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Chair – Rasheed Joseph-Young, M.Ed., Ed.D

Dr. Rasheed Joseph-Young is the Director, Leadership Development-Social Impact Learning and Diversity Leadership Programs. He plays an integral role in the advancement of executive and non-executive high-potential (HiPo) Women and BIPOC talent. He is accountable for setting the strategy and driving the development, communication and implementation of new and key enterprise initiatives and talent management strategies that will impact representation of Women & BIPOC talent in leadership. He is also responsible for the Social Impact Leadership Program, a unique initiative to engage skills based volunteering to solve challenges faced by our community partners. These initiatives are part of a holistic, systematic approach (organizational and individual) to addressing barriers to advancement.

Rasheed has held numerous line roles in various businesses in the first half of his career starting in client facing retail banking in RBC Trinidad & Tobago and migrating to Canada where he continued his career moving into Business Banking Operations, Retail Lending, the Advice Center, and Branch Management. He later moved into Learning & Performance, taking one progressively expanded roles leading to becoming a highly sought after Lead Senior Global Facilitator, keynote speaker, consultant and coach.

Fascinated by global cultures and people, this role took him across the globe on a regular basis delivering learning to all of our business platforms and audiences. He is seen as an outstanding ambassador and culture carrier for RBC for over 3 decades contributing to shaping a high performance culture globally. Rasheed is a past recipient of the prestigious Royal Performance Cruise Winner Award

Rasheed holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce and Financial Services through Nipissing University in Ontario Canada and a Masters in Adult Education and Change Leadership through Athabasca University in Alberta Canada, where his thesis focused on Cultural Intelligence. He also holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Global Learning and Development from Northcentral University in Arizona USA. As a father of 3 adults, he enjoys family times, travel, nature walks, reading, gardening, cooking and hosting. He particularly enjoys visiting the vineyards and wineries around the globe and does not shy away from getting in a good workout at the gym. He is an avid supporter of Oakville’s Women’s Shelter- which supports abused and displaced women and children and Kerr Street Missions, providing support and resources for the less fortunate in the community.

Executive Director – Duncan Gillespie

Duncan Gillespie has over 30 years’ experience in the for-profit, not-for-profit and academic fields, leading organizations through growth and change. He teaches at McMaster University in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic planning and operational management, and taught for 5 years at both Mohawk College and Centennial College on various subjects related to criminal justice and organizational management and governance.

Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Hamilton Entertainment Facilities Inc. and was the Executive Director at the John Howard Society of Hamilton/Burlington. Duncan privately consults in the areas of strategy, operations and business development for a number of Canadian companies and not for profit organizations.

Duncan has chaired numerous local, provincial and national boards, committees and working groups. Most recently, he was the Vice Chair of the National Agencies Active in Criminal Justice and a member of the National Joint Working Group on Community Corrections, as well as the Humber College Community Justice Advisory Committee and the McMaster/Mohawk Collaborative Not-For-Profit Management Advisory Committee.

Director – Brandon O’Riordan, J.D.

Brandon O’Riordan is a lawyer at Campbell Bader LLP. Brandon has practiced law for over ten years, primarily in the areas of employment law, civil litigation and corporate/commercial law. He provides advice and representation to many small and medium-size businesses across the GTA, assisting them with everything from acquisitions to leasing to employment policies. He also frequently represents employees in wrongful dismissal lawsuits and human rights complaints.

Brandon graduated with a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2009, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2010. He lives with his wife and son in Toronto.

Brandon has been a member of CTI’s board since February of 2018. Brandon is proud to be part of CTI and believes that it is doing important work in the community, both through its client outreach programs and its training of staff and volunteers in other such programs. In his role as a Board member, Brandon shares his legal expertise, especially on questions that relate to commercial matters and human resources issues.

Treasurer – Akriti Bhatnagar, B.A., M.B.A.

Akriti is a financial Fraud Investigator with over ten years of experience in end-to-end project management with firms such as Kroll, Deloitte, and EY. Her experience spans across anti-bribery and anti-corruption investigations, fraud risk management, AML compliance, and formulation of fraud-related policies across sectors and geographies. She leads cross-functional teams toward achieving results through a vast experience in working with international clients, lawyers,  regulators, and colleagues. 

Akriti is currently pursuing her EMBA from the Kellogg-Schulich program, graduating in October 2022. 

Akriti has always been passionate about serving her community and has played an active part in volunteering for not-for-profits in India and Canada. She is proud to be associated with CTI as a board member and is enthusiastic about raising awareness and making the important work the organisation does easily accessible to the community.

Director – Kacey-Neille Ennis, M.B.A., CHRP, CHRL

With over 15 years in the Human Resources field, Kacey-Neille is a strategic leader with broad experience in several industries including manufacturing, professional services, childcare and telecommunications, within small, medium and large enterprises.

As an HR leader Kacey-Neille is a strategist, an implementor and a communicator of all HR initiatives, to ensure alignment with the overall strategy of the company. She is a strong business partner capable of approaching HR challenges from both the business and the people perspective and creates change through partnerships and teamwork.

Kacey-Neille holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from York University. She is also holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the HRPA.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Kacey-Neille is an active member and Board Director of the York Region Chapter of the HRPA, and has enjoyed serving and interacting within the HR community through mentorship, volunteering and professional development. Outside of HR, her volunteer work has focused on women’s empowerment and supporting women from all walks of life through change. In 2022, Kacey-Neille is excited and proud to join the CTI Board of Directors and hopes to bring her experience and knowledge to support the community through the continued advancement of this incredible organization.

Director – Adrienne O’Neill, B.B.A., CPA, CA, CFA

As Global Controller and Group Chief Accounting Officer at Manulife, Adrienne leads a global team of finance professionals responsible for Company-wide financial reporting practices and controls. She has overall accountability for accounting policy, external and internal financial reporting, expenses, global finance transformation and the enterprise’s financial planning and reporting systems. Adrienne has been with Manulife for 16 years and has held progressively senior roles in the Company’s insurance and wealth businesses. Most recently, she served as the Global Head of Investor Relations where she was the Company’s primary spokesperson to the investment community and oversaw the preparation of investor communication materials. Prior to joining Manulife, Adrienne worked at KPMG in both the assurance and advisory practices.

Adrienne holds CPA, CA and CFA designations and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where she obtained an Honours BBA. Adrienne is passionate about education and was deeply involved in CPA (formerly CA) education in Ontario for many years, including serving as a Sessional Lecturer at Laurier for graduate-level accounting courses (evening sessions) and as a Seminar Leader at the CA School of Accountancy held at York University.

Adrienne was raised in Montreal and spent several years in each of Calgary and Waterloo early on in her career. She has been based in Toronto since 2013 where she and her husband enjoy the vibrance of the city.

Director – Dorota Langner, M.Sc., CTDP

Dorota is an award-winning and forward-thinking Learning and Performance strategist, known for the ability to drive transformative learning experiences. With nearly 8 years of experience in Learning, Organizational Development, and Instructional Design, complemented by 9+ years in diverse corporate, non-profit, and startup environments, she brings a fresh perspective to L&P initiatives.

Dorota is a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP) and holds a Master degree in Strategic Management. Her skillset encompasses the entire spectrum of learning and development, including needs analysis, design, development, implementation, leading projects, and evaluation of learning programs. She’s also an ICF-trained workplace and performance coach, empowering individuals and teams to unlock their full potential.

Beyond her professional achievements, she’s deeply committed to making a positive impact in her community. She volunteers as a committee chair for the Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL Canada), she’s a dedicated member of the Newcomer [Advisory] Council in Toronto, a mentor and coach to newcomers/refugees and underemployed people.

Director – Lee Boudreau, B.A., B.Ed, M.Ed

Lee is the Senior Manager of Training and Organizational Development for Metro Inc, one of Canada’s largest grocery retailers, and has more than 15 years’ experience in teaching, training, international development, community adult learning, and leading innovative corporate learning and development teams. He brings both Canadian and global experience in public and private sectors, and has lived and worked in more than eight countries throughout his career. His portfolio of experience and projects includes such diverse activities as helping to research and design a sanitation capacity building platform with the government of India, developing safe drinking water and hygiene training for community organizations after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, creating job-upskilling programs with community organizations across Alberta, working with youth development groups throughout Japan, authoring award-winning eLearning courses and implementing strategic HR initiatives for businesses, and teaching at international schools in China, among others. His passion is helping individuals, organizations, and communities to learn, grow, and thrive, and it was this alignment with CTI and its mission that first drew him to the work of the organization.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University, and a Master of Education degree specializing in adult learning and global change from the University of British Columbia. As a lifelong learner, he has also started taking French language classes as well as completing certificates in business leadership through Harvard Business School. His community work includes previous experience volunteering with newcomers to Canada, running youth day camp programs, working with persons who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities, volunteering during provincial and federal elections, and chaperoning international students for exchange and homestay programs. He moved to Toronto in 2023 and currently volunteers as a youth mentor for an organization that supports young people in or aging out of the foster care system in Ontario.

Director – Dr. Chris Bart, FCPA, FCloD, ACC, RCC, HRCCC, C.Dir.

Dr. Chris Bart, FCPA, FCIoD, ACC, RCC, HRCCC, C.Dir. is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Caribbean Governance Training Institute, and the Caribbean Institute of Directors. He is also the Founder of The Directors College of Canada where from its inception in 2003 to 2013, he served as its inaugural Principal and Lead Professor. Among his many qualifications, Dr. Bart is the world’s leading expert on organizational mission statements and how companies can use them more effectively to become a “mission driven” organization. 

Dr. Bart has authored the 10 years Canadian business best seller, “A Tale of Two Employees and the Person Who Wanted to Lead Them” as well as the widely acclaimed publications: “20 Essential Questions Corporate Directors Should Ask About Strategy – 3rd Edition”; “20 Essential Questions Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Strategy; “Achieving the Execution Edge: 20 Essential Questions Corporate Directors Need to Get Answered About Strategy Execution”; and “The Mission Driven Hospital: Turning Noble Aspirations into Accountability and Action”.

A retired Professor of Strategy and Governance from McMaster University, now “Professor Emeritus”, Dr. Bart has published over 190 articles, cases and reviews. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Governance & Ethics and he continues as a Research Fellow of the Asian Institute of Corporate Governance at Korea University. Previously, he helped establish the Management of Innovation and New Technology Research Centre (MINT~RC) at McMaster and was named its first Director.

Director – Kiren Sangha, B.A., JD

Director – Leanne Reis