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Sharon Barnes Simmonds,

CPA-CGA, FCCA, MBA

Director, finance & administration

"My childhood dream was to become a lawyer and enter politics, so I could change people’s lives, especially those who are less fortunate."

Three words that best describe her

passionate, driven, caring

What’s her role and connection to the cause?

A qualified accounting professional with a penchant for giving back, Sharon has worked in the for-profit and non-profit sectors for more than 15 years. Her senior-level experience has taken her to organizations such as the Region of Peel and the Toronto International Film Festival. She’s also volunteered on two Boards in the non-profit sector.

In her role as director of fiance and administration, Sharon oversees the finance team as well as facilities and administration.

What academic work set her up for success?

The director earned her accounting designation from ACCA in the U.K., then later her master of business administration from the University of Wales. She followed that up by earning her chartered professional accountants’ designation from CPA Canada.

Interesting tidbit

Sharon loves learning more about the world through documentaries, biopics and travelling with her husband and daughter.