FST’s Board of Directors is comprised of up to 12 members who serve voluntarily, generally for two three-year terms. Directors are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or landed immigrants in Canada.
The Board may also appoint two ex-officio members to one-year terms.
The FST Board’s primary role is to provide strategic leadership and accountability to the public. Tasks include liaising with agency constituents, determining and carrying out governing policies and overseeing the Executive Director.
The Board is accountable to FST members and the public. Members are individuals who have expressed interest in FST’s work and completed a membership form.
Officers of the Board include the president, vice-presidents (usually two), secretary and treasurer. The president is selected by the board for a term of two years.
The Board may establish working groups to provide support for its work or advice on specific issues. Standing committees include Financial Affairs and Governance.
Directors are recruited through the board’s Governance Committee and election of new Board members is conducted during the Annual General Meeting (typically held in June).
Board of Directors
Ted Betts, President
Ted is a partner in the Toronto office of Gowlings, one of Canada’s largest law firms. His practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, and commercial matters. He also has extensive construction project experience in large-scale infrastructure, office building, power, oil and gas, and mining projects.
Ted advises companies on their corporate development and growth, acquisitions and financings, as well as commercial activities and regulatory matters. He also advises large and small businesses on shareholdings, joint ventures, incorporation, corporate maintenance, dissolution and corporate finance, and has had significant involvement in restructurings and reorganizations, with significant experience in the financial services, private equity, technology and energy sectors.
Gowlings Ted Betts receives Ontario Volunteer Service Award
Danny Anckle, Vice-President
Danny is Director, Resident Access and Support Services for Toronto Community Housing. He is former executive director at Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club and past executive director at Scouts Canada and Leave Out Violence. Areas of expertise include community development, organizational management, community and social services especially work with marginalized communities (children, families and youth at risk) around issues of access, equity, anti-oppression and diversity
Danny volunteered on the boards of Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre, Ontario College of Teachers and Bereaved Families of Ontario.
Alyssa Brierley, Vice-President
Alyssa is Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer with the Ontario College of Teachers. Her areas of expertise include community development, organizational planning, accounting and legal.
Alyssa served on the board of the Working Skills Centre and is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Red Cross (Ontario Zone) and the Human Rights and Ethics Committee of Community Living Toronto. She is also currently completing a Ph.D in Political Science and completed her Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010 and was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Ian Wintrip, Treasurer
Ian is the Managing Director of Wintrip Consulting Inc., a forensic accounting firm specializing in the determination of value, primarily when value is in dispute. He assists clients in assessing the value of businesses, intellectual property assets and losses as a result of the actions of others. Ian has testified as an expert witness on questions of value before the Ontario courts and in international arbitration proceedings.
Ian is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Chartered Business Valuator and holds a Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto. Ian attended the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration with Honours. He has also volunteered with the Toronto Humane Society.
Margaret Hancock, Secretary
Margaret is the Executive Director of Family Service Toronto (FST), a 100 year old city-wide, multi-service, community social service organization. Margaret guides the organization’s direct service, knowledge building and exchanging and system level work, focusing on people who are marginalized, living in poverty, affected by violence and abuse, with mental health issues and developmental disabilities. In addition, Margaret leads FST’s social enterprise work, investments in real estate and property development.
Prior to FST, Margaret was the Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto, the Executive Director of Choice in Health Reproductive Health Clinic and the Education Program Co-ordinator for OXFAM Canada.
A social justice advocate for more than 30 years, Margaret is a dedicated volunteer, currently serving as the Chair of Oxfam Canada’s Board of Directors and as the deputy Chair of the Board of Supervisors of Oxfam International.
Arnie Bose is Vice-President, Finance for Romspen which is one of the largest non-bank commercial mortgage lenders in Canada. Before joining Romspen, he worked extensively within the healthcare sector and later managed the finances for one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada. Prior to this, Arnie gained public accounting experience in international tax with Arthur Andersen and auditing with Ernst & Young.
Arnie received a BA in Chartered Accounting and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. He holds the Chartered Accountant designation and has served on several boards including the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the board of directors of CPA Ontario
Mei has returned to school to study medicine after working in the financial services sector. She is a former associate with the accounting firm PwC and worked previously at Mercedes Benz Canada and IBM Canada Limited. Mei holds a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. Mei has served on the Boards of the Canadian Mental Health Association and the YWCA (Kitchener-Waterloo region) and also volunteered for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure.
Don Embuldeniya is a Senior Manager in the Ontario Public Service. Before joining the Ontario Public Service, Don held positions with United Way Toronto and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now Imagine Canada). His areas of expertise include: public policy, strategic planning, regulation and governance.
He received his BA in Political Science from York University, MA in International Development from Clark University, and PhD in Development Studies from the University of South Africa. Don is a former member of the Board of Directors of CERIS (The Ontario Metropolis Centre) and Youth Challenge International.
Teresa is the Associate Vice President of Major Gifts at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation in Toronto. Teresa brings to the Board of FST 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, specializing in major gifts, health care philanthropy and board governance. She is a member of Imagine Canada’s National Advisory Council and has served on the boards of the Working Women Community Centre and her community Boys and Girls Club. She holds a Master of Arts in History from York University.
Almerinda is retired and former Executive Director at Four Villages Community Health Centre and past executive director of Parkdale Community Heath Centre.
Almerinda’s areas of expertise include organizational development and effectiveness, change management and board development. She volunteered on boards of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Stephen’s Community House and Doctor’s Hospital. Almerinda has a Masters in Health Sciences-Health Administration.
Barney is senior advisor for the Systems Transition Team at the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and former Director of Public Policy at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He served previously as senior policy advisor at United Way of Greater Toronto.
Barney has been senior policy advisor to the Minister of Education and Training, an executive assistant at the Ontario Legislature, and a policy and planning officer in the senior administration at York University.
Pegeen brings over 20 years of experience leading the design and delivery of a wide range of programs, policies and partnerships that have supported individual and community health and well-being. Currently, Pegeen is Executive Director, Ontario Public Health Association and former Research Director at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.
As a former Ontario Regional Director with Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and, more recently, Director at the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, she oversaw various initiatives in areas such as early child development, seniors independence, social inclusion, public healthÂ as well as chronic disease, injury, substance misuse and HIV/AIDS prevention. As Director of Public Policy at YMCA Canada, she developed government relations training and strategies. Pegeen has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo.