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Natalie Santos

As a Condominium Manager, Natalie Santos has developed a unique perspective overseeing the operations of a demanding, modern-day condominium with an abundance of industry knowledge and building maintenance expertise. With a career spanning over a decade between 2010 to 2022, employed within two distinguished property management companies, Natalie’s team-oriented nature, determination and definitive communication has led her to successfully operate an impressive 1500 units at six sites all the while increasing work productivity among her staff through an energetic atmosphere.

Natalie’s proficiency is in building operations, budgetary management and coordinating with talented teams of engineers, lawyers and building developers. She’s never evaded conducting conflict resolution in relation to her managerial projects and building operations. She is an accomplished licensed Condominium Manager in Ontario, certified in Project Management with the University of Toronto and has successfully completed two Blueprint Analysis for Construction courses with George Brown College. Natalie’s pride and satisfaction emanates from the ability to help others in her community with her array of qualifications and skills.

Richard Ramos

Richard Ramos is an accomplished project management professional and planner with 20 years of experience in construction management and land development. His extensive background ranges from the initial municipal planning stages, right through to budget management in all phases of construction. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture, and is a qualified examiner for the Ontario Building Code. He also holds a professional project manager designation in the construction industry, and has been a member since 2009. From 2000 to 2007, Richard was employed with several credited architectural firms, as a senior architectural consultant and planner for proposed residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects. He has been responsible for project management from the ground-breaking stage through to completion, while controlling budgets and schedules. From 2008 to 2014, Richard held the position of senior project manager with the York Catholic District School Board to oversee the construction of all new elementary and secondary schools, while maintaining an annual budget of over $80 million in construction costs.

Christopher J. Clapperton

Chris’ law practice of over 20 years encompasses estate, trust and tax planning and related administration and litigation. He acts as an independent mediator for wealthy families on estate disputes. Chris is often requested to act either alone or with a clients’ family members as attorney for property, estate trustee under wills, or as trustee under family trusts. Chris assists business owners with succession planning strategies and implementation, estate freezing, corporate reorganizations, corporate counsel (including partnership and shareholder agreements), advising on domestic and international tax issues and compliance matters, assistance with the Canada Revenue Agency, technical interpretation requests under the Income Tax Act (Canada), advance income tax ruling applications, and dispute mediation.

Manuel DaCosta

Manuel founded Viana Roofing and Sheet Metal in 1984, which is a construction and restoration company undertaking industrial, commercial and residential work. Currently, he employs over 100 staff, who are mostly of Portuguese backgrounds. Furthermore, he founded the JDC Property Management Group in 2001, a developmental and property management company. The company oversees the construction of management of commercial and residential buildings, including condominiums and residential properties. In 2011, he founded SIT Properties to develop and manage commercial and residential properties, with emphasis, also in the entertainment industry. Manuel is the original founder and builder of the Portuguese-Canadian Walk of Fame, which was created to recognize Portuguese- Canadians, who have made substantial contributions to the enhancement of Portuguese culture within Canada. Recently, the Portuguese-Canadian Walk of Fame celebrated its 7th year.

Irene S. Faria

Irene graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University, and was the recipient of the Don Beam Award for general academic proficiency and outstanding contribution to the Business Administration Program. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Irene has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Mississauga South Liberal Riding Association since 2017 and was the Chief Financial Officer for the Lawrence Liberal Association and for its Candidate/MPP. In the past, Irene was a board and executive member of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals and for Brands for Canada. Now, Irene works at the MNP LLP.

Tulia Ferreira

Tulia is a Registered Nurse by profession and holds a Bachelor in Health Services Administration.  She has been in the senior care industry for over 30 years.

She brings with her expertise and knowledge in nursing, administration, organization management, programs, management information systems, and legislative standards.

Tulia has published articles on drug utilization and skin care programs.   She also served as member of the Resident Care Committee and other task force groups at the Ontario Long Term Care Association. 

As a Consultant, Tulia provided a variety of consulting and oversight services to urban and rural senior care facilities in the province of Ontario. Tulia was seconded by the Ontario government to draft policy that informed the decisions for the legislation that governs long term care homes in Ontario.

In the last twelve years, Tulia has been instrumental in the creation, development and growth of the Surge Learning platform.  As the CEO of the Company and one of the co-founders she has led this company from its inception to the growth it enjoys today.

In her spare time, Tulia loves to spend time with her grandchildren and travel.  She enjoys different hobbies including golfing and skiing. 

John P. Ferreira

John is a real estate lawyer in Toronto whose practice involves real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He has been a director of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals, the Portuguese Canadian Lawyers Association, and a number of other community organizations. Most recently, John served as a director on the board of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario, until its merger with the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario. John is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Oxford University.

Vitor Fonseca

Vitor is Vice President and Treasurer of Romspen Investment Corporation. With a $3 billion portfolio Romspen is one of the largest non-bank providers of mortgage financing for real estate projects in North America. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer of Retirement Life Communities, Inc., a privately-owned developer, and manager of retirement homes.
Currently, Vitor is also chairman of the audit committee of Canntab Therapeutics, Inc. (medical cannabis) and Nuran Wireless Inc. (telecommunications), both publicly traded companies. He previously served as chairman of the audit committee of Enwave Energy Corporation, a Toronto-based district energy company owned by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) and of Mission Ready Solutions Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of specialized equipment and services to the US military.
Vitor earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors of the same University and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Ofelia Isabel

Ofelia spent most of her 30+ year career with Willis Towers Watson, a global business management consulting firm. She was a trusted advisor to some of the largest Canadian and global organizations, helping them with their risk and people strategies. Prior to her retirement in 2022, she held a number of leadership roles, including leading the Talent & Rewards business in Canada and the U.S. Midwest, leading the Toronto market with its 600 employees, and acting as the co-CEO for Canada across all lines of business.

She currently works as an executive coach for women in leadership, serves on the Board of the Working Women Community Centre, co-chairs the International Actuarial Association’s ESG-Governance working party, and sits on the Canadian Institute of Actuaries Practice Development Council. In her spare time, she enjoys travels to Portugal and spending time with her 10 nieces and nephews.

Ofelia is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Certified Professional Coach. She has a mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and attained her Human Resources Management credentials from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. 

Jack A. Prazeres

Jack began in the Masonry Industry in 1983 and from 2008 to 2014, he was President and/or Director of Masonry Contractors Association of Toronto. From 2011 to present, he was Chair of and/or Director of Masonry Worx. In 2011, he founded Senso Group Building Supplies, a supplier of masonry, landscaping and drywall materials serving the GTA. Jack was the publisher of the Portuguese Post Newspaper and is currently publisher of the Senso Magazine. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Director of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Jack was also a Member of the Peel Police Services Board from 2017 to 2019. He was on the board of MPAC from 2015 to 2017. Jack is Chair of Community Living Mississauga’s Tribute Dinner and President of Luso Canadian Charitable Society. Jack is a recipient of both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubliee Award and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. Jack was also awarded the Order of Portugal-Commendador in 2010.

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