Board of Directors

President – Larry Kavanagh

Larry’s background spans more than thirty years in the IT services industry.  He is currently an Account Executive within Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Public Sector Group, with specific responsibility for overseeing the delivery of IT services contracts for Healthcare organizations in Ontario.   His responsibilities involve the management of several large IT services contracts including eHealth Ontario, Mount Sinai Hospital, Ontario Pension Board and the Ontario Medical Association.  His primary role is to provide a single point of accountability to his clients for all services provided by HPE.
Larry is an avid cottager who enjoys outdoor sports, reading fiction and spending time with his family.

Vice-President – Gail Nyberg

Gail is currently the Executive Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto and has been in that role for over 10 years.  In December 2009 she was asked to chair a provincial Social Assistance Review Advisory group made up of anti-poverty advocates who were charged with examining the Social Assistance System.  The final report was submitted to government in June 2010 and it led to a complete review of the Social Assistance System in Ontario.  Prior to her work in food banks, Gail was an elected school trustee for 15 years and the first chair of the newly amalgamated Toronto District School Board.  Always passionate about her fight against hunger and poverty, she helped to create school breakfast programs in Toronto schools that, to this day, continue to make a positive impact on students’ education.   Gail and her husband recently moved to the Durham region and she is excited to give back to her new community.

Treasurer – Duncan MacFadyen

Duncan is the owner of MFServices, a business consulting group that specializes in providing a full range of business services to small and medium sized companies, and has previous experience as a VP Finance/CFO and a Financial Controller.  He is a CPA.CMA with a B.A. from the University of Waterloo.
Duncan is a married father of three who enjoys science fiction, history and walking the family dogs.

Secretary – William Murray

Bill is retired from 40 years in the Information Technology field, working with major automotive and financial clients, on software development / infrastructure project management and process management. He received his BMath from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from McMaster University. Bill also has his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a founding member and a former director of the local PMI Durham Highlands Chapter.
Besides volunteering with a couple of other local non-profit organizations, Bill enjoys badminton, slo-pitch, science fiction and grand-parenting.

Director – Heather McMillan

Heather has served as Executive Director for the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) for ten years. The DWA is a non-profit facilitating community labor market development. Her focus is Durham’s Local Employment Planning Council, addressing employment, training and labour market issues. Her community involvement includes: Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council, the Boys and Girls Club of Durham, and the Literacy Network of Durham.

Her commitment to community has been recognized, with Ontario’s Volunteer Service Award, a Business Woman of Durham Award; Heather was nominated for the 2015 Connect Woman of the year.

Director – Mary Anne Slemon

Mary Anne’s work experience includes 35 plus years in the Information Technology field within the industries of manufacturing, wireless and land line telecommunications, and media.  She has a BMath from the University of Waterloo. Mary Anne is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and currently teaches experienced Project Managers how to prepare for the PMP certification exam.  She also volunteers with a number of other local organizations.

Director – Dave Bentley

Dave is currently an Account Executive and has also held numerous roles within Feed the Need since 2014. Dave brings a strategic approach when it comes to fostering and maintaining relationships with community leaders. With a growing demand on Food Banks across Ontario and Canada as a whole, he appreciates the need to tackle the problem of hunger in our communities. Dave hopes to grow our current donor base, as well as develop new revenue streams in order to secure Feed the Needs position as a flag ship Food Hub across Canada.

Director – Dave Chapman

David has had a 30+ year career in Sales/Management. He’s been with 3 Major Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Companies, starting with Warner Lambert/Adams Brands, Atlantic Packaging/Cascade and Italpasta Ltd. He has been involved as a team member in a number of business initiatives including Employee Benefits Programs, Customer Driven Business Initiatives and Implementing ERP Systems. Outside of work, David has been married for 30 years and has 3 children. He has been a Coach, Certified Trainer and Manager for Hockey, Lacrosse and Soccer Teams in Durham Region as well as the President of a Parent School Council.  “Having spent most of my adult career in the food industry, I’m looking forward to dedicating more of my time to help fight hunger in my Community.”

Director – Stacey Ritchie

Stacey is currently a Vice Principal in Adult and Continuing Education with the Durham Catholic District School Board, where she has worked for 27 years.  Past experience in DCDSB includes roles in special education, cooperative education, guidance, student success, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) & Pathways Coordinator and Program Leader in Adult and Continuing Education.  Stacey is on the Board of Directors for the Durham Workforce Authority and actively participates in initiatives that support the local community.

Director – Terry Ward

Terry  is retired after 37 years in the Information Technology sector working for a number of firms whose customers range from automotive manufactures and parts suppliers, financial and retail institutions as well as both provincial and federal governments. His last position was that of a Global Alliance Executive responsible for HP Canada’s strategic partnerships with many of the world’s largest technology companies. Since retiring Terry has been actively volunteering in the community including with the Toronto 2015 organizing committee, as a Venue Operations Manager in Ajax and Whitby for both the Pan Am and ParaPan Am games as well as other non-profit organizations. Terry is currently a member of the Board at Simcoe Hall Settlement House. In his spare time, Terry likes to travel with his wife and particularly enjoys cruising. He especially loves the time spent with his three grandchildren.


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