The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford is a partnership of staff and volunteers. As a leading charity, the YMCA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of 11 individuals from across our communities.
Officers of the Board for 2021-2022
Karmel Sakran | Chair (Re-elected in 2018)
Gary Beveridge | Past Chair (Re-elected in 2018)
Karmel is the managing lawyer for the law firm of Green Germann Sakran (GGS Law), a law firm that has served Burlington and surrounding communities for almost 50 years. Karmel’s primary area involves business and corporate planning, mergers & acquisitions and estate succession planning. A long-time a resident of Burlington, Karmel graduated from the University of Windsor Law School and completed his Bar Admission Studies at Osgoode Hall and articled with the Appeals division of the Attorney General of Ontario. Karmel’s belief in giving back to his community and service include membership and Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Burlington Central, Past Chair of the Halton Learning Foundation, past member of the Board of Governors for Joseph Brant Hospital, Past Chair of the Burlington United Way campaign in 2010-2011, and founding Board Member of The Carpenter Hospice. Karmel is a member of the CEO Performance Appraisal Committee.
Gary is a retired Tax Partner from KPMG. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCPA) with the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from McMaster University. His involvement in the community includes: Former Chair for Good Shepherd Centres Inc., Former Chair of the Mohawk College Foundation, Former Chair of the Board of Governors for Mohawk College, Advisor for the Focus Consulting Group for the Degroote School of Business and Member of the McMaster Business Advisory Council. Gary has served as Chair of the Board Development Committee, CEO Performance Appraisal Committee and is the current Chair of the Audit, Enterprise Risk Management Committee.
John Chisholm | Past Chair (Re-elected in 2019)
John is a Partner with SB Partners LLP in Burlington. John helped to establish the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton. He currently serves on the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation - Gift Planning Advisor’s Network and is a former member and Chair of the Board of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. John was recently chaired the 2020 campaign cabinet for the United Way of Halton and Hamilton. John has served as Chair of the Audit / Enterprise Risk Management / Endowment Fund Committee, the Board Development Committee and CEO Performance Appraisal Committee.
Directors of the Board for 2021-2022
Sue Dunlop (Re-elected in 2019)
Sue Dunlop is Superintendent of Student Achievement for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. She works with elementary and secondary schools and assists principals and vice principals to create the conditions for staff and student learning and achievement. Sue also has responsibility for Indigenous Education and Continuing and International Education. She has served as President of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and as Chair of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers Association Equity Committee. Sue is fluently bilingual in English and French and loves being active outside. In her professional life, Sue is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive educational system. Her current learning focus is Indigenous Rights, the Treaty partner relationship and Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression work. Sue is a member of the Board Development Committee.
Craig Fraser (Elected in 2018)
Craig is a lawyer and former Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General in the Hamilton office. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989. Craig has been an instructor and frequent lecturer in criminal law and trial advocacy to various police services, universities, medical professionals, and lawyers. Craig is a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto, teaching a course on mental disorders and the criminal justice system. He is also an adjunct lecturer at McMaster University in the Forensic Psychiatry Department. Craig is currently an appointed legal member of the Ontario Review Board. He was a standing member of several related committees including, the Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee and the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee. He is a past board member of the Children’s Assessment and Treatment Centre. Craig and his family live in Burlington and he’s a member and regular participant of the Ron Edwards Family YMCA. Craig is a member of the Board Development Committee.
Paul Gibel (Elected in 2018)
Paul is a partner with Grant Thornton in Hamilton. His experience and responsibly is with owner-managed businesses as well as not for profit organizations. He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University. Paul is past Chair of the Hamilton Community Foundation and is currently an advisor to the Impact Investing Advisory Committee with HCF. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton and previously a member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Paul and his wife Sandra live in Flamborough and have 3 adult children. Paul is a member of the Audit / Endowment / Enterprise Risk Committee.
Alyssa Lai (Elected in 2018)
Alyssa works in corporate communications for The Co-operators where she manages internal communications strategies for the organization's key strategic priorities. As a cross-sectoral communications professional with a background in journalism and stage management, Alyssa has worked in nonprofit, public and private sectors to lead end-to-end communications strategy and planning. She is a 2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, one of the 25 rising leaders in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area selected for this year-long leadership program. Alyssa was recognized for her achievements through awards Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement, McMaster University Hamilton Community Impact and YWCA Hamilton Woman of Distinction. Alyssa serves on the Audit / Endowment / Enterprise Risk Committee and the CEO Search Committee.
Carrie Morris (Elected in 2018)
Carrie is the Associate Vice President of Technology Delivery for Canadian Tire Bank where she has been employed in a number of Leadership Roles over her 28 year career with Canadian Tire. While employed with Canadian Tire has lead various charitable campaigns within the organization including the United Way, Canadian Tire Jump Start Charities and Charitable Giving Committees. Carrie has sat on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara and is a resident of Waterdown. Carrie serves on the Audit / Enterprise Risk Management / Endowment Fund Committee.
Michelle Nelles (Elected in 2018)
For over 18 years, Michelle has been a strategic leader in the financial services marketplace. In her current role with Sun Life as Director of Digital Advisor Experience, Michelle leverages her passion for innovation, digital transformation, data and technology to transform their advisor site, the central pillar of their digital experience. Having held roles in sales, project management, operations and training, she contributes a diverse and holistic perspective when leading transformation programs and operationalizing strategic plans. Michelle actively supports children’s charities that promote financial literacy and physical health. Michelle holds a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and lives in Waterdown with her husband and their 4 children. Michelle is a member of the Audit / Endowment / Enterprise Risk Committee.
Shelagh Paul (Re-elected in 2019)
Shelagh is the Head of Global Communications at OMERS. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the Corporate, Internal and Investing communications programs that integrate to promote and protect the OMERS brand worldwide. Prior to joining OMERS, Shelagh worked for over 20 years in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry at both The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and Travelers Canada where she held roles in Operational Planning and Corporate Projects, Business Performance, as well as Sales and Marketing. Shelagh holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Urban Planning, both from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. Shelagh is married and has two sons. They reside in Burlington, Ontario. Shelagh is a member of the Board Development Committee.