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Azim Lila

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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Alex Petrovic

Vice-Chair

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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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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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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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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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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Rishabh Khamesra

Member

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