Our Board of Directors

Strides Toronto is governed by a community Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of individuals who live or work in Toronto and have a commitment to the vision, mission and values of the organization.

 

Jordan Ross

 Past President

Jordan Ross was first elected to the board of Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre in 2012. Jordan works with the ownership group at MandR Holdings. He holds an Hons. BA in philosophy and economics and an LLB from Western University.

Paul Huyer
Paul Huyer

President

Paul Huyer, Strides Toronto’s board chair, had a successful 30-year career in the finance industry where he retired from the TD Bank Group. His positions at TD included Chief Financial Officer of TD Canada Trust and Ombudsman for Canada. Paul is familiar with EMYS and the Moving on Mental Health plan for Toronto through his six years on the Board of Yorktown Family Services, including two years as Board President. Paul has vast governance experience with non-profit organizations. He is Chair of Start2Finish Canada, past Chair of the Board of Regents of Victoria University and Corporate Secretary for Triathlon Canada.

Kiaunna Bennett

Board Director

Kiaunna is a social worker who currently works as the Project Coordinator for the Plug Project at Taibu Community Health Centre in Scarborough—working with Black and racialized students who have come into conflict with the education system through suspension or expulsion. She provides them with wrap-around services, including mental health and academic supports, and access to legal representation. Since March 2020, she’s also been a Site Coordinator for a Community Leadership After School Program for the City of Toronto. Other roles have included Senior Program Leader for Toronto Community Housing and a Racialized Student Collective Coordinator at Ryerson. Kiaunna also volunteers as a Youth Advisor on the Community Youth Action Committee for Toronto Police Services. In all these roles, Kiaunna contributes a strong commitment to addressing anti-Black racism.

Donna Chow

Board Director

Donna Chow is manager of Corporate Education at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. She previously led marketing and communications teams for World Vision, Humber College and TD Bank. She holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia.

Lauren Dade

Vice President

Lauren Dade has a Doctorate in Psychology from McGill University and has specialized training in Clinical Neuropsychology, and Paediatric Health, Clinical, and School Psychology. She applies all of her skills as a Psychologist for the Toronto District School Board. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring others, including teaching and supervising doctoral psychology candidates at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

William Lumsden

Board Director 

William Lumsden joined the board in 2017. William is a director in Canadian debt capital markets at RBC Capital Markets. He holds a joint JD-MBA from the University of Toronto, and an MA and BA in economics from McMaster University.

Tom Moutsatsos

Secretary

Tom Moutsatsos is an experienced labour and employment lawyer who joined the board in 2016. Tom is a partner at Hicks Morley LLP. He holds an Hons. BA in history and English from York University and an LLB from Western University.

Kalida Nasir

Board Director

Kalida has been a Research Associate at the Institute of Work and Health since 2015.  In this role she is responsible for managing the research operations of two national studies focused on vulnerable youth groups with more than 15 interdisciplinary team members. The projects focus on anti-racist and anti-oppressive workplace policies.  As part of these projects, she established a youth advisory board of young adults with lived experience of disability.  Previously, she was a Research Interviewer for eight years at the Institute of Social Research at York University.  This included recruiting and interviewing more than 3,000 participants across Toronto about their lived experiences with mental health challenges, addictions, and barriers to accessing health and mental health services.  Kalida has a BA in Health and Society and is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.  She brings a health equity and social determinants of health lens to her work.

Jason Pilz

Treasurer 

Jason Pilz is a finance and strategy professional who joined the board in 2016 and is a director in Enterprise Strategy at the Royal Bank of Canada. Jason is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. He holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and an HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Vidya Rajasingam

Board Director

Vidya is currently a Master of Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) student at York University. As part of her studies, she works with Toronto Community Housing to develop a framework, policies, and evaluation of their community gardens.  Since 2018, Vidya has worked at Trinity Theatre, a Toronto Board of Education partner, first as a Project Manager and now as Director of Research. In this role, she leads research, asset mapping and needs assessments in five different neighbourhoods (including Malvern) to support youth-led projects. As a Bachelor of Honours, Psychology student, Vidya developed and facilitated mental health workshops for first-year students in Scarborough. This experience introduced her to Strides Toronto services, and she made frequent referrals to the What’s Up Walk-In.

Ragaven Sabaratnam

Board Director

Ragaven has more than 15 years of experience in the Ontario government, working in the areas of housing, health, social assistance, and childcare. His current role is as Director, Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs.  Between 2017-2020, he worked in government in mental health, first in child and youth mental health and then broadening to include adult mental health and social housing.  During this time, he was part of the lead agency identification process so, he is familiar with Strides services and our lead agency role. Ragaven grew up in Scarborough and identifies as a member of the Sri Lankan Tamil community.  He has an MBA.

Anthony Scolaro
Anthony Scolaro

Board Director

Anthony Scolaro is Head of Finance at Lending Loop, Canada’s first Peer To Peer Lender. Anthony has a broad range of experiences working for multinationals, NGOs and start-ups and has worked in over 20 countries across the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including extended assignments in China, Lebanon, Uganda, Pakistan, Peru and Germany. Previously, Anthony held the position of Global Director of Finance at Right To Play International and has worked for Deloitte, Fairmont Hotels and Scotiabank Global Wealth Management.

Scott Sinclair
Scott Sinclair

Board Director

Scott Sinclair is a recently retired Financial Services Executive, who has worked in both Canada and the US, most recently for Transamerica Life/AEGON. He is currently the Chair of the Trent University Property and Finance Committee, a member of the Trent University Board of Governors and is on their Audit committee. He is also past President of the board of Aisling Discoveries Child Family Centre and the Aisling Foundation.

Divya Steinwall

Board Director

Divya is no stranger to Strides Toronto, having served first on the Strides Toronto Foundation Board of Directors (2018-2021) and recently joining our Finance and Audit Committee. Divya has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is the Director, Head of Sales Enablement and Business Management, iShares Canada at Blackrock Asset Management Canada Ltd. Divya is a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), serving as the Chair of Blackrock’s Women’s Initiative Network from 2015-2020 and recently taking on the role of Canadian DEI lead. Divya has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Canadian Security Course designation.