Vivian Prokop is a passionate advocate for young people and has earned an international reputation as an authority in developing programs that unleash the potential of youth in Canada and abroad. Prior to joining Pathways Canada, Vivian served as CEO of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) where she transformed the organization from a small foundation to the largest and most effective youth entrepreneurship organization in the country. During her 10-year tenure, she grew CYBF by 1,200 per cent, raising more than $100 million to develop and implement a suite of world-class programs such as one-on-one mentoring and access to seed capital, supporting the launch of 5,000 youth-led businesses and the creation of 20,000 jobs. Vivian nurtured community partnerships to expand youth outreach from 20 locations to nearly 200 and to grow the volunteer mentor base from 100 to 4,750. On the international front, she quickly became one of the world’s authorities on fostering youth entrepreneurship, representing Canada at more than a dozen international summits. She was the founding chair of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance, an organization that provides public policy advice on youth entrepreneurship to the leaders of the world’s top 20 economies. She was the inaugural chair of Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada and the Canadian lead for the Prince’s Youth Business International network where she peer mentored programs globally.
Vivian thrives on building networks of influential people, ranging from presidents and prime ministers to philanthropists such as Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. She twice hosted HRH The Prince of Wales, including the 2012 launch of the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a program co-founded by CYBF to provide ex-soldiers with entrepreneurship training. Before moving into the not-for-profit sector, Vivian worked for 17 years at CIBC, gaining invaluable insight into business and finance. After running the bank’s flagship Toronto branch, she rose the vice-president of CIBC’s small business strategy unit. Her contribution to youth development in Canada and abroad has earned her numerous awards, including the 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the prestigious WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She is a board member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Foundation, The Empire Club of Canada and is on the Advisory Board of Young Diplomats.
President & Executive Director, Quebec
As President and Executive Director of Pathways Quebec, Pierre Côté leads the operations and expansion efforts in the province of Quebec. Pierre has served for the past 24 years as the leader of Toujours ensemble, a Montreal based non-profit organization focused on supporting youth success; it is also the host agency of the Pathways to Education program in Montreal.
Pierre is well positioned to lead the growth of Pathways in the province of Quebec. In addition to raising the profile of Toujours ensemble and establishing it as an essential community service, Pierre has also overseen the development and implementation of numerous youth focused programs in the areas of education and violence prevention.
In 2008, Pierre was honoured to join Mr. Jaques Ménard as a member of the “Groupe d’action sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires au Québec”, a team of provincial leaders, experts and advocates promoting the importance of improving high school graduation rates for young people in Québec.
Vice President, Operations
As the Vice President of Operations, Christy leads the planning, IT and finance functions at Pathways. From her 15 year career in product management and product marketing, Christy brings a wealth of experience in managing cross-function programs and projects. Christy spent the majority of her career in product management for technology companies, working in at Hewlett Packard, Inktomi, and JacobsRimell (now Amdocs). Christy transitioned to the non-profit sector when she moved to Canada in 2009. With an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Christy’s work and personal life have seen her live in nine cities across the globe.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Director, Talent Management & Internal Communications
Vice President & Chief Development Officer
As the Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Cathy is responsible for building philanthropic support for Pathways' priorities from individuals, corporations, foundations. Cathy is a very successful resource development professional having worked for over 20 years in the advancement of higher education while at Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and most recently at York University. As Senior Vice-President of the York University Foundation, Cathy played a key leadership role in the successful $207 million “York to the Power of 50 Campaign”. In 2009, in recognition of her career achievements, Cathy was awarded the Manulife Financial Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Council for Advancement of Education.
Prior to this, Cathy was the Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Advancement Services at the University of Toronto, during the university’s $1 billion comprehensive campaign. Before this she served her alma mater at Queen’s University in a variety of positions including leading regional mini-campaigns and a team of development officers as Manager of Capital Projects and Faculty Development.
Director, Leadership Philanthropy
Mide has worked in the social impact arena with charities and NGO’s for almost 20 years. He possesses a unique global lens. His skills are leadership, strategic development, relationship building, revenue generation, and a focus on achieving social and economic transformation. He has supported the development of social impact programs ranging from structural funding policy for the UK government, to tackling drop-out rates in Canada, and supporting national and multinational corporations to achieve their Social Responsibility objectives.
Manager, Alumni Relations
Selim contributes a strong understanding of the challenges faced by youth from low-income communities and continues to witness their outstanding potential and contributions in positively changing their communities. In his role as the Manager, Alumni Relations, Selim is responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating a national strategic alumni program, which includes engaging alumni in a wide range of activities. His work with Pathways began in 2010 as part of a special project to evaluate the degree to which Pathways program sites engage students in the evaluation of program functions. Selim continued his work until he embarked on Pathways Canada’s new initiative to cultivate alumni relations; primarily through leadership, training, and networking events/activities. As an alumni of the Pathways program, Selim developed a strong commitment to serving youth. Aside from his commitment to community volunteering, Selim has been involved in clubs, sport teams (intramurals; soccer and basketball), and committees during and after his undergraduate career. In 2010, Selim graduated with a Criminology degree at University of Windsor.
Scholarship & Payroll Administrator
Vijay earned his Bachelor Degree of Science from Indian University in 1980 and for the next nine years worked in India as a Chartered Accountant and then Public Accountant. In 1999 Vijay became a Managing Partner at AVA Associates where he continued until immigrating to Canada in 2006. Using his accountancy skills, Vijay moved quickly from Accountant at WiLAN Inc., to Controller at Empirical Inc., then Financial Controller at 80/20 Solutions Inc., and most recently as a consultant for Healthscreen Solutions Inc. Vijay is in his final year of his Certification of General Accountants from the Institute of CGA Ontario having already achieved his designation as Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a Life Member of “Child Care India” and volunteers at the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Director, Information Technology
Corporate Development Coordinator
Afsheen moved to Canada in April 2012 and joined the Resource Development team of United Way Greater Toronto during the successful $116.1 million “Imagine a city” 2012 fundraising campaign. Before this, she worked for over 4 years as a Senior Resource Development Officer at Aga Khan University where she played a leading role in major strategic initiatives including project management, stewardship and cultivation activities. She is also a Young Professional Member of Association of Fundraising Professional, Greater Toronto Chapter.
Director, Community Programs and Services
Shortly after Craig graduated from the University of Guelph’s International Development program, he began work as an intern for the Walrus Foundation, publisher of The Walrus magazine, where he stayed on as Development Coordinator for a couple of years. Craig was drawn to Pathways to Education Canada after volunteering as a Group Mentor at the Pathways Regent Park program. He is thrilled to be working with such a talented and committed team and continues to be inspired by the thousands of students and alumni in the Pathways community.
Coordinator, Program Evaluation
Director of Regional Development
As Director, Regional Development, Steven is responsible for developing support for Pathways from individuals, corporations, and foundations in cities and regions across Canada. A passionate fundraiser and leader, Steven has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than ten years and has a strong passion for social justice. Before joining Pathways to Education Canada, Steven worked at Facing History and Ourselves, the Canadian Centre for Diversity, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Manager, Volunteer Initiatives
As Manager of Volunteer Initiatives, Snjezana is responsible for creation and management of National Volunteer Framework and Corporate Volunteer Engagement. She has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector with over ten years of direct youth engagement work. As a former staff member of the Pathways to Education program in Lawrence Heights, Toronto, she brings a unique community lens to her work. Managing stakeholder relationships and engaging people in becoming change makers in an inclusive and sustainable way is an integral part of all of her community work, both locally in Toronto, nationally across Canada and internationally in countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, India and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Manager, Program and School Engagement
Digital Media Manager
As Digital Media Manager, Jason oversees the online presence of Pathways to Education and explores how technology can be used to in innovative ways. Jason holds an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has also served as an instructor in Digital Media Marketing at George Brown College. Jason has held positions on several governing boards is also a contributing author to the book, "Halos and Avatars", on the topic of online marriage rituals in Second Life.
As Employment Strategist, Wendy is ensuring that Pathways to Education students have the resources they need in order to make positive and informed choices around part-time, summer and permanent employment. She will work toward establishing effective partnerships with other youth serving organizations who provide employment services and she will assist in promoting the exciting paid internship opportunities our corporate sponsors have made available to our students.
After over 15 years in career counselling with KEYS Job Centre, Wendy was eager to join Kingston Community Health Centres in order to launch the Pathways to Education program in Kingston, Ontario in 2010. With that program well underway, Wendy is now looking forward to also helping Pathways Canada and its supporters develop exciting paths to employment for students.
Wendy has a degree in sociology from Queen's University and recently began a Masters in Education at Harvard. Wendy is a member of the 1000 Islands Workforce Development Board and she sits on the General Research Ethics Board at Queen's University. Throughout her career, Wendy has been committed to sharing relevant labour market information and helping young people make positive career choices.
|Aneesha Ramanan||Communications Officer|
|Cindy St-Pierre-Brinkmann||Executive Assistant (Passeport pour ma réussite Québec)|
|Cynthia Legault||Development Coordinator|
|Eleanor McDonald||Manager, Fundraising Events|
|Elena Gurovsky||Communications Officer|
|Ivy Chu||Database Coordinator|
|Jennifer Pladzyk||National Coordinator of Mentoring Initiatives|
|Konrad Glogowski||Director, Research and Knowledge Mobilization|
|Laura Elliott||Executive Assistant & Office Manager|
|Laura Graham||Regional Development Coordinator|
|Mathieu Sage||Director of Programs and Community Development (Passeport pour ma réussite Québec)|
|Maureen Thompson||Director Program Expansion and Broadened Impact|
|Michelle Greenspoon||Stewardship Manager|
|Neha Charnalia||Director, Finance|
|Petrona Eccleston||Manager, Evaluation and Reporting|
|Robyn Dalton||Director of Research and Program Evaluation (Passeport pour ma réussite Québec)|
|Shannon Moon||Director of Development Programs and Services|
|Steven Richter||Research Assistant|
|Suraiya Rahman||Administrative Assistant, Resource Development|
|Roshaan Hajira||Digital Media Assistant|
Learn About Us
- Founded in 2001, Pathways now operates in 16 communities across Canada
- The Pathways program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth
- By 2016, Pathways will serve over 10,000 students and alumni each year