Board of Directors
Dr. Cindy Gouveia
Sherry Yuan Hunter
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Board Chair: Jason Murray
Over the course of his career, Jason has worked on 500+ executive searches as well as a range of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) services in partnership with client companies. Prior to founding BIPOC Executive Search Inc., Jason worked at a multinational executive search firm as well as a boutique search firm before that. For part of his career, he worked in the Consulting Division of Deloitte & Touche as the Human Capital and Strategy & Operations Supervisor. In this position, he provided organizational management and HR services to the 994 individuals in the division.
Jason has a community-facing orientation. He has done work with a number of organizations that have a deep and abiding commitment to representation in the workforce, including the Canadian Board Diversity Council, Fora (formerly G(irls)20), and Pride at Work Canada. He has facilitated EDI workshops and talks for a number of organizations and initiatives, including the African Canadian Women in the Public Service Network (ACWPS), Business for the Arts, Innovators Alliance, National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities, Supply Chain Canada, Social Value Matters, and The Walrus. He has been a roundtable panelist with the likes of the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, CNN’s Van Jones, and so forth.
Jason holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master's degree in Management from Boston University (also the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). He is certified in unconscious-bias decision-making and iOS app development.
Sherry Yuan Hunter
Sherry Yuan Hunter (MEd, CTRC-A) is the Program Director of Community Services at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). She serves on the TMU Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee and the Chang School EDI Committee. She is the Founder of Point of You, a coaching and consulting company that supports overwhelmed Asian parents by Unpacking Triggers from complex trauma. Since 2019, she has hosted the Sandwich Parenting podcast and runs group coaching programs for coaches around the world.
Sherry lives downtown Toronto with her husband Bill and two teenage sons.
Prerna Mathews, Vice President, ETF Product & Strategy, is responsible for supporting the development and execution of the overall ETF business strategy inclusive of product strategy and related high priority initiatives. She leads cross-functional engagement with key internal partners and fosters partnerships with external stakeholders.
Prior to joining Mackenzie Investments, Prerna held several positions within ETF capital markets, product development, and product management at an international investment company. She most recently led the investment product management team for their Canadian business. She has extensive experience in the development and management of active, strategic beta and index ETFs having adeptly scaled and managed fund product shelves. She has also worked in institutional sales and product development at various Canadian financial services companies.
Prerna has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Windsor, as well as an MBA from IE Business School, Spain.
She currently mentors women professionals through the Women in Capital Markets Mentorship Program and the Women in ETFs Mentorship Program, sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) and is on the board of directors for Toronto Fringe Festival.
Dr. Cindy Gouveia
As Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations at George Brown College, Dr. Cindy Gouveia develops partnerships and initiatives that support the college's vision and improve access to education. She also oversees a robust and active alumni network, ensuring students maintain long-lasting and meaningful connections to the college after graduation.
Additionally, as President of the George Brown College Foundation, Cindy leads fundraising initiatives to support student scholarships, bursaries, and access programs targeted to specific industries and professions, including the college's Augmented Education program. Her passion for equitable access to education is also reflected in her work as a member of the George Brown College Foundation Board of Directors.
Cindy has held progressive leadership positions since joining the college in 2008, including Senior Manager of Industry Liaison, Partnerships and Operations at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Chief Development Officer.
She has extensive leadership experience in the holistic health and wellness industry with roles including Senior Relationship Manager – Key Accounts with Aesthetic Solutions and Director of Operations at Toronto's Elmwood Spa. In addition, she spearheaded a $4.5-million Holtz Spa development project as Spa Director at the Hilton Suites Hotel in Markham, Ont.
Cindy earned a PhD in Higher and Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Guelph and a Hospitality and Tourism Administration diploma from Centennial College.
Cynthia Foo has worked over the last twenty years in higher educational institutions, both as part-time faculty and as a fundraiser, in the United States and in Canada. In her current role at York University, Canada, she supports interdisciplinary, non faculty-specific academic priorities, and includes a bit of everything: capital campaigns, research Chairs and Directorships, and undergraduate and graduate student fundraising. Prior to her role at York, she served as Director, Foundation Relations, in central advancement at the University of Toronto. She helped strategize philanthropic foundations giving across the university’s three campuses. She also served as interim Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni Relations for U of T's Scarborough campus, with 55,000 alumni drawn from Canada and internationally. She was responsible for identifying advancement opportunities from global alumni and designed the first ever series of events targetted at engaging UTSC's diverse student alumni. She presents regularly at CASE, CCAE, AFP and international conferences. Cynthia holds a BA (Economics) from the University of British Columbia, an MA (Art History) from York University, and completed six years' of a PhD at the University of Rochester (Visual and Cultural Studies) before pivoting to professional fundraising. She obtained her CFRE in 2019.
Boyd Neil spent nearly 20 years as a senior executive with Canada’s leading public relations and public affairs firm (H+K Strategies), and a total of more than 40 years as a consultant, arts journalist and speechwriter. Boyd began his career writing theatre and dance criticism and features on the arts for major publications in Canada and the U.K. (for which he was awarded the Nathan Cohen Award for Theatre Criticism). He went on to head the national corporate communications practice at H+K Strategies, then took on the role of building its national social media and digital practice.
Boyd holds B.A., M.A. (Drama) and M.B.A degrees from the University of Toronto, and currently teaches subjects related to social media strategies, nonprofits and business consulting in Humber College’s Faculty of Media and Creative Arts. He has been a director on the Board of Bridgepoint Health Foundation and chaired its joint foundation/hospital communications committee. He is currently also on the board of Necessary Angel Theatre Company.
Chuck Okonkwo is a promising Philanthropic Advisor with a proven track record in the planning and execution of multi-million-dollar campaigns for United Way Greater Toronto. He is a driven marketing professional with business administration, project management and community development expertise. He is responsible for a portfolio of corporate partnerships and manages the fundraising, operations, employee engagement and strategic planning for some of Canada's largest corporations. Thanks to his extensive grassroot and boardroom experience, Chuck has become an effective advocate for corporate citizenship and social responsibility.
Ian Filderman is a financial services executive with a track record of excellence and innovation in building, positioning, and improving businesses within the wealth and asset management industry. His current role is VP of Product Development, Wealth Solutions for Canada Life. Over the course of his career he has held leadership roles for some of the largest banks and insurance companies in Canada and his experience spans the globe, having worked in both Canada and Asia, and led teams across multiple geographies and continents. At Canada Life, Ian and his team lead the ongoing development and management of investment products and key supporting functions for the firm. Ian enjoys travelling the globe, is a passionate sports fan and an aspiring amateur guitar player. He is based in Toronto, where he resides with his wife and children.
Miquelon Rodriguez is a sound designer, composer, radio play mixer & editor, digital content creator, actor, and an emerging director and arts leader based in T'karonto. He was the Apprentice Artistic Director at Factory Theatre for two years under the mentorship of Nina Lee Aquino, and co-curated Pan-Asian works over two seasons at Soulpepper through the Tiger Bamboo Festival and the Shen Development Series, under the mentorship of Ins Choi. He is a graduate of the Artistic Leadership Residency at the National Theatre School of Canada and has worked with a multitude of artists and companies across Turtle Island.
Nancy Konopinsky is the Chief Operating Officer for Canada Learning Code, a charity focused on bringing digital skills to people in Canada so they can become creators - not just consumers - of technology. Her expertise is helping mission-driven organizations grow and scale by building a people-first culture that will drive innovation, efficiency, performance and business results. Nancy also volunteers as a Coach with Toronto Metropolitan University’s Social Venture Zone. She is mom to two grown-ish children - a daughter, Morgan and a son, Lucas. Nancy is passionate about her family, literature and having fun.
Jayan McPherson has been championing workplace learning and talent development for 20 years. A seasoned Learning Strategist to senior business leaders, Jayan is a trusted advisor and coach having implemented complex talent programs and strategies to advance the needs of the business.
Jayan has in-depth knowledge across a range of sectors and functions: merchant services/payments, telecom, banking, pension plans, and technology, and brings the latest thinking in the future of work and talent development to employee enablement. As a transformation change leader, she has overseen several large-scale transformation projects and culture change initiatives.
She currently is the Director of Pension Learning Experience & Project Management at OMERS, accountable for delivering innovative learning solutions that set employees up for success and providing project management support to achieve strategic business results.
Jayan is passionate about finding innovative ways to design engaging learning experiences that supports employee growth and development. As a result, she has been recognized by the Institute for Performance and Learning receiving the 2017 Award of Excellence in Leadership Development for the TD Technology Leadership Program.
Jayan is a Certified Human Resources Leader, Certified Training and Development Professional, Prosci Certified Change Practitioner and Certified Scrum Master.
Garth Sheriff, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CIA, CGMA, MAcc, is the founder of Sheriff Consulting (sheriffconsulting.com). Sheriff Consulting specializes in delivering professional and leadership skills webinars and online courses. Sheriff Consulting's mission is to create a learning environment that is engaging and impactful to your professional development. Garth has worked as an assurance professional and learning provider for over 20 years. He has prepared and trained CPAs for critical changes to the profession, including internal control documentation (SOX), Canadian Auditing Standards (CAS) and Canadian Standards on Review Engagements 2400 (CSRE 2400). Garth is helping CPAs implement best practices to lead, recruit and retain people in the hybrid workplace. He earned a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours - Accounting) from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Garth has also acted in various stage and film productions. He is a graduate in improvisation from The Second City and a member of ACTRA (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.