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Child Development Institute Foundation supports the work of CDI by raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations and through special events.  The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the financial assets of the Foundation are invested and disbursed wisely.   

Child Development Institute Foundation has always been committed to high standards of fundraising and financial practices.  To demonstrate this commitment, we follow the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.

It is your assurance that we manage our finances responsibly, that we use your donations wisely and that we respect your right to truthful and accurate information.

CDI Foundation Board


President: Susan Paterson
Director of Client Service, Resources Global Professionals

Susan Paterson is a CPA, CA and a Director of Client Service for Resources Global Professionals in Toronto. A senior finance professional with more than 20 years of experience, Susan supports her clients in various industries with a number of initiatives and has a strong track record in delivering optimally aligned teams to meet her clients’ needs.  Prior to joining RGP, Susan worked at KPMG for 14 years in both the Audit Practice and Human Resources within KPMG’s recruiting group. Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University. 

In addition to her involvement with Child Development Institute, Susan is part of the Board of Directors of Covenant House and is actively involved with the Out of the Cold Program in Toronto. 

Vice-President: Suzana A. Lobo
Partner, Business Law Group, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Suzana Lobo is a partner in the Business Law Group of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada in Toronto. She focuses on lending and corporate banking transactions. Suzana acts for banks and borrowers in complex secured lending transactions, cross-border financings, syndicated loan transactions, equipment financings and project financings. Suzana obtained her LLB from the University of Ottawa in 2002. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario.
Treasurer: Frank Giordano
Tax partner, KPMG LLP
Frank Giordano is a tax partner at KPMG LLP, with a focus on Canadian corporate taxation. He is the leader of KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications tax practice in Toronto and member of KPMG’s Global Steering Committee for the Global Compliance Management Services practice. Frank has spent over 20 years providing tax compliance, advisory and planning services to clients and has also worked as a Chief Financial Officer for a private real estate company. Frank has lectured to undergraduate students in the Business Administration program at the University of Toronto and Schulich School of Business, York University. Frank is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Secretary: Susan (Sue) Eagleson, CFA
Director of Relationship Management, MFS Institutional Management

Sue Eagleson is based in Toronto and is responsible for the overall client experience, including communicating portfolio positioning, strategy and performance attribution and ensuring that clients' ongoing service needs are met. Sue earned a Bachelor’s degree (Economics) from Wilfrid Laurier University.  She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society. Currently, Sue’s community involvement includes volunteering as board member of Park Lawn Preschool Inc. and as a finance committee member at the YWCA of Greater Toronto.



Carol Bezaire 
Senior Vice President of Tax, Estate Planning and Strategic Philanthropy, Mackenzie Financial
Carol Bezaire is senior vice president of tax, estate planning and strategic philanthropy at Mackenzie Financial and leads a team of specialists who consult with Canada’s financial community. Carol holds the Certified Financial Planning, Trust and Estate Practitioner and Certified Life Underwriter designations. She is currently the president of the Mackenzie Financial Charitable Foundation. Carol joined the Foundation Board at Child Development Institute in 2009. Carol’s background as a volunteer includes participating in United Way campaigns, managing the 2000 Heart and Stroke “Masquerade” event, and introducing the Juvenile Diabetes “Walk for the Cure” cause throughout the Bank of Montreal and BMO Nesbitt Burns.

Alison Holt
Managing Director, Offord Group, and Senior Consultant and Principal, Marts & Lundy

Alison Holt is a strategic management consultant to charities at the Offord Group, a Marts & Lundy firm. Prior to joining the Offord Group, Alison was the vice-principal of external relations at Greenwood College School, where she founded the office of advancement when the school opened in 2002. Her previous experience also includes associate director (alumni relations) at the University of Toronto, where she oversaw the university’s central alumni office and programs. She began her career at her alma mater, Queen’s University, where she worked in alumni relations, advancement communications and campaign communications. Alison is a member of the Queen’s University Board of Trustees, the University Council and the External Relations and Development Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of Montcrest School.
Shayne Tryon

Shayne Tryon is Co-founder & Principle of Mark Strategy, a consultancy focused on helping clients evaluate business performance, craft growth strategies and improve productivity.  He has 15 years leadership experience in diverse functional areas, including operations, sales and customer experience. Prior to his consulting work, Shayne held senior roles at Hudson’s Bay Company as Vice President, Sales & Service Operations and Director, Corporate Strategy.  He he earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BA from the University of British Columbia.