Kevin Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

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Kevin joined SHARE in 2013 as a Senior Analyst on social issues and became Executive Director in 2018. Prior to working with SHARE, Kevin was the Director of Advocacy for the Maquila Solidarity Network, a labour and women’s rights organization, where he advised companies, governments, and public institutions on the development and implementation of policies and practices to improve respect for worker rights in global supply chains.

From 1998 to 2009 Kevin served as a political advisor to the Chief and Governing Council of the Lubicon Lake First Nation in Alberta, Canada, and as Chief Negotiator for treaty negotiations with the Federal and Provincial governments. He also negotiated land use, environmental protection and economic benefit agreements with oil, gas and forestry corporations.

Kevin holds a Master of Laws, LLM in international business law (with a focus on securities law, corporate governance, taxation, trade, and arbitration) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Resource Management from the University of Toronto.

Shannon Rohan

Chief Strategy Officer

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Shannon has over 20 years of experience in responsible investment, cooperative development and sustainability with experience working in Canada, South Africa and Latin America. Shannon has helped build SHARE’s investor network to include foundations, Indigenous trusts, universities, pension funds and faith-based investors with over $90 billion in assets under management.

Shannon advises asset owner boards in their implementation of responsible investment policies and practices and oversees strategic projects for SHARE. She on the board of the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and the proxy voting service provider GIR.

She has a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University.

Wayne O’Brien

Director, Finance and Operations

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Wayne has over 20 years experience working within non-profits providing financial/business acumen, human resources/labour relations, operations, research, Board experience, contracts, grant and administrative management within the National Gallery of Canada, University of Ottawa–Faculty of Medicine, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Royal College and Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, UBC, District of West Vancouver, and Science World.
 
He has a Bachelors Business Administration, and CGA (legacy ON) from the University of Ottawa.

Anthony Schein

Director of Shareholder Advocacy (On Leave)

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Anthony Schein’s career has been dedicated to social and political change through civic engagement, community development and trade unionism.

Prior to joining SHARE, Anthony spent almost a decade in senior roles at an Ontario public sector trade union, where he worked with senior leadership on advocacy, governance, campaigns and negotiations. Anthony has also worked extensively in municipal, provincial and federal politics, both in government and on election campaigns.

Anthony is committed to fairness, inclusion, and building a democratic economy that works for everyone. His years working in politics and in the labour movement have taught Anthony that building alliances and the ability to find common ground and compromise are essential, but that principles matter.

Anthony earned an honours BA in political theory and cultural studies from Marlboro College, a small, rural college that is self-governed by students, faculty and staff, using a traditional New England-style town meeting. He has also pursued graduate studies in communication and cultural studies at York and Ryerson Universities.

He is an eternal optimist.

Jennifer Story

Acting Director of Shareholder Advocacy | Associate Director, Climate Advocacy

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Working as part of SHARE’s Active Ownership team, Jennifer leads climate-focused corporate engagement initiatives on behalf SHARE’s networks of investors.

Jennifer has devoted her career to helping progressive organizations develop and execute effective and strategic campaigns. She has worked in staff roles for NGOs including Greenpeace and the Greenbelt Foundation, and as a consultant for organizations including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and UNICEF Canada.

Alongside her consulting work, since 2014, Jennifer has served as an elected Trustee at the Toronto District School Board. She is respected at the board as a leader in guiding the organization through a challenging period of renewal. The 22 person board has oversight of a $3.4 billion annual budget, operational policies and strategic plans for an organization with 40,000 employees, 250,000 students and 584 schools. As part of that role, Jennifer has served the Board’s Audit Committee, Urban Indigenous Advisory Committee, and the Toronto Lands Corporation.

Joseph Bastien

Associate Director, Inclusive Economy

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Joseph is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada and internationally, including the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI). Joseph has also advised municipal, provincial, federal, and foreign governments on stakeholder relations, and economic development strategies.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Aboriginal Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Art in Political Science from Western University (M.A., Political Science).

Hugues Letourneau

Associate Director, Responsible Investment Leadership

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Hugues joined the SHARE team in 2013, and currently directs the Global Unions Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC), whose Secretariat is based at SHARE. In this role, he works with trade unions and trade union-nominated pension board members to drive strong, responsible investment policies that have an impact on the ground. He is also a member of the Shareholder Engagement team and a lead corporate researcher for international clients.

Hugues has successfully completed the level II exam of the CFA Program. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

He is a contributing author to the Routledge Handbook on Responsible Investment (2015), with research focusing on responsible investing at the world’s largest government-sponsored investment funds. Prior to joining SHARE, Hugues worked at the Library of Parliament and the Mission of Canada to the European Union. He was also a research assistant at the North South Institute and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.

Peter Chapman

Senior Advisor

Peter Chapman joined SHARE in 2000 as Executive Director, and served in that position until 2018.

Peter advises SHARE on trustee education, investment policy and proxy voting, focusing on how institutional investors can implement investment policies that consider systemic risks and mission alignment.

Prior to joining the organization, Peter served as the Coordinator of the Canadian Friends Service Committee and as a researcher at the former Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility, the shareholder engagement voice of Canada’s churches and religious organizations.

Peter is a Trustee of the QUBE Foundation and an alternate commissioner on the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.

Sarah Couturier-Tanoh

Manager, Corporate Engagement & Advocacy

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An expert in corporate research and advocacy, Sarah advices on issues such as decent work, human rights, corporate lobbying and supply chain due diligence. With a background in non-financial auditing, she has also published several issue briefs on current shareholder and policy topics.

Before joining SHARE in 2019, Sarah researched transparency in the extractive industry and climate change-related disclosure at Université Laval.

Sarah holds a Master’s in Environmental Law from Université Laval, a Master’s in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility from Université Paris-Dauphine, and a Master’s in Comparative Public Law from Université Pantheon-Assas, France.

Omar Dominguez

Manager, Corporate Engagement & Advocacy

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Omar is a social planner with a diverse background leading sustainable finance, urban planning, government relations, and public engagement initiatives across multiple sectors. He has advised a wide range of international actors including institutional investors, business executives, senior government officials, and Indigenous and not-for-profits leaders. He is the former Director of Government Relations and Sector Development at Vantage Point. In this role, Omar led advocacy efforts for a public policy environment that would strengthen B.C.’s not-for-profit sector. Omar also co-founded Happy City, an urban planning and design consultancy that uses the science of wellbeing to help create healthier, happier, and more inclusive communities. Omar’s career has focused on mobilizing a wide diversity of actors working together to advance practical actions and policies that strengthen communities and the environment.

Omar has a degree in International Business from the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico City. While pursuing his MA in Community Development and Social Planning in the University of British Columbia, Omar co-founded a network of students, researchers, and practitioners advocating Canadian universities to incorporate responsible investment practices into the management of their endowments and pension funds.

Tamara Herman

Program Manager, Capital Strategies

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Tamara joined the SHARE team in 2016, and has consistently worked with the Global Unions Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC) and Canadian Capital Stewardship Network (CCSN), providing support to trade unions and their pension decision-makers on issues related to workers’ capital stewardship and responsible investment. She is also a member of SHARE’s Responsible Investment Leadership Team.

Prior to joining SHARE, Tamara worked nationally and internationally on environmental and social issues. Her experience includes working on social policy at the Carnegie Community Action Project and the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group, as well as trade and human rights issues at Rights & Democracy.

Tamara holds a Master’s degree in Studies in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria, where her research focused on mining, corporate social responsibility and land acquisition in Mexico. Tamara has completed the Canadian Securities Institute/Moody’s Analytics Learning Solutions’ Canadian Securities Course.

Mike Toulch

Manager, Research

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Prior to joining SHARE, Mike worked for an international corporate sustainability ratings provider as a sustainability analyst, specializing in supply chain human rights and business ethics. Mike has also practiced as a civil litigator in Vancouver, with a focus on administrative, commercial and insurance law, and as a corporate sustainability consultant in Europe.

Mike holds a Juris Doctor, JD in law from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Science in Environmental Economics from the University of Lund, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and International Business from McGill University.

Amanda Watkins

Manager, Communications Strategy

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Amanda joined the SHARE team in May 2021 and supports the growth of the organization’s marketing, brand and communications.

Amanda has several years of experience supporting communications growth for national nonprofit organizations, including Community Foundations of Canada and EcoSchools Canada. She is passionate about creating empathetic engagement, particularly with a lens of anti-racism and equity, and has been a lifelong environmental justice advocate. She previously worked as a Production Editor for financial publications Canadian Business and MoneySense.

Amanda holds a Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Multimedia from McMaster University.

Zaee Deshpande

Program Officer, Committee on Workers’ Capital

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Zaee joined SHARE in November 2021 and holds the role of Program Officer with the Global Unions’ Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC).

Before joining SHARE, she worked at Lancaster House, supporting their conferences on labour, human rights, and employment law.

Zaee holds a Master’s degree in Political Economy from Carleton University and a Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. She has also completed the Labour Relations Certificate from X University.

Kyela De Weerdt

Engagement and Advocacy Specialist

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Having joined SHARE in May 2022, Kyela conducts collaborative engagement activities across the organization’s climate programs.

Prior to SHARE, Kyela worked within extractive industries civil society, focusing on local communities and workers as a key component of social risk and opportunity in global mining supply chains. She has led efforts to integrate local content best practice into international reporting standards, company performance and industry organizations, and mining host government policy. She also brings consulting experience, including with one of Canada’s largest mining companies, and is the author of several research papers, articles and guidance documents on themes including the consideration of local economies in Scope 3 reporting and best practice procurement from Indigenous businesses.

With a background in political economics, Kyela holds a BAH in Global Development studies from Queen’s University.

Manna Jacob

Engagement Research and Policy Officer

Manna contributes timely and actionable research and analysis to the Corporate Engagement and Advocacy team at SHARE.

Manna has over two years of experience in ESG, sustainability, and climate change as an intern, analyst, and consultant. Most recently, Manna was an ESG Consultant and DEI specialist at ESGTree, where she co-designed the ESG Reporting and other sustainability-related dashboards in alignment with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Data Convergence Initiative (DCI). Manna performed ESG and climate change materiality assessments, peer benchmarking, analysis of key client expectations, and more.

Before her work at ESGTree, Manna was a Research Assistant at the British Columbia Office of Chief Forester, where she researched the plausibility of the extreme scenarios and likelihood of intermediate scenarios in climate adaptation and to characterize the post Glasgow disclosure on what is considered success and failure in climate mitigation policy.

Manna holds a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo with a focus on the Gender Lens in Sustainability. Her Masters’ thesis was on the Gender differences in Venture capital financing in India. In addition to an MES, she holds a post graduate degree in Economics from the University of Madras, India.

Joanne Lau

Engagement Research Officer

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Joanne provides research, analytical, and administrative support to the Responsible Investment Leadership team and Shareholder Engagement program at SHARE. Her work includes supporting research initiatives related to climate change, reconciliation, racial justice and equity, and decent work.

In 2020, Joanne joined SHARE as part of a 10-week summer internship with the Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program at the University of Toronto. Upon completion of her internship, Joanne returned to her academic studies where she wrote a major research paper analyzing the impact of franchise businesses on decent work progress in Canada. In addition to her Master’s degree, Joanne also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Kat Lee

Communications Officer

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As Communications Officer, Kat supports the organization’s marketing, brand and communications endeavours and continued growth.

Kat has spent the past five years supporting marketing and communications for different businesses and organizations in various industries⁠—including tech, hospitality, government and healthcare. Following her passions for digital storytelling, strategy and artistry, she has managed the online presence of recognizable brands like Canada Post and KINTON RAMEN.

Kat holds a post-graduate certificate in Social Media from Seneca College and an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Arts Management and a major in Studio Arts from the University of Toronto.

Jacob Leibovitch

Program Officer, Capital Strategies

Jacob joined SHARE in October 2021 and currently holds the position of Program Officer in support of the Capital Strategies program, specifically the Canadian Capital Stewardship Network (CCSN).

Prior to joining SHARE, Jacob held various positions within the Canadian Labour Movement including the United Steelworkers, Ontario Taxi Workers Union, Service Employees International Union and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. Jacob’s extensive experience and contributions to these organizations include capital stewardship, research, communications and organizing.

Rosie Lewis

Database, Research and Administration Associate

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Rosie joins SHARE with almost 20 years of experience in technical administrative support roles.

Most recently, for the past 14 years, she has worked as a law clerk and office manager for a Toronto-based public-interest law firm, where her duties included preparing litigation and court filings, correspondence, and tracking complex research files. In her professional and volunteer capacities, Rosie is passionate about data and using database systems to build powerful social change.

Rosie holds honours diplomas in voice performance and opera performance from McGill University and the University of Toronto. She trained as an administrative assistant at the Canadian Business College, and prepared for (and passed) the Law Clerks of Ontario Exams at George Brown College.

Julia Lowe

Administrator, Human Resource Support

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Julia joined SHARE in February 2022 and currently holds the position of Administrator, Human Resource Support.

Julia’s background has focused on Human Resources & Volunteer Coordination for non-profit organizations. She has worked with organizations who reach out to support others without discrimination, respecting and valuing everyone recognizing everyone’s worth, and an organization that powers world class innovation while supporting deeply personal cancer journeys.

In 2021 Julia earned her Change Management certificate. She also has her diploma in Business Management, and is a certified MANDT Instructor. Her additional certificates include: Indigenous Awareness, Practical Volunteer Management, Continuing Education Instructor and Coaching for High Performance. Prior to joining SHARE Julia worked with the BC Cancer Foundation and Salvation Army.

Shalini Ramgoolam

Senior Program Officer

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Shalini joined SHARE in May 2019 and currently holds the position of Program Officer in support of the Responsible Investment Leadership program, specifically the Canadian Capital Stewardship Network (CCSN) and the Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC). She is also a member of the shareholder engagement team and supports corporate research for clients.

Prior to joining SHARE, Shalini held various positions within the Government of Canada on international trade and human rights issues. She has supported stakeholder engagement and policy development for Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada, and the Privy Office of Canada.

Shalini holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in Conflict Studies and Human Rights.

Gabriela Ruiz

Research Officer

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Gabriela provides the Responsible Investment Leadership program with research, analytical, and administrative support in initiatives related to reconciliation, housing affordability, racial justice and equity, and decent work.

Before joining SHARE in 2021, Gabriela held a Project Research Analyst position at the Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES) in Lima, Peru, where she promoted dialogue between academia, government, the private sector, and civil society to make meaningful changes in public policies.

Gabriela holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. At UBC, she conducted research on the state’s role in the emergence of Indigenous social movements in their fight over the environmental impacts of oil extraction in the Peruvian Amazon. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

Ajit Singh

Engagement & Advocacy Specialist, Climate

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Ajit provides engagement services for SHARE’s climate engagement programs with a focus on corporate decarbonization pathways.

Prior to SHARE, Ajit worked at an international non-profit organization as lead for corporate engagement where he engaged with corporate C-suite, policy makers, partners and consultants on strategies for the low carbon transition. He also has experience as a researcher and has led primary field studies and authored multiple client and project reports and request for proposals.

He holds a Masters of Arts (Hons.) degree in Economics from Panjab University and is working towards a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business at York University. At Schulich, Ajit is Co-President of Net Impact Schulich, the Toronto chapter of the international Net Impact network.

Kaitlyn Vleming

Administrator, Business and Systems Support

Kaitlyn joined SHARE in March 2022 as Administrator, Business and Systems Support.

Before joining SHARE, Kaitlyn worked as an Artist Immigration Administrator with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, the labour organization representing musicians in Canada.

Kaitlyn holds a Master’s of Science degree in Sociocultural/Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto, where her research focused on gender and reproductive health, as well as an honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English, also from the University of Toronto.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of industry professionals representing institutional investors, community collaborators, and investment experts.

Colette Murphy, Co-Chair

Chief Executive Office, Atkinson Foundation

Colette Murphy is the CEO of the Atkinson Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote social and economic justice in Ontario. Colette held leadership positions with the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation and United Way Toronto prior to joining Atkinson in 2012. She began her career working in refugee resettlement with COSTI Immigrant Services. Colette has participated in several advisory committees over the years including the Ontario Government’s Social Assistance Review Advisory Council and with Metrolinx’s Big Move 2.0 Project Advisory Committee. She is currently a board member at the Wellesley Institute and a member of Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic Law Advisory Committee.

Leslee White-Eye, Co-Chair

Trustee, Wasauksing First Nation’s M’tigo Min Trust

Leslee White-Eye is the former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation during which she could see the role responsible investing could have on the economy to solve global issues of concern to First Nations people.  She has served as a trustee on Chippewa’s Thunderbird Trust for eight years, serving four of the eight years as Chair of the Board.  It was during that time, she gained first hand experience as a trustee navigating a trade market within the parameters of a trust investment policy that valued portfolios made up of socially responsible companies who place value on Indigenous treaty relations, the environment and other socially just principles of conduct.  Currently, she sits as corporate trustee on Wasauksing First Nation’s M’tigo Min Trust and as a Board member of Kings’ University College in London, Ontario. She currently works in Indigenous education and governance for eight First Nations in Ontario seeking jurisdiction over education called the First Nations with Schools Collective.

Prior to being Chief, Leslee was an Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education for nine years.  Leslee was recently honoured to receive an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Western University.  She earned her Political Science and Master of Education degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and her teaching degree at Nipissing University in North Bay.

Vonda Brunsting

Program Manager for the Just Transition Project at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Center for Public Leadership

Vonda Brunsting works with the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Center for Public Leadership of the Harvard Kennedy School. In partnership with the Grantham Institute at LSE, she is launching a project on Investing in the Just Transition, which aims to build a clean energy economy that works for communities and working people.

Previously, she was director of the Capital Stewardship Program Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  Vonda served as a trustee on the SEIU Master Trust Pension Plan and on the board of the Council of Institutional Investors.

Prior to joining SEIU‚ Vonda Brunsting co-founded two community organizations devoted to leadership development and community change and worked on community finance initiatives at the University of New Hampshire and the Harvard Business School.

She currently serves on the SRI and Investment Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund.  She received her B.A. from Calvin College and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Doug Olthuis

Department Leader, Global Affair and Workplace Issues at the Canadian National Office of the United Steelworkers

Doug is Department Leader, Global Affair and Workplace Issues at the Canadian National Office of the United Steelworkers, which represents workers across the country employed in diverse sectors of the economy.  Doug’s primary role is Executive Director of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund (a Canadian registered charity sponsored by the United Steelworkers Union). The SHF funds international development projects promoting poverty relief and human and labour rights.

Doug has also been chair of the board of trustees for the multi-employer Steelworkers Pension Plan for over 20 years, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) which is most well-know for its decade long campaign for a human rights ombudsperson to receive complaints from workers and communities impacted by Canadian mining operations overseas.

Odrey Robillard

Sustainability & Responsible Investment Strategist, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ

Odrey Robillard is the Director of Sustainable Development and Responsible Investment at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, a labour-sponsored development capital fund, based in Quebec. In this role, she is in charge of assisting the Executive Committee in defining the Fonds’ sustainable development and responsible investment strategies, tracking and assessing emerging practices while adapting them to the Fonds’ particular context, and supervising the team’s work and progress.

Actively involved in her community, Odrey is also a member of the Audit Advisory Committee for the Grey Nuns of Montreal, a member of the Orientation Committee of the Chaire Desjardins en finance responsable (Université de Sherbrooke), and a board member of the Eastern Townships Community Foundation. She also lectures for Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in its ESG integration short program.

She holds a Master’s degree in Environment with a concentration in sustainability, and a Master’s degree in Business administration, with a focus on finance. She also holds the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential.

Harpinder Sandhu

Vice President of CUPE Local 1767

Harpinder Sandhu is a National Servicing Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He has worked as a property appraiser for BC Assessment for 11 years and his experience provides solid background for real estate as a fund investment. He has also co-authored two major policy papers on housing affordability that have been key in influencing provincial housing legislation.

He is a member of the BC Public Service Pension Board and BC Municipal Pension Plan Board of Trustees, a committee member of Principles for Responsible Investment (Western North America Chapter), and founding member of the Canadian Capital Stewardship Network.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Harpinder holds Bachelor of arts degrees in Geography and Economics, focused on international trade, finance, sustainable urban development and public policy.

Sussanne Skidmore

B.C. Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer

Sussanne Skidmore was re- elected BCFED Secretary-Treasurer in November 2020.

A well-known human rights, social justice and queer rights activist, Sussanne served as executive vice-president of BCGEU for 5 years.

She has also served as co-chair of the BCFED’s Human Rights Committee, and is active in the Women’s Rights Committee.  Sussanne also is the national Treasurer for the New Democratic Party of Canada and a Vice President of the New Democratic party of BC.

Yulena Wan, CPA, CA

Director of Finance & Operations, Hamilton Community Foundation

Yulena Wan was born, raised, and continues to live in Hamilton, Ontario.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and works as Director of Finance and Operations at the Hamilton Community Foundation (HFC), a leader in philanthropy working to create a vibrant and inclusive city.  Hamilton Community Foundation was founded in 1954 as Ontario’s first community foundation. HCF connects the philanthropic interests of local citizens with Hamilton’s needs and opportunities to help donors make the difference they want to make in strengthening Hamilton.

In addition to HCF’s granting and community leadership, the foundation has established itself as a national leader in the impact investing and social finance space, leveraging capital by investing directly into local projects such as social enterprise, lending vehicles for not-for-profits and charities and affordable housing.  After many years active at the local YWCA level, Yulena joined the National Board at YWCA Canada in 2016.  As Treasurer, she chairs the Audit and Finance Committees, and has also represented the movement internationally. In her community, she is involved in a number of other governance roles, volunteers at income tax clinics and other community events, and was named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow.