The Mississauga Food Bank Board of Directors provides volunteer oversight and leadership to operations and strategy for the organization.
Current Directors are:
Christopher Hart, President & Chair
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.
Carolyn Parrish, Vice-President
Carolyn Parrish, BA, B.Ed, is a Canadian politician who has served her constituents at both the municipal and federal level. Known for her straightforward style and passion for standing up for those without a voice, Carolyn has used her comprehensive knowledge of multiple levels of government and international affairs to shape policy at the local, federal and international level. An ardent supporter of democratic renewal in the developing world, Carolyn has travelled extensively to monitor elections, to lead fact-finding missions, and to represent national and international Parliamentary Associations.
Karen DeGiobbi, Treasurer
Karen works as an 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 in 2008. She joined The Mississauga Food Bank’s Board of Directors in September 2011.
Murray Etherington, Secretary
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 recently 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 – Ex-Officio Director
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.
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.
As the Regional Vice President for the City of 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.
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.
Shawn started his career in the grocery industry while he was still a student. Shawn studied finance at Brock University in St. Catharines. Now, with nearly 30 years’ experience in grocery, he works with Sobeys as the Director, National Procurement, Meat and Seafood. Shawn joined The Mississauga Food Bank Board in 2013.
David joined our Board of Directors in 2013. He brings experience in IT, retail marketing and real estate, plus a love of golf, to The Mississauga Food Bank. He started in real estate in 2000 and is one of Royal LePage’s sales leaders in Canada. Before joining Royal LePage, David worked as VP of Operations for a retail marketing company, working with clients like A&P and Costco Canada. David is also very active in the Mississauga community, having acted as president of the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival prior to joining The Mississauga Food Bank Board.
Graham Walsh, B.A., J.D., C.D.
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.