- Getting food to those who need it most
- Our generous neighbours helped us exceed our Spring Drive goal
- Mississauga Tim Hortons Owners have an appetite to improve the lives of their hungry neighbours
- Meet our new Friend Sponsor – Nissan Canada Foundation
- Chris Hatch honoured with Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Help us reach our Spring Drive goal
- Spring Drive Update
- Spring Drive starts Monday!
- Member Agency Event: Free Seniors Information & Active Living Fair
- Unitarian Congregation Church’s Creative Food Drive!
Board of Directors
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.
Hon. Navdeep Bains
Navdeep completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor and has also obtained the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament, Navdeep worked in Accounting and Financial Analysis at Ford Motor Company of Canada as a Financial Analyst. Navdeep served as a Member of Parliament for Mississauga Brampton South from 2004 to 2011 and has extensive parliamentary committee experience and in-depth knowledge of political party organizational structures. Presently, he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management.
Nancy Creede, Past Chair
Nancy has spent much of her career working in the telecommunications industry in a variety of senior management positions with Bell Canada. She has extensive experience in call centre and customer service operations as well as training, Human Resources and strategic and business planning. Since leaving Bell, she has consulted in these areas on many projects mainly in the not for profit sector. Nancy’s background includes a strong commitment to community involvement as a long time volunteer with Junior Achievement and previously as a Board Secretary and Treasurer for Interim Place, a women’s shelter in Peel.
Teresa is a chemist working for the Ministry of The Environment. She has great knowledge and experience in small business; start-up planning, purchasing, marketing, accounting as well as importing. She is a member of Anba Abraam Board of Directors, involved in United Way and Federated Health Annual Campaigns, a Sunday School Teacher for over 30 years and has been involved in a multitude of fundraising events including the planning and organizing of 3 Annual Conventions (Family Convention, Youth Convention, Children Convention) for over 500 attendees each. She managers and operates a gift shop at the Canadian Coptic Center, volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Bank and has been on The Mississauga Food Bank Board since November 2005.
Christopher (Chris) Hatch – Ex-Officio Director
Jeff graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Degree in Mathematics and Business Administration. He is currently a Project Manager at St. Michael’s Hospital. Jeff has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals & Businesses and as an Executive Council member on the Young Leaders Council for the United Way of Peel Region. Jeff has been a Director of The Mississauga Food Bank since 2005, co-chaired the inaugural 2007 Gala Dinner, and is currently the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
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.
Rob Mitchell is currently Senior Director of Engineering at Merge Healthcare, a $300M multi-national supplier of medical imaging and informatics software worldwide. Rob has over 25 years of experience in software development, management, and business development, in Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Data Communications. He has also been an entrepreneur developing a novel treatment for various orthopaedic and urologic conditions. Rob has a BSc in Physics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. He is married and has four grown children and has lived and worked in Mississauga for the last 17 years.
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.
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.