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Board of Directors


Chair Persons

Vittoria Varalli

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

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

Michael Klosevych

Secretary-Treasurer, Past Chair

  • Chartered Professional Accountant

  • 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


Sameer Esmail

Sameer Esmail

Regional Director British Columbia

  • Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Branch of UNA-Canada

  • Junior Analyst on the Open Government team at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Master of Management at the University of British Columbia.

  • President of the UBC Student Alumni Council

  • Canada’s Head Delegate to the Y20 Summit in 2022

Thomas Morin Cabana.PNG

Thomas Morin-Cabana

Regional Director, Quebec

  • Staff Officer, Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters (CJOC HQ)

  • President, United Nations Association in Canada – Quebec City Branch

  • Founder & National President, The Crown Society of Canada

  • Coordinator of the Strategic Communications team, National Office of the Chancellor of the Order of St. John – Priory of Canada

  • President - Quebec & National Board member, The Duke of Edinburgh International Award – Canada

  • Founder, Mission Commander and mountaineer, #Infinite Potential project – The Ascension of Kilimanjaro

  • BMASc - Military and Strategic Studies Royal Military College of Canada

  • MBA – Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Abdelkarim Awwad


  • Director of Marketing & Communication at Brian Jessel BMW

  • Board member of the German Canadian Business Association (BC)

  • President of the Canadian Academy of Protocol & Events management

  • Former head of the disaster management unit (Qatari Red Crescent)

  • Former advisor and consultant to several international organizations and embassies in the Middle East

Mehreen Kapadia

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

Jason Drysdale

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 

Anne Pearson

Anne Pearson

Regional Director, Ontario

  • Former professor of Religious Studies, McMaster University

  • author of academic and non-academic books and articles

  • 30+ years experience with community organizations and boards

  • recipient of Hamilton World Citizenship and Order of Hamilton awards

  • President of UNA-Canada Hamilton Branch

Richard Maksymetz

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

Jaime Webbe

​President & CEO

  • 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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