Board of Directors
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.
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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 Jazeera.com, New Canadian Media.ca, The BRICS Post.com, 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.
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.
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.