Board of Directors
Vaidehi Raut Bhagat – President – Vaidehi is a patron of the arts and a successful businessperson, who balances the arts and business with great ease. She has a background in Business Management and a long work history in the hospitality industry in India, Hong Kong and Toronto. She has worked at the corporate level with many leading and flagship hotels across the globe. She is the Founder and President of Global Sea Services Ltd. India, Philippines & Canada https://www.marinecatering.com/
Vaidehi has participated in sports as well as theatre events during her school and college days. She has learnt Bharatanatyam and folk dance and has won many awards and medals at the inter-collegiate level. She has performed at various folk dance festivals and events in Salt Lake City (US), Marseille, Nice (France) and London (UK).
Vaidehi continues to give back to the community in many ways. She is the Director of Culture at Panorama India and actively participates in organizing the India Day Parade and Republic Day Celebrations in association with Consulate General of India – Toronto since 2015. She is also the founder of Global Entertainment Toronto, organizing several cultural events in the Greater Toronto Area. She is an active organizer and participant in the activities of the North American Marathi community and was on the Executive Committee of the Marathi Bhashik Mandal, Toronto (MBM) from 2014-2016. She coordinated the first Dindi (Marathi cultural Parade) in Grand Rapids Michigan during the BMM – International Marathi Convention in 2017 and was also the founder of the first and the biggest Canadian Dhol Tasha Pathak in Canada with over 50 Dhol, Tasha & Lezim players. She is a proud sponsor of the Maharashtra Float every year during India Day at Nathan Phillips Square since 2015.
Stivan Sequeira – Treasurer – Stivan Sequeira is an accomplished finance and operations professional with extensive global experience in diverse industries like loyalty, outsourcing and shared services, manufacturing, advertising and marketing. Having lived and worked in 4 different countries over the duration of his existence, he has exceptional people skills; best demonstrated during his role as an Associate Vice President with one of world’s leading outsourcing providers where he was continually called upon to assume challenging projects, turn around client relationships and rebuild staff morale.
Stivan is currently a consultant in the Accounting Department at Alectra Utilities where he manages the Cost Accounting team. Prior to that he was with AIMIA and LoyaltyOne, two of Canada’s leading Loyalty Companies, serving some of the leading financial institutions in Canada. He helped setup up overseas governance and reporting structures while remotely coordinating the efforts of international teams in Brazil and India. Prior to moving to Canada, he was a successful people leader, responsible for very large teams in the outsourcing industry, while managing operations for multiple US corporations including Sony Music Entertainment and GMAC. As a Chartered Accountant and an MBA, Stivan started his career in assurance, and he consulted with leading advertising and PR companies including J. Walter Thompson, Publicis and Manning Selvage & Lee.
Stivan has a keen interest in the arts. While studying at St. Andrew’s College he was part of a student group that organized and performed the institution’s first ever Hindi language play, very unusual for a very “maka pav” college in the 90’s. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and takes an active part in serving the local community.
Lincoln D’Souza – Vice President – Senior Manager, Chemicals Technology Division, is an award-winning manager who brings his corporate experience and tremendous passion and commitment to SAWITRI Theatre to assist with marketing and development. He is a patron of performing and media arts and is happy to be able to contribute to SAWITRI’s growth.
Medha Date – Secretary – An instrumentation and design engineer by profession, Medha is an Associate at Hatch, a leading engineering company in Mississauga. An outstanding and award-winning student of mathematics and physics, a trained vocalist and an accomplished theatre artist, she attends to every task entrusted to her at SAWITRI with the same passion and precision as her engineering projects.
Elizabeth Banfalvi, Director – Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordination – Having worked in administration and in tax recovery Elizabeth has very strong administration skills. She worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP from 2002 to 2015 when she retired. Since 1996, Elizabeth Banfalvi is a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist and a Reiki Master since 2002. She teaches meditation and wellness workshops in the continuing education system in Mississauga SBs, Halton Catholic DSB and Brampton Parks and Recreation. She has written a series of books on meditation and is also an author of short stories published on Yahoo, Apple, Amazon and Balboa Press. She conducts workshops at various libraries in Mississauga on stress relief and writing.
In January 2013, she co-founded the Mississauga Writers Group and has published multiple stories and poems in the Mississauga Writers Group’s yearly anthology and e-zine since 2014. She is the editor for the anthologies and e-zines and is a featured writer for the Peel Daily News in the Lifestyle section since June 2017.
Elizabeth’s deep connections with the Mississauga community is a great asset in coordinating volunteers and working on grassroots marketing for SAWITRI.
Anand Karia – Director-at-large – Anand Karia is a successful and visionary businessman originally from Gujarat, India. He is the President and CEO of Omnisoft Technologies Inc. in India and the President and Co-Founder of UCMAS Canada and USA, companies that have innovative after school child development programs for children ages 4 to 13 years, using mental math and the abacus. He has recently introduced Obotz, a multi-disciplinary robotics program, i-Math, an early learning creative math program for ages 4 to 7 years and JOE, Journey of Entrepreneurship program to help children develop an entrepreneurial mindset through experiential learning.
With a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from India, Anand has over 20 years of experience in the business world in India, Canada and the USA, setting up and managing a network of 50 franchised computer software training institutes, over 150 UCMAS centres in India and over 50 across North America.
Anand also has a huge passion for the arts. He is an excellent visual artist himself, an energetic emcee and an avid theatre-goer, who has not missed a single SAWITRI Theatre performance since he was introduced to the organization many years ago.
Nitin Sawant, Past President – Vice President Franchise with a highly reputed company, he brings his corporate knowledge and project management skills to all of SAWITRI Theatre Group’s projects and works at development.