Homes First Foundation Board of Directors


Chantal Desloges, Chair

Chantal Desloges is an immigration and refugee lawyer. After spending 3 years as a law student working with marginalized immigrant communities at a community legal clinic, she lawyered with the firm of Green & Spiegel from 1999-2010, first as an associate and then as a partner. In July of 2010, she resigned partnership at Green & Spiegel in order to launch her own law firm called Desloges Law Group. Chantal taught Immigration Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2000/2001 and served as a Curriculum Coordinator and Lecturer for the Seneca College Immigration program from 1999-2010.  In May, 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service. In August, 2012, she was awarded the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Pro Bono Award, for outstanding legal services benefiting the community.  

David D'Cruz, Treasurer

David joined Fuller Landau LLP in 1990. He started as a co-op student and became a full time team member upon graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1992. During his time with the firm, David has worked with clients in a variety of industries, providing assurance services along with audit related tax advice. Over the years, he has developed a substantial understanding of and connection with the film and entertainment industry, importers and exporters, manufacturers, and a broad array of professional service firms. David chairs the Assurance Committee and is a member of the Management Committee for Fuller Landau.  In his quest to support Toronto's marginalized, he's joined Homes First Foundation's Board of Directors as he believes Homes First's mission to improve the lives of those who are homeless and have a mental illness is a great cause. He strongly believes that having a safe place to call home is the cornerstone that enables all people to focus on what matters most to them. 


Beate Bowron, Cross Over Member (HFS)

Beate Bowron is a professional planner and mediator with a Canadian and international consulting practice. She leads large-scale public engagement processes and has just completed the City of Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR). Beate worked for over 25 years with the City of Toronto in urban planning and economic development, and was the planning director responsible for the City’s downtown district. She was a member of the Board of Conflict Resolution Network Canada for nine years, two of them as Chair. Beate is a Senior Associate of the Canadian Urban Institute and joined the HFS Board in June 2011, having previously served on the Governance & Nominating Committee. Beate is the HFS's Secretary and serves on the Executive Committee and as the HFF Crossover member.


Farhan Ali Khan, Director

Farhan Ali Khan is a Vice President in the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group at RBC Capital Markets.  He has extensive experience in executing M&A advisory, strategic and capital raising (both debt and equity) assignments for public and private companies.  Outside of work Farhan is involved in various community initiatives.  He currently sits on the Policy Committee of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and joined the Homes First Foundation Board in June 2014.  He holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. Farhan joined Homes First Foundation's Board in June 2014. 


Dan Guttman, Director

Dan joined the Board in June 2015.  

Kate Hatoum, Director

Kate brings practical experience in planning, development and project management. She currently works as a Development Planner at Diamond Corp., a Toronto real estate development company specializing in high-quality, innovative and award-winning residential and mixed use projects. Kate is responsible for managing the day to day planning process for several projects in Toronto, including over a 1.5 million square foot mixed use redevelopment in the City's west-end.  Prior to joining Diamond Corp., Kate was a Manager at LWLP where she oversaw the retail leasing and activation of a mixed use Town Centre on the island of Grand Cayman. She was previously a Planner at R.E. Millward& Associates Ltd. in Toronto where she managed complex public sector projects and facilitated the development approvals process for clients. 

Kate holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (Hons) from Queen's University. She is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), a LEED Green Associate and a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She joined the Homes First Foundation Board in 2013. 


Barbara Haynes, Director

As the first President and CEO of DAS Legal Protection Insurance Company Limited, (DAS Canada) Barbara was responsible first for the launch and the ongoing development of DAS Canada. She began her career in the UK then moved to Canada and took on progressively more responsible roles including VP Special Risks for Sun Alliance Canada,  VP  Commercial Insurance CIBC, then SVP Sales & Distribution at Zurich. She then ran brokerage operations at Canada Brokerlink and BFL Canada before being appointed CEO of DAS Canada in 2009. She is a Canadian Risk Manager and a Fellow, Chartered Insurance Professional majoring in Underwriting, received Executive Education at Queen's University and Kellogg, North Western University.  She served as Chair, National Sponsorships, Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade from 2004 to 2011. Barbara lives in downtown Toronto and is a strong believer that the city is for everyone, and no-one should be without a home. Barbara joined the Board in June 2015.


Jean-Claude Killey, Director

Jean-Claude Killey is a lawyer at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP. He has a broad background as a civil litigation generalist, practising in the areas of complex commercial litigation, defamation law, employment law, and professional regulation. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 2001 (in Literary Studies and Mathematics) and his law school degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. Jean-Claude is fluent in English and French and is able to serve clients in both official languages. Jean-Claude joined the Board of the Homes First Foundation in June of 2016.


Jason Kinnear, Director

Jason Kinnear is a senior communications and marketing consultant. He provides strategic counsel in the development and execution of results-oriented Canadian, North American and international PR campaigns on behalf of some of world’s best-known technology companies and startups. He joined the Homes First Foundation Board in June 2014. 


Hugh Meighen, Director

Hugh Meighen is an associate in BLG's Construction and International Trade and Arbitration Groups based in Toronto. He specializes in international commercial, investment and construction arbitrations in the telecommunications, oil & gas and mining sectors, as well as investment protection disputes arising under investment protection laws and treaties. He has acted in international arbitrations governed by a variety of procedural rules, including the arbitration rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and DIAC. He has advised international contractors in disputes with employers, construction managers and suppliers regarding delay claims, defective works, variations, and financing issues. Prior to joining BLG, Hugh practiced for five years in London and the Middle East in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and was Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he assisted arbitral tribunals in international investment arbitrations. In addition to various book chapters, articles and commentaries, Hugh co-authored the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules (Oxford University Press, 2014). Hugh speaks English and French and is a qualified lawyer in New York State (2011) and a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario (2010). He earned his B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from the McGill Faculty of Law in 2009 (Dean's List) and A.B. degree cum laude from Princeton University in 2005.


Bruce Palmer, Director

Bruce Palmer is Managing Director, Insurance Services for the Ontario Medical Association, CEO of OMA Insurance Inc. and President of Ontario Physician Services Inc. In these roles, he leads a team serving the insurance needs of doctors and their families throughout Ontario and the Atlantic provinces and also serves as a member of the senior management group of the Ontario Medical Association. Bruce also currently serves as Chair of the CIP Society Ontario Council and Vice President, Professionals Division on the Insurance Institute of Ontario Governing Council. In over 25 years in the insurance business, Bruce has been a life agent, insurance broker, worked in a variety of roles with insurance companies, and also operated his own consulting practice. In addition to being the father of two daughters, both Civil Engineers, Bruce has been actively involved with fund raising for various charities in Canada and abroad for most of his life.


Edvard Ryder, Director

Edvard Ryder is a financial advisor at Sun Life Financial specializing in working with private clients and business owners. Prior to starting his own financial advisory practice, Edvard had senior level product management and sales leadership roles with AGF Management, Fidelity Investments Canada, Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial. Edvard has spoken at many industry conferences and has been a guest expert on CHIN radio and Talk 640. Edvard completed his BA at the University of Western Ontario and his MBA at the Schulich School of Business. Edvard resides in Toronto and is a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto. 


Nahid Zamir, Director

Nahid is a Certified Professional Accountant and currently holds the position of Director, Lender Finance with CIT Group Inc.  She has over 25 years’ experience within the financial services industry, specializing in Originations, Operations, Corporate Compliance and Technology projects., Nahid has been actively involved in a number of charities, including as past president and board member for  “Developments in Literacy”, an organization focused on providing education to underprivileged children in the 3rd world.  Nahid is an avid traveler, and in addition to various Canadian locales, has lived in Argentina, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Nahid joined the Homes First Foundation Board in September, 2017


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