Board of Directors


Alan Harman

Alan is the Founder and President of Alma. He is a Director and Portfolio Manager at ScotiaMcLeod where he has managed socially and environmentally responsible portfolios since 1987. Alan started his first charity at the age of 27 and has shown a weakness for founding social purpose organizations since then. He has held senior roles in a variety of civil society initiatives and has sat on several charity boards, most recently Variety Village, Bereaved Families of Ontario and Small Change Fund.

 

 

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Anatol von Hahn is the former Group Head, Canadian Banking, at Scotiabank. Anatol was born in Chile and has lived and worked in several Latin American countries. He has held various senior positions in both Canadian and International banking at Scotiabank. Anatol has been involved in several charitable initiatives dating back to his University days and currently sits on the board of Ronald McDonald House and UNICEF.

 

 

Sandy_HoustonSandy Houston

Sandy is the President of the Metcalf Foundation, a leading private Toronto-based foundation focused on sustainability, creativity and social justice. Sandy has a background in law and mediation and has worked as a consultant and advisor in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. As a volunteer Sandy has served on numerous boards and committees and was the founding Chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

 

 

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Rob Djurfeldt

Rob Djurfeldt is the Managing Director, Head of ScotiaMcLeod. Previously, he managed Scotiabank’s brokerage operations in Mexico. He has lived in several South American countries and shares our passion for the welfare of children in those countries. Rob and his sons have visited our projects in Peru in each of the past three years.

 

 

 

Michael_McCarthyMichael  McCarthy

Michael is a senior executive at Flybits. Previously he was the Director of Software Solutions at Hewlett Packard. He has held senior management roles in Fortune 500 software companies for 25 years. In the not-for-profit world, Michael worked for TV Ontario and The Art Gallery of Ontario.

 

 

 

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Trevor Townsend

Trevor is a Director and Senior Wealth Advisor at ScotiaMcLeod. After visiting our remote communities in 2013, and witnessing our work, Trevor began fundraising and organizing events for Alma. Trevor is a devoted father to his two children Jason and Megan and enjoys spending time at the cottage in Honey Harbour with his dogs Manhattan and Rio in tow.

 

 

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Ana Maria is a real estate consultant and former Director for Retail Investment Products at  Scotiabank. Ana Maria managing all of the Alma partner projects and created the “Alma kids” program. She has two young children and is passionate about providing youth with fair opportunities for quality education, particularly in the poorest areas of her home country.

 

 

 Andy Dickison

Andy has been a longtime supporter of Alma and social enterprise in general.  His career at major Canadian Banks focused on building innovative, high performance Fixed Income Trading businesses within Capital Markets.  Andy’s derivatives expertise spans Equity, Foreign Exchange, Credit, and Interest Rate products.  In retirement Andy enjoys cycling, traveling, investing, and philanthropy.

 

 

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Walter Meekes

Walter Meekes is the founder of the HoPe Holland Peru Foundation. He has lived in Cusco Peru since 1991 doing social development programs. HoPe has built over 150 schools in small remote communities, trained over 500 teachers in bilingual and intercultural education and developed educational material in Quechua (the local indigenous language).

 

 

Jana Seijts

Jana is a lecturer in Management Communication at the Ivey Business School, Western University. She has over 23 years experience teaching professional and technical writing and oral communications courses to undergraduates and graduate students. Jana is the coauthor of books in the field of communications and the author of numerous award winning business cases in communications and general management. Jana also the owner of a consulting company specializing in technical and professional communication geared to the Engineering and High-Tech sector.