Myriam Gafarou, President Myriam is an Associate Partner with Ernst and Young. Prior to rejoining Ernst and Young, she was a director at Price Waterhouse Coopers. She focuses on providing corporate clients with cost optimization solutions around their third parties. Myriam is a supporter of community services and has volunteered with many organizations over the years. Whether at work or in the community, she believes in the power of teaming and thinking outside the box. Myriam holds a joint honors B.A. in economics and finance from McGill University and a Master in construction finance from Cornell University.
Rebecca Hazell, Vice President Rebecca is a conflict management and adult education professional with experience designing and delivering professional development programming in higher education. She holds an M.Ed from the University of Toronto in Adult Education and Community Development, certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University, and an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin in Popular Literature. Her diverse volunteering experience includes supporting adult literacy students in pursuit of their educational goals, facilitating restorative justice programs for youth, and mediating settlement in Small Claims Court. She is a passionate equity advocate dedicated to improving all women's quality of life in Toronto, particularly those facing persistent and intersecting barriers to education and employment.
Nicole Borland, Secretary Nicole is an compliance professional for an investment management firm in Toronto. She is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies from Western University. She has been a volunteer mentor with a number of organizations with a focus on women and immigrant professionals in Toronto. Nicole joined the board in 2019 and is excited to contribute to the work done by Times Change.
Jessica Budd, Treasurer Jessica is a CPA, CA and has worked as a professional accountant, with a focus in the mining industry for the last 12 years. She is currently the Director of Finance at a public mining company and previous to that, spent 10 years at KPMG, most recently as a Senior Manager in the audit practice. Prior to joining the Times Change Board, Jessica spent the last four years as the Board Treasurer for a non-profit organization focused on adult literacy. She believes strongly in the mission of Times Change and looks forward to contributing to the work of the organization.
Mandie Abrams, Director Mandie Abrams is the Executive Director of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre(HWTC), an award winning workforce development initiative located in Toronto, Canada. Under Mandie’s leadership the Hospitality Workers Training Centre has doubled its training capacity and realized an 80% success rate for participants’ transition to employment after training. Mandie has worked in the nonprofit sector in Canada and internationally for over 25 years. Prior to moving to Toronto, Mandie worked for the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations on leadership and non-profit workforce development. Through her career she has been involved in community development, organizational policy and program development, capacity building, training and facilitation and fund development activities. Mandie has had the privilege of working in over 6 countries, in several Canadian provinces as well as in Canada’s arctic. Mandie holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in International Development from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Innovation from the Schulich School of Business. In her spare time, she is learning to play piano and knit, but not at the same time.
Daisy Kwan, Director Daisy is a strategic planning professional with a background in management consulting and finance. She holds a CPA, CA designation and Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Daisy has helped organizations in the Financial, Public, and Telecommunications sectors with their business transformation, operating model design, costs/efficiency, implementation, and performance measurement. She has volunteered with several organizations over the years and strongly believes in mentorship for under-served communities/groups.
Ashley Hiscox, Director Ashley Hiscox is currently a Security Advisor at the Ministry of the Attorney General. Prior to joining MAG Ashley worked at Victim Services Toronto as a Case Manager and Crisis Response Specialist for over 9 years. During this time Ashley had been a first point of contact for individuals, families, and communities affected by crime and sudden tragedy. Ashley has experience working with, and advocating for survivors of sex trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual violence. Ashley also worked closely with youth in relation to preventing domestic violence and developing healthy relationships. Ashley believes in the need to empower women by equipping them with the tools for success and is looking forward to making a difference with Times Change.
Caitlin Siostrom, Director Caitlin’s professional career has focused on financial services regulation, risk, compliance and governance. She has held senior legal and managerial roles in government regulatory agencies in Australia and the United Kingdom. Caitlin currently works for Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice, assisting financial institutions with their legal and regulatory risk issues. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from Queensland University of Technology and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Australia in 2011. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Caitlin joined the Board of Times Change in 2020.
Anna Trichilo, Director Anna is a seasoned executive with close to 30 years of experience in a variety of human resource leadership roles with GE Canada and GE International. Throughout her career, Anna developed expertise in all facets of the HR function including strategy, labour relations, organizational design, talent development, succession planning, compensation & benefits design, and governance. She recently formed her consulting business and continued her association with GE by providing comprehensive investigation expertise in areas such as workplace harassment, compliance policies, HR processes, restructuring, leadership integrity and conflicts of interest. Anna holds an Honours BA (Psychology) from York University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations (HR Management) from the University of Toronto. She and her partner Jeff reside in Toronto. Between them, they have four children.
Aziza Zareh, Director Aziza is a women’s right activist, feminist, gender equality advocate, and a self-made leader. She is a newcomer in the country, with the intention to make positive impacts in the society, through empowering and supporting women. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree and 17+ years of experience on women’s rights and gender-based issues. She had the privilege to work with some of the renowned humanitarian and development organizations such as UN, USAID, GIZ, AKDN and OXFAM in different managerial and lead levels. Currently, she works as Business Analyst with YM Inc. and volunteers with Immigrant Women in Business and Afghan Network for Social Services as board members.