Leadership Achievements at CANES Community Care
Fred Peters, Board Chair of CANES Community Care (CANES) is very pleased to announce that Mike Valkama, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at CANES, has been honoured with a Leadership Award presented in Toronto on December 3rd by the Bhayana Family Foundation, and United Way Toronto. This award is presented annually to a select group of leaders in the not-for-profit community within Toronto who demonstrate exemplary leadership capabilities and play an exceptional role in helping others contribute to the success of CANES Community Care.
Leadership: Mike Valkama
Pictured here, in alphabetical order: Madan Bhayana, Raksha M. Bhayana, Samir Bhayana, Jyoti Brar, Gord Gunning, Susan McIsaac, Swartika Nair, Mike Valkama
Mike is a visionary who motivates everyone he works with. His relentless commitment to the healthcare sector and the community make him the ideal recipient of this award. As CANES’s chief operating officer, he is recognized for steering his agency through a remarkable period of change, which includes the introduction of advanced technology and a total revamp in client services for hundreds of seniors the agency serves each year.
“Mike has played a significant leadership role at CANES and is always willing to take on new challenges,” stated Gord Gunning, CEO at CANES Community Care. “He participates actively on a number or external and internal committees and motivates all of those he works with,” Mr. Gunning added.
In addition to this achievement, Fred Peters is also pleased to advise that Gord Gunning, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) now joins a select group of not-for-profit leaders who have successfully completed the Community Shift Executive Leadership program sponsored by the Ivey Business School at Western University, and supported by KPMG Enterprise and The Globe and Mail. This intensive case-based, week long program was delivered in late November, 2014 in London, Ontario to 49 senior non-profit executives representing a diverse group of organizations from across Canada. “The theme of this program is ‘Good Leaders Learn’ and we are pleased that our leadership at CANES continue to push their own limits to learn new skills – it makes our agency that much stronger,” stated Mr. Peters.
For more information on the Bhayana Family Foundation/United Way Toronto Leadership Awards or the Community Shift program offered by The Ivey Business School at Western University please go to:
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