Meet the EPIC xChange Leaders!

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 4th year together in the EPIC xChange program and is facilitated by Gilad Cohen.

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Andrew Young

Outward Bound

Executive Director

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Debra Deen Kerby

The Learning Partnership

President & CEO

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Heather O'Keefe

StepStones For Youth

Founder & Executive Director

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Lucy Ho


Co-Founder & Managing Director

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Umair Jaffar

Small World Music

Executive Director

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Camesha Cox

The Reading Partnership (TRP)

Executive Director & Founder

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Gilad Cohen




Jennifer Wilson


President & CEO


Kelly Read

Why Not Theatre

Former Executive Director

Cohort 2 Members

Cohort 2 is currently in their 4th year together in the EPIC xChange program and is facilitated by Mikey Prosserman.

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Biju Pappachan

POV Film

Executive Director


Jen D. Fabico

Next Generation Arts

Executive Director

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Lindsay Bunce

Simon Fraser University, 

Associate Director Sustainability

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Charlie Wall-Andrews

SOCAN Foundation

Executive Director

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Kyle Monczak

Business In The Streets (BITS)

Executive Director

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Mack Rogers

Royal Ontario Museum

VP Learning & Public Programs

Cohort 3 Members

Cohort 3 is going in their 2nd year together in the EPIC xChange 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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Kimahli Powell

Rainbow Railroad

Executive Director

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Samuel J. Donkor


Executive Director


Shaneeza Nazseer Ally

For Youth Initiative 

Executive Director

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Keya Osborne


Team Lead

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Sharif Mahdy

The Students Commission of Canada, Executive Director

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Dan Hula

Youth in Philanthropy Initiative, 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 going into their 3rd year together of the program and is being facilitated by Mikey Prosserman.

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Jade Pichette

Pride at Work

Manager of Programs

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Stephen Jackson, MASc.

Anishnabeg Outreach (AO)


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Randell Adjei

R.I.S.E. Edutainment

Founding Director

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Celia Smith

Luminato Festival Toronto


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Fayzal Samji

Labour Education Centre

Assistant 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

Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium

Chief Executive Officer

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Marlene McKintosh


Executive Director

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Alejandro Mayoral Baños

Indigenous Friends Association 

Executive Director

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Henrick Sales

Stay Golden

Creative Director

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Sara Street

High Park Nature Centre

Executive Director

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Joel Zola

Street Voices

Executive Director & Founder

Cohort 5 Members

Cohort 5 is EPIC's newest cohort starting in 2022!

This cohort is being facilitated by John Choi.

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Mandie Abrams

Hospitality Workers Training Centre, Executive Director



Martina Ambiri

Impakt Foundation for Social Change, Executive Director


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

Executive Director


Biboye (Bo) Aganaba

Leading Change Canada

Executive Director

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Becky Andrade

Milton Community Resource Centre, Associate Executive Director


Julia Girmenia

Not Far From The Tree

Project Director


Katie Green


Executive Director


Swabir Shariff

The Good Guides

Founder & Executive Director

EPIC General Membership

Below are EPIC's General Members!

EPIC General Membership is our newest program launched in Fall 2022.

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 General MEmbership program click here.


Otis Mushonga

ACCESS Community Capital

Director, Programs & Partnerships


Janelle Yanishewski

Harmony Movement

Executive Director


Kadon Douglas


Executive Director


Carie Stock

Helping Families Handle Cancer

Founder & Executive Director


Miri Koller

Yee Hong Seniors Living Inc.

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Sam Peck

Family Councils Ontario

Executive Director


Maud Salvi

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

Executive Director

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Amy Stein

Henry's Foundation

Executive Director

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Michael Braithwaite

Blue Door Shelter

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Samantha Kolkey

Options for College Success

Executive Director


Natalie Folz


Program Director


Stachen Frederick



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Valentine Mugai




Spencer Phillips

Artscape Daniel's Launchpad

Manager Programs


Julia Hunter

Eco Equitable

Executive Director


Derek Spooner

Scarborough Arts

Executive Director

Contact us to learn how you can join a future EPIC xChange Cohort or join EPIC's General Membership. 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


Niamh McGarry

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance, Executive Director

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Kearie Daniel

Parents of Black Children, Executive Director & Founder

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Cindy Stradling

Courage in Action


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Lia Grimanis

Up With Women

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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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Gillian Burt

Project Canoe

Former Executive Director

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Rachel David



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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


Director of Operations

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Ryan Hollinrake

ACCESS Community Capital Fund, Former Executive Director

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Anika Apollon

Birthday Wonders