Board of Directors

Sean Caragata, President

Sean is a Director of Legal Services at Cisco Systems. He is a former Treasurer and Board member of the National Theatre School of Canada. Sean has worked in the technology and telecommunications sector for 20 years, and in the Saskatchewan public service and employment law fields before that. Sean’s practice at Cisco has included the use of information and communications technology to promote sustainable urbanization and transform emerging countries and citizen services. Sean’s commitment to community, social development, and poverty reduction, and passion for local, sustainable, and good food, led him and his wife Renee to become supporters of The Stop. They and their daughters can be found at The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns nearly every Saturday.

Sarah Powell, Vice-President

Sarah is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law. She has extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law, including strategic advice on environmental and social impact assessments, environmental approvals, energy approvals, contaminated sites, environmental class actions, and aboriginal risk assessments. Sarah is Past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the Chair of the National Environmental, Energy, and Resource Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Angela Young, Treasurer

Angela is a seasoned Chartered Accountant and Chief Audit Executive with over 20 years of experience in health care, entertainment and broadcasting, consumer goods, financial services, and management consulting with international exposure to Asia Pacific and Europe. In her senior management roles, Angela was responsible for a wide range of accountabilities including strategic planning, enterprise risk management, financial management, internal audit, compliance, procurement, and government liaison in private and public sector. She has led finance and audit teams in dynamic, challenging environments with demonstrated success in building trust and credibility with boards of directors and stakeholders. Angela is passionate about helping people and believes in equality for all. She is also an avid animal lover.

Nuria Bronfman, Director

Nuria is Executive Director of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada. She has done PR and communications for some of Canada’s top media, film, and charitable organizations. She was born in Argentina, and has studied in the United States, France, and Canada.

Leigh Knowles, Director

Leigh is currently Director at Street Capital and a chartered accountant. She was attracted to The Stop’s role in the community, the variety of programs, and The Green Barn’s back-to-basics farming concepts.

Joshna Maharaj, Director

Joshna is a busy chef with big ideas about good food! Joshna’s strong social justice and sustainability ethics flourished during her time at The Stop, where she built innovative and delicious community food programs, putting a grassroots kitchen on par with the rest of the kitchens in the city. Recently, Joshna has been working with hospitals in Toronto, trying to reconnect good, wholesome food with wellness, and create new models for institutional food procurement and production. Joshna is currently the Assistant Director of Food Services & Executive Chef at Ryerson University, where she is working on a new campus food strategy with a focus on offering students, staff, and faculty more sustainably-sourced, wholesome, affordable food. Joshna was a regular guest chef on CBC Television’s Steven & Chris, and she was a speaker at the 2011 TEDxToronto conference.

John Montesano, Director

John is co-chair of Big Night at The Green Barn, an annual fundraising event in support of The Stop that pays homage to backyard garden pioneers. He is an entrepreneur who is currently a Managing Partner at Bond Paving and Construction, as well as a consultant on media projects and events. As a writer, editor, and TV executive, John previously worked as the General Manager at Telelatino Network, where he launched the annual Salsa on St. Clair street festival, and a columnist for the Toronto Star. Along with his wife and two children, John lives near The Stop and is inspired by its efforts to use the power of good food to build strong communities.

Nan Oldroyd, Director

Nan was most recently Vice-President, Human Resources – Market & Emerging Business Divisions at Loblaw Companies Limited, where she served clients in Store Operations, Merchandising, Pharmacy, Optical & Multi-Cultural to support 400+ locations, 33,000+ employees, and businesses totalling $15B+ in revenue across Canada. She started as a Senior Director, Talent at Loblaw, where she led a team that developed initiatives including the grad@loblaw program, the women@loblaw network, executive succession planning, engagement strategy, and the Inclusion Council. Previously, Nan held increasingly progressive roles at Toys R Us, Costco Wholesale, Tim Horton’s, and The Home Depot. Nan has her Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation and, in 2014, was awarded the Outstanding Senior Human Resources Professional by the Human Resources Professionals Association. She was one of 25 leaders in the Greater Toronto Area selected as a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow, and was recognized as a Women of Influence’s 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion. Nan is currently an Advisory Council Member of the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management at Ryerson University.

George So, Director

George is a seasoned investment professional with more than 20 years of financial services experience. George is currently a partner at InstarAGF, a leading infrastructure private equity firm based in Toronto. He has diverse experience working and managing within an entrepreneurial environment while implementing industry best practices and is keen to lend his resources and experience to The Stop. George has been involved with The Stop for the past few years and is a founding member of The Stop’s Finance Committee. He grew up near The Stop and has a strong affinity with the local community in which The Stop provides its services and programs. George studied at the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Accountant. He is married with one son.

Laas Turnbull, Director

Laas is widely recognized as one of the media world’s most creative, innovative executives. He was most recently Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Grid, a Toronto city magazine that he launched for Torstar in 2011. In addition to being the world’s first true hybrid of a newspaper and a magazine, The Grid was named World’s Best Designed Newspaper for three years running by New York’s Society for News Design. During that time, Laas was also a member of the Executive Committee of Star Media Group, which includes the Toronto Star, Metro, and other leading media brands. Laas has held a variety of other top positions in the Canadian media industry. During the dot-com boom, he became the Editor-in-Chief of Shift magazine, which he launched internationally and established as a leading voice in the emerging world of digital culture. He was then named Director of Magazine Development at The Globe and Mail and Editor of Report on Business magazine. Laas went on to become Executive Vice-President of Brunico Communications, a global B2B media company and Canada’s largest independent B2B publisher. In addition to co-authoring a Canadian best-seller—Urban Decoder: Secrets from the Dark Underbelly of the Mega-city—Laas also sits on the board of Dingo Mobile.

Micol Zarb, Director

Micol is a communications specialist with more than 15 years of experience working for international development organizations with a special focus on women’s health, human rights, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. Micol began her career in the non-profit sector working as a Media Officer in the communications division at the United Nations Women’s Fund (UNIFEM) and later at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York. At UNFPA, she led communications efforts for the global Campaign to End Fistula, a devastating pregnancy-related disability that affects an estimated 4 million women in developing countries. She returned to Canada in 2006 to work as Director of Communications for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and then for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Micol is a past Board member of the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Ontario Branch. She has also been trained as a coach to deliver the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Impact and Strategic Clarity program.