Christina has lived in Brampton for 7+ years. She is passionate about serving her community and believes that "we grow stronger by serving others around us”.
Christina brings to the board over 13 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry in a variety of roles within Retail Banking, Legal, Capital Markets and HR. Christina is currently a HR Manager with BMO Financial Group's Talent Transformation and Governance Team and is currently focused on supporting BMO’s Talent and Learning strategies in Canada and US. In her role, she provides consulting, project and change management for BMO Financial Group.
Christina holds a BA from The University of Waterloo in Psychology and is a certified Law Clerk with the Institute Law Clerks of Ontario. She is intensely dedicated and self-driven with a passion for “working in the grey” to innovate and transform strategic initiatives to support business solutions.
Christina and her husband have two wonderful children Jay and Jordan.
Inayat is a senior executive with expertise in governance, finance, management and strategic planning. He obtained accreditation as a Chartered Director from The Directors College in 2010. Inayat is currently a member on the Board with Peel Children's Aid Society and Bramalea Community Health Centre (WellFort), and is a member on the Institute of Corporate Directors, Ontario Chapter (Peel Region) Events Planning Committee. Inayat is an avid community volunteer and proponent in building a vibrant civil society.
Michael has over 20 years of experience in Technology Management, information security, risk management, and business continuity planning in various industries including Financial, Healthcare and the Service Industry. His compliance expertise and scope of mandate include financial crimes enforcement laws, Sarbanes-Oxley, global privacy and data protection legislations, and telecommunications statutes. His experience also includes Technology management, data privacy, Cyber Security, Risk management, general governance and oversight of a business. He has been instrumental in devising strategies that has resulted in streamlined business operations, cost savings and enabling the business to generate more revenue in the aforementioned areas while also positioning for growth. Michael has a global experience in the global data privacy and cross border related issues and compliance standards arena especially in valuating risks, devising mitigation strategies and also implementation of initiatives to reduce such risks to a residual level.
Michael has resided with his family in Brampton over the last 23 years. He and his wife Franca are the proud parents of three children one of whom is an aspiring Medical Doctor currently studying Medicine. His other daughter is currently attending University and his Son is a Professional Engineer.
Karen Kus graduated with a Masters of Education, Adult Education and Community Development at OISE, University of Toronto. As an advocate for community-focused endeavours, she expresses her passion for social change through her pedagogical background. She has been a dedicated community activist in Peel, as evident in her former experience as a committee member for Peel Committee Against Women Abuse. Karen was a born and raised in Mississauga and looks forward to continue contributing to the community.
She continues to do substantial work at the University of Toronto Mississauga as an Instructor, Teacher Assistant, and Research Assistant for the Women and Gender Studies program. Her teaching and research interests focus on gender and social change, human rights and community development, feminist praxis, narratives and personal growth, and transnationalism and cultural perspectives. She aims to apply her academic background in feminism and social justice critical theories to her community based initiatives in order to ensure inclusivity and an anti-oppressive framework.
Amy Arnold is currently a Director of Human Resources for a large insurance provider, specializing in Organizational Effectiveness. In her role, she provides coaching, consulting, facilitation, change and project management within the organization.
Amy brings to the board experience over 15 year’s experience in governance and communications, as well as labour and employee relations. She has a strong commitment to equity and inclusiveness. In particular, Amy is passionate about the pursuit of family-friendly practices in organizations and in the past, has been involved in various diversity and inclusiveness initiatives such as providing support to mothers returning to the workforce after a maternity/parental leave.
Amy is actively involved in the community, volunteering her time at local food banks and with the Peel District School Board.
Jaineel Purohit has graduated with a Master’s degree at York University, specializing in Health Policy and Equity and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies specializing in Health Management. His Major Research Paper (MRP) in his Master’s program focused on whether or not the Central Local Health Integrated Network (Central LHIN) and the Toronto Central LHIN (TC LHIN) have a potential system in place to help raise awareness of the Social Determinants Of Health and help reduce health inequities experienced by the socially disadvantaged members in Ontario’s neoliberal society.
Jaineel is currently working as a Health Promoter for the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division at the Region of Peel. He is responsible for applying and leading the program planning and evaluation process to various projects across the healthy eating children and youth and healthy eating adult team including Marketing 2 Kids; Sugar Sweetened Beverages; Comprehensive Community Health Initiative.
Narendra Shah is an accomplished healthcare executive who has demonstrated an ability to deliver mission-critical results by creating environments in which pragmatic solutions emerge and thrive to improve quality of care. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in diverse settings including a research organization, teaching and community hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and as the Chief Operating Officer of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network from 2007 to 2013.
He has successfully executed major pioneering strategies, leading the implementation of new organizations, mergers and reviews of complex hospital and local health care systems and program integration. His leadership and experience resulted in him being seconded to assist the Health Services Restructuring Commission in 1997-99 to create health service plans for hospitals in two academic health science centres in Ontario. In 2003, he was seconded by the Ministry of Health to lead a team that supported two independent commissioners appointed by the Ontario Cabinet to review Ontario hospitals governance, management and financial capacity..
Narendra has served on several boards including the Hospital Shared Services Inc. (Ottawa); the Southeast Ottawa Community Health Centre; and Chaired of the Governance Committee of the United Way of Peel Region.
He has a keen interest in health care transformation, strategic planning, good governance; quality improvement and working with boards to improve organizational capacity. Currently, Narendra is the Chair of the Board of Nucleus Independent Living in Oakville, Ontario and is a member of the Board of WellFort Community Health Centre in Brampton, Ontario.
Narendra has a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He has completed several governance educational programs including the Directors Education Program jointly offered by the Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Michael lives in the Brampton Heartlake area. He was a long time director of the Paralegal Society of Ontario (PSO) and played an integral role in the amalgamation of another paralegal association to Ontario’s largest paralegal association.
More recently, he is a labour relations officer for the Ontario Nurses’ Association where he advocates before the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) and the appellate tribunal, WSIAT.
Michael and his wife are committed to raising their two children to be socially responsible and active.
Oscar is currently working in the Ontario Public Sector focusing on Procurement and Business Improvement. Heis an accounting professional who has over 11 years experience and worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario (OAGO), in which he had the opportunity to work on Value-For-Money (VFM) audits as well as financial audits; spanning various Ministries, crown corporations with focus on the health care sector involving work in hospitals; Community Care Access Centers and other health organizations. In addition he has private sector in pension accounting and operations management. He is currently continuing to build his experience with a focus on forensic and fraud investigations.
Oscar has resided with his family in Brampton over the last 28 years. He is currently also involved with MELIDEN, a new organization that is situated in Brampton which promotes Andean music artists from South America. He is also a member of the St. Marguerite d’Youville Parish and the Knights of Columbus.
My name is Rima Karam and I am very honoured and happy to be a part of the board of directors with WellFort. I am a registered Kinesiologist, with a bachelor of health sciences, as well as a Master in Health Sciences. I have always had a passion in health promotion and health policy and am quite happy that I am able to learn more in this regard from being on the board with WellFort. My Master's degree focused on drug coverage policy where I studied the Ontario Drug Benefit program from the physicians' perspectives, which has helped feed my interest in pursuing a career involving drug coverage policies, reimbursement and pharmaceutical distribution. I currently work for McKesson Canada as a customer program supervisor, where I lead a team of individuals who work on a patient support program throughout Canada. I am looking forward to working with WellFort more, enhancing my knowledge and skill set and helping to make a difference in the community that WellFort serves.
Nicole has proudly called Brampton home for 35+ years. Hailing from a large extended family with deep roots within the Brampton community and Peel Region, she is inspired by the vision and opportunity of creating caring, healthy, just, welcoming and inclusive communities. She believes the best way of achieving this vision is to roll up her sleeves, engage and commit her time, energy and resources to building the type of community we desire and envision.
Nicole has spent the majority of her professional life working within the non-profit sector with over twenty-five years of fundraising and senior leadership experience. In 2014 Nicole founded Boundless Philanthropy, a fundraising and organizational development consultancy. Prior to founding the consultancy, she was Director of Fund Development at Oxfam Canada, an international development non-governmental organization (INGO) and also a member of the organization's senior management team.
She has been a convenor and assistant coach for boys soccer in Brampton, volunteered with Carabram, served on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP Toronto) and is currently a mentor with the AFP Inclusion and Diversity Fellowship. She is an avid reader, sports and arts enthusiast.
Sharada is an intensely dedicated and self-driven individual with a single-minded focus on driving towards success, with 14 years of progressive success within oil and gas sectors. She is a dedicated leader known for exemplary work ethic and ability to guide international teams to obtain consistent success. She is loyal, a strategic thinker, with a sharp analytical mind and has that quality to truly think innovatively.
The most impressive skills that Sharada possesses are her business acumen and client mindedness. She wholeheartedly believes that clients help guide product development and business strategy. Respected as a credible voice in decision making and finding strategic partners, Sharada earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.
Sharada holds an MBA from Northwestern University, MSc in Petroleum Engineering and a BSc in Physics from the University of the West Indies. She is an ardent advocate of the end Alzheimer’s disease cause and passionate about care for the elderly.