Bruno formerly held the positions of Immigration Appeals Court Judge, and Citizenship Judge; and acted as Chair for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto.
Bruno's extensive volunteer and community activities include serving as the Coordinator for fundraising activities for the Mission Project in Tanzania, of the Precious Blood Fathers and Carmelite Sisters, and Member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Calabresi Ontario. He is a founder of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, and a former Member of the Board of St. Michael's Hospital.
Bruno is the recipient of the Government of Ontario Outstanding Achievement Award, Cross Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice from Pope John Paul II, and Ordine al Merito from the National Congress of Italian Canadians.
Vittoria Adhami has been involved with COSTI for 25 years. From 1981 to 1987, Vittoria volunteered and led a Women’s Group at the COSTI North York Centre, where women of all ages were free to discuss psychological issues, as well as health, family, and relationship issues.
Vittoria is the owner and operator of Adhami and Adhami Financial Group, an investment and insurance brokerage. She is also a Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and a certified Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner
John is a Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and practices law as a Partner in the law firm Spina Cugliari LLP.
John is a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization. He is a founding Member of the Hispanic Cultural Society.
Mike is President of MYCON Inc., a management consulting company that deals primarily with regulatory, reliability and strategic issues in the wholesale electricity industry. Prior to becoming a consultant, he held senior positions in both Ontario Hydro and Hydro One. Mike is a former university researcher, lecturer and administrator at the University of Toronto.
Mike has served on the Board of Oxfam Ontario, and was a volunteer probation officer.
Frank is Partner in the law firm Capo Sgro LLB. His practice is restricted to family law.
Frank is a former staff member of COSTI.
Peter Dale’s educational background is in law and accounting, having acquired degrees in Commerce and Law from Dalhousie University. He works as a Chartered Accountant and is a Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their Tax Department (Mergers and Acquisitions).
As a safety professional, Adrian has a real interest in people and issues of occupational health and safety, environmental protection, and public safety. He brings extensive experience in the field as well as a global perspective of the occupational health and safety profession. Adrian received his accreditation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) in 2000.
Currently, Adrian is an Health and Safety Inspector for the Ontario Ministry of Labour. He previously held positions with Alcoa and the Ontario Service Safety Alliance.
Prior to immigrating to Canada, Adrian was employed by the Ministry of Labour in Romania; was head of the health and safety department for a large manufacturing holding company; and acted as financial officer for a European Union-funded health and safety program in Romania. Adrian managed and coordinated a number of international health and safety projects with Health and Safety Executives from the United Kingdom, Directorate of Labour Inspection in Denmark, and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).Adrian is a former client of COSTI's Centre for Foreign Trained Professionals & Tradespeople program.
Supriya is President of Full Stop Corporate Communications, a communications and strategic counsel firm. Supriya is a communications specialist with an extensive media and issues management background. She is a former Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Speechwriter and Issues Manager for the Ontario Realty Corporation.
Supriya's previous volunteer experience includes tutoring English to children of immigrant/lower-income families through Central Neighbourhood House, and tutoring French to high-school students at St. Joseph's High School. Past Treasurer, Legislative Assembly Press Gallery.
Fauzia Kara is a licensed Financial Planner working with the Scotia Bank. She has been on the Board of the Organization for Islamic Learning for the past six years and has served as its President for the past three. The organization provides seminars to educate the community about Islam. Fauzia speaks Swahili, Urdu, Hindi and Gujurati.
Pete currently works as a Learning and Development Specialist with North America's largest property and casualty insurer, State Farm Insurance Companies, focusing on employee training and development. His professional designations include: Fellow, Life Management Institute; Chartered Insurance Professional; and Associate, Customer Service Program. Pete has held other roles with State Farm, including: Claim Representative and Public Affairs Specialist Media/Communications.
Pete's volunteer and community experiences include: serving for 3 terms as a Public School Trustee on the former City of York Board of Education, where he was Vice-Chair, Chair of the Board's Business and Education Committees and sat as a Member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board and its negotiation Steering Committee. Pete has been Chair of the School Advisory Council for Humewood Community School, and a former Executive Board Member of the Greek Community of Metropolitan Toronto Inc.
Matthew is a Computer Engineer for National Time Equipment. Originally from Beijing, Matthew is an internationally trained professional who immigrated to Canada seven years go.
Matthew is a former client of COSTI's Centre for Foreign Trained Professionals & Tradespeople program.
Leo Sdao works as a management/human resource consultant and is President of Optimal Performance Tools Inc., a Toronto-based organization that provides performance assessment tools, certification and training to corporations, human resource consultants and executive coaches. Over the past 18 years, he has worked for an international consulting firm and two of Canada’s largest financial services organizations. He has held a variety of progressively senior positions in financial management, sales, management consulting and general management.
Leo has represented two Canadian financial institutions on both international and domestic boards, and has an M.B.A. from the York University Schulich School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Toronto
Idalia is currently the President of Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) is a successful entrepreneur, engineer, marketer and leader with an impressive experience spanning a wide range of not-for-profit and private sectors in Latin America, United States and Canada. Idalia is the President and Founder of Exito Trade Consulting Inc., an international management consulting and marketing firm headquartered in Toronto.
Susan is a Home Health Care Consultant, responsible for the establishment and management of ADP Home Health Care Supplies Limited. She is presently a Board Member with the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Susan has volunteered her time and fundraising skills to a number of organizations: she spearheaded Robin's Ride Campaign, raising $92,000 for cancer research for Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre; Chaired the Silent Auction and Advertising Committee for the Gala Journal for Encyclopaedia Iranica Gala, raising $25,000; Chaired the Fundraising Sub Committee for the Iranian Canadian Network; and worked with the Don Mills Foundation for Seniors on a number of fundraising initiatives.
Susan has organized one week seniors' trips for the Iranian Women's Organization and Iranian Canadian Senior Citizen's Centre of Ontario. In addition, Susan has worked with the Red Cross, United Way, Meals on Wheels, the Paraplegic Association of Ontario.
Peter has over thirty years experience in management consulting and project management. He is currently retired.
Michele is a senior Labour Relations/Human Resources Manager experienced in managing diverse, complex labour and employment issues, negotiations, change management, workplace diversity, workforce adjustment, staffing and salary planning, mediation, and training. She is owner of Industrial Resolutions, an employment and labour relations consulting firm, as well as the former Director of Industrial and Talent Relations for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the former Director of Labour Relations and Health, Safety and Environment for Torstar, and former Director of Industrial Relations/Human Resources at Bell Canada.
Michele is a Member of the HRPAO, and a past Member of the Conference Board of Canada-Industrial Relations Executive Council. Her volunteer and community involvement is extensive from School Council Chair, to School Board Committees, and the Master of Industrial Relations/Human Resources program U of T, as well as church lector and facilitator.
Ronald Tapley is a Staff Sergeant with the Toronto Police Service. His career with the Toronto Police Service spans over twenty-six years in various units and capacities. Ronald holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Toronto.
A supporter of COSTI, Ronald has been involved with the organization’s fundraising initiatives – including its Annual Golf Tournament, and has held numerous clothing drives on behalf of COSTI clients. He is a current member of the St. Clement Separate School Parent Volunteer Committee and a former Block Parent. Ronald is also a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and Member of the Toastmasters Meridian Club.
Jim is an independent consultant to the electrical supply industry.
Dr. Anil Verma has a doctorate in Industrial Relations from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a M.B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is currently a Professor at the Rotman School of Management and at the Centre for Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. Dr. Verma is widely published and consulted on industrial relations and human resources.
In her capacity as Account Manager for Launch Brand Marketing, Marrianne is responsible for the execution of marketing and new business development strategies. Her clients include Pepsi, XBOX, and Frito Lay Canada. As former Event Manager for Microsoft's Event Management Team, and Project Manager for the Canadian Opera Company, Marrianne has extensive experience in sales, marketing, media relations, promotion, and event planning.
Marrianne has been involved with numerous organizations as a volunteer including: the United Way of Greater Toronto; the Toronto International Film Festival; TV Ontario; and St. John Ambulance - Ontario Council.
Abdollah is an instructor at Seneca College. He has over 22 years of teaching experience at all levels, in Canada, Iran, and Australia. He has written and translated well over forty articles and six books - primarily in the areas of literature, TOEFL, and translation studies, in several journals in Iran and Australia.