Our Board

Executive Team - 2017

June Cockwell

June Cockwell, M. Ed. - CHAIR, Director since March 2015

A passionate educator, June was Head of the Junior School at St. Mildred’s Lightbourn prior to her retirement in 2002. She served two terms on the Board of Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. June founded HIPPY Oakville, a charity that provides free pre-school education for vulnerable children. June is President of the Amarna Group, a family organization whose mission is to further philanthropy in Oakville. In addition, June served on the board of Oakville Community Foundation for nine years; two of them as Chair. She presently co-chairs the Halton Poverty Roundtable, an organization of community leaders who work to eliminate poverty in Halton.

clare cheesewright

Clare Cheesewright - VICE CHAIR, Director since Nov 2015

Clare is a qualified Executive Coach with 15 years’ experience of coaching senior leaders across a range of sectors from banking and retail to healthcare and non-profit organisations. Most recently she set up her own coaching practice and also works with LHH Knightsbridge a global human capital consultancy.   Prior to this she had a career in Human Resources with Pepsi, the National Health Service and latterly the Electrolux group where she was a member of their operating board and head of HR for the UK business.  Clare came to Canada from the UK in 2008 and is a graduate of the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter.  She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.  She is married to David and they have 3 children who share their love for the great outdoors. Having lost her sister Laura to breast cancer as a young adult, Clare has a passion for supporting families who have to live through the impact of such a loss.

lisa norton

Lisa Norton - Vice Chair/SECRETARY, Director since June 2014

Lisa is Senior Director of Strategy at RBC Royal Bank and has held leadership roles in organizational culture, strategic communications, and public relations. Lisa holds an Honours BA in Political Science from Western University, post-graduate certification in Public Relations, and has board experience with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Having experienced the death of a parent at an early age, Lisa can relate to the children whom Lighthouse supports, and is dedicated to sharing her empathy and expertise.

john platt

John Platt - TREASURER, Director since June 2017

John Platt is the Director of Institutional Investment Management at Manitou Investment Management in Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University and has been a Board Member of several charitable organizations including Appleby College, The Oakville Hospital Foundation, The Oakville Community Foundation and Knox Heritage Place, a not-for-profit senior’s residence in north Oakville. He currently serves as the Chair of the Appleby College Foundation, Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE), is on the Stewardship Committee of the Oakville Hospital Foundation, and the Investment Committee of The Change Foundation and independent health policy think tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario’s health care system. He and his wife Barrie live in Oakville and have two adult children.

bob aziz

Bob Aziz - Past CHAIR, Past Cabinet Chair, Director since June 2016

Bob is an Executive Vice-President with Oxford Properties Group, the real estate investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS). Oxford currently has $42 billion of assets under management in Canada, the USA and Europe including some of Canada’s most iconic properties, such as Yorkdale Shopping Centre and the Banff Springs Hotel. At Oxford Bob is a member of the Executive Committee, sharing responsibility for the development of strategy and evaluation of all business initiatives. Bob and his wife, Anne, have four children (Brittany, Dan, Emily and Charlotte) and have lived in Oakville for over 30 years. Bob has served on the boards of the Oakville Hospital Foundation and Sick Kids Foundation over the last 20 years, helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for these institutions. With his own family having experienced the loss of young friends and family, Bob is inspired by the mission of Lighthouse and the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of those touched by the tragedy of an untimely death of a loved one.

Directors at Large

Mary King Lyons

Mary King-Lyons - Chair- Professional Advisory Committee, Director since June 2016

Mary King-Lyons has enjoyed a long career in health and social services. Her first career was as a Registered Nurse in the field of Psychiatry. Following attainment of a Masters of Social Work degree, Mary worked for 33 years at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. She had oversight of the broad range of multi-disciplinary services as Vice President, Clinical Services; her final role was Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. During Mary’s tenure at ErinoakKids she developed expertise in grief therapy related to disability and loss; this led to her interest in Lighthouse and her current role as a Parent Group Facilitator. A long term resident of Oakville, Mary raised two children with her husband John, and is now enjoying the role of grandparent.

frank ross

Frank Ross - Chair- Real Estate Advisory Committee, Director since June 2016

As Executive Advisor Frank supports the development and construction of major infrastructure projects across Aecon Group Inc.  Frank Ross was previously President of Aecon Buildings Group, and has also led Aecon Atlantic Group and Aecon Fabco in Halifax, N.S., both divisions of Aecon Group. With over 45 years’ experience in both the Social and Transportation Infrastructure industry across Canada, Frank brings a wealth of construction knowledge to the Infrastructure Group. An active member of the construction community for over 40 years, Frank has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Association, the Ontario General Contractors Association, and the Board of Directors for the Toronto Construction Association. He also served as a Trustee of the Labourers’ International Union of North America – Local 615 Health and Welfare Program, and as a Board of Directors member for the NS Construction Labour Relations Association. Frank is a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Design and Construction Institute of Nova Scotia.

Carolyn Kingaby

Carolyn Kingaby - Co-Chair- Fundraising Committee since June 2016

With over 30 years at TD Bank Group, Carolyn held multiple senior executive roles and culminated a passion and competency for developing and executing large scale strategic initiatives to solve complex business problems. Recently, she joined B2B Bank as SVP, Transformation. She is known for her strong business and leadership capabilities but also for her commitment to diversity and community. Having lost both parents to cancer as a young adult, Carolyn is passionate about the Lighthouse cause. Carolyn lives in Oakville with her husband Dennis and her two grown sons.

Kathryn Gardiner

Zaid Sayeed - Director since November 2016

Zaid is a lawyer and litigator with Municipal Law Chambers.  In this role, he advises and represents property developers, regional municipalities, and private individuals in respect of planning matters and other municipal concerns.  His litigation practice is more particularly focused on the areas of municipal law, commercial and employment disputes, and corporate governance matters.  He regularly appears in front of various tribunals and civil courts, including the Ontario Municipal Board, Federal Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, and Ontario Court of Appeal.   Zaid has also served as a director and the Chair of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association.  Having experienced the loss of family and friends, Zaid works with Lighthouse in the hopes of alleviating the lasting damage which can result from such loss.

anita anand

Anita Anand - Chair- Governance Committee since June 2017

Anita Anand is a Professor of Law and holds the J.R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protection and Corporate Governance. She served as Associate Dean from 2007-2009 and since 2010 has served as the Academic Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession at U of T, leading the development of its Program on Ethics in Law and Business. She is a Senior Fellow and member of the Governing Board, Massey College and is cross-appointed to the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Professor Anand was a Visiting Scholar at the Bank of Canada and a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge. She is currently a special advisor to the board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) and a Fellow-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute working in the area of corporate governance and economic performance. In 2005-2006, she was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Olin Scholar in Law and Economics at Yale Law School. During the Fall 2005, she was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School where she taught comparative corporate governance. She is the recipient of research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (three awards), the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Foundation for Legal Research (three awards), the Connaught Foundation as well as the Canadian Association of Law Teachers' Scholarly Paper Award (2003).  She has served on the boards of Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc, St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School and the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

elizabeth dalzell

Elizabeth Dalzell - Director at Large since June 2017

Elizabeth Dalzell is an HR Consultant and brings over 20 years of HR experience working across many sectors, including media, professional services, government and not-for-profit.  Elizabeth is a Director with The Catherine and Maxwell Meighan Foundation and has contributed her time and talents to poverty alleviation over the course of many years.  She is also passionate about arts and culture.  Elizabeth and her son are past participants of the Lighthouse Program and attribute their ability to heal and move forward in large measure to the wonderful support they received from the Lighthouse Community.  Elizabeth holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and a Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.  She lives in Toronto with her family.

justin hwang

Justin Hwang - Co-Chair- Fundraising Committee since June 2017

Justin is a seasoned financial services professional with a breadth of experience having held several executive roles at TD Bank prior to joining Manulife Financial as VP Customer Experience. He has developed a reputation for leading with passion and a strong focus on developing, empowering and challenging others to outperform and not accept the status quo. He strives to enhance performance, focus on what matters and get things done while driving results. Justin resides in Oakville and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the Executive Development Program at Ivey Business School.


britta martini miles

Britta Martini-Miles - Executive Director since November 2011

Britta, a German national, completed her undergraduate degree in her home country, before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to study International Relations at the Pennsylvania State University, where she completed her Master of Arts. After many years of international assignments in Europe, the US and Africa, Britta, her husband and three grown children settled in Oakville in 2005. Britta held leadership roles in marketing, project management, and in the hospitality sector before she became involved in the NFP sector. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at The Lighthouse in 2011, Britta led CommUnity Arts Space, an Oakville-based umbrella organization for arts and cultural groups as the Executive Director from 2007 to 2011.  Britta served on several NFP boards, sometimes as board chair, and has training in NFP governance.  She was trained at The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon, which inspired the Lighthouse program.  Britta was nominated twice for the RBC/Women of Influence Charitable Giving Award; in 2014 she was the Finalist for Central Canada.  In 2015 Britta was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Oakville West for “Service above self”.

Honorary Board

jo fallon

Jo Fallon (de Lecq Marguerie) - Director 2006 – 2012, Founder

Before arriving in Canada from the U.K. in 1996, Jo worked at Harper’s & Queen Magazine and Lloyd’s of London. In 1999, she co-founded The Lighthouse with a clear vision of what it could provide to children and their families. She nurtures the Lighthouse to this day. Having experienced the deaths of both parents during childhood, Jo is passionate about providing a haven where children and teens can rebuild their lives with strength, compassion and vigour. She was trained at The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon, which inspired the Lighthouse program. She was awarded the YMCA Peace Medallion in 2013 in recognition of her tremendous contributions to our community.

nancy williams

Nancy Williams - Board Member 2001 - 2013, Past Chair

Nancy was a Board Member in the very early days of The Lighthouse, and continues to generously contribute her time to The Lighthouse serving as advisor to the Vision Committee. She was Treasurer of The Lighthouse for 11 years, and also served as Chair and Past Chair. Nancy has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Certified Management Accountant.  Prior to launching her Accounting and Tax consulting business in 1989, Nancy worked for the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Technology.

andy aiklen

Andy Aicklen - Board Member 2001 - 2014, Past Chair

Andy has 30 years of experience in Enterprise Software in North America as Country Manager in senior roles at PeopleSoft, Hewlett Packard and Oracle Corporation. He is also a former United States Naval officer. He earned an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Houston and a BA from the University of Texas. He was recognized by Computer Dealer News as one of the top newsmakers in 2003 and 2004. A strong contributor to the local community in Oakville, Andy is past Secretary and Board Chair of the Lighthouse.

marge grice

Margaret Grice - Board Member 2011-2015, Past Chair

Margaret is an international consultant for companies expanding to Asia and is currently consulting with Orangefield Group in Hong Kong. Prior to this, she worked for TD Bank Financial Group for 20 years in senior management roles in International Banking, Business Banking and VISA. Margaret holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business. She has been involved in non-profit organizations including United Way of Oakville and Laing House in Halifax. Margaret resides in Oakville with her husband and two children.

hyder masum

Hyder Masum - Board Member Jan 2013 - 2016

Hyder has 13 years of experience as a lawyer, and is currently Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer with Russell Investments. Prior to this, Hyder held progressively senior roles at the Toronto office of a global law firm, a boutique litigation firm in Toronto and a Mississauga law firm. Hyder holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, as well as a Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Hyder has volunteered with the Child Advocacy Project and served as Chair on the Board of a national lawyers’ association.

Mervyn Meharchand

Dr. Mervyn Meharchand - Board Member June 2013 - 2016

Mervyn Meharchand is a Family Physician with 25 years of experience in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. More importantly, he brings to the board firsthand experience of what Lighthouse can achieve and its value to those it serves.  Dr Meharchand's youngest daughter has participated and volunteered in the program since the death of her elder sister in 2011. Merv has served on various professional committees, is an active member of his community as well as a distance runner and cyclist.

jeff welton

Jeff Welton - Board Member Sept. 2013 – June 2016

After retiring from TD Bank Financial Group as Vice President Human Resources, Jeff has taken on a Managing Director role at Verity International, leading their Executive Advisory Services practice. He is an executive coach and career counsellor. Jeff has a variety of voluntary experience with Kinsmen and the YMCA, and fundraising experience with JDRF for 10 years, both in Calgary and Toronto.  Jeff and his wife Betty reside in Burlington and have two grown children.

Shubo Rahkit

Shubo Rakhit, CA, CPA - Past Chair June 2014 – 2017

With 20 years of global investment banking experience, Shubo has led over $100 billion of merger and acquisitions and capital markets issuance. Most recently, he was an equity partner with KPMG LLP leading its Capital Advisory business, and now manages private investments in real estate, energy and healthcare. Since 2009, he has been a board member on the President’s Council of St Michael’s Hospital, and he and his family have fundraised for a number of charities including Appleby College, Toronto Western Hospital and United Way.  Shubo has an undergraduate degree from Western University and a graduate degree in public accountancy from McGill University.

Kathryn Gardiner

Kathryn Gardiner - Past Treasurer June 2014 – 2017

Katy is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice in Toronto and has more than 15 years of experience in the audit profession. Katy holds a CPA, CA, and Honours Business Administration BA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.  She is currently Partner for a number of financial services companies in Canada, in addition to working in EY’s Financial Accounting and Advisory Services group, assisting clients with application of accounting standards. Katy has served as Treasurer for the board of a local Oakville/Burlington childcare centre, and is the mother of three young children.

Jen stothers

Jennifer Stothers - Board Member Nov. 2013 – June 2017

Jennifer is co-founder of Willow Strategic Marketing, Inc., a digital marketing agency. She has led ground-breaking initiatives with New York Times Digital, CompuServe, AOL and ADFO, the New York web design and sales consultancy she co-founded. Jennifer has advised blue chip clients as well as media start-ups across North America. She is a sought-after speaker at events organized by the Direct Marketing Association and the Internet Advertising Bureau. After 20+ years in New York, Jennifer returned to Oakville, where she lives with her husband and two children.

murray mckeage

Murray McKeage - Board Member June 2012- 2017

Murray is a realtor with the Goodale Miller Team at Century 21 in Oakville. Prior to this, he worked with RBC for 22 years in senior management roles in the wealth management, estate and trust businesses. Murray is a Certified Management Accountant, Financial Planner and has a Master’s Degree in Finance from Dalhousie University. Murray’s involvement in the community includes membership in the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and as Director and Vice President of the Multiple Birth Family Association.  He is the proud parent of five children including triplet daughters.