Our Team

We are a volunteer driven network that responds to the needs of sponsors.

Board of Directors

A ten-person board of directors with members who are sponsors, representatives of the settlement and business sectors provide governance and financial accountability.

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Marika Elek
Sponsor, The Beach Cares

Karen Scott

Karen Scott
Vice Chair
Sponsor, Refugee Support Ministry, Islington United Church and Metropolitan United Church

Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen, MBA, CPA, CGA
An independent accountant

Dima Amad

Dima Amad
Executive Director
Arab Community Centre Toronto

Bill Croson

William Croson
G5 Sponsor
Principal, HealthStats Inc.

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Michael Duschenes
Principal, Michael Duschenes Associates

Christie MacDonald

Christie MacDonald
BMO Capital Markets and a private sponsor

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Darrell Pinto
Director of Employment, Jumpstart Refugee Talent


Jemima Sabapathy
CEO, Culturelink
Retired April 2024

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Sieg R. Will
Retired Vice President, Sustainability, Sleep Country Canada

Our Committees

Our committees, responsible to the Board, conduct work covering a broad cross section of activity that is important to sponsors, and are led by those with subject content experience.
  • Jennifer Kett, Chair, Marketing/Communications
  • William Croson, Chair, Knowledge Exchange
  • Gail Brown and Carol Smiley, Co-Chairs, Skills Development
  • Jemima Sabapathy, Chair, Partnership (Retired April 2024)
  • Marika Elek, Chair, Sustainability
  • [Vacant, Chair, Services]

Volunteer Administrator

  • Barbara Sheffield, Sponsor, Islington United Church

Our Advisory Council

The advisory council reflecting perspectives from both the business and refugee sectors, will offer non-binding insights to the Board of Directors in planning and sustainability. It is scheduled to be launched in 2024/25, and will be chaired by the Immediate Past Chair of the Board.

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