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, Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts and Individual Giving, The Kidney Foundation of Canada
Anna Dopico, Co-Director, Training & Development, Endeavour
Christine Hunter, Senior Program Lawyer, Osgoode Professional Development
Tonya Lagrasta, Regional Lead, Community, Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG
Cecelia Paolucci, Vice President, Philanthropy, United Way of Peel Region
Tka Pinnock, Executive Director, University of Toronto Students’ Union
Special Advisor to the Board: Helen Seibel, Associate Director, Global Community Investment
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 Chikina, MPA, MBA, CPA, CMA has over 10 years of experience in leading and implementing transformational initiatives in multiple countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. During the course of her international career, Oksana successfully led several multi-year projects that included launching new services, defining and 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 a General Manager of Canadian operations for Karrikins Group, a behavior change company that helps companies maximize the value of community investment.
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 a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)/Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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 Director of Philanthropy, Major Gifts and Individual Giving at The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Ontario Branch. 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 father to triplets.
Anna Dopico, Board Member
Anna Dopico joined Endeavour as an Engagement Manager and then moved into a role as Co-Director of Training and Development, working with the Executive Team to develop and facilitate the execution of Endeavour’s volunteer orientation, training and development program. Endeavour’s focus on helping non-profits improve their organizational capacity and community impact is what motivated Anna to become involved with Endeavour.
Anna brings over 20 years of management experience with expertise in strategy planning and execution, as well as in large scale transformation and change. She has experience in financial services, retail, sports manufacturing, education, and health industries. Anna has also held a part-time teaching position because of her passion for learning and facilitation.
Anna holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg-Schulich, a Chartered Director designation and holds Project Management Professional and Risk Management Professional designations from the Project Management Institute.
Christine Hunter, Board Member
Christine Hunter is a Senior Legal Research Associate at Blue J Legal, a technology startup that supports lawyers and other professionals in areas including tax and employment law. Blue J takes hundreds of cases on different legal questions and trains AI on how the courts make those decisions, so users can run predictions on how the courts might decide a new case. Christine is thrilled to draw upon her background in law and education in this new field of machine learning.
Christine’s past experience includes positions in program development and education management at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her 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.
Tonya Lagrasta, Board Member
Tonya Lagrasta leads the Social Impact Strategy for KPMG in Canada’s largest region. Across the Greater Toronto Area, she is responsible for developing and integrating a multi-faceted strategy that delivers social value by embedding leading practice into business operations, engaging employees and establishing creative partnerships with social enterprises, nonprofits and other community based organizations. A seasoned strategist and relationship builder, Tonya brings more than 13 years’ experience in leading the for-profit sector through their journey of mitigating the negative environmental impacts of their operations and maximize their opportunity to invest and engage with impact.
Tonya was selected as one of Canada’s 150 Emerging Environmental Leaders and was appointed to the Program Advisory Council for Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education post-graduate Certificate in Sustainability. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations.
Cecelia Paolucci, Board Member
Cecelia Paolucci is the Vice President, Philanthropy at United Way of Peel Region where she provides strategic leadership and oversight to the resource development team, which raises over $11-million annually in diversified revenue.
As a dedicated relationship builder and high-energy fundraiser with over 25 years of leadership experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sector, Cecelia has guided teams through change, empowering staff and volunteers, to achieve their goals. Previously, she led fundraising teams at Canadian Stage and United Way Toronto. She has served on boards in the arts and culture sector for many years.
Cecelia is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Athabasca University.
Tka Pinnock, Board Member
Tka Pinnock is the Executive Director of the University of Toronto Students’ Union.
She is actively committed to community service and has spent over ten years volunteering and working in the non-profit sector. Tka is most proud of her work in the Jamaican diaspora. She currently serves on the boards of the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations and the Lifelong Leadership Institute, organizations committed to enhancing the life outcomes for youth through education and leadership development. In 2012, she received the Town of Markham’s Recognition Award for Community Service.
Tka is a 2016-2017 Connect the Sector Fellow.