As a community-based, charitable organization, ACT is governed by a volunteer community board, which includes people living with and affected by HIV. Board members are elected by the members of the organization and volunteer their time, skills and talent to help ACT fulfill its Vision.
Glen Jonson is a partner with Torys LLP, an international business law firm, based in the Toronto office. His practice includes securities regulation and corporate finance matters. He also advises Canadian issuers and securities industry participants on various regulatory compliance matters, including governance and disclosure issues and regulation of market participants in Canada. He is a co-author of the upcoming 6th edition of Canadian Securities Regulation, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Law School, teaching the upper year securities regulation course. He lives in Toronto.
Glen is currently the Chair of the Leadership & Governance Committee.
Andrew is Tier 1 Program Design Manager and LGBTQ Sector Lead at tiptap, a tech for good company that specializes in digital fundraising through tap to give technology. At tiptap Andrew is responsible for overseeing national and international community based fundraising programs. He is also responsible for the development of the LGBTQ sector where he connects with organizations to help them digitally transform their in-person fundraising initiatives. Prior to tiptap, Andrew was the Revenue Lead for Girl Guides of Canada where he was responsible for operational corporate partnerships, point of sale giving, and their social enterprise. With over 10 years of experience volunteering and working in the non-profit sector, Andrew has helped charities raise over 44 million dollars.
Andrew holds a BA in International Business and a Diploma in Marketing from Langara College. He is also a certified PMP through the Project Management Institute. Andrew joined the ACT board in 2019, and became Secretary to the Board in 2021.
Rodney is a Sr. Leader in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics and has spent the majority of his career at Xerox Canada Ltd. During his tenure, he led several business intelligence teams for Xerox’s Customer Service division and was responsible for improving existing and developing new processes through data analysis as well as financial planning for Technical Services. Rodney’s time in Customer Service has made him a passionate advocate for the customer experience and believes that all organizations need to consider client experience when building strategies and programs. While at Xerox, he was President of Toronto Chapter of GalaXe (Gays and Lesbians at Xerox) as well as Xerox Canada’s Liaison to Pride @ Work Canada.
Before joining Xerox Rodney was President of the Alberta Association of CPR Instructors, as well as Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Edmonton which provided a drop-in center and peer counselling services to the gay community of greater Edmonton. He also taught peer counselling during his time at the GLCCE.
Rodney is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics with a specialty in Statistics and Probability. Rodney and his partner moved from Vancouver to Toronto back in 2003 and call Toronto home.
Sarah is the Principal and Lead, Health Care Philanthropy for Mirams Becker and has over 15 years of experience in executive search. Sarah has been instrumental in recruiting senior executives across the public sector including not-for-profit organizations, hospitals and community health care organizations. In addition to her successful track record in executive search, Sarah has experience in career transition/management and governance advisory services.
Sarah has been a longstanding partner and supporter of ACT, having been involved in key senior leadership recruitments and has subsequently conducted pro bono work for the organization. She has participated in the AIDS Walk; and has proudly marched with ACT during the Pride Parade. She also sat on the corporate sponsorship committee for SNAP. Sarah has volunteered for a Mentorship Plus program providing career advice for upcoming university graduates and has participated in several youth leadership programs as a coach and mentor.
Having worked extensively with Boards of Directors in the recruitment of senior executives and Board Directors, Sarah is keen to build on this experience by serving the board at ACT. A member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Sarah would like to make a meaningful contribution to her community to help provide programs, support, education, awareness and to reduce stigma.
In her spare time, you can find Sarah exploring the city with her two children or running or cycling on many of the beautiful trails Toronto has to offer.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Brock University.
Ashlyn was born in India, worked and lived in the US, and then finally chose to settle down in Toronto which he now calls home. He is an Information Technology professional with twenty years experience in banking, insurance and retail industries. He currently oversees software testing processes to improve efficiency, accuracy, and minimize risk; and, has experience in software development, design and communications.
Ashlyn has a Master of Science (pure and applied Mathematics) from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai) India.
Recognizing the importance of balancing his technical pursuits with a healthy mind and body, Ashlyn recently began managing a downtown yoga studio which offers meditation and hot yoga classes. Wherever he has lived, Ashlyn has consistently been engaged in the community. Prior to moving to Toronto, he volunteered for a local food bank in North Carolina.
Since moving to Toronto, Ashlyn became involved with several community non-profit initiatives. He has been a crew volunteer twice for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation’s Bike rally. He is actively involved as a volunteer with the 519 Community Centre’s EarlyON child and family centre, and in the past, he worked with their Sunday drop-in program and Greenspace festivals. Ashlyn also volunteers on the social committee for a large 444-unit condominium complex in downtown Toronto.
At ACT he has volunteered for the fundraiser SNAP and in 2018 he joined the newly formed Quality, Performance and Policy committee of the ACT Board as a community member.
Barry Waite is an, educator, communicator and committed volunteer with more than 30 years of experience with a range of organizations. Currently he is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Media, Arts & Design at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. Previously he was Academic Chair, Communications & Media and faculty at Toronto’s Centennial College. He assumed the chair role in September 2014 after five years as faculty. Prior to joining Centennial College, Barry was a public relations practitioner with a 20-year career in the industry, including several years as Senior Vice President at Strategic Objectives, one of Canada’s leading public relations firms.
Barry’s extensive volunteer experience includes nine years on the board of the Pride and Remembrance Association, including four years as president where he helped double sponsorship and funds raised for the annual Pride & Remembrance Run. He served several years on the Development Committee for Fife House, and two years on the board of Community One Foundation. From 2016-2017 he was Chair of the Communications Work Group for the 2017 Toronto Invictus Games, leading more than 30 volunteers in the communications and public relations area. Barry joined the Board in 2019 and serves on the Philanthropy & Stewardship and Strategic Planning committee.
Cheryl Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (Muskoka District, Ontario)
Throughout her progressive career, Cheryl has held a variety of leadership roles in large and small community hospitals. Areas of responsibility have included nursing, clinical and non-clinical services.
Cheryl has been a surveyor with the Accreditation Canada since 2006 and has had a variety of Canadian and international assignments.
She is passionate and committed to ensuring high quality, safe and efficient health care services are delivered across the continuum of care for patients & families.
Cheryl holds a Master in Health Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Health Studies) from York University. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Cheryl has a keen interest in best practices for governance and leadership. She served on the Board of Green Haven Women/Children Shelter for 9 years, including 4 years as the Board Chair.
Ingrid Wilson is the Founder and Principal at GridFern Strategic HR
She is a Global Human Resources Executive & CHRO and Equity and Inclusion Strategist, with over 30 years of experience in corporate human resources strategy, board, and business strategy. Ingrid is a recipient of the Top 25 DEI Person of the Year Award, 2021, The Canadian Multicultural Group and LINKEDIN DIRECTORY OF 1000+ WOMEN WHO INSPIRE THROUGH THEIR WORK, Jul 2022 and TOP 100 HR Professionals, National Diversity Awards 2023. She serves on non-for-profit, community and advisory boards and committees, including as a Founding Advisory Committee Member, System-3 Inc., Board Director, Governance and Audit for the Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals (CABIP) and Advisor, Governance and Human Resources Committee, Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) and has previously served as Board Chair and Vice Chair on other non-for-profit boards.
As part of her practice, she provides strategic Human Resources, Board and Governance advisory services to board of directors, CEOs and senior leadership teams on strategic people matters such as board and advisory board formation and strategy, organization structure and culture transformation, acquisition and integration and growth strategies, succession planning and talent development to ensure successful business results and alignment with business strategy – in various industries.
She has a deep knowledge and understanding of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through lived experiences and working with vulnerable and racialized communities. She develops and executes on people strategies through inclusive talent management strategies, inclusive leadership development and strategies, culture assessments and focus groups, facilitated listening circles, interactive awareness programs and webinars, and accessibility strategies focused on identifying and eliminating systemic racism issues, and physical, and technological barriers to foster inclusive, equitable, and respectful workspace environments.
Ingrid has pursued excellence in human resources, board, and leadership strategy through the CHRP and CHRL designation, and through programs at Queens University and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she currently serves on the HR Advisory Group for Executive Development programs focused on HR Leaders. Ingrid also currently serves on the Appeals Regulatory Committee, Human Resources Professional Association and as a member on the HRPA Speaker Bureau.
Michael Shreve is a dynamic and visionary leader with a remarkable track record in strategic project management, innovation, and leadership. With an extensive career spanning over two decades. During his career, he has worked in the public, private and charitable sectors.
Michael’s last role was Director of Innovation for MedicAlert, where he was responsible for leading the organization’s integration into 911 and revamping the structure of MedicAlert’s intake programs to make them more transparent and equitable. Prior to that, he was MedicAlert’s System Director for over 18 years responsible for managing the systems required to support the secure collection, storage, and dissemination of medical data for 1.2M Canadians.
Michael often is the first to put up his hand when a need arises and has served in diverse roles including: Director of Supply Chain, Chief Privacy Officer, Corporate Risk Manager, and Chief Compliance Officer.
Michael’s personal involvement with HIV comes from his lived experience as a gay man first coming out in the early 90’s. Michael is a 13-year participant in PWA’s Friends for Life Bike Rally and he served on PWA’s board as treasurer for six years.
Nico Robicheau (she/they) has been engaged in humanitarian work for the past 12 years, responding to countless natural disasters, mass migrations, protracted crises and epidemics. She was in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, and in B.C. during the 2017 wildfires, to name a few. Most recently, Nico was in Hungary supporting the response to the Ukraine crisis as well as undertaking evaluations of overseas emergency response operations, with a special focus on gender equity. Prior to humanitarian work, Nico worked as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as well as supported journalists in Sierra Leone and Zambia to cover human rights abuses. Nico’s desire to engage in social reform is what led her run to become a Member of Parliament in the 2021 federal election in the riding of University-Rosedale, to work towards a more just and equitable society. She is also actively engaged with different levels of grassroots community organizing. This includes the creation and facilitation of a community group to support the integration of a new women’s shelter and acting as a federal representative on a 2SLGBTQIA+ committee that focuses on local outreach.
Rebecca Burrows is the General Counsel of KPMG LLP in Canada with overall responsibility for all legal matters impacting the firm. Previously, Rebecca was a litigation partner with Goodmans LLP, focusing on corporate, commercial and securities litigation. Rebecca is a life-long community volunteer. She has been a non-profit director for over fifteen years, most recently with Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and, prior to that, Elizabeth Fry Toronto. She supplemented her practical experience as a director with the Director Education Program offered by the Rotman School of Management. Rebecca is originally from Owen Sound, attended Wilfrid Laurier University to obtain her degree in political science, and then moved to Toronto to attend law school at Osgoode Hall. She currently lives in Toronto with her spouse and two children.
Yezarni Wynn (he/him) is a resident physician in Toronto, specializing in psychiatry. He is passionate about the intersections between mental health, health equity and social justice. Privileged to be able to formally train in clinical medicine and global health policy, Yezarni has incorporated his academic learning into a number of projects and initiatives across local and global contexts. This includes advocacy and fundraising support for grassroots HIV/AIDS health promotion efforts in Ghana, community health research in Zambia and Sri Lanka, and clinical training in resource-limited remote areas of Canada and Zimbabwe. He has been involved in advocacy for and education about municipal and provincial health issues as a Steering Committee member of Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP) and as the co-lead of Mental Health on the Margins (MHOTM). He aspires to continue learning from and serving people living with HIV/AIDS throughout his career as a physician and activist.