Advisory Committee

Endeavour’s Advisory Committee, comprised of experts from academia, consulting, non-profit and industry, provide advice and subject matter expertise to Endeavour consulting and executive teams.

Alex Gill, Principal, Mendicant Group
Alexandra Snelgrove, Director, Social Impact, LIFT Philanthropy Partners
Dr. Ann Armstrong, Lecturer and Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Ann Rosenfield, Executive Director, Transforming Faces
Candice de Saldanha, Senior Manager, KPMG Strategy & Operations
Carissa MacLennan, Director of Education and Youth Engagement, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI)
Howe Gu, Director, Digital Transformation, PwC
Ian Yates, Founder and Manager Director, Fitzii Inc.
Judy Fantham, Head of Talent Management, Ontario Nurses’ Association
Matt Fullbrook, Manager, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness, Rotman School of Management
Ming-Young Tam, Consultant, Non-profit and Community Sector
Patrick Dunn, AVP Innovation, Great West Lifeco
Ron Thompson, Independent Consultant
Shant Sethian, Director of Emerging Solutions, TELUS
Steven Ayer, President, Common Good Strategies
Stuart Watts, Manager, KPMG Strategy & Operations
Sandra Odendahl, Board Chair, The Atmospheric Fund
Tanya Rumble, Senior Manager, Run for the Cure Fundraising, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Teresa Huang, Director, Consulting and Deals Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Canada
Tony Yu, Principal, Lough Barnes Consulting Group
David Ycasiano, Transformation Consultant, Ontario Public Service

Alex Gill

Principal, Mendicant Group

Alex Gill is a social entrepreneur and university instructor who enjoys working with community activists, non-profit executives, corporations and others who want to make a difference. He currently heads Mendicant Group, a consultancy that helps charities, non-profit organizations and companies improve their social impact. Prior to founding Mendicant, Alex spent more than a dozen years as an executive at a number of large non-profits and associations. Mendicant’s current clients include a diverse range of NGOs, including those from areas such as health care, child and youth development and the environment.

Alex holds appointments in Ryerson University’s Department of Politics and Public Administration and the Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, where he regularly lectures about non-profit management, advocacy and corporate citizenship. In 2010, Alex co-authored AIM: Achieve, Inspire, Make a Difference, a book which helps people use proven executive coaching methods to develop their own ability to give back to others.

Alexandra Snelgrove

Director, Social Impact, LIFT Philanthropy Partners

Alexandra is Director, Social Impact at LIFT Philanthropy Partners, a venture philanthropy organization supporting not-for-profit, social enterprises and other organizations that address health, skills development, education and employment. Prior to joining LIFT, Alex was with Aperio, a consulting firm that specializes in the social sector. She worked with a diverse group of clients in the areas of strategic planning, organization and governance review, social enterprise and earned income, partnership strategy, program design, and evaluation. She also spent several years with MEDA, an international development organization focused on business solutions towards poverty. With a focus on Africa and Asia, she conceived, developed, and implemented a number of initiatives that strengthened small businesses. Alex previously worked in trade promotion in Malaysia at the Canadian High Commission and as Executive Director of the Malaysia Canada Business Council. She has a BA from Huron College, University of Western Ontario and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Ann Armstrong

Lecturer and Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Rotman School of Management

Dr. Ann Armstrong was an instructor at the Rotman School of Management for the past 15 years. She was the Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative responsible for increasing the School’s involvement in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors through curriculum design, research and community engagement.

Ann teaches change management in the Executive Development Program as well as in the MBiotech and Innovation Programs at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She was the Academic Co-Director of Rotman’s Learning Exchange with Regent Park. Ann is working on an SSHRC-supported research project that looks at the social economy of Ontario. She has written articles on a broad range of subjects such as diversity in the non-profit sector to case studies on green social enterprises.

She has co-authored the Canadian edition of a textbook on organization design with Dr. Richard Daft and a textbook on Canada’s social economy with Drs. Jack Quarter and Laurie Mook. Ann has ‘Canadianized’, with Joan Condie, ORGB by Nelson and Quick.

Ann received her Ph.D. in organizational behaviour from the University of Toronto. In addition, she sits on several not-for-profit boards.

Ann Rosenfield

Executive Director, Transforming Faces

Ann Rosenfield was born passionate about working to help our neighbors live full and meaningful lives. Working with great Boards, Donors, and Volunteers, she is lucky to combine skills and knowledge with enthusiasm for making a difference. And she walks the talk – in both volunteer and professional roles, she is part of teams who elevate fantastic charities to do even greater good.

Currently Transforming Faces’ Executive Director, she’s had the privilege of leading the acquisition of more than $100M in ongoing giving by networking, partnering, and building high performance teams.including leading the efforts that have won awards from the Association of Healthcare Professionals and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A popular speaker, Ann has presented on charity excellence in Amsterdam, San Francisco, as well as right here in Toronto at the Schulich School of Business. Ann currently volunteers for Imagine Canada, serves as a Mentor for the AFP Inclusive Giving program, and Board Secretary for Rainbow Railroad. Her grassroots volunteer work includes Supreme Gleaner for Not Far from the Tree, Lunch Lady for Holy Blossom Temple, and Ticket Queen for the Annex Singers. She blogs about charity at CharitablySpeaking.com

Candice de Saldanha

Senior Manager, KPMG Strategy & Operations

Candice is a member of the KPMG Strategy team in Toronto with experience in areas such as strategic planning, new business development, customer assessments, and organizational design and behaviour. Candice focuses on helping clients pursuing external growth opportunities as well as those looking to optimize their own internal design and activities in order to fulfill their growth ambitions. In her approaches she integrates creativity and rigorous analysis with a heavy emphasis on stakeholder engagement, resulting in strategies that reflect the unique realities for each client context. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with clients from a diverse set of industries including retail, financial services, media, natural resources, healthcare, and the public sector. Her experiences also include working with non-profit organizations in developing and implementing strategies to fuel their growth and enrich the arts and patient-based communities that they serve. Beyond her client work, Candice is a part of the core team driving the strategy for the practice’s national recruitment efforts.

Candice holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University.

Carissa MacLennan

Director of Education and Youth Engagement, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI)

Carissa MacLennan is the Director of Education and Youth Engagement at the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (JGI). Prior to JGI, Carissa was an Education Manager with UNICEF Canada, working on children’s rights-based approaches to education. She has also worked for JHR (Journalists for Human Rights) where she developed and managed programming for their domestic and international departments, working in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zambia, and in universities across Canada. Carissa’s governance experience includes serving on the boards for Canadian-Sudanese Volunteers for Development, OneChild, and Local Buttons.

Howe Gu

Director, Digital Transformation, PwC

As the Canadian Digital Transformation Leader, Howe’s work focuses on helping large enterprise clients deploy best-in-class technology solutions that results in not only high rates of adoption and usage but innovative and sustainable change to user and workplace experiences.

Howe has over twelve years of industry and management consulting experience where he has designed and led large scale transformation programs serving financial services, telecom and public sector clients in Canada, the U.S and China. Areas of specialization include UX design, cloud strategy, workforce transformation, target operating model design, process redesign, corporate strategy, financial regulatory compliance (US and Canada) and operational risk management.

Ian Yates

Founder and Manager Director, Fitzii Inc.

Ian is Founder and Managing Director of Fitzii Inc. Fitzii was created out of a desire to address systemic barriers to employment in the workforce and provide organizations a more objective way to assess the fit between jobs and applicants. Fitzii was acquired by the Ian Martin Group in 2014 as both companies had a common goal – to connect people with meaningful work. Fitzii has recently partnered with CharityVillage to help non-profits hire better. Prior to Fitzii, Ian was at a life science robotics company in California. Before moving across the Atlantic he worked in Research and Development in the pharmaceutical sector in Sweden and the UK.

Ian volunteers as a mentor to new professional immigrants via the TRIEC mentorship program, as a career advisor to individuals and in various capacities at his children’s school. He also coaches girls soccer with the local community soccer association.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire. He was also a Bregman Scholar (with honors) and Valedictorian at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, where he graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2011.

Judy Fantham

Senior Executive Officer, Ontario Nurses’ Association

Judy Fantham is the Senior Executive Officer of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA). ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing students providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

Judy is primarily responsible for strategic planning and leadership development. Working directly for the Chief Executive Officer her responsibilities range from organizational re-design to the project management of initiatives such as violence prevention in healthcare to speech writing.

For many years she worked as a television reporter and producer with CBC-TV. Her skills as a producer have stood her in good stead as she frequently uses documentary production to showcase stories in support of organizational and systemic change in healthcare.

Judy has volunteered internationally on humanitarian missions to Kenya, Peru, Bolivia and India and also gives back closer to home. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Mixed Company Theatre – an organization that uses “forum theatre” to provoke social change. And she volunteers weekly at the North York General Hospital. Judy is proud to belong to the Endeavour team as both a Board member and Advisor – sharing, learning and being inspired by up-and-coming agents of change.

Matt Fullbrook

Manager, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness, Rotman School of Management

Matt Fullbrook has been Manager of the Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto since 2003. The CCBE is best known for its annual corporate governance ratings, and contributions to the Globe and Mail’s annual Board Games report. In 2011, CCBE, in partnership with Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the Institute of Corporate Directors, released a study into board oversight of talent issues. In addition to the Centre’s ongoing research into executive compensation, this report contributes to CCBE’s leadership in cutting-edge corporate governance research. Matt has also recently authored a series of toolkits designed to help boards of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) navigate common boardroom challenges.

Matt received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Ming-Young Tam

Consultant, Non-profit and Community Sector

Ming-Young Tam has been involved with Endeavour since 2009 as a project advisor. She has worked with non-profit sector and community-based organizations for over 10 years, and is experienced in program development and evaluation, stakeholder relations, policy research, and strategic and operational planning. As she is a generalist at heart, Ming-Young has worked with a variety of social issues, including newcomer settlement, child and youth development, violence against women, community health, grant-making, and non-profit management. Her professional experience includes a variety of social policy and public administration positions with organizations such as the United Way Toronto, City of Toronto, Laidlaw Foundation, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

As a freelance consultant, Ming-Young supports community and social service agencies to increase impact, build capacity, and measure outcomes. She is also an active volunteer, and has recently been involved as facilitator for an immigrant settlement program, board member with a research organization, scholarship application assessor for a national awards program, and executive team member with a youth policy engagement network.

Ming-Young is a graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston, and has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.

Patrick Dunn

AVP Innovation, Great West Lifeco

Patrick brings more than 15 years experience in insights and innovation. He excels in helping companies understand and succeed in new markets and categories by working in the intersection of strategy, design, and customer empathy. He creates engaging experiences across a broad spectrum of media. He is driven to uncover unmet needs, and develop creative and disruptive solutions

In his current role, as AVP Innovation at Great West Lifeco, he leads a multidisciplinary team of strategists, designers, and anthropologists to solve problems, unlock opportunity, and create value.

His client roster includes projects for multiple Fortune-1000 clients, including Abbott, Campbells, KPMG, LG, Pepsi, RBC, Samsung, and more. His research and consulting experience spans B2C, B2B, as well as work for non-profit organizations – and across a wide range of industries.

Ron Thompson

Independent Consultant

Ron has held senior positions (vice and senior vice president, director, and managing director) at PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance, and Crimson Capital, has served as a consultant, advisor, or economist with A.R.A. Consultants, Rockliffe Asset Management, and three governments, and acted for clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Much of his career has been spent at the interface between the public and private sectors. He has managed or advised on transactions and financings for airport facilities, highways, hospitals, court houses, correctional facilities, and other infrastructure classes in Canada and internationally, as well as their core operations, maintenance, and ancillary services such as food preparation and distribution, telecoms, and security.

Ron is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and the Humber School for Writers. He has served as a CUSO volunteer in Botswana, where he worked on resource management issues and development planning in a rural centre, and as a commissioned naval officer. His debut novel, A Person of Letters, was published in 2015.

Shant Sethian

Director of Emerging Solutions, TELUS

Shant Sethian is the Director of Emerging Solutions at TELUS where he has held a variety of leadership roles across consumer and business marketing over the past 8 years.

He has extensive experience in product marketing, product development, business casing and strategy. Shant has also worked for a few start-up, including a software company he co-founded during graduate school which instigated his passion for the world of technology marketing.

Shant received his Master’s and Bachelor’s of Engineering from Queen’s University in applied mathematics with a focus on communications engineering.

Steven Ayer

President, Common Good Strategies

Steven Ayer is the Founder and President of Common Good Strategies, a market research and strategic consulting group that specializes in research for the non-profit sector. Current non-profit projects include surveys, evaluations, fund development, and data strategies.

Before starting Common Good Strategies, Steven was a Senior Research Associate at Imagine Canada where he co-authored several reports on the non-profit sector. His publications include Corporate Community Investment Practices, Motivations and Challenges: Findings from the Canada Survey of Business Contributions to Community, believed to be the most comprehensive study of corporate contributions to non-profit and charitable organizations conducted in North America, and the 2007 Highlights Report for the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and Participating, the largest study of individual giving and volunteering behaviour in Canada. He has also written extensively on fundraising costs, transparency and revenue strategies. Prior to his work at Imagine Canada, Steven was Research Manager and Research Associate at the Institute for Sport Marketing, where he managed an array of research and consulting projects related to marketing and sponsorship.

Steven holds an MBA degree from Laurentian University and is a recipient of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Canada Graduate Scholarship. In his spare time, Steven is an enthusiastic volunteer and an equally enthusiastic mediocre athlete.

Stuart Watts

Manager, KPMG Strategy & Operations

Stuart is a consultant with KPMG’s Strategy & Operations practice in Toronto, and his experience has been focused on providing strategic advice for companies in energy, fast-moving consumer packaged goods, public and financial services sectors across three continents – North America, Europe and Africa – helping them address issues related to operational effectiveness, identifying new, untapped growth markets, optimizing product distribution and leading large, transformational change initiatives.

Stuart is former Rotarian who is passionate about working with non-profit and community organizations, with a specific focus on youth education in underprivileged communities both here and abroad. His service to helping the local and student community in London, Ontario garnered him the “Humanitarian of the Year” award for his graduating class. While at KPMG, Stuart has been an active volunteer at Free The Children’s Me-To-We Take Action Camp helping young leaders with strategic planning.

Stuart holds an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra, and an Bachelor of Management and Organization Studies from The University of Western Ontario

Sandra Odendahl, Board Chair, The Atmospheric Fund

Sandra is a corporate sustainability and social finance pioneer, who currently Chairs the Board of the (Toronto) Atmospheric Fund (TAF). TAF uses its $43 million endowment to invest in innovative solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

After starting her career as an environmental scientist, Sandra entered the banking sector as a credit risk analyst specialising in natural resources industries. From 2000 – 2005, she led one of Bay Street’s earliest environmental risk management departments, and from 2007 to 2016, Sandra headed RBC’s Corporate Sustainability, Social Finance and Social Innovation teams. At RBC, she oversaw the development and implementation of the RBC Environmental Blueprint, the $20 million Social Finance Initiative, and the $10 million RBC Generator impact investing fund.

Sandra volunteers on several non-profit boards that reflect her interests in responsible finance, sustainability and innovation. In addition to TAF, she sits on the Boards of Pollution Probe, and U of T’s Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead). She has also enjoyed serving on many expert panels and advisory groups.

Born in Ottawa, Sandra has an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from U of T. Sandra is a licensed professional engineer, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.

Tanya Rumble

Senior Manager, Run for the Cure Fundraising, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Tanya is the Senior Manager, Run for the Cure Fundraising. In this role Tanya leads the fundraising team for the Foundation’s signature fundraiser – the Run for Cure with responsibilities for raising $10million + in the Central Region which includes Ontario and Manitoba. Tanya is a fiercely determined, results-driven relationship and fundraising manager with 10 years of progressively senior professional roles. Her background includes diverse and deep experience in government relations; community and public health; and the non-profit sectors.

Tanya also commits herself to a number of worthy causes and organizations. Tanya is Co-Founder of Toronto plus Acumen, an official chapter of Acumen. Tanya recently ended a six year term as a Grant Review Committee Member with the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Currently Tanya is a Board Director with FindHelp Information Services – operators of 211 Toronto. Additionally Tanya enjoys grassroots volunteer opportunities and is a Jane’s Walk leader, as well as regularly volunteering with the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Tanya completed a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McMaster University and a Masters Certificate at New York University with the World Health Organization, and in 2014 Tanya began the Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University. Tanya is naturally inquisitive and a lifelong learner – she is currently participating in the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and was 2010 Fellow in the award-winning DiverseCity Program.

Teresa Huang

Director, Consulting and Deals Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Canada

Teresa Huang is a Director with the Consulting and Deals Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Canada (PwC). She is an experienced professional in the areas of business architecture and process engineering, sourcing and vendor management, program/project management, and merger integration.

Teresa has project managed and supported large business transformation projects especially in the area of Customer Care organization start up, realignment and outsourcing. Teresa has also assisted clients and internally at PwC with transactions of varying degrees of complexity. She is experienced in performing IT and operations due diligence, managing the deal signing and closing processes, as well as managing post merger integration and transition services.

Teresa holds a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Mineral Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Tony Yu

Principal, Lough Barnes Consulting Group

Tony Yu is a Principal at Lough Barnes Consulting Group. Tony is a skilled public sector and not-for-profit consultant with experience in conducting program/performance evaluations, strategic planning and implementation, service model design and business planning. His clients include Ontario’s Ministries and the broader public sector in the areas of health, child welfare, mental health and addictions, transportation and culture.

Tony holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, BSc from University of Toronto and is currently the Vice-Chair on the board of St. Michael’s Homes.

Tony Yu

Principal, Lough Barnes Consulting Group

Tony Yu is a Principal at Lough Barnes Consulting Group. Tony is a skilled public sector and not-for-profit consultant with experience in conducting program/performance evaluations, strategic planning and implementation, service model design and business planning. His clients include Ontario’s Ministries and the broader public sector in the areas of health, child welfare, mental health and addictions, transportation and culture.

Tony holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, BSc from University of Toronto and is currently the Vice-Chair on the board of St. Michael’s Homes.

David Ycasiano

Transformation Consultant, Ontario Public Service

David Ycasiano wants to help make this world a better place. He understands this can be done in many ways, and is particularly interested in how this happens at the intersection of government, business and community. He has tried to structure both his career and volunteer paths to align with this.

David is currently a Transformation Consultant for the provincial government, where he helped establish an internal consulting team to provide end-to-end support to ministries undertaking business transformations. In this role, David has supported senior executives through strategic and organizational reviews, operational design initiatives and implementations. Prior to joining the government, David worked as a management consultant at Deloitte where he worked with different clients in the public and private sectors on broad organization design and change management initiatives.