Luz Del Rosario – President
Luz is a Consultant, Compensation, Benefits and Pension with Diversicare Canada Management Company, Inc., a management company that manages long-term care and retirement facilities. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, major in Management from the Philippines. A few years upon arriving in Canada, she completed Human Resources Management at University of Guelph and received her Certified Human Resources Professional designation in 1996. Luz was involved as the Director of Heritage Mississauga, President of the Catholic Women’s League, Chair of the Carassauga Festival and President of Culture Philippines of Ontario. She was also the recipient of Mississauga’s Citizen of the Year Award for 2006.
Larry Petovello – Past President
As President of Petovello Consulting Inc., Larry works with clients to improve their business and economic development objectives. Prior to starting his own firm, Larry was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Mississauga. He was with the City for twenty-three years in the areas of economic development and corporate management. Previously, Larry was with the Government of Ontario in senior policy and program roles in the fields of community renewal and economic development.
Linden King – Vice President
Linden is an information technology professional who is currently employed as an Associate Director of Operations at Bell Canada. Linden has been appointed by the Ontario Government as a member of the Halton-Peel Grant Review Team for The Ontario Trillium Foundation. He also, has an appreciation for providing help and support to strategic initiatives that address the factors contributing to crime and violence. In addition, Linden donates his time and effort by mentoring and encouraging youth to remain active in their community.
Ron Nisbet – Treasurer
Ron is a Chartered Accountant with over four decades of experience. A former partner at Grant Thornton LLP, Ron’s expertise lies in audit and accounting for small and medium-sized enterprises in a variety of industries. Ron has been an active volunteer with the Rotary Club of Streetsville since 1978, serving as President in 1986 and Assistant District Governor in 2010-11. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Peel Cheshire Homes, a group home for the physically disabled that he has been involved with since 1991. Ron has held leadership positions with the Living Arts Centre since being elected onto the Board in 2005 including Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee and Chairman of the Arts and Entertainment Committee.
Louroz Mercader – Secretary
Louroz M. Mercader is the President and Founder of the Mississauga Youth Games (MY Games), a grassroots non-profit that has provided free sporting and artistic programs to 1500 young people across the city of Mississauga. As a passionate advocate for youth issues he has played a leading role over the last 12 years in the development of numerous youth engagement programs. He provides strategic media and government relations support to a host of organizations through Louroz Solutions.
David Maylor – Director
David Maylor is the Crown Attorney at the Peel Crown Attorney’s Office. He is in charge of an office of more than 60 Assistant Crown Attorneys and 32 Legal Administrative staff. He has been a member of the Crown’s Office since 1994. Prior to taking on a management role, his professional experience involved prosecuting a wide spectrum of major criminal offences. A significant part of his work has focused on gun and gang offences both from a prosecutorial and prevention perspective. He was involved in organizing a number of conferences attended by various members of the criminal justice system in order to educate on ways to prevent gun and gang crimes.
Dr. Dax Urbszat – Director
Dr. Dax Urbszat began his post-secondary education by attaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Psychology and a Major in Crime and Deviance. This undergraduate training led to a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School followed by a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Dr. Urbszat’s research interests are in the areas of Personality, Social, and Forensic Psychology and he is also published in the area of Abnormal Psychology.
Dr. Urbszat is currently an Associate Professor – Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto at Mississauga in the Department of Psychology and is cross-appointed to the Forensic Science Program. One of Dr. Urbszat’s main jobs is teaching the huge Introduction to Psychology course at the Mississauga campus. Other courses taught include Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology and Law, Forensic Psychology, and a fourth year seminar course Special Topics in Social Psychology. Dax believes strongly in providing an interactive learning environment and is known to make deliberate efforts to facilitate students’ learning experience. As evidence, Dax was nominated to the Top 20 in the TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition for three consecutive years. Dax was also awarded the University of Toronto Teaching Award of Excellence in 2009 and the University of Toronto Student Union Award of Excellence for Teaching in 2008.
John Kovac – Ward 4 Councillor Appointee
Born and raised in Mississauga, Councillor John Kovac grew up in the ‘Rathwood’ district which stretches through Wards 3 and 4. He attended both Sts. Martha and Mary Catholic School and Philip Pocock Secondary School in his early years before completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in History and English Literature, from the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College. Having always shown a passion for his community and for volunteerism, John has been active in politics/campaigning as well as with local church groups since his childhood. Professionally, he has worked for a local-area Member of Parliament and has also served as political aide to a Member of Provincial Parliament/Cabinet Minister, being employed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. A continued strong advocate for social justice and for workers’ rights, John has also spent time with a trade union, in the capacity of outreach representative, communicating with skilled tradesmen/labourers within the Province. Elected to City and Regional Council in a by-election in April 2015, Councillor John Kovac remains focused on the day-to-day tasks of helping run a city and Region and remains completely devoted to serving the needs of his Ward 4 constituents.
Matt Mahoney – Ward 8 Councillor, City of Mississauga
Councillor Matt Mahoney was born and raised in Mississauga and has been a resident of Ward 8 for over 40 years. As a lifelong resident and living in a family with a tradition of community service, Councillor Mahoney understands the level of commitment and hard work that is necessary to effectively represent the interests of our increasingly diverse community. For over 20 years Councillor Mahoney has been working in the private sector. For 10 of those years, he was a Director of Municipal Sales. Matt became a National Sales Director for a company specializing in manufacturing products for the airlines industry across the world. Matt is a strong communicator and advocate for the residents, families and business on issues and matters of important within Ward 8 and the City of Mississauga.
Robert Ryan – Superintendent, Officer-in-Charge, 12 Division, Peel Regional Police
Robert is the Superintendent-in-Charge of 12 Division, located at 4600 Dixie Road, Mississauga. He has over 28 years of policing experience with over five years as a senior officer working in areas, such as: the Duty Inspector’s Office, Executive and Staff Officer to the Chief of Police, Officer-in-Charge of Corporate Communications and the Officer in Charge of Uniform Bureau 11 Division.
Mark Giles – Manager of Communications & Marketing, Transport Canada
Currently on leave from his position as manager of safety and security with the Communications and Marketing Group at Transport Canada, Mark is assigned to the Army’s Influence Activities Task Force as a senior planner developing the military’s psychological operations and civil affairs capabilities. Previously with Atomic Energy Canada, the Privy Council Office, Public Safety Canada, and the Canadian Forces Military Police and National Investigation Service, he has also served as chief of communications at Interpol in France, as a police officer with the Calgary Police Service, and with Alberta Solicitor General’s correctional services and law enforcement divisions.