our leadership team

The assembly of diverse leaders united by their shared passion and commitment to advance youth workforce development in Canada.

Council Co-Chairs

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“I believe all young people deserve the opportunity to contribute and thrive through meaningful work experiences. I’m excited about the role that the Council can play in making this a reality for young people across Canada and at the same time helping employers tap into this rich source of talent.”
Madeleine Barker, Co-Chair, Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity


Back Row, Left to Right - Fabio Crespin, Brandi Jonathan, Simone Atungo, Andrew Reddin, Akosua Alagaratnam, Lisa Hawke, Lynn Chambers, Kamla Sudama, Valérie Roy

Front Row, Left to Right - Adam Morrison, Sydney Piggot, Myra Latendressedrapeau, Shari St. Peter, Madeleine Barker, Gladys Ahovi, Tonya Lagrasta, Ashley Boha, Hamoon Ekhtiari

Full Council List

  • AXTRA Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi, Valérie Roy

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Joanna Henderson

  • Canadian Career Development Foundation, Donnalee Bell

  • CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, Shereen Ashman

  • City of Toronto, Kamla Sudama

  • City of Toronto, Sunil Johal

  • Colleges and Institutes of Canada, Anna Toneguzzo

  • Employment and Social Development Canada, Sandra Franke, Myra Latendresse-Drapeau

  • First Work, Akosua Alagaratnam

  • FutureFit Ai, Hamoon Ekhtiari

  • Imagine Canada, Lynn Chambers

  • Indspire, Kim Radbourne

  • LinkedIn, Jake Hirsch-Allen

  • Loblaw Companies Ltd., Tonya Lagrasta

  • NPAAMB, Brandi Jonathan

  • NPower Canada, Andrew Reddin

  • OTEC, Adam Morrison

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tracey Robertson

  • RBC Royal Bank, Madeleine Barker

  • United Way Greater Toronto, Fabio Crespin

  • Vibrant Healthcare Alliance, Simone Atungo

  • VPI Inc., Jodi O'Gorman

  • Work Prep Centre, Ashley Boha

  • YWCA Canada, Maya Roy

Staff Team

Gladys Ahovi

Executive Lead

Keesha Bell

Director, Communications

Chris Duff

Director, Youth Engagement

Victoria Dvorsky

Communications Specialist

Lina Pulido

Policy Analyst

Shalini Sharma, PhD

Lead Research & Policy Analyst

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