UNA-Canada's
Board of Directors

Guillermo Rishchynski
Chair of the Board
  • 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

Vittoria Varalli
Vice-Chair
  • 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

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

J.J. Verigin
Regional Rep., 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

  • Previously served on the National Board of UNA-Canada

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

Mehreen Kapadia
Regional Rep., 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 Rep., 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

  • Active member on many community Boards and Associations

 Kim Fontaine- Skronski
Regional Rep., Quebec
  • Executive Director, International Political Science Association (IPSA)

  • Vice-President, UNAC Greater Montreal Branch

  • PhD in Political Science/International Relations

  • 20+ years’ experience in academic research and management, active politics and government, as well as international and diplomatic relations

  • Co-editor, New Institutional Trajectories for Digital and Transnational Capitalism: Global Governance Facing Structural Changes (Palgrave, 2015)

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                                                                           

 

 

Director-at-Large

Charles Kelly
Director-at-Large
  • 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. Primarily advising Canadian and International clients in the resource, technology, and financial services industries. 

Sheema Khan, PhD
Director-at-Large
  • 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 
Director-at-Large
  • Principal at ALAR Strategy Group

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

  • Biggest Canadian fan of the University of Memphis Tigers

Hugh Segal CM
 Director-at-Large
  • Former Head of Massey College at the University of Toronto
     

  • Member of the Senate of Canada (2005 – 2014)
     

  • Former President of the Institute for Research and Public Policy in Montreal and a current Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs
     

  • An honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy
     

  • Recently authored Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future

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                                                                                                                                                   

Director-at-Large

Kathryn White
President & CEO (ex officio)
  • Vice-President, the World Federation of UN Associations
     

  • President Black & White Inc., Social and foreign policy research and development and risk management
     

  • Journalist and news manager with Globe & Mail; New York Times; The Canadian Review
     

  • Director/officer UN Women’s Development Fund; UN International Decade of Natural Disaster Reduction; Friends of the Environment Foundation