The Mississauga Food Bank Board of Directors provides volunteer oversight and leadership to operations and strategy for the organization.
Current Directors are:
Graham Walsh, B.A., J.D., C.D. – President and Chair
Graham currently serves as Labour & Employment Counsel for the City of Mississauga. Previously, Graham worked in Toronto for one of Canada’s largest law firms before moving to the legal department of Waterloo, Ontario based BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion). Graham is also a Major in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve currently serving as Deputy Commanding Officer of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s Own, based in Mississauga. In 2010, Graham deployed to Afghanistan with the Army as part of Canada’s mission to rebuild Kandahar Province. Graham grew up in Meadowvale and volunteered with The Mississauga Food Bank while attending Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School. Graham joined our Board in 2013.
Shawn McMurter – Vice-President
Shawn started his career in the grocery industry while he was still a student and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock University. With nearly 30 years’ experience in grocery focused in merchandising and procurement for meat and seafood, he works with Sobeys as the Director, National Procurement, Fresh where he is responsible for Meat, Seafood, Deli, Home Meal Replacement, and Bakery. Shawn joined The Mississauga Food Bank Board in 2013.
Karen DeGiobbi, CPA, CA – Treasurer
Karen works as a Principal in the Auditing and Assurance Standards group at CPA Canada. Prior to that, Karen was a Senior Audit Manager for KPMG LLP in their Toronto office and has served a number of clients, both private and public, in the financial services, mining, industrial, and consumer markets industry sectors. She has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario) in 2008. She joined The Mississauga Food Bank’s Board of Directors in September 2011.
Kathy May – Secretary
Kathy brings 25 years of experience and breakthrough achievements in executive level sales, marketing, business development, and management in the Telecom industry. Kathy possesses an entrepreneurial spirit with two successful online companies. She has a strong commitment to the community and is an active Board member for the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale, responsible for youth, senior and various community projects. In 2013, Kathy was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to her community. Kathy joined the board of directors in 2014.
Murray is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with 40 years experience in the manufacturing sector in the design and development of new products and processes for mining, construction, warehousing and automation. He currently consults regarding safety of storage equipment and is the volunteer Chair of the Mississauga Chapter of CARP, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. He joined the Food Bank Board to help improve the connection with seniors in need of better nutrition and give back to this great City.
Christopher (Chris) Hatch, Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
Sonia Gandhi, CPA, CA
Sonia joined The Mississauga Food Bank’s Board of Directors in 2013. She is a tax partner with KPMG in their Toronto office, specializing in corporate income tax planning and compliance for clients in the consumer markets industry, including clients in the food and beverage sector. Sonia is also a member of the Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University.
Christopher Hart - Past President (Ex-Officio)
Christopher Hart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1985. He received his law degree from Dalhousie University Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1989 and was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1991. He practiced environmental and corporate/commercial law at the Toronto firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt until 1984. In 1984 he joined the law department of General Electric Canada Inc. where he provides legal advice to GE Corporate Environmental Programs and various GE businesses concerning environmental, health and safety compliance, remedial sites and general corporate/commercial matters and agreements.
After graduating from the Ivey Business School at Western, David joined Deloitte where he spent over 40 years in various roles as audit partner, national HR Partner, managing partner of the Mississauga office and the national leader of the audit practice learning programs. He has lived in Mississauga for over 40 years and has been involved in various community organizations in Mississauga including the Treasurer of the Board of Trade, campaign chair of United Way of Peel and chair of the Board of the Living Arts Centre for 6 years. David joined The Mississauga Food Bank Board in 2011.
David is the Vice President, General Manager for Pinnacle Foods Canada Corporation. Graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1991 he has 24 years of experience within the consumer packaged goods industry. During this time he has worked in Western Canada & Ontario for such well known consumer goods manufactures as General Mills Canada, Johnson & Johnson, and Ferrero Canada prior to his current role with Pinnacle Foods. David is also a member of the Board of Governors with the Food & Consumer Products of Canada. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
As the Regional Vice President of RBC for Mississauga, Shawn MacDonald has responsibility for Personal, Financial Planning and Small Business client business for RBC. Shawn joined RBC Royal Bank in 1995 and has held a wide range of positions across Canadian Banking and RBC Bank (USA). Shawn has an MBA, Executive Program, from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance, from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dalhousie University. He also is a Licensed Personal Financial Planner and a Specialist, Trust Institute both from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Shawn lives in Oakville with his wife and three children and joined The Mississauga Food Bank board in October 2013.
Louis Carre is Director of Sales at Smucker Foods of Canada. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988 from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (H.E.C. at the University of Montreal). He has 25 years of experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry including time at Best Foods, Mars and Robin Hood. Louis believes everyone can make a difference, and continually strives to do the right thing and do things right. He moved to Brampton in 1998 from Montreal where he still resides with his wife Caroline. Louis has two children, his son currently at Western University in London, Ontario and his daughter at McGill University in Montreal.
Michael is a practiced MD and radiologist, and fellowship-trained specialist in women’s imaging at the Headwaters Healthcare Centre. He is also Vice President of the Medical Association and a Member of the Hospital Board. Michael has a postgraduate degree from the University of Toronto and is a passionate philanthropist who enjoys giving back to those less fortunate. Since 1998, he has volunteered at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church, and has been a Board Member of the Anba Abraam’s Coptic Charity since 2010.
John McEwen, CD, B.A., CCLP
John is currently the Fleet Manager for Pepsi Beverages Ontario, based in Mississauga. He is an active volunteer with charities and as a minor hockey coach and trainer in Oakville, where he resides with his wife Patty and their three children. John is also a Canadian Forces Reservist with the 32 Canadian Brigade Group in Toronto. He has a BA in Economics and is a graduate of the Military Staff College in Toronto.
Michelle serves as the Regional Vice President for the West 401 Market comprised of Personal Banking, Small Business and Financial Planning client business for RBC. Michelle has enjoyed a career spanning 27 years with RBC Royal Bank, holding a variety of roles across Canadian Banking Sales and Operations. She is also a Licensed Personal Financial Planner and a Specialist, Trust Institute both from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Michelle lives in Oakville with her husband and three children and joined The Mississauga Food Bank board in September 2015.