Board of Directors Cota is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that play a vital role in not only shaping Cota's mission and strategic direction but also ensuring accountability to our stakeholders. Directors are appointed for a two-year term and are eligible for reappointment to two additional terms to a maximum of six consecutive years.
The Board conducts much of its work through three standing committees, the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, and the Quality and Performance Committee.
SUNDEEP SODHI, PRESIDENTSundeep S. Sodhi is currently the Director of Corporate Affairs and Member Engagement at the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). Previously, he was a lead Health System Governance Consultant for the OHA’s Governance Centre of Excellence (GCE) where he developed thought leadership and governance resources for boards of hospitals and other health service provider organizations. Mr. Sodhi is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and Emerging Health Leaders, Toronto.
CHARLIE BIGENWALD, PAST PRESIDENT – ex-officio Charlie Bigenwald is President of C.A.B. and Associate, a consulting firm providing assistance to a variety of community based health and social service agencies and Ontario Government ministries. Mr. Bigenwald served as a senior executive (assistant deputy minister/executive director level) at the Ontario Ministry of Health. He managed a series of programs including the Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry. He later was the Project Executive at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Disaster Assistance Review Office managing the recovery response to the 1998 ice storm. Mr. Bigenwald earned a Bachelor of Philosophy at Monteith College and a Master of Urban Planning at Wayne State University.
GREGORY HENDRY, VICE-PRESIDENTGregory Hendry is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of Attorney General, Peel Region. Mr. Hendry has volunteered as Chair at the Judicial, Constitutional and Elections Committee, Buddy/Reader at Read 4 Fun, and President of the WLU Boxing Club. Mr. Hendry earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at Queen's University.
ALAIN MOOTOO, TREASURERAlain Mootoo is the Vice President, Finance and Administration at Surrey Place Centre, an accredited charitable organization that provides specialized clinical services to children, youth and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments. He has held a number of senior management and volunteer positions in the non-profit and for profit sectors with the Operation Springboard, Sherbourne Health Centre, Goodwill Industries of Toronto, March of Dimes Canada, Corus Entertainment, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Mootoo immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
KARIM BHIMJI CPA, CA, DIRECTORKarim Bhimji is an accomplished senior finance manager with extensive international experience in developing, planning and executing programs and strategies across private and public sectors. Karim served as the Chief Financial Officer at Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network in Toronto, the Financial Controller at Rosebud Limited in Kampala, and as an Auditor, Audit Supervisor at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants in London, U.K. and Toronto. Karim has also held voluntary Board and leadership positions at the Aga Khan National Council for Uganda as Director, Grants and Review Board, and as Vice-Chairman. Mr. Bhimji earned his B.A (Hon’s) in Economics, Accounting & Financial Management at the University of Sheffield, U.K, his CA, at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, and his CPA in Ontario.
CAROLYN CORNFORD GREAVES, DIRECTORCarolyn Cornford Greaves, BA (Hons), JD, was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011 and is an Associate at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP in Toronto. Carolyn is currently on a leave of absence from Hicks Morley for a year to work for the Bank of Montreal as an Employee Relations Business Partner. While at law school, Carolyn completed internships at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre in Toronto and at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre at the University of Calgary. She was also a Research Assistant for Professor Joseph Magnet at the University of Ottawa during this time. Carolyn earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of Ottawa where she was awarded the Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP Prize in 2010, the Law Society of Upper Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Studies in 2010, the McCarthy Tetrault Leadership Award in 2009, the Birks Family Foundation Bursary in 2009, and the Canada Law Book Price for the highest over-all standing in Contract Law in 2008. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Greaves completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies, Minor in International Relations at Bishop’s University.
TOMS LOKMANIS, DIRECTORToms Lokmanis CFA, CAIA, is an Investment Specialist at Industrial Alliance, Group Pension Team. His area of expertise is to advise various profit and non-profit institutions regarding fund management and pension planning. He has completed Honours in Economics at McMaster University and was a proud member of the Varsity Basketball team.
JEFFERY LIVINGSTON, DIRECTORJeffery Livingston, MBA is the National Brand Marketing & Communications Manager at Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada, and former National Senior Marketing Manager at Ceridian Canada. He has over seventeen years of senior management experience, combined with over eight years teaching marketing and corporate strategy at the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association, Sheridan College, and Dalhousie University. Mr. Livingston has volunteered at the United Way, and is the recipient of a Webby marketing award. Mr. Livingston earned a Bachelor of Administrative Studies, Honours (BAS) at Trent University, and a Masters of Business Administration, (MBA) at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management.
LISA POTTIE, DIRECTORFor the past twenty years Lisa Pottie has worked in nonprofit organizations, primarily in revenue generation, in the healthcare, education, conservation, international and community development fields. She was most recently National Campaign Director and previously Executive Director, Atlantic Region for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Other organizations she has worked at include Canadian Cancer Society, World Wildlife Fund, and University of Toronto, as well as in fundraising consulting, specializing in strategic and revenue generation planning, feasibility studies and capital and major gift campaigns. Her background also includes strategic planning and communications. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto and taught literature, business and technical writing for 10 years. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has volunteered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Nova Scotia and Toronto, the Youth Project (NS), and other community organizations.
GORDON SINGER, DIRECTORGordon Singer is Peer Support Specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital where he has received Values in Action award for Social Responsibility. Between 1996 and 1998 Gordon helped to implement a Patients Council at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. Currently, he chairs the Advisory Board for the Spectrum Community Mental Health Clinic. Gord has been a member of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, the Toronto District Health Council Mental Health Steering Committee, the CAMH Clinical Ethics and Board Ethics Committee and is also a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, member of the Technical Advisory Panel for ACT teams in Ontario, and Mensa. He has completed WRAP, CPR and CPI training. He has lectured at the University of Toronto and Ryerson Institute and often gives staff at St. Michael’s an orientation on Consumer issues and Peer Support
MALLORY SMITH, DIRECTORMallory Smith is an Associate Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns with extensive Wealth Management experience. Mallory has volunteered at Youth Challenge International, Costa Rica, and at the Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter. Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science at Concordia University.