Shari Lynn Ladanchuk
President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
With over 25 years of experience in the social service/nonprofit sector, Shari Lynn Ladanchuk truly believes in the value and values of mentoring and volunteerism. Her 20 years working within the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement has afforded her tremendous opportunity to impact children and youth and their families through her leadership, volunteer endeavours, community development and collaboration efforts and advocacy work. Since 2008, she has held the position of President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel having previously served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph since 1999. In this role, she has served as an Accreditor with BBBS of Canada and has provided leadership and support to many national projects and committees within the BBBS movement.
Locally, she is a passionate convener of ideas and is often found exploring shared service models/structures and collective impact efforts through her work with Peel Counts and creative support of the Regional Diversity Roundtable. Shari Lynn has served as the Board Chair of the Peel Leadership Centre since 2013. She believes that good leadership is inclusive leadership and is always looking for ways to unleash and foster the leadership attributes in everyone!
Executive Superintendent of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board
Having worked in the municipal sector for over 15 years, Lloyd Noronha is a financial professional with experience in strategic planning, reporting, budgeting, investments and project management. Lloyd Noronha is currently the Executive Superintendent of Business Services and Chief Financial Officer with Toronto Catholic District School Board.
Prior to joining the TCDSB, Lloyd was the Director of Financial Planning and Development Finance and the Deputy City Treasurer with the City of Vaughan. He holds two undergraduate degrees in science and business and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Lloyd grew up in the Mississauga/Brampton area and currently resides in Caledon with his wife and three small children.
Senior Project Manager, City of Toronto
Satinder Klair is an experienced public sector leader with expertise in policy and governance. He currently works with the City of Toronto as a Senior Project Manager, where he provides strategic policy and project advice. Prior to this role, Satinder worked as a Management Consultant with the City Manager’s Office and as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ontario Government.
Satinder holds a Masters in Public Policy and Governance, and an Hons. BA in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and is currently working towards his Project Management Professional Designation. Satinder is passionate about building leadership, policy, governance, and project management capacity in the non-for-profit sector.
Executive Director, Heart House Hospice
Theresa Greer is the Executive Director of Heart House Hospice, an agency whose vision is to make a meaningful difference to someone’s end of life journey. Theresa joined Heart House Hospice in May 2004. Prior to this, Theresa spent a year as Executive Director at Halton Helping Hands, an agency assisting seniors to live at home. From 1989 to 2003, Theresa was Executive Director of Halton Women’s Place, where she oversaw the building of two shelters for abused women. Thirty-five years ago Theresa started her professional career as a Social Worker with the Children’s Aid Society of the Region of Peel.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Sociology Degree from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from McMaster University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from York University. Theresa is a Registered Social Worker. Theresa is a co-chair of the Central West Palliative Care Network, Past Chair of the Metamorphosis Group, Member of Peel Leadership Centre and participates on a number of committees both in the Central West and Mississauga Halton LHIN related to hospice palliative care.
Director of Services, Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP)
Leslie Barnes is presently the Director of Services at Services and Housing In the Province (SHIP). She has over 20 years’ of combined experience working with vulnerable populations including those with mental health, developmental disabilities, addictions, homeless and youth. The past 18 of which have been in a progressive management role.
She is a strong advocate for continuous learning, and has successfully completed her Masters of Leadership from the University of Guelph which focused on a research project on Succession Planning within private vs public sectors. The outcome of her research led to the design, implementation and facilitation of a unique leadership curriculum that 52 SHIP staff and managers participated in. Her areas of focus and strengths include Strategic Leadership, Service Management, Service Delivery & Health Equity which makes her a natural leader in people management, strategic thinking, and leading and managing change. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner and is motivated and excited to further her knowledge and pursuit of progressive leadership in the health care sector.
Program Manager, Renewed Computer Technology
Yoliana is a Program Manager at Renewed Computer Technology (RCT). She is an out of the box Manager with experience in program and partnership development regionally and provincially in the NFP sector. Yoliana believes in real and effective collaboration and its impact in the community. Her achievements include enabling more than 11,000 low income families to access affordable technology for home use through collaborative partnerships with more than 200 agencies across Ontario including support to first nations communities. Yoliana has also supported various school boards in Ontario to offer equity of access to technology through the implementation of their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.
Mariam currently serves on the boards of several organizations: United Way of Peel Region, Peel Leadership Centre, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. Mariam received an MBA and HBA from the Ivey Business School. In 2013 she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Ivey Alumni Association and was the recipient of the National Community Leadership Award at KPMG. She was named a DiverseCity Fellow in 2015.
Executive Director, Our Place Peel
As a dynamic leader in the non for profit sector with 18 years of experience, Christy Upshall became the Executive Director at Our Place Peel in September 2003. As Executive Director, Christy oversees all aspects of the organization, including the residential programs, fundraising, fiscal responsibility and providing leadership support to the management team. Christy works with a Board of Directors to ensure that the agency’s goals, values and mission are being met and lead agency into further expansion. After completing her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her Diploma in Child and Youth Work from Humber College, Christy decided to pursue a career working for a non-profit organization which supported youth. She chose Our Place Peel because it offers a one of a kind program in the Region of Peel, helping empower youth and putting the youths’ needs first and foremost. Christy became a Board Member at the Peel Leadership Centre in 2016 and believes strongly in the power of collaboration of leadership in the non-profit sector.
Executive Director, Erin Mills Youth Centre
Darcy has been executive director with Erin Mills Youth Centre since 2013. A veteran in the non-profit sector, before coming to EMYC Darcy helped to pioneer the development of Settlement Workers in Schools programs across Canada, including the award winning Newcomer Orientation Week and Welcome and Information for Newcomers programs. He also led a dynamic team in Ajax to launch the Durham Welcome Centre Immigrant Services. He is passionate about community-driven development, collaborating for change, matters of equity and inclusion, and believes in the power and potential of youth to make a lasting, positive impact on the world.