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Eiraj Sohail

Chair

Eiraj Sohail has a history of involvement with Skills for Change and joined as a board member in 2011. Since 2008, Eiraj has volunteered with the Mentoring for Change program, helping mentoring clients through their job search process. He is also was involved with the Social Venture Partners initiative, to help build the strategy and implement new ideas and programs. Eiraj highly values his involvement with Skills for Change at each and every level.

Currently Eiraj works at HOOPP as an Associate within the Private Equity Team. Prior to joining HOOPP in 2014, Eiraj worked at Northleaf Capital Partners as an Associate in the Investment Team. Eiraj received an Honours Bachelor of Arts Economics and Financial Management degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Azim Lila

Vice-Chair

Azim Lila is a strategic digital technology professional with 10 years of experience in various technology and operation roles within the Royal Bank of Canada, President’s Choice Financial, United Nations and as a global technology entrepreneur. He is a structured and analytical problem solver with in depth experience in building customer experience platforms. Azim has lived, worked and studies in over 4 continents including Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. He has completed his Double Masters of Science from the London School of Economics and Beijing University with a focus on International Political Economy and International Affairs. He holds an M.A with a focus on human rights and an undergraduate degree in administrative studies from York University.

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Diana Wielgus

Treasurer

Diana Wielgus became involved with Skills for Change in 2010 when she participated on the selection panel for the organization’s New Pioneers Awards. She served as a board member in 2012. Diana is currently a Director with Scotiabank’s Finance Division where she provides leadership to several corporate and global projects. She’s volunteered in Scotiabank’s mentoring partnership with TRIEC. Diana also judges at international MBA business case competitions.

A graduate of Queen’s University (Kingston), Diana obtained her MBA from the Schulich Business School of York University. Diana is also a Certified General Accountant (Canada) and recently served as a member of CGA Ontario’s Finance and Audit Committee. Her hobbies include sailing, fine art, and travel.

Diana supports cultural diversity in her private and professional activities and is proud to support the vision of Skills for Change.

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Victor Tung

Member

Victor Tung joined BMO in 2012 as the business manager for technology, he progressively took on more responsibilities cumulating to his latest appoint as the Chief Information Officer of Corporate & International for BMO Financial Group. He has responsibility for the technology solutions delivery for Human Resources, Marketing, Legal, Compliance, Procurement, AML, Corporate and International Technology.  Victor also provides horizontal services including business management and the first line of defense for all technology.

Prior to BMO Victor held various roles at CIBC where he has held senior technology and business management positions at the within Retail, Business Banking, Wealth and Capital Markets leading teams in Strategy & Planning, Client Services, Quality Assurance, Risk Management and Information Security.

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Janice Charko

Member

Janice is a FCPA, FCGA, LPA, CFP, C.Dir, ACCA (UK) and focuses on the following areas of practice, corporate: Audit, Review & Compilation Engagements, Tax Planning, Controllership, Advising various levels of management; Tax Advisory: Tax Planning, Negotiating and dealing with various issues with CRA, SRED, rollovers, and various tax issues. Janice previous career as a business auditor for Canada Revenue Agency and currently lectures Taxation, Auditing and Financial Accounting for Humber College. She received her Chartered Director designation from the Directors College and McMaster University in 2012. She served as director for CGA Ontario, being Chair of the Board in 2012-2013.

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Annie Demirjian

Member

Anne Demirjian was appointed the Director of Glendon School of Public & International Affairs, York University. From 2014-2015, she was the Director of Political Affairs & Mediation Group at the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). She was responsible for the peace building and state building portfolio, including: military/civilian interface & stabilization, political reform, state formation (federal/state), conflict prevention & local reconciliation and constitutional review. From 2004-2013, working with the UN Missions in the field, she headed UNDP’s Democratic Governance portfolio in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Eastern European countries & Central Asia. At UNDP-Iraq (2004-2007), Somalia (2008-2009) and Libya (2011-2012) she was responsible for transitional administration, the constitution drafting process, elections, institutional development and capacity building, public administration reform, local governance and civil society development. In 2010, she was seconded to Haiti to lead the Post Disaster Needs Assessment for the UNDP/World Bank after the earthquake in Haiti.
Anne has 20 years of senior management experience, in policy and programming, with the Federal Government of Canada (central agencies/line departments, including at the Security Intelligence & Review Committee (SIRC). For the United Nations and the World Bank she also worked in the following countries: Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria.

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Francisco Gamez Arcaya

Member

Francisco Gámez-Arcaya is a Venezuelan lawyer with almost twenty years of experience advising clients in cross-border transactions. Francisco has been involved in some of the most important project financings, M&A, and capital market transactions of his country. In 2014, Francisco moved to Canada and he still assists many corporations in their energy and construction projects in Latin America.
Francisco holds a law master degree from Cornell University, a master degree in tax law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, where he also obtained his law degree back in 1997, and he recently completed the Global Professional LL.M. master degree program at University of Toronto. Francisco has been a law professor on Contracts and Capital Markets in Venezuela for more than ten years. He has been listed by Best Lawyers as a top Venezuelan corporate lawyer for the last decade. He is also a regular contributor to World Bank’s Doing Business project. Francisco also serves as the only lay member of the board of directors of the Regnum Christi Movement, a multinational catholic organization based in Rome, Italy with presence in more than twenty countries. He is married and has four children.

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Jasmine Jackman

Member

Jasmine Jackman has a MBA in International Leadership from Phoenix University, and a B.A-Environmental Management from the University of Toronto and BEd from the Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto.

Jasmine worked for a Fortune 500 company for almost two decades in several leadership capacities –Account Executive, Senior Professional Service Advisor, National Training Manager, Ontario Regional Manager until she entered teaching in 2006. She is a recipient of the 2011 Teacher Recognition Award from the OSSTF Excellence in Teaching Committee and is a recipient of the 2012 Peel District Board Award of Excellence. Teaching has allowed Jasmine to dedicate more of her time to community endeavours. She sat on the Board of Governors for Exhibition Place as first vice president for the CNEA, and has held several positions on the Board of Directors of the Canadian National Exhibition over her seven year tenure, ranging from vice president of Agriculture, chair and vice chair of Programs , chair of Youth Council to vice chair of Marketing .She currently sits as a Vice President for Strategy of the United Nations of Toronto Association in Canada. An advocate for social justice, Jasmine volunteers her time mentoring adults and under-serviced youth.

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Alex Petrovic

Member

Alex Petrovic has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry holding progressively senior roles at State Street Bank, Financial Models Company, Mackenzie Financial, TD Bank and CIBC.

As a Vice President, Wholesale Banking Technology and Head of Business Technology Strategy at CIBC, Alex is responsible for management and leadership of large teams with accountability for multi-million dollar project and operational portfolios including FX, Fixed Income, Market Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Electronic Trading and strategic alignment of business and technology initiatives across the organization.

Alex also chairs Wholesale Baking Data Governance Council and is a member of numerous committees including Wholesale Banking Operating Committee and Capital markets Authorized Products Committee.  Alex has completed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program, Project Management Professional (PMP) program, and holds a B.Sc. in Business Operations and MBA from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a candidate for a Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) program at University of Toronto. In addition, Alex is volunteering as a member of a Loan Committee with Access Community Capital Fund and is participating in numerous fundraising activities and community involvement through his work at CIBC.

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Rishabh Khamesra

Member

Rishabh is a Chartered Accountant and full time partner of Toronto and Mississauga based accounting firm SRJ Chartered Accountants.