Board of Directors
Sarah Ramsook – Chair
Sarah Ramsook is a strategic operations professional in the field of data and analytics. With a passion for equitable access to care her community involvement ranges across the health sector, nonprofit organizations, and multi-service agencies. Sarah holds a Masters in Business Administration M.B.A. from The University of Toronto and a Masters of Science MSc from York University.
Linden King – Past Chair
Linden King is an information technology professional and is a graduate of Ryerson University in Telecommunications Management. Linden has made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of our community distinguishing himself through a multitude of leadership roles. He is The Chair of Mayor Crombie’s Black Caucus City’s anti-Black racism strategy, The Chair for the United Way Greater Toronto Black Community Advisory Council, Co-Chair for The Peel Region Police Black Community Advisory Group, the past Chair for The Liberty Silver Foundation, past Vice Chair for The Congress of Black Women Mississauga Chapter Non-Profit Housing Inc. and was The Community and Stakeholder Liaison for The Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Linden also serves as a Board of Directors for the Mississauga Arts Council and the Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin.
Mary Ellen Bench – Vice Chair
Mary Ellen retired after a 30 year career in public service, the last 18 years of which were as City Solicitor at the City of Mississauga. Mary Ellen is currently Counsel at Dentons and is a Senior Advisor at StrategyCorp. Mary Ellen is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Municipal Law, local government / land use planning and development law. She has received many professional awards over the years including the Ontario Bar Association, Award of Excellence in Municipal Law, 2019; Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Professional Contribution Award, 2019; Osgoode Hall Alumni Gold Key Award, 2016; Tom Marshall Award, Ontario Bar Association, 2015; and the Bruce Noble Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), 2012.
Mary Ellen has a BA in political science from York University and attended Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1986, and is recognized by the Law Society of Ontario as a certified specialist in Municipal Law, Local Government/ Land Use Planning and Development and is also designated as a certified inhouse counsel (CIC.C) by the CCCA and Rotman School of Business. She participates as a speaker in many forums, as an executive-in-residence at the Rotman CIC.C program, and has been honoured with awards from many of these associations.
Feihong Nan – Secretary
Feihong Nan oversees the Divisional Research, Analysis, and Assessment team at University of Toronto Mississauga, providing comprehensive, timely and user-friendly information to support data-informed planning, decision-making and continuous improvement at all levels of the university.
Feihong believes in the transformative nature of data analytics to catalyze cross-disciplinary collaboration and communication. She has been a staff member with the University of Toronto since 2016. Her current position has a dual reporting to both the Director, Academic Planning, Policy and Research in the Office of the Dean and Director of Strategy in the Office of the Vice-President and Principal. This position plays a pivotal role in the management of Institutional and Divisional data and analysis at UTM with an expanded scope to support the broader campus need for data warehouse, cubes and information – to continue actively connecting data elements across various portfolios. Feihong also carries over six years of experience working as a Data Science & Business Intelligence professional at City of Mississauga and Safe City Mississauga, where she led the collection, analysis, reporting, management and strategic use of data that informed the actions of cross-functional units to support corporate business planning.
In addition to her work at the university, Feihong is very active in community engagement and she serves as a member of the Data Collaborative Committee organized by Safe City Mississauga and Peel Regional Police to develop community data analysis strategies that explore the new insights and inspirations towards future crime prevention solutions. In her spare time, Feihong is a big fan of Classical Chinese music and was invited as board director for Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. She also founded the Canadian division of Yuan Yin Group and has been leading over 200 youth performers and volunteers on an annual basis in an effort to accelerate the impact of diverse cultural heritage, including raising $100,000 to support SickKids and the community.
Sneha Menon – Treasurer
Sneha Menon is currently completing her BBA with a concentration in Finance at the Goodman School of Business-Brock University while jointly working for the Co-op, Career, and Experiential Education department at Brock University. She started volunteering with Safe City Mississauga for her community service hours and quickly developed a strong passion for the organization. Since then, she has experience working and volunteering in a variety of different industries including Education, Healthcare, Animal Care and Management, and Customer Service. Sneha is passionate about youth advocacy as well as community safety and well-being through innovation and creativity.
Joseph Chaung – Director
Mr. Joseph Chaung is the Founder and President of C4P Inc. He created this company for Product Design and Project Development, Sales and Marketing of new innovative products especially, products of Green and Alternative Energy.
Joseph graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor Honour Degree of Social Science. Joseph has more than 30 years experiences in the product design and development industries in the North American, Asian markets and European countries. He successfully developed many new products around the world with many inventors and designers. Joseph is recipient of the Canada Senate 150th Anniversary Medals.
He is also a Director of the Product Innovation Technician Advisory Committee, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Humber College. Being Founder and Immediate Past President of the Oakville Chinese Business Association and Director of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Joseph continues to build the best network for our Canadian Business Entrepreneurs to Hong Kong and other countries across the world.
Joseph was the Co-Chair of the Community Crime Awareness Day Event for years and is also a Board Member of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association. He is now also a committee member of the Peel Region Police Chief’s Advisory Committee in Canada. Joseph is also an active Director of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and Chair of HKCBA Annual Gala Event.
Lilian Kwok – Director
Lilian is the Director, Business Development and Human Resources for Nations Fresh Foods – a new brand of the Oceans Fresh Food Market in Ontario, Canada.
Lilian has been the President of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association (MCBA) for two terms (2012-2014) & (2014-2016) as well she is the President of the Hamilton Chinese Business Association.
She has over 25 years of experience in the human resources field, specializes in providing high impact training, coaching and performance enhancement services to organizations, individuals and professional delegations.
Besides business development, she has been actively involved in community service for over 15 years and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award in 2013 in recognition of her contribution to the community. In March 2016, Lilian was awarded the Leading Women’s Award by the Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.
In addition, Lilian sits on a number of boards and committees, including the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) of the City of Mississauga and the Global Hamilton Council of the City of Hamilton.
Lilian holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), an internationally recognized designation in the human resources field.
Cynthia Ulba – Director
Cynthia Ulba is a retired senior communications professional with more than 30 years of expertise in all aspects of corporate communications. She has managed external communications, issues management and public relations in both public and private sector organizations.
Most recently, Cynthia was a Senior Communications Advisor for the City of Mississauga. Prior to that she had advisory roles at the (Ontario) Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Peel Children’s Aid, Region of Peel (as Public Affairs Manager), OEB International Public Relations, Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association, George Brown College and Harbourfront Centre.
Cynthia has also dedicated time throughout her career to encourage and mentor future professionals and leaders. She believes strongly in sharing her knowledge and expertise, and in giving back to the profession and community.
Cynthia has a (Hons) BFA (Theatre) from York University, and acted as a judge for various awards programs for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). She has been recognized for her work with awards from the Government of Ontario, IABC and CPRS.
Councillor Martin Reid – Director
Martin Reid was elected to Council in the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel on October 24, 2022. A lifelong resident of Meadowvale, Martin has a history of community involvement in Ward 9.
In 1977, Martin’s parents moved to Meadowvale to raise their family. Growing up in the area, he attended local public schools; Settler’s Green Public School, Edenwood Middle School and Meadowvale Secondary School. Martin graduated from Waterloo University with a degree in Social Work and later received his Masters of Divinity in Marriage and Family Counselling from Tyndale University.
Martin worked for the Toronto Salvation Army as a Frontline Worker and later became the Housing Coordinator for The Dam in Meadowvale before beginning his Wellness business. Social Services and community building has always been Martin’s focus, especially in the Ward 9 community where he lives and works.
In 2020, Martin was selected as one of the twelve members of Mayor Crombie’s Black Caucus. Over the past two years, The Black Caucus has been advising the City of Mississauga on diminishing systemic barriers to promote greater well-being within Black communities and throughout the city. During this time, Martin recognized the importance of representation to make the changes needed to better the community.
Simon Shek – Director
Simon is a Risk Management professional with management roles in both public and private sectors including Royal Bank of Canada, AMEC Engineering and Consulting and The Corporation of The City of Mississauga and understands the increasing role of risk management especially in non-profit organizations. When not reviewing corporate risk plans he enjoys understanding and listening to concerns around public safety and how that can help grow and maintain robust communities.
Simon holds a Bachelors of Commerce (B.Comm) and the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation.
Brett McDermott – Director
Having been a speechwriter for the Prime Minister of Canada and having worked in communications in the Office of the Premier of Ontario, Mr. McDermott now works in government and stakeholder relations for the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT).
Throughout his career, he has elevated the brands of governments, associations and businesses with audiences ranging from decision-makers in government to citizens and consumers.
At MBOT, he regularly collaborates with policy-makers and stakeholders on issues confronting industry ranging from labour and education to taxes and regulation. Prior to working with MBOT, he helped clients seek regulatory and legislative change by elevating awareness of important public policy issues with decision-makers in government. Mr.
McDermott also worked for Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada, where he defended the financial services industry during the 2008-09 financial market crisis and its aftermath. While employed by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, he helped engineers advocate for policy and regulatory change in the Ontario government.
Mr. McDermott holds a Master of Arts in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Brad Butt – Director
Brad Butt is the Vice-President, Government & Stakeholder Relations for the Mississauga Board of Trade. Prior to this Brad served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville from May 2011 – October 2015 and as President of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association for twelve years.
Brad has always been a very active volunteer in the community currently serving as a Director of the Mississauga-Meadowvale Rotary Club, Second Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Legion Streetsville Branch, Vice-Chair of Heart House Hospice, a member of the Mississauga Traffic Safety Council, Board Member of Tourism Mississauga and Safe City Mississauga.
Brad has two daughters Sarah and Megan and lives in the Village of Streetsville in the City of Mississauga.
Anjana Bandara – Director
Anjana is a Senior Counsel at TD Bank Group with the Canadian Disputes and Investigations team. Anjana’s career as a lawyer began in Sri Lanka where she worked as an in-house counsel for a major commercial bank. She was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2011 and worked in private practice with a focus on corporate law, estates and mortgage enforcement for over 10 years before joining TD Bank. Anjana holds a LLB from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a LLM in Financial Law from Osgoode, York University. She serves as a director on the board of Peel Learning Foundation, a charity that works with students in Peel District.
Josh Colley – Superintendent, Officer-in-Charge, 11 Division, Peel Regional Police