Meet our Board of Directors
Wayne Ford, Board Chair
Owner Canadian Tire Newmarket
Wayne, a retired; CA, CPA, has been with The Canadian Tire family for over forty-two years. His first ten years were with The Corporation and since then as an Associate Dealer, now in his fifth store. During his tenure at The Corporation, Wayne spent his time in the accounting and finance areas. He served on many committees within The Corporation including the Corporation’s Audit Committee. During his tenure as a Dealer, Wayne served on many Dealer Committees in various capacities. Those committees include; The Contract Committee, The Financial Review Committee, Insurance Committees, both benefits and liability.
Wayne has volunteered most of his working-life which included ten years as a Big Brother. As well, He has served on the Canadian Tire Dealers’ Association Board of Directors and on Beaver Valley Ski Club’s Board of Directors. Wayne now serves as the Board Chair.
Joan Shaw, Secretary
She has served on the Board of Directors for the Inn From The Cold for the past 10 years as their Secretary/HR Director.
She has her Certified Human Resources Leader designation and is actively pursuing her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation. She is a lifelong learner who is always looking to broaden her knowledge to include areas outside of Human Resources.
Rebecca Mathewson, Treasurer
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA), Retired
Rebecca (Becca) is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and has enjoyed a lengthy progressive career in municipal government, at both local and regional tiers. As a member of senior management teams, she has overseen departments of Finance, Treasury, Information Technology, Municipal Law Enforcement, Office of the Clerk, and Procurement.
Following retirement, Becca dedicates much of her time to the community and, in December 2019, began volunteering in the kitchen at the Inn From The Cold washing dishes and chopping veggies. More recently, she has assisted the Project Task Force with financial forecasts towards a new build for the homeless shelter and transitional housing. In June 2022, Becca was appointed to the role of Treasurer for the Board and Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee. Currently, she also serves as a volunteer Board Director for Community Living Central York (CLCY) and as a Citizen Member of the Town of Newmarket Audit Committee.
Kenneth Hill, Director
A resident of Newmarket since 1978, Ken practiced litigation and municipal law for forty years until he retired at the end of 2017. While in practice he frequently advised and represented a number of charitable and not-for-profit agencies as well as local, regional and provincial government bodies. He has served as a volunteer Board member with numerous not-for-profit and charitable organizations and as president of the York Region Law Association, and the Newmarket and District Association for Community Living. He was recognized for his contributions to the community as a co-recipient of the Chair’s Award for the Town of Newmarket. Ken has served as a volunteer on the Board of Inn From The Cold since 2016 and currently chairs the committee tasked with enabling the agency to expand its transitional housing program.
Doug Wilson, Director
Principal of D.Wilson Consulting
Doug Wilson was President of Sony Canada and Deputy President of Sony North America until 2015. After that Doug started his own consulting practice where he assists organizations with strategy and operational advice to increase revenue, profit, brand awareness, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. Doug is also on the board of a private company. As a volunteer, Doug is a wish granter with Make a Wish Foundation. Previously he was the President of the Sony Canada Charitable Foundation, on the National Board of the Make a Wish foundation and involved with the United Way as a member of Toronto’s campaign cabinet. Doug brings to the board many years of executive experience that includes strategic planning, leadership, sales and marketing, supply chain and finance. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics from York University.
Bob Shelton, Director
Bob served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Newmarket for 16 years until retiring in 2018. Bob’s extensive career in the public service included infrastructure and development engineering, public works and providing direction and coordination to all municipal service areas focusing on creating a culture of respect and trust dedicated to continuous improvement, customer service, strategic planning and decision making, community building and government collaboration.
Serving on many boards and committees over the years Bob is now on a private board and has started an advisory services business primarily providing senior municipal leadership mentoring and coaching.
A professional engineer by training, a life long learner and volunteer Bob brings his experience and sense of community to the board.
Michael Wiseman, Director
Mike retired in September 2020 after over 30 years in municipal government. The last 20 years Mike worked for the City of Toronto providing human resources, payroll, benefits and labour relations advice and worked with senior management teams across all municipal services from infrastructure services to community services, providing strategic, operational and human resource advice to senior municipal leaders and Municipal Council. He has extensive collective bargaining experience over the last 20 years culminating with being the City’s Director of Employee & Labour Relations from 2017 to 2020, negotiating significant 5-year collective agreements with CUPE Local 79 and 416 and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association Local 3888.
Since retiring, Mike spent 16 months with OMERS as a Senior Stakeholder Relations Advisor, ending in June 2022. Mike looks forward to serving the community and contributing to the great work and services provided by Inn From the Cold.
Martha Jez, Director
Martha Jez is the founder and CEO of Fair Chance Learning. She is an EdTech leader who has consulted and partnered with some the largest global technology firms including Amazon, Epic, Microsoft, and hp. Martha is passionate about inclusion and has her Master’s in Critical Disability Studies from York University. She holds the belief that every individual deserves a fair chance. She is an experienced EdTech leader the takes every opportunity she can to work with others to do awesome things. Her recent work has focused on removing barriers to education and skills training opportunities through the FC Skills Accelerator program.
Martha was born and raised in the town of Newmarket and believes strongly in community engagement and volunteering. She serves as a member of the Canadian Accessibility Network, the OISE Curriculum and Review Committee for Continued Professional Learning and the Town of Newmarket Accessibility Advisory Committee. Martha has one speed, LETS GO!
Mafalda Avellino, Director
Mafalda is widely acknowledged for her transparent and thoughtful leadership, serving as a trusted advisor to board members and senior leaders, with a steadfast dedication to fostering collaboration and achieving shared goals.
Having served as the Executive Director of the York Regional Police Services Board and in her previous role as a strategic planner for York Regional Police, Mafalda has refined her expertise in strategy development, public administration, and policy-setting. Her commitment to cultivating relationships with police executives, boards, communities, and key stakeholders reflects a sincere dedication to making a meaningful impact in the communities she serves.
Her approach includes well-informed decisions, employing consultative and collaborative approaches, and building successful teams. Whether collaborating with various levels of government, public organizations, or stakeholders, Mafalda's passion lies in fostering collaboration and contributing to a better future for all. Her unwavering commitment to community service seamlessly aligns with the mission and values of our organization.
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