John M. Herhalt 2013 – Chair
John was a partner with KPMG LLP and has over 34 years of experience, leading many projects within the public sector and power and utilities sector, and advising clients extensively in areas of strategic and business planning, governance, organizational restructuring, risk management, performance management, alternate service delivery and process improvement. John’s experience includes projects with municipalities, universities and colleges, hospitals, school boards, public and private utilities, provincial and federal government ministries, crown corporations and agencies and regulatory authorities. John has a B.A. (Economics) and B. Comm. from the University of Windsor, a Chartered Accountancy designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Kevin Kelly 2016 – Treasurer
Kevin Kelly currently serves as the Acting President as well as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Bruce Power. Through this role, Kevin is responsible for Supply Chain, Site Services, Business and Capital Planning, Corporate Finance and Reporting, Treasury and Taxation, Energy Trading, Information Technology and Pension Asset Management.
Kevin brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of strategic and operational planning, financial reporting and cost management, treasury, taxation, pension and insurance.
Prior to joining Bruce Power in 2001, Kevin was responsible for setting up the reporting and governance structure for British Energy in North America. Kevin has also worked at BDO’s Toronto Office.
Kevin is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives. He is a CPA and received his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation from the ICAO in 1997 and holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University.
Doug Ackhurst 2010
Doug is a retired broadcast executive, having spent his 40 year career in management positions within the Radio Broadcasting business in Quebec and Ontario. He served as Vice President/ General Manager for Telemedia Ontario radio stations, until his retirement in 2004. He participated in many broadcast-oriented Boards including FACTOR, Canadore College and Centennial College. He was active in industry organizations and served as President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters. Doug was born in Peterborough, Ontario and was educated in Montreal where he earned a BA from Concordia University. He is married to Muriel and they have 2 children: a son in Toronto with two children and a daughter in Ottawa with four children. Two of the grandchildren have cerebral palsy from birth and are Easter Seals campers. Doug is an active grandfather, very interested in specials needs. He and his family are generous supporters of Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. In retirement he is active with condominium management, as chairman of Swan Lake Village in Markham, ON.
Debbie Braun 2011
Debbie Braun is the mother of Lucas Braun, one of the 2010 Easter Seals Ontario Provincial Ambassadors. Her association with Easter Seals Ontario spans many years and in 2010 her association expanded to include speaking engagements at events in support of Easter Seals. As an enthusiastic and concerned advocate for children with physical disabilities, Ms. Braun has previously served as a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Canadian MPS Society and for 5 years was a member of the Lucknow Central Public School Community Council in Lucknow. Debbie has worked as a Veterinary Technician for over 22 years, currently practicing at the Ripley Huron Veterinary Clinic. She lives with her partner Jay and her four children, two of whom have physical disabilities, in the southwestern Ontario community of Whitechurch.
Gino DeVuono 2015
Gino is President of The DeVuono Group and has over 20 years of experience in the watch and jewellery industry. Prior to forming his own company, he was Director of Sales at Movado Group Canada. Gino is also President of Jewellers Vigilance of Canada, an organization that serves as an industry advocate and liaison with the government on matters including crime prevention, financial tracking, anti-money laundering and diamond code. In addition, he is President of the 24K Club of Canada, an industry organization he has been involved with in various executive capacities over the past 12 years. Gino has been a volunteer with the Canadian Computer Charity Golf Classic for the past 20 years. He also coaches youth soccer and hockey, and is a martial arts instructor.
Mark Fisher 2016
Mark Fisher has been an elected school board trustee with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board since 2009 and was appointed President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region by the Council’s board in 2014.
He is a seasoned professional with extensive knowledge of the public policy making process, board governance, strategic business planning and issues management. He has a wealth of experience in international affairs with a focus on advancing the United States-Canada relationship in the areas of trade, security, natural resource development and environmental protection. Mark has also provided advice to key decision-makers and influencers, including the Prime Minister of Canada, provincial premiers and ministers, and parliamentarians.
Mark was the Chair of Easter Seals Ontario’s National Capital Region District Council from 2007 to 2009.
Alex Lolua 2012
Alex Lolua is the general manager of the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA). Alex Lolua has previously worked as the Director of Government and Public Relations for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario and as Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. Alex has decades of fundraising experience and previously served in senior roles at Queen’s Park at the Legislative Assembly.
David S. O’Brien 2016
David S. O’Brien is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Distinct Infrastructure Group, after retiring in May 2014 from a 40-year professional career. His career spanned two years as the Global Head of KPMG LLP Cities Centre of Excellence, five years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and over 30 years in Public Sector Management. As City Manager in the cities of Sudbury, Ottawa, Gloucester and Mississauga, he was responsible for formulating and managing city budgets, city policies, services efficiencies and all municipal departments. Generous with his time over the course of his career, David has participated as a volunteer Board and Committee member for various organizations and corporations. David is a University of Windsor Political Science graduate and has a Chartered Director designation from McMaster University / Conference Board of Canada.
James Scongack 2010
James Scongack is currently the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Bruce Power responsible for external communications, stakeholder relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs, employee communications and environmental stewardship. James has been a strong supporter of Easter Seals through his involvement with six successful Toronto Tribute Dinners and the annual Spirit of Giving Fundraiser in Port Elgin.
James joined the Easter Seals Board to support the organization’s fundraising efforts that directly support families and specifically, the capital campaign for the refurbishment of Camp Woodeden, in London, ON. James also serves as Chair of the regional physician recruitment committee for the municipalities of Saugeen Shores and Kincardine and is a member of the Energy Council of Canada Board of Directors.
James holds a Master’s Degree from the College of Management and Economics in Leadership and an Honours Degree from the University of Guelph. James, his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter call Port Elgin home.
Frank Squizzato 2008
Frank Squizzato is an entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the computer industry. He is involved in the high tech community with many interests. Frank is the co-founder of the Computer Charity Golf Classic for Easter Seals, an event that has benefited Easter Seals for 28 years. He is currently director/partner for UpMarket, a computer products sales and marketing firm and a director/partner for Woodlandia, an equipment sales company. Frank has personally made Easter Seals his Charity of Choice and has been a member of the President’s Circle since 1994. Frank lives in Toronto with his wife, Denise, a Registered Early Childhood Educator for special needs children, and his two daughters.
Dr. Paul Truelove 1993
Dr. Truelove joined Easter Seals Ontario’s Board of Directors in 1993. He was the Chair of the Board from 1997 to 2000. In 1997, he served as Acting Executive Director during Easter Seals’ restructuring. Dr. Truelove is a Chiropractor in Toronto and has been in practice for 32 years. He is a member of The Rotary Club of Toronto, where he has been a Director of the Club’s Board and has chaired several committees. Dr. Truelove has also served on several not-for-profit Boards including Ray McCleary Towers, a residence for seniors. He is the current Chair of the Off Centre Music Salon. Along with past provincial ambassador, Sarah Dell, he formed the Truelove-Dell scholarship endowment for post secondary students from the greater Toronto area.