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.
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.
Jean-Paul Jean-Baptiste (Board Member)
Jean Paul Jean-Baptiste is a bilingual HR regional manager at Advance auto part/ CARQUEST the 1st auto parts company in North America with more than 75,000 employees in the world. He works at the headquarters in Toronto, and manages the entire province of Quebec with more than 650 employees in this region. He is responsible of the full cycle of recruitment, promotion, training, coaching and the employee’s performance report, in addition to the leave administration, the progressive discipline and terminations. He also has his own consulting agency where he trains executives on Customer Service, organizational change, working with a diverse team, team building, conflict resolution, recruitment and best practices and mental health awareness in the corporate/ non-profit world. It is also responsible for the training of school boards and agencies regarding inclusive environment for vulnerable populations (LGBTQ, people with disabilities, visible minorities etc…) as well as the religion’s accommodation in schools and the Province of Ontario.
Ike Okafor (Board Member)
Ike Okafor works at U of T in the Faculty of Medicine Student Affairs as Senior Officer, Service Learning and Diversity Outreach. Over the past two decades, a focal point of Ike’s work has been working collaboratively with University divisions, student groups and community organizations to promote access to post-secondary education and medical school. He also supports numerous charitable activities and coordinates health advocacy experiences for Medical students in inner-city and bilingual/ French settings. Ike also works on leading economic transformation projects globally.