Board of DIRECTORS
Our board are professionals from diverse backgrounds who have overcome challenges on their career paths
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Hitu Sood
Hitu started WINS on December 1, 2018. Through WINS, Hitu envisions creating a community of support for diverse multifaceted and talented professionals to achieve greater success and break down societally created barriers.
Hitu is an HR and Diversity Consultant running her own consulting called HITU HR Solutions in Canada. Hitu has previously worked in corporations as well as universities in Australia and colleges in Canada. She has been named in the North American 100 most inclusive HR influencers in the world for the last two years.
Mark is a consultant and advisor to start-ups in the Education sector. Prior to consulting, Mark was a professor at Ryerson University for 30 years.
Mark is closely involved with the Toronto based journal of ideas, the Literary Review of Canada. His publication, Understanding Economics, is now in 8th Edition.
Board Vice Chair
Veronica is a strong leader and skilled Software/Project Manager with abundant experience across a range of industries in profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Since 2006, Veronica is committed to mentoring and she has mentored pre-arrival (JVS Canada InfoNet program) and post-arrival (TRIEC mentoring partnership) professional newcomers by helping them transition their careers to Canada.
Veronica’s strength is helping people to realize their full potential. She thrives on mentoring, leading and coaching with high-energy and collaboration to impact meaningful change.
Dean is a Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Recruitment strategist who partners with executives and teams to create frameworks of equity within organizations that allow qualified talent to bring innovation to the workplace.
For the last ten years, he has been engaged in bringing star talent to scaling organizations to create strong preforming teams within the technology sector.
He completed the Executive Masters in Human Resources Management program at York University and a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion at Centennial College.
Mehmet is a lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and acts as General Counsel of International Business University. Mehmet served in Gowling WLG’s Toronto Office D&I Council for four years until 2020 and actively involved several EDI initiatives.
Mehmet has worked extensively with multinational companies looking to expand into Turkey before moving to Canada in 2013 and now he serves international clients doing business in Canada with strategic advice in a variety of areas. As a result, Mehmet has worked in the foreign investment environment across Canada, Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East, and possesses strong relationships with lawyers and government leaders throughout the region. In a previous role, he was general counsel to Turk Telekom.
Mehmet is licensed to practise law in Ontario, Istanbul and New York, and holds a doctorate in public international law from University of Wisconsin - Madison and three master degrees from the US and Canadian universities.
Drew spent 12 years in leadership positions with the governments of Ontario and Canada, including as deputy minister of infrastructure and deputy minister of tourism, culture and sport at Queen's Park.
He is now a professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a senior advisor at McMillan Vantage Policy Group.
He is also a board member of Waterfront Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.
Assad is the VP and Head of Global Total Rewards at LifeWorks.
With over 15 years of HR experience across a variety of industries, Assad has developed a reputation as a thought leader in Total Rewards. Passionate about data and predictive analytics to drive the HR strategy forward. He is highly skilled at designing and implementing Total Rewards strategies which drive business performance and support the attraction and retention of talent.
Assad holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Human Resources and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP) and a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).