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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

Akbar Khurshid, Vice Chair

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

Jennifer Mak, Treasurer

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).

Delia Sinclair Frigault, Secretary

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.

Sheila Masters

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

Career Experience:  a semi-retired social worker with direct service and leadership experience in child and youth mental health and in equity and inclusion processes. Since retiring as a senior manager from the Ontario Public Service has been engaged in time-limited contracts including interim executive director of a variety of non-profit organizations providing services and supports for children, youth and adults who are marginalized.

Relevant Experience: previous board experience with 3 organizations in the non-profit sector;  member of ad hoc groups at Children’s Mental Health Ontario; long-time volunteer with an Out of the Cold program; volunteer with an affordable housing advocacy group

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology (Queen’s University); Master of Social Work (Carleton University)

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

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

Batool Nawab

CTYS Board Member since March 2020

Career Experience: Corporate Citizenship Professional with experience in strategic philanthropy, partnership management, stakeholder and change management. Currently working at TD Bank Group.

Relevant Experience: Passionate advocate of mental health and well being; former Chair of the Mental Health and Wellness Committee for the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada. Completed the Mental Health First Aid program offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Education: Masters in Political Science from the University of Alberta; Currently completing an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Interests: Being a mom to my two boys; travelling and giving back to the community.

Adam Benn

CTYS Board Member since May 2020

Career Experience: Over ten years of experience working in community health and non-profit sectors, most specifically with black/racialized youth, youth with disabilities and (LGBTQ) youth. Currently Education and Training Manager at Humber College for the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity. Education and training on Human Rights, Anti-racism and Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Relevant experience: Recent employment experience includes work as a Student Parent Support Worker for Pathways to Education: Regent Park Community Health Centre, Youth Program Facilitator/Coordinator for the Supporting Our Youth Program and Manager of LGBT2SQ Community Programs at the Sherbourne Health Centre. Volunteer experience includes serving as Crew and Bike Rally steering committee for the People with AIDS Foundation (PWA) Bike Rally.

Education: Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management (Royal Roads University), Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development (University of Toronto – OISE)

Interests: Fitness, movies, dogs and travel

Jessica Seppi

CTYS Board Member since May 2020

Career Experience: Jessica is a lawyer who has worked for several years in the insurance industry in a variety of roles; most recently as Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Liberty Mutual Canada where she is responsible for, among other things, oversight of corporate/commercial legal, regulatory and compliance management and policy development.

Education: LL.B. University of Western on Ontario, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Queen’s University, Certified In-House- Counsel – Canada (CIC.C) Rotman School of Management

Interests: Passionate about access to mental health services and working towards inclusivity for all.