Executive Team

Vivian Prokop
President and CEO

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.
 

Pierre Côté
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.
 

Catherine McIntyre
Strategic Advisor
 

Christy Moorhead
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.


Will Postma
Vice President, Programs and Research


Colleen Ryan
Director, Marketing and Communications


Elizabeth Sharp
Director, Talent Management & Internal Communications

 

Cathy Yanosik
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.

 
Staff

Midé Akerewusi
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.
 

Selim Berbatovci
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. 

 

Vijay Dua
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.

 

Rolf Gube
Director, Information Technology

Rolf is a proven information technology expert with over ten years of experience in systems implementation, networks, project management, corporate training and change management in the technology sector. His career started in the freight forwarding industry as Network Administrator at Ranger Group of Companies in 1999. He was promoted six years later to IT Manager, a post that he held for nine years. In 2008, Rolf made the move from the corporate to the not-for-profit world, joining Habitat for Humanity as Director of Information Technology. 

Afsheen Jiwani
Corporate Development Coordinator
As a Corporate Development Coordinator, Afsheen is responsible for corporate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans. She is actively involved in communicating and servicing corporate accounts, employee groups and corporate foundations. She has extensive experience working in not-for-profit sector. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Institute of Business Management, Pakistan. Currently, she is also undertaking a Certification in Fundraising Management at Ryerson University.

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.

 
Martha Krzic
Director, Community Programs and Services
Martha is the Director of Organizational Learning where she facilitates continuous knowledge exchange and enhances learning processes across the Pathways network in support of its organizational goal. Martha has over 15 years change management experience in the financial and document management services industries. Starting at Xerox in 1985 as a Telesales Manager, she quickly moved up to become Project Manager in Business Services where she managed cross-disciplinary teams in the U.S. and Canada. In 2003 Martha took her skills to the financial sector joining BMO Financial Group in 2003, first as Senior Manager of Products and Services, and most recently as Senior Manager, Business Process Development & Learning of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing where she introduced and embedded three leading industry methodologies to drive sustainability and repeatability. Martha is an Arts under-graduate of Trent University and has her Master’s Certificate in Project Management from McMaster University/George Washington University, as well as several certifications from various professional training and development courses. In addition to English, Martha speaks French, Spanish and Slovenian.

 

Craig Montford
Development Officer

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.

 

Irene Parvin
Coordinator, Program Evaluation
As a Researcher, Irene is responsible for liaising with school boards as well as host agencies to receive school board data. Irene cleans, organizes, and analyzes data from the school board as well as historical data to assist with the preparation of each year’s final report. She also provides research support for literacy initiatives as well as the YOUCAN program. Irene brings over 15 years of experience of conducting both qualitative and quantitative research in the field of Teacher Education, Open and Distance Learning, Youth Empowerment, and Community Development. She has had 15 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed book chapters for 5 books. Prior to joinin Pathways to Education, Irene was a researcher at Brock University, the University of Manitoba, and the Center for Community Learning and Development. She has also taught at George Brown College and was a Program Coordinator for Youth Empowering Parents in Toronto. Irene has also worked as an Instructor and Assessment Counsellor in the Literacy Program for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Before moving to Canada as an immigrant in 2010, Irene was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Bangladesh Open University and also taught in different public universities including the Institute of Education and Research of Dhaka University. Irene also worked in the Ministry of Education of Bangladesh as a Consultant to introduce the National Teacher Education Curriculum. Irene has worked as a consultant in different national and international projects.
 
Irene has earned her Masters in Educational Research and Evaluation from Dhaka University, an MEd in Inclusive Education from Griffith University of Australia, Bachelor of Arts and Masters in English Literature and Language from Jahangirnagar University, Bachelor of Education (BEd), PGC on Distance Education Design and Development from University of New South Wales of Australia, Teacher Education Curriculum Development from Christchurch College of Education of New Zealand and Teaching English as a Second Language degree from George Brown College of Canada. She was a Commonwealth scholar and achieved Golden Key Society award for achieving outstanding result in her Masters at Griffith University. She is a member of TESL Ontario and volunteers at the Coalition of Universities for Responsible Investing (CURI) as a Director Research and Policy. In addition to English, Irene is fluent in Bengali.
 
Nisha Pitroda
Financial Coordinator
After earning her Bachelor Degree in Commerce from Bombay University in 1989, Nisha started a career in accounting at the Tandon Group of Companies in Mumbai as Senior Accounts Assistant. With the skills gained over seven years at Tandon, Nisha moved on to be the Group Accounts Manager at Haider Store LLC, one of the leading trading, distributing, manufacturing, real estate, and travel and tour companies in the Middle East. In 2008 Nisha immigrated to Toronto, Canada where she continues to pursue her career in accounting both with her job at Pathways and with the completion of Level III of the Certified General Accountant course.

Steven Presser
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. 

 

Snjezana Pruginic
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.

 

Lana Rozitis
Manager, Program and School Engagement
As Manager of Program Support, Lana is responsible for providing day-to-day support for all Pathways programs across Canada and for developing national partnerships. Lana brings over 30 years experience of working with youth in various community and educational settings. For the past eight years, she was a Student Parent Support Worker (SPSW) Coordinator at the Pathways Regent Park program. Prior to this, Lana worked for the Toronto District School Board for 17 years as a Youth Counsellor in an alternative, inner-city high school designed for students who had dropped out or were at risk of dropping out of school. Lana graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in 1976 and here started her interest in working with youth and studying art therapy. Lana’s skills and knowledge where honed as a Teacher-Therapist and then Supervisor at Youthdale Schools and Central Toronto Youth Services. In 2007, Lana earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts also from OCAD. Lana also has training in conflict mediation and is interested in Effective Supervision and Coaching. Lana is pleased to have this opportunity to share the experience, skills and knowledge she learned at Regent Park with all the Pathways programs.  


Jason Shim
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.

 

Wendy Vuyk
Employment Strategist

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.


Lee-Ann Baxter

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Neha Charnelia

Director, Finance 

Robyn Dalton

Director of Research and Program Evaluation (Passeport pour ma réussite Québec)

Luzvi Deogracias

Coordinator, Programs and Research 

Petrona Eccleston 

Manager, Evaluation and Reporting 

Konrad Glogowski 

Director, Research and Knowledge Mobilization 

Laura Graham 

Reginal Development Coordinator  

Michelle Greenspoon 

Stewardship Manager (on leave) 

Elena Gurovsky 

Communications Officer 

Roshaan Hajira 

Digital Media Assistant 

Aaron House 

Director, Post-Secondary Affairs 

Juanne Keung 

Staff Accountant 

Alex Kruger 

Manager, Marketing and Communications 

Cynthia Legault 

Stewardship Manager 

Eleanor McDonald 

Manager, Fundraising Events 

Shannon Moon

Director of Development Programs and Services 

Jennifer Pladzyk 

National Coordinator of Mentoring Initiatives 

Suraiya Rahman 

Administrative Assistant, Resource Development  

Liz Rejman 

Database and Research Manager

Steve Richter 

Research Assistant

Mathieu Sage 

Director of Programs and Community DEvelopment (Passeport pour ma réussite Québec) 

Cindy St-Pierre-Brinkmann 

Executive Assistant (Passeport pour ma réussite Québec) 

Maureen Thompson 

Director, Program Expansion and Broadened Impact 

 

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  • 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