Board of Directors
Charles S. Coffey
Dr. Cassim Bhabha
Dr. Cassim Degani
Dr. Naeema Degani
Dr. Rafi Mustafa
Dr. Abida Usman
Zeib Jeeva, O.Ont.
Zeib is an international social entrepreneur, working in a variety of ways to support disadvantaged people. After decades of volunteering with IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation), including as Treasurer and Vice Chair, he now serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.
In his capacity as a humanitarian Zeib is attached to several charities and was also the founding member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Canada, He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Licensed To Learn and serves on the Board of Mandela Legacy Canada as Treasurer. He formerly served on the Board of Reh’ma Community Services and has formerly also served on the Board of Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Winston S.L. Kassim, C.M., MBA, ICD.D
Winston Kassim is President of Winston Kassim Consulting (WKC), a founding Director and Co-Chair of the Canada-Guyana Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of Global Monitoring for the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF).
Winston is a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.), the nation’s highest civilian honour for Canadian citizens. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism.
A native of Guyana, Winston began his business career with Barclays Bank in the Caribbean before immigrating to Canada in 1975. He then joined Royal Bank of Canada where he enjoyed a distinguished 40 year career, eventually retiring as an executive in charge of Performance Management and Business Strategy. Winston is a certified board director and has served on a variety of boards ranging from an international bank subsidiary to non-profit organizations.
A champion of diversity in the workplace and social justice in the community, Winston has led a number of initiatives to promote a more inclusive environment and culture. He is one of the most highly respected persons of Guyanese descent in Canada, and through his work with IDRF in Guyana, in his native country as well.
As a consultant at WKC, Winston advises businesses, associations and charitable organizations on how to improve their strategy, performance and culture. In particular, Winston helps organizations establish powerful strategies, translate that strategy into impactful communications, set meaningful goals that can be monitored and measured, and create governance structures and processes that will ensure a leading-edge culture, brand and performance. Mr. Kassim has advised organizations on business opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, India, South America, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Winston holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management (AGDM) and is a Certified Corporate Director, Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D., University of Toronto). He is also a past Chair of the Board of IDRF from 2010 to 2014.
Reza is a professional with over twenty years of management experience in the computer graphics industry specializing in feature film, television and video gaming. He has worked for industry leaders like Apple Computer, Autodesk Inc, Alias Systems and Avid Technology. He also has a long history of volunteerism and is committed to helping those in need. Over the last two decades, he has led various efforts related to charitable and disaster relief projects in South Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America. In 2005, Reza co-founded Children of Hope which today is a federally registered charity helping fund the education of orphan children. He has served as Executive Vice President for the Dalhousie University Students’ Union and has held positions of responsibility with several civic and charitable organizations.
Nurhan Aycan (J.D.)
Nurhan is a partner of the international law firm Gowling WLG in the Business Law group. Mr. Aycan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Turkish Islamic Trust and continues to serve on the IDRF By-Laws, Governance & Ethics Committees.
Marzia Habib-Hassan (LLB, MSW, RSW)
Marzia works as a social worker and relationship consultant with individuals, couples and families. After obtaining her masters in social work, she started Family Connections International, a psychotherapy practice based in Toronto and online. Marzia also chairs the board of Jaffari Support Services, a faith based social services agency that she helped found in 2008. In 2013, Marzia was honoured with the Canadian House of Commons award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement in recognition for her contributions to various minority communities in Toronto, in the fields of family strengthening and women’s empowerment.
Yasmeena Mohamed, BA. LLB (South Africa) , LLB (Canada)
Yasmeena Mohamed adjudicates and mediates labour, employment, and human rights matters. Ms. Mohamed also provides consulting services to various labour and management organizations on issues relating to workplace investigations, conflict resolution and policies on anti- discrimination practises etc.
With law degrees in both Canada and South Africa and more than 20 years of experience as a litigator, legal advisor and claims adjudicator, Yasmeena Mohamed, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise on matters related to human rights, employment and labour law, and has worked on behalf of both employers and employees.
Dr. Muhammad Munshi
Dr. Muhammad Munshi is a Radiologist at Trillium Health Partners (THP) in Mississauga and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has served as the Medical Education Lead for Diagnostic Imaging at THP for the first decade of the Mississauga Academy of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
He is passionate about issues of social justice, global health and sustainable development, and is active in many communities, humanitarian and political initiatives. Dr. Munshi is a founding member and Medical Advisor for Conquer Covid-19, an initiative to help source essential supplies for healthcare workers. He is active in global health initiatives, most recently providing emergency medical relief in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. He is also an advocate for social and international issues at the political level, serving as Policy Chair of his local federal political riding association.
Mukhtar is the co-founder and CEO of AutoVision Wireless Inc. The Company specializes in fleet management and has Bell Canada as one of its larger customer. He is a recognized industry expert in the technical and commercial aspects of mobile data communications. In his previous position as Senior VP, Infosat Telecommunications, a division of BCE, he led the growth of the start-up Company to $54M and a world-wide presence. Mr. Rahemtulla obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. He received his early education from the Aga Khan School in Uganda and the Royal University in Malta. His extensive community service includes supporting non-profit organizations working in various parts of the world. He is also an active hiker, squash and tennis player.
Seema is a human resources professional with years of experience working in multinational corporations. She has recently set up her own business, consulting with clients on their CVs. Seema has a Bachelor of Arts degree in employment relations and sociology from the University of Toronto. She has volunteered in many initiatives including organizing a fundraising event for IDRF in the fall of 2010 for Pakistan Flood Relief, which brought in approximately $52,000. Seema was team Captain for the 2009 Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, coached children in an after school program, was a supporter and volunteer of the “Out of the Cold” program, and is an annual participant in the United Way CN Tower Climb.