Board of Directors
The ONN Board is the governing body that supports ONN by providing strategic leadership. Members of the Board are stewards of the public benefit sector and the work that is being undertaken in relation to the sector. Board Members are not representative of their organization’s or sub-sector’s particular interests.
Maureen Fair, West Neighbourhood House
Maureen (she/her) is Executive Director of West Neighbourhood House, a multi-service neighbourhood centre in west Toronto. Her professional experience includes program design and management, community development, public policy development and advocacy strategies on issues such as income security, income inequality, and neighbourhood change. Maureen has been actively involved in ONN’s funding reform steering committee and forum. She has a B.A. from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Planning from University of Toronto.
A social justice advocate for more than 45 years, Margaret (she/her) is a dedicated volunteer, previous Executive Director, and experienced nonprofit leader. Her earliest engagements were with the women’s, peace and solidarity movements and their intersections. Her experience includes serving as the Board Chair for the Social Planning Council of Toronto, Sistering, and Oxfam Canada, in addition to serving as the Deputy Chair of the Board of Supervisors of Oxfam International. Currently, she is a board member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), a board member and vice-chair of the Wellesley Institute, on the advisory committee for the local inclusive economies funding stream at the Metcalf Foundation, on the steering committee of the Toronto Nonprofit Network and co-chair of the For Public Benefit table with the City of Toronto.
Peter (he/him) was born and studied in Ottawa, establishing a visual arts career specializing in textile design from 1973 to 1988. Peter volunteered with various initiatives often working through collaborative and cooperative models. He held a number of leadership positions at the Ottawa Arts Council beginning in 1987 including the role of Executive Director from 1989 until his retirement in 2019. He has acted as an advisor to the Ottawa Community Foundation, Algonquin College, the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Peter received the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2007 and was named to the Order of Ottawa in 2013. He continues to contribute to a range of organizations and holds a Board position with the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
Myna Kota, Casey House (Vice-Chair)
Myna Kota (she/her) has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit advocacy in Canada. Working across several social issues that determine health and wellbeing, she has focused on helping ensure that people are not held back by economic circumstances or social norms. Myna is currently the Public Policy and Stakeholder Affairs Lead at Casey House where she is working to address the systemic inequities that prevent optimal health for people living with, or at risk of, HIV. Prior to Casey House, Myna advocated for gender equality at Girl Guides of Canada, and for employment access at Goodwill Toronto. Myna holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Toronto, as well as a Maytree Policy School Certificate.
Abdul Nakua, Muslim Association of Canada (Secretary)
Abdul Nakua has broad experience in the technology and nonprofit sectors, with a professional career that spans over 20 years of technical leadership in manufacturing and R&D organizations, as well as executive experience in the nonprofit sector. He is serving with the Muslim Association of Canada as part of the Executive Team with a broad portfolio that includes community engagement, outreach, branding, communications, and philanthropy and donor relations. He received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, in 2013, in recognition of his contributions to the community. He was a founding member of the first Muslim Consultative Committee to the Police Chief of Toronto in 2003 and of Peel in 2018. He served as a Member of the Champions Council for the Mental Health in the Workplace with CivicAction.
Emily Pang, SickKids Foundation (Treasurer)
Emily Pang (she/her) is the Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary at SickKids Foundation. She is responsible for a broad portfolio, including Finance, Human Resources & Facilities, Legal, Granting and Board governance. She is a seasoned business executive with a diverse range of experience, including strategy, accounting and taxation, communications and investor relations, human resource matters, data integrity and reporting, as well as governance. She has held roles both in Canada and abroad, driving and implementing transformational change in large organizations. Prior to joining SickKids, Emily worked in the banking, consulting and postal/logistics industries. Emily is a CPA CA, MBA, and ICD.D. She currently sits on the boards of Quantum Valley Ideas Limited and Granite REIT.
Andre Vallillee, Metcalf Foundation (Chair)
Andre Vallillee (he/him) joined Metcalf Foundation as Environment Program Director in 2014. Prior to joining Metcalf, Andre worked as a Program Manager with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, overseeing the province-wide environmental grants portfolio and serving as the Foundation’s Strategy Lead for the environment sector. He is a past Chair of Environment Funders Canada and currently serves on the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Board of Directors and as a Steering Committee member of the Arctic Funders Collaborative. Andre received his Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria and his Masters in Planning from the University of British Columbia.
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, YWCA Toronto (Policy Committee Chair)
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee (she/her) is a values-driven public affairs professional. Over the past 15 years, she has worked in a variety of nonprofit positions across Canada. Today, she is YWCA Toronto’s Director of Advocacy and Communications and a chief advocate to municipal and provincial governments. Jasmine’s leadership experience has focused on advancing safe, inclusive communities for women and racialized people. She has a deep understanding of government policy and the power of storytelling, frequently appearing as a media commentator on gender equity issues. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and a Board member at Family Service Toronto. In her spare time, she teaches public relations at Humber College.
Angela Carter, Roots Community Services Inc.
Angela Carter is the Executive Director of the Roots Community Services Inc. (RootsCS), and in this
capacity, she actively advocates for the upliftment of Black, African and Caribbean people and works
tirelessly to break down systemic racism and other barriers that continue to negatively impact members
of racialized and marginalized communities. She currently co-chairs the Anti-Black Racism & Systemic Discrimination collective in the Region of Peel and the Black Health Task Force of Peel as well as represents RootsCS on a number of committees in Peel, Halton and Toronto that are seeking equity and equality for all. Angela is an avid lifelong learner who has taken and continues to pursue numerous courses in various disciplines. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from York University, Ontario, and a Master of Professional Communication degree, with specialization in Intercultural and International Communication, from the Royal Roads University in British Columbia.
The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee brings their expertise and experience in public policy and provides valuable feedback on the development of policy priorities set out by the ONN staff team.
Alyssa Brierly, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Paul Bubelis, Sustainability Network
Peter Cameron, The Ontario Co-operative Association
Chelsea Combot, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
ONN’s lifetime memberships are given to individuals to celebrate their outstanding contributions to our network.
Jini Stolk, 2015, in celebration of her role as founding chair of ONN’s Board of Directors and of her 7-year membership on the ONN Steering Committee.
Ayumi Bailly, 2013, of the Law Foundation of Ontario, for being ONN’s first grant provider and for her ongoing leadership and support related to the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA), ONN’s founding issue.
Robin Cardozo, 2012, in celebration of his contributions as he finished his position as CEO of Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Sandy Houston, 2012, for his work at Metcalf Foundation and for championing 7 years of fellowship funding for ONN’s Lynn Eakin.
Tonya Surman, 2012, CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation, in celebration of her 5½ years as co-chair of the ONN Steering Committee.