Toronto Wildlife Centre is governed by a volunteer board of directors that truly believes in helping wildlife and the community through education, rehabilitation, and conservation.
Donna Hayes – Co-Chair
Raised in Montreal, Donna Hayes graduated in 1978 with an honours degree in English literature and communications from McGill University. She is the retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin Books where she spent 28 years, the last 13 as CEO. She has also served on the board of directors of the American Association of Publishers, the Toronto Public Library Foundation and the board of directors of the TD Financial Group. Donna joined our board of directors in 2014.
Gary Gibbs, BA, LLB – Co-Chair
Gary Gibbs is the founding partner of boutique law firm Gibbs & Associates. A graduate of the Osgoode Hall Faculty of Law, Gary is recognized as a leader in the fields of construction law and insurance and has been on the National Post’s “The Best Lawyers in Canada: Construction Law and Insurance” list since 2007. Brought up surrounded by pets, Gary now has a home full of happy rescue cats and dogs. A Toronto Wildlife Centre volunteer since 1997 (including many years as board chairman), Gary was re-elected to the board in 2015.
Kevin Empey, CPA (CA), CHE, AMP – Treasurer
Kevin Empey has just stepped down after 8 years as CEO at Lakeridge Health. Kevin has had senior roles in the hospital sector at University Health Network, Peel Memorial Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a Chartered Accountant, graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program and guest lecturer at University of Toronto, York University and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where he was appointed Adjunct Professor in 2012. Kevin’s personal interest is nature and the environment, and he is an active birdwatcher. He joined the TWC Board in 2016 and is also on the Board of The Abilities Centre and the Ontario Hospital Association.
Lisa Gibbens, BA, MISt – Secretary
Lisa brings a balance of animal welfare and business experience to the Toronto Wildlife Centre. She has more than two decades of communications and marketing experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors and has served on the boards of two animal welfare charities. She joined the board in 2016 and hopes to help expand TWC’s connections to the larger community – because working together helps everyone achieve more. Lisa shares her home with her dog Einstein and two cats, Dickens and Cheeky.
Valerie is a writer, author, speaker and media personality who has a lifelong passion for all animals and a deep concern for their welfare. A supporter of Toronto Wildlife Centre for many years, Valerie joined the board in 2012 after a long career as a newspaper editor, columnist and television host.
Maureen Tymburski, BA
Maureen is a Director of Human Resources at Nestlé Canada Inc. and brings over 28 years of HR experience to the group. She has a keen love and respect for nature and all animals, and for the past 20 years has worked with rescue organizations to foster and arrange adoption for many homeless animals. Her family home includes a dog and several rescue cats, while her rescue horse is boarded at nearby stables. Maureen joined our board in 2015.
Barbara Fanning, MLS, MBA
Barbara Fanning has over 20 years of experience leading fundraising research programs at healthcare and educational non-profit organizations. A librarian by profession, she earned her MBA from the Ivey Business School. A supporter and enthusiastic volunteer of the Toronto Wildlife Centre since 2014, Barbara joined the board in 2016.
Selene Hur, MISt
Selene Hur is the Manager of Prospect Research at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. With a background in fine arts, nonprofit management and information systems, she has worked in the fundraising sector for over 15 years. Aside from work, Selene is an active volunteer with the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (Canada) and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Selene has always been a nature and animal lover and recently adopted her first kitty. Selene joined our board of directors in 2016.