Deborah Templer, President
Board Member since 2010
Deborah Templer is a partner practicing in the Toronto law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, a full-service firm with offices across Canada and abroad. Her practice includes a variety of commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract and negligence disputes, securities litigation, shareholder disputes and advertising and competition litigation. Since being called to the Ontario bar in 2006, Deborah has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, and has represented her clients in private arbitration proceedings and at a large provincial public inquiry.
Gia DeJulio, Vice-President
Board Member since 2010
Gia DeJulio, P. Eng., LLM, is the Director, Regulatory Affairs at Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc. Gia holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering discipline, from the University of Toronto, is a Professional Engineer, and recently obtained a Master of Laws in Energy and Infrastructure from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Gia’s career in the energy industry includes expertise in buying, selling, distributing, and regulating both natural gas and electricity. In her spare time, Gia likes to golf, follow current affairs, and mentor engineering students.
Barbara Hume-Wright, Secretary
Board Member since 2012
Barbara Hume-Wright is the principle of the Herne Company Limited, a public sector management consulting company. For more than 30 years Barbara has worked within the public and not for profit sectors managing a wide range of portfolios which included a key role on the Toronto amalgamation team, working directly with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Barbara also led an organizational revitalization of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards. Barbara provides her board governance expertise to a number of clients with services including articles, training and board assessments. Barbara obtained her Chartered Directors (C. Dir) designation from the Directors’ College (a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada) in 2009.
Martha Beaumont, Treasurer
Board Member since 2013
Martha Beaumont is the CFO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada with a C.P.A. (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in directing the corporate finance function of a multiple-level organization in the health charity area. Martha holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Chartered Accountancy Studies Co-Operating Program from the University of Waterloo. She has previously served as Chair of DeafBlind Ontario Services and volunteers for many charitable organizations.
Board Member since 2013
Kathy Howie is a social worker who worked at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for many years. She is familiar with the challenges facing women and children who have experienced trauma, poverty, and re-location, and is a strong believer in the need to work collaboratively with others in order to promote learning and improve social conditions for families.
Board Member since 2002
Nora Murrant retired in June 2015 from Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario where she was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. CPA Ontario is the governing body for Ontario’s 80,000 CPAs. She is professionally qualified as a chartered professional accountant fellow and chartered business valuator fellow. Nora holds a B. Math from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining CPA Ontario in 1996 (then the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario), Nora was a partner with Campbell Valuation Partners Limited. Nora has served on the boards of several professional and charitable organizations, including the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, and Youth in Motion, a charitable organization that provides career resources and mentorship for youth, and sponsors the Top 20 Under 20 Awards.
Board Member since 2014
Patricia Else is the owner of Strava Consulting. Her work experiences in public health, not for profit services, government, and philanthropy have given her a broad perspective on what makes organizations strong and successful. Patricia has a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing. She has worked with the Ontario provincial government, Humber College, health units in Toronto, Halton Region and Northwestern Ontario, and with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Board Member since 2015
Dayo Kefentse is a dynamic host, Toronto‐based broadcaster, writer, and communications manager. Seeing a need for publicity support, media literacy, and media exposure in the community, she launched DAYO Media & Communications (DM&C) in 2006, a boutique agency specializing in Broadcast, Writing, Publicity & Communications Management Services.
In 2014, she joined the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games as Manager of Media Relations where she played a role in the success of Canada’s largest ever multi-sport event. Prior to that, she worked in media where radio listeners in the Greater Toronto Area got to know her as a journalist for CBC Radio’s ‘Metro Morning’ and ‘Here & Now’. She has also reported on television and radio for media outlets including CBC News in Windsor, Ontario, Global News and CITY News. Her articles have been featured in magazines on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, as well newspapers including The Toronto Star.
Dayo believes in the power and principle of giving back. Besides being a board member with Women’s Habitat, she is also the Vice-Chair of the board at the Obsidian Theatre Company.
Board Member since 2015
Jacquie Menezes is a strategic communications, policy and, marketing consultant. She is lifelong advocate for social justice and economic development, using experience gained in private industry, the public sector, politics and the arts to build stronger, more vibrant communities and to influence public policy for a healthier, more prosperous future. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Marketing/Economics and Bioscience.
Jacquie focused her skills on the GTA’s transportation challenges helping to create ‘The Big Move’ a transformational transportation initiative for the Province of Ontario. By building bridges to leaders in industry, community, government and the media, her efforts created dialogue that shaped a vision for the region.
Working in Ontario’s private sector, Jacquie helped Canadian biotech and robotics companies create jobs and compete in global markets through scientific research and business development. While working throughout rural Ontario, she became an advocate for sustainable agriculture and local producers.
Recognizing the value of the arts and culture to Ontario’s tourism industry and as the lifeblood of any community, Jacquie created innovative marketing campaigns that helped transform the ROM into a premiere cultural and tourist attraction.
She is well known for her active role in community organizations such as the Rotary Club serving on the Board as both Youth & Vocation and Fundraising & Auction Chairs for Casey House. She was a Board Director for the Interactive Multimedia Arts & Technologies Association (IMAT) and worked on fundraising events for AMREF.