Charismatic, powerhouse, Andrea Hazell is best known for her humanity, compassion and philanthropic work within her community and chosen profession. A tireless relationship builder, Andrea brings passion and purpose to everything she does.
During her 3 decades of experience in the financial industry, Andrea has held countless leadership roles within the Retail, Commercial and Wealth Banking arenas.
As Chair and Leader of the Caribbean Philanthropic Council for the past 5 years, Andrea has led an organization of dedicated individuals focusing on promoting health, wellness and philanthropy within the Canadian Caribbean community by hosting events that raise funds to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for Scarborough hospitals.
Andrea has been an active member of the Scarborough Business Association from its inception, bringing BMO Bank of Montreal in as a founding member. In 2017, she accepted the nomination to the SBA Board of Directors and was elected Vice President in 2018.
In November 2019, the SBA elected Andrea as President and chair. In her own inimitable fashion, Andrea will build on the good work of previous presidents, develop new ways to serve and increase membership, bring fledgling projects to fruition and create new initiatives. She is committed to helping the business community prosper by creating forums for networking, education and opportunity. The SBA is confident that Scarborough businesses will have no greater champion than Andrea Hazell.
Zuba Memon has 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Canada, including progressive and diverse roles within the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) in sales, credit underwriting, business transformation and IT projects, and finally, leadership. Since 2017, she has been managing the Scarborough Business Centre of the BDC, leading a team of professionals dedicated to helping Canadian entrepreneurs achieve their goals through highly customized financing and advisory services.Zuba holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan and a MSc in Finance with distinction from the University of Lancaster, UK.
Committed to doing her part to support and advocate for the Scarborough business community, Zuba is also a member of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organisation’s Economic Development Committee.
Shawn Allen founded Matrix Mortgage Global Canada’s Largest Brokerage Private Lending Brokerage in 2008. With a background in data base administration and marketing, Shawn has guided Matrix Mortgage Global to over $1.1B+ in funded volume to date and over 610% growth in the past five years, Matrix Mortgage Global is ranked on the 2018 GROWTH 500 list as one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. This success is shown by the numerous nominations for Broker of the Year (CMP). Shawn’s dedication to the industry has made him a major stakeholder in the Canadian Financing Landscape.
Arun Kirupa, the Founder and CEO of the Pro Marketer Organization believe that life happens outside the comfort zone. Arun believes that to grow and expand personally we need to push our own boundaries and take risks. Arun extends this thinking to his own business and that of his clients.
Arun was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Chennai, India for higher studies. He started a career in sales at the age of 15, built multiple businesses, and failed in multiple businesses. Arun attended Vels University in Chennai to study computer science and graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science.
Jamaal Myers is a solutions-driven legal professional with expertise in corporate law, governance and stakeholder management. He works at TD Bank as Legal Counsel and advises the bank on securities law, corporate governance and public disclosure. Before TD, Jamaal spent a year volunteering as a community organizer in Scarborough where he worked to improve the area's public transit network. Prior to this, he worked for 4.5 years as a corporate lawyer at two global law firms in New York City.
Jamaal currently serves as a director of Grace Foods Canada, a Caribbean based food manufacturer, and TAIBU, a community health center serving Malvern and Black Canadians living in the Greater Toronto Area. He received his BA from the University of Western Ontario, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his JD from New York University School of Law. He is a member in good standing of both the Ontario and New York bar associations.
Keith Nugara was appointed Vice-President, Financial Services Market in January 2007. In this role, he was responsible for the growth and management of the Emergis’ bank-centric business in the financial services sector. He joined Emergis in 2001 and has since held various senior positions in the financial services group.
Mr. Nugara holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Windsor. He received a Certificate for the completion of the Executive Leadership Program from the Rotman & INSEAD School of Business and completed the Harvard School of Business Executive Leadership Program. He has Co-chaired several United Way campaigns, TELUS Cares Events and ongoing JDRP Team Leader. He sits on the Board of the Providence Healthcare Foundation
Vidya Verma takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development and operations excellence. Over 25 years she has been actively serving and leading businesses of all sizes across industries achieve their business goals through digital, business and technology transformation. She is an inspirational leader, working tirelessly towards advancement of the community through various programs ranging from community connection, digital literacy, virtual yoga, stress management, fundraising, community outreach etc. Her work with the community earns her respect as a credible voice, advocate & partner in the local community and business world alike.
Alia Lee has been a key member of the executive team heading the finance and technology departments at the Toronto Zoo since 2019.
During previous work at CP and Rogers, Alia saw the impact of shareholder activism on corporate governance and business performance. She is an associated board member of BridgeWay Family Centre. From 2015 to 2018, Alia also sat on the Canadian Basketball Academy advisory Board, which partnered with a private school to provide tutoring assistance to kids from “underserved” communities and provide fully funded scholarships. Meaningful work and serving communities are Alia’s career and personal goals.