Meet The Coaches

Cristina Goncalves

About

Position: Consultant, Talent Acquisition and Project Lead

Education: Honours B.A. Sociology and Women’s Studies, York University

Board Experience:

  • Board Candidate and a Member, the Ernestine Affair (Annual Gala) Committee, Ernestine’s Women Shelter
  • Member, Advisory Committee for 2016-2017 IEP Conferences

If you could travel to only one country, which country would it be and why? This is the toughest question to answer because I love to travel and choosing one country is not easy for me. I think France, although I have been to Paris I have a lot more ground to cover. My family has deep personal connections to France and I hope to explore them more. Also, it would provide me the opportunity to fully immerse and speak French.

Erin       O’Neil

About

Position: Communications Manager, Development and Alumni Relations, Wilfrid Laurier University

Education: Bachelor of Arts & Science, McMaster University; Masters of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Carleton University

Board Experience:

·         Canadian Public Relations Society (Hamilton chapter)

·         Hamilton Hive

·         Cobalt Connects (Hamilton arts service organization)

·         Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area

·         Broad Conversations (feminist non-profit in Hamilton)

If you could be an olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in and why?  Ski jumping because it seems like the closest thing to flying!

Greta Cusworth

About

Education: B.A. Mathematics, Queen’s University

Board Experience:

  • SBLI of Massachusetts, corporate director (2015-present), member of governance and nominating committee, compensation committee, prior member of audit committee
  • Sun Life Financial – director, internal corporate boards in the US and Bermuda (2009-2012)
  • NQI (National Quality Institute), member board of governors (2001-2004)

If you could travel to only one country, which would it be and why? Greenland by sailboat – so much is happening at the poles with global warming and I want to combine my love of sailing and exploration to see this firsthand.

Jane     Skoblo

About

Position: Rogers Communications, CFO – Rogers Bank, Finance

Education:

  • ICD.D – Rotman School of Business, UofT, Corporate Governance
  • CPA, CA – Ontario Institute of Certified Professional Accountants
  • BBA – Bachelor of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, accounting and Finance

Board Experience:

  • Board Member – AMEX Bank of Canada (2011 – 2016)
  • Advisory Board – University of Waterloo School of Accountancy and Finance (2010 – present)

If you could be an olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in and why? I would compete in figure skating. It combines precision and power, fluidity and finesse, agility and elegance. And let’s not forget endless hours of practice and all the sequence you can have. 🙂

Jennifer Sloan

About

Position: Vice President, Public Policy, Mastercard Canada

Education: Public Relations, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

Board Experience:

Current:

  • G(irls)20
  • Canadian American Business Association (CABC)
  • President of the University of Georgia’s Grady College’s Board of Trust

Past:

  • President of the Canadian Club of Toronto
  • Chair Elect of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
  • Chair (2 terms) of the Grady College Alumni Society Board
  • Director of Theatre20

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why? Margaret Thatcher… the “Iron Lady” … Ok, not entirely historical in true sense of the word, but definitely a woman of history.  PM Thatcher and I not likely aligned totally on political philosophy, but there too lies my interest in her.  She had nerves of steel. Made bold, brave decisions. Worked in an environment where she was the minority. No doubt PM Thatcher would have a treasure trove of guidance and inspiration to share on how to navigate the murky waters of business and board room.

Katherine Vanderberg

About

Position: Principal & Executive Coach, Human Resources Consulting, Feldman Daxon Partners.

Education: Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Adler University

Board Experience:

  • Art With Impact Canada, Board Member

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why? The historical person I would like to meet is Mother Theresa because of the impact she has had on the world through her unwavering commitment to serve the ‘poorest of the poor.’ She truly lived her values and I admire her love and compassion for people.  I respect her devotion to serve driven by her belief that “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.”

Kelly Ouimet

About

Position: Kelly Ouimet Public Relations Inc. President. Public Relations and Communications

Education: B.A McGill University, Political Science and Canadian Studies

Board Experience:

  • Fund for a New Generation
  • Kelly Ouimet Public Relations Inc. Board of Directors

If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in? As a former competitive swimmer, definitely swimming. I love the water!

Kirsten Eastwood

About

Position: TMS School, Executive Director, Community Development.

Education:

  • Honours B.A. French and History, York University
  • Masters-level Graduate Diploma, Social Innovation, University of Waterloo.

Board Experience:

  • Mentor for Ridley College’s MentORing program (2015-present)
  • Board member/secretary
  • Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers (2016 to present)
  • Ex-officio (Executive Director), Women’s Centre of York Region (2008-14)
  • Board member (Human Services Planning Board – 2011-14)
  • Board member – Newmarket Chamber of Commerce (2011-14)

If you could travel to only one country, which country would it be and why? Portugal in the summer – hot sun, warm and friendly people, great food and wine, beautiful beaches – really the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Lori Spadorcia

About

Position: CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), VP Communications and Partnerships

Education: McMaster University, Hons BA, Political Science

Board Experience:

  • G(irls)20
  • Research Canada 
  • LCBO

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why? Benazir Bhutto. As the first female to govern a Muslim country, she championed democracy and women’s rights under extraordinary circumstances.

 

Mary Stefanidis

About

Position:University of Toronto, Career Educator, Higher Education

Education:

  • Honours BSc in Psychology and Political Science
  • MEd in Student Services and Development in Post-Secondary Education

Board Experience:

  • Canadian Association of College and University Student Services – Research & Awards Committee Member
  • Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers (OACUHO) – Member at Large: March 2016 – June 2017
  • Innis College Student Society – University of Toronto – President: April 2013 – April 2014
  • Innis College Student Society – University of Toronto – Vice President: April 2012 – April 2013
  • Innis College Student Society – University of Toronto – Vice President Finance: April 2011 – April 2012
  • Innis College Student Society – University of Toronto – First Year Representative: April 2010 – April 2011
  • Innis College Council – University of Toronto – Over span of three years – Chair of: Academic Affairs board
  • Student Services Board, College Affairs Board, Community Affairs Board: April 2011 – April 2014

If you could meet any historical figure who it would be and why? Rosalind Franklin. Science was a large part of my life growing up, and stories like Franklin’s encouraged me to continue to study it in undergrad. Franklin is a notable researcher and teacher who has paved the way for major scientific discoveries, yet she is often over looked for her contributions. Stories like Franklin’s are not uncommon still, and encourage my passion for mentoring and empowering women. It would be an honour to learn more about her commitment to scientific discovery, experience as a women in STEM, her contributions to the discovery of DNA and more.

Michelle Bilek

About

Position: Housing First Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, The Canadian Alliance toe End Homelessness

Education:

  • Honours B.A. Psychology and Sociology
  • Masters Women’s Studies and Diversity Studies

Board Experience:

Current:

  • The Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel
  • The Homelessness Partnership Strategy HPS Community Advisor Board

Past:

  • SAVIS, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services
  • UNACTO, United Nations Toronto

If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in? Women’s Soccer. I played for the Canadian Women’s Soccer team before it was a professional sport and part of the Olympics.

Michelle Gorman

About

Position: Founder, Lead With Women

Education: Diploma, Marketing Management

Board Experience:

  • United Way Oakville Cabinet 2013-2014 Fundraising Support
  • United Way Oakville Cabinet 2014-2015 Small and Medium Business Chair

Myfanwy Marshall

About

Position: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Manager, Labour Relations

Education:

  • Honours B.A., History, Queen’s University
  • LLB, University of Windsor

Board Experience: I have sat on two boards of social services agencies representing and supporting people in the community living in poverty and/or at risk populations.  I was on the executive committee on both boards, serving as the Chair on one and Vice Chair on another.  I also served on board committees.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?  Winston Churchill.   He lived through periods of incredible change and adverse circumstances, and had insight that others did not, as well as the ability to motivate and mobilize people.

Nina   Mapara

About

Position: Vice President, Legal, Canada Region

Education:

  • M.A. McGill University
  • LL.B./B.C.L.  McGill University, Faculty of Law

Board Experience:

  • ING Foundation, member of board
  • ING Pension Committee, Legal Counsel to Pension Committee

If you could be an olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in and why? Figure skating – I like the athletic requirements and also the creative elements, similar to dance.

Sandra Bussin

About

Position: Sandra Bussin & Associates Consulting Group

Education:

  • Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto,
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, Major Fine Arts/Film and Television Production

Board Experience:

  • Deputy Mayor, City of Toronto
  • First Speaker of Toronto Council, Chair
  • Mayor’s Beautiful City Task Force
  • Toronto Transit Commissioner
  • Greater Toronto Area Mayor’s Committee, representing Mayor of Toronto
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra Board
  • Design Exchange Board
  • Sony Centre Board
  • St. Lawrence Centre Board
  • Toronto and York Region Conservation Authority Board Member
  • Chair of City of Toronto Nominations Committee
  • Board Member of Red Door Family Shelter, Toronto

If you could only travel to one country, which would it be? I want to travel to Brazil.  I have many acquaintances I have met and would like to see Brazil for all it has to offer.

Sibel Cicek

About

Position: Director of Public Policy at Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Education:

  • MA in Political Science and International Development, University of Guelph
  • BAH in Political Science and BA Sociology, Queen’s University.

Board Experience:

  • Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Board Director (2006-2008)
  • World Literacy of Canada, Board Director (2013-2016)

If you could travel to only one country, which country would it be and why? Hmmmm this is tricky. There is a long list! I would have to say Papua New Guinea – I’ve been fascinated by the ecology, biodiversity and social anthropology since I was a teen. It would definitely be a bucket list opportunity.

Carrie Aloussis 

About

Position: Independent Electricity System Operation/Senior Manager, Customer, Stakeholder & Community Engagement/Electricity

Education: Master of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Political Science; Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario, Political Science

Work: Independent Electricity System Operation/Senior Manager, Customer, Stakeholder & Community Engagement/Electricity

Board Experience:

  • Vice President, Association of Energy Services Professionals – Ontario Chapter (January 2017 – present)
  • Executive Management Committee, Partners in Project Green (May 2016, present)

If you could be an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in and why? 

Track and field has long been a favourite sport of mine, both as a competitor and as a fan.  If I could be an Olympic athlete, I would compete in the 4×100 metre relay race.  I would choose this race, as athletes that compete in this event have an incredible amount of strength, strong communication skills and they are team players.  Not to mention it is thrilling to watch!