Business Development and Strategic Partnerships Manager
Kate joined the ONN team in August 2015 as Communications Manager on a secondment from her role as Timeraiser Program Manager. She is thrilled to move into her new role as ONN’s Business Development and Strategic Partnerships Manager. With over five years of nonprofit sector experience in a wide span of roles, Kate brings a fresh and unique perspective to help strengthen and grow ONN and its network.
Lynn has been providing consulting services to the nonprofit sector since 1989. Currently Lynn, one of the founding members of ONN, is involved in better positioning the sector to address the cross-cutting policy issues it faces. She continues to engage in sector research and is involved with ONN in identifying, developing and advocating for systemic reforms to improve the ability of the sector to undertake its important work. For more on Lynn’s background, see her website: www.lynneakin.com.
Operations and Membership Services Manager
At ONN since 2010, Kim has a strong commitment to the nonprofit sector. Prior to relocating to Toronto, Kim worked in southwestern Ontario for the Ontario Environment Network as a project manager, overseeing a two-year initiative that focused on enhancing collaboration among environmental groups. She has also worked as a project manager for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and as an instructor at St. Clair College, where she taught Business Communications and Advanced Computer Applications. A systems thinker, Kim holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of Windsor, where she studied the restructuring of provincial health care systems. Kim enjoys repairing electronics in her spare time.
Communications and Operations Associate
Mindy joined the ONN team in November 2015 after many years in the nonprofit sector in London, Ontario. Most recently, she spent eight years at Pillar Nonprofit Network helping to build the organization from its early days in 2004 until 2012 as executive assistant and membership coordinator. For three years after leaving Pillar, she lived in Nairobi, Kenya and worked at Aga Khan University organizing conferences and events and providing administrative, communications and web development assistance to various institutes and departments within the university. Mindy is delighted to be living in Toronto and involved with this terrific network.
Evaluation Program Associate
Ben joined the ONN in 2015. He has more than six years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of capacities from project management to fundraising to communications. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies with specialization in Global Environmental Policy from the University of Northern British Columbia where his research focused on the role of local governments and transnational environmental networks in addressing climate change. When not reading away, he can be found on his bike – if you can catch him that is.
Communications and Network Engagement Manager
Sarah joined ONN in 2013, bringing with her over ten years experience in the nonprofit sector at local, regional and international organizations. Most recently she managed communications and advocacy for a women’s rights network across Asia Pacific, and marketed a nonprofit social enterprise for women entrepreneurs on the Thai-Burma border. Her nonprofit sector experience in Canada includes fundraising and event production at the Toronto International Film Festival, and capital campaign fundraising for the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. She holds a degree in political science from McMaster University and a public relations post-grad certificate from Humber College. Sarah has been a volunteer for refugee organizations, engaging communities to hear the voices and stories of refugees in conflict areas.
Amisha joined the ONN team in 2015, bringing with her a fresh perspective on daily administration and coordination. Prior to joining the team, Amisha worked at St. Michael’s Hospital on an implementation project to update business processes. She attended McMaster University to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religious Studies. She later completed a post-graduate certificate in Public Administration from Humber College, doing her placement with ONN in 2013. In her spare time, Amisha provides mentorship to various young professionals in the nonprofit sector.
Liz joined ONN in 2015 and most recently worked as Senior Policy Analyst at the Council of Ontario Universities. She has worked on policy development and advocacy for many issues facing the sector – from procurement and human resource issues, to health and social policy, to the transformation of funding models. Her nonprofit experience includes roles for organizations focused on anti-poverty, a national children’s alliance and women’s health. She has five years of government policy experience at the federal level in employment and social development, and public health. Originally from Ottawa, Liz holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria. She’s an active volunteer leader and sits on the boards of Cycle Toronto and Planned Parenthood Toronto.
Cathy has been a member of the ONN team since June 2012. Throughout her 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, including as the founding Executive Director of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, she has been passionate about collaboration and leadership in the sector. Cathy works with sector colleagues from across Ontario and Canada, as well as private sector and government officials, to create an enabling policy environment for nonprofit organizations. Cathy’s roots are in the environmental movement and she has been active in municipal politics. She holds a degree in political studies and history from Queen’s University, and attended the Maytree-York University Executive Directors Leadership program. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family and her garden in Erin, Ontario.