Board of Directors

The HSDR is made up of a Volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors directs the local operations of the Society and work cooperatively with the shelter staff to provide humanitarian services to the local animal population.

The following are the profiles of the nominees for the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Durham Region:


Douglas Edwards


Doug is CEO and founder of ES3™, an industry leading TV technology company with its headquarters in Ontario’s Durham Region. Over the past 11 years, Doug has turned ES3 into an award-winning TV technology business. Due to his love of animals, especially those who are in need of care, Doug decided to dedicate a large portion of his professional experience and time to help the HSDR.

Over the past year as an HSDR Board member, Doug has been a dedicated volunteer as the Communications and Technology and Facilities lead in addition to a Board member. Through these efforts Doug has propelled the organization forward on many fronts, including more effective, safe shelter operations, enhanced communications with the community and to drive fundraising revenue higher than ever before using today’s technologies.


Len Butticci


Len is the President and CEO of BW Underwriting Services Inc., a successful insurance services company employing over 100 people in Durham Region. Len’s company was nominated by TD Bank for the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award several years in a row. Len was featured in Canadian Executive Quarterly magazine just over a year ago because of the success that BW Underwriting Services Inc. has been able to realize. Len has a proven history of successfully building Senior Management Teams that are driven to succeed. Len’s strengths include: Executive Team Building, Organizational Management, Finance, Strategic Planning and Organizational Focus.

As Vice President of the HSDR Board of Directors, Len has donated many hours of time, money, expertise, equipment and assistance in addition to his many contributions as a regular donor over the past years in an effort to help the HSDR improve its operations across all areas of the organization.


Stephen Massel


Stephen Massel, CPA, CA has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, business and strategic planning and business optimization. Over his career, Stephen has been CFO of five public companies and three private companies, most recently as CFO of Hotspex Inc. Stephen articled with Clarkson Gordon Chartered Accountants after graduating with a BA in Business Administration.

Stephen and his family support a number of charitable organizations including Unity for Autism, Theatre 20 and the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity. He enjoys running outdoors year round, golf and is actively pursuing his black belt in Shotokan Karate (2015). Stephen and his wife Naomi live in Woodbridge, Ontario and have 5 wonderful children and an equally wonderful dog, Toby.


Cindy Bennett


Cindy has been a volunteer with HSDR for 12 years and has spent many hours in the shelter helping out with numerous fundraisers over the years, including the golf tournaments, dances, Pause for our Paws, and Pet Pictures with Santa. In addition, Cindy is proud to have fostered over 120 animals, helping to get them healthy enough to find their forever home. Cindy is retired from a career in banking and is grateful to have found an organization that is so close to her heart!


Frank Auddino


Frank has been involved with special projects for the HSDR since 2006, and joined the board of Directors in December 2014. He spent the majority of his 30-year career as a strategic business development executive and a principal partner in a company owned with Rogers Media. He is currently the president of VITALIZ Inc., a company that specializes in turnaround performance and provides small- and medium-sized companies with business analysis and growth plans.

When Frank is not engaged in helping companies revitalize, refocus, and rebrand to grow their business, he spends most of his time volunteering in the not for profit sector and social enterprises he cares most about– his community, youth, entrepreneur start-ups and four-legged friends…. Mentoring entrepreneurs at Spark Centre, UOIT and Durham College; proud member of Rotary Whitby Sunrise Club and volunteer with St Vincent’s Kitchen; Angel investor; VP Start Up Durham; facilitating business summits with the City of Pickering, Town of Whitby, Business Advisory Centre Durham, Ajax Pickering Board of Trade and the Town of Ajax-and on Resource Committee with Boys and Girls Club Durham and community ambassador with the John Howard Society Durham.

Frank prides himself on being a well-rounded member of his community, both professionally and personally and resides in Ajax, Ontario, with his wife, Kim, and his best friend, Katie a rescue cat. 


Karen Koene


Since retiring as an elementary school teacher and assistive software trainer and consultant, Karen has devoted many hours to volunteering for animal welfare organizations, including the HSDR previously and an animal rescue group. Karen and her husband have had dogs all of their married life. They presently have 3, but have also fostered. Karen's family lives in Europe, which allows many opportunities to travel. She enjoys playing golf and loves spending time with her children, grandchildren, pets and volunteering to benefit animals.



Janine Turner


Janine Turner is an Executive Recruiter. She joined Mandrake in 2004 as a Consultant and was promoted to Vice President in 2009. Her corporate experience includes attracting and recruiting mid-senior level leadership talent, for private and public sector organizations. Janine’s professional career spans more than 30 years, in a variety of management roles, within retail, banking and the consumer products sector. she leads the PR/Corporate Communications practice and is a team member of the HR Practice and places top talent with PR Agencies, Corporations and Not-for-Profit (including professional services and cause related organizations) sectors. Janine is also a multimedia artisan and works in a variety of mediums. Over the years, Janine has been an active volunteer in her community and currently is a volunteer Board Director, with the Humane Society, Durham Region.