Aline Nizigama is Director, Strategic Projects, Communications and Partnerships at Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto where she leads the development and implementation of key initiatives, including communications and the establishment of social/affordable housing models for Francophones in the largest francophone multiservice charitable agency in the GTA. She previously held roles in the public sector as Manager of Language Accessibility at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and Senior Policy Advisor’s roles at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and at the Ministry of Francophone Affairs. She has extensive experience in services for women, mental health promotion policy, and equity in health care. Aline has a Master’s in Public Policy (University of Toronto), and an Honours BA in Health Policy (York University), with a focus on the social determinants of health. She has an executive certificate in fostering Diversity and Inclusion from Yale University. Aline is also the President of Toronto-based Haguruka Burundian Women’s Association. She was inducted to the 2016 Wall of Role Models as part of the annual Black Canadian Awards by the Diversity Advancement Network, a celebration of success and inspirational stories of Black Canadian community builders and outstanding achievers.
Katie Heelis is an accomplished health sector expert with experience leading policy, communications and advocacy campaigns for some of Canada’s largest health organizations. Katie is currently the Vice President and Health Practice Lead at Enterprise Canada, a leading Canadian public affairs firm. She brings a vast experience working in the health sector including working for the Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario hospitals and many other community health agencies to the Margaret’s Board. Katie is a long-time advocate for better mental health and addictions care in Ontario with a track record of supporting community agencies through her work with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario. Katie is a graduate of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, holding a Master’s degree in International Public Policy, and a former Research Fellow at an independent and non-partisan think-tank, the Centre for International Governance and Innovation.
Dan Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees. Professional designations include: Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA); and Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Dan recently retired from the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), the largest provider of outsourced water and wastewater operational services in the province of Ontario. OCWA provides contractual operational and engineering services to municipalities, industries and First Nations communities. During his tenure at OCWA he held executive positions in operations and finance and corporate services. Prior to joining OCWA in 1993, he worked for Wellpoint, a private health insurer, in Los Angeles, California. Dan presently chairs Margaret’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Natalie Ho has worked in the hospitality and events industry for over 16 years and is currently the National Director of Event Sales for Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality. Through Oliver & Bonacini’s rapid expansion across Canada, Natalie has gained a breadth of experience, ranging from the acquisition process, system planning, and implementation for new locations, RFP bidding and the development of new products and services, creatively bringing them to market. Natalie also has a passion for servant leadership, and has developed a growing team of sales specialists across Canada, focusing heavily on training, mentorship, and collaboration. Natalie believes that at the heart of each event is a unique story, and she enjoys supporting the important goals of her clients through the food and beverage experience. In 2012, Natalie was Awarded Top 30 under 30 for leadership within the hospitality industry. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in History from York University, and a Business Management Certificate from Ryerson University.
An accomplished technology, data, and insights professional Luke has demonstrated experience in developing, growing and managing high functioning teams through periods of rapid growth. Luke has led the roll out of advanced technology across some of Canada’s most recognizable brands and specializes in leading complex projects. He is a trusted advisor to Toronto based technology startups. Currently, Luke is the Director of Strategic Analytics at Canopy Growth Corporation using data to drive long-term corporate strategy. Luke holds an Honours BA in Economics from McMaster University and various other finance certifications. He brings excellent strategic planning, communication, and negotiation skills.
An accomplished senior executive and transformational leader who was responsible for the creation and implementation of a diversity and inclusion strategy for both the Ontario Public Service and the broader public-sector agencies of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Specialized in inclusive organizational change strategies and processes within complex national and international organizations. Extensive national and international speaking experience on issues of social inclusion and human capital strategies including; the European Union, the United States and the continents of Africa and Asia. An experienced broadcaster, who reported, anchored and hosted news and current affairs programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CTV NewsNet and Vision television. Noelle holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Windsor. She concurrently sits on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors.
Joanne Short is a seasoned retired Social Worker with extensive experience from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She holds a Certificate of Distinction in Health Administration from the Ontario Health Association (OHA), a Human Services Diploma of Excellence from George Brown Community College, a Certificate in Business Administration from Ryerson University, and a Certificate in Teaching from London Teachers’ College. Joanne also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Masters of Social Work. Joanne maintains current member registration with the College of Social Workers of Ontario.
With 30 years of varied investment banking, industrial marketing and general management experience including not for profit, Don has a Master’s Degree in Business, and tremendous expertise in relationship-based investment banking, lending, mergers and acquisitions, project management and justification, marketing management, and joint ventures. He brings excellent negotiation, oral and written communication, and financial oversight skills.
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