The Board of Directors is the governing body which effects and establishes policy for Mississauga Board of Trade. Together with Executive Committee, it serves as the decision maker for the organization, and works to create a meaningful strategic direction and ensure the financial well-being of MBOT.

Directors are collectively the representatives of the membership and are charged with the responsibility of exercising visionary leadership, establishing values and goals, setting policies and procedures, supporting the employees and volunteers of Mississauga Board of Trade, and respecting them as partners in advancing the MBOT mission.

MBOT’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with varied business backgrounds and a broad range of skill sets, viewpoints and business expertise. These dedicated individuals represent the business community to promote and further business in Mississauga.

MBOT’s Board of Directors is comprised of member companies represented by individuals with varied business backgrounds covering a broad range of expertise, viewpoints and experience. These dedicated individuals represent Mississauga’s business community. Our Board of Directors is structured to achieve a balanced representation of business sectors and sizes (small, medium and large).


 

2023 EXECUTIVES

Steve Rhone – Chair
Steve Rhone – Chair
President - Weston Forest Products Inc.

Steve Rhone has been a vital part of Weston Forest for over 30 years, beginning with a junior role as a labourer in Operations. Since then he has held management roles in every part of the company, including turns as Mill Manager, Night Shift Supervisor, Hardwood Product Manager, US Sales Manager, Vice President of Finance and Operations, and his current role as President.

Sameer Sharma – Vice-Chair
Sameer Sharma – Vice-Chair
President - Crown Group of Hotels

Sameer Sharma helped create his family business as Director of Crown Group of Hotels, which owns and operates five hotels under internationally known flags: Marriott, Hilton, Best Western and Choice. He was the youngest in the world at age 23 to complete Marriott Executive Excellence Program which allows him to operate or manage any Marriott brand hotel in the world.

Lucie Shaw – Immediate Past Chair
Lucie Shaw – Immediate Past Chair
Owner - Nurse Next Door Mississauga

Lucie Shaw came from a background in customer experience and leadership and after 25+ years, was looking to make a change towards a more rewarding career.  Having experienced firsthand the challenges of caring for aging parents, she was excited to be able to bring seniors and their families the peace of mind they need through focused, personalized home care services. Along with her husband, David, the married couple of 35+ years has worked hard to establish the Nurse Next Door brand and proudly serve Mississauga. 

Crystal Reedie – Treasurer
Crystal Reedie – Treasurer
Senior Director, Role Strategy - Royal Bank of Canada

Crystal Reedie is the Senior Director, Role Strategy at the Royal Bank of Canada.

Adam Nowak
Adam Nowak
Senior Vice President - Gallagher

Adam is the Senior Vice President Commercial at Arthur J. Gallagher , Mississauga Branch. He offers over 30 years of experience in arranging Commercial Insurance Programs and Risk Management Strategies for his commercial clients. Adam has proactively maneuvered his clients through many market fluctuations and industry trends, anticipating the next challenge in order to best position his clients for their ultimate benefit.

Trevor McPherson – Ex-officio
Trevor McPherson – Ex-officio
CEO & President - Mississauga Board of Trade

Trevor is a not-for-profit senior executive with extensive experience in economic development, and driving domestic and international business growth. He is well versed in government relations, stakeholder engagement and consensus building, having held numerous positions at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce over the past 15 years, most recently as Vice President, Member Services.


DIRECTORS

Mo Amin
Mo Amin
VP – Value, Access & Policy - AstraZeneca

Mo Amin is the Vice President of Value, Access & Policy at AstraZeneca Canada Inc., one of Canada’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. Mo brings to the position more than 25 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including extensive experience within the areas of Market Access, Medical Affairs, Health Economics and Real World Evidence (RWE).

Steve D’Agostino
Steve D’Agostino
President - Avega Inc.

Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Sales Operations, and Sales Management.

Parveen Dhupar
Parveen Dhupar
Chief Creative Officer - BTI Brand Innovations Inc.

Parveen Dhupar is a seasoned brand strategist, visionary, designer, serial entrepreneur, connector, lecturer, public speaker, author, coach, mentor to many entrepreneurs, and founder of BTI Brand Innovations Inc. (BTI), a boutique creative agency offering full integrated creative and marketing services to H2H (Human2Human) client partners. He is the lead connector at BTI. Connectors are changemakers, visionaries, storytellers, dreamers and innovators who share a common passion for connecting brands with people, and people with brands.

Malaika Mendonsa
Malaika Mendonsa
Partner - Grant Thornton LLP

Malaika Mendonsa is a Partner at Grant Thornton LLP, a member of the firm’s Domestic Corporate Tax Reporting & Advisory Practice. With over 15 years of experience in tax matters affecting multi-national manufacturing and distribution, energy, mining and technology companies in Canada. As a Business and Tax Advisor, Malaika assists public and large private corporate clients with their tax compliance and reporting needs—including tax planning, tax due diligence, tax accounting, domestic tax compliance, financial reporting (IFRS or US GAAP), acquisition structuring and cross-border transactions.

Atul Sharma
Atul Sharma
Manager, Government and Stakeholder Relations - Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Atul Sharma has worked at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for over four years with a focus on government and stakeholder relations. His 20+ year career includes government, business associations, communications agency work and an entrepreneur. He has sat on different boards and community groups including Indus Community Services. Atul has a post graduate degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, Rajini, and their three boys.

Linda Kern
Linda Kern
Founder & CEO - The Kern Group Inc.

A highly regarded business development professional, Linda is the Founder & CEO of The Kern Group—a company specializing in fractional sales leadership, strategy, training, and consulting. As part of her private practice, Linda leads a Sales Leaders Peer Group and also works one-on-one with Sales Leaders. Linda has over 20 years’ experience helping companies achieve and exceed their sales goals and has worked in the financial services, manufacturing, technology, transportation, printing, and insurance sectors.

Jonathan N. Borrelli
Jonathan N. Borrelli
Partner - KMB Law

Jonathan is an Associate Partner at KMB Law and is the leader of the firm’s Employment and Labour Law practice group. He has experience with a wide range of workplace issues and employment-related litigation matters. He has helped both employers and employees with employment and contractor agreements, wrongful dismissal matters, occupational health and safety, accommodation, terminations, investigations, restrictive covenants, workplace policies and workplace human rights. He also advises on employment law aspects of corporate transactions.

John McKenna
John McKenna
President - McKenna Logistics Centres

John is the third-generation owner and president of McKenna Logistics Centres. He has also served on the board of the International Warehouse Logistics Association and its Canadian Council. John is a part-time professor at Humber College in the faculty of business and the supply chain management program. He also advises the CEO of Trillium Health Partners and is a member of the Interim Governing Council for Mississauga’s Ontario Health Team. John received his MBA from Ivey Business School. In 2015 and was awarded Business Person of the Year by the Mississauga Board of Trade.

Janet Wardle
Janet Wardle
President & CEO - MHI Canada Aerospace Inc

A passionate and driven individual, Janet Wardle became CEO and President of MHI Canada in April 2019 where she started out as Director of Supply Chain and then Vice President/ General Manager. MHICA’s facilities include a 270,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacture and assembly facility and complimented by another over 200,000 square foot of warehousing, technical school and office space

Paul Meo
Paul Meo
President - NTN Bearing Corporation

Paul (Paolo) Meo is President and CEO of NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada, overlooking both the sales and manufacturing operations headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. Meo is a graduate of York University’s Schulich Executive Program, and the CMOE (Centre for Management & Organization Effectiveness). Meo started his career with NTN 37 years ago, playing a pivotal role in NTN’s continuous growth and expansion in the Canadian bearing market.

Amanda Pautler
Amanda Pautler
Director of External Relations - University of Toronto Mississauga

Amanda brings to the University of Toronto Mississauga more than fifteen years’ experience in government relations and higher education administration. After earning a BA at the University of Toronto, where she won the gold medal in Political Science (Vic), and completing a Master’s degree at the University of Alberta, Amanda worked in policy and program development roles in Ontario’s public service.