These senior volunteers are passionate about United Way and dedicated to improving lives and strengthening neighbourhoods across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
Thomas Dyck, Chair
Financial Services Senior Executive (Retired)
TD Bank Financial Group
Bruce McCuaig, Vice Chair
Canada Infrastructure Bank Transition Office
Wayne Halenda, Treasurer
Chartered Professional Accountant
Mariam Hashmi, Secretary
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Technology & Operations
Royal Bank of Canada
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Pethealth Inc.
Michelle Cole is a high level strategic business development executive. Between 2007-2013, Ms. Cole was the Senior Vice President – Central Region with GE Capital. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration, a MBA, a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ms. Cole was Board Chair of United Way of Peel Region in 2009, is Treasurer of the Finance and Audit Committee, and is a founding Board member of the Community Door. Her areas of expertise are business development, strategic business planning and change leadership. Ms. Cole lives in Caledon.
Ms. Cole was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2013.
(Retired) Executive Vice President, Branch Banking, TD Canada Trust
As Executive Vice President, Community Banking, TD Canada Trust, Tom Dyck was responsible for leading a retail distribution network of more than 21,000 employees who bring our commitment to a legendary customer experience to life in over 1,150 branches across Canada.
With over 30 years’ experience in financial services, Tom has advanced through a number of increasingly senior roles within TD Bank Group, including Retail, Business and Commercial Banking and Wealth Management. He has extensive experience in product management, marketing, branding and distribution, in both Canada and the U.S.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Tom holds an honours degree, majoring in Finance. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Tom values community involvement and is Chair of the United Way of Peel Region. He was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2012.Save
Staff Cardiologist, Medical Director, CCU and Clinical Cardiology, Trillium Health Partners
In addition to his role at Trillium Health Partners, Dr. Anil Gupta is a lecturer with the UTM Medical School and a partner at the Mississauga Clinical Research Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor in Medicine degrees from Dalhousie University and Internal and Cardiology Residency from University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Gupta has done extensive research in smoking cessation and cardiac related areas of study. He is actively involved in Board and committee work at Trillium Health Partners, as the Innovation Lead and Inpatient Lead for the Cardiac program. He participates in athletics as a consultant cardiologist to Canada Basketball and volunteer with Tennis Canada. His areas of expertise are public policy, strategic planning, research, and community development. Dr. Gupta lives in Mississauga.
Dr. Gupta was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2013.
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Technology & Operations, Royal Bank of Canada
Mariam Hashmi is Director, Strategic Initiatives, Technology & Operations, Royal Bank of Canada. She is also an instructor at Ryerson University and Nipissing University.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Honours Business Administration and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Hashmi is a board member with the Peel Leadership Centre and serves as a mentor in the Ivey Partnership Program.
In 2013 she received the Emerging Leaders Award from the Ivey Alumni Association, selected from Ivey alumni globally. She was also the recipient of the KPMG Canada National Community Leader Award in 2013. She lives in Mississauga.
Ms. Hashmi was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2015.
Chartered Professional Accountant
Wayne Halenda is a long term resident of Mississauga. He obtained an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Mr. Halenda's area of expertise is primarily in financial risk management and strategic planning.
Mr. Halenda was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2013.
Mr. Halenda was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2013.
Senior Vice President, Payment, TD Bank
Chuck Hounsell is the Senior Vice President of Payment for TD Bank. He has completed Advanced Management programs at Harvard School of Business.
Mr. Hounsell’s history with United Way goes back to 2007, with United Way of London & Essex, where he served as a Board Member and Campaign Chair. He has also volunteered as a Board Member with London Health Sciences Foundation, YMCA of Western Ontario and the City of London Economic Development Board.
Mr. Hounsell was elected to United Way of Peel Region’s Board of Directors in 2013. He was the 2014 and 2015 Campaign Chair and brings extensive expertise in strategic planning, innovation and fundraising to this volunteer leadership position. He lives in Mississauga with his family.
Corporate Director, M&A Transformation and Turnaround
Andrea C. Martin is a fluently bilingual Global Senior Executive working in the UK, North and Latin America and Asia pacific. with diverse industry experiences, including business and consumer services, security and smart homes, logistics, direct marketing, multi-brand media, "Big" data analytics and dermaceutical.
Andrea currently services on the Board of The Natural Curator. Previously she has been on many for profit and non for profit boards, including Canadian Security Association, Twist a division of SAQ, Quebec, Telus Montreal Community, Canadian Marketing Association, Reader's Digest Canada and President of the "Grand Public" a division of United Way Montreal.
A graduate of the University of Concordia, Andrea holds a bachelor degree in Commerce, majoring in Statistics. She has also completed two executive programs in Oxford University, UK and Queen's University, Canada. Additional she has a certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors at McGill University, Canada.
Vice President, Commercial & Legal, Bot Construction Group
Ian Marshall is a senior legal professional with diverse governance, general counsel and senior management experience in the broader public and private sectors. Mr. Marshall’s steadfast commitment to integrity, trust, respect, and building sustainable relationships and fostering positive outcomes has been the foundation for his work in justice, transportation, healthcare, and infrastructure.
Mr. Marshall is Vice President, Commercial & Legal, with Bot Construction Group, one of eastern Canada’s leading, and Ontario’s largest privately held, heavy civil engineering and construction companies. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.), Trinity College at the University of Toronto (Hon. B.A. in Economics and Environmental Systems), and Pearson College UWC (International Baccalaureate).
Executive Advisor – Canada Infrastructure Bank Transition Office
Bruce McCuaig joined the Privy Council Office as Executive Advisor on the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank in April 2017. In this role, Bruce is supporting the work of Jim Leech, the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on the proposed Bank, and is working as part of the Transition Office embedded in Infrastructure Canada.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Advisor, Bruce was the President and CEO of Metrolinx from 2010, where he built a team committed to transforming transportation in the GTHA, by building a strong customer service emphasis throughout the organization, delivering quality transportation services on time and on budget, and working collaboratively with our partners – all key elements to delivering on the promise of The Big Move.
Bruce began his career in public service in 1984, and has worked in areas involving land use planning and policy, municipal policy, and transportation planning, policy and operations. He spent 10 years with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and 15 years with the Ministry of Transportation, where his final role as Deputy Minister made him responsible for leading the 4,000 public servants dedicated to ensuring a safe and efficient provincial transportation system.
Bruce is on the Board of Directors the United Way of Peel Region and is a member of the Providence Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University, and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.
2nd Vice President of the Peel Region Labour Council
Andrew Robertson is the 2nd Vice President of the Peel Region Labour Council and a Counsellor with the Dufferin Peel Secondary Unit (DPSU) Executive of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA). His extensive committee experience includes serving on and/or chairing legislation, finance/budget, disaster relief, human rights, member engagement, status of women and political action committees.
Andrew is also a Social Science Teacher and Guidance Counsellor with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board in Brampton, Ontario, where he has worked since 2005. His volunteer commitment within his school community has included coaching, stage managing school plays and acting as staff liaison to clubs. Prior to returning home to Canada he also worked as a teacher in England for two years.
Andrew Robertson also had over a decade of experience working in a variety of sales, customer service and management roles within the retail sector before he chose to return to university to complete his degree and teaching qualifications.
Executive Vice President, Downstream, Suncor Energy Inc.
As executive vice president, Kris Smith leads Suncor’s downstream operations. In this role, Kris has overall responsibility for operation of Suncor’s North American refining network, as well as industrial, commercial and retail marketing of refined products under the Petro-Canada™ brand. Kris is also accountable for Suncor’s worldwide lubricants business, renewable energy portfolio and energy supply and trading activities.
Since joining Suncor in 2000, Kris has held a variety of roles. Most recently, he served as Suncor’s senior vice president, Supply Trading & Corporate Development, where he was responsible for marketing, logistics and energy trading, corporate strategic planning and development, and the company’s business process and information services. Kris has also held positions in the General Counsel’s office, the U.S. downstream business and at Suncor’s Oil Sands operation.
Kris obtained his bachelor of arts with honours from the University of Alberta in 1992, and his bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University in 1995. He is a member of the Alberta and Colorado bars. Prior to joining Suncor, Kris was a lawyer at a respected law firm in Calgary, Alta.
Kris sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Fuels Association, as well as on the board of directors of Actua, Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics youth outreach organization. He is also Chair for the 2016 United Way Region of Peel Campaign.
Adjudicator/Liaison Member, Landlord and Tenant Board, Central Region
Ms. Theoharis has extensive experience in conducting hearings including taking into consideration human rights issues, self represented parties and language barriers. She also has experience in litigation related to real estate, contracts, administrative and construction lien matters.
She has also served as Secretary to the Board of Directors at Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade and as a member of the Board of Directors of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.
Ms. Theoharis holds a LLB degree from University of Toronto, JD from University of New York, and a BA from University of Toronto. She holds membership with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and regulators, Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Hellenic Canadian Lawyers Association and Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity.
Ms. Theoharis has been an ex-officio member of the board by way of her position on the Community Investment Cabinet since 2013, and was officially elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2014.
Director, Communications, CIBC Retail and Business Banking
Nicole Skeete Williams is a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in corporate and change communications, as well as marketing and public relations. In her current role with CIBC, Ms. Skeete Williams works closely with senior executives to develop strategies to increase employee engagement and commitment, and drive client loyalty.
Prior to joining CIBC, Ms. Skeete Williams held senior management roles in government, consulting and insurance. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from Ryerson University and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her areas of expertise are business strategy communications, marketing, corporate affairs and public relations.
A longtime resident of the city, Ms. Skeete Williams lives in Mississauga with her husband and their daughter. She was elected to United Way’s Board of Directors in 2016.