Board of Directors
| Ontario JOIN Board of Directors - From left to right: Julie Messinger, David Best, Hon. Jean Augustine, Deepak Soni, Tejash Modi, Rosemarie Owens-Tunney, Jose Castillo (Missing: Matt Petersen and Donna Smith)
Ontario JOIN's (Job Opportunity Information Network) current Board of Directors comprises of eight members, including one Honorary Board Member. The names and biographies of each of the Directors are set forth below.
Deepak Soni, Chair
Deepak has worked with people with disabilities for over 20 years in both a professional and volunteer capacity. He has over 15 years of experience in various senior management roles focused on delivering programs and services that are meaningful, effective and promote inclusion.
David Best, Acting Vice Chair
At the age of five years, David developed glaucoma, and by the age of twenty he lost all of his vision. He did not allow this situation to prevent him from pursuing a challenging and successful career and experience life to its full potential. Over the years David has hiked and canoed the beautiful wild woodland of Northern Ontario and the wild Rockies of the Canadian west.
Jose A. Castillo, Director
Jose graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Law) and Xavier University (MBA) and is currently Director, Global Quality and Risk Management, KPMG Global Resource Centre. Jose began his career at KPMG in Peru 16 years ago, as Associate Tax Lawyer, moving then to KPMG International Headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2003, as Senior Manager to focus on risk compliance of the global organization’s Tax function. In 2009, he moved to Toronto, Canada in his current position. Over the years, in his global role, Jose has built an strong network of KPMG risk management professionals across the world, which has allowed him to convey a more robust message around the provision of high quality professional services in an ethical and independent manner.
Julie Messinger, Director
Julie is a Toronto-based Senior Manager with Accenture Canada’s Talent & Organization practice. Julie has 10 year’s experience in helping companies solve their most complicated talent, management, and transformational issues. In addition to leading large-scale transformation initiatives, Julie holds an outstanding track record of leading high impact people initiatives within Accenture, including leading Toronto’s Corporate Citizenship Committee – the largest in the country, with over 40 members and over a dozen non-profit partnerships.
Tejash Modi, Secretary and Treasurer
Tejash is a Principal at Morneau Shepell Ltd. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2001. Tejash co-manages the firm’s Regulatory Appointment Practice and is its National Specialist on Governance. Tejash provides advice, both on a national and international level, concerning pension and benefits plans, including design and documentation, regulatory compliance, wind ups, insolvency related pension litigation, governance, mergers and acquisitions and related due diligence. He speaks frequently at conferences and seminars on pension plan governance.
Rosemarie Owens-Tunney, Director
Rosemarie graduated from the University of Toronto (BA Archaeology, MSc Physical Anthropology) and is currently Associate Vice President, Global Anti-Money Laundering, Canadian Banking, TD Bank Group. Rosemarie began her career at TD in Retail Banking where she moved through a variety of more senior roles including Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance. She is passionate about building strong relationships and problem solving with high performing teams.
Matt Petersen, Director
Matt joined CIBC in 2006 and currently serves as the Director of CIBC Diversity Strategies where he is responsible for leading the Employment Equity & Diversity team. This team is accountable for developing strategies and programs that help support the attraction, retention and development of diverse talent for CIBC.
Donna Smith, Director
In her current position as Vice President, Donna is responsible for nationally promoting Career Edge Organization's three paid internship programs to prospective host employers and to recent grads, graduates with disabilities, and internationally qualified professionals.
Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, Honorary Board Member
Hon. Jean Augustine was appointed as the first Fairness Commissioner for Ontario in March 2007. She cares passionately about education and the challenges faced by newcomers to the province.