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Board members:

Enrico Mandarino
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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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Vice Chair

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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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). 

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.

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.

Shakir Rahim
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Shakir Rahim is a criminal defence lawyer at Presser Barristers, with a practice focused on appellate litigation. In addition to his lived experience, his involvement in the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ2+ communities includes serving as Board Vice-Chair of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), and previously on the boards of the Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) and JusticeTrans, a free legal resource. Shakir has also served on advisory groups of the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario. In 2018, he co-led ASAAP’s advocacy campaign to establish the ongoing Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations. He also served on the Working Group that recommended the Review’s form, terms of reference, and Chair.


Shakir has worked more broadly with under-served communities at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme, a legal clinic in the Jane & Finch community, and Fair Change Community Services, which serves persons who are housing insecure. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Toronto and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ashlyn Rodrigues
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Ashlyn was born in India, worked and lived in the US, and then finally chose to settle down in Toronto which he now calls home.  He is an Information Technology professional with twenty years experience in banking, insurance and retail industries. He currently oversees software testing processes to improve efficiency, accuracy, and minimize risk; and, has experience in software development, design and communications.

Ashlyn has a Master of Science (pure and applied Mathematics) from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai) India.

Recognizing the importance of balancing his technical pursuits with a healthy mind and body, Ashlyn recently began managing a downtown yoga studio which offers meditation and hot yoga classes.  Wherever he has lived, Ashlyn has consistently been engaged in the community. Prior to moving to Toronto, he volunteered for a local food bank in North Carolina.

Since moving to Toronto, Ashlyn became involved with several community non-profit initiatives. He has been a crew volunteer twice for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation’s Bike rally. He is actively involved as a volunteer with the 519 Community Centre’s EarlyON child and family centre, and in the past,  he worked with their Sunday drop-in program and Greenspace festivals. Ashlyn also volunteers on the social committee for a large 444-unit condominium complex in downtown Toronto.

At ACT he has volunteered for the fundraiser SNAP and in 2018 he joined the newly formed Quality, Performance and Policy committee of the ACT Board as a community member.

Louis Dimitracopoulos
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Dr. Louis Dimitracopoulos is currently the Vice President of Legal Aid Ontario. LAO is an independent but publicly funded and publicly accountable non-profit corporation. Legal Aid Ontario has a statutory mandate to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals. More specifically Louis is responsible for corporate governance, strategic planning, leading policy development and stakeholder relations. 

Prior to this role Louis was the Executive Director of Health Policy, Alignment and Intergovernmental Affairs with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In this role he led a team that served as the Ministry's principal source of intelligence and strategic advice on Provincial and National health care issues. He worked collaboratively with key partners internationally, across the country and within Ontario where he assisted in the advancement of the Ministry’s health system priorities. 

In addition to his current role at LAO, Dr. Dimitracopoulos is a physician and maintain a clinical practice with a focus on Thyroid disease and metabolic disorders.

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.

Louis's community involvement spans many years and includes providing employment mentorship to youth at 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 formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for ACT. Louis completed both his medical training and a Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Melissa Kennedy
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Melissa is a labour, employment and human resources professional. Presently, as the Senior Director, Labour Relations with the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), Melissa is responsible for oversight of the labour and employment portfolio in Ontario. Prior to joining VON, Melissa was the HR Manager, Clinical Programs, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), responsible for providing sound, expert advice, guidance, and support to senior leadership on progressive human resources management, enabling the transformation of CAMH to a high level of performance excellence through its people. Prior to CAMH, Melissa held the position of Labour Relations and Employment Specialist with McCarthy Tétrault Law Firm, reporting to senior legal counsel, providing labour relations, employment and human resources expertise and direction to clients. Melissa has also held leadership positions in the private sector.

Melissa holds a Masters of Industrial Relations (MIR) from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) majoring in Human Resources Management from the University of Guelph, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).

Melissa began volunteering with the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) in 2014 and was appointed as Co-Chair of CANFAR’s Young Professional Counsel (30 Under 30) in 2015 through 2017. Melissa seeks to encourage conversation to reduce stigma, to ensure that people are aware, educated and supported through programming and community resources and recognizes the importance of supporting the efforts to find a cure. Melissa feels that she has found a voice in her volunteer efforts in the community.

Melissa was elected to the ACT Board in 2019.