Board of Governors
Effective September 1, 2013
David Agnew, BA
David Agnew became President of Seneca College in 2009, bringing senior leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. During his public service career, President Agnew served as Secretary to the Cabinet and was Principal Secretary to the Premier. In 1995, he led the Public-Private Partnerships Project and was seconded to the University of Toronto where he was a Senior Resident at Massey College. Prior to joining Seneca, President Agnew was the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investment and President and CEO of UNICEF Canada. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, member of the federal government’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Vice Chair of Colleges Ontario and Chair of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technolgoy Coordinating Committee. Mr. Agnew serves on numerous boards and committees including the CivicAction Steering Committee, the ontarionewswatch Advisory Board and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation Advisory Board. He was recently a member of the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Toronto. President Agnew holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Fariba Anderson, BSc, MBA, CMC, CGEIT
Fariba Anderson is the Chief Information Officer for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). She has held senior positions with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Allstream, Bell, Compuware, Rogers and Imperial Oil. Profit Magazine has recognized Ms. Anderson as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs. She serves on the National Board of Directors for Canadian Women in Communications and is an advisory board member to the YMCA Leadership Council for Innovation in Education and the Rotman School of Management Vision Board. Ms. Anderson holds an MBA from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a computer science degree from York University. Ms. Anderson joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2011.
Doug Brooks, FCGA, ACCA, C.Dir
Doug Brooks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. In his role, he is responsible for the leadership of the largest provincial CGA association, serving the needs of more than 30,000 CGAs and students in the CGA program of professional studies. Prior to joining the CGA, Mr. Brooks held many senior finance, sales and marketing roles at Coca Cola Canada, CBC Television, and NHL Enterprises. He received his Chartered Director designation in 2010 from The Directors College at the DeGroote School of Business and the Conference Board of Canada. Recognized for his service to CGA and the accounting profession, he was acknowledged as a fellow by CGA in 2008. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service. He currently serves on the finance committee at Southlake Regional Hospital Foundation. Mr. Brooks joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2013.
Thomas Carrique, MA, CMMIII
Thomas Carrique is the Deputy Chief of York Regional Police. He is currently responsible for Administration Branch. He has previously served as the Officer-in-Charge of Staff Services, the Organized Crime Bureau and the Traffic Bureau. A 22-year veteran of York Regional Police, Deputy Chief Carrique’s diverse policing career includes assignments in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, investigative services, traffic, marine, public order and the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections’ Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario. He is a graduate of the United States Department of Justice Drug Unit Commander’s Academy and the International Commander’s Program in the UK, and he has a certificate in terrorism studies from the University of St. Andrews and a master’s degree in leadership and training from Royal Roads University. Deputy Chief Carrique joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2010.
Henry Decock, BA, MA, PhD
Dr. Henry Decock is the Associate Vice President, Academic Partnerships at Seneca College. Dr. Decock has worked at Seneca for 25 years. Prior to his current role, he served as Director, Institutional Research and Planning/Strategic Planning from 2001 to 2006. He started at the College in 1987 as a contract faculty member in the School of Liberal Studies. Soon after, he was hired as a full-time professor, and in 1994 he was appointed Chair of the department, a position he held for eight years. Dr. Decock continues to be an active member of numerous internal and external college committees. He holds a PhD in higher education and a master’s degree in sociology. Dr. Decock joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2009 as the Administrative Representative.
Donna Duncan, BA (Hon), MA
Donna Duncan is President and CEO of The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a large children’s mental health treatment, research and education centre serving the Greater Toronto Area, and a community affiliate of the University of Toronto’s faculties of medicine and social work. Prior to joining Hincks-Dellcrest, Donna spent more than 20 years working with municipal, provincial, federal and international governments and within the broader public sector. Ms. Duncan’s previous experience includes working as a college professor and serving as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities and the Government House Leader. She has served on a variety of not-for-profit boards and has been a front-line volunteer in a number of hospitals. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ms. Duncan joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2011 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Colleen Fleming, BA, MBA, C.Dir
Colleen Fleming is the President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd. She has held the positions of CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, President and CEO, Career Edge Organization; President, Laura Secord Inc.; Senior Vice President of Nestle Canada Inc.; and Director, Retail of Canada and US Operations, Tabi International. Ms. Fleming holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School, a human resource specialist certification from the University of Toronto and a human resources compensation committee certification and a chartered directors designation from the Directors College. She has served as a Director of the Human Resources Professional Association, Bridgepoint Health Foundation, Van Houtte Inc. and Safe Communities. Ms. Fleming joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2010 and is currently serving as Chair.
Syed Zulfiqar H. Gilani, MA, PhD
Dr. Syed Zulfiqar H. Gilani was a visiting scholar and a senior consultant with the University of Toronto. Throughout his career, Dr. Gilani has held senior academic positions at the post-secondary level serving as Director at the Centre for Higher Education Transformation, Rector Foundation University, and Vice Chancellor at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. He was part of an international team of researchers on higher education as a Fulbright New Century Scholar. Mr. Gilani holds a PhD. in psychology from Rutgers University. A long-time volunteer, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for South Asian Family Support Services. Dr. Gilani joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2008.
Richard Goyder, MBA, MA
Richard Goyder is Vice President, Sales & Service Performance Management at Royal Bank of Canada. Before joining Royal Bank, he worked as an executive and consultant for a number of large financial institutions in the UK and Canada. Mr. Goyder holds an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD. At the community level, Mr. Goyder serves as a member of the Audit Committee of ACCES (Accessible Community Counselling & Employment Services) and is a mentor with TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council) Mentoring Partnership, which matches mentors with recent immigrants, whose skills and professional backgrounds lie in similar areas to help improve access to employment. Mr. Goyder joined the Board of Seneca College on November 19, 2008 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
John Honderich, BA, LLB
John Honderich is currently the Chair of the Board of Torstar and Chair of the Torstar Voting Trust. He has served as Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on the future of the Greater Toronto Area and Creative Cities and also on the Attorney General’s panel on Justice and the Media from January 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Honderich served as the Toronto Mayor’s Special Ambassador on Urban Issues from May 2004 to February 2006. He served as Publisher of the Toronto Star from 1994 until May 2004. Prior to his appointment as Publisher, Mr. Honderich was Editor of the Toronto Star from 1988-1994. Mr. Honderich joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2013.
Alice Keung, MBA
Alice Keung is currently the Chief Operating Officer of eHealth Ontario. In this role Ms. Keung oversees the development and delivery of provincial ehealth programs, as well as the technical operations. Prior to joining eHealth Ontario, she was an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Longterm Care. She has also held senior executive positions at Air Canada and the National Bank of Canada. Ms. Keung has twice been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women” by the Women Executive Network. Ms Keung holds a MBA from Concordia University’s Molson School of Business, in Montreal. Ms. Keung joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2013.
Richard S. Lim, B.Comm., FCGA
Richard Lim is a professional accountant with broad experience in general management. In September 2012, Mr. Lim was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award. Mr. Lim is the Executive Vice President of the Education Foundation of the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada and is a member of Certified General Accountants Association’s (CGA) Public Accounting Licensing Review Committee. He retired from TD Meloche Monnex as its Vice President, Affinity Market Group after a 25 year career. Previous experience included Vice President of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, Division Comptroller at Reichhold Limited, Treasurer at Crombie Advertising and past member of the Board of Governors at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. He is a certified general accountant (fellow) and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Concordia University. Mr. Lim joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2008.
Case Ootes, MBA
Case Ootes served as East York Councillor, Metro Toronto Councillor and Toronto City Councillor from 1988 to 2010. In 1997 Mr. Ootes was appointed as the first Deputy Mayor of the amalgamated City of Toronto, a position he held for six years. During his 22 years as an elected representative, he served on many committees, agencies, boards and commissions including Chair Labour Relations (City of Toronto), Chair Toronto Financial Service Alliance, Toronto Hydro Board, Toronto Police Services Board, GO Transit Board, Toronto Transit Commission, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation Board, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance Board, Toronto Region Conservation Board, Toronto Business Development Corporation Board, Toronto East General Hospital and President of East York Kiwanis. He recently served as Chair of Mayor Ford’s Transition Team and as Managing Director of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Mr. Ootes has also served as Executive in Residence at Seneca College. He graduated from York University with an MBA and prior to his public service career had a distinguished management career with Imperial Oil. Mr. Ootes joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2010.
Naki Osutei, MA
Naki Osutei is a Director, Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion with the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. In this role, she contributes to building the staff and volunteer workforce for the Games as well as raising the Games’ standards for diversity and inclusion across governance, communications, procurement and recruitment. Previously, Ms. Osutei was the Vice-President, Strategy at the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, a unique coalition of senior business, non-profit, government and community leaders formed to address challenges to the Toronto region’s social and economic future. In her volunteer life, Ms. Osutei is also on the Board of Directors for St. Christopher House. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Guelph and is often called upon to speak on the issues of cross-sectoral collaboration, leadership and diversity. Ms. Osutei joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2011.
Frank Robbins, BComm, BEd, MSc
Frank Robbins is a professor in the School of English and Liberal Studies at Newnham Campus. He has worked at Seneca for ten years, previously serving as Manager of Student Services and as an Assistant to the Chair in the School of Business Management. During his tenure at the College, Mr. Robbins has served on the Planning Committee for the Resolution, Equity and Diversity Centre (REDC) - Diversity Working Group and the Positive Space Campaign Committee. He also co-created and volunteered his time to the Leadership and Enrichment Opportunities (LEO) and SMILE mentoring initiatives. Mr. Robbins holds a master’s degree in economic development and bachelor’s degrees in business and education. Mr. Robbins joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2011 as the Faculty Representative.
Mike Shaver, Honorary BA
Mike Shaver is the Engineer Director for Facebook. Throughout his career, Mr. Shaver has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to helping people understand, build, and benefit from an open source community where software is shared among individuals and organizations. He worked at Netscape Communications and later zerøknowledge, Cluster File Systems and the Oracle Corporation. Beginning his career as a developer, he quickly rose through the ranks and eventually gained Internet fame as a founding member of the Mozilla Organization in 1998. Mr. Shaver is a strong supporter of Seneca through his involvement with applied research projects, participation on the School of Computer Studies Advisory Committee and as a guest lecturer. His expertise has helped Seneca become a world leader in teaching open source software and development. Mr. Shaver received an honorary degree from Seneca in 2008 and sits on the Advisory Board of StopBadware.org. Mr. Shaver joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2010.
Ashif Somani, B.Comm, CA, CFP
Ashif Somani is a Partner with BDO Canada LLP. Mr. Somani has more than 25 years of experience providing audit, management and business advisory services to a wide variety of clients. As a member of BDO’s Quality Assurance team, he is responsible for establishing and monitoring quality standards for the firm’s accounting and auditing practices. Mr. Somani is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Previously, he served as treasurer and board member of the York Region Children’s Aid Society and was a member of the Practice Inspection Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He is a chartered accountant and certified financial planner and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Mr. Somani joined the Board of Seneca College on December 10, 2008 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.
Ibrahima Sow is a third-year student of the Business Administration - Management program. Mr. Sow joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2013 as the Student Representative.
David Tsubouchi, BA, JD, LLD
David Tsubouchi is the Registrar & Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario College of Trades. Mr. Tsubouchi was appointed as the Honorary Consul General for Mongolia (Toronto). He brings a wealth of experience from the public sector as an elected official municipally and provincially. He is the first Japanese Canadian to be elected to political office in Canada. He served two terms on Markham Council and as chair of the Town’s Planning Committee. Mr. Tsubouchi has held numerous cabinet positions with the Ontario government, including Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, Minister of Culture, Solicitor General, Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations and Minister of Community and Social Services. He is the author of “Gambatte” that tells of his family’s struggles from imprisonment and impoverishment by the Canadian government during WWII. Mr. Tsubouchi has a strong history of advocacy for students and engagement in Seneca activities; specifically as the honorary chair of the College’s Markham Campus Capital Appeal. He joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2010.
Karen Webb, P.Eng, MBA, ICD.D
Karen is the Vice President Student Services with CGA Ontario. She has had a varied career including Principal of KWebb Solutions Inc., Vice President Insurance Shared Services and Operations at Foresters, Vice President Operations for Manulife's US Pension, several VP roles at Rogers Wireless, and a variety of roles in her 15 years at Imperial Oil. She is active in the community and is Chair of the MicroSkills Board, a United Way member agency. She holds an MBA from York University, a degree in Systems Design engineering from the University of Waterloo and certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. Ms. Webb joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2011.
Stanley White is a Student Services Coordinator in the International Student Centre and has been at the College for 29 years. Mr. White joined the Board of Seneca College on September 1, 2013 as the Support Staff Representative.