Richard Stursberg is a Canadian Media Executive with more than 30 years of experience. He has been the head of all English language services at the CBC, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, President of Starchoice and Cancom, President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Culture and Broadcasting for the Government of Canada. He is currently President of Aljess, a boutique media and entertainment consulting firm. Richard is also the author of The Tower of Babble, published in 2012, and named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail.
BOARD VICE CHAIR
Jill Zelmanovits is passionate about the social change that results from youth development and she has dedicated more than 20 years of her career to supporting non-profit organizations create social change for young people through grass-roots programs and advocacy in Canada and around the world. She is currently the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, which enables life-changing mentorship relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people. Previously, Jill was the CEO of Girl Guides of Canada, the largest organization for girls and young women with 75,000 members across Canada. As a lawyer who practiced in the private and public sectors, Jill’s expertise informed previous Board Roles with Save the Children Canada and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts including chairing Governance, Advocacy and Membership Growth Committees as well as being a member of Audit & Finance and Strategy & Risk Management Committees. Jill started her career as a lawyer and was a commercial litigator at a Bay Street law firm before working for Legal Aid Ontario representing clients and leading advocacy coalitions for critical policy changes. She also worked as a Development Executive supporting non-profit organizations in Europe and was a Legislative Intern at Queen’s Park. She has lived, travelled, volunteered and worked around the world and across Canada. She currently resides in Toronto with her husband and two teenagers and loves current affairs, travel and running.
Jean Teillet is Senior Counsel with Pape Salter Teillet LLP. She is a leading lawyer on Indigenous rights law and also works on reproductive rights law. She is Vice Chair of Indspire and on the board of the Association for Canadian Studies. In 2016, the Association of Ontario Midwives made Jean an honorary lifetime member. She has three honorary doctorates. She was made Indigenous Peoples Council by the Indigenous Bar Association and granted the Order of the Métis Nation. Jean is a published author and frequent lecturer on Indigenous issues. She is the great grand niece of Louis Riel.
Erin Bury previously held senior communications & editorial roles at Betakit and Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia. Erin is a Financial Post columnist CTV tech commentator, and a frequent speaker with the National Speakers Bureau. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, CNN, & Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 marketers in 2012. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah – twice.
Sylvie Godin has a history of managing sensitive issues, institutional communication and corporate image. As Vice-President of La Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec, she became involved with the Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates. Lawyer by training she has also held management positions in various organisations including Canadian National, Bell Canada and CIBC. Her political experience with the Premier of Quebec, Robert Bourassa, have been significant such as her involement on boards including Place des arts and Douglas Hospital Foundation. She is a Board member of Centennial Academy.
Carl Nicholson is Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Ottawa and the Catholic Immigration Centre Foundation, He has an extensive background in voluntary sector leadership and has maintained his own successful fundraising management consulting company since 1989. Carl is a graduate of Carleton University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Carl has served on many Boards including President of the Ontario of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Minister for Immigrants, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Carl has been recognized many time for his service including receiving an honorary degree from Algonquin College in 2018.
Maria Correia has worked in international development for 30 years, having worked in some 40 countries across four continents. From 1993-2016, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she held various leadership positions on gender, social development and conflict. During this period, she made significant policy and research contributions: the World Bank publication “The Other Half of Gender: Men’s Issues in Development”, which Maria co-edited, was one of the first mainstream publications to bring attention to the less visible issue of male gender. In her later years at the World Bank, Maria’s interests shifted to the use of media, storytelling and entertainment for social and behavioral change. She developed and led the World Bank’s WEvolve Globalwhich was launched in 2015 as a social media platform to pilot approaches that challenge gender-related beliefs, stereotypes, and norms in South Asia – including through the fashion industry. Maria is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, where her research is focused on climate change communications and Indigenous non-Indigenous co-management approaches to building social ecological resilience.
Michael Ajise has more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries including financial services, management consulting, healthcare, public sector, and telecommunication. He is a seasoned business and information technology professional with expertise in strategy and planning, risk management, wealth management, banking and finance. With an executive MBA from the Kellogg- Schulich School of Business, Michael uses his knowledge, experience and network to help organizations integrate business and technology solutions with a focus on achieving results with high business value.
Paula Pereira is a partner in the consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and she has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and leads the Operational Effectiveness practice for banking and capital markets, with specific responsibility for business banking, consumer lending and banking operations solutions. Paula focuses on the design of business solutions for retail and commercial banks. Her experience includes business model transformation, multi-channel customer strategies, customer segmentation and technology solution selection. Paula has led business transformation engagements across many of the large Canadian banks as well as regional financial institutions.
YASMIN FARAH PEER
Yasmin Farah Peer’s values and skills closely resonate with Save the Children and she brings experience from her work with Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada and a background in Political Science and Human Rights. Her deep commitment lies in spaces dedicated to the rights and well-being of children. Fueled by her passion for driving positive change, Yasmin took the initiative to establish Lives For Literacy (L4L), a youth-led, non-profit organization. As the Executive Director of L4L, which is committed to advancing literacy among marginalized children, she has had the privilege of championing literacy and education within underserved communities.
Janti Soeripto is President and CEO of Save the Children US. She assumed this role in January 2020, after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2019. In this position, Janti had oversight for setting agency strategy, ensuring all parts of the organization were well managed, staffed, aligned, and operated as effectively as possible. Strengthening accountability for results, and overseeing, integrating and coordinating divisional activities also fell within her scope of work. Prior to joining Save the Children US, Janti worked for eight years as deputy CEO of Save the Children International, where she was responsible for market growth and development, global strategy development, communication and venture partnerships. Before her work with Save the Children, Janti spent nearly 20 years in the corporate sector at companies including Kimberly-Clark and Unilever. She has masters degrees in Economics and Finance. Janti is half-Indonesian, half-Dutch, is married with two children, and is based in Connecticut.
Stanley Zlotkin received his medical training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, paediatric training at McGill University in Montreal, and obtained a PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. He has worked as a clinician-nutritionist and research scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) since 1980. He is a professor in the Department of Paediatrics, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He is past Head of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition and Medical Director of Nutrition Support for SickKids. Currently, he is the Inaugural Chief of the Centre for Global Child Health at SickKids.
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