Board of Directors
Robert Horst (President and Chair)
Robert Horst has almost 13 years experience with Oxford Properties in a variety of roles and responsibilities.
From 2007 to 2010, Robert was the Property Manager at Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Following Yorkdale, Robert was the General Manager at Upper Canada Mall for three years where he oversaw daily activities of each of the shopping centre’s departments. During this time sales increased by nearly 30% and the shopping centre repositioned itself as a fashion leader in the GTA. The mall’s level of community participation and support also increased through various charitable projects for Southlake Hospital, Easter Seals, and Belinda’s Place, to name a few.
Currently, Robert is Director & General Manager at the Scarborough Town Centre where he continues to be an active member in the community including his role as President of the Scarborough Walk of Fame. With the support of Robert’s leadership and positive culture, Scarborough Town Centre has successfully repositioned itself as the East GTA’s premier fashion and lifestyle destination.
Rosanna Cavallaro is the Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Centennial College, and a member of the Executive Team. She joined Centennial College’s team in 2004 and has a major role leading the marketing of Centennial College locally and worldwide.
During her impressive career, Rosanna played a pivotal role in shaping the unprecedented wireless communications industry in Canada, first as Bell Mobility’s Director of Marketing and Communications and then as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Rogers Communications Inc. She worked directly with the late Ted Rogers on wireless marketing and the cross promotion of all Rogers products and services. According to Rosanna, working with two major rivals and re-branding both Bell Mobility and Rogers Communications was a rare privilege.
Rosanna’s past international experience included managing a local advertising agency in Nassau, Bahamas where she worked on national and local brands such as John Bull Jewelers, CIBC and Esso Standard Oil South America. In her current role she frequently works with the International College team on projects worldwide and most recently on our learning centre site in Suzhou China.
A Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner, Rosanna is Chair of the Heads of Marketing for College’s Ontario and is on the Colleges Ontario Executive Strategic Marketing Committee.She recently lead the highly successful 50th Anniversary Paint the Town Green initiative for Centennial College involving over 20,000 participants including staff, students, and alumni. The same concept was also held internationally and was a huge success.As a seasoned traveler, committed to inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, she cherishes the experience she’s gained as Project Lead for the Centennial College Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experiences and has led groups of students and staff to Cusco, Peru and Roatan, Honduras.
A professional who thrives in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, Jai Lee is currently Marketing Director of Scarborough Town Centre (STC) where she develops and executes strategies that position the centre as a market leader.
Committed to creative innovation and superior customer experience, Jai successfully marketed the completion of STC’s $63 million redevelopment in 2010 and its $37 million food court renovation in 2016. As Marketing Director for Yorkdale Shopping Centre, she created ICSC award winning campaigns celebrating the Centre’s 40th anniversary and the launch of its $104 million dollar grand re-opening of 40 new retail stores.
As Marketing Manager at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jai played a key role in the record-breaking success of the Barnes Exhibit garnering attendance of almost 600,000 visitors and stimulating the production of $137 million in goods and services across Ontario.
An honours graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Jai has won numerous ICSC awards and holds certificates in the Marketing Director (CMD) and Shopping Centre Manager (CSM) programs. In addition, she has earned a General Arts Certification from the British Institute of Fine Arts, Florence Italy.
Scarborough Walk of Fame board member, Marg Middleton is an indefatigable community advocate. After a stellar career as General Manager of Metroland Media, Marg retired in 2014 and is currently busier than ever. She is actively involved in identifying, forming and maintaining partnerships, connections and sponsorships among countless organizations within the community.
As the Scarborough Business Association’s first President and Chair, Marg helped to form an organization intensely focused on helping business to thrive and to drive prosperity in Scarborough. She continues to be an active member and passionate advocate for the association.
Along with the Scarborough Walk of Fame Association, Centennial College’s Circle of Champions and Scarborough Women of Philanthropy have each relied upon Marg’s skills at community building and her management savvy. Marg has recently accepted a seat on the board of The Scarborough Community Renewal Organization and was humbled to be recognized by UTSC as one of Scarborough’s 150 Neighbours this year.
A long-time resident of Scarborough, Marg Middleton has proven her dedication to the betterment and prosperity of the community where she and her husband Dave call home.
Diane Miller is a thirty-six year veteran of the Toronto Police Service (TPS). Her career has included being a decoy in sexual assault cases, being the first female Detective assigned to the Homicide Squad and working in the Witness Protection Program. After attaining the rank of Superintendent, she was the Unit Commander of 32 Division (North York), 42 Division (Scarborough), and Court Services.
In addition to her regular duties, Superintendent Miller was the TPS Military Liaison Officer and Co-Chair of the United Way Leadership Campaign. She also served as an Aide de Camp to The Honourable David C. Onley and the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdswell, Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, from 2007 to 2015.
Between May of 2013 and March of 2014 Superintendent Miller was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was deployed on an International Policing Mission in Afghanistan.
Diane retired from the TPS in July of 2016. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Scarborough Walk of Fame since May of 2010. She currently serves as Secretary for the Board.
Lana Durst is a Certified Professional Accountant and is passionate about continuous learning and development and striving for operational efficiency and effectiveness in an ever changing environment. Lana worked at Manulife Financial for 16 years in a variety of positions in Internal Audit, Investment Accounting and Operations, Financial Systems, and spent her last two years at Manulife as the Assistant Vice President of Treasury Cash Operations and Bank Relations.
Her experience provided her with the opportunity to: integrate complex systems and business processes following large mergers and acquisitions; implement new and upgraded financial systems; and successfully lead global teams through major organizational changes.
Lana currently volunteers as a Board Member for Prosper Canada, teaches Accounting part time at Centennial College, and promotes financial literacy by conducting Financial Literacy Workshops designed by CPA Canada.
For over twenty years, lawyer Peter Viitre has been advising Canadian domestic and international clients on a wide range of complex business law issues and transactions.Peter focuses primarily on Franchise Law and Mergers and Acquisitions and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Franchise Law Section and a member of the International Franchise Association's Legal/Legislative Committee. He also routinely advises on general commercial matters, including corporate governance, financing, and marketing initiatives.
Peter has been recognized as a leading Canadian franchise lawyer in many peer reviews including LEXPERT, Chambers, Franchise Times and in 2015, Best Lawyers named him Franchise Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. In 2016, he was appointed a member of the Ontario Government's Business Law Advisory Council and is currently the Chair of the Council’s Franchise Law Working Group.A proud graduate of Scarborough’s Woburn Collegiate, Peter earned a Bachelor of Communications with High Distinction from the University of Toronto and an L.L.B. from the University of Toronto.
Andrew I. Arifuzzaman, MBA
Over the past 25 years, Andrew has held progressively senior leadership roles across the academic and health sectors in some of Canada’s most prestigious organizations.
Throughout his career, Andrew has led teams in a wide range of business disciplines including operations, finance, marketing and communications, information technology, research, partnerships, government relations, capital development and strategy.
As Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Andrew has spearheaded the development of the Campus’s Strategic and Master Plans and brand strategy. He has also fostered partnerships across the public and private sectors that have brought together diverse groups and built innovative new programs and opportunities including the creation of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Before joining the University of Toronto, Andrew was a key leader in the merger to create the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). First providing operational leadership of the research program and then moved to take on a senior leadership role of all Clinical Programs.
Andrew is also active as board member for Toronto Pan AM Sports Centre Inc, the Scarborough Walk of Fame, Ontario Shores and serves as a strategic advisor for the Toronto Zoo and Youthlinks.
Andrew received his undergraduate training in philosophy and psychology from York University, Toronto and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
Aly Virji is currently a Staff Sergeant in the Toronto Police Service Strategy Management Unit. Aly has worked in a variety of roles and units, including Major Crime, Intelligence Services, Toronto Police College, and Human Resources. Aly has a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, an Honours Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education, as well as numerous leadership and education certificates.
Aly is an international presenter who has facilitated sessions for numerous groups of police leaders. He has been a keynote and motivational speaker at countless community events and is a tireless volunteer with a particular focus on inspiring young people.
As an adjunct professor at George Brown College, Aly also teaches courses on Leadership, Communication and Group Dynamics, Human Resource Management, Speaking with Confidence and Professional Customer Service.
Aly’s knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as his diverse leadership experience, are welcome assets to the Scarborough Walk of Fame Board of Directors.
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation
Michael has a passion for health care and an impressive background as an innovative fundraiser and leader. Since joining Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Foundation’s (SRH Foundation) legacy organization in March 2009, Michael has aggressively worked to strengthen donor relations in one of Canada’s most diverse communities. Under Michael’s leadership, SRH Foundation is successfully building programs and implementing new fundraising initiatives while increasing visibility in the community. SRH Foundation funds critical health care needs by supporting Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s vision of being recognized as Canada’s leader in providing the best health care for a global community.
Prior to joining SRH Foundation, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer for Renascent Foundation, a leader in providing alcohol and drug addiction treatment. In his dozen years with Renascent, Michael increased philanthropic revenue by over 1,000 per cent, and led the organization through a successful expansion program that funded new beds, allowed for new programs, and reduced wait times during a 10-year government funding freeze.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Health Care professionals, and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional designation. Active in the Scarborough community, Michael also sits on the Board of Directors for the Scarborough Walk of Fame, acts as Chair of the Health Care Sector Advisory Board at Centennial College, and coaches youth football for the Scarborough Thunder.