New Board of Directors to Shape OECM’s Transformation and Growth
OECM established its first “competency-based board” at the AGM on November 29, 2016. This is a critical first step in supporting OECM’s Vision 2020 business transformation journey. The new Board will focus on the big picture – the vision of the value that OECM can create and deliver through robust strategy, planning and performance to guide and support OECM through its transformation.
The Board plays a key role in governance, policy formulation, and decision-making activities that help OECM achieve its strategic objectives:
- approving policies that ensure the effective operation of OECM
- decision-making that advances the goals of the organization
- providing oversight and monitoring of organizational processes and outcomes
Find out more about the responsibilities of the Board of Directors.
OECM is governed by a Board of twelve (12) Directors comprising eight (8) independents and 4 directors with education and public sector experience. See the definitions below:
Board and Committee Members
Chair, Board of Directors
Arnold Strub was originally appointed to the OECM Board of Directors in 2011, and previously served as Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. He was reappointed on November 29, 2016 and elected as Chair of the Board. He also serves as ex-officio on all committees of the Board.
In addition to his membership on the OECM Board, Arnold continues to serve on the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director, and at the Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Appeals Tribunal, as a part-time member.
Through Arnold’s previous family business, “Strub’s Pickles,” he developed expertise in consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketing. Today, however, Arnold primarily focuses on membership organizations, value creation and management best practices.
Arnold earned a BA in economics and commerce from the University of Toronto, an MBA in marketing from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, and a C.Dir., ACC from the The Directors College, McMaster University/Conference Board of Canada.
Farzad Alvi was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Farzad is currently a visiting scholar at the Schulich School of Business (York University), where he is researching international entrepreneurship. From 2010 until 2016, he was a professor of Competitive Strategy and Global Strategy at EGADE Business School, Mexico City (Tecnologico de Monterrey), one of the leading business schools in Latin America.
Prior to his work in academia, Mr. Alvi worked for over a decade in corporate finance and investment banking with Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO Bank, based in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Amsterdam.
He is presently a Board member of Mezcal Amores (Mexico) – the leading artisanal mezcal producer in Mexico, on the Advisory Board of Journalists for Human Rights (Canada), and Senior Advisor to DevEquity LLC (USA) – a social impact fund investing in low-income countries.
Farzad has been awarded degrees from the University of Chicago (A.B.), University of Toronto (M.B.A.), Indiana University (J.D.), University of Cambridge (Ph.D.), and the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotman School of Management (ICD.D).
Eitan Dehtiar was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as member of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Eitan brings 25 years of experience in banking, finance, logistics, and business development, across Canada and internationally. Currently, he works as a Strategic Development Consultant and Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
A seasoned senior financial executive, Eitan previously served as Interim Director of Finance and Administration at CPA Ontario, through the unification of Ontario’s accounting bodies. He also served as CFO at SkyLink Aviation, an international defense contractor, through its recapitalization, and as CFO and Vice President, Finance and Strategic Planning at Braden-Burry Expediting Ltd., northern Canada’s largest logistics company. Eitan serves on various community, industry and government boards, as well as tribunals.
Eitan is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds CPA and CMA designations.
Rani K. Dhaliwal
Rani K. Dhaliwal was originally appointed to the OECM Board from May, 2008 to July, 2010. She was reappointed on November 29, 2016, and serves as a member of the Customer Council Committee.
With experience in public, private and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors, Rani has wide-ranging knowledge of best practices that contributes to improving student success at Humber, the Ontario postsecondary education system, and building capacity of communities by volunteering on NFP boards.
Rani holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from York University, CMA and FCMA Designations from the Chartered Management Accountants of Ontario, a Chartered Director designation from McMaster University, The Director's College, and the FCPA Designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.
John T. Dinner
John T. Dinner was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as a member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
John is the President of John T. Dinner Board Governance Services – helping clients across Canada achieve their organizational objectives through excellence in board governance. Prior to establishing his consulting firm in 2003, John provided corporate governance, public affairs and corporate communications leadership at a leading Canadian financial institution.
John was a founding faculty member of The Directors College, a McMaster University and Conference Board of Canada professional initiative. He is also a contributor to the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance (sponsored by the Toronto Stock Exchange and Institute of Chartered Accountants), a widely published author and media spokesperson on board topics.
John holds a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University.
Debbie Fischer was originally appointed to the OECM Board of Directors in 2013, and was previously Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. She was reappointed on November 29, 2016, and serves as the Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Debbie is currently an Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management, Health Care Strategy Centre, and an Executive Associate with KPMG‘s Advisory Services. Previously, she held senior management positions in the health care sector, government, and with international professional services firms. Debbie has served on several boards dealing with supply chain. She was on the project steering committee that led to the creation of Plexxus, a back office shared service for Toronto hospitals, and was later a board director and Board chair. Debbie is also a member of the Health Care Advisory Board of GS1 Canada, an organization dedicated to enhance supply chain efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness.
Debbie serves on several other boards with a focus on health care, insurance and research and innovation. She holds BSc., MHA, CHRL and ICD.d designations.
Kevin Kobus was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as Chair of the Customer Council Committee.
Kevin is currently an Associate with Promeus Executive Search. Previously, Kevin served as a superintendent of employee relations, superintendent of schools, senior policy advisor to the Education Improvement Commission, Director of Education of the
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Assistant Deputy Minister of Business and Finance with the Ontario Ministry of Education, Director of Education of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Executive Director of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association.
Kevin is widely acknowledged for his expertise in areas of collective bargaining, educational finance and governance. He has also served on numerous boards of not-for-profit (NFP) corporations, including the Catholic School Boards’ Services Association (CSBSA), the Ontario School Boards Finance Corporation (OSBFC), and the Ontario Education Services Corporation (OESC).
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Maths, Physics, Economics from the University of Windsor and a M.Ed., Educational Administration from the University of Toronto - OISE.
Kathy Pozihun was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as member of the Customer Council Committee.
Kathy is currently Vice President, Administration and Finance at Lakehead University.
Kathy’s professional career began at Thunder Bay's Hogarth-Westmount Hospital, after which time she served as Director of Finance, Systems, and Property at Community Living Thunder Bay. She then joined Lakehead District School Board as Manager of Finance, became the Board’s Senior Business Official, and then Superintendent of Business and Treasurer of the Board.
In 2012, Kathy was appointed Vice-President (Administration & Finance) at her alma mater, Lakehead University. As the University’s Chief Financial Officer, Kathy aspires to ensure that Lakehead remains financially sustainable and poised for growth through the leadership of the administrative units, including Human Resources, Finance Services, Information Technology (IT), Physical Plant, Human Rights and Equity, Risk Management, Security Services, and Ancillary Operations.
Kathy is a graduate of the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Ontario Supervisory Officer Executive Program, and the Senior University Administrators Course, through the Centre of Higher Education Research and Development, University of Manitoba. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting Major), and is a Certified General Accountant.
Anne-Marie Renaud was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors in November, 2016, and serves as member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Ms. Renaud recently retired after 31 years of service with PepsiCo Foods Canada. While there, she held various positions, including Vice-President of Supply Chain, Vice-President of Operations for north-east United States – for Frito-Lay US, and a range of positions in Manufacturing, Distribution and Customer Services. In her latter role with PepsiCo Canada, her responsibilities included Procurement Services, Manufacturing, Distribution, Customer Services and Fleet.
Anne-Marie has been actively involved with United Way of Peel, where she served as a member of the Campaign Cabinet from 2011 to 2013, and on the New Business Development Team – from 2013 to 2015. She has upheld a commitment to the One Walk for Cancer in Toronto, since 2011, and was Honorary Chair in 2015. Additionally, she serves on private advisory boards in the food and retail sectors.
Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor Degree in Food Science from Université Laval, and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
Andrew Szende was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as member of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Andrew recently retired, after 17 years as the founding president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Electronic Child Health Network (eCHN), Canada's first province-wide integrated electronic health record system.
He is a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. In addition, Andrew is Chair of the Board of Directors of Health Claims for Auto Insurance Processing. He previously served on various other not-for-profit (NFP) boards.
Andrew has executive experience in the provincial and federal governments. During his time in the Ontario public sector, Andrew served as Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, Senior Agent in Hong Kong, and Executive Coordinator of Federal-Provincial Relations. In the federal government, he served as Director of Operations (Communications) in the Privy Council Office.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and the National University of Singapore.
David E. Yundt
David Yundt was appointed to the OECM Board of Directors on November 29, 2016, and serves as member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Since 2006, David has been President and CEO of Plexxus, a leading shared services organization in Canadian healthcare, which provides logistics, procurement and information technology services to hospitals.
During his career, David developed and implemented innovative business solutions in a diverse set of industries, comprising shared services, health care, consumer products, third party logistics, distribution and pharmaceuticals. David currently sits on several boards, and is Chair of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE).
David is a graduate of Industrial Engineering, from the University of Toronto and the Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program.
OECM’s President and CEO acts as the Secretary of the Board and the Director, Finance and Corporate Services acts as the Treasurer.
OECM’s new Board of Directors will:
- Contribute to OECM’s renewed governance model
- Use their expertise and experience to drive the transformation of the core business - collaborative sourcing and customer and supplier relationship management
- Demonstrate their stewardship and champion OECM - an innovative organization with a compelling growth and success story