Meet our Board Members

Ilir Azizi
Chair
Ilir is co-founder and Chair of ACE Society. An IT and business professional for over 20 years, Ilir is experienced in leading and managing systems, people and resources. He has worked for the likes of Stelco (steel industry) and Marsh & McLennan (insurance), but as a devoted civil servant, he has spent most of his career in the public sector. In Albania, Ilir served as the Head of Information Systems in the Prime Minister's Office, and later as Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Department with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. In Canada, Ilir has worked in various leadership and management capacities for the Government of Ontario, including as Senior Advisor to the Head of the Ontario Prosecution Service. He recently joined the senior management team at City of Brampton to lead their digital program. As a business and community leader, Ilir is known for building and empowering quality teams and a reputation for strategic thinking and effective execution, qualities which he brings to ACE Society in inspiring and leading the organization towards its vision for a vibrant and connected Albanian–Canadian community. Ilir holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Tirana, an executive MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University, and he is a graduate of Ontario Public Service Leadership Program. Currently, Ilir lives in Vaughan, Ontario with his wife of many years and their two daughters.
Denisa Balla
Vice Chair
Denisa, co-founder and Vice-Chair of Albanian Canadian Excellence (ACE) Society, is an executive leader with 10+ years of experience leading digital marketing practices for global brands such as Air Canada, Technavio, Johnson & Johnson, and Hyundai. Throughout her career, Denisa has held leadership positions at Kanetix Ltd – Canada’s largest insurance marketplace, Reprise Media - a multi-national advertising agency, and currently at Infiniti Research Group – an industry leading market research organization. With a visionary passion for digital practices and technology, she has been a four-time panel speaker at the Google Performance Insider speaker series, and University of Toronto Next Steps Conference. Denisa holds an HBA in Economics (major), Political Science (minor) and Environmental Policy (minor) from the University of Toronto. Her pursuit for continued growth and development has seen her complete numerous professional courses such as Project Management Professional (PMP) and Digital Government & Civic Tech at Ryerson. Furthering her development as an executive leader, she also recently completed an Executive MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University. Denisa’s deep passion and commitment towards building vibrant communities continues to grow through her work with ACE Society. Her primary focus over the last 5 years has been on building the society’s operational capabilities and, fostering key partnerships within other community organizations and government representatives in Canada and Albania, and most recently leading the ACE Society 550 Reflections event, alongside a vibrant group of volunteers. In conjunction with her work with the ACE Society, she also proactively volunteers with organizations such as UNICEF, Junior Achievement, the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), and most recently, the Ivey Business School Alumni Network.
Ilda Fida
Board Member
Tenacity, commitment and passion for the community have been a driving force behind Ilda’s career and community giving. She has been an active volunteer from the age of 14 where she held more than 20 volunteer positions. Most recently prior to joining the ACE board, Ilda set on the GenNext Cabinet at United Way Toronto leading the Brand Ambassador team for three years. She is currently a voting member for United Way Toronto. Ilda studied International Relations at Assumption College and later continued her studies in Economics at York University. Ilda currently works in Client Relations @ Fuse Marketing Group Inc. Before transitioning to her current role, Ilda worked as a Senior Financial Analyst where she led strategic planning and system-wide initiatives. She played a strategic role in providing support to redefine how Finance supported the business in achieving near-term and long-term objectives. She worked side-by-side Senior leadership in designing, testing and implementing critical pieces for a system wide transformation that directly impacted company’s overall operations. Ilda has been an ACE member since 2015 (the year ACE was founded). Before joining the ACE board in 2018, she was an active volunteer and led the Mentorship Program.
Noada Luga
Board Member
Noada is a leader in strategical DevOps transformation of organizations encompassing Technology & Operations in Fintech by bringing in the expertise fostered in prestigious software shops at IBM. She is currently leading RBC Financial Crime organization into a DevOps transformation journey to improve software delivery performance and develop teams around delivery. Before taking on the leadership role, she worked as DevOps consultant to help teams in RBC improve software delivery through practices and standards defined and delivered through code. Noada launched her career at IBM where she grew professionally from a Software Developer Role into a Release Engineer and then Product Manager. Noada started her studies of Computer Science and Economics at University of Tirana and later earned her Honours B.A. in Computer Science at York University summa cum laude. Her keen interest in problem solving got her involved in various Hackathons. Since the early days at IBM, Noada picked up a great interest in encouraging young girls in pursuing STEM fields. She then went on to Chair IBM EXITE CANADA Camp, an initiative to encourage girls in Years 8-10 to study and pursue careers in STEM subjects. Noada has been a part of ACE family since its inception in May 2015 and has served in a variety of roles.
Loren Rita
Board Member
Loren is an innovative leader with over 10 years of experience in the financial industry, in roles spanning Wealth Management Operations, Capital Markets Operations, as well as Innovation & Technology. Loren graduated with an Honours B.A. in Financial and Business Economics from York University. After graduating, he took on his first leadership role in Wealth Management Operations at RBC. While there, he led a strategic and cultural shift within Trade Support Operations, transforming the department from manual trade execution to automated trading, shifting into a fully digital environment. After a quick stop in Technology & Operations at RBC, where he led the Strategic Initiatives team in horizontal integration across Innovation & Technology, Loren took on his current role as Director, Margin Credit & Collateral Management. With a client first focus, and a continuous improvement mindset, Loren has found his greatest success in hiring and developing top talent. At RBC, this approach culminated in the implementation of an operations-wide Employee Development Program. In addition, Loren is also a strong supporter and has taken leadership roles in multiple charitable causes, including RBC Run for Kids, United Way, Women United, JDRF, Rexall OneWalk, as well as CIBC Run for the Cure.