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Meet EPIC's Members!

EPIC xChange currently has over 60 active senior non-profit members across 5 cohorts.

Book an exploratory call with the EPIC team to learn if becoming an EPIC member is right for your leadership development journey!

The EPIC community is growing and we would love to have YOU join us!

Cohort 1 Members

Cohort 1 is currently in their 5th year together in the EPIC Cohort program and is facilitated by Gilad Cohen.

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Andrew Young

Outward Bound

Executive Director

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Gilad Cohen

JAYU, Founder &
Former Executive Director

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Jennifer Wilson

Thrive Youth

President & CEO

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Christopher Deslodges 

Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Service, President

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Deanna Wong

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Executive Director

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Jamal Burger

The Kickback

Founder & Executive Director

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Camesha Cox

The Reading Partnership (TRP)

Executive Director & Founder

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Heather O'Keefe

StepStones For Youth

Founder & Executive Director

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Lucy Ho

Hackergal

Co-Founder & Managing Director

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Umair Jaffar

Small World Music

Executive Director

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Debra Kerby

The Learning Partnership

Former CEO & President

Cohort 2 Members

Cohort 2 is currently in their 5th year together in the EPIC Cohort program and is facilitated by Mikey Prosserman.

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Biju Pappachan

POV Film

Executive Director

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Lindsay Bunce

Simon Fraser University, 

Associate Director Sustainability

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Kearie Daniel

Parents of Black Children

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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Paulina O'Kieffe- Anthony

SKETCH Working Arts

Executive Director

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Shelley Nicholls

The Carnegie Initiative

Executive Director

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Jen D. Fabico

Next Generation Arts

Executive Director

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Mack Rogers

Royal Ontario Museum

VP Learning & Public Programs

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Kalpana Srinarayanadas

Regent Park Film Festival

Executive Director

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Charlie Wall-Andrews

SOCAN Foundation

Executive Director

Cohort 3 Members

Cohort 3 is going in their 3rd year together in the EPIC Cohort program. This cohort was launched to provide a space primarily for BIPOC leaders to connect and exchange and is facilitated by the amazing Shelley Nicholls.

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John Choi

Sheena's Place

Executive Director

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TJ Banate

Elevate Equity

Creative Director

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Amanda Blair Roberson

Jayu

Executive Director

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Keya Osborne

CNIB

Provincial Director

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Kira Allen

b current

Executive Director

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Spencer Phillips

Art Starts

Executive Director

Cohort 4 Members

Cohort 4 was established during the pandemic to meet over lunch to exchange and work through their most pressing challenges through peer learning. This cohort is in their 3rd year together of the program and is being facilitated by Mikey Prosserman.

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Jade Pichette

Pride at Work

Director of Programs

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Stephen Jackson, MASc.

Anishnabeg Outreach (AO)

CEO

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Randell Adjei

R.I.S.E. Edutainment

Founding Director

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Fayzal Samji

Labour Education Centre

Executive Director

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Daniel Chapman-Smith

Project Humanity

Executive Director & Co-Founder

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Moezine Hasham

Hockey 4 Youth Foundation

Executive Director & Founder

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Alex Robertson

Campfire Circle

Chief Executive Officer

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Marlene McKintosh

UrbanArts

Executive Director

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Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Indigenous Friends Association 

Executive Director

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Sara Street

High Park Nature Centre

Executive Director

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Joel Zola

Street Voices

Executive Director & Founder

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Henrick Sales

Stay Golden

Executive Director

Cohort 5 Members

Cohort 5 was started in 2022 and are now in their second year together.

This cohort is being facilitated by John Choi.

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Mandie Abrams

Hospitality Workers Training Centre, Executive Director

 

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Martina Ambiri

Impakt Foundation for Social Change, Executive Director

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Gurbeen Bhasin

Aangen Community Centre, Executive Director

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Ryan Collins-Swartz

Tapestry Community Capital

Co-Executive Director

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Erin MacDonald

LEAF
Executive Director

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Moon Richards

Elevate Equity

Co-Executive Director

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Biboye (Bo) Aganaba

Leading Change Canada

Executive Director

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Becky Andrade

Milton Community Resource Centre, Associate Executive Director

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Julia Girmenia

Not Far From The Tree

Project Director

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Katie Green

inPath

Executive Director

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Swabir Shariff

The Good Guides

Founder & Executive Director

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Mandie Abrams

Hospitality Workers Training Centre, Executive Director

 

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Becky Andrade

Milton Community Resource Centre, Associate Executive Director

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Karibu Ramos

Elevate Equity

Co-Executive Director

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Ryan Collins-Swartz

Tapestry Community Capital

Co-Executive Director

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Swabir Shariff

The Good Guides

Founder & Executive Director

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Biboye (Bo) Aganaba

Leading Change Canada

Executive Director

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Gurbeen Bhasin

Aangen Community Centre, Executive Director

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Julia Girmenia

Not Far From The Tree

Project Director

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Erin MacDonald

LEAF
Executive Director

Cohort 6 - virtual group

Below are the leaders in EPIC's virtual cohort
(formerly known as General Membership)


EPIC's virtual cohort launched in Fall 2022

and is now in it's second year together.

 

This is a virtual group that has members across Canada and even in the USA!

This group is facilitated by John Choi.

For more info on how to sign up to EPIC's cohort programs click here.

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Janelle Yanishewski

Harmony Movement

Executive Director

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Stachen Frederick

BrAIDS for AIDS

Founder

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Sam Peck

Family Councils Ontario

Executive Director

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Amy Stein

Pixel Foundation

Executive Director

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Sarah Garcia-Heller

Bereaved Families of Ontario

Executive Director

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Rick Mulvaney

Changing Ways

Director of Admin & Operations

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Carly Eby

The Autism Centre of Toronto
Founder & Executive Director

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Joel Reid

SoundCheck Youth Arts

Executive Director

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Carie Stock

Helping Families Handle Cancer

Founder & Executive Director

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Valentine Mugai

Founder

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Julia Hunter

Eco Equitable

Executive Director

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Derek Spooner

Scarborough Arts

Executive Director

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Aviva Zukerman Shure

Never Too Late (NTL)

Co-Founder

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Savhanna Wilson

Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness, Executive Director

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Dan Hula

Youth & Philanthropy Initiative Canada, Executive Director

Contact us to learn how you can join a future EPIC Cohort or join EPIC's Membership program. We offer free trial sessions for you to explore if the EPIC membership is a fit for you!

EPIC Alumni

Below are former EPIC members aka EPIC Alumni.

At EPIC we aim to stay in touch with Alumni for many years to come and are thankful to everyone who has been a part of the EPIC program.

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Nicola Bangham

Breakaway Community Services

Executive Director

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CG Chen

Ample Labs & Mello

x2 Founder

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Nicole Thibideau

Future Possibilities For Kids

Director Program & Operations

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Niamh McGarry

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance, Executive Director

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Kyle Monczak

Business In The Streets (BITS)

Executive Director

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Cindy Stradling

Courage in Action

Founder

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Lia Grimanis

Up With Women
CEO

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Jillian Zeppa

Outward Bound Canada

Director of Admissions

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Angela Britto

Regent Park Film Festival

Former Executive Director

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Kelly Read

Why Not Theatre
Former Executive Director

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Debra Deen Kerby

The Learning Partnership

Former President & CEO

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Kimahli Powell

Rainbow Railroad

CEO

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Sharif Mahdy

The Students Commission of Canada, CEO

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Maud Salvi

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, Executive Director

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Kadon Douglas

BIPOC TV & Film

Executive Director

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Otis Mushonga

ACCESS Community Capital

Director, Programs & Partnerships

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Natalie Folz

Jack.org, Director, Program Implementation

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Gillian Burt

Project Canoe

Former Executive Director

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Rachel David

SoCirc

Founder

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Melissa Foster

North York Arts

Program & Outreach Director

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Nadia Sayeh

ANNISAA Organization of Canada, Executive Director & Founder

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Michelle Senayah

The Laneway Project

Co-Founder & Executive Director

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Mark Hierlihy

Canada's Childrens Hospitals Foundation, President & CEO

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Kumiko Laird Imai

Hackergal

Director of Operations

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Ryan Hollinrake

ACCESS Community Capital Fund, Former Executive Director

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Anika Apollon

Birthday Wonders

Founder

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Celia Smith

Luminato Festival Toronto

CEO

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Shaneeza Nazseer Ally

For Youth Initiative

Executive Director

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Samuel J. Donkor

ANIDA

Executive Director

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Tim Smuck

Changing Ways

Executive Director

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Miri Koller

Yee Hong Seniors Living
Former CEO

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Michael Braithwaite

Blue Door

CEO

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Samantha Kolkey

Options for College Success

Executive Director

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