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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

Madeleine Barker
Simone Atunga
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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

Council

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, Denise Amyot

  • 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

  • NPAAMB, Shari St. Peter

  • NPower Canada, Andrew Reddin

  • OTEC, Adam Morrison

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tracey Robertson

  • PwC Canada, Tonya Lagrasta

  • 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

(on maternity leave)

Keesha Bell

Interim Executive Lead & Director, Communications

Chris Duff

Director, Youth Engagement

Lisa Edwards

Project Administrator

Lina Pulido

Policy Analyst

Shalini Sharma, PhD

Lead Research & Policy Analyst