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YUAA board members

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

YorkU Alumni Association

The York University Alumni Association is governed by a board of alumni. They are graduates of Faculties and schools from across York so that they represent our wide range of grads.

The purpose of YUAA is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between the University and its alumni by:

  1. Providing to the University the special perspective of alumni so that the University’s vision aligns with the needs and interests of it graduates
  2. Advising the University’s President and Alumni Relations on all alumni programming
  3. Promoting, as a distinct voice, the University’s reputation in Canada and around the world
  4. Encouraging connections among alumni and with members of the University community
  5. Governing affiliated groups like alumni chapters


Randy Williamson, LLB '88
Chair (elected in 2012)

Randy Williamson is currently practicing law at Aird & Berlis LLP, advising independent businesses on growth M&A and financing strategies. Randy has owned and operated three independent business services companies, meeting critical operating, administrative, marketing and communication needs of businesses large and small. He was a senior executive with a billion dollar public company, responsible for corporate development, securities/corporate compliance and treasury/finance matters.

Randy devotes substantial time to many community organizations, including as Founding Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni, the Dean's Advisory Council at Osgoode and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

Randy received his LLB from Osgoode at York in 1988 and his B.Comm (Hons.) from Queen's in 1982. He lives in Toronto with his wife Becky and three children.

Board Members

Internal Board Members

 

Francesca Accinelli

Francesca Accinelli (BFA '92)

Francesca holds the position of Director, English Market for the CMF Program Administrator at Telefilm Canada. In this position she manages the business affairs processes for both Convergent and Experimental Programs for English Canada and works with TV and digital media producers providing support during the CMF application process. Previously, Francesca was Deputy Director of the Television Business Unit at Telefilm Canada. Before joining the organization, Francesca was the Manager of Operations and Business Analyst for the Canadian Television Fund where she started in 2001.

Francesca began her career as a cultural administrator in theatre working at Harbourfront Centre and Solar Stage (among many others) before moving to television production where she worked for close to ten years. She has a B.A in Fine Arts from York University, was the recipient of the Murray Ross Scholarship, is a Vanier College Productions alumna and is proud to be a founding member of C.A.S.A.

Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund’s programs.

 
Selma D'Souza

Selma D'Souza (BA '02)

Selma D’Souza is a Senior Project Analyst in the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. She began her career in the Ontario Public Service as a summer student and her career, to date, includes positions in the Ministries of Government Services, and Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Community Safety and Correctional Services. She completed her undergraduate degree at York University, and has post-graduate certificates in human resources management, risk management, and emergency management.

In 2007, Selma was one of only two public servants chosen by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) to participate in Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Wisdom II Mentoring Program. In 2008, Selma was named to the WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ list.

Selma is an Auxiliary Constable with York Regional Police, clocking in hundreds of volunteer hours every year and is in actively involved in community events, general patrol, Drill Unit, Adopt-A-Mission Jamaica, and the Chief’s Equity Advisory Committee. She is also an Executive Board Member of Serving With Pride, and is on the Pride Toronto Board of Directors.

 
Hamza S. Dawood

Hamza S. Dawood (BA '07, MBA/JD '11)

Hamza is an Associate in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. His law practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, with a focus on corporate transactions, corporate governance and complex commercial agreements.

Hamza graduated from the MBA/JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2011. Prior to his higher studies, he graduated summa cum laude from York University with an undergraduate degree in criminology and history. Hamza received numerous scholastic and leadership awards as an undergraduate at York, including the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, the York University Alumni Association Silver Jubilee Scholarship and York's highest student honour, the Murray G. Ross Award for exceptional academic and extracurricular achievement. Hamza was also the recipient of the Harley D. Hallett and Kenneth Laundy Scholarships at Osgoode and Schulich, respectively.

An active member of the York community for many years, Hamza has previously served as Executive Editor of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal; President of the South Asian Law Students’ Association at Osgoode; President of the Faculty of Arts Student Council; and as a member of the York University Student Centre Board of Directors and the York University Senate.

Antonio Di Domenico

Antonio Di Domenico (B.A. Hons. '02, LLB '05)

Antonio was elected as a Board member of the Alumni Association in 2005. He is currently practicing law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto, where he is engaged in a broad litigation and dispute resolution practice.

Antonio graduated sumna cum laude for his undergraduate program and continued his outstanding academic achievement by graduating in the top 10% from Osgoode.

He has received numerous awards at York, including York's highest honour, the Murray G. Ross Award, which recognizes high academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement.

Antonio served as a member of over 30 committees or bodies while at York, including the York University Board of Governors, Senate and the Faculty Council of Osgoode Hall Law School. He is currently a member of the teaching team of the Lawyer as Negotiator course at Osgoode.

Bill Graham (MBA ‘86)

Bill is President of Quartham International and serves as an Executive-in-Residence for the International MBA Program at Schulich. Prior to this, Bill was founding President and CEO of Proponix Inc., a global technology and process outsourcing company owned by Barclay's Bank Plc, Bank of Montreal Ltd., ANZ Banking Corporation and American Management Systems (now CGI Inc).

Bill came to Proponix following a 15-year career at Citibank N.A., serving in various international positions including Asia-Pacific Regional Head of Financial Institutions (Singapore), Interim Head of Citibank Canada, and Managing Director of the Canadian Financial Institutions Group and Global Transactions Services (Toronto).

He serves as Past-Chairman of the Boards of CAA South Central Ontario, on the Board of CAA National and on the Dean's Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business, York University. He also serves as the President of the Schulich Global Alumni Network.

Bill has an MBA with distinction in International Finance and Business from Schulich, and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a professional engineer (retired).

 

Neela Maharaj (BASC '09)

Neela Maharaj is a Senior Business Systems Analyst within Retail and Wealth Management Applications at RBC Royal Bank dealing with GIC, Mutual Fund and Savings Deposit products within various retail investment vehicles. In her position she supports multiple business functions on some of the most high profile and aggressive projects across the area. Always having been an active community member, she also allocates time to several RBC Communities dedicated to diversity, employee engagement and process improvement.

Neela graduated from York University's School of Engineering, specializing in Computer Engineering. As an alumnus, she is dedicated to the advancement and development of the York Engineering community and currently holds the Vice President position for the York University Engineering Alumni Association.

Throughout Neela's undergraduate studies, she served as the: Marketing Director for the York University Rover Team; President of the Engineers Without Borders Chapter; Vice President Internal Events for the Engineering Society at York; Go Engineering Girl York University Panelist; and has been involved with several recruitment and awareness campaigns for the School of Engineering including live interviews on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet, CTV's Canada AM and City TV's Breakfast Television.

Neela continually seeks to further her education and is actively is working towards her Professional Engineering (P.Eng) designation.

 

Stephanie Ling (BA '85, BA Hons '87, MEd '02, PhD 2008)

As a dedicated professional in the field of education, Dr. Stephanie Ling has been involved in multiple areas of education over the past 35 years in both the public and private sectors. Proud to be a York alumni and a member of the York to the Power of 50 campaign, she continues to be a strong and passionate advocate for York U in its capacity to sustain its mission in creating and developing innovative approaches to education. As a supporter of both public and independent education, Stephanie was encouraged to create an alternative schooling experience that would provide additional private enrichment opportunities for those students who had a desire to learn how to exceed their own learning capacity. With this goal in mind and influenced by her own education at York, Stephanie founded Cornerstone Montessori Prep School in the late 1980’s with a values based approach that focuses on developing leadership and critical analytical skills in students from preschool to university entrance. Cornerstone has since then inspired over 2000 students to find ways to transform their lives. Their second campus has recently opened in the Don Mills area in order to reach the North York community families.

One of the many ways that Stephanie has chosen to give back to York, apart from her volunteer roles on a number of York Senate committees, the York University Alumni Association and the Faculty of Education, is through the establishment of a new award for York students: The Cornerstone Leadership in Action Graduating Student Award. Two awards are given each year, recognizing graduating teachers who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and values-based teaching such as honesty, integrity, creativity, courage and humility amongst other related values. Most recently she has initiated a number of grants to be used in promoting ways of integrating specialized music programs with the Faculty of Education so that there can be a more collaborative vision in reaching out to the communities. This is proving to be a most exciting venture with the Samba Squad and Gospel choir at York!

She began her undergraduate studies at UVIC where she also received her teacher certification. Stephanie then moved to Toronto to complete her Masters Degree at York and subsequently completed her Doctor of Philosophy Degree at U of T with a focus on organizational cybernetics in the field of educational leadership. Never one to remain isolated in her desire to be a part of the community, she has been a long time member of the Board of Governors at Knox College as well as having recently served as Chair of the Board; currently is a trustee of the Toronto Schools of Theology at U of T.; a council member for the Centre of Asian Theology and Ministry, Scott Mission Board member and is the Early Education Director for ACSI Eastern Canada (Association of Christian Schools International). Through these roles, she continues to speak at a number of educational conferences as well as consult with other groups that are interested in redefining the educational landscape for students of the next generation. She currently serves as Chancellor of Tyndale University College & Seminary which is the largest seminary in Canada.

 

Velma Morgan (BA '95, BEd '97)

In addition to her current teaching job with the Toronto District School Board, Velma has worked as a Early Years Literacy Coordinator and has been an associate teacher for teacher candidates from a number of Canadian universities, including York.

Velma is involved in a myriad of community and not-for-profit associations. The list of her roles includes: board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto, Co-founder and President of the York University Black Alumni Chapter, Interim Chair of Equal Voice, former Vice-President of Operation Black Vote Canada, several board positions in the John Brooks Community Scholarship Foundation, advisor and planning committee member for the GTA Political Summit and she continues to participate in election campaigns at the municipal, provincial and federal levels across Ontario.

She is co-author of “Blurred Vision”, which provides tips and strategies for diversity in the classroom and school system. She also wrote an online course for the Toronto District School Board.

Velma is recipient of the John Brooks Community Foundation Scholarship Fund Community Service Award, the TNT Eagles Community Service Award and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Volunteer Award for her service and commitment to youth and her community.

 
Earle Nestmann

Dr. Earle R. Nestmann (MSc '71, PhD '74)

Earle is a recognized authority in toxicology and has extensive experience in regulatory issues and risk assessment. He has edited several books on risk assessment and recombinant DNA methodology. He has also published more than 150 scientific papers in the fields of microbial genetics, mutagenesis, toxicological evaluation, product regulation, and risk assessment.

Prior to joining CANTOX, Earle was a research scientist at Health Canada in the Health Protection Branch. Earle was responsible for a laboratory program in genetic toxicology and contributed to the development of regulatory policies for the use of genotoxicity data and for assessment of potential risk from genetically engineered micro-organisms. As the Canadian Manager of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for a major international chemical producer and at CANTOX he gained experience applicable to the development and evaluation of safety programs for pesticides, food additives, GRAS substances, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and other products and materials.

As a member of several national and international committees and panels, Earle has worked with the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and a number of trade associations. He also has served as the President of the Genetics Society of Canada, is on the Board of Trustees of the American Type Culture Collection, and is a member of the Board of Directors for York University Alumni Association.

After graduation, Earle has worked as an Assistant Professor of Biology at York and taught courses including genetics, microbiology, and natural and environmental sciences.

 

Tim Rider (BA ‘86)

Tim is Regional Vice President, Commercial Banking, for the Greater Toronto Region of RBC Royal Bank. In addition to his participation with the YUAA, he is involved in an advisory capacity with Sport York Fundraising, participates in the raising funds in support of Variety Village in Toronto, and is on the board of the Durham Region Children's Aid Foundation.

Tim is a proud member of the York University Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating from York he received an MBA from Queen's University. Tim is married to Linda (nee Tomeljak) BA 1987, and they are the proud parents of three children, Jordan, Drew, and Connor. The Rider family calls Whitby their home.

 
David Trick

David Trick (BA ‘77)

David Trick operates his own business, David Trick and Associates, consultants in higher education strategy and management. His clients include universities, colleges, associations and government agencies that require advice and expertise on issues in postsecondary education.

David is the former Assistant Deputy Minister for Postsecondary Education in the Government of Ontario, where he was responsible for managing the government's relationships with colleges and universities during the most rapid period of enrolment growth since the 1960s. He was subsequently the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Provost of the University of Guelph-Humber, a unique partnership between the University of Guelph and Humber College to establish a new university campus in Toronto.

He began his career in the Ontario Public Service in 1981, working in the fields of intergovernmental affairs, economic development, labour market policy and demographic analysis. He later became Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance with responsibility for the provincial budget, taxation and federal-provincial finance. David has also undertaken assignments at IBM Canada and at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He has been invited to speak on higher education and public policy issues in North America, Asia and Europe.

After graduation from York, David received his masters from Brandeis University, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. His research on public policy has won the Douglas G. Hartle Award of the University of Toronto's Institute for Policy Analysis and the J.E. Hodgetts Award of the Institute of Policy Analysis of Canada. He is the co-author of Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario (McGill-Queen's University Press).

In addition to serving on the board of directors of the York University Alumni Association, David serves on the Principal's Advisory Committee of Glendon College, the Policy and Research Advisory Council of The Learning Partnership, and the Schools Committee of the Harvard Club of Toronto.

 
Shoukri

Mamdouh Shoukri

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri became York University's 7th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1st, 2007.

Dr. Shoukri comes to York from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he most recently served as Vice-President Research & International Affairs. There, he was also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He joined McMaster's faculty in 1984 and was appointed Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1990 and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 1994. Prior to joining McMaster University, Dr. Shoukri worked in various capacities the Research Division of Ontario Hydro (1977-1984) where he had a successful industrial research career. As McMaster's Vice-President, Research & International Affairs, Dr. Shoukri was responsible for all research activities within the University and for the aggressive pursuit of new partnerships – including technology transfer and economic development opportunities – locally, nationally and internationally, designed to capitalize on McMaster's significant research strengths. The McMaster Innovation Park exemplifies the success he and the University had in developing their research enterprise. As Dean of Engineering, Dr. Shoukri developed a strategic plan that led to a major expansion of the Faculty. He actively encouraged and facilitated the creation of research thrust areas in partnership with industry and government. Under his leadership, the Faculty nearly doubled its enrolment and faculty complement and substantially increased its research funding. He also led a very successful fundraising campaign.

Dr. Shoukri is a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council (ORIC) – a council appointed by Premier of Ontario in July 2006, to advise the government on its innovation strategy in order to keep the province's economy strong. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) Inc. He has served on the Ontario Government Advisory Committee for the Centers of Excellence and on the on Board of Directors for two Ontario Centres -- Materials and Manufacturing Ontario and Communications and Information Technology Ontario. Dr. Shoukri is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering. His professional memberships include the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Shoukri's scholarly interests are in thermo-fluid sciences; particularly areas related to multi-phase heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics. He is the author and co-author of over a hundred papers that appeared in refereed journals and symposia. His education credentials include a B.Sc.(Hons.), Mechanical Engineering, Cairo University, 1970; M.Eng., McMaster University, 1974; and PhD, Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 1977.

 
Jeff O'Hagan

Jeff O'Hagan

Jeff O’Hagan, a well-regarded fundraising professional with experience in the health-care, research and education sectors, became York University’s Vice-President Advancement in October 2011.

Most recently Jeff was the chief executive officer of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, where he led all aspects of the foundation and the $470-million Campaign for Sunnybrook. He joined the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation in 2007, as senior vice-president, development. During the three years that he was in this role, he was responsible for all campaign planning and the strategic direction of fundraising activity.

Prior to Sunnybrook, Jeff held senior fundraising roles at the University of Western Ontario, including Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and at the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation in Waterloo. He began his career in wealth management and estate services at the Royal Bank of Canada.

Jeff has a BA from the University of Western Ontario.