OUR PEOPLE

It takes a group of people who really care.

While Canada remains one of the world’s most prosperous nations, almost 63,000 of our children are living in foster or group homes as a result of the abuse, neglect, and insurmountable poverty. Several hundred thousand more are living with their families in unstable homes while under the watch of child protection services. Those who have become Crown wards often require significant assistance transitioning to independent living, as they’re financially and emotionally alone at just 18 or 19 years of age.

Many other complex issues exist for these young people. While our funding reached thousands of vulnerable kids across Canada this past year, there is still a huge gap to fill. The lingering effects of trauma are very real and can continue to negatively impact their lives; approximately 82% have been diagnosed with special needs that include physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social challenges. With little support from their families, the odds are stacked against them, and, sadly, many will drop out of high school, abuse substances, become involved with prostitution and gangs, end up pregnant at a young age, or become incarcerated or homeless.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is dedicated to funding enriching, educational, preventative, and healing and recovery programs that encourage these kids to build their self-esteem and realize their full potential. With our $60-million National Campaign for Child Welfare, the Foundation is dedicated to expanding its reach and providing increased resources in the areas of health and well-being, education, crisis and permanence, identity, inclusion, and equity, and support while leaving care.

Truly, we would not be in the position we are today without those who believe in and support our work. Together, we will continue to build a brighter future for our nation’s most vulnerable young people.

Valerie McMurtry - President and CEO

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Valerie McMurtry
President and CEO

Dan Barclay

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Daniel Barclay
Chair, Board of Directors

Valerie McMurtry, CFRE – President and CEO
Peggy Hornell, PMP – Chief Operating Officer
Diana Parsons – Chief Development Officer
Enza DiBenedetto – Senior Director, Finance & Administration

Dan Barclay

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Daniel Barclay
Chair
CEO, BMO Capital Markets

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Gordon Raman
Past-Chair, Secretary
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Lynn Belzberg

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Lynn Belzberg
Corporate Director
Social Worker

Bill Butt

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Bill Butt
Campaign Co-Chair
Corporate Director

Kris Depencier

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Kristina Depencier
Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, Royal Bank of Canada

Christian Exshaw

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Christian Exshaw
Managing Director & Head, Capital Markets Trading, CIBC World Markets

Pierre-Frappier

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Pierre Frappier
President and COO,
AMJ Campbell Inc.

John Gossling

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John Gossling
Treasurer
Executive Vice President & CFO,
Corus Entertainment

Pruyn Haskins

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Pruyn Haskins
Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Equity and Advisory, Scotia Bank

Barry Hildred - Past Chair, Board of Directors

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Barry Hildred
Principal
Level 2 Advisors Inc.

Dougal Macdonald

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Dougal Macdonald
Campaign Co-Chair
President & Managing Director,
Morgan Stanley Canada Ltd.

Sandra Roberts

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Sandra Roberts, CRMA
Corporate Director

Sean St. John

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Sean St. John
EVP, Managing Director and Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group
National Bank

Nicole-Stewart-Kamanga

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Nicole Stewart Kamanga
Family Law and Mediation

Jeremy Walker

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Jeremy Walker
Deputy Chair – Global Head, Communications, Media and Technology, Investment Banking – TD Securities

Jaime Watt

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Jaime Watt
Executive Chairman of Navigator

Andrea Weissman-Daniels

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Andrea Weissman-Daniels
Co-Founder IGNITE THE SPARK FUND

Aaron Zifkin

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Aaron Zifkin
Corporate Director

CAMPAIGN CABINET

Bill Butt, Co-Chair
Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Co-Chair
Dougal Macdonald, Co-Chair

Daniel Barclay
Eric Bélanger
Jeff Bowman
Michel Fortier
Pierre Frappier
John Gossling
Rahim Hirji
Nicolas Marcoux
Adam Sinclair
Jeremy M.C. Walker
Aaron Zifkin

CAMPAIGN ADVISORY COUNCIL

Richard D. Falconer
Sheila Murray
Stephen Sandler
Damien Steel
Jaime Watt

Founded in 2013, the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC) shares their lived and professional expertise, wisdom and experiences to guide us on how to best serve Canada’s young people involved in child welfare and represents the Foundation in the community. We are grateful to all members throughout the years for lighting the way forward.

Andrea Barker

Bio to come

Suzie Brooks

Bio to come

Jay Bruneau

Bio to come

Rasnat Chowdhury

Bio to come

Tawnya Foster

Bio to come

Jesse Gardner

Bio to come

Ellen He

Bio to come

Sarah Kothlow

Bio to come

Kiaunna Lesage

Bio to come

Conner Lowes

Bio to come

Vivian Patruno

Bio to come

Rachael Richards

Bio to come

Young People’s Advisory Council members serve 2-year terms, and during that time have a significant impact on our work at the Foundation and the child welfare sector. When terms end, every member’s contributions live on, and so our alumni remain Honorary YPAC Members.

2020-2021

Christopher Ababko
Mercy Achan
Andrea Barker
Marko Berrak-Tinaz
Jesse Gardner
The Hoang
Liana Langley
Taneisha Lawrence
Kiaunna Lesage
Conner Lowes
Chantal VanLeeuwen

2019-2020

Christopher Ababko
Mercy Achan
Marko Berrak-Tinaz
Jay Bruneau
The Hoang
Sarah Innes
Liana Langley
Joshua Law
Samidha Singhal
Chantal VanLeeuwen
Yessinia Vasquez

2018-2019

Troy Elleston
Sarah Innes
Joshua Law
Taneisha Lawrence
Erine Roberts
Breanna Ryan
Eli Shour
Reshma Shiwcharran
Samidha Singhal
Yessinia Vasquez

2017-2018

Tolumade Atkinson
Alisha Brooks
Troy Elleston
Brittany Herbold
Anna Amy Ho
Christina Li
Breanna Ryan
Samidha Singhal
Eli Shour
Reshma Shiwcharran
Riley Spence

2016-2017

Tolumade Atkinson
Alisha Brooks
Crystal Groves
Brittany Herbold
Anna Amy Ho
Christina Li
Shyanne Nichols
Shameer Rahman
Melissa Sayers
Riley Spence
Jemal Thompson

2015-2016

Michele Farrugia
Jemmy Felix
Kristy Graves
Crystal Groves
Wendy Hayes
Shyanne Nichols
Shameer Rahman
Maya Ramchandani
Cheyanne Ratnam
Melissa Sayers
Jemal Thompson

2014-2015

Michele Farrugia
Jemmy Felix
Kristy Graves
Wendy Hayes
Tamia Kerem
Shameer Rahman
Maya Ramchandani
Cheyanne Ratnam
David Rutherford
Jemal Thompson

2013-2014 (Founding Members)

Michele Farrugia
Jemmy Felix
Kristy Graves
Wendy Hayes
Tamia Kerem
Noah Negash
Nana Quainoo
Cheyanne Ratnam
David Rutherford
Yuan Barnes

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