Board of Directors

Breanne Armstrong

Board Member

Breanne Armstrong is an accomplished communications professional, with more than a decade’s experience working with not-for-profit organizations in health care and youth services. Currently, Breanne is a public affairs specialist at the Ontario Hospital Association, where she supports advocacy, member relations, and strategic communications initiatives. Prior to joining the OHA, Breanne held the positions of senior communications advisor for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and communications manager for the Ontario Community Support Association, which represents and supports hundreds of home and community care organizations across the province. Breanne has a strong understanding of Ontario’s changing health care landscape and a deep appreciation for the value of innovative, community-based supports that help clients maintain their independence and quality of life.

She holds a Master of Arts in media studies from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and communications from the University of Winnipeg. In her spare time, she can often be found at live storytelling events throughout the city, and recently completed storytelling courses at The Second City.

Ruth Bastedo

Board Member

Principal of Bastedo Strategy and Communications, Ruth is a digital marketing strategist with a 20-year career developed in the context of Canada’s entrepreneurial digital and innovation ecosystem.

Passionate about supporting Canadian businesses, Ruth has always brought a diversity lens to emerging areas in digital such as marketing technology, content strategy, customer experience, and project execution for a portfolio of clients.

Career highlights include co-founding two digital agencies, advocating for women in business and trade and working on large scale social enterprises. She is currently a Senior Consultant at Magnet, a digital social innovation platform at Ryerson University, helping regions and communities to collaborate and grow.

Ruth has been involved on volunteer boards throughout her career and is currently a member of the Advisory Group for Women in Philanthropy for Providence, on the Board of Trustees for The Church of the Kettles in Muskoka, Ontario and a past member of the Board of Governors for St. Clement’s School in Toronto.

Daniel Chou

Board Member / Treasurer

CPA CGA, FCCA, FCMI

Daniel is the Managing Director of Modern Business Processes Consulting, which focuses on helping businesses in preparing and adopting new business process technologies.

Daniel has extensive experience in the private sector in financial management, internal controls and IT management. An engaged member of his profession, Daniel was appointed as an instructor of professional development programs and an examiner of professional practice application exams for the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and Canada. He was the Chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) in Canada and represented the Canadian membership in national and international conferences.

Daniel enjoys being active on charity boards and bringing his extensive experience to help his community. For nine years Daniel was a Member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of York Support Services Networks, a community-based agency that offers a range of services throughout York Region to support individuals with a developmental disability and/or a serious mental illness.

Kathleen Murphy

Board Member / Secretary

Kathleen Murphy is an accomplished lawyer, licensed to practice in Ontario and New York, who began her career in private practice at leading law firms in Toronto and Chicago. Specializing in intellectual property and commercial law, Kathleen acted for clients in diverse industries and at various levels of court as well as before administrative tribunals. Kathleen later served as associate general counsel and director of intellectual property/privacy for Labatt Brewing Company Limited and advised its parent company, AB InBev, on intellectual property matters in Europe, the US, and Latin America.

More recently, Kathleen has devoted her skill set to the not-for-profit sector. A passionate volunteer, Kathleen has volunteered for the last six years with SPRINT Senior Care Meals on Wheels and has served on the board of directors of Student Assistance in North Toronto for Seniors (SAINTS). At SAINTS, Kathleen played a key role in overseeing governance, strategy development, and fundraising. A believer in public education, Kathleen has also volunteered her grant-writing skills to a registered educational charity, resulting in a local high school being awarded much-needed grants from both the private sector and government.

Kathleen is known for being a solution-driven team player and a strong believer in giving back to her community. Having experienced the need for compassionate end-of-life care first-hand, and having witnessed the disparity in access to it, Kathleen brings a passion to advocating for Hospice Toronto and its related programs for all Torontonians, regardless of circumstances.

Steve Nardi

Board Member / Past Chair

Steve is currently consulting to small- and medium-sized enterprises and not-for-profits on management and digital marketing strategies. Steve’s expertise in organizational management and operations has seen him in senior management positions with Farelogix, Travel Success Group and Peragis, technology companies deploying graphical productivity-enhancing tools to the travel industry across North America. Prior to entering the consulting world, Steve was COO of A Couple of Chicks™ Digital Tourism Marketing, with a niche focus on the travel and tourism industry.

Having experienced Hospice Toronto services first-hand, he welcomes any opportunity to support the organization and raise awareness of the choice that hospice offers. Steve previously served on the board for nine years, and after a three-year hiatus rejoined in 2011.

Denise Tynan

Board Member / Vice-Chair

Denise moved to Canada in 1994 from the UK, where she had a successful career in retail management and buying. She obtained her LLB from York University and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2002. Denise’s practice has focused primarily on insurance law, and she has provided representation at various levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. After completing contract work for World Vision Canada, she has now joined the organization as legal counsel.

Denise’s experience includes corporate commercial matters in both for- and not-for-profit industries. She is adept at negotiating and drafting a variety of contracts for goods and services, including marketing and air time. She has taken the lead on compliance issues, including drafting and overseeing the implementation of anti-terrorism, anti-corruption, and privacy policies. While with World Vision Canada she guided it through changes in bylaws, policies, and procedures required to bring it into compliance with the then-new federal Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

Nazir Valani

Board Member / Board Chair

FSA, FCIA, MAAA

Nazir is president and co-founder of Valani Global, a global actuarial consulting firm that was formed in January 2019. Valani Global is a PartnerAlliance member of Moody’s Analytics and specializes in actuarial modelling using Moody’s software solutions AXIS and RiskIntegrity IFRS 17.

Before starting Valani Global, Nazir worked at KPMG LLP as partner and North American leader, AXIS Implementation. He was also the national leader of actuarial practice at KPMG. Prior to KPMG, Nazir started a life actuarial consulting firm and developed it from a one-person shop to the second largest life actuarial practice in Canada. Prior to this, he worked in the insurance industry and at GGY AXIS, which is now owned by Moody’s Analytics.

Nazir received the Society of Actuaries Presidential Award in 2018 and was featured in an SOA “Society of Achievers” video. He is chair of the board of Hospice Toronto.