The Board of Directors

The Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board consists of nine members and an Honorary Chair:

Hon. Frank Iacobucci

Hon. Frank Iacobucci

Honorary Chair
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B. Comm. and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He went on to receive his LL.M. and Dip. Int’l L. from Cambridge University. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He successively served as Vice-President, Internal Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and currently serves as Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Conduct Review Advisor for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tim Hortons Inc. and of the Advisory Board of General Motors of Canada. He has acted for the Federal Government and the Ontario Government on major matters involving alleged terrorists, aboriginal people, Afghan detainees, and other issues.

He has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles and commentaries on a variety of legal and other subjects and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including honorary degrees in Canada and Italy, and his election as an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in July, 2007, and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

Jerry Buligan

Jerry Buligan

Chair
Following graduation from the University of Toronto, Jerry pursued a career in policing with the Halton Regional Police Service. During his distinguished 20 year career, he was actively involved in the Police Association of Ontario, serving as the Director of the Association for six years in Halton. As Director, Jerry lobbied the Provincial and Federal Government on policing issues on behalf of the Association. As Director, he also developed his expertise in labour issues, especially dealing with collective agreements. Jerry was honoured with O.P.P. Commissioner’s Citation for Bravery.

Jerry was also involved with community work during his policing career. He developed and initiated the “Cops Care” program in Halton Region. The Cops Care program focuses on police hospital visitations with elderly and children while in hospital care.

After his policing career, Jerry Buligan became Director of Operation Support for Longo’s. During these 15 years, he was responsible for Asset Protection, Food Safety, Environmental Sustainability, Strategic Sourcing and Facilities Maintenance.

Jerry was instrumental in starting and leading Longo’s Power Generation and outfitting six Longo’s locations with solar panels.  Under his direction, Longo’s was the first Grocery retailer in Canada to have solar power systems.

Richard Gambin

Richard Gambin

Vice Chair
Richard M. Gambin was appointed to the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board in 2001 and has served as a member of the organizing committee of the Oak Leaf Gala fundraiser since 2005. In 2011, he was appointed to the Charities Finance and Operations Sub-Committee and in 2016 was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Charity.

Mr. Gambin is President of Ricgam Investments Inc. a real estate investment company. He is an Ontario solicitor and a member of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario. He holds a B.A. (Administrative and Commercial Studies) and an LL.B., having acted for a variety of clients, including non-profit organizations and both public and private corporations, with an emphasis on land acquisition, land development and construction financing. Since January 2006, Mr. Gambin has been a Director of Consolidated HCI Holdings Corporation a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and is a member of its Audit and Compensation Committee.

Clara Astolfo

Clara Astolfo

Clara, recruited out of professional retirement, is the Vice President Retail Services of the Italian Canadian Savings & Credit Union (IC Savings), one of only two Italian community based credit unions in Canada. Since its inception in 2000, IC Savings has experienced exceptional growth in the number of accounts and total dollar assets under management.

Before joining the credit union, Clara enjoyed a successful and distinguished career at CIBC. During her tenure, she won many recognition awards including the Achiever’s Award of Excellence on eight occasions and the prestigious President’s award. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Commemorative Medal recognizing significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada.

As an active community member, Clara holds the following positions: Director, Famèe Furlane Toronto, Director, Humber River Regional Hospital and President, Vaughanwood Ratepayers Association (a position which Clara has held for over 22 years).

Clara has been a member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board since its inception and has held the position of Chair of Fundraising over the same period.

Angela Bosa Slokar

Angela Bosa Slokar

Angela Bosa Slokar has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and is currently a broker with Masters Insurance Limited in Vaughan, Ontario. She attended the University of Western Ontario – King’s College and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science, followed by the Certificate Program in Public Relations from Humber College. She has completed both her Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designations.

She has spent the past 15 years volunteering on the Friuli Campus, originally serving on the fundraising committee tasked with building the Villa Leonardo Gambin Long-Term Care Residence.  She subsequently served two terms on the Board of the Famee Furlane Social Club, and currently serves as President of the Friuli Benevolent Corporation (Friuli Terrace) Board of Directors.  Angela also is a committee member for the annual Oak Leaf Gala which benefits Villa Leonardo Gambin.

When not at the hockey arena, she resides in Etobicoke with her husband Tom, and their three children, Tommy, Michael and Daniel.

Gianni Ceschia

Gianni Ceschia

Gianni’s passion for the culinary arts began at an early age in his mother’s kitchen in Friuli.

He received his formal training at the Scuola Alberghiera (Trieste) and worked for a number of the best hotels and restaurants in Europe including the Hotel Fonzari (Grado). Gianni brought that passion to Canada and founded Country Kitchen Catering in 1986 and since 1999, is owner/operator of the Culinary Studio. Gianni’s true inspiration lies in his desire to teach and inspire others to cook with passion and ease.

Since arriving in Canada in 1979, he has also been an active member of the Furlan community. Gianni has not only worked at the Famèe Furlane as Head Chef but has also served as a member of the House Committee and eventually part of the Board of Directors from 1990-2004. His commitment to the Furlan community continues with his work as a Board member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity.

Ralph Chiodo

Ralph Chiodo

Ralph’s business experience and knowledge spans five decades. He is the founder and President of Active Green + Ross Tire & Automotive Centres, an automotive service and repair franchise with over 70 locations throughout the province of Ontario. Ralph is also the President of R. Chiodo Construction and the sole owner of Peel Chrysler Jeep Dodge Fiat automobile dealership.

In addition, Ralph’s community involvement is extensive and includes both the Italian-Canadian community and the community at large. He has chaired and served on numerous boards and committees including Trillium Health Centre Foundation, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, and Humber Memorial Hospital to name just a few.

Ralph has been recognized for his business and philanthropic leadership with prestigious awards including: President’s Award, Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association, Ordine al Merito, National Congress of Italian Canadians Toronto District, Business Person of the Year, Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Award, City of Toronto and the Volunteer Service, Province of Ontario.

Ralph has been a member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board since 2005.

Christopher Citrullo

Christopher Citrullo

coming soon
Fern Ginsberg

Fern Ginsberg

Fern has been involved with the charity since she started attending finance meetings in 2004.  She brings 20+ years of experience in accounting and finance in the long-term care and retirement sector to the organization and is a truly exceptional addition to our Board.

In her spare time, Fern loves to golf, spin and play Bridge.

Andrew Iacobelli

Andrew Iacobelli

Andrew graduated with honours from the University of Toronto as a Computer Engineer in 2005 and began his career as an automation and controls specialist, primarily in the industrial sector.  After several years of practice, including contract positions overseas and in the US, Andrew decided to pursue an MBA and graduated in 2010 from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management as the Valedictorian of his class.  He achieved his Professional Engineering designation from the Professional Engineers Ontario licensing body in 2011 and has since shifted his career focus to the Real Estate Development and Construction industries which is his true passion.  Andrew currently practices as an independent consultant on various development projects in the Greater Toronto Area and in the US.

Andrew is an active community member and sits on various committees benefiting local charities including the Humber River Regional Hospital and Mackenzie Health.  He is an avid cyclist among his other athletic pursuits and he considers it an honour to have been appointed to this Board of Directors in 2015.

Michael Volpatti

Michael Volpatti

Michael’s practice includes all aspect of commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing, syndication with a strong focus on condominium development and commercial real estate lending.

Michael has advised both entrepreneurial clients, as well as, institutions on all aspect of commercial real estate and has participated in advising purchasers, vendors and lenders in multi-hundred million dollar transactions, including syndicated loan transactions.

Michael is involved in the Greater Toronto Area’s BILD Association, as well as, contributing as lecturer for various continuing legal education programs relating to many aspects of commercial real estate. He is a member of the Canadian Bar association.