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Our Team | Annual Report

Shahbaz Khan, Board Chair | Director, Wolters Kluwer, CPA, CA

Shahbaz is a commercial-minded CPA with a passion for technology and software strategy for accountants. Shahbaz helps firms reimagine the impact integrated tools can have on their practice and is committed to helping advance the accounting profession.

Shahbaz has a strong sense of community and passion for Big Brothers Big Sisters, specifically, having experienced the benefits of the agency’s programs first-hand as a child. Shahbaz has also volunteered in the Game On and Homework Club Programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Niagara chapter.

Board of Directors since 2021

Heather Davidson, Chair, Governance | Supervisor, Program Development, City of Hamilton

Heather has been working in Recreation for over 20 years, and during that time has demonstrated her passion for high quality, child centered programming. She has experience working with, and leading teams who work with, many populations of children – including, preschool, school age, and youth age groups. She has a strong belief that program environments can contribute to positive child development and that staff have a responsibility to ensure programs meet the unique age/stage requirements for participants.

Board of Directors since 2023

Melissa Finley

Melissa is a financial services executive with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. Her extensive career has included senior positions in finance, risk management, strategy, operations, and transformation.

Melissa is also deeply committed to community service. She previously served on the Board of the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, holding roles as Director and Treasurer. Additionally, Melissa is an active volunteer with TRIEC and Junior Achievement Canada, reflecting her dedication to making a positive impact in the GTA community and beyond.

Board of Directors since 2023

Aaron Johnson, Chair, Strategy and Diversity | Senior Vice President, Nuclear, Aecon

Aaron is Senior Vice President, Nuclear, at Aecon, responsible for leading all nuclear projects within the company’s portfolio.

Beginning with Aecon in 2006, Aaron has diverse experience across many of Aecon’s operational and corporate teams, including the industrial, nuclear, and urban transportation sectors. He has been responsible for the pursuit and execution of some of Aecon’s most complex multi-disciplinary projects, including the Darlington Refurbishment project, GO Expansion On-Corridor project, and Scarborough Subway Extension project. 

Aaron holds Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.  

Board of Directors since 2022

Melanie Snyder, Chair, Fund Development | Director of Development, Appleby College

Melanie is an experienced advancement professional with expertise in fundraising, relationship development, strategic & business planning, and marketing. 

Board of Directors since 2023

Fahad Meer, Chair, Risk and Finance | Director, PwC

Fahad is a Director at PwC and is part of the firm’s National Strategy & Operations team where he is involved in developing and managing the firm’s transformational initiatives.

Outside of the firm, Fahad is passionate about giving back to the community. He fulfills this passion by serving as a regular keynote speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator on personal and professional development related topics. He is also a two-time TEDx speaker. Fahad has also served on various Boards in the past.

Board of Directors since 2022

Brad Staley | Manager, Commercial Accounts, RBC

Brad is an experienced Commercial Accounts Manager with a long history of working in the banking industry, including business relationship management, banking loans, credit analysis and mortgage lending.

Brad has a passion for community and has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for several years in many capacities, including having previously served as a Board Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie.

Board of Directors since 2022

Cassandra Weatherston | Manager, Clinical Development, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Cassandra, Manager, Clinical Development at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), is a dynamic healthcare professional with over 16 years working in the hospital and healthcare sphere. At SJHH, Cassandra has led key strategic clinical projects and initiatives including COVID-19 Assessment and Testing, COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, and the development of a Patient and Family Partnership Framework.

BBBS is important to Cassandra because she wants to ensure that the youth in our communities have strong role models to build confidence and achieve their goals.

Board of Directors since 2019

Nadine Yacoub | Settlement Information Specialist, Centre for Skills Development

Nadine is a Settlement Information Specialist, who is fluent in Arabic and English, with over 15 years of experience working with newcomers to Canada. Nadine specializes in Newcomer Services with a dedicated focus of assisting clients in meeting their settlement, educational and employment needs.

Nadine has strong networking and collaboration skills that have helped her form and strengthen relationships and enhance community partnerships in Hamilton, Halton and the Peel region.

Nadine is very passionate about advocating for newcomers and helping them achieve the best services and resources available for professional development and employment success.

Board of Directors since 2023

NameBoard PositionCommunity Involvement
Shahbaz KhanChairDirector, Wolters Kluwer, CPA, CA
Heather DavidsonChair, GovernanceSupervisor, Program Development, City of Hamilton
Melissa FinleyDirector
Aaron JohnsonChair, Strategy and DiversitySenior Vice President, Nuclear, AECON Group Inc.
Fahad MeerChair, Risk and FinanceDirector, PWC
Melanie SnyderChair, Fund DevelopmentDirector of Development, Appleby College
Brad StaleyDirectorManager Commercial Accounts, RBC
Cassandra WeatherstonDirectorManager, Clinical Development, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Nadine YacoubDirectorSettlement Information Specialist, Centre for Skills Development
Jeff MamerEx OfficioCEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Serving Grand Erie Halton and Hamilton