OUR STAFF AND BOARD
Doug Bird // Executive Director
Doug Bird has been involved in the not for profit sector for many years. He has worked for a number of social service causes and comes to us most recently from Children’s Aid. Doug previously worked in the corporate sector for over 20 years in sales and marketing functions. Doug has been involved in the community his whole life. Previously he was president of the local arts council, served on his ratepayers executive, has managed many community youth programs, including a drum and bugle corps. He has been actively involved with the Knights of Columbus for the past 14 years and serves in three ministries in his parish. Doug has three grown children.
Vivian Shapiro // Education Director
Vivian Shapiro is a retired Educator from the TDSB. A graduate from U of T and OISE, her unforgettable 32 years as teacher and administrator were dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people and educators. She says meeting Herb and using the Future Aces Creed to guide her changed her life and her way of doing business. Formerly a Board Member of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, she is now employed by the Foundation to share her passion about Future Aces with schools in the GTA and beyond. Vivian loves to perform on stage as well as write poetry and song lyrics. Two of her songs became hits across Canada! She enjoys travelling, playing with her eleven grandchildren (including the recent set of triplets!) and walking in the mornings with Destiny, her blue-eyed Husky-Lab!
Amanda Fingerhut // Conference Coordinator/Education Consultant
Amanda Fingerhut recently won the Me to We Educator of the Year Award. She is a graduate of the York University Concurrent Education Program. She works with Future Aces Ambassadors Committees in secondary schools throughout Toronto and teaches math at Earl Haig Secondary School. She joined the Future Aces Education Team in May 2004 in order to help plan its first youth leadership conference. Since then, the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation has become an important part of her life. One of Amanda’s goals in life is to help youth succeed and follow their dreams. Amanda enjoys singing as well as being a performer on stage. She is the proud mother of her Cockapoo Roxy, who keeps her hopping!
Gail James // Education Consultant
Gail James taught in the TDSB for 35 years. After retiring, she taught overseas for 5 years. At present she is teaching Grade 5 students Physics lessons for Scientists in School. She is very excited to also be working as a Future Aces Education Facilitator, helping youth to learn leadership skills.
Rochelle Carnegie // Education Consultant
Rochelle Carnegie is the youngest child of the big Ace, himself, Dr. Herbert Carnegie. She works at the Foundation as an Education Consultant, infusing Future Aces into school communities. She also volunteers on the Scholarship, Golf and Gala committees. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of seven.
Dilaila Longo-Sincholle // Francophone Program Consultant
As the newest addition to the education team, Dilaila has launched the Francophone Branch of the Future Aces Program in French schools in York Region. She is excited about bringing Herb’s message to students “en français”! A U of T and York grad, Dilaila is a Toronto native who lived and worked in France as a Head of the English Department in a local University before joining the Future Aces family. When she is not working, she is busy caring for her two young children, staying active and seeing friends and family.
Andrew Gibson // Office & Program Administrator
Andrew Gibson has long been a supportive member of the community. He has led numerous clubs and organizations, sat on the Faculty of Arts Council and Senate at York University, and acted as president for a local service organization. Andrew began his work with Future Aces as an ACE Team leader at the inaugural Future ACES: A Conference Empowering Students in 2004, and joined the staff of Future Aces in December 2005 as an Administrative Assistant. Andrew has also been involved in musical productions for many years, including TDSB Cabaret Singers, Ontario Youth Acappella Chorus (O-YA!), Yonge Street Singers, and represented Canada on the International Youth Convention as a member of the Cross Canada Chorus. Andrew enjoys spending time with his extended family including four honourary nieces and two nephews.
Paul Braithwaite // President & Chair
Paul Braithwaite is a senior policy adviser with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, specializing in financial services regulation. He began his work life in the private sector, where he was a business insurance consultant, primarily with a large international actuarial-human resources consulting firm. There, in addition to providing insurance program advice, he played a major role in the start-up of several specialized insurers. During his career as a consultant, he held several officer positions, including president, at Risk Management Consultants of Ontario, an association of fee-for-service insurance consultants. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, having completed his law degree and the Ontario bar admission course prior to becoming an insurance consultant.
Mark de Hart // Vice-President
Sameer Madni // Secretary
With a career in advertising that launched in India and progressed in the Middle East with frequent detours to London, U.K., Sameer Madni evidently took the scenic route to his eventual home in Toronto, where he works in Canadian financial services marketing and not-for-profit consulting. So his skills and insights as a highly strategic, results-oriented marketer working across categories on brands such as CIBC, PCF, TD, Ontario Ministry of Health, Citi, Shell, Novartis and Snickers are well-earned. Sameer is known as a thoughtful and collaborative marketing professional whose key strengths include creating new value propositions and countering business threats with out-of-the-box thinking and the astute use of data. At home, Sameer often finds himself haplessly warding off newly-learned martial arts moves that his two young daughters enjoy inflicting upon him, sans provocation. His wife is a very supportive mom. Sameer is convinced his girls would greatly benefit by embracing Future Aces’ anti-bullying stance. Resultantly, so would he.
Edwin Chan // Treasurer
Edwin has 5 years of public accounting experience with a big 4 accounting firm and over 6 years of experience in the investment management industry. He currently manages the finance and operations at one of the fast growing investment managers in Canada. He is qualified as a Chartered Professional Account, Chartered Accountant in Canada. Edwin completed his Master of Accounting at the University of Waterloo.
Mary Kosta Cadas // Director
Bio coming soon.
Darren Smith // Director
Bio Coming Soon.
Dr. Alain Ngouem // Director
Alain Ngouem works with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Government of Ontario, in French language policy and program development, and has been a dedicated supporter of Francophone non-for-profit organizations for many years. Alain has published three books, one on information systems and development in Africa, one on strategic planning for non-for-profit organizations, and a third on teaching and learning strategies with IT tools. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where he taught a course on immigration, race and ethnicity within the Francophonie. Alain has a PhD. in Economics and Social Sciences from Dortmund Technical University in Germany.
Bernice Carnegie // Director
Bernice Carnegie was co-founder of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation and was its Executive Director for 17 years. Bernice worked with her father, Herbert Carnegie, for three decades promoting good citizenship through the application of the Future A.C.E.S. Philosophy. She continues to take a proactive role as an Educational and Life Enrichment Speaker, sharing their positive lifestyle message with youth and adults globally. Following in her father’s footsteps, she has received numerous educational and leadership awards for her contributions to community and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
Lydia Allaire // Director
Lydia is a polished individual with a professional decorum and 25+ years’ experience in the corporate world. She recognized a niche market for a Virtual Executive / Personal Assistant and in 2011 started her own company, Let Me Assist You, which provides administrative support, both on-site and remotely. She began her career in the Hospitality Industry working with Earl’s Restaurant’s. She worked throughout Western Canada, living in Vancouver, Prince George, and Calgary hiring and training youth, many their first time jobs. She moved to Toronto and into Administrative Roles within various sectors that had her working with Corporate Giants such as Coca-Cola where she ran with the Olympic Torch in 2010. When she is not busy with keeping chaos to a minimum, she loves to give back and has volunteered with Junior League Toronto Chapter, United Way fundraising and volunteers on various committees at the local yacht club, where she is passionate sailor.
Christina McCown// Director
Bio Coming Soon.
Priya Radha// Director
As a Capital Markets professional, Priya Radha is responsible for Scotiabank Global Banking Market’s Fixed Income Interest Rate Options Business globally. Prior to running the Options Business, Priya was a successful Swap trader in the U.S. and Canadian markets as a market maker for Scotiabank as well as a Swap Trader and market maker in European and Sterling interest rates. She was awarded the Executive Coaching Award in 2016 as a high potential candidate who exemplifies exceptional business leadership.
Priya is a firm advocate for women in business and has been involved with Women in Capital Markets since she started in the industry over 10 years ago. She was the Chair of the Professional Development Committee overseeing over 12 program series that are run by volunteers, for over 3 years. She now has been appointed to a new role as co-chair of Gender Diversity and Inclusion.
She has spoken as a panelist and a moderator for several WCM events and has been a guest speaker for Women’s Social Clubs such as Women Building Wealth. Her passion for women and finance has driven her to start discussions aimed at increasing financial literacy for women. She writes in her blog www.kittenheeldiaries.com to help women and mothers fulfill their lives in a holistic manner.
She is also a previous recipient of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation Scholarship and is proud to be able to give back to the very organization that helped her build her career.
Priya holds both a B.B.A. (Hon.) and an M.B.A (Dean’s List) with a Specialization in Finance and Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Afraj Gill// Director
Afraj is a technology entrepreneur and currently a Vice President at Dropbike. Previously, Afraj led the Strategy & Operations team at Polar; founded two technology companies; worked at Google’s global headquarters on the Special Projects team; wrote as a National Contributing Columnist for The Globe and Mail; and served 23,000+ students as an elected Senator of Queen’s University. He sits on the Board of Advisors of Venture for Canada, and was awarded the 2016 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award (now the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers).
Toni Gerges// Director
Bio Coming Soon.
Marguerite Jackson // Honorary Director
Marguerite Jackson is a retired educator, who has had a distinguished career in education. Her last position was CEO of the Education Quality and Accountability Office, Ontario Ministry of Education. Prior to joining EQAO, Marguerite was the first Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board, where she provided leadership in the amalgamation of seven school boards, with 600 schools, and 300,000 students. Marguerite also served as Director of Education for the North York Board of Education and taught in New Brunswick, Hamilton as well as North York, before taking on a number of other assignments in North York, including principal, superintendent and associate director, before becoming Director.