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Meet the Board of Directors

Our directors encourage active participation of all alumni to strengthen Concordia’s reputation and outreach worldwide.

Nura Jabagi, MBA 14, PhD 21
Nura Jabagi, MBA 14

Nura is a two-time graduate of the John Molson School of Business, as well as a 2018 Concordia Public Scholar. Nura has been an active member of Concordia’s community since 2012. Among her various roles, she has served as president of the John Molson Doctoral Student Society and the John Molson Women in Business Club. In addition to her PhD and MBA from John Molson, Nura holds 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 assistant professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at Laval University. She 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 also is an advisor at Deloitte in Human Capital Consulting. Nura 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 GazetteLe Devoir and La Presse among others.

Nura previously led the philanthropy committee of the CUAA, and is an active member of the CUAA’s EDI task force.

Executive vice-president
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 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.

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. Founded in 1879, Birks 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. Miranda’s prior experience includes serving as 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 from Concordia 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.

Immediate past president
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. Linda 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.

Jonathan Gouliaris, BComm 17, GrDip 20
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Jonathan works as an independent Canadian and cross-border tax consultant. He strives to go above and beyond for his clients, assisting them with all their accounting and tax needs.

Jonathan graduated from Concordia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA). While completing his undergraduate degree, he served as the vice-president of Finance of both the John Molson Supply Chain and Business Technology Association (JSBA), and the John Molson Competition Committee (JMCC). He also served as the co-president of JMCC in the final year of his undergraduate studies. Jonathan also represented Concordia  at several business case competitions.

Vanessa Manroop, BComm 23
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Vanessa Manroop is a recent Concordia graduate, having completed a BComm in human resource management. She is currently working at Canadian National (CN) in its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department.

During her time at Concordia, Vanessa was a student ambassador for the Black Perspectives Office (BPO), where she continuously shared needed and specialized campus resources with Black students. Vanessa also piloted the BPO x Homeroom collaboration, where she fulfilled the role of student facilitator for an all-Black student group, creating a safe and culturally intentional space for Black students on campus to make friends. Through this role, Vanessa helped these students navigate the university experience and co-develop new skills.

Vanessa highly values giving back to her community; she is currently a volunteer at the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) where she serves as social media coordinator and treasurer of its book club, Black Girls Gather. Vanessa also helps at her local church, organizing youth events, putting together fashion show fundraisers, and collecting donations and assembling care packages for people experiencing homelessness.

Over the past year, Vanessa’s community contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades such as CBC Black Changemaker, CVA’s Emerging Leader (Quebec), the Lieutenant Governor’s Bronze Medal and the O’Brien Medal (Concordia convocation).

During her free time, Vanessa enjoys reading romance novels, listening to soca and RnB music and spending time with family.


Fatoumata Camara, BA 12

Fatou is a thoughtful leader in the spaces of inclusion, equity and belonging. She combines her lived experience with her academic and professional qualifications to foster a welcoming and intersectional culture in workplaces and schools. Deconstructing unconscious and internalized biases, Fatou promotes respectful spaces where creativity can thrive.

Her love for building meaningful lasting relationships and dismantling career barriers led her to pursue a career in HR and Inclusion. She is currently the senior HR manager for IG Wealth Management Eastern Canada offices. In this role Fatou creates organization wide presentations, working documents and toolkits to address unconscious biases and help leaders engage in difficult conversations around social justice. Fatou is the recipient and nominee of multiple awards including Canada’s 2022 Top 100 Black Women to Watch, Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec 2022 and Concordia University Alumni Association Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion award.

In 2015, Fatou founded the Black-led non-profit Young Athletes of Montreal. The organization seeks to promote inclusion and excellence through sports in young Black high school students in Montreal. The organization has held a series of seminars inviting young participants to gain knowledge on financial literacy, personal development as well as workshops on inclusion and belonging in schools.

As the French designate for the Black Professional in Tech Network Fatou facilitates group training programs on inclusive leadership. She also plays an advisory role for Canadian companies who seek to attract, hire and retain black talent.

Fatou provides mentorship to self-identifying Black, Indigenous and women of colour on career advancement through Accelerate Her Future. In her spare time she is also a steering committee member of the Montreal chapter of She Said So, a global community of women and gender minorities in the music industry. Fatou brings an intersectional lens to the organization’s mission to connect and empower underrepresented communities towards a more equitable industry.

Fatou is an energized diversity, equity and inclusion champion. She loves to work with teams to solve problems that others find overwhelming.

Susannah Tam, MBA 82
Susannah Tam

Susannah Tam has always been active in promoting Canada-China trade and knowledge exchange. From 2016-20, Susannah oversaw all financial & tax issues at Montdorex Pharma Inc as their chief financial officer. Susannah was prevously managing director of Financial Advisory Services (China focus) at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, after spending four years as CFO at Metafoam Technologies, based in Canada and 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, specializing in finance and operations research.

David B. Kierans, BA 75
David B. Kierans

David is a partner in Gowling Canada WLG’s Montreal office. He practises 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, David 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 both the Canadian 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.

Bhavna Grover, BComm 01

Bhavna began her accounting career at PwC in Montreal and then relocated to New York City and has worked at not-for-profit companies for the last 15 years. Bhavna’s ability to communicate with ease and connect with people of diverse backgrounds in countries all around the world has led to a successful career in internal audit. Along the way, the work trips fed her passion for personal travel and she continues her journey at 70 countries and beyond.  

Bhavna was actively involved in several of Concordia’s student associations, from organizing and winning the first accounting case competition to wrapping up her final year as president of Concordia’s accounting association. Her commitment and involvement with the Concordia community continues as an active team member of the Concordia University Alumni Association – New York Chapter. 

Nichola Dyer, BA 85
Nichola Dyer, BA 85

Born in England, raised on Montreal’s South Shore, based in the United States, and having lived more than five years in Africa for work, Nichola Dyer is a seasoned international economic development professional with experience spanning the non-profit, public and private sectors. 

In 2021 she began serving as senior advisor to what is now the Global Seaweed Coalition, providing advice on strategy and governance, designing and moderating events and chairing key meetings. She now also leads its Secretariat. 

Concurrently, Nichola wrote a research paper on women in the seaweed sector for a United Nations organization and helped an international non-profit organization develop its climate resilient food systems strategy. 

After 26 years of service, she retired from the World Bank Group in 2019. Highlights of her bank career include managing the $1.5-biliion Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, developing greenfield operational engagements on excluded minorities and disability, leading the ethics office, and establishing the Gabon office. 

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked as senior consultant at KPMG’s Policy Economics Group.  

She is passionate about giving back and volunteers in a variety of roles. These include serving as board member for the Concordia University Alumni Association, where she founded its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and for the innovative Tonic Theater Company in Washington, D.C. She also chairs the Margaret McNamara Education Grants South Africa Program. 

In 1987, Nichola obtained her MSc in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and continued her doctoral studies there before moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 1991. 

Beyond having graduated from Concordia’s very first economics Co-Op cohort, where she gained early work experience in the Canadian public and private sectors, Nichola holds fond memories of hosting a weekly music show at the Sir George Williams Campus radio station CRSG.

Away from her desk, Nichola enjoys gardening, nature, Gyrotonic exercise and music.

Hussain Shorish, BA 17, MA 18

Hussain is an experienced government relations and public affairs professional with a passion for solving complex public policy issues. He brings nearly a decade of experience navigating complex regulatory, political, and procedural aspects of government decision-making at all levels of government.

Currently, Hussain is a senior associate, Government Affairs at Invenergy. He communicates the company’s corporate positions on government legislation, regulation, and procurement policy across Canada. Previously, he worked at a government relations firm and within the Government of Canada as a trusted advisor to senior executives.

Hussain holds a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism and an M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia. As a student, Hussain actively promoted Concordia and was the vice-president of Finance of the Political Science Student Association and President of TEDxConcordia.

Hussain currently volunteers as a board director for the Government Relations Institute of Canada.

Hanna Vineberg, BA 88
Hanna Vineberg

Hanna is the Canadian leadership talent acquisition manager for Reitmans Canada Limited, a leading Canadian 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.

Representative to the Board of Governors
Kim Fuller, BFA 96
Representative to the Board of Governors
Philippe Pourreaux, BComm 00
Senior director, Alumni Engagement
Leisha Le Couvie
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