Board of Directors


David is the former Chief Executive Officer of Street Kids International. David was a partner in Development Initiatives Inc., an international consulting firm, and founder and President of the Community Business Resource Centre in Toronto, Canada, a highly successful entrepreneurship training centre and consulting organization in economic development.

As the CEO of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and the Canadian Youth Foundation, David expanded the organization’s lending, mentor support and career planning programs for young people across Canada. David is the author of several publications on economic development and community and corporate partnerships. David is currently working as a consultant and instructor at Wilfred Laurier University.

Vice Chair

Carol is currently CEO of VHA Home HealthCare, a large homecare non-profit in Ontario. She holds an MSW from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business. Committed to service excellence and innovation, Carol has a track record of accomplishments in both the health care and social service sectors in various clinical, leadership and consulting roles.

Prior to joining VHA in 1999, she held senior positions in acute and long-term care facilities and was Executive Director of a children’s mental health centre. Carol is a member of the Nonprofit Management Advisory Board for the Schulich School of Business and a peer reviewer for Accreditation Canada.

Chair Finance & Audit Committee

Joseph Wilke is Senior Vice President, Finance at Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest, privately-owned home builder. Previous to this role, Joseph held a variety of senior leadership positions, including Global Leader, Operational Excellence at Husky Injection Molding Systems; Chief Financial Officer with Workopolis; and various senior financial roles with Loblaw Companies.

Joseph has proven expertise in strategic planning, continuous improvement, mergers and acquisitions, planning and analysis, business intelligence and developing teams across numerous industries for both national and global organizations. As a senior financial executive, Joseph partners with CEOs and Boards of Directors to drive strategy, execution and enterprise value.

He is passionate about building and developing teams and driving improvement to change the results of an organization – an approach and strength he brings to his current role as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the CFTC Board. Joseph is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Heather Nelson
Chair Nomination & Governance Committee

Building on over 20 years in the charitable sector, Heather recently started a cause marketing, corporate partnership consultancy and is currently working with War Child and Royal Botanical Gardens. Prior to this new adventure, she was at Food Banks Canada where she oversaw major corporate partnerships and cause marketing campaigns.

Heather’s non-profit career began with Youth Challenge International in Guyana, South America, followed by senior leadership roles with Youth Challenge International in Canada and Street Kids International.

Heather has an MBA in non-profit management and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Simon Fisch
Board Member

Legal Counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Simon has a deep personal commitment to issues of protecting those most vulnerable: human rights, empowerment and child welfare.

In addition to his work for organizations involved in child welfare and social justice, Simon has worked in the field of international development in Tanzania and India, and for Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief.

Kurt Kroesen
Board Member

Kurt is a retired executive with extensive senior management experience. In his most recent role, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the Canadian Diabetes Association, where he held responsibility for numerous functions including finance, accounting, information systems, human resources, investments and business operations.

Kurt has also had for-profit company financial and information systems experience, primarily with Kraft Foods in several businesses: coffee, pet foods and chocolate. He has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a CMA designation.

Kenneth A. Morrison
Board Member

After a distinguished 43-year career, Ken retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO of consulting engineering firm R.V. Anderson Associates in 2015. Ken is highly respected in the civil engineering profession and has been honoured with awards and fellowships from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. Ken has also given freely of his time to numerous societies and non-profit organizations, serving most recently as Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Central Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN), a provincial government agency responsible for $1.6 billion in funding for 10 hospitals and 94 long-term care homes and community healthcare service agencies in Toronto, York Region and Simcoe County.

Before that he served as a Governor and Chair of North York General Hospital, and Treasurer and Chairman of Finance for NYGH’s Foundation. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for WaterTAP Ontario, a provincially-funded corporation established under the 2010 Water Opportunities Act to help grow globally competitive companies and provide high-value jobs in Ontario’s water and wastewater sector. As a long-time contributor to Canadian Feed The Children, Ken inspired R.V. Anderson Associates to implement an employee giving program, and now generously extends his commitment to CFTC’s vision and mission offering his time and talent to support excellence in governance as a volunteer on the CFTC Board of Directors.

Sharon Pel
Board Member

Sharon is the Chief Executive of Inglewood Advisory Services and formerly, Senior Vice President and Group Head of Legal and Business Affairs of TMX Group Inc., whose key subsidiaries – Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, Montreal Exchange, Natural Gas Exchange, Boston Options Exchange (BOX), Shorcan, Equicom and others – provide services to the global financial community.

Sharon was responsible for advising on all legal and regulatory issues that arose out of TMX Group’s operations and business initiatives. She joined TMX Group from a 21-year career at Torys LLP, the last 13 as a partner, during which she advised Canadian corporations on a wide variety of legal issues, in particular cross-border mergers, corporate finance and securities transactions, acquisitions and divestitures. Sharon holds an honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a LLB from the University of Ottawa. She is a Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. In 2008, Sharon became an accredited director through the ICD, Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program. Sharon brings her legal and business expertise, plus a strong commitment to children’s and women’s issues, to her role as a director with the CFTC Board.

Jamie Porter
Board Member

Chief Financial Officer for Alamos Gold Inc., Jamie has extensive experience in the areas of financial planning and reporting, regulatory compliance, internal control, treasury and taxation matters.

Fluent in English, French and Spanish, his work has brought him to Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Mexico and Turkey. Jamie has previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Tim Prince
Board Member

Tim Prince is Partner, Head of Integration and Separation Advisory, Canada for KPMG, where he leads Canada’s largest Integration and Separation practice with a team of 15 dedicated specialists.

He has worked on over 100 integrations and separations over the last 13 years and also conducted research into mergers and acquisitions that was published in the Financial Times. Tim has a B.Sc. from the University of Strathclyde, UK and is an Associate (ACMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK.

Aly Rahemtulla
Board Member

Aly is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BSM Technologies Inc. in Toronto and has been Chairman of ANR Capital Inc., a privately-held merchant bank investing in private and public small cap growth companies, since 2004. Aly is an entrepreneur who specializes in identifying and growing organizations. He led his current company in a turnaround effort that brought it from near-bankruptcy to becoming one of the world’s top 20 commercial fleet telematics providers, leading it through seven successful acquisitions.

For two years, Aly served as a Board Director with the London Community Foundation, and since 2012 he has been a local and international member of the Young Presidents Organization. He joins the CFTC Board with an ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management, and a strong desire to give back and support children in Canada and internationally.

William (“Bill”) Sparks
Board Member

Bill is an expert in international development and global justice issues. An instructor for the international project management post-graduate certificate program at Humber College, he also acts as a guest lecturer in international development, social work, criminal justice and human service administration to various school boards, colleges and universities.

Bill’s areas of expertise include voluntary sector board governance, policy development, strategic and annual planning, participatory program development, monitoring and evaluation, public engagement and sustainable funding.


Finance & Audit

The Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) is accountable for both traditional finance and traditional audit responsibilities, which include providing guidance, review and oversight to the development of the annual budget and monitoring organizational performance versus budget; reviewing and recommending investment policy to the board; assessing overall financial risks and overseeing management’s risk mitigation strategies; and providing oversight to CFTC’s internal controls.

The FAC recommends the appointment of the external auditor to the board, monitors their independence, and reviews and recommends approval of the audited statements by the board. It also recommends the annual budget to the board, with the board responsible for final budget approval


The Nomination and Governance Committee’s (NGC) mandate is to assist the CFTC Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities in relation to nomination of directors; the size, composition and structure of the board and its committees; the overall approach to corporate governance; and the orientation and continuing education for directors.