Board of Directors

We are currently looking for Board Members to join our professional and dedicated team. Please read the online posting and contact general@thestop.org no later than 5PM on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.


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.

Joshna MaharajSecretary

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.

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.

Stacy McLean, Director

Stacy is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where her practice focuses on investment funds, corporate finance, securities regulation, and public company transactions. She is actively involved in the women@blakes network, which was established to assist women lawyers in achieving business success. Stacy believes that good things come from time spent with others around the kitchen table, and is working with her three young children to ensure they understand the importance of healthy food and nutrition for everyone.

Nan Oldroyd, Director

Nan is the Director, Talent Management at George Brown College, where she and her team are establishing a Talent Centre of Expertise to support the 4,000 staff there as they provide excellent education to 100,000 students. Nan was recently a Vice-President, Human Resources 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 there as 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 Master’s in Adult Education and Work, Organization & Leadership and a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. She has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Human Resources Professional by the Human Resources Professionals Association, been a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, and has been recognized as a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence. She is on the Board of Directors for Workplace Safety Prevention Services and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for HR Professional magazine.

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.

Michael Steinberg, Director

Most recently, Michael launched and headed-up The Story Lab Canada (the content specialist agency within Dentsu Aegis Network), where he presented the agency’s core offering in branded content and led the delivery of customized, cross-channel, content-driven marketing solutions — for clients including P&G, Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, GM, and Diageo, and across multiple media channels (including television, digital, print, in-store, and OOH), with multiple media partners (such as Rogers, Bell, Shaw, Google/YouTube, AOL, MSN, TC Media, and others). Prior to that, Michael led his own start-up, Thread Branded Inc., a boutique branded content studio that he launched in 2010 and was acquired by the agency in 2013. Michael’s move into content marketing was inspired by his vision to bring together his past experience from two sectors, strategically growing and running television production and distribution companies, combined with the development, sale, and management of major sponsorship marketing programs.

Laas Turnbull, Director

Laas is the chief audience officer of ZoomerMedia Ltd., where he runs the day-to-day operations of its print, TV, radio, events, and association businesses. Before that, he was publisher and editor-in-chief of The Grid, a hybrid newspaper/magazine he launched for Torstar in 2011. The Grid was named world’s best designed newspaper an unprecedented three years running by the Society for News Design; during that stretch, it also won all the major integrated and design categories at the National Magazine Awards. Laas has been editor-in-chief of both Shift and Report on Business, director of magazine development at The Globe, and executive vice-president of Brunico Communications, Canada’s largest independent B2B publishing company. He was also co-author of Urban Decoder: Secrets From the Dark Underbelly of the Mega-city, a Canadian best-seller.

Chris Valentine, Director

Chris is the President and founder of ESC, a corporate services company servicing more than 5,000 professional clients across Canada with due diligence and public record solutions for legal transactions, compliance, and risk management. Before joining ESC, Chris spearheaded corporate strategy, growth, and corporate development at Teranet Inc. As a founding member of Teranet’s original team, Chris helped bring about innovations in multiple areas of real estate public records, including mortgage risk management, property valuation, and legal corporate services. He led substantial growth for Teranet, with successful acquisitions in the area of real estate legal services and corporate services. Having lived all over the world as a son of a Canadian diplomat, prior to leading Corporate Development at Teranet, Chris founded Teranet’s international consulting division that successfully delivered Land Registry programs on behalf of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and CIDA in the Middle East, Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. A passionate idea-driven entrepreneur, Chris brings energy, enthusiasm, and in-depth experience in listening, learning, and conceiving of new products and services for businesses, regardless of the time zone. Married to Christina and a father of four (three children and a golden retriever), Chris has spent a decade on sports fields as a coach, and as a volunteer for his children’s activities. As his children grow up, he is turning his attention to growing things in fields at his farm in Creemore and to charitable causes that address his interest in sustainable food security.

Micol Zarb, Director

Micol has 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 spent seven years working in the communications divisions at the United Nations Women’s Fund and the United Nations Population Fund in New York. During that time, she helped to launch the first-ever global Campaign to End Fistula, a devastating pregnancy-related disability that affects an estimated four million women in developing countries. She returned to Canada in 2006 and worked 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 and worked with three Toronto-based non-profits to develop a Theory of Change for their organization.