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
  • 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                                                                           




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. Primarily advising Canadian and International clients in the resource, technology, and financial services industries. 

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

Hugh Segal CM
  • 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                                                                                                                                                   


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