With over 35 years of land development and construction experience, Claudio manages Cinapri Solutions Inc., a diversified management company involved in all sectors of the construction industry: design, build, sustainability, consulting, environmental, project management and owners representative. He has served as the President of the Building Industry and Land Development Association, and a former member of the Executive and Board of Directors for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and the Construction Industry Advisory Council of Ontario. His community achievements include serving as a Director, Chair or Board member on several school advisory councils, charitable foundations, and fund raising committees. Claudio was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. Claudio is married to Angela and they have three lovely daughters, the youngest of which has hydrocephalus.
Justin Parappally completed his Bachelor of Education in 1998 at Brock University and went on to obtain his LL.B./M.B.A. at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. Justin was called to the bar in 2003 and is a partner in the business law firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP where he is a member of the corporate/commercial group with a particular emphasis on bank financing and commercial lending. Justin was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of 10 and had surgery to insert a shunt. As someone living with hydrocephalus, he is deeply committed to the SB&H mission and wishes to make use of both his business skills and legal expertise to assist SB&H in furthering its mission. As a result of both his personal experiences and educational background, Justin also has a particular interest in making a positive impact for children living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their parents. He chairs the Education Committee and is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee. Justin lives with his wife and family in Toronto, Ontario.
Mark was born in Ottawa and obtained his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He obtained his CPA (CA) designation while working for KPMG and then worked for Nortel Networks for 10 years in various roles in Canada, England, Hong Kong and Germany. Mark returned to Toronto in 2002 and worked for Symcor Inc until 2011 and has been active with many volunteer roles including the Chair of Finance for Fashion Cares from 2003 to 2007 and Treasurer/Secretary of CFA Society Toronto from 2011 to 2015. Mark is currently working in a consulting capacity primarily in the areas of business valuation and financial modeling. Mark’s interest in SB&H stems from the fact that he had a sister with spina bifida.
Katherine (Kasia) Parent, B.Comm., C.I.M., P.M.P. , Secretary-Newcastle
Kasia is a McMaster University graduate and her career spans capital markets, financial services, technology, project management, and corporate affairs. She holds both the Project Management Professional and Canadian Investment Manager designation, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Kasia is committed to raising awareness and funds for research. She is inspired by her young son Bode, and by the courage and determination of families of children with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
Priya is Director Finance-IT at Onex Corporation where she leads the team for the strategy, development and implementation of finance related applications at Onex. She worked for 11 years at KPMG in different countries in their management consulting practice. Priya's skills in communication and interaction with senior management, coupled with the need to get into details, are valuable for SB&H. Priya's first child was diagnosed with hydrocephalus during pregnancy and the termination has left her with a longing to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with the condition. With SB&H she intends to dedicate time and effort to increasing awareness and raising funds with the support of her family. She lives with her husband and son in Markham, Ontario.
Dr. Abhaya V. Kulkarni, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Member at Large-Toronto
Dr. Abhaya V. Kulkarni is a pediatric neurosurgeon and Professor of Surgery at Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, a Senior Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, and Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency Program at the University of Toronto. He completed neurosurgery training at University of Toronto and his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University. After a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Hopital Necker Enfants Malades in Paris, he began his faculty appointment at Hospital for Sick Children in 2003. Dr. Kulkarni’s research focuses on health outcome assessments in pediatric neurosurgery, with special emphasis on hydrocephalus. He is a site investigator for the North American Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network and has received research funding from several national and international funding agencies. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Neurosurgery and Journal of Neurosurgery.
Todd McDowell, B.Comm., Member at Large-Markham
Todd attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and graduated in 1994. He has been working in the Health Care Industry since then. Todd began his career with the Codman division of Johnson and Johnson Medical Products. During this time he specialized in the areas of general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics. In 2001, Todd established Ivy Medical, a sales agency focused in the area of neurosurgery and neuroscience related technologies.
Through his experiences in the health care field Todd has had significant exposure to spina bifida and hydrocephalus and the impact of these conditions on patients and families. Todd is also an advisory board member of the Ottawa Chapter of Think First, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. As a member of the SB&H Board, Todd helps to achieve the goals of increased awareness, patient/family networking and raising funds.
Eric Smith, Member at Large-Greater Toronto Area
RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY, SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN;
SIDELINE REPORTER & HOST, SPORTSNET
Eric Smith is entering his19th season working Toronto Raptors broadcasts on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and his fourth covering games on Sportsnet TV. He is in his third season as the radio play-by-play voice following nine campaigns in an analyst role. He has served as host of the pre, half and postgame shows since 1997. When not calling the games on radio, Smith moves to the TV side for broadcasts working as a sideline reporter and halftime host.
Smith also covers the Raptors and the NBA on a regular basis as host, reporter, analyst and columnist for Sportsnet TV, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet.ca. His weekly NBA radio show (“Hoops”) enters into its 19th season.
In addition to his basketball work, Smith has covered a number of sports for the Sportsnet family. He served as one of the television play-by-play voices for the last two Rogers Cup (WTA), has filled in as host alongside former MLB catcher Gregg Zaun on “Blue Jays Central” – Sportsnet’s official Blue Jays pregame show, and hosted “Blue Jays Xpress” on Sportsnet 360.
He has also worked for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Consortium serving as the television voice for men’s boxing at the 2012 Olympic Games (London, England) and on-air at NBA TV Canada, contributing to past and present shows such as “Double Dribble” and “Full Court Press”.
Smith has appeared on NBA TV’s “Insiders” and on CNN, written columns for NBA.com, and regularly guests on radio shows throughout Canada and the United States.
Smith resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and son.
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