Past Board Of Directors

Executive and Board of Directors (2014-2015)

Executive

President: Sergio Ruivo

Sergio Ruivo was born in Leiria, Portugal and immigrated to Canada with his family at a young age. Sergio graduated from university in 1985 with Honours Bachelor Degree in Finance and was admitted to Order of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1987.

Sergio Ruivo is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience in public accounting/management consulting. He spent several years within industry in senior financial roles, before moving into the commodity sales tax consulting field and a return to the practice of public accounting primarily serving the needs of the Portuguese business community.

Sergio is a past Treasurer and current President of the Federation of Portuguese Business and Professionals (FPCBP) and has been on the boards of various other community organizations over the years. He has thoroughly enjoyed his return to Public Accounting in large part due the great support he has received. He is focused on bringing a high level of professionalism to his practice and ensuring that the clients, in particular Portuguese businesses, achieve sustainable long-term success within the broader Canadian business context.

Vice-President: Daniel Correia

Daniel Correia is an Investment Advisor and Certified Retirement Specialist located in the Toronto Summit branch with the Guild Wealth Advisory Group. Daniel provides a full-suite of wealth management services to his clients, including tax, investment and wealth planning. Daniel’s dedication to exceptional client experiences and innovative financial strategies are the foundations of his business.

Guild Wealth clients include family stewards, private corporations, and individuals looking for advice and consultation on investments and advanced wealth planning. The investment philosophy is centered on protecting clients valued assets by managing risk and enhancing the return conservatively.

Daniel is the Committee chair for the Restricted Fund committee for Varsity Athletics at the University of Toronto. Daniel is also a Director with the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada and Vice President for the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals.

He spends his time working and volunteering with different charitable organizations across Canada and continues to be actively-involved in a wide range of charitable and community organizations including the United Way, The Boys & Girls Club of Canada, and Habitat for Humanity.

Secretary: Nicole Cipriano

Financial Services Manager
April 2013

Nicole was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She then immigrated to Portugal with her parents where she completed her education and spent eight years living and creating routes in her background culture. Nicole has been working for BMO Bank of Montreal since December 2010. During the last four years of her career she has been able to achieve and surpass a number of goals which have brought her to her current position. In 2013, she was awarded “BMO Best of the Best” for her achievements and contribution to the team. Nicole has joined FPCBP because she understands the importance of maintaining the spirit of our culture and promoting our beliefs and traditions. She has participated in several community and charitable events as well as dedicated her time to volunteering in the community.

Treasurer: Tony Araujo

Directors

Catarina Barroso

First year on the board. Currently working as a Labour Relations Consultant at Canada Post. In addition to volunteering with the board, she also volunteers at Emily’s House Children’s Hospice as a child care volunteer. Catarina previously volunteered with the Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston as a crisis line counsellor.

Catarina is a graduate from Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts Honours)  and the University of Toronto (Master’s of Industrial Relations and Human Resources).

Fernando Costa

Fernando is a founding member of the FPCBP. A lawyer practicing in Toronto since 1977, he has been active in various Portuguese Canadian community organizations since the early ’70s. Fernando has held numerous civic appointments at the City of Toronto, including the Planning Board, Historical Board, Board of Health, and the Committee of Adjustment. He has served as a Director of the Crown Corporation Innovations Ontario, providing venture capital to cutting edge technology. He has chaired quasi judicial boards at both the provincial and federal level. Chair of the Review Tribunal dealing appeals under Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. He has presided over panels dealing with police disciplinary matters under previous provincial legislation dealing with civilian oversight. More recently he was appointed as a member of the Physician Payment Review Board of Ontario. Fernando is a former counsel to the Consulate General of Portugal

Susie Dantas

Susie Dantas, Account Director Youville Creative Community

A Luso-Canadian international brand-marketing specialist with 9 years of experience. Susie completed an international bachelor of Business at the Schulich School of Business where she was recruited to work for L’Oreal Canada. She quickly climbed the ranks from marketing trainee to product and then group manger experiencing double-digit growth year after year. She then took on the challenge of National account manger and successfully launched the biggest hair care line in L’Oreal’s history reaching record-breaking market shares in less than 3 months. Her vast experience in marketing and sales made her a perfect candidate for marketing development at the L’Oreal international headquarters in Paris, France where she spent almost 2 years researching global trends, writing international concepts, and developing world wide campaigns. Her profound experience in brand marketing on a national and international level as well as her keen sense for details and high standard for perfection makes her an invaluable member of the Youville Creative Community team where she currently works as Account Director.

Susie lives in Toronto, Canada with her fiancée and enjoys going for long walks with her chocolate lab Samson, yoga and travelling.

Pedro Da Fonseca

Currently enrolled at Harvard University attending a Masters in Management program, Pedro da Fonseca was born and raised in northern Portugal and moved to Canada to pursue additional post-secondary education as well as international work experience.  With a Summa Cum Laude business degree from York University, Pedro has held a number of different work positions ranging from Vice-President in one of the largest real estate companies in Canada, to consultant to multiple Chinese companies and is occasionally a Guest Lecturer at McGill University.

Pedro enjoys staying busy professionally and personally.  You can often spot him at the gym in the weekends practicing and teaching Wing-Tsun kung fu.

As a past recipient of two scholarships by the FPCBP, including the “FPCBP New Generation Award”, he wanted to offer his time and support to assist one of the key organizations that assisted him when he first landed in Canada.

Ines Gomes

Ines Gomes specializes in cross-cultural, development and strategic marketing and communications. She has cultivated strong stakeholder and relationship management skills through nine years of combined international experience in sustainability, strategy, marketing, public relations and consulting. Ines holds an MBA in International Business from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in the Brazilian and Latin America markets. She was also a recipient of a FPCBP scholarship in 2014, which supported her graduate research in the sustainability space.

Susy Henriques

Susy C. Henriques, PFP
Branch Manager at Scotiabank

Susy was born in Toronto, lived in Portugal until she was 16 and returned to Toronto to forge a new life alongside her older sister Elizabeth. Determined to make a career in Canada she was working two part-time jobs simultaneously when she started a third at Scotiabank. From then to now, Susy has worked for Scotiabank for 25 years. In this time she has held different positons moving up over the years from part-time Teller, Ledger Officer, Personal Banking Officer, Senior Personal Banking Officer, Financial advisor, Manager Personal Banking to recently becoming the Manager of the Eglinton and Caledonia branch.. With her financial planning background Susy has been advising customers and their families with their investments and borrowing needs.

She has been attending events hosted by the Federation of Portuguese Business and Professionals (FPCBP) for many years and joined as a board member in 2013. Susy believes in giving back to the community. She has been involved in raising funds for several charitable organizations such as United Way, Reach for the Rainbow, Baycrest, and local charities within the neighbourhood. She also ran with Rosa Mota, the Portuguese Olympian who was her idol and considered the greatest female marathon runner of all times, to raise funds for Doctors hospital.

Susy lives in Toronto with her husband and her two daughters, both of which she encourages to also be active and give back to the community. On her spare time she loves to play tennis, go for a bike ride and spend time travelling with her family.

Paulo Pereira

Paulo Pereira is a 2nd year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, studying accounting and political science. He has previously won the FPCBP scholarship on two occasions and is dedicating time and effort to give back to the federation.

Professionally, Paulo Pereira has only ever worked in Construction in order to pay for his university education. He plans on obtaining a CPA designation upon finishing his undergraduate education.

Paulo Pereira is also an active member of Portuguese community centres scene. He is a board and rancho member for ACMT.

Bruna Vilani

Royal Bank of Canada, Sr. Account Manager, Business & Personal

Joined the board in 2012

I joined the FPCBP for a closer sense of Community and to strive for a better integration between the Financial Industry and the Portuguese Community. I also wanted to give back where possible but most importantly, I wanted to ensure I never forgot my heritage nor my roots.