Board of Directors 2019-20

Toronto Chapter is represented by a team of exceptional professionals on its Board of Directors and Portfolio Team. Each Director and Portfolio Team member is passionately committed to helping the members with their professional, career, and networking development needs. The Board and the Portfolio Team works diligently putting in over 3,000 hours annually collectively in the service of the Chapter. One of the primary mandates for the Chapter is to provide the much needed support in the initial stages of Indian Chartered Accountants moving to Canada. The Board works diligently in the promotion of the ICAI brand across the Canadian workplace. Many Chapter members hold senior and decision making positions in iconic Canadian companies.

Dweep Mehta, Chairman

Email : dmehta@icaitoronto.com

Dweep Mehta is a Senior Internal Auditor at DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. He has over 10 years of audit experience in diversified industries including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Real Estate, Insurance, and Infrastructure. He has previously worked with PwC Canada and Grant Thornton India. He joined the Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2015 and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Chairman. Dweep is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) from Ontario, Canada, an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) graduate from India.

Sandeep Patkar, Vice Chairman

Email : spatkar@icaitoronto.com

Sandeep Patkar is a Partner in KPMG - Audit and Advisory. Sandeep has several years of experience in assisting entities in implementing new standards, IFRS conversions and helping clients on accounting for complex transactions. Being a designated Financial instruments and Derivatives Resource for KPMG Canada, he hosts many accounting trainings for KPMG engagement teams, appears as a guest speaker at several external accounting events, and has authored many of KPMG’s global accounting publications. Sandeep is a firm believer of “together we can achieve better” approach and strives for inclusive growth. Sandeep is a CPA, CA from Canada, a CPA from Colorado State, a Chartered Accountant (ACA) from India, a Financial Risk Manager, GARP, and a CFA.

Dr. Rajender Mantra, Immediate Past Chairman & Treasurer

Email : rmantra@icaitoronto.com

Dr. Rajender Mantra is managing accounting operations, financial and regulatory reporting, tax and audits at Stewart Title Guaranty Company. He is a seasoned finance professional with experience working in Canada, the USA, India, and the Middle East. After immigrating in 2000, Rajender worked on audit and tax positions in several CPA firms in the GTA. In 1991, his paper titled “Uniformity in Accounting” was accepted by the California State University and was presented at the International Accounting Conference. Rajender became a member of the chapter in 2008 and managed treasury portfolio beginning June 2015. Rajender is a CPA, CA from Ontario, Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) from India, a licensed CPA (Illinios), and holds a Ph.D. in Finance Management from University of Meerut, India.

Baljeet Kaliravna, Past Chairman & Director

Email : bkaliravna@icaitoronto.com

Baljeet Kaliravna is a Vice President, Finance with Eight Capital. He has over 25 years of experience in diversified industries including Capital Markets, Manufacturing, Construction, Mining, Distribution and Public Accounting. Baljeet graduated with a B.Sc. degree and also holds Indian CA designation, U.S. CPA designation, CGA designation, and Canadian CPA designation. Outside of work, Baljeet is actively involved in the community through various business networking groups and fundraisers for worthy causes. In India, he served in the Northern Region of ICAI as Joint Convener of the IT Study Group. Baljeet strongly believes that positive outcomes depend on effective teamwork and by building strong relationships with stakeholders.

Himanshu Shah, Founder Chairman & Director

Email : hshah@icaitoronto.com

Himanshu Shah is the founder member and the first Chairman of the Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has over 30 years of professional experience and since 2007, through his firm PHDS Inc., provides Accounting, Tax and Finance, Governance and Technology related advisory and implementation services to clients in the Canadian marketplace. Prior to starting his own accounting and consulting practice, Himanshu was a Senior Manager with Deloitte in Toronto. Himanshu is a CPA, CA, CMA in Canada and a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) from India.

Monica Bora, Director

Email : mbora@icaitoronto.com

Monica Bora is a Senior Associate at PwC Canada and has over 7 years of audit experience in diversified industries including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, and Real Estate. She has previously worked with Scotiabank, CIBC, and BMAKS & Associates, India. Monica is a member of Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 2016 and manages Professional Development portfolio. She also volunteered for Western India Regional Council (WIRC) of ICAI. Monica is a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com.) and Bachelor of Law (LLB) graduate from University of Pune, India, an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) from India, and holds a Diploma in Information Systems Audit.

Neil Franco, Director

Email : nfranco@icaitoronto.com

Neil Franco is the Head of Finance at D&D Group of Companies in Ontario. He has over 20 years of experience working in India, the Middle East, the USA, and Canada, with companies including General Electric, Hewlett Peckard, and HSBC. Neil has been associated with the Toronto Chapter since he immigrated to Canada in November 2017. He has made valuable contributions towards the Chapter’s initiatives by driving increased membership interaction and communication, leading the Member Support team, and was awarded as the "2018 Member of the Year" in recognition of his efforts. Neil is a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) graduate, an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) from India, and is pursuing CPA in Canada.

Avani Shah, Director

Email : ashah@icaitoronto.com

Avani Shah is Commercial Account Manager with RBC and focuses on assisting business owners achieve their company's goals through lending for growth and acquisition. She is a seasoned financial professional with over 10 years of experience in in Business Strategy, Growth Financing, Audit and Assurance, M&A, and Corporate Finance teams of companies in consumer goods, and Oil & Gas industry. Avani is a trained Indian classical dancer (Bharatanatyam dance-form), an all-style competitive swimmer, an avid globetrotter, and an admirer of art, culture, and music. She also leads an organization Young Jain Professionals (YJP) Canada and provides mentorship to various professionals. Avani is an MBA graduate from Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) from India and is pursuing CPA in Canada.

Official Mentor

Pavi Binning


Pavi Binning is the President of Wittington Investments Limited.

Wittington Investments is the private holding company owned by the Weston family which controls the Weston Group of Companies including George Weston Limited, Loblaw Companies Limited, Shoppers Drug Mart, Choice Properties REIT, Weston Foods and the Selfridges Group.

Mr. Binning was previously the President and CEO of George Weston Limited, one of Canada’s largest public companies, having joined the Group in 2010.

Mr. Binning has an extensive range of public company experience from industries including food, alcoholic beverages, telecommunications, retail and building materials. Prior to joining Weston, Mr. Binning was at Nortel Networks Corporation where he initially held the role of Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently Chief Restructuring Officer. In this role Mr. Binning led the company, including all of Nortel’s operating businesses and corporate functions, through its restructuring.

Prior to coming to Canada, Mr. Binning was a Board member and the Chief Financial Officer of Hanson plc and Marconi Corporation plc both major international companies headquartered in the UK. He held these roles after spending 17 years at Diageo plc, one of the world's leading consumer goods companies, in a number of senior Corporate and Operational roles.

 

Portfolio Team Members

Rajiv Sood
Portfolio Team Member
Dilpreet Juneja
Portfolio Team Member
Vivek Kapoor
Portfolio Team Member
Karan Ashani
Portfolio Team Member
Shriram BG
Portfolio Team Member
Akash Lakhotia
Portfolio Team Member
Vikrant Gupta
Portfolio Team Member
Iti Patel
Portfolio Team Member
Kienzle Mody
Portfolio Team Member