What We Do

Leadership

The Stop’s Board of Directors are an engaged group of community-minded volunteers. They come from diverse professional backgrounds, and bring expertise in law, human resources, public health, fundraising, community services, and advocacy—to name just a few.

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Board Of Directors

Chris is the President and founder of ESC, a corporate services company servicing more than 5,000 professional clients across Canada with due diligence and public record solutions for legal transactions, compliance, and risk management. Before joining ESC, Chris spearheaded corporate strategy, growth, and corporate development at Teranet Inc. As a founding member of Teranet’s original team, Chris helped bring about innovations in multiple areas of real estate public records, including mortgage risk management, property valuation, and legal corporate services. He led substantial growth for Teranet, with successful acquisitions in the area of real estate legal services and corporate services. Having lived all over the world as a son of a Canadian diplomat, prior to leading Corporate Development at Teranet, Chris founded Teranet’s international consulting division that successfully delivered Land Registry programs on behalf of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and CIDA in the Middle East, Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.

A passionate idea-driven entrepreneur, Chris brings energy, enthusiasm, and in-depth experience in listening, learning, and conceiving of new products and services for businesses, regardless of the time zone. Married to Christina and a father of four (three children and a golden retriever), Chris has spent a decade on sports fields as a coach, and as a volunteer for his children’s activities. As his children grow up, he is turning his attention to growing things in fields at his farm in Creemore and to charitable causes that address his interest in sustainable food security.

Shae has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and social services sectors, including 4 years at The Stop in the Community Services program. For Shae, working with people, is a way of life. She currently serves as the Member Services Coordinator for a student housing co-operative in Toronto. Shae is a past board member for the YWCA Toronto and of the West End Food Co-op, where she was able to merge her passion for both food and community development. It’s this same dedication to her community, and to contributing her energy and focus on helping to improve the lives of others, that brings Shae back to the table and back to The Stop as a board member, a partner, and a friend.

George is a seasoned investment professional with more than 20 years of financial services experience. George is currently a partner at Instar Asset Management, a leading infrastructure private equity firm based in Toronto. He has diverse experience working and managing within an entrepreneurial environment while implementing industry best practices and is keen to lend his resources and experience to The Stop. George has been involved with The Stop for the past few years and is a founding member of The Stop’s Finance Committee. He grew up near The Stop and has a strong affinity with the local community in which The Stop provides its services and programs. George studied at the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Accountant. He is married with one son.

Stacy is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where her practice focuses on investment funds, corporate finance, securities regulation, and public company transactions. She is actively involved in the women@blakes network, which was established to assist women lawyers in achieving business success. Stacy believes that good things come from time spent with others around the kitchen table and is working with her three young children to ensure they understand the importance of healthy food and nutrition for everyone.

Charles has been a volunteer with The Stop since he first moved to Toronto nearly a decade ago. Looking to find a sense of community Charles began volunteering every other Saturday at our year-round Farmers’ Market and most recently as a member of the Board’s Finance Committee. As the Manager of Corporate Development for Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, Charles brings a wealth of strategic and analytical financial expertise to the Finance Committee and management team. Charles looks forward to joining the Board of Directors to ensure that The Stop continues to provide others with the same sense of community that it has given him.

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.

As a first-generation racialized Canadian who has experienced food insecurity firsthand, Sabina looks forward to bringing her voice and platform to further the mission of The Stop. As co-founder of the Vohra-Miller Foundation, Sabina works to make systemic, sustainable and meaningful changes to improve the health of the planet and its people. Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, Sabina has used her background in pharmacology and toxicology to support health equity through the dissemination of vaccine information with groups across the city including the South Asian Health Network.

As Principal and Wealth Advisor at Stonegate Private Counsel, Koel brings extensive experience in managing the financial affairs of business owners, professionals and other Canadian families. Koel holds an MBA from the Michael G. Degroote School of Business at McMaster University and an Honours degree in Commerce from Queen’s University. Most recently, Koel has been awarded the coveted Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designation, placing him in the top five percent of all financial advisors in Canada. Koel resides in Toronto’s Little Italy community. During his spare time, Koel is involved with The Family Enterprise Exchange, The Stop, and serves on the ROM’s Executive Board for its Royal Patrons’ Circle.

Steve Thuringer is a facilities specialist who has been the Executive Director of Upper Canada College for over 20 years. He is a resident of the St. Clair and Christie neighbourhood and lives around the corner from Wychwood Open Door with his family.

Bronwyn Underhill (MPH: Health Promotion) is a local resident and past volunteer of The Stop breakfast drop-in and community events.  She has worked in Community Health Centres for the past 14 years, and is currently the Director of Health Promotion and Community Engagement at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre.   Her passion for food security led her to be one of the founders of “The Oriole FoodSpace”, for which she was awarded the Toronto Food Champion award in 2013. She has been a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and was recently on the Board of Directors for Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre.  She is a mom of two and spends her spare time in her veggie and pollinator garden.

Jessica is a former investment professional who followed her love of food to become a Chef and Registered Holistic Nutritionist, running her small business Whole Health Kitchen. Her love of food and community drove her to become a volunteer at The Stop, and her time there inspired her to become an advocate for Food Justice and a student of Food Security. She recently completed Ryerson University’s Food Security Certificate program and helped rewrite the course, Gender and Food Security; with her sections of the course focusing on the intersections of race, gender and food security.  Jessica is an avid urban gardener, former NCAA basketball player and proud mom.

Carmen is a passionate, innovative, and solutions-oriented leader in the retail, e-commerce, entertainment, fashion, and cosmetic industries. She has global expertise in sales, marketing and licensing in leadership roles at leading multi-national companies, including Viacom, Mattel, Bandai, L’Oréal and Bata.

At Mattel, Carmen held various senior positions in sales, marketing, and licensing. She was successful in re-positioning the Barbie brand in Canada and expanding the Mattel portfolio in mass market, specialty, and e-commerce channels. She developed and implemented integrated programs which included traditional licensing and out-of-the-box collaborations. The successful results of these initiatives in Canada led to their implementation globally.

While at Viacom, she redesigned the approach to content, media, and retail while launching more than 12 categories in so lines and hardlines consumer products, including private label agreements. Carmen also negotiated and launched multiple collaborations with luxury and specialty retailers.

At Bandai, Carmen led the Canadian operation and successfully relaunched Bandai’s portfolio at Walmart, EB Games, and on Amazon.

Carmen is an active leader in the Fashion Community, she is currently a sales and marketing consultant at the Toronto Fashion Incubator, advising Canadian fashion designers on how to expand their businesses domestically and globally. Carmen formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Directors at The Toronto Fashion Incubator and she was also appointed to the Advisory Board of Canadian International Fashion Film Festival (CANIFFF) where she contributes on the global strategic direction to integrate fashion and film content sponsors. Carmen has been actively involved at both Upper Canada College and Havergal College fundraising campaigns, as well as supporting The Stop Community Community Kitchen’s program.