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Board members:

Louis Dimitracopoulos
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Chair

Louis Dimitracopoulos is the Director of Health Policy, Alignment and Intergovernmental Affairs with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He is the Ministry's principal source of intelligence and strategic advice on federal/ provincial/ territorial and municipal health care issues. Louis is working collaboratively with key partners internationally, across the country and within Ontario where he assists in the advancement of the Ministry’s health system priorities.

Previously Dr. Dimitracopoulos, through various clinical appointments, represented Ontario on national and international clinical immunization committees on the identification, implementation and management of national immunization programs. Louis has a keen interest in health system interventions - from prevention and promotion to health protection, diagnosis, treatment and care to public sector governance, and healthcare delivery services areas. His community involvement spans many years and includes providing employment mentorship to youth at the Covenant House in downtown Toronto, being a volunteer driver for St. Christopher’s House Meals on Wheels program and being a youth coordinator at the 519 Community Centre.
 
Louis completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and holds a Masters of Public Health for the School of Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Louis is a member of the Finance Committee and the Leadership and Governance Committee and is ACT's current Co-Chair of the Board.

Enrico Mandarino
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Vice Chair

Enrico has over 25 years of experience as a healthcare professional within the hospital, educational and pharmaceutical industries. His breadth of experience in healthcare includes progressive positions in diagnostic and clinical research, sales, marketing, stakeholder relations, patient assistance, education and quality assurance.

Enrico holds an associates degree in Medical Laboratory Science and a postgraduate certificate as a Clinical Research Associate from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences. He is also completing a Bachelor of Health Administration, from Ryerson University. As a Regulated Health Professional, he maintains an active practicing registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario.

Enrico is also a passionate and life-long advocate for health equity, social justice and human rights, with a focus on HIV/AIDS work across Canada. He has been an active volunteer with many community-based, non-profit, provincial and national organizations.

In 1996, Enrico began volunteering with ACT as a Gay Men’s Outreach volunteer, providing safer sex and referral information to the MSM community. From 1997-2005, he proudly served on the Boards of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC), and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS). Enrico also served on the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA) and the Federal Ministerial Council on HIV/AIDS.

Enrico has extensive experience in non-profit governance, human resources, strategic and operational planning, program development, including, implementation, management and evaluation. He has contributed to numerous HIV public policy and clinical research initiatives and co-authored several published HIV clinical and public policy papers.

Mostly recently, Enrico was appointed to the Community Advisory Committee and the Scientific Review Committee of the CIHR Canadian Trials Network. Enrico maintains current comprehensive knowledge on HIV prevention and at-risk populations, co-infections and concurrent diseases, clinical management science and vaccines and immunotherapies.

Enrico is passionate about engaging diverse stakeholders across all sectors; especially people living with HIV/AIDS in basic and clinical science research and integrated knowledge translation, in order to ensure strategic directions on emerging issues related to HIV/AIDS are impact driven.

Enrico was elected to the Board in 2014 and is currently a member of the Leadership and Governance Committee.

David Deslauriers
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Treasurer

After a 30-year career in investment banking in Toronto and New York, David now lives in Toronto with his husband, Nicolas Diaz, and is focused on pursuits in volunteering, consulting and mentoring. The majority of David’s career was spent leading the Government Finance Group within TD Securities.

As a seasoned financial executive, David brings considerable expertise in client relationship management, finance and risk management, and as a trusted advisor on strategic and governance matters. David has been a longstanding supporter of ACT as a patron, community volunteer and past board member (2009-2012).  

David is currently the board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Pension Committees as well as a member of the newly formed Programs and Quality Assurance committee.

Glen Johnson
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Secretary

Glen Jonson is a partner with Torys LLP, an international business law firm, based in the Toronto office.  His practice includes securities regulation and corporate finance matters. He has been involved in a wide range of public equity and debt offerings, private placements and M&A transactions.  He also advises Canadian issuers and securities industry participants on various regulatory compliance matters, including governance and disclosure issues and regulation of market participants in Canada. 

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Law School, teaching the upper year securities regulation course.  Glen is also a board member of Volcano Theatre, a Toronto-based independent theatre company.  He lives in Toronto with his partner and his two sons.

Glen is currently the Chair of the Leadership & Governance Committee.

Brendan Curran
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Since 2009, Brendan has worked at the Hassle Free Clinic as a Sexual Health Counsellor and has a regular testing shifts throughout the downtown core. In his full-time role as Community Relations and Special Projects Coordinator at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, he develops communications materials that support the school’s academic plan and community engagement initiatives. Previously, he worked at the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) where he oversaw the grant application process and helped support a range of fundraising initiatives. 

While pursuing his Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Brendan conducted research on the representation of HIV and AIDS in North American film and television. Brendan enjoys volunteering as a Community Mentor with the Supporting our Youth (SOY) program. He has previously volunteered with a variety of ACT’s programs and special events, such as Fashion Cares and Positive Youth Outreach (PYO). 

Kim Bellissimo
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As Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Kim Bellissimo is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function, encompassing talent development and succession, organization effectiveness and development, health and safety, labour relations and volunteer resources. She is also responsible for Enterprise Risk and Emergency Preparedness at CAMH.

Kim brings a wealth of experience in leadership development, change management and the creation of innovative Human Resources programs and services.  She has successfully led transformational projects with broad organizational impact. Her major accomplishments include developing the OPS Talent Management Program, creating a Tobacco Free campus at CAMH and leading the implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Kim believes in a proactive and strategic approach to Human Resources and has a great track record of building high performing teams.

Sean Hillier
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Sean is a queer Indigenous scholar from Ryerson University and member of the Qalipu Mi'Kmiq First Nations Band. He is currently completing his PhD in Policy Studies at Ryerson. Sean's research focuses on First Nations health policy and he is currently researching the impact of policy on health care delivery in remote First Nations communities for people living with HIV and AIDS. He also holds a Masters and BA from York University

He is currently active in several not-for-profit organizations within the Greater Toronto Area that have a local, national and international reach. An advocate for human rights and equality, Sean aims to bring greater information to the general public regarding both First Nations people and LGBTQ issues. He is the former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto and WorldPride 2014 Toronto. He was the Vice-President Governance of Fierté Canada Pride, Canada's national LGBTQ Pride Organization, in addition to sitting on the board of Our Place Community of Hope, a mental health drop-in center in mid-town Toronto. 

James Ip
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James is a public affairs professional with a strong track record in developing and implementing strategies to enhance an organization's brand and reputation.

Currently at the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, he leads communications initiatives for key ministry operations, providing strategic communications advice and issues analysis. His government experience also includes working as a senior political advisor to three cabinet ministers and in the Office of the Premier of Ontario. He worked for a public affairs firm consulting for a variety of private and public sector clients before starting his own business specializing in providing communications solutions to non-profit organizations.

Motivated to strengthen communities and improve lives through the non-profit sector, James worked as a public relations professional for United Way Toronto, and volunteered for the Community One Foundation, Supporting Our Youth’s mentoring program, AIDS Walk and helped newcomers practice their English skills at WoodGreen Community Centre.  James is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program.

A long-time supporter of ACT, James has volunteered for the agency over the years and has also benefited from its programs as a client. James was elected to the ACT Board in 2014 and is currently a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Dr. Aarti Kapoor
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Dr. Aarti Kapoor is a family doctor with a special interest in adolescent health. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. After completing her medical degree at the University of Ottawa and her family medicine residency training at the University of Toronto, she worked exclusively at Planned Parenthood Toronto, a youth focused community health center, and a west end Toronto Public Health Clinic. It was in these settings that she became certified by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to perform point of care HIV testing and has become an advocate for providing youth and young adults with accurate/accessible knowledge to help take control of their lives and bodies.

Dr, Kapoor is also courtesy staff at the Toronto Western Hospital, supervising residents and medical students and lectures at the Nurse Practitioner Master’s Program at Ryerson University. Most recently Aarti joined Magenta Health Family Health Organization in Riverdale.

Aarti was elected to the Board in 2014 and is currently a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Elliot Linwood
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As a long-term survivor living with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic, Elliott has devoted his professional life to community service and activism as a graduate instructor and attorney. He holds dual Bachelor degrees in sociocultural anthropology and philosophy from New York University and dual Masters degrees in education and interdisciplinary arts from San Francisco State University. He earned his Juris Doctoral degree from New College School of Law in San Francisco through a state-funded HIV Empowerment Grant. He has lectured in the field of medical sociology and authored law journal articles about patenting human genetic information under the World Trade Organization.

Elliott has also mentored intake and service access volunteers at the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA), and has been a volunteer at Employment ACTion at ACT in Toronto since 2010.

Penny Mirams
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Penny began her professional career working with The Centre for Career Management, Price Waterhouse-Coopers, providing out-placement consulting services to executives in career transition. She then made a significant transition, herself, into the field of executive search.

For the past ten years, Penny has been a Partner in the Health Care Practice of Odgers Berndtson Canada. Odgers Berndtson is the largest executive search firm in Canada and a global leader with 52 offices in 30 countries. The firm specializes in recruiting and assessing senior executives and board members in the public, private, and not for profit sectors across Canada and internationally. Penny’s practice has focused on recruiting senior operational leaders and board members for clients in social service agencies, foundations, community, and member organizations, as well as institutional and community health care and government agencies.

Through Penny’s experience, she has developed a significant network across health care and the broader public sector. Her professional work has given her many opportunities to hone her skills in organizational governance and human capital development. Her other voluntary activities have included active participation as a fundraiser on a capital campaign for Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and acting as a board member for a large 150-unit condominium complex.

Penny and her husband Greg are avid animal lovers and live in Mississauga with their two dogs and two cats. They are constantly fighting the temptation to add to their brood. In their spare time, Penny and Greg love to travel, explore, renovate their home and spend time with family and friends.

Penny was elected to the Board in 2014 and is ACT's current Co-Chair of the Board and a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Armen Shahnazarian
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Armen Shahnazarian holds a Bachelor of Education, and a collaborative Master’s of Education degree in Sociology and Equity Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto. Over the past two years, Armen has been developing a keen personal and research interest on how visual, theatrical, and musical artists have responded, and continue to respond, to the HIV & AIDS crisis. And how artistic expression has been, and is being, used to navigate the intersections of historicity, trauma, loss, and resilience. As a result of this interest, with great enthusiasm, Armen experienced some incredible exhibitions, including: Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting and SILENCE=DEATH Collective’s Facade Installation at the Leslie-Lohman Museum; Gay Gotham and AIDS at Home at the Museum of the City of New York; Visual AIDS’s VOICE = SURVIVAL at the 8th Floor Gallery, and Screaming in the StreetsAIDSArtActivism at ClampArt Gallery.

For the past seven years, Armen has worked at the Toronto District School Board as an educator, researcher, and a consultant. One of the highlights of Armen’s career, thus far, has been his successful proposal and launch of a collaborative day-treatment program for LGBTQ2SI youth who are in need of active and ongoing support with mental health and/or substance use. In addition to his classroom teaching duties, Armen is also the Assistant Curriculum Leader of English, Social and World Studies and the Humanities at Toronto District Secondary School (Section Programs).

In addition to his professional duties, this past year, Armen served on the Toronto AIDS Candlelight Vigil Committee, and he published two research papers: one on Critically Conscious Learning and the other on Queer(y)ing Culture Through Professional Learning Communities. During his off time, Armen collaborates with NGOs in Armenia and the Caucuses to advocate against HIV & AIDS stigma and to raise awareness of innovative treatment strategies, or he is attempting to refine his gymnastics skills, a sport he has been a part of as an athlete, coach, and judge over the past  twenty-four years.

Armen was elected to the Board in 2016, and sits on the newly formed Quality, Performance and Policy Committee.