Retired, Bruno formerly held the positions of Immigration Appeals Court Judge, and Citizenship Judge; and acted as Chair for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Read MoreShow Less
Bruno’s extensive volunteer and community activities include serving as a Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Calabresi Ontario, and Coordinator for fundraising activities for the Mission Project in Tanzania of the Precious Blood Fathers and for the Carmelite Sisters. He is a founder of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, and a former Member of the Board of St. Michael's Hospital. Bruno is the recipient of the Government of Ontario Outstanding Achievement Award, Cross Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice, Ordine Al Merito and the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy awarded by the Government of Italy.
Vice President /
Chair, Development Council /
Chair, Women’s Services Committee
Vittoria is the owner and operator of Adhami and Adhami Financial Group, an investment and insurance brokerage. Read MoreShow Less
She is a Life and Divorce Coach, Mediator, Motivational Speaker and an Associate Professional of Peel Halton Collaborative Family Law Group. Vittoria is an author and member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.
Frank is a Partner in the law firm Capo Sgro LLB. His practice is restricted to family law. He is a former staff member of COSTI. Read MoreShow Less
Frank received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Toronto and received his Juris Doctor from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. Frank articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, Official Guardian’s Office (now the Office of the Children’s Lawyer). He continued to serve as a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for over twenty-five years representing children in custody and access and child protection cases. Frank was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1983. He began his career in family law with CAPO SGRO LLP where he continues to practice for over thirty years. Frank was an instructor and lecturer in the Family Law Section of the Bar Admission Course at the Law Society of Upper Canada for numerous years. Frank has been a lecturer at the Mandatory Information Programme of the Superior Court of Justice as a volunteer since its inception over ten years ago. Frank has a Certificate in Mediation for the Family Practitioner granted by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He sits regularly as a mediator in the resolution of disputes in all areas of family law.
Frank has been an invited speaker and interviewed on radio and television concerning Family law matters.
Frank is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the York Region Lawyers Association and the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization (CIAO), an association of lawyers of Italian decent that represent the interests of the Canadian Italian community as a legal voice.
Vice President/Member, Development Council
Leo works as a management/human resource consultant and executive coach. Read MoreShow Less
He is President of Optimal Assessments and Consulting Inc., a Toronto-based organization that provides performance assessment tools, certification and training to corporations, human resource consultants, executive search firms and executive coaches.
Over the past twenty eight years, he has worked for an international consulting firm and two of Canada's largest financial services organizations. He has held a variety of progressively senior positions in financial management, sales, management consulting and general management.
Leo has represented two Canadian financial institutions on both international and domestic boards, and has an M.B.A. from the York University Schulich School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.
DR. MICHAEL YEALLAND
Chair, Finance Committee
Mike is President of MYCON Inc., a management consulting company that deals primarily with regulatory, reliability and strategic issues in the wholesale electricity industry. Read MoreShow Less
Prior to becoming a consultant, he held senior positions in both Ontario Hydro and Hydro One. Mike is a former university researcher, lecturer and administrator at the University of Toronto.
Mike has been a Board Member of COSTI for over 35 years and represents a link to COSTI's early days as a small and largely ethno-specific agency.
DR. RUPA BANERJEE
Rupa is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management. Read MoreShow Less
Her primary research interest lies in the employment integration of new immigrants to Canada. She is particularly interested in the institutional barriers facing new immigrants in the Canadian labour market. In addition, she is interested in workplace diversity and ethno-racial discrimination, particularly as it applies to second-generation immigrants.
Rupa's research has appeared in such journals as International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Journal of Labor Research and Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations.
Member, Finance Committee
As a safety professional, Adrian has a real interest in people and issues of occupational health and safety, environmental protection, and public safety. Read MoreShow Less
He brings extensive experience in the field, a global perspective of the occupational health and safety profession, as well as concepts and principles for results-based management in public and private sectors. Adrian received his accreditation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) in 2000.
Currently, Adrian is a Health and Safety Inspector for the Ontario Ministry of Labour. He previously held positions with Alcoa and the Ontario Service Safety Alliance.
Adrian is a former client of COSTI's Centre for Internationally Trained Professionals & Tradespeople program.
Marcellina is Senior Director, Global Human Resources, for Celestica, a Canadian global electronics manufacturing services company. Read MoreShow Less
She is an experienced Senior Human Resources Professional with a strategic business perspective. Through her work with the Ministry of Labour, The Sun Products Corporation, Molson and Bombardier Aerospace, Marcellina is known as a leader in the development and integration of human resources strategies, policies and programs to support the achievement of business results.
Marcellina is a former Member of the Board of Centro Scuola and former Chair and Board Member of Harmony Day Care.
President & CEO, IC Savings
THE HONOURABLE FRANK IACOBUCCI, C.C., Q.C.
Frank has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. Read MoreShow Less
Frank was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B. Comm. and LL.B. from UBC. He went on to receive his LL.M. and Dip. Intl L. from Cambridge. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm, where he practised corporate and securities law. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He also served as Vice President, Internal Affairs at the University of Toronto from 1975 to 1979 and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was Vice President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and became Chairman of Torstar Corporation (to 2009). He served as Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (from 2006 to 2012), and presently is Conduct Review Advisor for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and of the Advisory Board of General Motors of Canada. He also served as member of the Ontario Law Commission. He was the federal government representative in the negotiations leading to a settlement of the Indian residential schools (IRS) legacy. In December 2006, he was appointed Commissioner to lead an inquiry into the conduct of Canadian officials regarding certain individuals alleged to be related to terrorism. In April of 2008 as a special advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources for Ontario, he provided advice for a framework toward a long-term agreement between Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Province of Ontario dealing with forestry and related issues. In 2013, he prepared a report as an Independent Review for the Ministry of the Attorney General on representation on juries of First Nations individuals. In 2014, he submitted a report on police encounters with people in crisis prepared for the Chief of the Toronto Police Service.
He has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles and commentaries on a variety of legal subjects and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including honorary degrees in Canada and Italy, and his election as an Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in July, 2007 and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute of the Administration of Justice.
He has held Executive positions with Aga Khan Foundation Canada, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, National Life and Industrial Alliance Group, as well as other leading corporations in North America, Europe and Central Asia. A results oriented leader, mentor and communicator, with thirty-five years of experience in management, business, finance, human resources, investment, governance and compliance systems, Refat is driven by and focussed on applying his leadership and experience to help support and grow organizations in the international development arena that contribute to an improved quality of life for disadvantaged communities at a global level.
Refat is a Member of the Board of Imagine Canada and Chair of its Risk Management, Finance and Audit Committee.
Matthew is a Computer Engineer and President of Meridian Time Inc. Matthew is an internationally trained professional who immigrated to Canada eighteen years ago. He is a former COSTI client.
JULIE MAHFOUZ REZVANI
Julie is the Managing Director of The Orion Group Inc., a Toronto based boutique search firm specializing in the Real Estate, Property Management and Construction industries. Read MoreShow Less
She previously held the position of Vice President of Sales for Direct Energy, a publicly listed, worldwide, energy retailer. Julie has over fifteen years of executive level experience in the private sector.
Julie is the former Program Director of The Clothing Drive, whose mission was to secure clothing, footwear, toys and other essential items for over 3,000 Syrian newcomers arriving in the greater Toronto area and beyond. She now holds the position of Executive Director with Mes Amis Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping all refugees and newcomers integrate into Canadian society through innovative community engagement projects and civil society initiatives.
Member, Finance Committee
Peter has over thirty years of experience in management consulting and project management. He is currently retired.
Pina is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant and has spent the last 20 years as a business and financial professional at Loblaws Inc. Read MoreShow Less
Currently, she is involved with training and change management for corporations with ERP projects. Her extensive business acumen, includes strategy, planning & analysis, risk management in addition to financial operations and external financial reporting.
In addition to previous volunteer experiences with COSTI, Pina has been involved in various fundraising efforts from National MS Walks, to local school fundraising events. She is a past Treasurer of the YWCA.
Chair, Information Technology Advisory Group / Member, Finance Committee
Jim is a technology journalist and an independent consultant to the electrical supply industry.