“Team work divides the task and multiplies the success”
Rasheeda Qureshi – Executive Director
As a passionate and accomplished leader with strong for-profit and not-for-profit leadership experience, Rasheeda will lead the organization’s next stage of growth. She comes to Seva from the United Way Toronto & York Region where she lead a team managing corporate donor relations for partnerships with financial institutions.
Manmeet Singh Chhabra – Warehouse Coordinator
My name is Manmeet Singh. My education includes Bachelor of Science and post Graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Marketing. I have a vast experience in Warehousing in various departments at Hudson Bay Company.
At Seva as Warehouse Coordinator I am responsible for operations and logistics of both locations as well as for food raising for our clients. I live in Mississauga with my wife and two sons.
Marianthi Karras – Volunteer Coordinator
Marianthi graduated from University of Toronto where she also worked for University College. Following that, she went into Human Resources, employed with Regency as the Human Resources Operations Coordinator. She has been the Vice President of Business Professional Women Mississauga Chapter, where she was one of the founding members.
Marianthi enjoys being an active member of the community and is passionate about keeping her ties with U of T and Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity. She currently serves as the Vice President of AGD House Association , as well as the Philanthropy Chair for the Alumni Board. No matter how busy life gets Marianthi makes sure to spend her weekday mornings volunteering at the Settlers’ Green Public School for their breakfast program.
Niva Sandhu – Programs Coordinator
When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My greatest passion is teaching others about the power of self-care. My work as a programs coordinator at Seva Food Bank has allowed me to teach people how to best take care of themselves on a budget. Programs I have helped implement at the food bank allow clients to make lifestyle changes that benefit their health. These programs focus on healthy eating, growing your own produce, taking care of one’s physical and mental health and most importantly a good bout of laughter which happens at almost every shift! In my free time, I write monthly articles on social justice issues for a GTA based South Asian Magazine. My educational background includes a Masters in Social Sciences from Brock University, a Project Management Certificate from University at Buffalo and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Certificate from the Mosaic Institute.
Sabina Husain – Program Administrator
Sabina is a Social Service Worker graduate, and also has her BA in Criminology and Sociology. She has been a part of Seva since 2014, and has adapted to many different roles including Volunteer, Student Placement, and Client Engagement Worker. Sabina now works as the Program Coordinator for Seva Food Bank where she manages, develops, and evaluates all of the current programs. She is very passionate about her role as she believes Seva is so much more than just a food bank – Seva is helping to build community, create positive change, and empower people to become self-reliant. In her spare time, Sabina is a strong advocate for animals, and loves to visit animal sanctuaries. She also enjoys yoga, running, and reading.
Simren Sidhu – Special Initiative Coordinator
Simren works as the Special Initiative Coordinator where she supports the Volunteer and Logistic Coordinators. She also belongs on the Social Media team and takes part in planning our yearly fundraising events such as our Gala, Radiothon and Food Drives. She quickly became very passionate about Seva Food Bank when she started volunteering in January 2016 after graduating from Seneca College. She soon realized through the Seva Food Bank values that this is a place where she can grow and learn while giving back to the community. She has volunteered with Best Buddies and Extendicare Scarborough. In her free time, Simren enjoys an active lifestyle, reading and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Angie Rehal – Director and Vice-Chair
Angie Rehal was born in India and came to Canada as a young child. She is a graduate of Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Paralegal Diploma. Angie is employed in the Public Sector with the Department of Justice as a paralegal working in the Immigration Law Division.
Volunteering and giving back to the community has always been important, Angie has vast volunteer experience with the Peel Board as a volunteer at her sons’ school, the Canadian Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of Canada, Erin Mills Soccer Club, India Rainbow and other community organizations. In her spare time, Angie is a busy mother of two teenagers and enjoys reading, running and of course volunteering!
Birender Kaur Gill – Ex-Officio Member
Birender K. Gill obtained her bachelor of commerce degree at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. She completed her Chartered Accountant designation in April 2002 while working with Deloitte & Touche LLP. In her 11 years of employment with Deloitte & Touche, Birender specialized in serving clients in the public sector (Provincial ministries, crown corporations, municipalities, hospitals, and not for profit organizations). Birender was responsible for performing financial audits, developing risk management programs, and conducting internal audits. In addition to her employment, Birender has a passion for community involvement.
Birender served for 4 years as the Treasurer of the Spinning Wheel Film Festival, an organization that she helped establish to showcase films showing the Sikh experience. Birender has been a facilitator and key organizer of leadership retreats for youth in the GTA since 2003. Birender has also served as a Grant Committee Judge for the Ontario Arts Council in their grant distribution for Visual Art Organizations. Birender is also currently serving as the Finance Director for the Sikh Arts Council (Canada), a new organization raising awareness and providing art education.
Birender’s currently serves on Finance committee. She is responsible for all filings with governmental authorities, as well as managing the finances of the organization.
Gosha Sekhon – Director
Gosha has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Calgary and an LL.B. from Queen’s University. Gosha currently works with a major Canadian financial institution as a Senior Audit Manager. She and her husband reside in Oakville with their two children. Gosha has been an avid supporter of SFB from its inception, including previous participation as a Board member from 2010-2012.
Gurvinder Singh Bassi – Director
Gurvinder is a Senior Associate in the Transactions Services practice of the Deals group at PwC LLP. Gurvinder assists both financial and corporate buyers and sellers in evaluating investments, mergers and acquisitions. Through the due diligence process, the Transaction Services team helps clients understand the dynamics of a deal and the business and works with their clients to help shape deal hypotheses, value drivers, synergies, risks and ultimately pricing.
Gurvinder has been actively involved with the Seva Food Bank since its inception as a volunteer and member of various committees. Currently, Gurvinder serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Finance Committee.
Gurvinder holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with distinction from the University of Toronto and holds the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations.
Harbaljit Singh Kahlon – Director
Harbaljit Singh Kahlon works as a consultant in the Financial Services Industry in Toronto. He graduated from the Schulich School of Business with his MBA in addition to a BA in Political Science. While completing his MBA he spent 2 terms overseas in India for an internship with a Real Estate Consultancy firm and participated in an academic exchange at The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. While overseas Harbaljit worked with local charities supporting underprivileged children in getting a better education. His charity work also includes working for Endeavour Consulting, a Non for Profit Group which develops strategy and governance models for local Toronto charities. In addition, Harb is a key community liaison in the Toronto Punjabi Community volunteering his expertise on various projects and initiatives.
Karanjit Singh Bhugra – Director
Karanjit Bhugra is a seasoned finance professional that has enjoyed a broad array of experiences spanning mergers & acquisitions, corporate advisory, and corporate finance. As an investment banker for seven years, Karanjit has advised mid-cap and large-cap corporations on a variety of financial advisory matters. Karanjit began his investment banking career with BMO Capital Markets advising large North American and Asian based clients wishing to pursue cross-border M&A activity. At the boutique firm, Strateva Partners, Karanjit provided financial advisory services to small and mid-cap entities in relation to potential acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, and restructuring initiatives. His experience has spanned a variety of industries, including: real estate, IT, manufacturing, metals & mining, clean technology, and retail.
Since early 2014, Karanjit has been with Roynat Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Nova Scotia, currently serving the role as Director, Structured Finance. Roynat is Canada’s leading provider of specialized, innovative long-term capital and business solutions for mid-sized companies. In addition to being active in hotel financings, Karanjit specializes in the underwriting of complex transactions, including ones that involve: management/leveraged buy-outs, equity take-outs, subordinated debt, and cash flow/unsecured lending. Typical clients include entrepreneurs, private equity investors, family investment offices, and real estate holding companies.
Karanjit holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Karanjit currently serves on the Board of Seva Food Bank, an initiative of Sikhs Serving Canada, and remains actively involved with a number of charitable organizations.
Kiran Battu – Director
Kiran Battu graduated from the University of Waterloo with her Honours BSc in Pharmacy, in addition to an Honours BSc in Biomedical Sciences. She currently works as a Clinical Pharmacist at Toronto General Hospital. She is also a lead pharmacist in the MERA research study (A pilot study of a MEdication RAtionalization (MERA) Intervention), an initiative funded by the Canadian Frailty Network.
Kiran was a co-founder of Community Action Now, a student-run organization that selected one community project every semester to engage the entire student body. Some examples of projects included sponsoring a soup kitchen for a day, organizing a fundraiser to raise money for the earthquake victims of Haiti, and sponsoring several families during the winter holidays. She was recently a recipient of the 2016 Leading Women, Building Communities Award from the province of Ontario. She now spends her free time being active in the community as an organizer of Sikh Nutrition Club, and a volunteer with both the Sikh Research Institute and Sikh Heritage Month. She has been longstanding volunteer and supporter of Seva Food Bank since 2013.
Kulvir Singh Gill – Board Chair & Interim Volunteer Executive Director
Kulvir Singh Gill is a Senior Principal with Clareo Partners, a growth strategy consultancy based in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and with Barrick Gold Corporation in their organizational effectiveness practice.
Kulvir has been actively involved in the Sikh-Canadian community. He has served in leadership roles with the Sikh Centennial Foundation, Spinning Wheel Film Festival, and Toronto Sikh Youth Retreats. Kulvir also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System Foundation and is on the board of Habitat For Humanity – Brampton. He was a 2011 Action Canada fellow, participated in the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Gill holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm. from the University of Calgary and currently lives with his family in Brampton.
Mandeep (Sandy) Kaur Grewal – Director & Corporate Secretary
Sandy Kaur Grewal graduated from York University with her honours BA in Psychology and now works as an Independent Consultant in Project Management. Her most recent assignment is that of Sr. Project Control Officer at TD Canada Trust with the Strategic Initiatives Group. She has been a volunteer and key organizer with the Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation since 1993 and served as one of the first member of their Board of Directors.
Manraj Singh Pannu – Director
Manraj S. Pannu is a graduate of the Queen’s University Electrical Engineering program and has been working as an Applications and Project Engineer for the past two years. Manraj is an active member of his community where he has worked on various youth leadership initiatives with the City of Pickering and tutors first and second year university students. Manraj is an organizer for the annual Toronto Sikh Retreat. In his off time, Manraj is learning and teaching the art of Gurmat Sangeet.
Sarabjot (Jyoti) Kaur Bedi – Director
Jyoti Kaur Bedi, graduated from the University of Manitoba, with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Microbiology. Her keen interest in the Human Resources industry, led her to complete her Post Graduate Human Resources certification at George Brown College, and she then obtained her CHRP designation. She has worked at Loblaw Companies Ltd. since 2012, and is currently employed as a Human Resources Professional at Joe Fresh.
Her parents instilled the values of giving back, and helping the community, which is why Seva has been such an important part of her life since her early days. Jyoti, has volunteered at a number of charitable organizations including, Canadian Diabetes Association, University Health Network, President’s Choice Children’s Charity, Pink Attiude and now the Seva Food Bank. She aspires to make the world a better place by helping those in need, one person at a time.
Sundeep Bhatia – Director and Finance Committee Chair
Sundeep Singh Bhatia is a Director within the Financial Services industry and has diverse experience in Finance, Treasury, and Risk Management with global multi-billion dollar organizations. He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree and also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Sundeep has been actively involved with the Seva Food Bank since its inception and is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition to his current role with the organization, he has held the role of Chief Financial Officer during a Federal Election Campaign. Sundeep lives with his wife and son in Mississauga.