Board of Directors
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chair
Peter MacKay is a Partner in the Baker & McKenzie Toronto office. Prior to joining the Firm, Peter MacKay, PC, QC (Privy Council and Queen’s Counsel), served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years and in a ministerial post in the Canadian government for nine years since the Conservative Party formed a government in 2006. Most recently, he served as Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. Prior to this post, Mr. MacKay served as the Minister of National Defence for six years and held joint cabinet positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for 18 months.
From 1992 to 1997, Mr. MacKay served as a Crown prosecutor in Nova Scotia, and spent time in private practice and in Germany as lawyer at Thyssen Henchel. He is the founder of the highly regarded Halifax International Security Forum, which he hosted beginning in 2009.
Trent Mell, Chair
Trent is President & CEO of First Cobalt Corp., a publicly traded mining company listed on the TSX-V and ASX with assets in Canada and the U.S.
He is a mining executive and capital markets professional with almost 20 years of industry experience. Trent has experience in all stages of the mining life-cycle and has worked for global producers and junior mining companies, including Barrick Gold, AuRico Gold and Falco Resources, where he was President & CEO. Prior to entering the mining industry, he was a securities lawyer with Stikeman Elliott LLP. Trent also built a mining team with PearTree Securities to advise issuers and investors on Canadian charity flow through financing opportunities.
Trent holds a B.A., B.C.L., LL.B., LL.M. and MBA from McGill, York (Schulich & Osgoode) and Kellogg Universities. When he is not spending time with his young family, Trent is running, playing hockey or volunteering his time as a guest lecturer at Canadian universities.
Daniela DeGasperis, Vice Chair
Daniela De Gasperis is a philanthropist who is focused on working with children’s charities.
Born in Toronto, the 39 year old Ms. De Gasperis graduated from Humber College in Business Administration. She then founded an outdoor advertising company, Danmark Advertising, expanding that business into general media and communications.
Five years ago, Ms. De Gasperis joined the committee for the Butterfly Ball®, the main fundraising event of Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC), taking over the leadership of the committee in 2014. In addition to continuing to chair this committee as the event heads towards its 20th anniversary in 2017, she has been appointed to the Boost CYAC Board of Directors.
Ms. De Gasperis also works on the committee for Best Buddies.
She is married to Robert De Gasperis, President of Metrus Properties and has two young children.
Mark joined Boost’s Board of Directors in 2011. He is also a Board member at Alamos Gold where he chairs the Human Resources Committee. Mark is a volunteer consultant with Management Advisory Service, providing complimentary consulting in corporate governance to non-profits in the Greater Toronto Area. In addition to his Board and volunteer work, Mark consults to Boards and senior management on organization design and effectiveness, executive recruitment and development, compensation and performance improvement. Prior to his retirement, Mark was the Vice President, Human Resources at CVRD Inco and previously spent 15 years at the Conference Board of Canada. Mark received his BA degree from the University of Maryland and his PhD in Economics in 1974 from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Lana DePatie
Dr. Lana Dépatie, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her education at McGill University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychiatry and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital where she trained extensively in the area of child maltreatment. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Dépatie held a position at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in the Child Abuse Service for two years before moving to Toronto. She currently holds a position as a psychologist in the Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and is the director of her own private practice where she offers a range of psychological services. Dr. Dépatie has been working in the field of child maltreatment for over a decade. She has been an invited speaker at both national and international conferences and she has published in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as child maltreatment and psychopathology. Dr. Dépatie has been qualified as an expert witness by both Alberta and Ontario provincial courts based on her work with families involved with child protection agencies.
Domenic Gratta, MSW., RSW, is a Director of Service at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS). He has a BSW degree from Laurentian University and a MSW degree from the University of Windsor. Domenic has been with CCAS since November, 1997, but practicing in child welfare since 1980. During his career, Domenic has held a number of positions with 5 agencies. Domenic has also been very active with many community committees and boards throughout his career.
In his current role, Domenic represents the Society on a number of committees and works in partnership with many community organizations. He is also a member of the Provincial Directors of Service Network Group in association with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS).
A leader in the Canadian public relations industry, Andrea Lekushoff has more than two decades of experience as a communications strategist and trusted advisor for some of the world’s most respected brands. As an agency leader and hands-on advisor to her clients, Andrea has deep experience working across a range of industry sectors and she has counselled clients on all aspects of PR including executive visibility, reputation and thought leadership. A sought-after speaker and presenter for industry and business groups, she is also a regular guest contributor for media. Passionate about entrepreneurship, and the professional advancement of women, Andrea sits on the boards for YPO Toronto, Women of Influence and Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.
Mark Mulroney is a capital markets executive with progressively senior experience in New York, London, and Toronto. Mr. Mulroney is currently serving as Managing Director and Senior Strategic Relationship Manager in Investment Banking with Scotiabank and was appointed to this role in 2018.
From 2012 – 2018, Mr. Mulroney was an executive with National Bank Financial Markets. From 2012 – 2013, he was Co-Head of Equity Trading and in 2013 was promoted to Head of Equity Capital Markets.
Mr. Mulroney began his career in 2001 at The Goldman Sachs Group in New York City. In 2005, Mr. Mulroney moved to Toronto where he worked for RBC Capital Markets. In 2007, Mr. Mulroney was promoted to Head of Equity Trading for RBC and relocated to London (UK). In 2009, he returned to Canada as Co-Head of Equity Agency Trading.
An active community volunteer, Mr. Mulroney currently serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including Boost CYAC and the Luminato Festival.
Mr. Mulroney holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University (2001).
He resides in Toronto with his wife Vanessa and their four children.
Mahesh has over 25 years of experience in service to children and families and in field of child welfare. He has led agency wide initiatives on leadership, organizational performance, and Supervision.
As well as holding progressive positions in a child welfare setting, he has also acted as the Manager for Training and Development and is a clinical panel member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. He is a strong advocate for children and families, invested in diversity, equity and inclusion principles and has worked to form important community partnerships. Mahesh holds a BSW from Lakehead University and a MSW from the University of Toronto
As well as being committed to his profession he is equally committed to his family and enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage boys.
Inspector Domenic Sinopoli
Inspector Domenic Sinopoli is a member of the Toronto Police Service and has proudly served the citizens of Toronto for over 30 years. He is currently in the rank of Inspector and is the Unit Commander of the Sex Crimes Unit.
Inspector Sinopoli’s policing career started 1988 and he has served at various divisions across the city including 13, 14, 23, and 51 Divisions. Inspector Sinopoli has worked in an investigative capacity at all ranks, investigating major crimes against persons or property.
He spent 4 years at the Service’s Professional Standards office where he had carriage of sensitive covert investigations followed by 3 years as the Service prosecutor, handling internal and external prosecutions involving Toronto Police Service officers.
Inspector Sinopoli holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph, a Teaching Effectiveness Certificate and Police Leadership Diploma from Humber College Institute. He has also completed the “Leadership Trilogy” for successfully completing the leadership program offered by FBI LEEDA.
Sybil E. Veenman
Sybil joined Boost CYAC’s Board of Directors in 2016. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of IAMGOLD Corporation, Royal Gold Inc. and of Noront Resources Ltd, publicly listed companies engaged in the mining industry. Prior to becoming a corporate director, Sybil was Senior Vice-President and General Counsel and a member of the executive leadership team at Barrick Gold Corporation, a large international gold mining company. Sybil obtained her law degree from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Director Education Program and obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute.