Board of Directors

Vittoria Varalli
Chair of the Board
  • Current VP Sustainability and Chief of Staff, Sobeys Inc.

  • Former Management Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group

  • Former Corporate Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom

  • 8+ years of volunteer experience on the boards of Camp  Quality and the Pink Pearl Foundation

Muneeb Yusuf
  • General Counse of League Inc.

  • Formerly general counsel of Algoma Steel and Dundee Agriculture and attorney at Stikeman Elliott LLP

  • Sits on a number of non-profit and public boards                                                                                                                                                   


Michael Klosevych
Secretary-Treasurer, Past Chair
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

  • Graduate of the University of Ottawa, McGill University and York University

  • Served as UNA-Canada’s Secretary-Treasurer for ten years (2007 – 2017)

  • 20 years of professional Public and Private Sector work experience, most recently as a Senior Analyst with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

  • 15+ years of volunteer experience on condo and daycare boards

Guillermo Rishchynski
  • Former Executive Director for Canada at the Inter-American Development Bank

  • Long career of diplomatic service, including as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 2011 to December 2015

  • An earlier career in the private sector in marketing and project management in Africa and Latin America

J.J. Verigin
Regional Director, British Colombia
  • Executive Director of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (more commonly known as the Doukhobors
  • Founding and current President of the Kootenay Branch of UNA-Canada

  • Worked at the UN as an Arms Control Advocate​

  • Resides in Grand Forks, BC with wife Lynn and continues his advocacy for peace, human rights, and environmental protection

Mehreen Kapadia
Regional Director, Prairies
  • Community Liaison - NPower Canada

  • Former  Project Coordinator with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

  • Former CIDA Intern in India (in conjunction with the Shastri- Indo-Canadian Institute, University of Calgary and Tarun Bharat Singh)

  • B.A International Development

  • Member of the Calgary Branch

Jasmine Jackman
Regional Director, Ontario
  • Award-nominated educator – Business Teacher/ Acting High School Vice-Principal in Mississauga

  • President of Toronto Region Branch of UNA-Canada (volunteer since 2011)

  • 16 years of business experience at 3M Pharmaceuticals -sales, national training , marketing and regional management

  • BA in Environmental Management  & German (University of Toronto) and MBA In International Business (University of Phoenix)

  • Currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership & Policy at OISE/University of Toronto

Pierre-Alexandre Carrier
Regional Director, Quebec
  • Trade Commissioner at Global Affairs Canada

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Québec Branch of UNA-Canada

  •  Former Research Assistant with the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  • Multiple experiences in international trade in Latin America

  • Bachelor’s in International Relations and Public Affairs; Master’s in International law (ongoing)

Jason Drysdale
  • Executive Vice President, Retail and Commercial Risk, Royal Bank of Canada
  • 22 years of experience in financial services

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Masters in Business Administration, and Chartered Financial Analyst                                                                        


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Charles Kelly
  • President of Great Northern Management Consultants, advisors on public policy, project management and marketing 

  • Former President of Concrete BC and Board member of Concrete Canada and the Pacific Northwest Building Resilience Coalition

  • Former Commissioner General of the UN World Urban Forum 3, 2006 

  • 25 years corporate experience as the President of The Canadian Public Affairs Consulting Group.  

Sheema Khan, PhD
  • Patent Agent at Shapiro Cohen LLP

  • Monthly Columnist for the Globe and Mail

  • Author of Of Hockey and Hijab

  • Former Senior Research Scientist with RTP Pharma Inc.

Richard Maksymetz 
  • Principal at ALAR Strategy Group

  • Former Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance (Canada)

  • Biggest Canadian fan of the University of Memphis Tigers


Jaime Webbe

  • Former Global Director of Biodiversity and Climate Change at Alinea International

  • Former Chief Operating Officer at UBC's Canadian International Resources and Development Institute

  • 18 years experience in international development across 3 UN Agencies

  • International postings in Denmark, Kenya, Morocco, and the US

  • Over 50 invited speaker appearances at UN events

  • Member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and the Ocean Wise Conservation Committee

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