Eden Food for Change’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from a cross section of professions and life experiences within the community. Each Board member is concerned about hunger and poverty and passionate about the work of EFFC to respond to the needs of hungry families. Board members leverage their skills, experience and network to advance the cause. The Board is responsible for the organization overall and ensures that the organization is accomplishing its goals and objectives based on the vision and mission. The Board of Directors meet monthly.
Ron Saito joined the Board of Directors in 2004. He completed 6 years as President in 2013. He rejoined the Board in 2014 and was nominated as President in 2015. Ron had a 30-year career in technology companies including IBM, Nortel and independent consulting and has served on several community organizations and industry boards. Ron is married to Pat and has three adult children and two grandchildren. Hobbies include roller coasters, beer and cooking. Ron received the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee medal for his volunteer work.
Bob Sjolin joined the Board of Directors in June 2012. He was nominated as Vice-President in 2015 and also serves on the Finance and Human Resources Committees. Bob is a CMA and the CFO of Mandrake Management Consultants Corporation. Prior to Mandrake he held CFO positions with Spherion, and Bradson International. He currently serves as Treasurer for Skate for Kids and has previous Board experience with the National Capital Region’s Society of Management Accountants and Big Brothers.
Harry Pedwell joined the Board of Directors in May, 2016 and has maintained a dual financial services and military career throughout his working life. In the financial services field, he has worked at several major Banks and has extensive experience in Securities Trading and Risk Management. In the military, he is currently the Commanding Officer of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, a reserve infantry regiment in Toronto, and has extensive experience in Leadership, Communications, Strategic/Operational Planning and Individual/Collective Training. Harry is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He resides in Mississauga with his wife (Sadie) and two children (Emma and James). In his spare time, Harry enjoys camping, hiking, politics and being involved with local community organizations.
Gail Ryan joined the Board of Directors in May, 2016 and is a Certified Management Accountant. She currently holds a Vice President position with Aimia where she has overall responsibility for the management and growth of the Enhancement Services line of business. She has spent most of her career building and managing various businesses specifically related to direct response marketing. Gail lives in the Meadowvale area with her family and spends her spare time golfing, gardening and cooking.
Althea Gordon joined the Board of Directors in May 2016 and is a Human Resources professional with experience providing strategic HR services in various roles in multidisciplinary environments, including corporate, government, and educational sectors. She is presently a Human Resources Manager at Humber College. She also helps the next generation of HR professionals hone their skills through a part-time faculty position at York University in the School of Human Resource Management. Her volunteer work has included years volunteering as a Member of the CNE Association/Events Committee, Chair of the Dolphin Senior School Council within Peel District School Board and immediate past Chair – Board of Directors Skills for Change.
Chuck joined the Board of Directors in May 2017. He is a lawyer and at present is a partner with Keyser Mason Ball LLP in Mississauga, where he practices commercial real estate law. He was born and raised in Mississauga, is married and has two daughters. His past community involvement includes participation in a hot breakfast program in the Acorn community in Mississauga as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for Youth Without Shelter in Etobicoke.
Jeff Miller joined the Board of Directors in May of 2017. He has spent his career in commercial real estate and is currently Head of Industrial for Oxford Properties Group (OMERS Pension Fund) where he is responsible for all aspects of Oxford's industrial business, including the strategy, team and portfolio across Canada. Jeff currently sits on the Real Estate Program Advisory Board for the University of Guelph and is a former board member of Toronto NAIOP and SIOR Central Canada. He lives in Meadowvale with his wife and three children.
John Land joined the Board of Directors in May of 2017. He worked in marketing, sales and advertising for 20 years, and then subsequently operated his own business as a building inspector for 15 years before retiring in 2012. he volunteered with the Rotary Club for seven years, including three years on their Board of Directors, and currently volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. John started volunteering with Eden Food for Change in 2011, and has worked in the food bank, the fresh produce box program, in fundraising, as a donation pickup driver, and as an EFFC representative at community events.
Dr. Pravir Patel joined the Board of Directors in May 2014 and serves on the Marketing Committee. He graduated in 1995 from the University of Toronto Dental School. He has been in private practice in Mississauga for the last 11 years and in Brampton for 8 years before that. Pravir enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and maintains a rigorous Continuing Education program for himself and his Dream Team. In his spare time, he can be found playing with his young daughter and son or pursuing various activities – cycling, piano, and sailing.
Ross Lomon joined the Board of Directors in May 2017. His professional background is in sales and marketing. He worked for CN Rail for 33 years, and subsequently for Branttel Networks until he retired in 2015. He was previously on the Board of Directors for Vita Centre in Streetsville for two years, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Streetsville Lions' Club. Ross started volunteering with Eden Food for Change in June of 2015, and has worked in the food bank, in the fresh produce box program, as a donation pickup driver and as an EFFC representative at community events. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, horseback riding, photography, golf, and tennis.
Tim Scott joined the Board of Directors in June 2012. Tim is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor and is currently a partner with Deloitte in the Enterprise Risk Services practice. He has worked as a financial statement auditor, a Chief Audit Executive, an enterprise risk management consultant and a Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Deloitte, Tim held the position of Senior Vice President, Asset Protection with Loblaw Companies Limited and previously spent four years with Maple Leaf Foods as VP, Internal Audit and VP of Finance of the global business unit.
Trivéa Isaacs joined the Board of Directors in September 2012 and serves on the Nominating Committee. She has worked in the commercial banking industry for 20 years, first for CIBC and then with Business Development Bank of Canada as a Business Development Manager and Branch Manager. Trivéa is involved in a number of community outreach projects. Trivéa lives in Meadowvale with her husband and 2 children.