Landlord’s Self-Help Centre is governed by a ten-member volunteer Board of Directors comprised of individuals who represent the client constituency and skilled professionals and who have taken an interest in the work and business affairs of the Centre.

2021 Board of Directors

Jason McGuire, President

Jason is a Property Manager and President of Real Property Management Service, specializing in offering landlords a hands off and full service solution to owning rental properties. Our portfolio includes many varieties of rental properties including single family homes, basement apartments, condo units, multiplexes, and apartment buildings. Through the overseeing and managing of many different properties Jason brings an insight from his experience. Jason owns and a variety of rental properties throughout Canada and draws on his experience to assist LSHC. Jason was appointed by the Board of Directors in November 2011 and elected by the membership in October 2012.

Raj Bharati, Vice President

Raj Bharati is a lawyer at the Technical Standards & Safety Authority.  He previously worked at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Regional Municipality of York and at an environmental law firm. Raj was until recently a small-scale landlord and has experience with Landlord and Tenant Board proceedings. He is particularly interested in contributing to LSHC’s government relations, law reform activities, and raising public awareness of landlord issues. He was a founding board member of Cycle Toronto and also serves on a City of Toronto committee of adjustment.

Tory Sullivan, Secretary

Tory is a self-employed property manager and has enjoyed this role for the last 15 years. She has been an active member of LSHC since 2001 and participated in the focus group for CMHC’s Best Practices Guide for Residential Rental Investors in 2006 and has been involved with the Landlord Connect Project since it’s inception. Tory is a landlord with four apartments in the Beach area of Toronto. She and her husband have two children. Tory became a member of the Board of Directors in March 2007 and is a member of the Program Development Committee.

Raymond D’souza, Treasurer

Raymond currently works with the Liberty Utilities Canada as a Business Transformation Manager.  With his 25+ years of finance experience specializing in Finance and Accounting offering an array of skills in cash flow forecasting, budgetary planning, productivity metrics analysis, team management and stakeholder engagement. Raymond became a member of the board of directors in February 2020 and is keen to offer his finance and accounting knowledge to the clinic.

Giovanni Cerisano

Giovanni worked for over 25 years as a marketing communications and design professional. He held leadership roles at several companies across various sectors, including a technology start-up and a multinational ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) where he managed a global team and acted as in-house consultant to multinational clients.

Giovanni decided to make property management a career after taking over operations of one of his own properties and discovering how much he enjoyed it. As an IHM-certified property manager, he currently runs a non-profit seniors’ housing complex where he manages the staff, leads capital projects, plans social activities, develops strategic partnerships with community organizations, and serves on several board committees.

Giovanni’s previous volunteer work includes a term as Treasurer for the Catholic School Advisory Council at St. Raphael School, fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society, assistant coach on a little league baseball team, and serving on York Region’s RGI steering committee.

Giovanni has been a LSHC member since 2015. After personally benefiting from the service and educational resources offered by the clinic, Giovanni wanted to become an LSHC champion. He was excited to get that opportunity as a board member.

Stephanie Chipman

Stephanie Chipman, CHRL, currently works with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada as an HR Manager.  With her 20+ years of experience as a strategic partner and expertise in Human Resources, she enjoys working with others on solutions that enable maximum performance effectiveness through people.  Being a small-scale landlord herself who manages her own properties, she was keen to offer her contributions to the important work of the clinic.  Stephanie has been a member of the Board since December 2018.

Samantha Glass

As a Paralegal and entrepreneur in Toronto, Samantha brings multiple years of passion and dedication to the lobbying and betterment of legislation for landlords like herself. Full-time, Samantha provides legal service to the financial community with a prime focus is Small Claims Court Litigation and enforcement.

With over five years volunteering within the legal community, Samantha has held keys roles such as Chairperson of the education committee for the Paralegal Society of Ontario; and currently holds the position of Secretary of the Regional Representation Committee with the Ontario Paralegal Association. Samantha can also be found hosting Get Legal Milton, which is a call show surrounding multiple areas of law.

Petar Guzina

Petar earned an LL.B. and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004.  After his call to the bar in 2005, Petar worked in a general law practice in Stoney Creek Ontario as well as the community legal clinic in Brantford Ontario.  As a provincially appointed adjudicator, Petar was a Member of the Landlord and Tenant Board for ten years from 2009 through to the end of 2019.  At the beginning of 2020, Petar started practicing law as a sole proprietor at his firm Guzina Law.

John Lam

John is a full time employee of Sun Life Financial. He is also a small landlord since 2011.  He gains useful landlord experience through dealing with a number of tenants in various situation. Landlord Tenant disputes and Canadian housing market are the topics which interest John most.  Checking the sold price of nearby properties would be part of his daily routine which he won’t miss.

Vijay Shah

Vijay has been a small-scale landlord and a member of Landlord’s Self Help Centre since 2009. He has held senior-level roles at various Banks for over 25 years. Currently, he is a Paralegal and Principal of Denali Paralegal Services and focuses his practice in the areas of Landlord-Tenant disputes, Small Claims Court and Traffic tickets. Vijay joined the Board of Directors in 2021 with the aim of giving back to the community.

Recruitment

LSHC is seeking candidates for an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Directors. We invite applications from volunteers with knowledge and expertise in the area human resource management. The ideal candidate will be positive, energetic and able to work cooperatively as part of a team. Experience with non-profit or community-based organizations and/or a connection to the residential rental business in Ontario would be an asset. To learn more about serving on the board and this particular campaign, view the post at https://landlordselfhelp.com/board-recruitment/.

Landlord’s Self-Help Centre is always interested in recruiting volunteers to participate on Board committees. Committee members often become candidates for board vacancies, committee work provides a strong foundation of knowledge about the Centre and insight into operations, policies, procedures, history and objectives.