Board of Directors
Zeib J., 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, and then finally 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 K., C.M., MBA, ICD.D
Winston K. 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 A. (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 H. (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 M., 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 M.
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.
Mr Mirza is a strong proponent and practitioner of international corporate governance and brings with him over 35 years of diversified experience and a solid track record in all facets of financial and risk management, technology, mergers and acquisitions, business turnarounds and operation management.
Over the years, Mr Mirza has worked with global institutions like Citibank and ABN AMRO Bank Ltd where he held several senior positions as CFO European Region, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Global Private Banking, Asset Management and New Growth Markets (Consumer Banking), Chief Financial Officer for Asian region including Australia/New Zealand and Middle East. Mr Mirza led several due diligences for acquiring banks in Hungary, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, Brazil, France and Pakistan. Mr Mirza was also a member of the Top Executive Group (TEG) of ABN AMRO Bank as well as member of the Group Finance and Group COO Board.
Mr Mirza currently serves as Independent Non-Executive Board member of Eurobank Ergasias (Athens) where he chairs the Board Audit Committee as well as the Board Transformation Committee and also a member of the Board Risk Committee and Nomination Committee. Mr Mirza also serves as Non-Executive Independent Board member of Atlas Mara – a financial services holding company operating in 8 African Countries and Chair of their Board Audit, Risk and Technology committee. Mr Mirza also serves as Independent Board member of AGT Food & Ingredients – a Canadian Processor of pulses and other food ingredients which is one of the largest pulse processing companies in the world.
Previously Mr Jawaid Mirza was the lead director and non-executive independent board member of CIB since January 2014 till Dec 2019 and also chaired the Board audit committee and Technology & Operations committee and member of the Sustainability Advisory Board.
Mr Mirza holds various business management courses from reputable institutions like Queens Business school (Toronto), Wharton Business school, Stanford Graduate School of Business and is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada.
Fatima has worked for more than 30 years in public practice, accumulating vast experience serving multinational public corporations, small and medium enterprises, and start-ups on matters related to Global Mobility, Directors, Taxation, Auditing, and Cross-Border issues. With in-depth Tax knowledge and her global tax innovation leader role, she has brought innovative solutions to the complex business challenges clients face.
Fatima is a thoughtful, empathetic leader who enjoys working with clients, helping to embed pragmatic solutions within their organization. She has been recognized as one of the top 10 female tax partners in Canada for four consecutive years and has won numerous client service recognition awards over the span of her career. She is a sought after speaker on the global stage and has published numerous thought leadership articles on topics of Tax, Cross Border Business issues and Global Mobility.