Board of Directors
The ONN Board is the governing body that supports ONN through communications and 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.
Michelle Baldwin, Pillar Nonprofit Network (Chair)
Michelle Baldwin is Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network and Senior Advisor, Transformation at Community Foundations of Canada as well as a faculty member in the Governance, Leadership, Ethics program at Huron University College. Michelle recently participated in a Reflective Practice & Research Fellowship focused on reflection and strategic projects for the organization, to learn more visit here. As a social innovator whose personal mission is to be a community connector, Michelle is passionate about connecting people and organizations. Michelle is a firm believer that nonprofits are integral to our community and that business, government and nonprofit sectors must work collaboratively to strengthen it. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, social innovation, communications and fundraising. She is currently the Chair of the Ontario Nonprofit Network Board and Vice Chair of the Atlohsa Family Healing Services Board. Michelle was the recipient of the Green Umbrella Award from the Urban League of London for demonstrating outstanding community citizenship and leadership in the City of London. Michelle holds a Master of Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Maytree Policy School Certificate, Communications; Public Relations Professional Certificate from Western and a Volunteer Management Certificate from Fanshawe College.
Maureen Fair, West Neighbourhood House
Maureen 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 40 years, Margaret 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 chairs the Policy Committee for the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), is a board member of the Wellesley Institute, on the advisory committee for the local inclusive economies stream at the Metcalf Foundation, and is on the steering committee of the Toronto Nonprofit Network and the Social Purpose Real Estate Working Group.
Peter Honeywell, Ottawa Arts Council
Peter was born and raised in Ottawa where he began his career as a visual artist, specializing in textile design. He established a number of artist collectives and studios prior to accepting a position with the Ottawa Arts Council in 1988. He held the position of Executive Director from 1990 until his retirement in 2019. Over the course of his career he has held numerous board and committee positions with local organizations, as well as membership on a variety of municipal advisory panels and committees. At the provincial level he has held Board, Chair and Steering Committee positions, including an advisory role on the Ontario Minister’s Advisory Council for Arts and Culture. He received the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2007 and was named to the Order of Ottawa in 2013.
Myna Kota, Casey House
Myna Kota is the Public Policy and Stakeholder Affairs Lead at Casey House. With more than 15 years of experience with both local and national organizations, Myna is a firm believer that charities and nonprofits play a vital role in the social and economic wellbeing of individuals and communities and are a key pillar of our society and democracy. At Casey House, Myna’s work focuses on advocating for compassionate and socially-just health care and influencing systemic inequities that prevent optimal health. Prior to Casey House, Myna advocated for gender equality at Girl Guides of Canada, and for employment access at Goodwill Toronto. Myna has also served as a member of Imagine Canada’s Advisory Council (SectorPulse). 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
Abdul Nakua has a broad experience in the Technology and Non-Profit 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 Non-profit 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, Sick Kids Foundation
Emily Pang is the Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary at Sick Kids 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 board of the Toronto Humane Society.
Andre Vallillee, Metcalf Foundation (Vice Chair)
Andre Vallillee 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.
The Policy 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.
Michelle Baldwin (ex-officio), Pillar Nonprofit Network
Alyssa Brierly, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Paul Bubelis, Sustainability Network
Peter Cameron, The Ontario Co-operative Association
Kat Clarke, CNIB Foundation
Diane Davy, WorkInCulture
Sané Dube (Chair), University Health Network
Helen Harris, Ontario Nonprofit Housing Association
James Janeiro, Community Living Toronto
Carla Leon, United Church of Canada EDGE Network
Juliette Nicolet, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Ryan Noble, North York Harvest Food Bank
Norman Ragetlie, Rural Ontario Institute
Jasmin Rezaee, YWCA Toronto
Kathleen Sharpe, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Deborah Simon, Ontario Community Support Organization
Bill Sinclair, St. Stephen’s Community House