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Santa Comes to Bay Street holds an annual Santa's Work Shop which uniquely partners shoppers with families and recipients that are in need of support from shelters in the Greater Toronto Area. Gift givers select families or individual recipients and help make their holiday dreams come true by putting together a Santa's bag for each recipient. Bag's contents includes everything from basic necessities to gifts requested by the recipients. In this way we have created a very personalized process where individuals can help those who are in need around the holidays.
The first Santa's Work Shop was held in 2003, it set the foundation for the creation of a charity - Santa Comes to Bay Street. Over the last 18 years the event has grown substantially, the 2020 event provided gift bags to over 1750 recipients.
The SCTBS Team
The Board of Directors
Robert Cancelli, Chairman
Robert is a Managing Director with the Prime Services Group at CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC for the past five years. Prior to CIBC, Robert worked as an institutional salesman and trader on both the buy and sell side in New York and Toronto. A graduate of Dartmouth College in the US, Robert has spent his entire career in the financial services industry. Robert in his role as Chairman has widened the reach and broadened the depth of SCTBS. As the Chairman, Robert has been instrumental in raising funds and awareness for SCTBS.
Mary Matthews CPA, CA, ICD.D, President and Co-Founder
During her career, Ms. Matthews held numerous senior positions with both public and private corporations in the financial sector, most notably VP CIBC, Global Cost Cutting and EVP Sprott Asset Management, sales and marketing. Mary was also very active in the charitable sector, holding the position of both Treasurer, and subsequently, President of Ontario Special Olympics.
In addition to her role on the SCTBS Board, Mary is also a Director of AirBoss of America (BOS/T), a public company.
Stephanie Orloff, President and Co-Founder
As a Co-Founder of Santa Comes to Bay Street, Stephanie plays a vital role in the Santa team. She has spent her career in Sales and Account Management in financial markets, with Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv), TMX Group in Equity Trading and Linedata. Stephanie is also on the fundraising committee for Frontier College's Scrabble Night in Canada and was a True Patriot Love Expeditioner, Baffin Island, in 2019.
Chris Wilkinson, Treasurer
Chris worked for several financial institutions and held a number of different management roles before retiring in 2019 after 25 years in the industry. While in the industry, Chris led many community and charitable initiatives that included hands-on team activities and fundraising. Chris is currently developing projects that will allow him to share his coding knowledge with a wider audience in order to help others learn to program.
Dave Keggin, Secretary
Dave started volunteering with SCTBS in 2015, helping organize an impressive contingent of Elves at RBC Capital Markets. He’s been involved in shopping, fundraising, event organizing, and has now joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in 2020.
Dave has been in the Financial Services industry for 20 years, moving from the UK to Toronto in 2009. Over his 10+ year career at RBC Capital Markets he has held management roles in Technology, Business and Operations.
NICK ABE, CHAIR
SHOGHIG KULIDJIAN, CHAIR|