Leadership2018-11-19T16:44:22+00:00

Leadership

Jack H. Shemavonian

President

A veteran communications executive with over twenty years of management experience, Jack currently serves as Vice President of Sales, Strategy & Services for Polycom Inc., a global leader in providing unified communications solutions to businesses of all sizes and across all industries around the world. Prior to his eight years at Polycom, Jack served in various management positions with Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and V-SPAN (now BT). Jack brings a track record of successful business development and a unique blend of inspirational leadership, strategic vision and a keen ability for tactical execution to his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Jack has deep passion for the global community and believes his gifts are to be used for a greater purpose in support of the poor. Jack is based in Florida where he lives with his wife, Cathy, and their three children.

Sunder Krishnan

Board Member

Sunder is a respected Bible scholar, teacher, author and much sought after international conference speaker. He recently stepped down from his role as pastor of Rexdale Alliance Church in Toronto, where he served faithfully for 36 years. Sunder grew up in New Delhi, India, where he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After a career as a nuclear engineer with Atomic Energy of Canada, Sunder joined the pastoral staff of Rexdale Alliance Church in 1980 where he has served since that time. Sunder is deeply committed to supporting and equipping those who work with the poor around the world. Sunder and his wife, Shyamala, have been married since 1971. They have two grown children, Vijay and Sheila, and six grandchildren.

Andrey Timofeev

Treasurer

Andrey is a Chartered Professional Accountant who works in finance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB). He previously earned an MBA from the American Institute of Business and Economics in Moscow. Andrey has a background in helping not-for-profit organizations streamline their finances. He was drawn to the work of Bopoma Villages in 2013, and since then has dedicated his passion and skills to his role as the organization’s treasurer. Andrey and his wife, Milla, live in Toronto with their daughter, Alina, and son, Matthew.

Ruth Yavtucovich

Board Member

A veteran marketing executive with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of brand management, corporate communications, organizational management with Rogers Cable Systems, Microsoft Canada and the energy sector of the Ontario government. Her expertise includes strategic planning and tactical execution, traditional and digital marketing, event management, website design, and social media. She is a seasoned advisor to executives on strategic, highly complex issues and challenges.

Ruth has a passion for helping the marginalized and the poor who struggle for their very survival.

Natalie Watson

Managing Director

Natalie began her career as a lawyer practicing family law. She later worked as a policy advisor at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, focusing on laws and programs affecting children and families. She retired in 2003 to devote her time to serving her family, church and community. She homeschooled her children, taught Sunday school, led the Alpha Course, volunteered with Prison Fellowship Canada and served on the Board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Natalie’s heart was captured by the people and situations she encountered on her first trip to Zimbabwe in 2010. Since then, it has been her joy to commit her time and energy to meeting the needs of children and families in rural Zimbabwe through her role as Managing Director of Bopoma Villages’ Canadian operations. Natalie and her husband, Randy, live in Toronto with their two daughters, Leah and Lara.
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Randy Watson

Executive Director

Randy is an interventional cardiologist at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. He has directed clinical cardiology programs and cardiac catheterization labs, and worked extensively in developing regional systems to provide advanced emergency care for heart attack victims. He previously directed undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing medical education programs at the University of Toronto, and served as the chief cardiology examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2009 Randy travelled to Zimbabwe on a fact-finding mission that would prove to be a life-changing journey. He was gripped by the tremendous deprivation and humbled by the faith, generosity, and resilience of the people he met. Randy is passionate about bringing health, hope and opportunity to the people of Zimbabwe through his work as Executive Director of Bopoma Villages.
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Clive Lobo

Development and Marketing

Clive grew up in India and Oman.  A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Clive Lobo began his career as a CPA at KPMG in the Midwest United States prior to relocating to Canada and launching a digital marketing business in Toronto and a real estate business in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In 2016, he sold his marketing firm and since then has focused on expanding his real estate business. Clive would like to use his marketing and business experience to help grow Bopoma Villages so it can serve more children and families in need.  Clive currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.