Board of Directors

Ability Online has a diverse and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors drawn from all walks of life. They share the dream of making Ability Online a place like no other, and they work hard in all kinds of ways to make that dream come true. They keep their eyes on the prize of continually improving the service we offer to our members. Board meetings are animated discussions full of good ideas that are limited only by the realities of time and money. We’re working on those!

 

Murray Geddes

Chair, Ability Online

President, Murray Geddes & Associates

  Murray Geddes is a management consultant focused on enhancing the effectiveness of Board of Directors, CEOs and Senior Management Teams through board services, executive search, assessments and related services. He has conducted scores of assignments across a broad spectrum of industries in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors in Canada. He holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business, an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served on local, national and international boards.

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Vince Morelli

Vice Chair, Ability Online

Director MED-RX Brand Development, Canadian Hospital Specialties

 

In April 2014, Vince Morelli joined Canadian Hospital Specialties as Director MED-RX Brand Development. Vince has enjoyed a 25 year career in healthcare in diverse roles including marketing, sales management and business development.  Prior to joining Canadian Hospital Service, Vince spent more than 10 years with Cardinal Health Canada, the country’s largest distributor of medical-surgical products.

Vince holds both a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

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Scott Gasson

Treasurer, Ability Online

Director, Internal Audit, Purolator Courier Ltd.

Scott Gasson  

Scott currently serves as the Director, Internal Audit for Purolator Courier Ltd. Scott has over 20 years of internal and external audit experience working in a number of industries including post-secondary, utilities, telecommunications and consumer packaged goods.  Scott obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University followed by his Chartered Accountant designation while working with Deloitte & Touche.

Scott joined the Board of Ability Online in 2006 and currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.

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John Contini

Secretary, Ability Online

WeirFoulds LLP

 

John Contini is a lawyer and partner with the firm of WeirFoulds LLP.  John is a litigator who specializes in complex corporate commercial and real-property related matters. John has acted for companies in a wide variety of industries, including real estate investors, commercial landlords and property managers, financial institutions, insurance companies, national retailers, mining companies, manufacturers and franchisors, as well as a number of public institutions.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.

John is also the parent of a child with special needs, and has been able to observe the positive impacts of Ability Online's programs and services at first hand.  John was introduced to Ability Online through the Axion Charity Challenge Golf Tournament, and in turn introduced it to his daughter, who has since become an enthusiastic member and supporter of Ability Online's online community. 

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John Comacchio

Director, Ability Online

Teknion

 

Prior to joining Teknion Corporation, John was a Principal in the e-Integration Practice of KPMG Consulting Inc., where, as a member of the senior management team of the practice, he was responsible for delivering the highest standards of information technology consulting service to executive level clients. In addition, John was General Manager of the Toronto office of the internet professional services firm US Interactive where he was responsible for establishing and growing the Toronto office. Prior to US Interactive, John was the Information Technology Officer at Nissan Canada Inc., where he was responsible for planning, implementing and managing information systems and technology solutions for sales, distribution, marketing, finance, and customer service divisions.

In 2010 he joined the Board of the Ability Online Network, a non-profit organization that provides an engaging on-line community for kids with disabilities.  He is also a member of the IDC CIO Research Review Board, RBC Venture Partners CIO Advisory Council, Masergy Customer Advisory Board, and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John holds a Master of Business Administration, granted by the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

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Christine Haeberlin

Director, Ability Online

IBM

 

Christine joined the board in 2010 after being introduced to Ability Online in 2000 as a result of supporting the Axion Insurance Charity Golf Tournament.  The introduction came by way of the Insurance Industry where she has worked in the technology sector leading sales and customer service. Christine’s career began in at IBM, moving to software application solutions at HUON Corporation and later Innovation Group, recently returning to IBM.  She is developing business in insurance that enable transformation using business solutions underpinned by technology and services offerings from IBM.

 

Supporting Ability Online combines technology in a safe social network service youth with disabilities can benefit from and an opportunity to meet and work with talented professionals at Ability Online from a variety of backgrounds and industries.  Christine is committed to the re-vitalization of Ability Online so that a growing base of kids with disability and chronic illness can develop the critical skills they need to get the most out of life.   

 

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Ruth Bayne

Director, Ability Online

Elantis Consulting

 

Ruth Bayne is the President of Elantis Consulting Corp.  Her management consulting practice focuses on increasing organizational and operational value for clients through a unique combination of stakeholder alignment, strategy execution and change management.  Prior to launching Elantis in 2011, Ruth held a number of senior strategic positions with SAP, Capgemini and the Ontario Government, where she was responsible for establishing integrated organizations such as Plexxus and the Ontario Green Office. 

 

Ruth joined the Ability Online Board in 2012.  She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.      

 

Reena Punani

Director, Ability Online

Erinoak Kids

Reena Punani is a registered occupational therapist, practicing since 2002, working with children with physical and developmental disabilities at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. She is committed to promoting sustainable rehabilitation services and enhancing education both locally and internationally in support of improving the quality of life of children with special needs. Reena has been fortunate to volunteer internationally in rural hospitals, rehabilitation centers and schools through various non-profit organizations in Nepal, India and Trinidad. 

 

Reena obtained a Masters of Clinical Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University. 

 

Reena joined the board after the success of co-planning a fundraiser - Locomotion 2013 in support of Ability Gives | Ability Online in April 2013 with over $24,000 raised.

 

 

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