Surekha Shenoy is an accomplished business professional, a strategic thinker; and a leader in motivating community members. Surekha is a strong believer in an inclusive society and is passionate about our healthcare, environment, housing affordability, education, and the economy. She has been actively supporting visible minority groups and Indigenous Peoples issues for close to 2 decades. She mentors youth, entrepreneurs and professionals to help set them up for success.
Surekha has a passion for volunteering with a track record of supporting social causes and community initiatives, such as mentoring ‘Youth on Board’, Trinity Community Table (Soup Kitchen), and the Self Help Food Bank to name a few. As the past Chair & Director of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation (CMHF), Surekha championed many initiatives for the Foundation including its $50M Capital Campaign and the CMH Diversity Outreach Dinners by engaging with over 60 diverse community groups in the Waterloo Region.
Surekha currently sits on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Waterloo Region and is Co-Chair of the East Indian Community Walkathon of Waterloo Region which has raised over $400K for local hospitals. She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Cooksville BIA of Mississauga, Ontario, and is an advisor/consultant to many small businesses. Surekha was also the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for the Riding of Kitchener South Hespeler for the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election.
As a professional, Surekha spent most of her career as an executive in the banking sector managing the small business portfolio for a leading financial institution. Surekha has her M.Sc. in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, and an MBA in Finance and Operations from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Revi Kizhatil and their two daughters Ankita & Anoosha Kizhatil.