Women Colleagues

OUR TEAM

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Mothers to Daughters. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

Meet The Board of Directors

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Francine Mbvoumbo

Chair and President

Francine is a Finance Professional who wears empathy as a crown, which fuels her genuine interest to connect with others and authentic urge to propel them further. To others, she embodies - Open-mindedness, patience, creativity, and critical thinking. She believes in the growth mindset and applies it by being comfortable to get uncomfortable.

 

Her exposure to the financial sector built a foundation to understand corporate and life cogs. Her confidence to embark fearlessly into the entrepreneurial path stems from her upbringing, where being a follower was never an option. Through M2D, she strives to connect women from all backgrounds and encourage them to give back and shape future generations of women that will lead unapologetically. She works tirelessly at becoming a better connector, strategist, opportunity giver, creator, and fierce advocate for women.

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Dr. Vijay Bhosekar

Director, Program Development

Vijay Bhosekar has more than 30 years of experience as a Faculty, Research Scientist and Client Relations (India and Canada). After immigrating to Canada in 2005, he worked as Agribusiness Consultant in Toronto until 2011.  During this period being a lifelong learner returned to Sheridan College in Ontario 2007, attained Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sciences. While as a PhD student with University of Guelph was awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Philanthropic Scholarships and Travel grants. He has published more than 100: peer reviewed International scientific publications, outreach literature and presentations in seminars in his area of scientific expertise. 

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Mrinali Goyal

Treasurer & Director of Fundraising

Mrinali Goyal is a Real Estate professional with a strong background in accounting and a CPA. She was in the accounting industry for 7+ years working alongside banking, real estate, and pension professionals. She was born in India and brought up in Dubai and Canada which broadened her cultural horizons. She believes in honesty, integrity, and viewing every situation with an open mind. She believes in fighting for the things she cares about in a way that will lead others to join her. Her passion project is to make strides in gaining equality between women and men all over the world.

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Shaira Ahmed

Director, Brand Awareness & Community Engagement

Shaira is an accomplished marketing professional with hands-on experience directing end-to-end campaigns and creating strategies to achieve growth. Equipped with over 10 years of extensive experience in Retail, Healthcare, IT, and Financial industries, Shaira additionally has an MBA in Strategic Management and Business & Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business. She is a proud mother of a baby girl and is passionate about purpose-driven missions which provide opportunities to create positive environmental and social impacts. Apart from creating meaningful change, she loves spending time with loved ones, travel, food, literature, and art.

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Ilaria Varoli

Director, Business Strategy & Execution

Ilaria Varoli is the Executive Vice President of Myant Inc., where she leads company operations
and is instrumental in the strategic development of the Textile Computing™ company. Varoli is
a proven and dedicated leader with a long history of management, HR, restructuring and
strategic development. She has spent over 20 years in executive roles in the retail sector, and
the last 15 in the Technology and Textile sectors. Varoli has been featured in numerous national
media outlets, has presented at many international tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas and
Techtextile in Frankfurt. She has volunteered as a speaker at employment centres, home
shelters and job fairs with the intention of providing support to people who are in need of
employment.

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Cara-Lee Lewis,

Vice President

From Gatineau, Quebec, Cara is a single mother of three, and a strong, positive role model. A recovering perfectionist and yes-woman, Cara learned to overcome depression and anxiety. Making homeownership dreams come true as a mortgage specialist, she loves to read to feed her mind and consumes music religiously to feed her soul. As a consultant for Mothers to Daughters, she hopes to share her experiences and inspire Daughters through vulnerability and candor. You can connect with her on Instagram.

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Zaynah Marar

Chief Legal Officer

Zaynah is an entrepreneur, an immigration lawyer and a proud mother of her two-year-old son.

Zaynah founded her law firm, Marani Law LLP, with her sister nearly 10 years ago, and now acts as the Managing Partner and Immigration Practice Lead.  She routinely advises multinational companies on their global mobility needs by assisting them to bring their employees in to Canada. When she is not working, Zaynah loves to read, paint, travel, run, and spend time with her family.

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Loretta Levinson

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Throughout a research-based career in Marketing and Business Development, Loretta has continued to wield a rare talent for identifying opportunities to build brands and organizations via persuasive storytelling and innovative program creation. Bringing a laser focus on exceeding the objectives set out, Loretta has a strong track record of delivering exceptional results for such leading organizations as Procter & Gamble and Molson Coors Beverages. Flexible and with a commitment to ongoing marketing excellence, Loretta has adapted her skills over the past 6 years to the professional development and networking arena, currently focusing on curated content for Toronto-based Strategy Institute’s pivot of 20 annual B2B conferences from in-person to virtual execution.

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Canneeca Mohan

Director, Program Outreach & Implementation

With over 7 years of experience in the Life Sciences & CPG market, Canneeca has become a cross-functional leader in Supply Chain Management and Strategy. She is currently a Management Consultant at EY LLP (Ernst & Young) where she supports the Digital Supply Chain group across the various functions. As a first-generation immigrant woman and working in a space typically led by men, she aspires to break a few glass ceilings all while empowering other women too as well. In her free time, Canneeca is an avid baker, enjoys breaking a sweat at the gym, and reader of many mindfulness and behavioural psychology and business leadership books. Canneeca is looking forward to extending her network with M2D to help strengthen and create a collective voice to shape and empower women with diverse backgrounds and stories.

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Mel Romolo

Consultant

Mel is the founder of Stand Out LOUD, a transformational leadership and empowerment company that offers skills training and coaching opportunities to business professionals. After 20 years of working as a professional accountant and management consultant, Mel hit a bump in the road as she struggled with severe burnout. She is now committed to helping women professionals avoid the same fate, by revealing their strength and take focused action that is aligned with their passions and purpose.

Meet Our Leadership Team

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Cigdem Djamgouz, Community Coach

Cigdem has over 8 years of experience in HR. She specializes in professional coaching, organizational development, recruitment, and employee relationships. Having worked with start-ups and well established companies, Cigdem provides her individual and corporate clients with a customized approach to meet their unique needs.

Cigdem is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Coach accredited by the ICF. She also holds degrees in human resources management, and economics, as well as a Master of European Business.

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Oumou Samake, Community Outreach Leader

Oumou Samake is a Bilingual Realtor (REALTOR®) who operates in the Greater Toronto Area. She combines her passion for real estate, education, project management, and customer services to help buyers, sellers, and investors in Ontario make the most informed real estate decisions. 

 

Oumou holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and worked in various service-oriented sectors before starting her career as a real estate agent. Her approach is more focused on education and customer service. 

In her spare time, Oumou enjoys sharing her knowledge with younger people, connecting with new people, and exploring the outdoors with her loved ones.  

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Maitsi Dellacasa, Communication Consultant 

Maitsi Dellacasa arrived in Canada last year after making a significant leap from Venezuela to Barbados, where she lived for the previous six years. This Venezuelan is an intuitive and proactive communication specialist with more than ten years of relevant experience and extensive background in social change.


She gains expertise in a non-profit television channel for eight years and in the non-profit cultural and educational focus organization for three years. She has also led communications and strategic corporate branding in growing companies.


Maitsi loves meaningful and live-impactful relationships; she enjoys genuinely communicating other's positive actions and is passionate about making organizations a life project.

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