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Linda Donnini, BSc 91
Linda Donnini, BSc 91

Linda Donnini is an executive sales and marketing leader and has occupied several management positions within the automotive, manufacturing and retail industries.

She began her career in fashion retail but soon switched into manufacturing and distribution of electrical parts. The latter has acted as a stepping-stone in her career, allowing her to build and strengthen her business knowledge. After spending 17 years in the automotive aftermarket, she accepted a role at the AIA (Automotive Industries Association) until she was lured into the corporate world for an office supply distributor. She now works for a large distributor of Health and Safety Equipment, Tenaquip.

Her leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the market and the challenges it poses as well as her commitment to customer service have earned her the respect of her colleagues, as well as the trust of her customers.

Linda is recognized as an important asset for the companies she has worked for and as a driving force in the industry. Her strong business acumen combined with her extensive technical background has helped shape the very accomplished business woman she is today.

In addition to her Concordia degree, she has completed an executive training course at HEC Montreal. As well as being the President of the CUAA, she also sits on other volunteer boards. She has been involved in and has managed several political campaigns and is a proud founding member of the Villa Maria Foundation. Born and raised in Montreal, Linda now resides on Nun’s Island with her husband Mike Wilson, and enjoys the multi-ethnicity of Montreal.

Executive Vice-President
David B. Kierans, BA 75
David B. Kierans

David is a partner in Gowling Canada WLG’s Montréal office. David Kierans practises in corporate and commercial law with particular emphasis on secured lending, project finance, aviation finance, real estate finance and acquisition and asset-backed financing.

Among other activities, he has acted for financial institutions with respect to mortgage loan investments (both term and construction financing), equity investments in real estate, disposition of assets, and structured financing transactions involving aircraft, public and para-public infrastructure programs. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association. David has been recognized for professional competence in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 and Best Lawyers in Canada 2022.

Simon Foucher, MBA 16
Simo Foucher

Currently working as the Enterprise Architect at Stikeman Elliott, Simon contributes to the Firm’s IT strategy and oversees the assessment, acquisition and implementation of new technologies. He brings over 15 years of experience in various leadership roles in technology and sales.

His educational background is in sciences and engineering, and he holds an MBA at John Molson’s School of Business, focused on accounting, finance and business strategy. As a student, he was actively involved in competing and organizing case competitions, and now volunteers as a judge for JMSB’s International Case Competition (ICC).

Following graduation, he maintained close ties with Concordia, notably by serving as president of the JMSB Alumni Chapter, as a director on JMSB’s Dean Advisory board, and now by volunteering as Treasurer for the CUAA.

With a passion for challenges and the outdoors, he summited many mountains, notably Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of a Cancer Research Society fundraiser.

Vice-President, Strategic Volunteer Engagement
Mario Ciaramicoli, BEng 02
Mario Ciaramicoli

Since 2011, Mario has worked for the Canadian Space Agency in different roles. Ciaramicoli started off as a Junior Engineer Training Program Intern in Mission Operations and worked his way up to Project Management Analyst. He is currently working towards implementing tools and processes for increased governance at the Agency. Ciaramicoli has been involved with Concordia  in the past and in 2017 moderated a discussion between Anne Martel the vice-president of Element AI and Sabine Bergler a professor in  Concordia's Department of Computer Science.

Additionally, he is the founding President of the Gina Cody School Alumni Chapter and remains dedicated to providing opportunities for alumni to reconnect with the University and one another. Ciaramicoli holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Concordia University.  He is also a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute, and a registered engineer with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

President, Loyola Alumni Founding Chapter
John Limeburner, BComm 68
John Limeburner, BComm 68

John has previously served as McGill University Treasurer and Executive Director. In addition he holds 25 years of experience managing the school endowment as Advisor to the Vice-Principals of Administration and Finance and University Advancement.

Over the years, John has served on the boards and committees of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), RCGA (Golf Canada), the RCGA Foundation, the Quebec Golf Association (now Golf Quebec), the Cornwall Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as the St. Ignatius of Loyola parish. Limeburner holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Concordia University.

Immediate Past President  
Kim Fuller, BFA 96
Kim Fuller

Kim Fuller is founder of Phil, where since 1999 she has successfully helped hundreds of charities and foundations get their message to the masses – to do good, even better. Her experience working with local, national and international charities combines over 25 years in graphic design, multimedia, online marketing and fundraising, with a lifelong passion for volunteering in the community.

When she is not in the office she volunteers her time and expertise as a speaker, author, and mentor at several local and national organizations. Kim was appointed to Concordia University's board of governors in 2021 and has been an active CUAA board member since 2015. She continues to enjoy her role on the CUAA, engaging with alumni both near and far.

Corporate Secretary 
Miranda Melfi, BComm 86
Miranda Melfi

Miranda is Vice-President, Human Resources and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Birks Group Inc.  Birks Group is a public company trading on the NYSE American stock exchange. Birks was founded in 1879 and has become Canada’s premier retailer and designer of fine jewellery, timepieces and gifts.  Miranda has been with Birks Group since 2006 and as head of the legal and human resources departments, she is responsible for all legal affairs and human resources matters of Birks Group.

Before joining Birks Group, Miranda was with Cascades Inc., a publicly-traded pulp and paper company for eight years and held the position of Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Boxboard Group. Prior to joining Cascades, Miranda was Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Stella-Jones Inc., a publicly-traded wood products company.  Miranda began her career as a corporate commercial and securities lawyer at Fasken, a large business and litigation law firm, founded in Canada in 1863.

Miranda holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Major: Business Administration; Minor: Marketing) from Concordia University and obtained her B.C.L. and Juris Doctor degrees from McGill University.  She was called to the Quebec Bar in 1991.  Miranda is also a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (formerly The Institute of Corporate Secretaries and Administrators).

Miranda has significant business acumen and a good understanding of how strategies and decisions impact a company's performance. Her BComm and B.C.L. and Juris Doctor degrees have enabled her to hold executive positions in public companies and apply her business and legal knowledge and experience to tackle matters from both a business and legal perspective.

Miranda was a Finalist in the Small-mid Market Excellence Category of the ZSA Quebec General Counsel Awards in 2016 and 2018.

Vice-president, Philanthropy
Nura Jabagi, MBA 14
Nura Jabagi, MBA 14

Nura is a two-time JMSB graduate as well as Concordia Public Scholar alumna. Since 2012, Nura has been an active member of Concordia’s community. Among her various roles, she has served as President for the John Molson Doctoral Student Society and the John Molson Women in Business Club. Nura holds a PhD and an MBA from the JMSB, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics with Distinction from Queen's University, and a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from McGill University.

Nura is an expert in the Future of Work, and is dedicated to understanding how advanced technologies, like managerial algorithms, are changing the way we experience work. She is currently working at Deloitte in Human Capital Consulting. Nura is a public speaker and expert in her field. She has been published in Business Horizons and the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and her editorials and opinions have been featured in The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, as well as Le Devoir and La Presse.

In addition to leading the Philanthropy committee, Nura is a member of the CUAA’s EDI task force.

President, Sir George Williams University Alumni Founding Chapter 
Ian Macleod, BA 70
Ian Macleod, BA 70

Now retired from the Pharmaceutical industry, Manufacturing and Supply Chain management side, Ian Macleod is a recent addition to the board of the Concordia University Alumni Association. He is Montreal-born, but was raised across Canada. In addition to his degree from then Sir George Williams University, he has earned numerous work related certificates and diplomas. He has been, over the years, involved in the direction of business, community and special interest groups, reflecting his volunteering and commitment to serving and improving his community.

He served several years on the board of PMAC, (Purchasing Management of Canada), was a founding member of his local chapter of Optimists International, and an Intercultural Committee. Ian was heavily involved in the organisation and administration of minor sports, and a local Model Railway club.

Currently he is President of his town’s Urban Planning Committee, and on the board of MWCN (Montérégie West Community Network), a group promoting the English speaking community on the South shore and western Quebec. He is also on the national board of CARM (Canadian Association of Railway Modellers).

Andréanne Biron, BEng 07
Andréanne Biron

Andréanne is the assistant director for Building structures at WSP’s Montréal office. Prior to that she was a project engineer and project manager for different engineering firms in Montréal in both buildings and industrial projects. She’s been involved in the Local Market Engagement initiative at WSP since 2019, a committee focussed on developing relationship with local clients based in the Montreal region.

In the past, Andréanne has mentored civil engineering students at McGill in their final year project. She is a registered engineer with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Susannah Tam, MBA 82
Susannah Tam

Susannah Tam has always been active in promoting Canada-China trade and knowledge exchange. From 2016-2020, Susannah oversaw all financial & tax issues at Montdorex Pharma Inc as their Chief Financial Officer. Before that, Susannah was Managing Director, Financial Advisory Services (China focus) at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, after spending 4 years as CFO at Metafoam Technologies, based in Canada & China.

Susannah sits on advisory council for fund-raising for Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship Endowment Fund, an initiative of MUHCF and Montreal’s Chinese community. In 2014, Susannah founded Canada China Heart to Heart Foundation whose mission is to promote medical knowledge exchange between Canada and China.  Susannah holds an MBA from Concordia University, specializing in Finance and Operations Research.

Vicki Variantzas, BA 96
Vicki Variantzas

Vicki is a corporate and commercial lawyer with more than 10 years of in-house experience in both private and public companies. As commercial counsel for Air Canada, she practices law in a highly competitive and continuously evolving industry while feeding into her passion for air travel.

Vicki is a member of the Quebec Bar Association, holds a Licenciate in Law from the University of Ottawa, a certificate in Public Relations Management from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University. She is a former committee member of the Young Leaders Circle of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and a former member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Hanna Vineberg, BA 88
Hanna Vineberg

Hanna is the Canadian Leadership Talent Acquisition Manager for Reitmans Canada Limited, Canada’s iconic fashion retailer. A key business partner to the leadership team, talent team and employees, her mission is to enhance Reitman's employer brand, talent acquisition best practices and methods and to engage with exceptional talent building a high performance organization.

Before that she worked for Randstad Canada as the vice-president of Strategic Markets. In her spare time she works toward advocating, educating, and empowering parents, children and young adults with learning disabilities. Since 2010 she has held a position as the Vice President of the board of the Montreal Center for Learning Disabilities.

Lesley Antoun, BEng 95
Mario Ciaramicoli

Lesley Antoun is a seasoned professional with an engineering degree, a business degree and more than 25 years of strategy, governance and program management experience with leadership teams and boards.

Three years ago, she established an independent consulting and advisory practice with clients as varied as multinationals, private enterprises, a Crown corporation, First Nations organizations, and a university. 

Central to Lesley’s work are strong ethics and high personal integrity. She helps organizations improve their overall performance by co-creating strategic plans, governance, communication, and performance management tools, always leveraging her vast experience as well as best practices.

Alexandre Davidson, BComm 16
Alexandre Davidson, BComm 16

Since joining RBC Royal Bank of Canada in 2014, Alexandre occupied various roles within the Credit Management and Recoveries department. He recently transitioned into a new role as a Business Account Manager, where he is responsible for Small Business lending and business development.     

Alexandre graduated from Concordia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. While completing his undergraduate studies, he was very involved in Concordia’s student community, competing in several business case competitions and participating in various student-led initiatives. Alexandre is passionate about numerous social and educational causes, supporting them through different fundraising efforts. He is also a member of the Concordia University Young Alumni Council.

S. Lyn Fong, BA 02
Lyn Fong

In Canada and in Southeast Asia, S. Lyn Fong has worked on a variety of public policy areas, including improving the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous Peoples and their communities, public health, official languages, trade, life sciences, and sustainable development. Her proficiency in Mandarin, Cantonese and French, her intercultural competencies, and her expertise of Asia and its policy environment made her a valued contributor, both in Canada and internationally.

A Senior Policy Analyst within the Government of Canada, Lyn continues to see the impact of her contribution during the coronavirus pandemic, including on issues relating to anti-Asian racism and systemic racism. An active volunteer in the National Capital Region of Ottawa-Gatineau, in addition to mentoring, she is the President of the Ottawa Chapter of the CUAA. Lyn holds a MA in Public Administration from Carleton University, a BSc in Food Science from McGill University and a BA with Distinction, Honours in Sociology, from Concordia University, and is a published author in signal transduction, an area of molecular and cell biology.

Nichola Dyer, BA 85
Nichola Dyer, BA 85

A seasoned international economic development professional with many years’ experience in Africa, Nichola recently retired from the World Bank Group after 26 years of service. Highlights of her career include establishing the office in Gabon, leading the ethics office, developing greenfield engagements on disability and excluded minorities, and managing the $1.5b Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

Now independent, Nichola has remained actively engaged on the sustainability agenda. She is actively involved in promoting the role of aquatic foods, especially seaweed, in the food system, and in that context organized and moderated several events leading up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. Since 2021 she has been serving as Senior Advisor to the Safe Seaweed Coalition on partnerships, engagement, and communication. She also recently completed a consultancy with the Environmental Defense Fund, supporting their development of a climate resilient food systems strategy.

Nichola is passionate about giving back and volunteers in a variety of roles. She serves on the board of a Washington DC-based non-profit theater company, co-chairs the Margaret McNamara Education Grants South Africa Program, and mentors professionals in several countries.

She leads the CUAA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force and serves on its Nominating Committee.

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