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Neil Davis
Mr.
Neil
Davis

Mr.
Neil
Davis

Community Member


Biography

Neil Davis is an experienced and sought after advocate in land matters and represents land developers and real estate owners on all aspects of their activities. He also advises businesses on corporate and commercial matters and represents many individuals who are long-time firm clients. He is counsel and advisor to many public, political and charitable organizations. Neil was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of his service to the community and to Canada.

Mr. Davis’ service to his community, includes the following: past member, board of governors, Sheridan College; counsel/advisor, Peel Children's Village; co-chair, PMH corporate fundraising campaign; board member, Supportive Housing in Peel; advisor, Brampton and Area Community Foundation, advisor, Success by Six Peel; committee member, Brampton Board of Trade; member, Mayor's Roundtable for the Downtown; board member, Crisis Care Access Centre Peel; board of trustees, Grace United Church; along with dozens more. As a member of the Davis Volunteer Cabinet, Neil provided strategic counsel and actively participated in the fundraising campaign in tribute of his father, the Honorable William G. Davis. Mr. Davis’ involvement on the UTM Campus Council would be an extension of his community involvement and volunteerism.

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Dr.
Kelly
Akers

Dr.
Kelly
Akers

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Biography

Dr. Akers completed her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Akers is well known in the Raman spectroscopy field and has published in many refereed journals including "Science" and the "Journal of Physical Chemistry".  Dr. Akers founded ProSpect Scientific Inc. in 1996 to equip university research labs with a new generation of Raman spectroscopy solutions.  Today, ProSpect Scientific has consultative supply relationships with over 40 universities, law enforcement agencies, chemical companies and technology companies.  Dr. Akers is a frequent speaker at Canadian chemistry conferences and she served more than five years with CNC-IUPAC as an international representative of Canadian science.  She is a supporter of forums that promote women in science and innovative collaboration between industry and academia.  

Dr. Aker’s previous assignments include being a member of the UTM Campus Council for two terms, as well as member of the UTM Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Akers was first appointed in 2013 and is in her third term on Campus Council, which ends June 30, 2018. 


  
  
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Mr,
David
Szwarc

Mr,
David
Szwarc

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Biography

David has been serving the public for over 30 years. As the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Region of Peel, David is responsible for the co-ordination of all administrative and service delivery functions, and for the overall management of the Regional Corporation. He oversees a diversified organization that provides essential public services to more than 1.3 million residents and 86,000 businesses in the Cities of Brampton, Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon

Prior to being appointed as CAO in October 2005, David served as Commissioner of Social Services and Director of Ontario Works in Peel. David has also held positions with the Government of Ontario and the Region of Halton. David has received the Rotary International Centennial Award for Professional Excellence. His work at Peel has been recognized with the IPAC Public Sector Leadership Award (Gold) and the Institute for Citizen-Centred Service (ICCS) 2012 Heintzman Leadership Award for the promotion of citizen-centred service within the Canadian public sector. David is a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

David has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (Mississauga, Ontario) and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario), and has completed the Executive Education program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, Mass.) 

David is currently in his second term as community member of the UTM Campus Council. 


  
  
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Mr.
Sheldon
Leiba

Mr.
Sheldon
Leiba

Community Member


Biography

Sheldon Leiba is the President & CEO for Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT), the leading business association in Canada’s 6th largest city. The Mississauga Board of Trade represents businesses of all sizes in various industry sectors. As a not-for-profit, private sector business organization, the MBOT serves as the voice of business on issues of concern to the Mississauga business community and provides a wide diversity of business programs, services, events and benefits to help business develop and succeed. Mr. Leiba has consistently exemplified leadership in managing large, active and successful Boards of Trade. Since joining Mississauga Board of Trade in 2008, he has led a major renewal of the organization, enhancing its leadership role in the community and launching many new programs and initiatives to develop and connect business.

Mr. Leiba has been very active in supporting employment integration of immigrants initiatives, in particular developing the “ITS in Mississauga – Internationally Trained & Skilled” and “Skills Without Borders – Connecting Employers and Skilled Immigrants” award-winning program. Considering the diversity of UTM, participating in the UTM Campus Council is a natural extension of Mr. Leiba’s interests. Prior to joining Mississauga Board of Trade, Mr. Leiba was Chief Executive Officer for The Brampton Board of Trade.

Mr. Leiba’s previous assignments include being a member of the UTM Campus Council and Academic Affairs Committee. Mr. Leiba was first appointed in 2013, and is in his second term as Campus Council member, which ends on June 30, 2016.   


  
  
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Dr.
Rav
Kumar

Dr.
Rav
Kumar

Community Member


Biography

Dr. Rav Kumar leads GlaxoSmithKline's Canadian Research & Development organization involved in Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs and External R&D Alliances as well as overseeing Business Development activities. Rav is a pharmacy graduate with a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences (from Bath University, UK) involving research into controlled delivery of drugs such as insulin. He has more than 25 years of global pharmaceutical industry experience having worked for start-up and multinational pharmaceutical companies in the United Kingdom, France and North America.

Dr. Kumar’s involvement on UTM Campus council is a natural extension of GSKs longstanding support of UTM.  GlaxoSmithKline and UTM have had a long-standing partnership, starting with GSK’s support of the master of biotechnology program (MBiotech). He is also involved in the School of Pharmacy Advancement Board and is President and Board Chair of SAPNA (a non-profit organization).  Previous roles include Past president of Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Past Board Governor at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton.  Rav is in his second term as community member on the UTM Campus Council. 

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Mr.
Kevin
Golding

Mr.
Kevin
Golding

Community Member


Biography

Kevin Golding is President of Maximum Impact Marketing, a media consulting firm designed to add strategic direction and profitability to traditional and new age media companies. Previously, Kevin was Managing Director of private equity firm Vimy Ridge Group (VRG Capital) where Kevin oversaw the international digital media business headquartered in England.  Before joining VRG Capital, Kevin held many senior positions in the broadcast and media fields including General Manager at Pattison Outdoor Advertising, a division of the Jim Pattison Group and Vice President of Eucan, a division of Mexican owned Eumex.


Kevin became President of the University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association in 2013 and has been involved in the Association since 2011.  Kevin earned his M.B.A in business from the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and holds an Honours B.A from the University of Toronto.  

Kevin's past assignments include membership on the UTM Campus Council and the UTM Agenda Committee.  

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Mr.
Simon
Gilmartin

Mr.
Simon
Gilmartin

Community Member


Biography

Mr. Gilmartin joined RBC in 1990 and has a wealth of experience gained from working in various parts of the organization including: direct sales, sales management, general management, product strategy, development & management, marketing, sales effectiveness, Human Resources and strategy.  Currently, Simon is Head Sales Support, RBC Automotive Finance.

Simon has an Economics degree from the University of Toronto Mississauga and is a Certified Financial Planner.  In addition to his work with UTM Mr. Gilmartin serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement Central Ontario and was the Charity Trust Cabinet Chair for RBC Insurance for the past 3 years. He is also the drummer for the "RBC Performing Assets" - a corporate band that supports internal events and external charity functions.

Mr. Gilmartin’s previous assignments include being a member of the UTM Campus Council as well as member of the UTM Academic Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Campus Affairs Committee.  Mr. Gilmartin was first appointed in 2013 and is serving his third term on UTM Campus Council, which ends June 30, 2019.


  
  
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Mr.
Jeff
Collins

Mr.
Jeff
Collins

Community Member


Biography

Jeff Collins is the Senior Portfolio Manager, Canada & Offshore for RBC Insurance.  Jeff graduated in 1992 from Wilfrid Laurier University where he completed an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, after which he become Charter Financial Analyst in 1996.  Since 2012, Jeff has served on the University of Toronto Business Board, as well as the Audit and Pension Committees.    

Jeff has been an active member of his community, serving in varied roles: Co-Chair, RBC Insurance Charity Golf Classic (supporting Peel Children’s Aid Society), (2007-present); Member, Campus Affairs Committee, University of Toronto Mississauga (2013-present); LGIC Nominating Committee, Governing Council, University of Toronto (2012-present); Member Organizing Committee, Black Tie & Golf Shoes (supporting Red Cross Oakville) (2002-2008); Member, Investment Advisory Committee, LOMA (2001-2009); Vice- President Finding and Liquidity, ABN AMRO Bank Canada; VP & Director, ABN AMRO Capital Markets Inc. (1997-2000).

Mr. Collins’ previous assignments include being a member of the UTM Campus Council, Agenda Committee, as well as the Campus Affairs Committee.  Mr. Collins currently serves as Government Appointee on the Governing Council. He was first appointed to Campus Council in 2013 and is in his third term. 


  
  
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Mr.
John
Switzer

Mr.
John
Switzer

Community Member


Biography

John Switzer is a bachelor of arts graduate of UTM, class of 1970. He is in his second term as a member of Governing Council, elected from the alumni estate.  John is currently the Chair of the UTM Campus Council, a role he has held since its inauguration in September, 2013.  HIs past assignments included Chair of the Business Board of Governing Council, first chair of the Pension Committee, vice-chair of the University Affairs Board, member of the Audit and Planning and Budget Committees, member of the Implementation Committee of the Task Force on Governance and member of the President Search Committee. 

He has been a member of the UTM Principal’s Advisory Council since its inception.  In addition to his service to the University of Toronto, John is chair of the Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RIC), a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.  John holds an MBA from York University and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

 

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Dr.
Karima
Velji

Dr.
Karima
Velji

Community Member


Biography

Karima Velji is a health-care executive with over 25 years of progressive leadership experience across the full continuum of care. Her work includes developing and implementing innovations for patient-centered outcomes on models of care, interprofessional practice, and quality and safety systems. Most recently, Velji was the chief operating officer and chief nursing executive at Baycrest, a global leader in advances on aging and brain health. She was also Vice-President of patient care and chief nursing executive at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, now a program in the University Health Network.

A member of several boards, including those of Accreditation Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the University of Toronto (Mississauga), the Canadian Nurses Foundation and Assessment Strategies Inc., she was recently appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Sunnybrook Hospital to be an external reviewer for Sunnybrook’s veteran’s centre.

Cross-appointed to the University of Toronto (U of T) and McMaster University, Velji has won several awards, including the Sigma Theta Tau Award of Excellence in nursing administration, the Ontario Hospital Association’s Margaret Comack National Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership and, from the U of T’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing, both the Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Practice and the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award. 

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