Governance

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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 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 serves on the board of Atlohsa Family Healing Services. 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.

L. Robin Cardozo (Past Chair)
Robin Cardozo is a Chartered Accountant and is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has worked in senior positions in Canada’s not-for-profit sector, and has served on several Boards over the past 30 years. Most recently, Robin served SickKids Foundation as Chief Operating Officer. Next to government, SickKids Foundation is the largest funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. For 12 years before that, Robin served as CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. OTF is one of Canada’s largest grant-making foundations, with a mission to help build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. Prior to joining OTF, he served for more than a decade as CFO/COO at United Way Toronto. In addition to ONN, Robin currently serves on the Board of Soulpepper Theatre. He was born in Pakistan, and was educated in Pakistan and Britain. In 2013, he was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.

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.

Lois Fine (Lo), YWCA Toronto (Treasurer)
Lois Fine has over 35 years of accounting experience in the nonprofit sector. She is the Director of Finance and Information Technology at YWCA Toronto, where she has oversight of an annual budget of over $30 million. Lois has been its Director of Finance since 1996. In 2011, YWCA Toronto opened the doors of Elm Centre, an $80 million 300-unit green and affordable housing project for women in downtown Toronto. Lois is also the Treasurer of the Board of the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. She has served on the Playwrights Guild of Canada Board and on the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada. She has consulted widely in the nonprofit sector, serving agencies, private and public foundations, and government-funding bodies. An experienced instructor, Lois has taught financial management at the Schulich School of Business, as part of the Emerging Leaders and ONCoop Programs, seeking to equip leaders in the non-profit sector with the tools required for leadership.

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, Girl Guides of Canada
Myna Kota is the Senior Manager, Advocacy at Girl Guides of Canada. 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 development of communities and are a key pillar of our society and democracy. 
At Girl Guides of Canada, Myna’s work focuses on providing external stakeholders and the general public with unique insights on gender equality based on the experiences of girls in Canada and identifying how different actors in society can support girls to thrive and succeed. Prior to Girl Guides, Myna worked for Goodwill Toronto where she engaged government and community leaders to invest in employment programs for youth from priority neighbourhoods. Myna has also served as a member of Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee (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.

Andre Vallillee, Metcalf Foundation (Vice Chair)
Andre Vallillee is Environment Program Director at the Metcalf Foundation, one of Canada’s leading private foundations. Prior to joining the foundation, 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, former National Trustee of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and currently serves on The Atmospheric Fund’s Grants & Programs Committee and as Vica Chair of the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Andre received his Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria, his Masters in Planning from the University of British Columbia, and completed an Executive Education program in Leadership and Organizing through Harvard Kennedy School.

Policy Committee

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, Alliance for Healthier Communities 
Margaret Hancock (Chair), 
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
Devika Shah, Social Planning Network of Ontario
Deborah Simon, Ontario Community Support Organization
Bill Sinclair, St. Stephen’s Community House