Leadership and Governance

JA Central Ontario’s Senior Management Team, Board of Directors and Board of Governors all play an important role in guiding the organization.

They make strategic decisions about our future and collectively serve as an innovative force to advance of our work to empower the next generation of leaders.

Our Leadership is highly committed to our mission and integral in empowering our staff to be the best they can be.

Senior Management Team

Jennifer Holmes-Weier - JA Central Ontario

Jennifer Holmes Weier
and CEO

Christine Gedge - JA Central Ontario

Simone Cowdery
Senior Director, Programs

Christine Gedge - JA Central Ontario

Katherine Dalziel
Senior Director, Finance and Operations

Christine Gedge - JA Central Ontario

Erica Stone
Senior Director, Corporate & Community Partnerships

Board of Directors


Chris Manning
Board Chair
SVP Global Business Payments, Scotiabank

Anthony Boright - JA Central Ontario

Anthony Boright
Vice Chair

Technology Entrepreneur and Financial Services Executive

Chris Cornell -  JA Central Ontario

Chris Cornell
Partner, Audit Financial Services, KPMG

Cindy Wahler - JA Central Ontario

Cindy Wahler
President, Cindy Wahler Psychology Professional Corporation

Cynthia Stark - JA Central Ontario

Cynthia Stark
Vice President, Global Marketing, Sunlife

Dean Percy  - JA Central Ontario

Dean Percy

Hitesh Peshavaria - JA Central Ontario

Hitesh Peshavaria
Partner, Deloitte

Jon Taylor - JA Central Ontario

Jon Taylor
Strategic Advisor, JT Holdings Group

Kelly Mcinenely - JA Central Ontario

Kelly McInenly 
Chief Marketing Officer at Cerebelly

Manisha Burman - JA Central Ontario

Manisha Burman
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer at CI Financial

Michelle Cowan  - JA Central Ontario

Michelle Cowan
Regional Vice President, North Toronto Region, RBC

Michelle Cowan  - JA Central Ontario

Naveen Balakrishnan
Vice President, Head of FICC Initiatives, TD Securities

Prashant Matta  - JA Central Ontario

Nicole Court
Vice President Corporate Affairs, Aecon Group Inc

Prashant Matta  - JA Central Ontario

Prashant Matta
Partner, Panache Ventures

Kevin Nichols - JA Central Ontario

Rhonda Klosler
National Chief Operating Officer & Toronto Office Managing Leader, RSM Canada

Stephanie Brown - JA Central Ontario

Stephanie Brown
VP, Transformation Management Office, TD Bank

Stephen Jurisic  - JA Central Ontario

Stephen Jurisic
Dean, Miami Ad School,

Steve Tyers - JA Central Ontario

Steve Tyers
SVP Strategy & Transformation, CIBC

Kevin Nichols - JA Central Ontario

Tracy Molino
Counsel, Dentons Canada

Richard Skippon - JA Central Ontario

Vivian Leung
Senior Principal, Taxation, CPA Canada

Committee Members

Mark Vallee
VP, Investments & Head of Fixed Income Definity

Parham Nasseri
VP, Regulatory Strategy & Partnerships InvestorCOM Inc.

Board of Governors

Theresa Warnaar
SVP, Asset Management
KingSett Capital

Andrew Volpe
Senior Institutional Portfolio Manager
Jarislowsky Fraser Limited

Benjamin Tal
Managing Director & Deputy Chief Economist
CIBC Capital Markets Inc.

Cameron Murray
SVP, Client Services & CIO
Fidelity Investments Canada

David Dalziel
Partner, Audit & Assurance
Deloitte LLP

Derek Vernon
Head, TPS Product Management & Payments Modernization
BMO Financial Group

Fabricio Naranjo
RSM Canada

Garth Pepper
President, North America Middle Market
Liberty Mutual Canada

Gianluca Cairo
VP, Public Sector Revenue Enablement & Strategy

Jamie Collins
SVP, Operations & Customer Service
Canada Life 

Karim Kanji
President & CEO
Sutter Hill Investment Corp.

Karrie Van Belle
Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer


Katherine MacMillian
President & CEO
International Financial Data Services (IFDS)

Katya Shabanova
VP, Office Leasing 
Cushman & Wakefield

Maria Pavlakos
Regional Vice-President 
National Bank

Marilyn Horrick 
SVP, Ontario Market

Ray Chaaya
AVP, Employee Experience & Culture Manager
Zurich Canada

Richard Skippon
Partner, EY Canadian Workforce Advisory Leader
Ernst & Young (EY)

Rino D'Onofrio
Chief Operating Officer
RBC Insurance

Rob Shields
Chief Marketing Officer 

Robert Baillie
President & CEO, State Street Canada & Head, Asset Owner Segment, North America
State Street Trust Company Canada

Ryan Fagan
EVP, Property Tax, Eastern Canada
Altus Group

Sarah Robson
President & CEO
Marsh Canada

Stuart Davis
EVP, Financial Crimes Risk

Xerxes Cooper
Kyndryl Canada