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Claudio Cinapri, Chair

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, LL.B., M.B.A., 1st Vice Chair

Justin 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 practices with 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 mergers & acquisitions. 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 on both children living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and parents of children living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. He is looking forward to joining and contributing to the Education Committee and the Finance & Audit Committee. Justin lives with his wife in Toronto, Ontario.


Mark Tyler, CPA (CA), CFA, CBV, Treasurer

Mark was born in Ottawa and obtained his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He obtained his 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 the present. 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

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 Gnanabhaskar, Member at Large

Priya is a Management Consultant with over 11 years of experience on systems and transformation projects. She worked for 9 years at KPMG in different countries and has recently joined Onex Corporation. 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.


Todd McDowell, B.Comm., Member at Large

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. He continues to represent the Codman division of Johnson and Johnson Medical Products in Ontario. 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 hopes to help achieve the goals of increased awareness, patient/family networking and raising funds. He currently lives in Markham, Ontario and will soon be getting married to his fiancée Liz.


Eric Smith, Member at Large

Eric Smith is the longtime radio colour analyst for the Toronto Raptors and host of the Toronto Raptors’ pre, half and post-game radio broadcasts on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. Eric also covers the Raptors on a regular basis as a columnist and reporter for and co-hosts a weekly NBA radio show (“Hoops”) as well as a number of talk shows on the FAN. In 2003, he began working for NBA TV Canada, appearing on past and present shows like “Double Dribble” and “Full Court Press”.  His diversity in the Canadian market also extends to numerous appearances on both local and national TV.  Eric has appeared on NBA TV’s “Insiders”, CNN, and regularly guests on radio shows throughout Canada and the United States. He has also written columns for, appeared weekly on Global TV as their NBA Analyst (2001-2006) and hosted an NBA-sponsored radio program, “The NBA this Week” (2002-03).  In the summer of 2013, Eric hosted “Blue Jays Xpress” on Sportsnet 360 - a 30-minute, interactive post-game show, with former Blue Jays Paul Spoljaric and Greg O’Halloran.  He is also currently hosting “Court Surfing”, a weekly NBA program, on Sportsnet 360 as well as working as the sideline reporter on Raptors television broadcasts on Sportsnet.  Eric is committed to raising awareness and funds for the Association. He resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and son.


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