Our Board

Unsinkable’s Board of Directors is a dynamic and passionate group of corporate and community leaders. Together, they support Unsinkable’s mission to educate, empower and support people with their mental health.

Silken Laumann

Olympian, Author & Unsinkable Founder

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a best-selling author, and a child and mental health advocate. Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident, to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

In her best-selling memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold and successful life today. Most recently, Silken launched a not-for-profit organization, aptly called Unsinkable that connects humans and life stories together to spark new insights around achieving better mental, physical and spiritual health.

Franca Piacente

Executive Producer

Franca Piacente has been working in the advertising industry for over 35 years. She began her career at Y&R. After a decade working on a variety of categories. Franca decided to broaden her experience and moved to Vickers &Benson, where her main accounts consisted of McDonald’s and Ontario Tourism. In 1992, she gave up fast food and carried on to McLaren McCann to work on Coca-Cola, Molson, MasterCard, GM and many other clients. She became Head of Production at McLaren McCann and continued to work on big and small projects. She has now landed at Leo Burnett as SVP of Production Services, running four departments and still producing. She’s become a top producer in the industry and has won a truckload of awards. She has worked with some of the top industry creative’s and production folks. In 2012, Franca received a lifetime achievement award, giving recognition to her many accomplishments. Franca is also the co-creator and producer of the Unsinkable Youth COVID-19 CTV special.

Divya Shahani

Entertainment, Corporate and IP Lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP

Divya Shahani is an associate at Miller Thomson LLP. Her practice focuses on transactional, intellectual property and corporate matters in the entertainment industry. Ms. Shahani represents clients ranging from film, television and new media producers, distributors, institutional lenders, private financiers, new media and technology start-ups, content creators, talent, music artists and producers, artist management companies and hospitality companies. Divya is particularly passionate about supporting the legal needs of emerging artists and promoting diversity in the entertainment industry. 

Divya Shahani

Kate Nazar

Vice-President, Strategy & Market Development Group Retirement Services, Sun Life Canada

Kate Nazar has been a pension focused professional for more than 26 years. Prior to her current role as Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, she held a select number of senior roles within Sun Life as: Vice President, Client Solutions Centre; Regional Vice President, Client Relationships and Business Development; and AVP, Client Relationships. Kate is a graduate of Western University with a degree in Economics and holds the RPA designation. She has dedicated her career to making the retirement industry stronger through active involvement and advocacy. Kate is a member of the Association of Canadian Pension Management National Policy Committee (ACPM NPC), the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) Defined Contribution Pension Plans Technical Advisory Committee, the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute (CPBI) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (ISCEBS). She was also appointed to the Board of Sun Life Financial Trust in late 2019.
Kate’s commitment to the future of the pension industry is matched only by her commitment to making her communities stronger and more resilient. A 17 year survivor of late stage ovarian cancer, Kate volunteers as a speaker for the Survivor’s Teaching Students program through Ovarian Cancer Canada, is a female leadership mentor for The Scala Network, and was a 2018-2019 Vice Chair for the Princess Margaret Hospital Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Recognizing the healthful benefits of being in and around nature, Kate enjoys downhill skiing, cycling, hiking and remaining faithful to her daily yoga rituals. Spending time with her husband, three adult children and the family pup is what keeps her grounded and feeling grateful each and every day.

Judy Lung

Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Touchwood PR

Judy is a Communications & Marketing executive with 20 years of experience creating PR, marketing, and social media campaigns for some of Canada’s leading arts & entertainment organizations. Known for developing innovative audience-building strategies and championing Canadian content and talent both at home and on the international stage, Lung has held roles in all areas of the industry and has worked in-house and agency-side with broadcasters, producers, distributors, and cultural institutions. Currently, Lung is Vice President, Communications & Marketing for Touchwood PR, an entertainment PR firm whose clients include Netflix, Cineplex, Focus Features, Fan Expo, IFC Films, and Toronto Reel Asian International Festival. Lung is a frequent speaker at industry events about current trends, best practices, and the evolving role of entertainment PR & marketing. Recent speaking engagements include presentations for the Toronto International Film Festival Industry Conference, Canadian Film Centre, Ryerson School of Journalism, and Women in Film & Television. Lung is an Advisor on the BIPOC TV & FILM Visioning Committee, a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to increasing representation in front of and behind the camera, and sits on the Board of Directors of Unsinkable, a non-profit organization founded by Olympian Silken Laumann.

Meera Mukundan

Creative Researcher

Meera Mukundan is a creative researcher working in the Indian Entertainment Industry to develop authentic and relatable content for films, series and documentaries. Storytelling need not only entertain but can also educate and advocate the idea it represents. Her company, Whytepaper’s core tenet, is to help connect with audiences by making the content real. Though her first love will always be animals and the mountains, she is very passionate about how a story needs to be told effectively.