Pathways to Education Canada is thrilled to announce Pauline Yick as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. In this critical role, Pauline will spearhead strategic initiatives to enhance organizational efficiency, maximize resource allocation, and further the charity’s reach and effectiveness.

With a diverse and accomplished background in operations, strategy, and leadership in the non-profit and healthcare sectors, Pauline brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the role. She has a proven track record of strong financial stewardship, operational excellence, and a deep commitment to implementing strategies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Pathways remains dedicated to supporting young people living in low-income communities across Canada to graduate from high school, and this appointment underscores the organization’s commitment to strengthening its operational infrastructure and scaling its impact to engage more youth in increasingly innovative ways.

Pauline joins Pathways from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)—a Canadian-based global research organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity. During her time at CIFAR, Pauline led the Shared Services team, including EDI, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Meetings and Events, and Operations.

Pauline also has extensive cross-sector experience in research operations, having held previous progressive positions at the University Health Network (UHN), the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). She holds both CPA and CGA certifications, as well as a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Pauline will lead the Shared Services team at Pathways, with portfolios including Finance, Technology, and Human Resources. She will also oversee organizational compliance, governance, and enterprise risk management. Her wealth of experience and strategic vision is anticipated to drive the organization’s continued success and further solidify its position as a leader in the realm of youth programming and social innovation.

Pauline officially assumes the role on February 5, ready to collaborate with the existing Pathways leadership team to further empower the organization’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.