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Our Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the organization’s vision, fiscal management, strategic direction, and overall integrity.


Stephanie Wang, Chair

CTYS Board member since June, 2016

Career Experience: experienced strategy and finance professional; most recently Director of Strategy and Business Improvement at Sears Canada; previously, a management consultant in Strategy & Operations at Deloitte Canada and Finance Manager at Manulife Financial

Education: Master of Business Administration degree (Richard Ivey School of Business), Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science (University of Toronto), Certificate in Psychology (Ryerson University)

Interests: passionate about mental health issues facing youth and children


Jennifer Mak, Treasurer Board of Directors

Career Experience: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) working as a Chief of Staff and Director, Strategy and Operations to the Canadian CEO at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)

Relevant Experience: Volunteered as a mentor to a start-up team at the Hatchery, University of Toronto and as “Step up and Learn” Council Member of the United Way of Peel

Education: a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).


Sheila Masters, Secretary

CTYS Board Member since October 2012; current Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Board Effectiveness Committee

Career Experience: former senior manager in Ontario Public Service; career as social worker connected to child and youth mental health services and other services and supports for people who are marginalized; currently engaged in various time-limited contracts including interim executive director of several social service agencies which provide among them: child and youth mental health, developmental, ethno-specific and learning disabilities services and shelter and support services for homeless youth

Relevant Experience: chaired the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ Employment Systems Review pursuant to the Employment Equity Act (the Act was subsequently repealed); served on Board of Directors of a Distress Centre, another Child and Youth Mental Health Centre and Children’s Mental Health Ontario; volunteered for more than 10 years with local Out of the Cold and has recently joined a group that is focused on maintaining and creating affordable housing options in that community

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology (Queens University), Master of Social Work degree Carleton University

Interests: spending time with grandchildren; reading; volunteering; attending live music and theatre events


Franky Chernin

CTYS Board member October 2012

Career Experience: Educator for over 40 years with Toronto Board of Education and George Brown College

Relevant Experience: Board Member for Juvenile Justice, and MicroCHIP Youth Training Program (Alexander Park); created and facilitated training and workshops to introduce and reinforce the art and science of learning; initiated peer assisted programs to promote collaboration and learning and pilot programs

Education: Criminology Certificate (University of Toronto), undergraduate degree in Psychology and Education from Long Island University (New York) and a Master of Education (University of Toronto)

Interests: youth justice–particularly issues of learning and opportunities


Delia Sinclair Frigault

Career Experience: Social worker with a background in policy analysis, research, evaluation and quality improvement. Currently working as Stakeholder Support Lead with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Relevant Experience: Volunteer experience includes serving as a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers’ Standards to Practice Committee, an Academic Support Volunteer for Pathways to Education – Regent Park and Vice President of the Board of Directors for All Saints – Homes for Tomorrow Society

Education: Masters of Science in Health Services Research (health policy concentration) from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University.


Richard Ashok Coutinho

CTYS Board Member since October 2017

Career Experience: lawyer for over 15 years; currently Client Lawyer for the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee representing individuals with mental capacity issues

Relevant Experience: Board Member for six years for the Alliance of South Asians for AIDs prevention

Education: Bachelor and Master degrees in comparative religion (McGill, Harvard Divinity School) and Bachelor and Master degrees in law (University of Toronto and Harvard Law School)

Interests: a 30-year-long interest in multiple dimensions of mental health; also has a particular interest in the provision of services to often marginalized communities


Anokhi Khamar

Career Experience: working at Bell Canada in a variety of roles since 2015. Currently Senior Manager of Robotics Process Automations

Relevant Experience: Volunteered with the Canadian Liver Foundation, Women in Communications & Technology and Lean In Canada.

Education: Graduated from the Schulich School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a focus on marketing and strategy


Akbar Khurshid

CTYS Board Member since October 2017

Career Experience: Ministry of Finance

Education: Masters of Public Policy, (University of Toronto), DiverseCity on Board program

Interests: diversity and inclusion, and championing the youth perspective at the leadership level


Marla Krakower

CTYS Board Member since December 2017

Career Experience: currently Vice President of People Services, Employee Experience & Public Relations with the Central West Local Health Administration Network; leader in health care administration for over a decade, with experience in the hospital and home and community care sectors as well as the Ontario government

Education: Bachelor of Arts (York University) Master of Arts (University of Toronto) both in Political Science

Interests: a mom with two boys who is passionate about increasing access to mental health and additions services, making it easier for patients and family members to navigate the system


Roger Mayers

CTYS Board Member since February 2013

Career Experience: Sergeant, Toronto Police Service, 33 Division; Community Policing focus; member of TPS for the past 28 years; experience in five different Divisions across the City of Toronto serving in the Investigative Field, Undercover Operations, Specialized Squads, Primary Response, and The Community Response Unit

Relevant Experience: School Resource Officer at a Toronto high school tasked with developing trusting, positive and meaningful relationships with youth in racialized communities and with school administrators; lead and partnered in program development for at-risk youth across the City of Toronto focused on introducing youth to new and stimulating experiences and improving tolerance and understanding between youth and the police

Education: high school graduate and received a diploma

Interests: Community Relations – finding new ways of developing and maintaining positive and productive relationships with the communities we serve


John J. Rankin

CTYS Board Member October 2017

Career Experience: Leadership development consultant and interim executive in the non-profit sector in semi-retirement; part-time instructor Health Leadership Academy, De Groote School of Business; previously held senior positions in the private and public sectors including President of George Brown College and Senior Vice President Canadian Tire Corporation

Relevant experience: supporting programming for people within the GTA with unique challenges, often poorly served by other institutions; volunteer with organizations serving a wide range of Canadians from gifted high school students to prison inmates, from Ontario colleges, universities and hospitals, to Federal Government advisory boards

Education: Master of Business Administration (De Groote School of Business, McMaster University)

Interests: passionate about long distance running in interesting places including marathons in the Canadian High Arctic, Bermuda and Antarctica.