The Home Suite Hope Board of Directors is composed of a cross-section of community members, many of whom are active elsewhere in the community. The Board acts to ensure the long-term viability of Home Suite Hope and is focused on constructive solutions to affordable housing issues and support for those facing homelessness.
- Debbie McPherson
- Peter Kolisnyk
- Bill Perras
- Sharon Wingfelder
- Greg Pellet
- Lisa Garland
- Richard White
- Aarani Stoneham
- Rosemary McNeely
- Natalie Jamison
- Catherine Meagher
Debbie McPherson, Oakville
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Debbie McPherson is the Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Genworth Canada. She has more than 25 years of experience and success in sales and quality management with the Company. As a member of Genworth Canada’s Senior Leadership Team, Debbie is responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies that support business growth objectives and drive exceptional customer experience. Over the years she has built a strong and reputable team of sales and marketing executives, analysts, trainers and regional account managers across the country. She is actively involved in many industry organizations, including Mortgage Professionals Canada and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Debbie graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Past Chair, Board of Directors
Peter has more than 25 years experience in building businesses within corporate, and small to medium size organizations as a Senior Business Development, Sales and Marketing Executive. Peter is particularly interested in all facets of new product development from conception to market, be it an early stage start-up or an established organization. Most recently became licensed to specialize in residential real estate transactions in Oakville, Mississauga, Milton, and Burlington. <top of page>
Bill Perras has been a sole general practitioner since 1978, with an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, Wills and Powers of Attorney, and estate administration. Bill is a graduate of Oakville Trafalgar High School and was a member of the first year Oakville Blades in 1966-67. He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1971 (where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and of the 1970 undefeated NCAA champion Cornell varsity hockey team). Bill received his law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa in 1976 (magna cum laude), and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1978. He was elected as a member of Oakville Town Council from 1978-80, as Mayor of Oakville and a member of Halton Regional Council from 1985-88, and was the federal Liberal candidate for Halton in 1980.
Throughout his active life, Bill has been involved in coaching many local sports teams and has also volunteered countless hours for many worthy local charities. Bill and his wife Cindy have 5 adult children, 3 grandchildren (soon to be four). <top of page>
Chair, HR Committee
As Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Sharon is accountable for leading FCT’s employment strategy, human resources planning, government affairs, corporate social responsibility and corporate affairs strategy as they pertain to the company’s overall growth and success.
In 2014, Sharon joined FCT’s executive team, having recently worked at Holt Renfrew as director of talent management and acquisition. Prior to this role, Sharon spent over seven years as vice-president of human resources at CIBC. While at CIBC she was an advisor to many of the bank’s top-layer executives on all matters relating to human resources, and was responsible for developing strategies to maintain CIBC’s status as an employer of choice.
Sharon’s experience is complemented by a well-rounded educational background including a diploma from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and a diploma in business administration from Lambton College. <top of page>
Greg Pellett is AVP, Wealth Strategy and Analytics, TD Bank. He leads a team that supports the Wealth senior leadership and pan-Wealth organization as internal consultants. Prior to joining Wealth, he built out the Customer Analytics team in Marketing at TD, where his team of analyst supported all areas of the bank in understanding customer behaviour and preferences to build their businesses. Before to joining TD 8 years ago, Greg worked for a small consulting firm, DRS Insight Group, that was part of the Grey Worldwide Group of companies. He has a MBA from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and a BFA from York University. <top of page>
Lisa Garland joined SB Partners as a Principal with the Tax Division, bringing over 25 years’ experience in international tax planning and Canadian tax preparation, estate planning and CRA appeals. An industry professional, Lisa specializes in personal tax with an emphasis on owner managers, executive compensation, estate work and international personal and trust taxation. A sole proprietor for seven years before coming to the firm, Lisa adopts a personal approach to business by getting to know her clients, understand their needs and seek out the best possible solution to any issue. As a Past President and member of the Estate Planners’ Council of Halton, Lisa is connected with the community in which she lives, works and plays. Lisa has two children in university and enjoys golf, skiing and curling. <top of page>
Richard White is an internationally educated and trained executive with a proven track record in starting, managing and growing businesses. Born and raised in Montreal, Richard moved to Ontario and after completing his BSc in Biology from the University of Western Ontar io, he began his career in the pharmaceutical industry working his way through and excelling in Sales, Marketing and HR positions. He worked briefly for a Venture backed start-up media company and then moved to Switzerland in 1995 where he obtained his MBA from IMD (International Institute of Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Richard spent 7 years living and working in Europe while honing his business knowledge and refining his leadership skills. Among his achievements, Richard built and opened a greenfield production plant in Romania, expanded a printing business to the North American market and launched an e-commerce business in the German speaking region of Europe. In 2002, Richard returned to Canada and raised $8M to build a state of the art printing engraving facility which was sold to a large publicly traded company 2 years later. He is currently utilizing his skills as Vice President of Strategic Services <top of page>
Aarani is presently General Counsel and head of the Legal Department at MDG Computers in Oakville. She has demonstrated expertise in real estate, title insurance, and corporate-commercial law, gained while practicing as Claims Counsel at Stewart Title, as a Real Estate lawyer in Mississauga and having articled at a full service firm in Toronto. Aarani received her law degree from the University of Windsor in 2010 and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2011.
As an Intern in 2006 with CIDA (the Canadian International Development Agency) for six months in Quito, Ecuador, Aarani lived with a host family and worked for the local government to provide computer skills to mothers and children from impoverished neighbourhoods. During law school, Aarani volunteered as a Supervisor and Litigator at Windsor’s Community Legal Aid clinic where she represented low-income clients in the community on issues ranging from contract disputes to summary criminal offences.
Aarani is an avid scuba diver who enjoys fitness activities and quality time with family and friends. <top of page>
Rosemary has a long history of community engagement having been a member of the Oakville Hospital Volunteer Association (OHVA) board of directors, as well as Director of Volunteers since 2010. She has also been a member of the May Court Club of Oakville since 2014 and a member of Home Suite Hope’s Empty Bowls Committee between 2013 – 2015. Rosemary has a masters in Public Administration from Carleton University and Political Science degree from the University of Windsor. <top of page>
Since 1996, Natalie’s main goal has been to educate clients, simplify their financial situations and help them enjoy life. She is the founder of Women & Wealth ® – a boutique style service offered exclusively at ScotiaMcLeod. Natalie is also a mother who makes a conscious effort to raise financially literate children. As a female professional, mother and wife, she truly understands the unique financial needs of women.
With a degree in Hotel Management from Switzerland, she applies her unique training in the art of hospitality to the world of wealth management. She is fluent in English and French and has been actively involved in making a difference in both her community and the industry for many years. She donates her time and expertise for charities or corporations, and is often a guest speaker at various events.
Natalie advocates an active lifestyle, as health is closely linked to wealth. In her downtime, she works out at the gym, goes to kickboxing and hot yoga classes. She also enjoys golfing, sailing, and trying new sports – the most recent one being rock climbing! <top of page>
Catherine is a lawyer with experience working at a large law firm in Toronto. Catherine’s practice areas included government relations, trade law, professional regulation and corporate law. Catherine received her law degree from Dalhousie University and clerked at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Catherine lives in Oakville with her family and has volunteered with a number of organizations over the years, most recently at her daughter’s local school. <top of page>