“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 2019
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.
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 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.
For the past 20 years, Corban has dedicated himself to the world of media and marketing. His wealth of knowledge comes from hands-on experience working with national networks like the TVO, CBC, OLN, CTV, and the Discovery Channel. In 2013, Corban co-founded Pure Luxury Magazine, a Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine to service the HNWI in Canada.
With his in-depth knowledge of the consumer trends and market demands, he was able to grow the print magazine to what it is today—winning numerous awards including, Canadian Printing Awards in 2018 and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award (NEPMCCA) in 2015 & 2017, and a Media Industry News (MIN) award in 2016. Within the five years of publication, Corban has successfully helped retailers understand Chinese consumer purchasing behaviours. He works closely with top luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Rolex and Tiffany & Co.
With his creative marketing background and intensive work in the multicultural communities, Corban has been selected as a jury on the 2016 Multicultural Marketing Awards.Corban is passionate about what’s happening around the globe and especially with Human Rights issues and is proud to be part of the Moonlight Gala Committee.
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.
Dina is a 10 year veteran at Direct Interiors and it is her personal goal, as manager, to oversee that the Direct Interiors team are prepared to meet all your needs! Whatever your style, personality, budget, we’ve got something just for you! Our vast showroom and team of professionals are exactly what you need to help you dress your space. “design, fashion, style and meeting new people all the things I love under one roof”
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Prior to joining the City, Laura had over 23 years’ experience, both within the Ontario Public Service and the private sector, bringing her proven leadership skills to the City during a time of tremendous growth and change. Laura brings experience in organizational and program governance, integrated performance measurement and reporting, strategic and fiscal planning, and program and risk management. She has the ability to motivate multi-disciplinary teams to continuously improve and innovate, and has earned the trust of Council and her colleagues by providing clear and practical advice upon which they can base their decisions.
Laura has a passion for public service and is proud to have led a transformation in how the City prepares and communicates its Budget. She is a champion of Service Excellence and an advocate for continuous improvement in financial and program management, helping to maximize funding available for service delivery and ensuring that tax and rate payers receive value for money.
Sheri Majdpour is well-known as an active Canadian entrepreneur, Owner and Vice President of Canada Executive Realty Inc. Brokerage. She is heavily involved in the fundraising initiatives of many boards.
With the turn of the millennium, Majdpour was proactively growing her portfolio, having the honour of working at the regional level with Soroptimist International of York Region. She headed the treasury function of this organization before being elected as Membership Chair and then appointed as President. Her commitment with Soroptimist International of York Region has continued to date, as head of the fundraising committee.
As a passionate advocate for the arts, Majdpour has been working closely with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, leading the way for its Moonlight Gala as a Silent Auction Chair, raising funds for the conservation and preservation of artworks by Canada’s most iconic artists, including the Group of Seven.
Meanwhile, she has also been involved in the healthcare sector, working with the MacKenzie Health Hospital/Joy of Aging Fundraising Team, taking over the integral role of Silent Auction Chair since 2012. Of late, she is working closely with Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance/Sunnybrook Hospital as part of its fundraising committee since 2013.
As a resident and active business woman of the Richmond Hill community for over 24 years, Majdpour is involved with the Richmond Hill Board of Trade (previously known as Chamber of Commerce) as a membership committee member since 2017.
Amongst other businesses, Majdpour is also involved in project funding as Founder and Owner of Golden Crown Group Canada Inc.
Teresa has been leading large scale, multi-stakeholder projects for over 20 years. Through her company, Maranda Consulting, she takes businesses to the next level, can navigate a setback or start from scratch, while uncovering efficiencies and new opportunities. Teresa is currently the Director of the Board of Hospice Vaughan—something she is very passionate about.
Marc Richardson Arnould
Marc started his legal career at a major international law firm – first in Montreal and then in Toronto – as an associate in the firm’s taxation department where he worked extensively on the structuring of domestic and international investment funds, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and more recently focused on tax matters related to crowdsales and cryptocurrency and token transactions.
Marc Richardson Arnould is a founding member of the Casino Against Cancer – a Montreal fundraising event for the Montreal Cancer Institute – where he headed fundraising and ticket sale initiatives.
With over 15 years of experience in PR, Mandy specializes in launching and building international luxury brands across North America. Her expertise covers all aspects of promotional activities such as activations and events, social media and influencer campaigns, and traditional media advertising.
At CANEAST, a multicultural PR and marketing agency, she oversees all ethnic marketing and PR initiatives in key markets including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, New York, Miami and Chicago. She has led the team to win multiple awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto Chapter for distinction and excellence in Integrated Marketing Initiatives, Community Relations and Influencer Relations.
Prior to joining CANEAST, Mandy was a TV host and journalist at OMNI National Television where she grew her interest in multicultural media and marketing. Mandy is also a seasoned timepiece and jewellery contributor for various media platforms.
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.