John Shelly – President
John Shelly was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Now retired as the Senior Manager of Executive Dining & Event Services for The Toronto-Dominion Bank, John has over 40 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has held executive management roles throughout Canada. He has been a volunteer for Moorelands since 1993 and serves as its Executive Officer, Chair of Events and Chair of Planned Giving.
John and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1977. They have four children, two daughters and two sons. He is also the proud grandfather to two grandsons Luke and Jake. During his spare time you will find John up north at the family cottage with his grandsons, playing golf or building rock art.
The inspiration for John’s Contribution:
“Moorelands Kids really is inspirational. Emotionally, physically and mentally the kids learn real life skills. It is not just the little ones but the whole team. The city team and the camp team, everyone plays a part; be it students, campers, teachers, counsellors and staff. Everyone has the opportunity to inspire each other. It is a circle that keeps on getting bigger and better because everyone inspires the next person. Moorelands Kids is the inspiration. That is why I have been a part of Moorelands for so long.”
Angela Waite – Vice President & Secretary
Angela Waite is Associate General Counsel, Corporate & Privacy at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), one of the largest defined benefit pension plans in Canada. Prior to joining HOOPP in 2010, Angela practiced pensions and benefits law at a large national law firm. She obtained her law degree from the University of New Brunswick and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2008. Angela also holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science.
Having joined the Moorelands Kids’ Board of Directors in 2017, Angela is currently fulfilling her second term as a Director. She is presently the Chair of the Governance Committee and the Property Committee.
Angela and her husband, Allan, reside in Toronto and are parents to two young children, Charley and Nate.
Ximena Basabe is a Marketing Director with over 14 years of global experience in CPG. She has led large scale and strategic projects in Ecuador, Switzerland, Central America and Canada. Having lived in 10 countries, she learnt to adapt rapidly and embrace change.
She holds a Master of Business Administration from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and completed in recent years the certificate in Digital Marketing Management from the University of Toronto and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking from Emeritus Institute of Management, in collaboration with MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School Executive Education, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
She supports children and animal causes and is joining Moorelands Kids in April 2021.
Laura Bowes, CPA CA, is a financial professional with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is currently a member of the management team at Yellow Brick House, which provides life-saving service and prevention programs to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families and communities impacted by violence. Laura served as an Audit Committee Community Member for the York Region District School Board and as an Advisory Panel Member of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Small and Rural Charities Initiative. Laura has been a volunteer with Moorelands since 2003 and is delighted to be rejoining the Board.
Ray Drost retired in 2017 from Ernst & Young LLP (Formerly Clarkson Gordon) after 37 years with the firm, including 27 years as a partner in their Transaction Advisory Services Group. In the 10 years prior to Ray’s retirement, he led EY’s Canadian Transaction Real Estate Group.
Ray grew up in Toronto and graduated from U of T with a Bachelor of Commerce and earned his CPA, CA designation in 1981 and became a licensed Trustee in Bankruptcy in 1990. Since his retirement from EY, Ray has been working as a consultant, advising families with businesses on matters such as succession planning, dispute resolution and various matters relating to real estate.
Eryn Fanjoy is currently a tax lawyer at Stikeman Elliott LLP. She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. While at law school, Eryn was extensively involved with Advocates for Injured Workers, a pro bono organization providing legal services to low-income injured workers in Ontario.
Eryn joined the Moorelands Kids’ Board in April 2019 and sits on the Fundraising and Planned Giving Committees.
Melvin Herzog, MD
Mel is a medical doctor specializing in Family Medicine, who holds a deep appreciation for Moorelands Camp and for Kawagama Lake. Mel has been interested in the Kawagama community since he attended Camp Kawagama as a CIT in the 1960s. Starting in the 1990s, and for more than ten years, Mel would volunteer his time every summer, to come back to Moorelands Camp on Kawagama Lake, as a canoeing instructor and also as a part-time doctor.
Mel graduated from medical school in 1965 from The University of Western Ontario. He is on active staff at the Humber River Hospital, and he continues to practices medicine in his clinic in Weston, a neighbourhood in Toronto.
Carine is an effective and data-driven Human Resources Leader, having held a series of roles of increasing responsibility at top employers in the Toronto area. In her current role as Assistant Vice President, Human Resources at Sun Life Financial Carine works closely with executives and leaders spanning the organization to advance a development focused culture focused on achieving business goals.
Carine holds a BA in Psychology from University of Ottawa, has held her Certified Human Resources Leader certification since 2002 and is ADKAR-Prosci certified for change management. She also holds her Schwinn Spin Certification. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Toronto from 2012-2015.
Alison is currently Director of Strategy for RBC Global Asset Management and has held various roles at RBC and other financial firms over the last 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Arts in Economics from Queens University. Alison lives in Leslieville and enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the city.
Austin has focused his experiences in the underserved communities of Toronto’s west end as an educator for the Toronto District School Board. He’s held teaching and leadership positions in Student Services (Guidance), Special Education and Cooperative Education. He is passionate about student success and supporting students through coaching, experiential learning, and school leadership initiatives. Austin is currently the Assistant Curriculum Leader for Experiential Learning for a west end secondary school with the TDSB.
Austin and his wife Alexis, live in Toronto with their daughter Olivia. Austin was appointed to the Moorelands Kids’ Board in June 2020
Anita M. Stefan was the Managing Director and Head of Business Services for Global Markets at RBC (retired, December 2020). Ms. Stefan was responsible for Business Management, Quantitative Analytics, Capital Markets IT, Client Analytics and Trade Desk Supervision for Global Markets. Previous roles at RBC included Head of U.S. Commercial Mortgage Securitization, Capital and Term Funding for Corporate Treasury and Chief Dealer, responsible for the trading and execution of Corporate Treasury’s hedging and discretionary portfolios.
Prior to joining RBC in 1992, Anita worked for Salomon Brothers Inc, located in Tokyo, Japan. While there, she worked in various sales and analyst roles from 1986 through 1992.
Anita has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. She is involved in various volunteer activities including Lead Project sponsor for several micro-finance projects in Kenya and is the Past Chairman of the Board for DevXchange, a Canadian Registered Charity focused on International Development projects around the world. Anita was appointed to the Moorelands Kids’ Board in August of 2019 and brings her skills and expertise to serving the Moorelands Kids’ community.
Danny Timmins, CISSP, is MNP’s National Cyber Security Leader and a member of the firm’s Technology Solutions Team. Drawing on more than 27 years of experience, Danny is responsible for leading and mentoring an experienced, highly skilled cyber security team in the delivery of customized, client-focused cyber security managed services, product solutions and professional services.
Danny’s expertise includes working with executives and boards to assist with the development of prioritized and strategic cyber security strategies. By focusing on deliverables that fit clients’ unique business needs and objectives, he helps organizations improve awareness and reduce and manage overall cyber risk.
Prior to joining MNP, Danny was the CEO and President of a cyber security company he co-founded that won numerous industry awards. Respected throughout the cyber security community, he travels across North America to attend and often speak at various industry events, sharing his knowledge and collaborating on the direction of cyber security in the marketplace.
Danny also sits on the CACP E-Crimes Committee and the C2I2 National Cyber Security Organization addressing the Issues and opportunities of Canada’s Cyber Security Industry working to further cyber security within Canada. Danny holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation.
His desire to lead and share goes beyond business to the community as he has been an active volunteer for more than 28 years with Not for Profit organizations, coaching kids sports and supporting community events.
Danny was excited for the opportunity to be a board member of Moorelands Kids. He looks forward to playing a small part in helping kids build confidence, leadership and empowering them for future life success. Learning is a lifelong journey and being able to help kids in that journey is wonderful.