Meet Our Board
Carrie Kirkman – Board Chair
With almost three decades of retail and wholesale experience, Carrie Kirkman has established herself as a leader in the fashion industry in Canada.
Currently President of Kirkman Consulting, she has previously held numerous top leadership roles: President and Chief Merchant at Sears Canada, President of The Jones Group Canada as well as interim President of Nine West Canada.
Ms. Kirkman serves on multiple boards: Director of Whitehouse Design, Board Vice-President, The Canadian Club of Toronto and a member of the Humber College Program Advisory for the Bachelor of Commerce Fashion Management Program
Elizabeth Dipchand – Secretary
Elizabeth practices intellectual property law and litigation, focusing on the acquisition, management and enforcement of intellectual property rights and intangible assets for clients that rely heavily on intellectual capital in their business. After gaining significant experience at two top-ranked law firms, Elizabeth went on to found Dipchand LLP.
Beyond her legal practice, Elizabeth is a founding member of The Big Push, a women-driven collective accelerating women-founded or co-founded startups, and is passionate about providing mentorship to businesswomen in technology. Elizabeth received her BSc (Hons.) (Double Honours in Biochemistry and Genetics) and LLB both from the University of Western Ontario.
Michral Geddes – Treasurer
Dr. Rumeet Billan
Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience and psychological capital. In 2018, she led the groundbreaking research study, The Tallest Poppy, which revealed the impact of this silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace.
She is also the National Ambassador for Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Dr. Billan has twice been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, is a Forbes contributor, and recently authored her first bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?
Learn more at: www.rumeetbillan.com
Suzanne De Lint
Suzanne is a long-time committed advocate for diversity and inclusion, in particular supporting opportunities for gender parity in leadership throughout her career. Suzanne is a partner at Deloitte and its allied law firm in Canada, where she champions the firm’s regional Impact initiative supporting not-for-profits. She also leads Deloitte’s Chilean immigration practice.
She pioneered global immigration services in Canada, starting the first global immigration practice 20 years ago and was the first global head of immigration for a major global immigration network. Suzanne obtained her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall, York University, and has studied in France and Spain.
Peter Donolo is Vice Chair of Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Canada’s leading public relations, communications and public affairs company. As one of Canada’s most experienced communications strategists and a veteran adviser to leaders in corporate Canada and in all three levels of government, Peter brings three decades of expertise in communications and government relations.
He is the longest-serving prime ministerial director of communications in Canadian history (to Prime Minister Jean Chretien), served as a senior executive in the private and public sectors, and also represented Canada abroad as a senior diplomat. Peter has been a trusted advisor to Canadian prime ministers, Ontario premiers, Toronto mayors, and the CEOs and Board Chairs of some of Canada’s largest companies.
Tanvi is the Founder of an internationally recognised youth-led organisation that works towards revolutionising education systems in India. She currently works as the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at The Future Project – a Non Profit that enables high schools across the US ignite the full potential of young people.
The Indian Ambassador to the first ever G(irls)20 summit, Tanvi is a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award recipient and has spoken about her work at various international platforms including the Clinton Global Initiative and the UN.
Tanvi holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and has served as advisor and fellow to multiple initiatives focused on the rights of women and children around the world.
Robin joined the G(irls)20 Board of Directors from our Young Directors program. She is dedicated to ensuring young women have the opportunity to succeed in STEM and business. Robin leads the Business Systems team at Achievers, an employee engagement software company. She studied Cognitive Neuroscience and Economics at McGill University, held research fellowships at the Munk School of Global Affairs and at Sunnybrook Research Institute, and worked at a feminist law firm in London, England.
Farah is an award-winning social profit entrepreneur with a specific interest in empowering youth, women and diverse populations. She has extensive executive experience in communications, partnerships, government relations and leading teams built for purpose.
Until recently, Farah was CEO, Malala Fund. Before working with Malala, Farah created G(irls)20 and served as its CEO for 5 years. Prior to this, she spent almost 10 years working on Parliament Hill in Canada. Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, in 2018, Farah was named 1000 Most Influential People in London by the Evening Standard. She holds degrees in Political Science from Queens University and Western University and was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Western University. A former Ugandan refugee, Farah is of Indian heritage and was raised in Canada.
Jennifer M. Sloan
Jennifer Sloan has extensive experience across all aspects of government, media and public relations, and internal and external affairs. As the vice president of public policy at Mastercard Canada, Jennifer leads the development and management of the company’s public affairs and government relations programs. She is a member of Mastercard Canada’s business leadership team.
Jennifer is the vice-chair of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC); the current and first independent chair of Music Canada’s Board of Directors; the chair of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Board of Trust (BOT); and a Vital Voices Global Ambassador.
Lori is the Vice-President of Communications and Partnerships at CAMH. A passionate advocate, Lori is changing the conversation about mental health, improving awareness and understanding of mental illness and working with governments and communities to improve health systems.
Lori believes that eliminating the stigma associated with mental health is the most important health and economic imperative of our time. Lori serves on a number of boards and is a Canadian Board Diversity Council Fellow in Board Governance.
As a senior political advisor, Lori has advanced public policy in the areas of early learning, child care, skills, and literacy. She is devoted to building healthy communities and driving social change