Maytree welcomes Elizabeth McIsaac as its new president
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth McIsaac as Maytree’s next president and are happy to welcome her back to the foundation. Elizabeth will lead the development and strengthening of Maytree’s anti-poverty and community-building work through our own activities and support of our community partners. Read the announcement.

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 Loran Scholars Foundation, and Tamarack.


Elizabeth McIsaac, President
An accomplished senior level executive leader in the not-for-profit sector, Elizabeth brings significant research and executive experience with her to this position. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector in various capacities since 1995. Most recently she served as Executive Lead, Mowat NFP (Not-for-Profit Policy) at the Mowat Centre and the Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Prior to her role at TRIEC, Elizabeth held a variety of positions at Maytree, including playing an instrumental role in the development of TRIEC and as Director of Policy. Elizabeth has also served as Executive Director of the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, worked in direct service provision to immigrant and refugee communities and held various research and teaching roles. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the FCJ Refugee Centre’s board of directors.

Ranjit Bhaskar, Content Manager
Ranjit joined Maytree in 2013 after working with Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar and with the New Canadian Media news website in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Communication and Journalism degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Osmania University in India. His writings have appeared on Al, New Canadian, The BRICS, Metroland Media’s South Asian Focus newspaper, The Tech Mail, The Peninsula Qatar and Deccan Herald.

Alejandra Bravo, Manager, Leadership and Learning
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.

Kate Butler, Lead, Policy & Research
Kate joined Maytree in 2014 after spending the last six years doing research with vulnerable children and youth in Victoria, B.C. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and has taught at the University of Victoria and Brock University. Kate has been involved with a variety of committees and boards that support youth engagement and resiliency, including Victoria Youth Leadership Coalition, Youth Gang Prevention Group of Greater Victoria, and YouthCore Victoria.

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, Program 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.

Aretha Ndikumwami, Program Assistant/Receptionist
Aretha is a Maytree Scholarship Alumna (2009). She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Toronto. Aretha worked as an intern with TRIEC in the summer of 2010 and joined Maytree in September 2013.

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, ALLIES
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.

Yasser Pervaiz, National Project Coordinator, DiverseCity onBoard
Yasser joined Maytree in 2013, after having worked in the non-profit sector for 3 years. Previously, Yasser developed and launched Blackboard Marketing, the first social enterprise initiative of Toronto based youth charity The Remix Project, and his experience ranges from new business development, to marketing strategy. Yasser is also experienced in educational curriculum development and non-profit management, and is a regular contributor at various conferences and organizations in the areas of using social and digital media for social enterprise and non-profit resource development.

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. Markus joined Maytree in January 2009.

Katarina Vukobratovic, Program Coordinator
Katarina moved to Toronto in 1993 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 (on secondment to Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange)
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, Project Leader, DiverseCity onBoard, Maytree
Cathy is the Project Leader, DiverseCity onBoard at Maytree where she leads the DiverseCity onBoard program and its replication and adaptation both nationally and internationally. The objective of the program is to change the face of leadership by connecting qualified visible minorities and under-represented immigrants to governance positions in the non-profit and public sectors. Cathy is a National Board Member, YMCA Canada and Member of its Governance Committee; a Member of the Board of Directors of the Anne Johnston Health Station, where she chairs the Nominations Committee and is a Member of the Strategic Planning and Quality Committee. She is a former Member of the Allocations and Agency Services Committee of the United Way of Toronto Board of Trustees, a Member of United Way of Toronto’s Agency Review Committee, and serves on United Way of Toronto committees.

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.