GALA COMMITTEE

“A successful event takes the commitment of us all — donors, committee members, Honorary Council and Patrons, volunteers, and sponsors.” – Michèle D. McCarthy, Gala Chair

Michèle D. McCarthy

Chair, Moonlight Gala 2018

Michèle D. McCarthy is the President of McCarthy Law Professional Corporation. She is an experienced corporate director and has significant experience in corporate restructuring and regulatory compliance. McCarthy is the Chair of the Boards of Sandy Lake Gold Inc. and is an independent director and member of the Audit Committee and Risk Management Committees at Equity Financial Holdings Inc. She is also the Chair of the Independent Review Committees for Educators’ Financial Group, Timbercreek Asset Management, Picton-Mahoney Asset Management, and a member of the I.R.C. for Foresters Financial Investment Management Corporation of Canada Inc. and Integra Capital.

McCarthy serves on the boards of the McMichael Foundation, The Rekai Centres and the Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London in North America. Previously, she served on the boards of Canada’s National Ballet School, the St. George’s Society of Toronto, the University of Toronto (Trinity College), and the Humber Memorial Hospital.

Andrew W. Dunn

Chair, Board of Trustees

Andrew W. Dunn is the Founder and Managing Partner of Canadian Shield Capital, a private equity investment and advisory firm focused on building great Canadian businesses with strong management teams.

Dunn began his career at Deloitte, where he spent 27 years, ultimately serving as Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada and Chair of its Client Cabinet, responsible for the firm’s largest client and government relationships. He played numerous roles on the firm’s Canadian and global executive teams, including Managing Partner of Tax in Canada. Dunn co-authored The Future of Productivity, research aimed at improving business productivity. He has delivered expert testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. His love for business and entrepreneurial spirit lead him to co-found Altas Partners in 2012, serving initially as Chief Operating Officer and Co-Managing Partner.

Dunn serves on the boards of the Children’s Aid Foundation, the Upper Canada College Foundation, and several public and private companies, including Hatch, Canada’s largest private engineering company. He is a Chartered Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. Dunn and his wife Christine live in Toronto with their two sons, Charlie and Liam.

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Doug McDonald

Chair, Foundation Board

Doug McDonald is a Partner in the Toronto office of Deloitte LLP. and a leader of the firm’s Merger & Acquisition business. McDonald has held senior positions in Canada and the United Kingdom during his career with major investment banking and professional services firms including Credit Suisse, Ernst and Young and CIBC. McDonald graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an MBA in 1982 and received his master’s degree in Medical Physiology from the University of Manitoba in 1979.

McDonald has a long-standing interest in the arts and in particular, the work of Canadian contemporary artists. He is actively involved in the community and has held Board positions with leading arts organizations and business associations.

Elvira Caria

Elvira Caria is an award-winning broadcaster who has never met a microphone she wasn’t comfortable in front of. She is also one of the most sought-after emcee and voiceover actor in the GTA and beyond. Her career in print, radio and television spans 30 years, working at various radio stations including Toronto’s Rock Station Q107 and the All Hits Station Z103.5.

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Ellen Chang-Richardson

Ellen Chang- Richardson is an honours graduate in Fine Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. She holds a long-standing position with Barbara Edwards Contemporary and was previously the Chair of Promotions and  Communications on The Hart House Art Committee, and at Tiffany and Co. sales professional.

Nella Contardi

Nella Contardi is the Director of Purchasing/Product Development at Pizzaville Inc. Contardi manages all charitable activities for the company such as Pizzaville’s “Rainy Day Fund”. She is also a volunteer with Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) and has won many awards for her volunteer contributions including: 2006 Volunteer Recognition Award from the City of Vaughan, 2008 WAMS Honouree for providing leadership and participation in raising funds for research to end MS, and the 2008 Volunteer Service Award from the Ontario Government.

Robert Dunigan

Robert Dunigan is the Head of development and deployment of cross-functional shared services and outsourcing solutions worldwide for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Dunigan also leads a strategic planning team which engages with various properties to develop long-term plans for business performance. Outside of work, Dunigan is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Hospitality Management Advisory Board for the University of New Hampshire.

Phillip Gevik

Philip Gevik is the Owner and Director of Gallery Phillip which features Canadian historical and Indigenous art, including works by the Indian Group of Seven. Gevik joined the Chairman’s Circle at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 1986 and has continuously supported the gallery’s fundraising events. He is a board member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, Friends of Canadian Art, and a lifetime member of the National Gallery of Canada.

Matthew Liberatore

Matthew is a member of the Corporate/Commercial Group at Aird&Berlis LLP, in Toronto. His range of experience includes advising on private equity financings, share and asset purchase transactions, corporate reorganizations, annual corporate proceedings and corporate governance matters.  He holds an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto and Law Degree from the University of Leicester.

Jacoline Loewen

Jacoline Loewen is the Director of UBS Bank (Canada) and a published writer—focusing on topics such as strategic planning, sustainability, growth, and attracting investors. She is a regular contributor and columnist to the Globe and Mail, National Post, Thomson Reuter, Profit and was a regular panelist on BNN: The Pitch. Loewen is an active board member for a variety of organizations and committees in Toronto. She holds an arts degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Laura Mirabella

Laura Mirabella is the Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer at the City of Vaughan. Laura is an active member of her community and sits on the Board of Trustees of McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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Shirley Zerfas

Shirley Zerfas is the President of One Imaging Inc. in Markham, Ontario. Renowned for exceptional skill and a relentless drive to achieve excellence, she creates and executes complex brand strategies for her clients by enrolling people from her vast network of experts in multiple business disciplines.

Zerfas is a graduate of OCAD University, BFA and an active member of multiple business networks such as BNI Corporate Connection One, CAWEE (Canadian Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Executives), BWNYR (Business Women’s Network of York Region), and a huge supporter of young women entrepreneurs.

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