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, 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, and from Queen’s University in 2015.
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
Elizabeth is an accomplished leader in the not-for-profit sector with extensive experience in research, teaching and working in direct service provision. Most recently she served as Executive Lead, Mowat NFP (Not-for-Profit Policy) at the Mowat Centre and Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Prior to her role at TRIEC, Elizabeth held other senior leadership positions including Executive Director of the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Director of Policy at Maytree where she played an instrumental role in the development of TRIEC.
Kate Butler, Lead, Policy & Research (on maternity leave)
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.
Tina Edan, Manager, Strategic Communications
Tina holds an MA in communications from Concordia University and learned the power of storytelling from calypso music and feminist poetry. Her experience includes developing communications and public education initiatives for issue-driven organizations and exploring art as a tool for change. She currently serves on the national board of Word on the Street.
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.
Bonnie Mah, Policy and Communications Officer (on maternity leave)
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.
Valentine Muigai, Communications and Project Assistant
Valentine joined Maytree in October 2012 after completing her internship at Randstad. She holds an Honours B.A. in Industrial Relations & Human Resources; Crime, Law & Deviance; and Sociology from the University of Toronto and has previously worked and volunteered in marketing and recruitment.
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.
Hadley Nelles, Lead, Housing Affordability
Hadley has worked in the non-profit sector in the areas of housing affordability, social innovation and city-building. Having consulted for organizations on strategy, project development and start-up, she is also a practiced partnership broker, an approach to collaboration that enables collective impact. Hadley leads Maytree’s housing work including the Tower Renewal partnership. Previously, Hadley worked in the Canadian federal public service and studied international development and political science with a focus in global political economy.
Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Communications Director
After graduating from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, Markus moved to Canada in 1993 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.
Effie Vlachoyannacos, Manager of Leadership and Learning
Effie Vlachoyannacos has worked on community engagement and civic literacy initiatives for over 10 years with public, non-profit, labour and social change groups to support the development of inclusive, progressive public policy. She has worked extensively on equity issues regarding affordable housing, transit, jobs, income and education. Effie holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently the Co-chair of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, board member of the West Scarborough Community Legal Services and member of Tenants for Social Housing.
Katarina Vukobratovic, Grants and Program Officer
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.
Noah Zon, Director of Policy and Research
Prior to joining Maytree, Noah worked at the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank at the University of Toronto, where he led the Intergovernmental Economic and Social policy research stream. His publications have covered a wide variety of public policy issues, including affordable housing. Previously, Noah was a public servant with the Government of Ontario where he worked on intergovernmental relations and climate change policy. Noah is a graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.