Cheryl was appointed CEO in May 2022. Cheryl brings 18 years of senior leadership experience in the community health, mental health and developmental services sectors at a local and a provincial level. In her most recent role at Lumenus Community Services, Cheryl provided oversight for several enterprise-wide functions in the areas of partnerships, business development, innovation, and quality.
Prior roles included oversight over various system services such as Complex Special Needs. Cheryl also worked in home care where she had responsibility for a number of community support services throughout the province. As a values-based, transformative leader, Cheryl cares deeply about people of all abilities and has dedicated her career to ensuring that the work done across sectors is client and family centered, evidence-informed and impactful. In her personal life, Cheryl advocates for better supports for family caregivers through her longstanding leadership role at the Ontario Caregiver Coalition.
Cheryl holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University.
Louisa has been a director for Aptus Treatment Centre since 2007, and is the chair of the Board of Directors. Louisa is an Account Executive at RDA Inc., an independent insurance brokerage. Louisa focuses on developing new accounts for personal insurance. She is in charge of client satisfaction analysis and works closely with the marketing team. Louisa is a first-generation Canadian, her family emigrating from Italy. She has volunteered for the Bel Canto Foundation which promotes Italian-Canadian heritage. Louisa also co-chaired fundraising initiatives responsible for the new vascular surgery unit for Sunnybrook Hospital.
Frank is a tax partner and leader of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice of KPMG’s Toronto office with over 22 years of experience. He is also a member of KPMG’s Global Steering Committee. His practice focuses on Canadian corporate taxation. Frank has experience advising clients on reorganizations, providing structuring advice on international expansion, including the centralization of intellectual property, assisting clients in evaluating M&A opportunities with due diligence services and providing tax structuring advice on efficient integration of acquired businesses. Frank acts as Treasurer for Aptus Treatment Centre, and has been a director since 2013.
Dustin Paterson is an experienced business lawyer with HazloLaw who works closely with clients in a variety of industries, representing start-up companies in the technology and health sciences sectors, not-for-profit corporations, independent entrepreneurs as well as multinational corporations. Dustin received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa in 2014 where he graduated cum laude. While attending law school Dustin received the Honourable Vincent Drouin prize in constitutional law and the McCarthy Tétrault LLP technology law award. Dustin is an avid cyclist and proud father to his son.
Jean François is an experienced Data Scientist who currently works as Manager Merchandise Analytics at Walmart. He has over 5 years of experience in manipulating data to help businesses across different industries (Retail, Banking, Hospitality, Travel, Loyalty Marketing, Non-profit) make better decisions. He strongly believes that technology can be leveraged to create a better world for everyone. He is mentoring Data Scientists within Data Science Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest Artificial Intelligence communities, which uses Artificial Intelligence to help Africa’s socio-economic development. Jean François earned his Masters in Economics from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and his Bachelor from Jendouba University in Tunisia.
Edward is the co-founder of DD Community Connector and the ME & Lau Family Foundation. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. In recognizing Edward’s contribution to the community for people with intellectual disabilities, Edward was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Edward is currently a Board of Directors at Community Living Toronto and Community Living York South
Don Logie is a senior real estate executive with extensive experience in the development and operation of commercial, industrial and residential real estate with particular emphasis on mixed-use developments. Don has been involved in the development and asset management of over 3,000 residential units and more than 20 million sq. ft. of retail and office developments. Don is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the International Conference of Shopping Centres. Don received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his MBA, graduating on the Dean’s list, from the University of Toronto. Don is a parent to a person who has a developmental disability.
Dr. Zebalda Bamji is a healthcare business executive and strategist with extensive multidisciplinary experience improving patient outcomes and healthcare delivery systems. She leads cross-functional teams in biomedical sciences, program management, and business development for multimillion-dollar high-growth initiatives in medical innovation and digital health. With over 20 years of experience, she has served diverse organizations from Canadian and US Health Authorities, Hospital Consortiums, Pharmaceuticals, and Research Organizations across Canada, the US, India, Nepal, China, and the EU. Zebalda received her Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, MS and PhD from Howard University College of Medicine, and BSc from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. She serves on the Board of healthcare facilities, local NGOs, and start-ups. As a trained Geneticist, she finds solace in improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Sue Simone is a retired Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Corporate Communications at CIBC Mellon and was a member of their executive management committee. Sue oversaw the Human Resources department and was responsible for CIBC Mellon’s corporate communications and public affairs activities, including internal and external communications, public relations and corporate social responsibility strategic support. Sue earned her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and her certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. She is also a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.