Our Board Governs the School
The Montreal Oral School for the Deaf is governed by a Board of Directors. This expert team of volunteers provides leadership, stewardship and guidance to the school. All of our Board members share a passion for helping children to listen and speak.
Geoff Warren, President
Charles River Laboratories
Geoff Warren has been a member of the MOSD Board of Directors since 2008 and has held the position of President since 2012. He joined the MOSD after serving as a member and then chair of the Willingdon Elementary School Governing Board. Mr. Warren has spent the majority of the last two decades in senior management positions in highly regulated contract research organizations (CROs) that provide services to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. During Mr. Warren’s operation of a construction management consulting firm, he observed the ways in which the MOSD provided children with hearing loss to superior services. Mr. Warren has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.
Honora Shaughnessy, Vice-President
Honora Shaughnessy has been a member of the Board of the MOSD since 2010. A graduate of Concordia and McGill Universities, she had a long career at McGill University serving in a number of senior administrative positions, most recently as Senior Executive Director of Alumni Relations. She is currently working as an Independent Consultant for non-profit organizations. Throughout her career she was involved in many professional and community organizations, where she held a number of executive positions. In addition to her service on the MOSD, she sits on the Board of the Council on Palliative Care and has been a volunteer for the MUHC, McGill University and the Mount Royal Tennis Club.
David Laidley, Treasurer
David Laidley graduated from McGill University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree which he put to use throughout his decorated 40-year career with Deloitte as a Chartered Professional Accountant, specializing in tax and audit. After stepping down as chairman in 2006 and subsequently retiring from Deloitte LLP in 2007, Mr. Laidley spent much of his time lending his experience, knowledge and expertise to numerous boards and non-profit organizations. This businessman turned philanthropist is dedicated to making sure our student with hearing loss have the tools and/or aids necessary to thrive in education and beyond.
Sonia Basili, Secretary
Sonia Basili joined the Board of Directors after witnessing how the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf was able to help children with hearing loss reach their potential. Ms. Basili is a certified Human Resources professional in the province of Quebec (CRHA) and a graduate from McGill University (B.Sc. Psychology) and the University of Ottawa (M.Ed. Counselling Psychology). She brings an international and multidimensional background with knowledge in human resources, marketing, psychology and startup companies to the Board. Her objective is to enable the development of this institution with a fresh perspective on serving the community.
Jeniene Phillips Birks, Director
Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster
Jeniene Phillips-Birks is the recipient of an Emmy Award and two Edward R. Murrow RTDNA Awards for her work in writing, producing and directing stories using video. A former news anchor, network television director and producer for the New York Times Company, Phillips-Birks received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from Queen’s University and a Masters of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her service at the MOSD began shortly after she witnessed the superior skills of MOSD staff members when her child was diagnosed with hearing loss. Phillips-Birks co-chaired a half a million dollar fundraising campaign and benefit for the organization in 2012. Phillips-Birks currently serves as Secretary on the executive of the MOSD Governing Board. Her efforts to support the children with hearing loss were recognized in 2014 when she was awarded the YMCA Pip Award for outstanding community service.
Claudio Bussandri, Director
Claudio F. Bussandri graduated with honours from McGill University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. Later, he returned to his alma mater to earn his MBA in 1976. All of this was accomplished after being diagnosed with a profound hearing loss at the age of six. Mr. Bussandri credits much of his success to speech-language pathology and hearing technologies which allowed him to interact with his surroundings and communicate with more ease. Until 2006, he was the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of McKesson Canada, the country’s largest global supply chain and healthcare services company. Since his leave, he has made it his mission to use his experience to help children and their families navigate the challenge of hearing loss. He accomplished this by dividing his time between various deserving organizations such as; the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (past chairman); the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf Foundation (board member); World Wide Hearing Care for Developing Countries, a global non-governmental organization that seeks to promote better hearing through the provision of hearing aids and services in developing countries, among others. He also serves as the chairman and founder of World Wide Hearing.
Paul Geraghty, Director
Paul has the proven ability to lead Marketing, Business Development, and
Product initiatives that deliver major new revenue growth. Paul leads the North American business for BPM. Paul joined BPM Works in 2010 after a 17 year career at the $7.5b Markets Division of Thomson Reuters. Following assignments in London, Chicago, Palo Alto, New York, and Montreal, from 2008 he was Vice President Marketing, Americas responsible for driving marketing strategy to maximize sales performance. Paul graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with an Honours Degree in Business.
Rita S. Karakas
Canada World Youth
Rita Karakas is Managing Partner of RSK Associates, an international consultancy specializing in INGO’s. She has 30 years of experience in the government and non-governmental sector, and a track record of organizational transformation at recognizable institutions including Save the Children Canada, YWCA du/of Canada, Oxfam Great Britain, and TV Ontario. Ms. Karakas sits on the International Advisory Board of the McGill Institute for the Study of International Development. Currently, she is a Mentor with The Pierre Elliott Foundation, working with the Foundation’s Doctoral candidates on the themes of “Power and Knowledge”. Raised in Montreal, she has been active with community groups and organizations promoting the well-being of Quebec’s English and Allophone communities. She was recently appointed to the Board of La Citadelle, a progressive theatre in Montreal. Ms. Karakas joined the MOSD Board of Directors in 2014.
Pascale Mounier, Director
Ms. Pascale Mounier holds both a MSc, and PMP. She is a bilingual senior manager with over 30 years of successful experience in senior management positions in both France and Canada, between which she divides her time. This ICD.D certified board member at Ubisoft has also worked in the rapidly expanding video game industry for 4 years. With specialties in IT, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and cost reductions, this successful business woman enjoys advising organizations and taking part in their growth.
Annette Perry has 30 years experience as a social worker for children with special needs. As a child with profound hearing loss, Ms. Perry was among one of the first MOSD students to become successfully integrated into a neighbourhood school. Her respect for the MOSD’s groundbreaking former principals, Dr. Daniel Ling and Dr. Nan Philips inspired her decision to serve on the Board of Directors. Ms. Perry has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University and a Bachelor and Masters in Social Work from McGill University. She served as Board Secretary from 2010 to 2012 and she continues to participate actively in various Board committees.
Miriam Taylor, Director
Association for Canadian Studies, Metropolis Canada
With diverse experience in the fields of research, education, administration and community service, Miriam Taylor specializes in immigration and diversity issues. She is passionate about promoting inclusion through education and dialogue. She is a graduate of McGill in History and Political Science and holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Oxford University. As a passionate board member for the MOSD, Miriam advocates for the educational needs of our students with hearing loss.
Stephen R. Hurlburt, Ex-Officio
Steve Hurlburt is a retired businessman who has been involved in the ownership and management of different businesses, most notably H J O’Connell Limited which specialized in mining and heavy civil engineering projects in the remote regions of Canada. Having been exposed as a chartered accountant to many different companies while with Coopers and Lybrand in the 1970’s, he was attracted to operations and the risk taking of corporate ownership and hence elected to join the construction company which he and his partners ran successfully until it was sold in 2011. Mr Hurlburt was introduced to The MOSD in 2007 and was immediately intrigued by all that was being accomplished by the school in helping hearing impaired children to listen and speak. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of the MOSD Foundation Board and has been actively involved in raising funds for the school since that time.