MEET OUR Directors

AVP, Architecture, IT Strategy, & Applied Innovation, Cooperators General Limited  

DisruptITLabs, Co-Founder 

 

Hashmat Rohian

Chair

Effective leader with 10 years of rapid advancement in data, analytics, digital and business leadership. Known for harnessing data analytics and digital in support of business strategy and for delivering cross-functional, rapid prototyping capability to push and test new value propositions in the market fast.  

Technology enthusiast and lean startup evangelist, building a “never rest, kill complexity and care more” culture that manages existing technical debt and prepares the organization for future disruptions by leveraging emerging business models and digital ecosystems. Lead creation of culture and solutions that deliver business value and strategic benefit. Maintain an extensive network of tech and business experts to consult and enlist as needed. Practitioner and academician with over 5 years teaching and curriculum development experience at top Canadian colleges and universities in IT, data science and agile delivery.  

Global thinker and operator with experience working with multinational corporations on large international implementations and onsite across North America, Europe, and Asia. Excel at partnering with stakeholders, using technology and data assets/insights to advance business in tech-dependent environments such as financial services and insurance.  

Hashmat holds post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Financial Engineering and is a certified PMP, ACP, CISSP, CFE, TOGAF EA and Lean Six Sigma practitioner. 

 

 

Head, Agile Transformation at TD Bank

Marjan Pouran

Vice Chair
Marjan Pouran is member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an Ivey business school alumni. She has been on boards for over 10 years across for profit and not for profit corporations in national and international settings. She currently serves on Scrum Alliance and Zcarrier board of directors and is head of Agile transformation for infrastructure technology segment at TD.  Marjan has extensive experience in data driven business management, business agility, organization transformation and technology domains serving in senior leadership positions across versatile sectors from engineering, tech, entertainment, banking and Stock market. Marjan holds MBA from Western University with software engineering undergraduate. She is a graduate of Rotman and ICD Non-Profit Governance Program and is Certified Agile Leader and member of certified Agile Professional.
  
Director of Human Resources, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture

Michelle Collier

Secretary

Michelle Collier, CHRL, CHRE is a human resources professional who contributes at both strategic and operational levels, with expertise developing business and HR strategy in diverse customer-focused business sectors including hospitality, transportation and health care. Provides senior level guidance and expert advice on the full range of human resources activities; supports the goals and objectives of organizations by effectively managing and administering HR policies and programs.  

Fractional CFO

Donna Wong

Treasurer 

Currently, Fractional CFO assisting private and public small to medium-sized enterprises, primarily in the technology space, in raising capital, investor relations, strategic planning and setting up the necessary finance, legal, HR and IT infrastructure to scale operations. 

Previously, Vice President, Finance of ViXS Systems Inc., a publicly traded company on the TSX, which provides secure video processing, networking and distribution technologies across multiple classes and sizes of digital entertainment devices, such as TV’s, set-top-boxes, PVR’s, Blu-ray players and PC’s. Guided the Company, (previously private), from pre-revenue, through high growth and eventual listing on the TSX.  Established the necessary tax, reporting, internal control and corporate governance infrastructure to operate successfully in multi-jurisdictions and enable the Company’s smooth transition from a private to public corporation.  Raised $57.4 million in a private equity round, prior to taking company public on the TSX, via a reverse take-over transaction (RTO) in July 2013.  Re-structured and streamlined operations in advance of the sale of the company to Pixelworks Inc, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. 

Prior to joining ViXS in 2001, Ms. Wong held senior finance positions with 724 Solutions Inc., AMD (formerly ATI Technologies Inc.) and EDS (formerly SHL Systemhouse Inc.), where she specialized in strategic planning, financial reporting and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to 1993, Ms. Wong spent five years as an internal auditor and public accountant for various retail and manufacturing industries.  Ms. Wong is a CPA, CA, CMA and holds a Master of Accounting and Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Waterloo. 

 

Senior Transportation Engineer, Parsons Inc.

Glareh Amirjamshidi 

Director
Glareh completed her BASc and MASc in Iran and her PhD from the University of Toronto in the field of transportation engineering and planning. She has over 12 years of academic and professional experience focused on sustainable transportation with focus on freight modelling, emission modelling, traffic operations and microsimulation. 

She is currently is a Senior Transportation Eng at Parsons Inc. Glareh was a postdoctoral fellow and a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto and an NSERC research fellow at McMaster DeGroote Business school. She serves as a reviewer on many journals and conferences, and is a board member of the CTRF and the TRB standing committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation.

 

Vice President of eCommerce, Spinrite

Jordan Demeo 

Director

I am a Consumer Goods professional with 10 years of experience in eCommerce, sales and brand management. For my professional career I am currently Vice President of eCommerce at Spinrite International. My experience spans across working cross functionally within organizations to build businesses for today’s digital reality. My previous experience consists of eCommerce and Marketing Roles for global companies such as L’Oreal and Lysol.

I am originally from Thunder Bay Ontario where I grew up with a passion for fitness and the outdoors. I’ve lived in Ottawa and Montreal previously before settling in Toronto with my wife, dog, and newborn son. After completing my MBA from the University of Toronto, I joined pointA to help better the environment and commuting for Toronto.
 
Executive Director, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington

Rafiq Dhanji

Director

Rafiq believes that the key to a better future lies in the actions of each individual. From promoting a healthy, active lifestyle to adopting new technologies, Rafiq incorporates sustainability into his daily life and actions. Inspired to educate people on the simplicity of sustainable actions, Rafiq has also given a TEDx Talk on how businesses can incorporate sustainability into their operations without increasing costs. Rafiq lives by the philosophy, “Leave your environment in a better condition than when you found it.”

 

Dani-removebg-preview
Business Consultant and Financial Expert

Dani Saad El Dine

Director

A senior executive with over 20 years of significant breadth & depth of multi-sector experience in private and publicly traded companies, across major functional disciplines with strong financial acumen. Specifically in, business strategy, growth, ESG, supply chain, finance, PE/VC funds and M&As. Dani holds an MBA and is a CPA (Ontario), CPA (New Hampshire, USA), ABV/CFF/CITP (AICPA)*, CMA and CSCA*. He’s also a speaker, a corporate trainer, a facilitator and an author. * ABV, Accredited in Business Valuation; CFF, Certified in Financial Forensics; CITP: Certified Information Technology Professional; CMA, Certified Management Accountant; CSCA, Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis.

 

Sho Kalache pointA Director
Director, Operational Improvements

Sho Kalache

Director

Sho is a decisive, resourceful, and results-driven Operations Leader offering experience leading teams in the planning, coordination, and execution of multiple transit operations with the TTC and Stock Transportation. Recognized as a strategic problem-solver with an impressive record of identifying needs, analyzing daily processes, and introducing lasting solutions that satisfy immediate and long-term business objectives. Proven history in overseeing all aspects of project development – from initial consultation and planning through to execution and evaluation. Known for building strong working relationships, mentoring unique talents, and fostering open communications to facilitate a reliable work force.

 

Senior Manager, Scotiabank

Ann Lockhart 

Director

Ann Lockhart has an MBA in Sustainability from the Rotman School of Management and an MSc in Communication, Information and Society from the London School of Economics where her dissertation focused on cleantech innovation ecosystem in the UK. Ann spent six years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector where she led fundraising and outreach and program development initiatives, specifically focused around microfinance and youth entrepreneurship. She currently works at Scotiabank. 

 

Michael MacLennan pointA Director
Advisory and Consulting Services, Sustainable Development and Urban Mobility

Michael MacLennan 

Director

Michael brings over 10 years of policy-oriented research and advisory experience with UN agencies, as well as with national and municipal governments from around the world to his work at the nexus of evidence-based research, policy and technology to help organizations explore, test and refine ideas and strategies to help drive positive impact.

Michael previously conducted and led research at the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Policy in Focus magazine and is a former Studio Y fellow at the MaRS Discovery District.

Michael holds a BA (Honours) in Political Studies from Queen’s University, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has also studied Sustainable Development at Sciences Po Paris.

Michael has lived in Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the UK and Zambia, and, in each place has been enthusiastic about re-thinking why and how people, as well as goods, are moved through urban spaces, with an eye to reducing carbon emissions, while increasing access and wellbeing.

 

Consultant, Business & Technology

Richard Palmer 

Director

Richard Palmer is founder and CEO of Oracle7Star Consulting. As an independent management consultant with over 30 years’ experience, provides advisory services, training and coaching in the strategic and operational aspects of management, transformation and service delivery. Richard specializes in the technology sector where he as an extensive background in planning and managing cross-functional business operations and technology projects. He has managed a broad array of projects in industries including Telecommunications, Transportation, Mass Transit, Logistics, Technology, Public Sector, Energy, Oil & Gas, Financial, Retail and Hospitality.