Earl Miller (Chair)
Earl Miller is a seasoned professional with a background of senior leadership in the non-profit, private and public sectors. As Director of Global Initiatives at MaRS Discovery District, he leads international partnering activities designed to open strategic markets for MaRS technology ventures. He collaborates with Canadian trade officials, foreign governments and innovation hubs outside Canada looking to attract breakthrough technologies, invest in companies and share innovation best practices. In previous roles he worked as a city planner responsible for making urban spaces accessible, establishing workplace daycare centres, developing social housing and engaging Toronto’s diverse communities. In the Ontario Public Service he was Executive Coordinator of the Race Relations Directorate, Director of Employment Equity and Director of the Centre for Leadership. In the private sector, he was a recognized expert in workplace diversity as a management consultant and Director of Diversity at Scotiabank. He also managed a bank branch with a sizable retail and small business portfolio. At Ryerson University, he was responsible for providing professional continuing education to all sectors.
Earl is an active volunteer. He is President of the Board of West Neighbourhood House, a Director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Chair of its Ontario Fund. He served on several other Boards including the United Way of Toronto, Harbourfront Corporation and the Metropolitan Toronto Social Planning Council. Earl has a Masters degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science, a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership and is an Accredited Partnership Broker.
Dr. Linda Maxwell (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Linda Maxwell is a healthcare executive, innovator and practicing physician. She is the Founding and Managing Director of the Biomedical Zone, a Ryerson University-St. Michael’s Hospital business incubator that develops early stage medical technology companies working on devices and software to solve unmet healthcare needs. As Director of the Biomedical Zone, Linda works at the interface of medicine, surgery, research, business, and entrepreneurship, providing ongoing strategic business advice, clinical development guidance, and access to advisory and investment networks to 14 health startup companies. In addition to her work with startups, Linda is a practicing Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon bringing 15+ years of front-line health care experience and leadership in academic, urban, and underserved geographic areas. Linda also serves as a trusted advisor to senior healthcare executives in both public and private sectors, as an independent business strategy and management consultant. Hailing from the Maritimes and calling Toronto home, Linda earned an honours Bachelors (AB) degree in Biology from Harvard University, a Medical Doctorate (MD) from Yale University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Oxford.
Linda is passionate about healthcare and impacting social determinants of health, such as barriers to employment and education which led to involvement with the Black Creek Community Health Centre at Jane and Wilson/Finch and the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals.
Jenine Gregory (Treasurer)
Jenine is action oriented by nature, passionate about adding value and keen on practicality. She is generous with her time, open-minded, transparent, holistic in her approach and collaborative in her work style. She likes to build, create and is drawn to new, complex and challenging environments and is an avid advocate of lifelong learning. Her eclectic background covers the areas of Internal and External Audit, Corporate Recovery as well as Financial Operations, grounded in Accountancy and Finance training. She is able to help an organization with building out and improving its Operational Infrastructure as well as its Financial environment.
Her industry exposure includes Financial Services, Investments with particular exposure to Public Markets, Infrastructure, Private Equity and Real Estate investing, as well as Pension, Brokerage and Mutual Fund operations. She has a Bachelors and Masters in Accountancy, a UK Accounting designation, the ACCA and has completed the final level of the Chartered Financial Analyst exams. (CFA) in 2012.
Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (Executive Secretary)
Dr. Andrew B. Campbell is a Certified Ontario Teacher (OCT) with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and part time lecturer at Durham College (online), Seneca College and the University of the West Indies Open Campus (online) in educational leadership, early childhood education, and child development programs. For the last twenty years he has worked in various areas of education at all levels in Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Canada in such capacities such as school administrator, special educator, reading specialist, teacher trainer, lecturer, & course developer/writer.
Andrew is an author and recently published his first book, “Teachable Moments with Dr. ABC: A Spoonful for the Journey.” He also serves on the board of Black Coalition for Aids Prevention.
Andrew holds teaching certification from Mico University College, a B.A. in General Studies & Counselling Psychology from Jamaica Theological Seminary, a Masters in School Administration from the University of the West Indies, and a PhD from the University of Toronto in Educational Leadership, Diversity & Policy.
Anthony Morgan (Board Member)
Anthony Morgan is the Secretary on the CEE Board of Directors. He is a lawyer whose practice and advocacy focus exclusively on human rights, with an emphasis on local, national and international manifestations of anti-Black racism. He has appeared at the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court of Canada representing African Canadians on these matters. He has also represented the interests of African Canadians before United Nations human rights treaty bodies.
Anthony is a frequent legal, social and public affairs commentator on issues concerning race and racism, critical multiculturalism and critical race theory in Canada. His comments on these issues have been featured in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post Canada, and other major newspapers and broadcast outlets, including CNN. In addition to holding an LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, he holds an Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto in Ethics, Society & Law.
Cian Knights (Board Member)
Cian Knights is the Community Engagement Specialist at St Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team where she is responsible for leading the creation, implementation and management of community and patient engagement approaches. Her work intersects with her passion and commitment to community change and social determinants of health for underserved populations. Prior to her role at St Mike’s, Cian spent four years with Harmony Movement working on a variety of initiatives engaging youth, educators and social services in Ontario to develop diversity, inclusion and social change strategies. Cian has over twelve years of experience in the community sector in Canada and internationally has extensive experience creating and managing relationships within the private, public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. She brings to CEE’s Board of Directors strength in stakeholder relations and a deep understanding of youth empowerment grounded in principles of equity and inclusion.
Cian is committed to CEE’s mission to improve the economic and social potential of Black youth living in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods. She holds an Honours BA (Women’s and Caribbean Studies) from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. In her spare time, she dances Cuban Salsa, Kizomba/Semba and is a teaching assistant at AfroLatino Dance Studio.
Darren Brown (Board Member)
Darren Brown is a CEE Alumni of the Company Challenge program and graduate from Ryerson University’s Child and Youth Care BA and Humber College’s Child and Youth Worker program. During his studies, his research examined the contributing factors that enable and/or disable First Nations and African Diaspora communities from creating, manifesting, and/or perfecting their destiny, purpose, and direction through arts, culture, and education. Darren brings an array of experiences working in diverse settings relative to education, youth counselling, community outreach, managing, programming development and creating community engagement strategies for marginalized youth communities. Darren’s focuses are in areas of youth policy, youth programming development, youth leadership development, social justice and entrepreneurship for people living in “marginalized communities.” However, his passion lies in providing programming and initiatives in Arts and Culture that empower youth to explore identity, culture and history for knowing one’s purpose. Darren has worked with various organizations such as Manifesto Community Projects, UNITY Charity, as well has served on youth and community advisory committees such as the Region of Peel United Way Black Community Advisory Committee (BCAC) and the Young Leaders Council (YLC). Today, many of the projects that Darren continues to work on relate to his passion for entrepreneurial endeavors and its relationship to communities. Darren is currently working in a community organization that develops innovative approaches to support youth and community heritage while fostering connection with others.
Joan Atlin (Board Member)
Joan Atlin has over 20 years experience as a non-profit professional with a strong reputation as an impact-oriented executive, manager and consultant. She brings experience both as a director on several non-profit boards and as a non-profit executive director, with expertise in areas including governance, financial management, strategy, policy, program, operations, and evaluation. A large focus of Joan’s work has been the equitable inclusion of skilled immigrants in the labour market. Joan’s staff roles have included Director of Programs at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, and Executive Director of the Association of International Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (AIPSO). She has also served as a senior program and policy advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Through her consulting practice, Joan has supported a range of clients including the United Way Toronto and York Region, the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally trained professionals, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, and COSTI.
Joan first engaged with CEE as a management consultant supporting the organization’s executive director. She was impressed and inspired with the work of the organization, its members and its deeply dedicated and skilled staff. She has continued to support CEE as a member of its advisory board and now on its newly formed Board of Directors. She seeks to be an effective ally supporting CEE’s work.
Olusola Olumogba (Board Member)
Olusola Olumogba is a Reintegration Coach & Pro Football Scout who like many others, had the goal of playing professional football. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, he pursued professional football opportunities that never came to fruition. Following this, he began a brief stint as a Canadian Football League agent, which led him to finding his passion as a pro scout and the birth of InstantScouting in 2011. Through his challenges of making it to a professional football career, Olusola committed himself to ensuring that athletes do not face the same obstacles he faced on his journey to the pros. Since the launch of InstantScouting, Olusola has helped create opportunities for athletes in numerous leagues and has been awarded one of the Top 30 Under Thirty Award by Sports Launch Magazine (2014). Being a former resident of the criminal justice system, Olusola began to focus his efforts on providing resources for other similar individuals in need of positive coaching in order to have successful reintegration and rebuilding of their lives. He believes that if he can lead by example, he can show other correctional residents that there is hope for a positive life after prison. His efforts are geared towards channeling entrepreneurial passion and staying committed to self-improvement. He is also a member of the Leadership Development, Young Leaders Council of United Way Peel. His role is to develop opportunities for young leaders to learn about social issues across Peel and United Way’s stance and provide platforms for young adult voice and dialogue.
Yasmine Rattigan (Board Member)
Yasmine Rattigan is a transformational leader who collaborates effectively with partners to build strong foundations for success. A passion for helping people led Yasmine to work in the public sector. She is an award winning public servant with the Government of Ontario and is currently a Senior Negotiator with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She values bringing creative and innovative thinking to solve tough system, strategic, and operational problems. Yasmine has worked with the Ontario Medical Association, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories to improve access to care. She has also led the development and implementation of enterprise-wide risk assessment for two governments. Prior to working in government, Yasmine worked in the insurance sector and property development.
Yasmine holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University with an Honours B.A. in Gerontology and Sociology. Key interests include helping others to achieve their goals, experiential and cultural tourism and reluctant gardening.