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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

Sameer Esmail
Regional Director for 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 (UBC) (ongoing)

  • President of the UBC Student Alumni Council

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

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

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)

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

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                                                                        


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

President & CEO

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