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Board members:

Louis Dimitracopolous
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Chair

Louis is the Director of Health Policy, Alignment and Intergovernmental Affairs with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where he is the Ministry's principal source of intelligence and strategic advice on federal / provincial / territorial and municipal health care issues. 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.

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 is a member of the Finance Committee and the Leadership and Governance Committee and is ACT's current 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 a degree in Medical Laboratory Science and a postgraduate certificate as a Clinical Research Associate.

He is also a passionate and life-long advocate for health equity, social justice and human rights, with a focus on HIV and AIDS work across Canada. He has been an active volunteer with many community-based, non-profit, provincial and national organizations. Enrico began volunteering with ACT in 1996. From 1997-2005, he served on the Boards of 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 was most recently elected to the Board in 2014 and is currently a member of the Leadership and Governance Committee.

David Deslauriers
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Treasurer

David recently retired from a long career in investment banking in Toronto and New York, returning to Toronto in 2015 along with his partner. David is now focused on transitioning his professional life to personal 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’s 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 was most recently elected to the Board in 2016, and currently chairs the Finance 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 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 was elected to the Board in 2016, and currently chairs the Leadership and 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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Kim is Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, at CAMH. She 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. 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 brings a wealth of experience in leadership development, change management and the creation of innovative HR programs and services. She was first elected to the Board in 2017.

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, currently at the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. His government experience also includes working as a senior political advisor to three cabinet ministers and in the Office of the Premier of Ontario. Prior, James 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.

He has worked as a public relations professional for United Way Toronto, and volunteered for the Community One Foundation, and Supporting Our Youth’s mentoring program. 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 service user. James was elected to the ACT Board in 2014 and is currently the chair 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. Since completing her medical degree at the University of Ottawa and her family medicine residency training at the University of Toronto, she worked at Planned Parenthood Toronto and a west end Toronto public health clinic. It was in these settings that she became certified 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 recently received a grant from the College of Family Physicians to develop an adolescent health toolkit for family medicine residents and lectures at the Nurse Practitioners 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.

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 condominium complex. Penny and her husband Greg are avid animal lovers and live in Mississauga with their two dogs and two cats. Penny was elected to the Board in 2014 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board, as well as Chair of the Fund Development Committee.

Armen Shahnazarian
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Armen holds a collaborative Master of Education degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto. He also works as an educator with the Toronto District School Board and will be starting a new specialized program for students who identify as LGBTQ2S in Scarborough.

Over the summer, Armen worked with NGOs in Armenia raising awareness of current HIV and AIDS related medical trends. He ran educational workshops on how HIV is transmitted and helped reduce the stigma faced by those who identify as HIV-positive.

Armen was elected to the Board in 2016 and sits on the Finance Committee.