2021 BIA4Willowdale Board of Director Nominees
Albert Ho Business Name : RBC Royal Bank Nominee Bio : Immigrated with my parents back in 1989, been in Canada for over 30 years. Graduate with U of T with Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2000. Starting working in the Banking industry since 2001, have experience in both personal and business side. Volunteering the in the local charity, such as meals on wheel, North York harvest food bank, Junior achievement, Princess Margaret ride to conquer cancer to name a few. Also, host many advice event for newcomer, medical professionals. In my view BIA should be conducting the following tasks. ● providing support for immediate revenue generation for businesses or connecting businesses to financial support ● business outreach and understanding business needs ● keeping the community connected, Undertake safety, security and crime-prevention initiatives ● maintaining a focus on post-COVID-19 and the need to keep people wanting to come to North York by hosting different events or festival, Promote BIA as a business, employment, tourist Link to Resume
Edward Skira Business Name : Chart Communications Inc. / UrbanToronto.ca Nominee Bio : I’m Edward Skira, an entrepreneur, urbanist, architecture, development and map enthusiast, and music geek. I grew up and still live in Willowdale. I remember the area from before the subway was built so I have a historical perspective of the area. Lived downtown for 20 years and am quite familiar with the St Lawrence Market BIA.I’m the co-founder and co-owner of Chart Communications since 1992. Based in Willowdale, Chart publishes UrbanToronto.ca, a website that tracks development, real estate and architecture across the GTA. I’m extremely knowledgeable about future development in the area. My career as an entrepreneur spans 30 years in the media, publishing and communications industries. I have experience in a myriad of areas including advertising, finance, marketing, online, promotions, sales, staffing and more. I have an Honors BA from York University and am currently a Board Member of the Edithvale Yonge Community Association and a member of the Willowdale BIA steering committee.
Hadi Eliaszadeh Business Name: Canada Home Nominee Bio: I am writing in regard to call for Candidates for elected Members of the Bia Board of Directors. As a candidate with extensive experience in Condo Corporation Governance and Leadership, I am highly skilled in all the listed areas. The opportunity to join BIA greatly interests me because of the political and management aspects. As holder of multiple Doctorate Degrees, I can competently execute responsibilities. I believe that I would make a valuable asset to your team and I have attached my resume for your review. As per my professional summary, my qualities and experience make me highly suitable for the role of board member. I am highly regarded for the skills highlighted in my resume, which shows that I am proficient in multiple areas of expertise. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated the highest levels of service and commitment to the mission of any organization I have worked for in the past or as of today, TSCC 2033 treasurer Link to Resume
Hyun Joo Chae Business Name : MeNami Restaurant Nominee Bio : I own two restaurants in this Area, MeNami Japanese Restaurant, 5469 Yonge, and Han Ba Tang Korean Restaurant, 4862 Yonge. Bia’s voice and activities will fully influence to my business. I have worked as a president for KCBA(Korean Canadian Business Association) whose main members are Korean owners of restaurants including this area. We strongly helped and are bonded together to help each other under Covid-19. I know this area very well and I have a strong passion and energies to improve this town with a strong leadership. Link to Resume
Jaime Kim Business Name : Pacific High Tech Ltd. Nominee Bio : My family operates an import/export business that specializes in raw chemicals and engineering plastics. We have been in business for the past 27 years. I am currently a director at the family company working in engineering, sales and business management. My technical skills would be a valuable one for the board given that in recent times, Willowdale has been experiencing record-breaking levels of growth and population density. As a trained chemical engineer, I am able to deeply understand the technical projects that are coming to the Willowdale area such as ‘REimagining Yonge’ and the many high-rise projects. My skills in Sales and Business Management would allow me work closely with the board and the community, to convey clearly to the City and their Contractors, the concerns and opinions of our neighborhood’s businesses. Link to Resume
James Pang Business Name : Konjiki Ramen Nominee Bio : The businesses in the BIA face both opportunities and challenges over the next few years stemming from major infrastructure projects, the economic disruption from the pandemic, and population growth. As a member of the BIA Steering committee, I am interested in transitioning to help the inaugural Board build a strong foundation, and deliver a vision and roadmap for the BIA to help businesses grow and succeed. I bring a unique combination of business, entrepreneurship, management, & technology experience & perspective to the Board: – I am an investor partner at Konjiki Ramen – I was a member of the executive team at Platform Computing (once headquartered at 5001 Yonge), growing the company from a 5 person startup to $100M before being acquired by IBM – More recently, I’ve been focused on incubating startups; I am a volunteer mentor at the University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Hatchery serving on advisory boards for student entrepreneurs.
Jay Lee Business Name : Yupdduk Toronto Nominee Bio : My name is Jay Lee, and I have been a resident of Willowdale for over 25 years. I graduated from Yonsei University in South Korea, and then came to Canada to earn a degree in Computer Science from Sheridan College. I have experience in website development and computer technology. I am now the owner of small businesses, one being a travel agency and another being a restaurant in Willowdale. The restaurant is a franchise a brand in Korea called Yuppduk, made famous by K-pop idols such as BTS. I look forward to contributed my experience to the board of directors for the BIA to make Willowdale a more prosperous and dynamic place for people to work, play and live. Thank you for considering me when you cast your vote.
Jeff Oulahen Business Name : Oulahen Team Realty Inc. Nominee Bio : I’m a passionate Realtor® and Developer with extensive knowledge of the area. I have lived in Willowdale since the age of 6 and now call it home to our brokerage/development business(Yonge/Avondale) and home for my family, wife and three young girls (Yonge/Churchill). I earned a business degree from Wilfred Laurier University and attended high school at Brebeuf College School. I am very knowledgeable on developments coming and past projects in the area. We have also completed numerous commercial projects in the area. I have a strong opinion about REimagining Yonge. I’ve attended all public meetings, wrote letters, and made two depositions at City of Toronto Committees. I will bring my knowledge of the area, real estate, development, and marketing expertise to the BIA board. I hope to continue to assist in creating a BIA that will be good for all businesses in the area. I also hope to assist with the final designs and implementation of REimagining Yonge.
Joanne Su Business Name : Spring Garden Market Nominee Bio : I have been operating retail store on Yonge street for over ten years. I have very good knowledge of the area and people. I am confident that I will be a good asset to expand and improve the neighborhood.
Mark Harlow Business Name : Starbucks Coffee Canada Nominee Bio : I have a unique opportunity to represent a larger corporate entity while also having the perspective of a small business operation. I want to be able to use my influence to help improve and positively impact the Willowdale Business Area and in fact I feel a responsibility to do so in every way that I can, especially in current times with the pandemic affecting every single business. Even as a corporate representative my responsibility lies in ensuring that all businesses can survive and thrive in and around our area. Starbucks cannot operate if the area is not prosperous as a whole. Being a part of the Board of Directors for the Willowdale BIA will allow me the opportunity to influence and give back to a community that we all have the privilege to be a part of. In the next four years I want help transform and support businesses in the area move from the pandemic to thriving.
Mark Salvarinas Business Name : WFG Canada Nominee Bio : I am proud to have served on our Steering Committee and look forward to an opportunity to continue work in service of our membership. As a director, I’d advocate for an unbiased board that adheres to representing the interests of all members within the BIA’s boundaries. Also, I’d work to ensure the BIA provides measurable support to members including, but not limited to, economic stability and infrastructure enhancements. My working experience is diverse as both an entrepreneur and through employment with multinational corporations in financial services, healthcare and media. In these sectors, I’ve built my skill sets through roles relating to corporate management, management consulting, media/content production, and application development. Also, I’ve worked across Canada and the U.S. witnessing many business districts across North America, both good and bad. Combined, I hope to help transform the Willowdale Business District into the GTA’s most desired district.
Nuno Topa Business Name : GWL Realty Advisors Inc. Nominee Bio : I would greatly appreciate continuing to serve from the Steering Committee on to the Board of the BIA. This BIA is large in size representing many diverse ethnic groups, as well as businesses, which makes the Willowdale community unique. I would like to use my skills within the corporate real estate industry to assist in every way I can to make Willowdale thrive and more successful, especially during these times. The road ahead will be challenging for all, so I would like to dedicate my time and efforts for the betterment of the community at large. I look forward to collaborating with those who will serve on the Board that will bring fresh and creative ideas to the table as we collectively serve the broader community. Link to Resume
Ommid Faghani Business Name : Newland Financial Inc I have Nominee Bio : I have owned either properties or businesses in Willowdale for the past 25 years. I have experience in retail, finance and immigration. My education includes a degree in engineering an MBA and Doctoral level studies in leadership. I am currently the CEO of a publicly traded company in health care located in Willowdale
Pamela Kalsner Business Name : Manulife – North American Centre Nominee Bio : As a member of the Steering Committee BIA4Willowdale I feel a responsibility to ensure that going forward the BIA works to bring about a more vibrant, thriving, appealing business district ultimately drawing customers and new business from the GTA and tourists to this area. I bring well rounded expertise to the board. I currently oversee the management of a property within the BIA boundaries, North American Centre, a large mixed use property comprised of 2 office towers with retail (1.2 M sf.) at Yonge and Finch. Previous experience includes management of mixed use retail, office and residential properties on Bloor Street with significant involvement in the expansion and redevelopment of a flagship property, also a board member of The Bloor-Yorkville BIA. Prior to this I worked as an Asset Manager and analyst for a large pension plan strategic planning for regional shopping centers across Canada, as well as participating in investment decisions, development and appraisal functions.
Vijay Thomas Business Name : Tangentia Inc Nominee Bio : I have lived in the Willowdale Area for the last 17+ years and have owned commercial real estate in the Hullmark Corporate Centre and run a business in the Willowdale area since 2014. Decided to run for the board of the Hullmark Corporate Centre in 2016 and have been the President since 2018, representing 200 commercial condo owners and businesses in the Willowdale area. In an attempt to get more energy and enthusiasm to the Yonge and Sheppard south east corner, founded the Willowdale Talks and Debates, which has a very successful debate of candidates who were standing for mayor of Toronto as well as debate for candidates standing for councillor of Willowdale, including John Filion. Also recently got elected the President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce which is a board of trade for business in the India-Canada corridor. Runs a successful software company Tangentia with offices in India, USA and Canada and Tangentia Ventures which is a venture capital firm.
Nominations will also be accepted from the floor; however, candidates who have not submitted a nomination form by the prescribed date will not have the information for the members distributed. They will be given 2 minutes to present at the AGM.
After the names and application forms of elected BIA board directors are provided to and compiled by the Toronto BIA Office, directors shall be appointed by North York Community Council. Community council, may refuse to appoint to a board an individual selected by BIA membership vote. In this case, Community council may: Leave the position vacant; Appoint another person; or Direct that a meeting of the BIA membership or the board be held to select another candidate for consideration.
We recognize the barriers of discrimination and disadvantage faced by human rights protected groups. We are committed to promoting inclusion and equality in the BIA for all people regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, disability, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, same sex partnership, age, marital status, family status, immigrant status, receipt of public assistance, political affiliation, religious affiliation, level of literacy, language and/or socio-economic status. We are also committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We will be happy to work with anyone requesting accommodation.