Endeavour is governed by a board with a wealth of knowledge and experience in non-profit, consulting, industry, government and academia.
Chair: Murray Glow, Principal, PSF Consultants
Secretary: Judy Fantham, Senior Executive Officer, Ontario Nurses’ Association
Treasurer: Oksana Chikina, Independent Consultant
Steven Ayer, President, Common Good Strategies
Sutha Balasingham, Community Builder
Whitney Caelers, Senior Consultant, Accenture
Andrew Donovan, Manager, Financial Development, YMCA of Oakville
Christine Hunter, Senior Program Lawyer, Osgoode Professional Development
Murray Glow, Chair
Murray Glow, MBA, FCMC, has broad experience in public sector reform, strategic planning, organizational design and development, human resources management, and program evaluation. He has been responsible for major consulting engagements in environment, energy, education, housing, transportation, planning and land management, public works, agriculture and rural development, economic development, justice, corrections, police, health and social services, and central agencies of government.
In Canada, Murray has consulted to federal departments, provincial ministries, local governments, professional services firms and not-for-profit organizations. His international development experience focuses on strengthening and administrative reform of public sector institutions. He has conducted many assignments for international agencies including CIDA, the World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, USAID and DANIDA. He has led major assignments in Barbados, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
As Founding and Managing Partner of the ARA Consulting Group, Murray helped build an independent consulting firm with more than 80 full time staff. After ARA’s merger with KPMG, Murray served as Partner in KPMG Consulting and Managing Director in BearingPoint LP. He is now a Principal with PSF Consultants.
Murray has worked on a voluntary basis with the Centre for Study of Democracy at Queen’s University; the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Canada; the Canadian Association of Management Consultants; Trinity Square Enterprises; Children’s Aid Society Foundation; University of Toronto Cooperative Program in Development Studies; Ontario Health Sector Export Advisory Committee; InterHealth Canada; Masomo Education Foundation; and the Humber International Development Institute
Judy Fantham, Secretary
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.
Oksana Chikina, Treasurer
Oksana has over 10 years of experience in leading and implementing transformational initiatives in multiple countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. During the course of her international career, Oksana successfully led several multi-year projects that included launching new services, defining or re-positioning core offerings, and talent management. Specializing in strategic planning, organizational design and stakeholder engagement, Oksana has worked with national governments, businesses and non-profit organizations to drive truly transformational results.
Currently, Oksana is an independent consultant specializing in organizational transformation. Her clients include provincial government of Ontario, private companies and non profit organizations.
Oksana holds an MPA degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and an MBA degree from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is working to complete her Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.
Steven Ayer, Board Member
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.
Sutha Balasingham, Board Member
Sutha is a community-builder who was recently recognized as a Civic Action Fellow in 2015. Sutha came to Canada in 1989 and own experiences of displacement, integration and community engagement continue to drive her passion for diversity and inclusion.
She brings an inclusion lens to all her work whether it is grass-roots mobilizing in the community or policy discussions at government tables. Having worked with communities in Toronto and York Region, she recognizes that social issues are increasingly complex and intertwined and that no one person or organization alone can affect change; but it takes many with various capacities and expertise to turn the curve towards a common goal. She has worked in the non-profit and public sector in various capacities where she has led collaborative planning process, as well as strategy development, implementation and evaluation. Sutha is currently the Program Manager, Social Policy at the Regional Municipality of York where she works on a broad range of social determinants of health. Sutha holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Policy and Law.
She comes on Endeavour Board as she strongly believes that it is a great forum to leverage the expertise of people from various sectors to work collaboratively with the not-for-profit sector to build a strong and vibrant community.
Whitney Caelers, Board Member
Whitney Caelers is a Senior Consultant in Accenture’s strategy practice. She has been with the firm since 2010 and has worked with clients across numerous industries, including retail, consumer goods and services, and non-profit. Whitney has experience conducting capabilities assessments, defining customer experiences, and developing operating models and market strategies. She has volunteered extensively with Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship initiatives.
Whitney first became involved with Endeavour in 2011. She assisted two Endeavour clients in developing strategic plans for their organizations, first as a Consultant and then as an Engagement Manager, in order to significantly increase their community impact. With Accenture, Whitney has assisted non-profits with strategy development, organizational design, program development, and volunteer management.
Whitney holds a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University.
Andrew Donovan, Board Member
Andrew Donovan is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and current Manager, Financial Development at the YMCA of Oakville, a charity that strengthens community in spirit, mind and body. His success lies in working with volunteers and staff to match donor interests with the needs of the clients he serves.
Prior to returning to the charitable sector as a full-time employee, Andrew ran a successful consulting business specializing in fund development, communications and special events management. His company boasted a roster of national as well as internationally recognized charities where he played an integral role in helping to formulate both fundraising and communication strategies designed to inform, educate and engage their various audiences.
Prior to this he was the Business Development Manager for CNW Group’s multimedia division where he was recognized as the Top New Business Development sales person for 2006. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton University in Political Science and Law as well as diplomas in Fundraising and Events Management from Algonquin College. Along with his volunteer roles at Endeavour as well as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter) he is also a husband and father to 7 year old triplets.
Christine Hunter, Board Member
Christine Hunter is a Senior Program Lawyer at Osgoode Professional Development, where she manages the in-house and custom training business. Drawing on her background in law and education, she designs group skills training programs for legal and non-legal organizations. Christine also has experience in legal education at the law school level. For a year she stepped in as the acting Manager of Admissions and Financial Services at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Christine’s career began as an associate at Torys LLP, where she developed expertise in corporate and securities law. Her legal experience at the firm included advising large public companies on corporate governance and disclosure matters.
Christine holds a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, a BEd from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and an Honours BSc from Queen’s University.