Our Board of Directors fosters the growth of the YMCA across Canada. These dedicated and skilled volunteers are elected for a three-year term by YMCA National Council, the Federation’s senior legislative and policy body with representation from each YMCA Member Association in Canada.

The Board promotes sound stewardship to National Council and ensures that YMCA Canada follows best practices in governance and operates effectively in accordance with YMCA Federation values (collaborative, accountable, inclusive, sustainable, proactive), by-laws, and policies.




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Laurie provides strategic, operational, and financial leadership as the Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Prior to this role, Laurie held the position of CFO with JCL Investments Inc., Universal Helicopters, and the KMK Capital Group of Companies. She is the former Deputy Minister of Finance for Newfoundland and Labrador and also served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Business, having held Assistant Deputy Minister positions in three areas of the Department of Finance. Laurie is a past board director of the Brother T.I. Murphy Centre and the Youth in Care Network of Newfoundland and Labrador. She volunteers her time on the Finance and Audit Committee of The Gathering Place, is a member of the Rotary Club of St. John's East, and is past board chair of the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador. Laurie was named a Fellow of CPA Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017. Laurie holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Barbara is honoured to serve on the Board of YMCA Canada and learn from and work with this talented team. Barbara serves as the President and CEO of CARE Canada. CARE is an international Confederation working in over 100 countries to realize the power and positive impact of women’s leadership in local communities. Before joining CARE, Barbara served as President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and has held executive positions with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Vancouver Foundation. She also had a successful consulting practice for many years. Barbara also serves on the Board of Directors of jack.org (a national organization working to change the conversation for Canada’s young people around mental health), the Humanitarian Coalition of Canada, and CanWaCH, and is a Mentor with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Most importantly, she is the mother of three adult children who, with their partners, inspire and bring her joy on a daily basis.  

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With a career spanning over four decades, Tracey has had the privilege of gaining invaluable global experience across various sectors, including human capital, corporate governance, strategic planning, and management consulting. Until her retirement in 2022, Tracey worked across diverse geographies and cultures including Australia, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the United States, Mexico, and Canada, enriching her perspective and expertise. Tracey is very humbled to serve a second term as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the National YMCA. 

Prior to joining this Board in 2022, Tracey dedicated her time to serving on other not-for-profit boards. These experiences have allowed her to witness firsthand the transformative power of collective action and community engagement. Tracey is a retired member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Since retirement, Tracey has found deep fulfillment in pursuing a lifelong dream to work alongside her daughter, building a business in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In her leisure time, she values moments spent with her family, exploring new destinations, and immersing herself in outdoor activities like hiking and sailing. Tracey’s greatest joys include sharing these experiences with her husband, and her beloved mini-Aussie, Pika.




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Ed has over 14 years of experience in corporate banking and leadership roles and has worked as a Sessional Instructor at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. With a focus and priority on giving back to the community in which he resides, Ed has been a guest judge and invited speaker at numerous business school case competitions and university conferences and has maintained a results-driven focus that has ensured deep relationships in the community. Ed has become proficient at fundraising and governance through his volunteer roles as a member of the United Way of Saskatoon and Winnipeg campaign cabinets, Winnipeg Foundation Community Initiatives committee, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Board of Trustees. 

Ed's heritage is from Guatemala and he grew up speaking Spanish and he has consistently fostered and supported an inclusive culture with his staff and team. Ed's strategic mindset is demonstrated by the modernization strategies and tactics he has implemented professionally, and Ed is proud of his service to YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg where he has served 7 years on the board; and served as Chair of the Board throughout the pandemic. Ed is a grateful recipient of the Manitoba 150: Honour 150 provincial award granted to those who are quietly making a difference in the community through board work and volunteerism. 

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Gaya is Director, Wellbeing and Accessibility Services at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan where she oversees services for mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. She is a Certified Health Executive with leadership experience in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. She sits on a number of national and provincial advisory committees and boards including the Technical Committee for the development of Canada’s first National Standard for Mental Health and Wellbeing for Post-Secondary Students.

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Daniel is the Vice-President, Marketing at Export Development Canada. Daniel has more than 30 years of experience as an executive leader in digital media, telecommunications, emerging technologies, and the financial sector with significant expertise in strategy, marketing, and business development. He has held executive positions with Cogeco Connexion, Bell Canada Enterprises and its subsidiaries, and Sympatico-Lycos Inc., and consults for many international telecom operators. 

Daniel has served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including the YMCAs of Quebec where he is a former board chair. He holds an MBA from HEC Lausanne in Switzerland and BBA from the University of Sherbrooke. 

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Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer at Integral Consulting, a pre-eminent environmental consulting firm dedicated to environmental stewardship and sustainability. He began his career at Deloitte Canada and spent 22 years at the firm. In his final years at Deloitte, Ryan was a Senior Partner and assumed many roles during that time, including serving as the Managing Partner in Toronto. He then joined WSP in 2019 as President & CEO of Canada. 

Ryan is a dynamic and transformational leader with extensive experience leading cross-functional teams and thousands of team members. He has a strong affinity towards the environment, infrastructure, energy and resources, and the movement to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) business practices. 

Ryan joined the Board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto in 2013 and served as Chair for two years until September 2021.

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Dan holds the position of President & CEO and Secretary for the Board for United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC) where he leads a national movement for social change comprising 67 local United Way and Centraide (UWC) organizations serving more than 5,000 Canadian communities. Dan has 20 years of leadership experience within the UWC Movement at the local, provincial, and national levels. He brings his expertise to UWC’s work on community impact and engagement, public policy, product development, network governance, and business transformation. Dan is leading and championing the UWC transformation and future state vision process for growth and impact. Dan engages with stakeholders through donor, government and media relations, and public policy development to drive the United Way Centraide mission forward. 

Prior to joining UWC, Dan held positions with the Ontario Government and managed an independent consulting practice offering services in urban planning, public policy, housing, and research.

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My first YMCA experience in Niagara Falls at age 8 launched a lifelong commitment to physical activity and admiration for the YMCA’s capacity to create for its people a sense of belonging. Later in life, I re-found my YMCA roots and, as my professional life took me to different cities, I have been privileged to serve the YMCA as a board volunteer and donor. In my career as a university professor, Dean, and Provost, I have devoted my teaching and research to active living, physical literacy, and healthy development through sport and physical education. I have lived in five Canadian provinces and worked and traveled extensively internationally as a proud Canadian and global citizen. I am a strong supporter of the YMCA’s belief in just, collaborative, and mutually beneficial relationships built on respect and a foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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Sourov is a Managing Partner at Stryve Digital Marketing where he oversees executions for clients such as Equitable Life and Syngenta. Previously, he worked in brand management at Unilever. 

Sourov is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier’s BBA program and attended Harvard Business School for his Executive Education. 

Sourov was the recipient of community building awards from Lazaridis School of Business and Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. He is the past chair of the YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Kristian is the Manager of Engineering & Asset Management at Vale Base Metals. For the past 24 years, Kristian has held leadership roles in the mining, milling, and processing industry. Kristian is of Metis descent, fully bilingual in English and French, and has worked in several different regions across Canada. He joined the board of directors of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario in 2016 and became Board Chair in 2021. Throughout this period, Kristian has learned about systems and governance through his involvement in amalgamating two different Associations and facing the challenges associated with COVID-19.

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Alyssa is Director, Communications & Marketing at St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation. In this role, Alyssa leads a team of experts to deliver creative, compelling, and effective marketing communications to drive donations and build trust toward St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, an adult acute-care facility that serves more than one million residents locally and beyond. Prior to St. Mary’s, Alyssa led strategic communications for one of Canada’s leading financial services co-operatives and for a $2-million donor-funded program at McMaster University. As an immigrant and former international student from Malaysia, community and service are at the core of who she is as a professional and person. In recognition of her community leadership, Alyssa was honoured with the Forty under 40 Award for Hamilton-Halton (2019), the McMaster Community Impact Award (2015), and the Woman of Distinction Award - Public Affairs (2014). She has served on the board of the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford since 2017, which has provided Alyssa with a high-level strategic view of how a YMCA across three municipalities responds to community needs. Alyssa is the current board chair of the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford.

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Dr. Kwame McKenzie is the CEO of Wellesley Institute and is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide, and the development of effective, equitable health systems. Kwame is also Director of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and a Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. 

As a policy advisor, clinician, and academic with over 270 papers, 5 books, and numerous awards, he has worked across a broad spectrum to improve population health and health services for three decades. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty, Chair of the Board of Community Food Centres Canada, and sits on a variety of advisory committees internationally and at the federal and provincial levels in Canada. Kwame served as a Human Rights Commissioner for Ontario and on the Executive Committee of the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. 

In addition to his academic, policy, and clinical work, Kwame has written columns for the Guardian, Times-online, and Toronto Star, and is a past BBC Radio presenter. He is the proud father of Sol and Nate and husband of Dr. Natasha Crowcroft.

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Mary is Owner and CEO of Macaw Marketing and Events, a full-service event planning and marketing company. She is also immersed in the hospitality sector with a venture she co-started, Nova Glamping. Mary has been a board member at the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth for the past 3 years and holds the distinction of being the founding chair of that YMCA’s Youth Advisory Committee. As a director, Mary is focused on developing a platform for young voices within the YMCA and community and has demonstrated a dedication to inclusivity and a deep understanding of the importance of engaging and empowering youth in decision-making processes. In 2023, Mary was given the Young Alumni of the Year Award by Saint Mary’s University, as well as the Business Development and Management Award by National Public Relations. She is active within her community and sits on other boards like the Bluenose Marathon.

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Amy is General Counsel and University Secretary at Mount Royal University. Amy's team at MRU consists of legal, governance, privacy, safe disclosure, policy, risk, business continuity, Environmental Health and Safety, Security Services, and Employee Wellness teams. 

Prior to joining Mount Royal University, Amy was both a municipal prosecutor and a litigator at the City of Calgary. Amy is a retired competitive curler whose achievements include being a member of the 2012 and 2016 Canadian Women's Curling team, 2012 World Bronze Medalist, and 2006 Olympic Bronze Medalist. After Amy's retirement from competitive curling in 2017, she contributed to the sport as a board member of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors from 2018-2023 including serving as chair in 2021-22. Amy also served on various committees of the World Curling Federation including the Nominations Committee and the Governance Committee.

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Krista is a Partner at BDO Canada with over 17 years of professional experience in public practice. She provides assurance, accounting, and advisory services to clients in various sectors including not-for-profits, with a specialization in pensions, other employee benefit trust funds, and unions. Krista helps her clients by advising on governance, information systems, financial statement disclosures, and emerging issues. As BDO Canada’s Pension and Benefits Operational Excellence Leader, Krista is involved with developing the firm’s national pension and benefit training, resourcing, and providing consulting to other BDO offices across Canada on relevant industry issues including completion of technical file reviews for complex matters. 

Krista holds a CPA, CA designation along with a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the ACCELLE Women in Leadership program and a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). Krista volunteers her time to speak and teach at various IFEBP conferences, including teaching the Advanced Trust Management Standards (ATMS) course offered by the IFEBP. At BDO, she leads the assurance talent initiative in the Oakville office and is a key contributor to the recruiting, hiring, and training initiatives for future and current staff. 

Outside of work, Krista and her husband parent two energetic sons, who happily participate in YMCA programming.

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Pat is an experienced senior leader in both corporate leadership and not-for-profit board roles. Pat has been a board member of YMCA Calgary for the past 7 years, including serving as board chair during COVID. Pat had the opportunity to work with YMCA Canada as a member of the Federation Development Network Task Force which helped her understand the role of YMCA Canada and the opportunities and complexities of a federated model. From a skills and experience perspective, Pat has worked in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for many years as a practitioner, consultant, and leader. Her skill set also includes organizational effectiveness, change management, and team development. Pat retired from Suncore Energy in 2019 where she served in various vice-president capacities.

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Craig is General Counsel at Irving Oil Limited. As a lawyer with a professional accounting designation, Craig is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners with extensive experience providing advice on corporate governance, finance, estate planning, taxation, by-laws, and member relations. With over two decades of experience helping meet organizational goals using diplomacy and expertise, he is well-versed in contract negotiations, leading projects, drafting policies, and providing training for legal and non-legal staff. 

Craig is a committed volunteer, donor, and member of the YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick. He has served many positions on the Board of Directors including Director, Treasurer, and Chair. Craig is currently the Past Chair of the YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick (formerly the YMCA of Greater Saint John) Endowment Fund Board of Directors.