Valerie Smith-Waines – Chair
When Valerie joined OSSCO as Secretary to the Board and is now the Vice Chair. Valerie was very surprised at the huge variety of programs OSSCO carries out on behalf of Ontario. She has been an advocate for seniors for several years as Chair of the Council for London Seniors, an Advisory Board member of the Horton Street Seniors Club (1, 400 strong), and a member of the Board of the Boys and Girls Club.
Subhash C. Rai – Vice Chair
Subhash is a seasoned tax executive with more than 25 years’ experience in leading tax operations of multinational corporations in Canada. His taxation practice includes Canadian, USA and international corporate Income and commodity taxes; Sarbanes Oxley control development; business and personal tax planning; Domestic, International and Ex-pat payroll; property tax; evaluation of possible companies for purchase and tax leader in sale of business; financial systems; project evaluation; policy & procedures development; financial statement preparation and analysis; and internal, external and government audits. His expertise also includes seminar presentations and staff management. His extensive professional experience was gained working in the retail, chemical, Hi-Tech, manufacturing and Telecommunication industries as well as health care services and government sector. His volunteer leadership roles included President, Tax Executive Institute, Toronto Chapter, Director; Officer Tax Executive Institute, Toronto and Member, Tax Executive Institute, Toronto Chapter. Subhash volunteers in community as a clown for his Shriners’ chapter as well as Air Canada’s Dreams Take Flight, a 100% volunteer powered charity which touches the lives of hundreds of children.
Mark Adler – Treasurer
Mark Adler is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Organization on Aging and Longevity (NOAL). NOAL was established to serve as Canada’s thought leader on issues relating to our country’s rapidly changing age distribution. Prior to NOAL, Mark was a Member of Parliament where he served on the Standing Committee on Finance working closely with the Minister of Finance on fiscal policy. In 2003, Mark established the Economic Club of Canada which quickly became Canada’s podium of record. He is a public speaker, author and media commentator. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two teenage children.
Kenneth Schafer – Secretary to the Board
Kenneth was born in downtown Toronto in 1950 where he lived until early 1963 when he moved with his family to Bathurst Manor and attended Dufferin Heights Junior High School and William Lyon McKenzie Collegiate Institute graduating in 1969. Kenneth attended University of Toronto and University of Detroit to complete his post-graduate education in dentistry and returned to the Toronto area in 1984. He has lived in Toronto and worked in York Region ever since his return. Throughout Kenneth’s professional career, he has always been invested in volunteer activities. Kenneth was on the executive of the York Region Dental Society for 15 years and held positions of Newsletter Chairperson and Chairperson of the Dental Health Month Committee. He was on the executive of the Ontario Society of Endodontists for 5 years as a line officer, eventually holding all Executive Board positions. Since retiring, Kenneth has served on the Executive of the Branson Community Action Group and has been secretary of the York Centre Electoral District Association for 2 years where he gained some expertise in governance issues, in senior issues and in organizing and mounting public campaigns.
Mohan Viswan – Board Member
An accomplished marketing and sales professional with over 30 years of sales experience in India, Oman & UAE. Marketing and sales experience in the field of garments and textiles, processed food products, electronics and automotive tires, batteries and lubricants. Over 7 years in electronics and 18 years in tires, batteries and lubricants. Out of this over 12 years in senior management positions with acumen and expertise in market development, sales planning and forecasting, formulating and developing marketing and sales strategies, advertising, distribution networks, achieving sales targets, negotiating and corresponding with overseas Principals by managing and leading a team of sales personnel and other support staff. Have traveled widely on business visits to various countries including Europe, Far East and Africa.
Ellen Yachnin – Board Member
Ellen is passionate about “public service”. She recently retired from the Ontario government after a 30-year career that spanned both the federal and provincial government and covered a diverse set of issues from immigration to economic development, education and lastly seniors’ issues. Most recently, Ellen worked as the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility and was responsible for the expansion and delivery of the Age Friendly Community (AFC) which is a World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed planning and evaluation framework across Ontario. By continuing to work with OSSCO, Ellen hopes to continue to support and promote seniors’ issues. Ellen is an experienced Foreign Service officer with full posts held in London, Hong Kong and Rome; with additional secondments in New York, Prague, Beijing, and Tokyo. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Public History from the University of Waterloo.
Shaukat Rizvi – Board Member
Shaukat is a retired international seniors executive with more than 30 years of experience in leading Fortune 500 multi-national organizations like Philips (Holland) and Panasonic (Japan) in the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Europe and North America. He is known in the industry as a turnaround expert. He has been instrumental in driving record profitability across multiple business units. He has also worked as the advisor to the Government of Pakistan for the Alternate Energy Board.
Shaukat has always been involved in community-based initiatives such as Lions Club, Professional Education Foundation, Professional Forums UAE and YMCA where he was most recently a volunteer board member. After retirement, he focused more on being a Seniors Enthusiast dedicating his time to seniors’ welfare, uplifting the quality of their lives and making a positive impact. His drive to giving back led him to establish “Senior Forum Canada” in 2016 which is a social organization with an objective in bringing visibility to the needs of seniors across a diverse ethnic background. He has established regular activities like educational seminars and fitness programs for seniors to help active and healthy aging and reduction in social isolation.
Shaukat has a Masters in Electronics Engineering (Netherlands), Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (Pakistan) and various Management Courses in different countries.
Sharon Mooney – Board Member
Sharon is bilingual and holds an MBA from Western University and a BSc and B.Com from Concordia University. She is a multifaceted leader, professor, and relationship builder whose career has traversed education, sales, and marketing within the post-secondary, financial services and consumer packaged goods industries.
Over the span of the last three decades, Sharon has worked with major national and global organizations, including Centennial College, CIBC and Revlon to name a few.
Fusing exceptional interpersonal strengths with a passion for taking on challenges, Sharon has accepted international assignments where she has worked with resources in Canada and on the ground in India, Egypt, the UAE, Nigeria, Singapore, the Caribbean, Russia, and Malaysia to promote business and to launch projects such as new satellite campuses for the college. For the last decade, Sharon has focused her career on leading Centennial’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, the Centre was able to deliver successful programming to youth, the underemployed and the community. Over the course of 10 years, 1500 start-ups were launched as a result of Sharon’s dedication and tireless efforts in stretching funding dollars. In 2014, Sharon’s efforts were recognized with the Board of Governors Award of Excellence in the category of Community Partnership, and in 2015, the team earned the Silver Program Excellence Award and the Entrepreneurship in the Community Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada. Throughout the course of her career, Sharon has earned a reputation for her astute relationship building and problem solving capabilities. She excels in demanding, often politically complex, environments that call for tact, diplomacy and the ability to approach challenges with a fresh perspective. Having a specific interest in helping and supporting seniors, Sharon volunteers with the Red Cross and Acclaim Health working with palliative care clients in her community.
Dr. Ghazy Mujahid – Advisor to the Board
Dr. Ghazy Mujahid has a Masters in Economics from the University of Karachi (Pakistan) and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). He has more than 40 years of experience of working in the area of population and development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He started his career at the Institute for World Economics in Kiel (Germany) and during the 1980s served as an Advisor to the Ministry of Planning of Saudi Arabia. For more than 20 years, he worked for the United Nations International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He served as Population Advisor to the Governments of Jordan, The Gambia and then Malawi. His last assignment was as UNFPA Advisor on Population Policies and Development for East and Southeast Asia based in Bangkok (Thailand). In recent years, he has been working increasingly in the area of population ageing. He has several publications in the area of population policy, migration and ageing. Dr. Mujahid worked closely with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in developing the Guidelines for the National Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. Since retiring from the UN, his research and consultancy work have focused increasingly on population ageing and issues relating to seniors. He serves on the Board of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens Organizations (OSSCO) and as an Advisor to the Asia Pacific Population Journal of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Board Committees for 2020-2021
Board committees meet on a regular basis, and report on their activities to the full board. Volunteers may apply to participate on Standing Committees of the Board such as the Education and Research Committee, Communications and Membership Committee or Ad Hoc Committee such as Advisory Committee on Public Health. Some Standing Committees such as Human Resources Committee may also include Volunteers, in limited roles. Please contact Elizabeth Macnab, Executive Director at email@example.com or call 1-800-265-0779 to inquire about Board Committee opportunities.
- By-law Comittee
- Communication and Membership Committee
- Education and Research Committee
- Finance and Revenue Generation Committee
- Government Relations
- Human Resources Committee
Ad Hoc Committees
- Advisory Committee on Public Policy
Board Delegate Appointment
- Ministry of Seniors’ Affairs Liaison Committee
- Senior Advisory Committee (Ontario) Federal Level
Board Meeting Schedule 2020-2021
Most Board meetings are held by teleconference on the second Wednesday of the month. Some meetings also take place at the Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations’ office 345 Wilson Avenue, Suite 404, Toronto, ON M3H 5W1. Please contact us at: 416-785-8570 or 1-800-265-0779 for additional information.
|January 8, 2020||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM TELECONFERENCE|
|March 11, 2020||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM TELECONFERENCE|
|May 13, 2020||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM TELECONFERENCE|
|June 25, 2020||Annual General Meeting TENTATIVE|
|July 8, 2020||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM TELECONFERENCE|
|Sept 9, 2020||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM TELECONFERENCE|
|November 10, 2020||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM TELECONFERENCE|
Please note: Board meetings take place by teleconference unless otherwise identified. The Annual General Meeting is held between the months of July and August.