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Board of Directors
Sally has been the CEO and driving force behind The Peer Project | Youth Assisting Youth (YAY) for the past 29 years, providing prevention programs and services for at-risk and newcomer youth ages 6 to 15, as well as volunteer mentor opportunities for youth ages 16 to 29. YAY supports youth through Peer Mentoring, both in One-to-One / Peer-to-Peer mentoring relationships and Group Mentoring activities and events. YAY offers a variety of structured educational and recreational programs for youth across Toronto and York Region, including after-school programs, educational workshops, volunteer training programs and an Annual 3 day Summer Camp. Sally’s belief is that everyone could benefit from having a mentor.
Sally is also the Co-owner and proprietor of K9 Country Retreat, an exclusive cage free and interactive doggie daycare and boarding retreat facility. She is an inductee in the “Worlds Who’s Who of Women”, “Canada’s Who’s Who” and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the “USA Who’s Who”. Sally’s also a past recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in acknowledgement of her contributions to the community through public service and voluntary endeavours, and was the 2011 winner of the Harlequin More Than Words Award.
David Walsh is President of Carrot Common Corp. He is a graduate of Ivey Business School (HBA) and Schulich Business School (MBA). His firm real estate firm has restored a number of historic buildings and developed innovative commercial properties, such as Carrot Common, an alternative shopping mall in Toronto which is structured to give 50% of its profits to support social justice initiatives, community enterprises and organic farming projects. David has had a long-time interest in social justice, social housing, and community economic development. – his volunteer work has included positions as a board member of organizations such as the Learning Enrichment Foundation, the Social Planning Council of Toronto, Homes First Society, the Housing Development Resource Centre, Basic Poverty Action Group, the Community Business Centre, and Home Ownership Alternatives. He is currently active as a board member with Seeds of Hope Foundation, the Agora Foundation, and Our Homes Association.
Marie-Josee Lafontaine has worked as an entrepreneur and consultant in the condominium and senior housing sector for over forty years. Following a successful career in managing a Jewish Retirement Community in Toronto, Marie-Josee entered the field of interior design where she designed condos and retirement communities. Her experience and innovative approach to design and customer service started a career in marketing real estate where she began as an associate with bireM international working in product development. In 2002, she partnered with Harold M Green and formed Scollard Group International where she successfully worked as the marketing director for signature developments across the United States such as the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, FL, Palisade Palms, TX and One Embarcadero, CA. Today, Ms. Lafontaine has focused on senior housing solutions and applied her skills to developing pilot programs and new business strategies in the retirement community that she owns together with her partner Harold Green; Scarborough Retirement Residence, a 144-bed community.
Ms. Lafontaine was a director of Community Lifecare Inc. which operates 1,400 suites in retirement and long-term care communities across Ontario and is also a member of ORCA (Ontario Retirement Communities Association). Ms. Lafontaine is president of FREMA Developments and partner in Vitality Village a new 130 suite community planned in Ajax, Ontario.
For the past 11 years, Megan Rankine has worked as a teacher for the Toronto District School Board. She has taken a leadership role, both in and out of the classroom, helping to drive initiatives such as the International Baccalaureate of Southern Ontario and STEM programs. Megan is excited to be part of The Cyrus Foundation.
Stuart runs one of the most innovative AI companies in the world, pioneering a new class of AI, “Behavioural AI”. This isn’t exactly surprising based on his history. Having extensively studied Managerial Sciences in university, specific aspect of Managerial Accounting relating to, Behavioral Economics, and Organizational Behaviour; Stuart went on to start an early Management Information Services company which, in the late 1980’s, ran a private network for mail and file transfer between Toronto, New York and Mexico City. Selling that company, Stuart founded one of Canada’s first Digital Agencies – before the Internet was a household thing! That company was sold in 1999 to WPP and Stuart transitioned into Finance, creating an innovative sub-prime lender, which built a substantial automotive loan portfolio which was sold shortly before the financial crisis of 2007. After that Stuart once again got interested in Technology, and specifically the early stages of AI. Today you will find him working with some of the worlds’ largest companies, designing and implementing AI designed to change the way they understand their Big Data.
Mehrdad Arjomandi enrolled in Computer Science at York University and received his BA in 1990. In his 3rd year of university, he was chosen to work for IBM for 1 year as an honor student. After graduating he started to work for Rogers Communications in their IT department and was in charge of setting their Wide Area Network for all their retail stores across Canada. In 1992 he was promoted to Manager of Technical Support. In 1995 he left Rogers Communications to establish his own company MGA Computer Consulting Ltd. (now operating as MGA Consulting Ltd.) and has been President & CEO of the company since.
In 2001 recession in North America the company changed course and added consulting services within the Energy Sector to its services. In 2006 MGA was selected as one of the Top 100 fastest growing companies in Canada by PROFIT100 Magazine (a Ted Roger’s publication) and has received this honor again in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Mehrdad Arjomandi was the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his charity work.
Harold Graduated from Ryerson’s Architectural program in 1974 and started his career in real estate by filling various construction, sales and marketing roles for a few of Canada’s largest developers. He then joined a real estate brokerage that focused on creating and initiating programs to market and sell communities both in Canada and abroad eventually launching a real estate marketing company that successfully conceived and sold thousands of homes in various locations around the world.
Harold’s success has been built on having a solid reputation of creating diverse and innovative marketing, sales and communication programs that defined the pathways to both conceptualize and deliver exceptional communities.
His programs have facilitated the construction and sale of thousands of residential condominiums, the successful lease up of significant amounts of retail space, industrial space and office portfolios as well as the facilitate sale of a good number of office and apartment buildings during his career.
Harold is now committed to the design and delivery of integrated communities that provide the housing, entertainment, care and services that the aging baby boomers are looking for today.
Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Waterloo. Following the successful completion of his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering he had a strong desire to continue his education with a focus on environmental engineering and management. Upon the successful completion of his master’s degree in chemical engineering he worked for the printed circuit board division of Nortel in the capacity of a process and environmental engineer in Belleville, Ontario.
After working for Nortel for a couple of years he moved to Toronto to work for another manufacturing company as an engineering and environmental system manager.
In 1997 he combined his passion for technology and innovation by founding a company called Circoflex Corporation. This start-up technology company manufactures flexible printed circuit boards.
As an environmentalist, Mohammed has a strong passion for incorporating green space into residential as well as commercial real estate development projects.
Mohammed founded The Cyrus Foundation in 2011. The foundation was established for the purpose of enhancing leadership capabilities and self-confidence in youth. Mohammed truly believes that The Cyrus Foundation fulfills a vital and urgent and often neglected need – that of empowering youth innovation. He believes that this is indeed a worthy and worthwhile endeavour.