DR NEILANK JHA
Chairman & Founder, WATCH Community Services
Dr Jha started WATCH Community Services in 1997, while he was a student at the University of Toronto. He was moved to act as he saw the needs of inner city elementary students and the opportunity for university students to volunteer and meet those needs.
Dr. Jha pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, completed his medical school training at McMaster University, completed a six-year residency in neurosurgery at McMaster University and subsequently completed a two-year fellowship from the University of Toronto in complex spinal disorders. He is a board-certified Neurosurgeon FRCS(C) and a fellowship trained Spine Surgeon currently on staff at Mackenzie Health Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Jha has also pursued his MBA at the Ivey School of Business and has completed an MSc in Behavioural Economics at the London School of Economics.
In 2016, Dr Jha founded Bodhi – a pharmaceutical R&D company with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD, which entered into a joint venture with Green Relief, licenced producer of medical cannabis. During the course of his partnership with Green Relief, Dr. Jha became recognized for his leadership and business acumen, leading him to take on his most recent challenge, CEO of Green Relief in 2019.
Shai is an undergraduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Programme at the University of Toronto. He played American football for many years and garnered skills as one of the team's captains, which he translates into his work as president of WATCH. Shai finds being the president of WATCH is a great privilege because it means that he can make a huge impact on many lives and put into action the plans his executive team comes up with on a regular basis to help out the community that greatly benefits from WATCH's volunteers.
After-School Programme Vice President
Sua is currently a second year student at U of T studying Human Biology, Physiology and Psychology. She is passionate about providing enriching supplemental programs to help empower children in educational environments. As a result, she is excited to be part of W.A.T.C.H. as the After-School Programme Vice President this year.
In-Class Programme Vice President
Carissa is in her fourth year and completing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology along with a minor in Physiology. She has been teaching piano for six years and is currently the Co-Director of Musical Minds Community Outreach. She has previously spent time as a teaching assistant in an elementary classroom and plans to attend teachers’ college in the future. Carissa loves working with kids and is excited to connect university and elementary students together in her role as In-Class Programme Vice President.