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.
Barbara Haynes, Secretary
After a long and successful career in the insurance industry, Barbara retired in 2018. As the first President and CEO of DAS Legal Protection Insurance Company Limited (DAS Canada) Barbara was responsible for the launch and ongoing development of DAS Canada. DAS was named one of Canada’s “Best Workplaces” in 2016 and 2018.
Barbara began her career in the UK then moved to Canada and took on a number of executive roles with insurers and brokers, before moving to DAS. She is a Canadian Risk Manager and a Fellow, Chartered Insurance Professional, received Executive Education at Queen’s University and Kellogg, North Western University, and is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors program through University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Barbara’s previous Board experience includes Chair, National Sponsorships; Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade from 2004 to 2011; Director, RAID; and International Association of Legal Protection Insurers, 2014-2018. She joined the Board of Homes First Foundation in June 2015, and is currently the Foundation’s Secretary. Barbara lives in downtown Toronto and is a strong believer that the city is for everyone, and no-one should be without a home.
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.
Merav Jacobson, Cross-Over Member
Merav is a business development professional with over 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors of health care. She is a passionate and dedicated advocate for clients in supportive housing. As Program Director for Operations and Business Development for Baycrest Residential Properties, Merav leads teams from multiple disciplines, working with business leaders to develop strategies to improve operations and the market position of Baycrest in the GTA, Ontario, and beyond. She received her Masters in Marketing from Kingston University in London, England. Merav joined the Homes First Society Board in November 2017.
Matthew Consky, Director
Matthew Conksy was called to the Bar in 2004 and is currently a Plaintiff-side personal injury lawyer with the Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm. Matt has been a supporter of Homes First and a five-time host for its signature event, Homes for Dinner. Additionally, Matt supports Sistering a multi-service agency for at-risk women living below the poverty line.
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.
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, practicing 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 the world’s best-known technology companies and startups. He joined the Homes First Foundation Board in June 2014.
Khalid M. Khokhar, Director
Khalid is a licenced public accountant and tax law specialist with a dedicated and sustained interest in giving back to his community as a volunteer, board member, and event planner. Previous volunteer roles include being President and Treasurer of the Don Valley Rotary Club, where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his contributions and fundraising. Other prestigious volunteer roles included Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Rotary Cheshire Homes (RCH) for the Deaf-Blind; Board Member of Canadian Foundation For Physically Disabled Persons where he helped organize the Great Valentine Gala to raise funds for Paralympic Athletes. In addition to these roles Khalid has served as Chairman of the Board for his condominium and was appointed as Civilian Treasurer for the Air Cadets 351 Silver Star Squadron. Kahlid is pleased to share his wealth of experience with Homes First Foundation as Director
Steve Mastoras, Director
Steve Mastoras was born and raised in East York and is the proud father of four grown and successful children. Currently, the President of Gordian Hospitality Corp., his previous labor of love was 36 years as Managing Director of Whistler’s Grille & The McNeil Room a family owned and operated restaurant and private event venue. A former elected member of the Borough of East York Council, past member of the Toronto East General Hospital Board of Governors and Foundation and past Assistant District Governor of Rotary International District 7070, past President of the Toronto East Rotary Club, Steve has deep ties to the East York and Toronto East communities.
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 of 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 fundraising for various charities in Canada and abroad for most of his life.
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 in 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