About Us

The Maytree Team

Board of Directors

Alan Broadbent
Judy Broadbent
Matt Broadbent
Sam Broadbent
Dan Burns


Alan Broadbent, Chairman

Alan Broadbent is Chairman and Founder of Maytree, and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation. He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto. In addition, Alan is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Senior Fellow and Governing Board member of Massey College, Member of the Governors’ Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Alan is the author of Urban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, and co-editor of Five Good Ideas:  Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University in 2009.

Judy Broadbent, Vice Chair

Judy is Vice Chair of Maytree. A professional social worker by training, Judy’s work at Maytree focuses on the scholarship program for protected persons.

Colin Robertson, Treasurer

Colin is the Chief Financial Officer of Avana Capital Corporation and Treasurer of The Maytree Foundation. He is also the Treasurer and a Director of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack Institute and Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society. Previously, Colin held senior financial positions in both the high-tech and financial services sectors. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto, Colin trained with Coopers & Lybrand, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1983.

Vali Bennett, Secretary

Vali is the Director of Administration of the Avana Capital Corporation. Vali holds an Honours B.A. in English and literary studies from the University of Toronto, and is the Corporate Secretary for a number of other organizations, including Diaspora Dialogues, The Literary Review of Canada, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and Tamarack.


Ratna Omidvar, President

Ratna Omidvar is President of Maytree, a private foundation that promotes equity and prosperity. Under her leadership, the foundation has gained recognition for its expertise in developing, testing, and implementing programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and in public office. She serves on a number of boards, including the Canadian Club of Toronto, The Environics Institute, Connect Legal, and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), and is the co-chair of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, a joint project of Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. In 2006, Ratna was appointed to the Order of Ontario. In 2010, the Globe and Mail profiled Ratna as its Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship and in 2011 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Follow Ratna on Twitter.

Alejandra Bravo, Manager, Leadership and Learning (on leave until November 2014)

Born in Chile, Alejandra’s volunteer commitments include director positions with the Toronto Board of Health, Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre and the Canadian Hispanic Congress. Alejandra has worked in the public and non-profit sectors in communications and research.

Mona ElSayeh, Manager, DiverseCity onBoard GTA

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Mona has a B.Sc. in mathematics from McGill University and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Toronto. She has held positions in the corporate and nonprofit sectors in industrial engineering, cost accounting, general management, training, marketing, and as executive director. Mona is one of the original roster members of DiverseCity onBoard, and served on the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place, a municipal board of the city of Toronto.

Sarah Gledhill, Design Specialist

Sarah is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. Sarah worked for Roots of Empathy and Ideas That Matter prior to taking on her current role at Maytree. Her private illustration work has been published in Spacing and Reader’s Digest Canada.

Sathya Gnaniah, Programs Manager, ALLIES

Sathya joined Maytree after working with Peel Newcomer Strategy Group. He earned his Ph. D in South Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Sathya brings with him expertise in project management, community development, stakeholder engagement, capacity building and coaching.

Violeta Li, Executive Assistant

Violeta was born in Callao- Lima, Peru. Trained as an executive assistant at Escuela Superior de Educación Profesional Maria Rosario Araoz Pinto, she worked in her family business until immigrating to Canada in 1990. She took several ESL and computer courses at the Toronto District School Board, Seneca College and enrolled in the Career Start Program at Skills For Change. Violeta then volunteered and worked for different community organizations before joining Maytree in 1998.

Bonnie Mah, Policy and Communications Officer (on maternity leave until July 2015)

Bonnie joined Maytree after working in settlement services for several years, where she combined her work with newcomers and international students with her research and communication skills.  Bonnie earned an MA in immigration & settlement studies from Ryerson University.

Peter Paul, Project Leader

Peter moved to Canada in 2007 and in the following year he joined Maytree bringing with him experience in public policy analysis, community development and grants administration. Prior to joining Maytree, Peter worked in the public and non-profit sectors in the U.S.

Stephanie Saunders, Project Officer, ALLIES

Born and raised in Toronto, Stephanie began working at Maytree in 1999, right after completing her graduate degree in geography at the University of Toronto. She has worked on a number of Maytree initiatives over the years using her research and communications skills.

Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator, Cities of Migration

Before joining Maytree, Evelyn’s most recent position was as a creative programmer for Harbourfront Centre’s celebrated summer festival season. She has been an active member on many community-engagement projects in Toronto’s non-profit cultural sector and continues to promote culturally-diverse programming in her work. Evelyn has an Honours BA in Arts Management from the University of Toronto.

Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Communications Director

After graduating from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, Markus moved to Canada in 1992 and pursued his post-graduate studies in English Literature at the University of Toronto. Since finishing his studies, he has worked and volunteered in a number of communications roles, including managing a German community paper and leading an in-house design team at Lavalife, Toronto’s largest online dating company. For the last 13 years, Markus has worked in nonprofit organizations and joined Maytree in January 2009.

Kim Turner, Project Leader, Cities of Migration

Prior to joining Maytree, Kim led the Nonprofit Library Commons project at Imagine Canada, developing information sharing networks and tools to support capacity building in Canada’s community sector. Kim’s background in academic, government and public libraries includes eight years working in Ontario’s adult literacy sector. Kim has a Master of Arts and a Master of Information Science from The University of Toronto.

Katarina Vukobratovic, Program Coordinator

Katarina moved to Toronto from Belgrade, Serbia where she graduated from the University of Belgrade and worked as a translator/interpreter and a teacher. She has been working on various Maytree programs since 2003.

Dana Wagner, Project Leader, Flight and Freedom

Dana Wagner joined Maytree in 2013 after working in Hanoi with the International Organization for Migration. Dana completed a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University. Dana brings policy analysis experience from work with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. She has written for The Atlantic, Pambazuka News, iPolitics, and The Huffington Post.

Cathy Winter, Manager, DiverseCity OnBoard, Maytree

Cathy is a recent retiree from the Ontario Public Service where she was a Senior Manager. Her last 14 years were at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee where she was Director of Client Services and Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee. Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, a Masters of Economics from York University and a Masters of Industrial Relations from University of Toronto. Cathy is a Member of the Allocations and Agency Services Committee of the United Way of Toronto Board of Trustees, Member of United Way of Toronto’s Agency Review Panel, and is on United Way of Toronto’s roster of pro bono consultants.

Maytree Senior Fellow

Naomi Alboim, Fellow and Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Naomi is a fellow, adjunct professor, and vice-chair of the Policy Forum at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. She is also an active public policy consultant, advising governments and NGO’s across Canada and abroad. As a Maytree Fellow, Naomi works on issues pertaining to the integration of skilled immigrants into the Canadian labour market including writing policy papers on the issue. Naomi is the course director for Maytree’s Public Policy Training Institute and Maytree’s Policy Principles series. She is on the board of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and is the chair of its Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Naomi worked at senior levels in the federal and Ontario provincial governments for 25 years, including eight years as deputy minister in three different portfolios, including the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship. She is a member of the Order of Ontario and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal for public service.