New community trustees join Brock Board

Brock is welcoming a diverse group of leaders with wide-ranging expertise and experience to its Board of Trustees this fall.

The new trustees — many of whom are Brock alumni — bring deep and varied experience to the Board, from areas as diverse as engineering, finance, marketing, cybersecurity and the non-profit sector.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome these exceptional new trustees to Brock’s Board,” says Chair Mark Arthur. “Each of these individuals brings a valuable, unique skill set to the table, which will ensure Brock continues to benefit from sound Board leadership for years to come.”

The incoming group also includes a number of trustees from the campus community, including a staff member (Matt Melnyk, Director of Student Recruitment), two faculty members (Anteneh Ayanso, Professor, Finance, Operations and Information Systems, and Dan Malleck, Professor, Health Sciences) and two student trustees (Faten Darbaj, Brock University Students’ Union President, and Haley Myatt, Graduate Students’ Association President).

The other new trustees are:

Réjeanne Aimey

Réjeanne Aimey is a professional engineer and board director who combines a deep business acumen with a passion to drive operational and project improvements. She currently serves as Past President and Chair of the Board of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Vice-President of the Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, and is a founding Board Director of the Black Engineers of Canada.

Her previous professional experience includes positions as Engineering Manager at Inmotive Inc., Senior Technical Consultant at KPMG, Engineva Research Solutions, Software Implementation Consultant at VelocityEHS, and progressive roles in engineering and manufacturing at General Motors Corporate.

Aimey holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences from Western University.

Jonathan Davey (BA ’05)

Jonathan Davey is Vice-President, Indigenous Financial Services at the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank). He is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Primary Army Reserve) and Captain of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) R.C.A.C.

Davey previously held positions as Special Advisor and Counsel, Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio with the Department of Justice Canada (Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office) and Crown Counsel, Aboriginal Law Division with the Department of Justice Canada (Ontario Regional Office).

He has served on several boards, including the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Indigenous Works, Our Children’s Medicine, and the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association.

Davey holds a Master of Public Policy from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is also a proud alumnus of Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Communications (First Class Distinction) received in 2005.

Nyarayi Kapisavanhu

Nyarayi Kapisavanhu is the Executive Director of TOES Niagara (Tools of Empowerment for Success), whose mission is to empower immigrant and marginalized women through multi-lens educational workshops, programs and other support services. The organization strives to improve women’s economic, educational and mental well-being outcomes to enhance their role in their own lives, local communities, in business and in the wider world using its Five Pillars of Empowerment.

Kapisavanhu has served on several boards, including as Past-President of SOFIFRAN (Solidarity of Francophone Interconnected Women and Families of Niagara), past Director of YWCA Niagara, Co-Chair of the Niagara Chief of Police Community Inclusion Council, and President, Niagara District Council of Women.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Zimbabwe Open University, a Bachelor of Arts/French Honours and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Zimbabwe.

Kevin Magee (BA ’14)

Kevin Magee is the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Canada and Americas Director, Azure Emerging Technologies. He is a distinguished sales and technology executive and one of Canada’s leading authorities on cybersecurity, cybercrime and cyber risk governance.

Magee has held progressively senior leadership positions at industry giants such as Microsoft, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard as well as security startups such as Palo Alto Network and Splunk.

His past board experience includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chair Governance of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, former member of the Board and Vice-Chair Governance Brant Community Healthcare System, and former member, Board Chair and Vice-Chair of the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts.

Magee is a proud Brock University alumnus, having received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2014. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Board Governance from the Ontario Hospital Association, and most recently attended the Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program and achieved his ICD.D Designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Christine Sawchuk (BAcc ’04)

Christine Sawchuk is President and CEO of Chartered Business Valuator Institute (CBV Institute), where she reports to and works closely with their board of directors and has primary responsibility for the oversight of the Institute’s operations and reputation, strategic initiatives, risk and change management, and organizational success. Prior to this position, Sawchuk was the Director, Education and Accreditation at CBV Institute.

She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Thrive Group, a non-profit organization that provides services to assist individuals in the Golden Horseshoe area in living as independently as possible and has also served as a case competition judge/guest lecturer at various universities, including Brock, McMaster and the University of Toronto.

Sawchuk is a proud alumna of Brock University, where she received her Bachelor of Accounting in 2004. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator and holds a Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Education (Adult Education) from the University of New Brunswick.

Greg Plata (BSM ’08)

Greg Plata is a driven leader operating at the intersection of strategy and creativity, with more than 15 years of experience building marketing and brand strategies, integrated sponsorship programs and community engagement initiatives.

His areas of expertise include partnership, experiential and brand marketing, with a decorated track record of driving increased brand awareness and strong engagement through integrated marketing campaigns.

He has a wide and diverse skill set, which has led him on a career path — or, as he likes to call it, a career jungle gym — that also includes content marketing, sustainability and communications.

Plata, who graduated from Brock with a Bachelor of Sport Management in 2008, was nationally recognized as Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 and is the proud owner of two Cannes Lions in Cyber and Branded Content from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

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