Our Team

Robin Dafoe, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar

As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Registrar of the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), Robin leads the organization to achieve its strategic vision to be an authoritative source of condo information and to effectively serve Ontario's growing condominium communities.

Robin has a long tenure in government service and has worked in a variety of ministries and agencies. Previous to her current role she provided the strategic leadership to successfully launch the CAO and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario, as Executive Director and Registrar for both authorities. Prior to that Robin held several senior management positions including: Director of Corporate Policy and Tribunal Relations at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where she worked with administrative justice executives across three tribunal clusters to help achieve their modernization goals; Implementation Director for the Ontario College of Trades, a new regulatory body for apprenticeship and trades certification in Ontario; Chief Administrative Officer/Director of Public Affairs at the Education Quality and Accountability Office; Corporate Secretary to the first CEO/Board of directors for Legal Aid Ontario; and, Chief Administrative Officer at the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Robin has a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business, and Bachelor of Arts in Law and Psychology from Carleton University.
 

Abena Buahene, Deputy Registrar / Executive Lead, Operational Transition

Abena Buahene is Deputy Registrar and Executive Lead, Operational Transition of the CAO, responsible for the delivery of the CAO’s information and digital services to Ontario’s condominium communities and for developing and leading initiatives to enhance  operational effectiveness across the CAO.

Abena has a strong record of success in organizational transformation and start-ups. Throughout a very broad and accomplished career, Abena has worked predominately in the professional services (legal, financial & architectural), higher education, and health-care fields. Previously, she held several executive and registrar positions, including her most recent role as Executive Director and Registrar of the Ontario Film Authority (OFA), a delegated administrative authority responsible for administering the Film Classification Act, 2005 and its associated regulation. The OFA regulates film distributors, exhibitors and retailers, and oversees the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB).

Abena was called to the Bar of British Columbia, holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Lakehead University.

Laura Seaton, Director, Communications and Outreach 

Laura Seaton is a seasoned Marketing and Communications professional with 19 years of expertise in both the Public and Private sectors. Her experience spans across Corporate Communications, Marketing, Client Services, Technology, Green Tech/Clean Tech, Strategy and Business Development.

Prior to joining the CAO, Laura has been running an Agency of Freelancers as their VP, Managing Director, overseeing all Clients and the internal team. Her Client base included the Ottawa Hospital, the Canadian Medical Association, Deloitte Consultancy and Sobeys Inc among others.

Prior to that, Laura worked with the former Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to establish their arms length agency, The Green Ontario Fund. Laura was the Head of Communications and Marketing for the Agency working alongside the CEO and in close communication with the Minister’s Office. She has led both large and small scale teams to realize their greatest potential throughout her career and is happy to be a part of the CAO team.
 

Keegan Ferreira, Director, Tribunal Operations & Vice-Chair, Condominium Authority Tribunal 

As the CAO’s Director, Tribunal Operations and Vice-Chair, Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT/tribunal), Keegan has a range of responsibilities, including leading the CAT’s operations team, the development of the CAT’s online dispute resolution system and participating as a member of the tribunal, providing mediation and adjudication services resolve disputes.

Since the launch of the CAT on November 1, 2017, Keegan has been instrumental in his leadership for both tribunal operations, the development of a first-of-a-kind online dispute resolution system, and the CAT’s mediation/adjudication services. This is an innovative position that reflects the unique nature of the CAT as one of CAO’s essential services to condo communities.

Prior to joining the CAO, Keegan spent nearly a decade in Ontario’s administrative justice sector, working in many roles at both the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Most recently, Keegan was a Senior Program Consultant with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Agency and Tribunal Relations Division, where he provided support and oversight of the ministry’s adjudicative tribunal clusters.

Keegan has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

Rana Khurram Manzoor, Director Finance & Controllership

As the CAO’s Financial Controller Rana is responsible for managing the CAO’s financial activities.

He has more than 10 years of experience in financial reporting and management as well as diverse experience working in multinational private and public co-operations around the world.  This is complemented by extensive working knowledge of the service, trading, and manufacturing sectors.

Rana is a designated Chartered Accountant of Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) as well as a Chartered Management Accountant of the United States of America. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Accounting degree from Oxford Brooks University, in the UK.

Peter Chu, Director of IT and Service Delivery

As the Director of IT and Service Delivery, Peter develops the CAO’s IT strategic roadmap and is responsible for strengthening the CAO’s IT infrastructure and web-based services.

Peter has a wealth of experience and knowledge delivering innovative and creative solutions to align business needs with IT strategy and planning. He has over 15 years of experience in initiating and designing long-term web-based Electronic Service Delivery Strategy to deliver customer relationship management (CRM) business solutions.

Peter holds a MBA from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University, a Diploma of Technology in Computer Information System and Operations Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, along with several technical designations.

Emilee Escobar, Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Governance 

Emilee is the Manager, Strategic Initatives and Governance, responsible for providing strategic and operational support to the organization.

Prior to joining the CAO, she worked in both government and the financial services sector. Most recently, Emilee held a similar role managing the office of the CEO for a national industry association. She has a strong background in public relations and corporate planning.

Emilee holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.