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

Bill Byrd, Chair

CTYS Board Member October, 2009

Career Experience: currently President and CEO of the Canadian Safe Schools Network, previously senior trainer and consultant; previous Head of Treatment at Earlscourt Child and Family Centre in Toronto (now the Child Development Institute); previous Coordinator of Safe Schools for Toronto District School Board (TDSB); former educator (TDSB)

Relevant Experience: well known in Ontario and throughout Canada for his work in the fields of Safe Schools Development and Children’s Mental Health; previously a faculty member at Osgoode Law/York University staff development department where he presented workshops on safe schools and positive school climate development; previous Board Member of the Macaulay Child Development Centre and Associate Director and Chair of the Board for Camp EKON

Education: graduate of Memorial University in St. John’s, Guelph University, McGill University, OISE and the University of Toronto

Interests: a proud gay man who lives with his partner and spouse of 30 years, Bill presents workshops for students, parents, teachers, administrators and school support staff as well as business leaders


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


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


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


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


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.


Stephanie Wang, Vice 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