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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 Patterson is a CA, CPA and a director of client service for Resources Global Professionals in Toronto.  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.

A senior finance professional with more than 15 years of experience, Susan worked within KPMG’s audit practice for seven years prior to transitioning to KPMG’s recruiting group within the human resources department where she worked for seven years. Susan was responsible for all recruitment, including campus recruiting, experienced hire recruitment and international secondments.

Susan holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Queen’s University. 

Currently Susan’s community involvement includes volunteering as part of Toronto’s Out of the Cold Program on a weekly basis. 

Vice-President: Ciprian Gligor
Corporate and commercial law, SNC-Lavalin Capital

Ciprian Gligor is a corporate and commercial lawyer at SNC-Lavalin Capital with a focus on infrastructure development, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and project financing both in Canada and globally. His interest in child development originated during his time as an international teacher and has continued throughout his legal career. Ciprian has a double major in anthropology and psychology and a bachelor of laws from University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
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 18 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: 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.
Past President: 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
Senior Counsel and Managing Director, Communications, Offord Group, Inc.

Alison Holt works with charities on fundraising and campaign strategy development at the Offord Group, a leading Canadian philanthropic consultancy firm. She also leads Offord’s communications practice. 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 was the associate editor of the Alumni Review magazine and worked in alumni relations, advancement communications and campaign communications. Alison is the recipient of Queen’s University’s Herbert J. Hamilton Award for service to the university, where she currently sits as vice-chair of the University Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees’ External Relations and Development Committee. She has chaired council’s Governance Renewal Committee and been on the Chancellor’s Selection Committee and the Board of the Alumni Association. She is a regular Canadian Accredited Independent School Leadership Institute faculty member. She is a past member of the Integra Foundation Board of Directors, AFP’s D3 event planning committee, and past vice-president of CCAE.