Board of Directors

Among the many volunteers who support the The Stop's work are those who serve as members of the Board of Directors. The board has overall responsibility for the policy direction and financial health of the organization, and provides support and guidance to the Executive Director and staff by establishing policies in strategic planning, personnel, and finance matters. The Board ensures that The Stop's programs and services have adequate resources and are consistent with our mission and values.

If you have an interest in joining the board, please contact Rachel Gray at 416-652-7867 ext. 223. The Stop is fortunate to have a talented group of volunteer directors who bring diverse skills and experience to their work on the board.

John Montesano, Incoming President
John is co-chair of Big Night at The Green Barn, an annual fundraising event in support of The Stop that pays homage to backyard garden pioneers. He is an entrepreneur who is currently a Managing Partner at Bond Paving and Construction, as well as a consultant on media projects and events. As a writer, editor, and TV executive, John previously worked as the General Manager at Telelatino Network, where he launched the annual Salsa on St. Clair street festival, and a columnist for the Toronto Star. Along with his wife and two children, John lives near The Stop and is inspired by its efforts to use the power of good food to build strong communities.

Leigh Knowles, Treasurer
Leigh is currently Director, Head of Operations at Deutsche Bank and a chartered accountant. She was attracted to The Stop's role in the community, the variety of programs, and The Green Barn's back-to-basics farming concepts.
 
Sean Caragata, Secretary
Sean is a Director of Legal Services at Cisco Systems, and a member of Cisco Canada’s Civic Council. He is a former Treasurer and Board member of the National Theatre School of Canada. Sean has worked in the technology and telecommunications sector for 15 years, and in the Saskatchewan public service before that. Sean’s practice at Cisco is focused on the use of information and communications technology to promote sustainable urbanization and transform emerging countries. Sean’s commitment to community and social development and his passion for local, sustainable, and good food led him and his wife Renee to become supporters of The Stop. They and their daughter can be found at The Stop Farmers' Market at Wychwood Barns nearly every Saturday.

Nuria Bronfman, Director
Nuria is Executive Director of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada. She has done PR and communications for some of Canada’s top media, film, and charitable organizations. She was born in Argentina, and has studied in the United States, France, and Canada.

Cecile Chung, Director
Cecile is General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal of Carillion Canada, a leading provider of highway maintenance services, construction services, facilities management, and public private partnership (P3) development of public infrastructure projects. As General Counsel, Cecile leads a team of lawyers responsible for all legal, governance, and compliance matters relating to Carillion’s operations in Canada, the US, and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Carillion, Cecile practiced corporate and securities law with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Later, Cecile joined Astral Television, a division of Astral Media, where she was the Director, Business and Legal Affairs of one of Canada’s largest broadcasters. She is also a board member of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, supporting Ontario’s leading community teaching hospital.  

Joe Cressy, Director
Joe is the Director of Campaigns and Community Outreach for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports community-based HIV/AIDS projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Joe previously served as the Campaigns Coordinator for the Ottawa-based Polaris Institute. His past experience also includes work on poverty, environmental, and human rights issues at national and international levels. He served as the Manager of the Office of the Secretary General for CIVICUS in Johannesburg, and worked as a Mobilization Officer for the Global Call to Action against Poverty in South Africa and as a Federal Organizer and Leaders Tour Organizer for the New Democratic Party in Ottawa. Joe serves on the Board of Directors for Social Planning Toronto, and has previously served on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Peace Alliance, as a Board Member for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group-Carleton, and as Campaign Chair for both MP Olivia Chow (2011) and Toronto Councillor Mike Layton (2010). He acts as a frequent political commentator on public affairs issues, appearing on radio and television.

Michael Curry, Director
Michael is a managing partner at Investeco Capital, Canada's first environmental investment company, focused on renewable energy, water, clean technologies, and sustainable agriculture. He grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario and now lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. Michael served as vice-chair at Organic Meadow for five years and is vice-chair of Rowe Farms since 2006, two of Canada's leading sustainable agriculture companies, both of whom are strong supporters and partners of The Stop. Michael is also a trustee on the board of Trees Ontario. Michael is inspired by the success and mission of The Stop, and the idea of building healthy communities based on the simplicity and power of good food.

Matt Galloway, Director
Matt is the host of CBC Radio 1's Metro Morning, the most listened-to radio show in Toronto. He has worked at the CBC for over 10 years, covering everything from elections to Olympics. His attraction to The Stop blends a passion for food, a desire to help his community, and the opportunity now, at a time of increased food literacy within society, to connect and combine those two like never before. Matt lives in the west end of Toronto with his partner and their two daughters.

Laura Manes, Director
Laura is a management consultant and has worked with clients across many industries in strategic planning, project investment decisions, market intelligence, and continuous improvement. She is passionate about social justice, healthy living, and the role of the family, and is inspired by The Stop’s commitment to food security for all community members.

Nan Oldroyd, Director
Nan is Vice-President, Human Resources – Conventional Division at Loblaw Companies Limited, serving clients in Store Operations, Merchandising, Pharmacy & Optical to support 400+ locations and 43,000+ employees across Canada. In her past role as Senior Director, Talent, Nan led a team that developed programs including the grad@loblaw program, the women@loblaw network, and the Inclusion Council. Previously, Nan held increasingly progressive roles at Toys R Us, Costco Wholesale, Tim Horton’s, and The Home Depot. She was one of 25 leaders in the Greater Toronto Area selected as a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow, and was recognized as a Women of Influence’s 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion. Nan is currently an Advisory Council Member of the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management at Ryerson University, and is also part of CivicAction’s Youth Strategic Task Force.

Sarah Powell, Director 
Sarah is one of Canada's leading environmental lawyers, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law. She has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law, including strategic advice on environmental and social impact assessments, environmental approvals, energy approvals, contaminated sites, environmental class actions, and aboriginal risk assessments. Sarah is Past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the Chair of the National Environmental, Energy, and Resource Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Laas Turnbull, Director
Laas is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Grid, a Toronto weekly city magazine that he launched in May 2011, and is a member of the Executive Committee of Star Media Group. Laas has held a variety of top positions in the Canadian publishing industry. In 1998, he became the editor of Shift magazine, which he launched internationally and established as a leading voice in the then-emerging world of digital culture. He went on to become editor of Report on Business magazine and, at the same time, was director of magazine development for The Globe and Mail. Laas later became executive vice-president of Brunico Communications, a global B2B publishing company. Between these gigs, he co-authored a Canadian best-seller, Urban Decoder: Secrets from the Dark Underbelly of the Mega-city. Since 2000, Laas has run a publishing consultancy, Noice Inc. He sits on the board of Dingo Mobile.

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