The role of the Board is to provide governance for the organization through specific strategic objectives.
If you wish to connect with one of the Board Directors, please contact the CEO Office at (905) 841-6611 ext 314.
Mark Walsh, Board Chair
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as General Director September 2009. Mark is a professional accountant with a FCPA,FCA designation and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mark retired in 2015 having spent his first career in senior financial roles at Imperial Oil and his second career as a senior principal at the Accounting Standards Board. Mark’s not-for-profit experience includes having served as a director and Board Chair of Kinark Child and Family Services and a board member of Jewish Family and Child Services and Financial Executives International Canada. Mark is proud to be associated with Kerry’s Place and is glad to be able to bring his experience in accounting & finance, governance, ethics and non-for-profit management to the board.
Mary Lowe, Vice-Chair
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as a General Director in December 2011. Currently Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at St. Michael’s Hospital. An experienced executive able to engage stakeholders, build trust, shared accountability and a commitment to change management. In her past role as Executive Vice President with Infrastructure Ontario, Mary applied executive-level visioning, negotiation skills, development and implementation practices to create viable business development strategies for Infrastructure Ontario. Mary has an excellent understanding of federal, provincial and municipal governments and legislation, and the relationships between different levels of government.
Ralph Berzins, Vice-Chair, Treasurer
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2015, Ralph is currently the Vice President, Finance for Serta Simmons Bedding Canada. Ralph is a CPA, CGA and earned his MBA from McGill University. His strengths are in strategic business partnership, change management and leadership and has held senior financial roles in a number of industries. He is eager to give back to the community in his first not-for-profit directorship.
Jane Bullbrook, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2016, Jane is a parent of a special needs young adult, living in Oakville. Her law practice focuses on wills, trusts and estate law for the special needs community. Jane has served on the Board of Directors of STRIDE, a Halton agency helping persons with mental health issues gain employment. She currently sits on the Community Living Burlington board of directors, learning about the challenges social service agencies face. Jane attended governance training through the United Way and the DeGroote school of business. She has sat on committees in the area of governance, risk, ethics, and human resources.
Tracy has over 15 years experience as a senior health care leader. Currently is a Consultant with Bedside Clinical Systems where she assists the Chief Scientific Officer with establishing strategic direction and evaluating new business opportunities. Experience within the broader health care sector with recent experience in home care Tracy has a focus on measuring and evaluating performance, strategic planning and innovative health care solutions.
Ali Ladha, Director
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2016, Ali is currently an associate at BMO Capital Markets. He began his career in public accounting at KPMG working in the financial institutions and not-for-profit sector. He subsequently moved to work in a financial advisory role at Deloitte. Ali currently holds his CPA, CA and CFA designations and is a past director at two not-for-profit organizations in Toronto. Ali decided to become involved with Kerry’s Place to help make a difference in the lives of people with autism and help make the world more inclusive and fair to people of all abilities.
Tom Whelan, Director
Consulting Partner and Canadian leader for the Oracle practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Tom has been a management consultant for over 33 years with PwC, IBM and Price Waterhouse. Tom’s management consulting career has principally been in the areas of financial and ERP system implementation and financial management. Tom has three children, including an adult son diagnosed with Autism. Tom has been active in the Developmental Services sector for over 20 years, and in addition to his Director role with Kerry’s Place, he is currently a Director and Vice-President of Community Living Oakville, and a former President of the Autism Society Ontario, Halton Chapter.
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2017, Garry brings with him a personal connection to ASD and professional skills in IT, Finance and not-for-profit governance. Garry is a technology entrepreneur with a passion for building early stage businesses. For over 15 years, Garry was a founding Managing Partners at Procase Consulting Inc., building the IT professional services company from 3 employees to over 80 in Canada, United States and China.
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors in 2017, James currently works in the Client Wealth Management group at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, where he is registered as an Associate Portfolio Manager. James is a graduate of McGill University and a CFA charterholder. James was previously a Partner at Picton Mahoney Asset Management and held business development and wealth management positions at TD Waterhouse. James has had a personal connection to ASD and Kerry’s Place for over 35 years.
Jan Stewart, Director
Elected to the Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as a General Director in February 2018. Jan is a highly regarded expert in executive and Board search and assessment. After 25 years with the leading global executive search firm Egon Zehnder, where she served as Managing Partner of the Toronto Office, she joined the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in 2016 as Executive-in-Residence of the graduate management programs. From 2015 to 2016, she also served as Special Advisor, Executive Programs at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder in 1990, she spent ten years with JP Morgan in New York and Toronto and previously worked in the non-profit sector. Her education includes a BSc with Distinction from Northwestern University, an MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from New York University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University. In addition to her professional career, Jan has extensive governance and advocacy experience in the mental health field. Highlights include nine years on the Board of Trustees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, serving as both Chair of the Governance Committee and as Vice Chair of the Board. She has also sat on the Advisory Council of ACCESS Open Minds, as well as on the Advisory Board of LIGHTS, a partnership with Community Living Toronto that enables new housing opportunities for the intellectually disabled. Jan is the parent of an autistic son.
Robert Hart, Chair Emeritus
Elected to Kerry’s Place Board of Directors as General Director in November 2002 then elected Board Chair in October 2008. Founding member of Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Kerry’s Place Residential Services as well as Autism Ontario and Autism Canada. Former board member of Third Canadian General Investment Trust Ltd (a public corporation) from 2004 to 2011 and acting as Chair of the Governance Committee. Served as a board member of Spencer House (not for profit nursing home), recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and retired lawyer admitted as a Barrister and solicitor in Ontario in 1964 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. Robert’s son has autism.