Executive Director of Brookfield Partners Foundation, the charitable arm of Brookfield, an international asset management company based in Toronto. He retired from Brookfield in 2008 after 20 years in communications, governance and shareholder relations. Before this, he worked in business planning for Cadillac Fairview, a leading North American real estate developer, and as an urban planner for the City of Toronto. Alan is currently a director of Evergreen, which operates Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto's Don Valley, and sits on the Woodsworth College Campaign Cabinet at the University of Toronto. His prior board appointments include serving as a director of Brookfield Investments Corporation, as Trade Committee Chair for the Canadian Council for International Business, as Vice-chair of the Canadian Council for the Americas and as Chair of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Alan has degrees in Architecture, Business and Geography from the University of Toronto.

 Leslie McLean imageLeslie McLean, RN, MScN
Faculty Member, Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education Program

Leslie was recently appointed as a member of the George Brown College Foundation's Board of Directors in September 2015. Leslie has worked for over 30 years in a variety of areas and roles in healthcare, both within Canada and abroad, and she is passionate about education and helping to create healthy work environments for healthcare providers. Among her many roles, Leslie was an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University's School of Nursing in Halifax, where she taught oncology nursing. Currently, she is a faculty member with the Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education (IPODE) program and is providing consulting services in areas such as collaborative practice, compassion fatigue and ethical issues in clinical practice. Leslie has multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McMaster University and her Masters of Science in Nursing (Ethics) from Dalhousie University.