A Message from the President
Despite past successes, our work is not done. Kids still need us.
Toronto is still the Number #1 child poverty capital of Canada, and it’s on the rise in our very own backyard. That fact was echoed recently in Toronto Foundation’s 2017/2018 report, Toronto’s Vital Signs, indicating that child poverty is there and still hurting our most vulnerable.
For over 100 years, Moorelands Kids has stood beside thousands of kids in need. Our job was then, as it remains today, to help kids grow as young leaders and to do so while providing them with safe and fun-filled experiences at a crucial time in their lives.
We intend to stay our course but to do much more.
Slate of Directors
Robert Webb – President
After a career as a partner in, and ultimately president of, a major Canadian consulting engineering firm, Robert Webb founded Webb + Co Limited in 2013 to provide strategic advice, management, and group management services to land development and government clients. Bob is married and has three adult children.
The inspiration for Bob’s Contribution:
‘I joined the Moorelands Kids Board as I believe that we must all play a role in making the world a better place, particularly for vulnerable members of our society. Moorelands excels at teaching children and youth the personal and group leadership skills which they need to succeed in life. My motivation for contributing my time, energy and resources to Moorelands is to help it to grow so that it can serve more youth and serve youth more.’
John Shelly – Vice 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 for the past 25 years and serves as its Chair of Events and Chair of Planned Giving.
John and his wife, Carol, have been married for 41 years. 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 since 1994, as both a volunteer and Board member.
Stephen Stobie – Secretary and Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Stephen Stobie, CPA, CA is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and has extensive experience as an executive in financial services. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup in Canada, and formerly has worked in the life insurance industry, and with national public accounting firms. Stephen is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies, and has experience as a board member for a number of registered charities.
Stephen is committed to serving the Moorelands community and currently serves as its Chair of Fundraising.
Paul Buligan – Chair of the Finance Committee
Paul Buligan is a Senior Institutional Relationship Manager at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. Committed to driving new business through exceptional relationship management and a consultative approach that focuses on identifying client needs, he has over 20 years’ experience in the Canadian financial services industry. Prior to joining Burgundy’s Institutional Team, Paul was Vice President, Business Development at CI Institutional Asset Management and an Investment Consultant at an independently owned actuarial consulting firm working primarily with corporate and multi-employer pension plan sponsors. Paul sits on the Moorelands Kids’ Finance and Fundraising Committees.
Paul earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007 and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society. Paul and his wife, Ara Parker, have two young daughters and enjoy spending time in the summer at their cottage on Kawagama Lake.
Pierre Lebel – Co-Chair, Marketing, Communications and Branding Committee
Pierre Lebel is the founder, President and Managing Partner of Rzultz Consulting – a boutique management consulting firm focused on accelerating business performance results. He works with and counsels CEOs / business owners and executive teams around the globe to guide them in improving their business models, strategies, structures, and performance systems to drive net new growth and sustainability. Pierre Co-Chairs the Brand Marketing Committee.
Pierre is married to Pauline – a professional engineer who heads up the licensing mandate for one of Ontario’s regulatory colleges, and together, they are proud parents to two young men – Alexander and Aaron – who are chasing their own dreams. Pierre’s personal vision is to create powerful legacies and leadership opportunities for youth.
The Inspiration for Pierre’s Contribution:
“I’ve always cared about the welfare and safety of kids. Having witnessed first hand how poverty and exclusion affect young people in today’s society I felt strongly that Moorelands had an important place, voice, and role in society to help kids transform their lives to live a better life. As a business and leadership expert I wanted to use my experience and know-how to help Moorelands become a household name in Toronto, help it improve its business model and value to the various communities that Moorelands serves, and to create a stronger legacy for the next 100 years. I am 100% committed to Moorelands Kids’ vision and mission and that inspires me to passionately give back to Moorelands and the kids it serves.”
Andrew Pollock – Co-Chair, Marketing, Communications and Branding Committee
Andrew Pollock – Co-Chair, Marketing, Communications and Branding Committee Andrew Pollock is the Vice President Marketing for The Green Organic Dutchman. Building on his role as the Vice President Marketing for Weight Watchers Canada, Andrew continues his pursuit of driving growth for a soon to become iconic health and wellness brand. Andrew has over two decades of experience in consumer packaged goods (Heinz, Campbell’s, Maple Leaf), retail (HMV) and digital convergence (Hand fish). In 2011, Andrew and the team at Maple Leaf were named Marketer of the Year by Marketing Magazine for the turnaround after the listeria crisis.
Andrew is married with two daughters. He is a musician who, in May 2018, released his third CD with the Highgate Road band. Andrew has travelled to 40 countries with his family and remains committed to creating opportunity for growth, and leadership skills for young people. Andrew currently Co-Chairs the Brand Marketing Committee.
Rajesh Raut – Director
Rajesh Raut, CPA, CA is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and currently holds the position of Vice President and Financial Controller at Equitable Bank, the 9th largest Bank in Canada. Raj has over 20 years of progressive experience working with multi-national organizations, focused primarily in the financial services industry.
Raj and his wife Praj, live in Toronto with their two young children Maahi and Rishabh. Raj was appointed to the Moorelands Kids’ Board in September 2018 and is keen to serve the Moorelands Kids’ community.
Angela Waite – Chair, Property Committee
Angela Waite is Senior Managing Counsel & Privacy Officer at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, 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 a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science.
Angela is the Chair of the Property Committee and also sits on the Fundraising Committee. Angela and her husband, Allan, are parents to two young children, Charley and Nate.