CEO and Board
“I have dedicated my career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential.”
President & CEO
President & CEO
Paulette Senior has devoted her career to empowering women and girls to overcome barriers and reach their full potential.when she immigrated to Canada from Jamaica as a young girl – an experience that ignited her interest in justice and activism.
Paulette began her career on the front lines of social service organizations in some of Toronto’s most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. “I realized that the roles could easily have been switched; that it could have been me living in those circumstances.” She saw first-hand the urgent need for social resources and systemic change to transform women’s lives. Through her work and advocacy with shelters, as well as employment and housing programs, she has earned numerous awards and become one of the most respected women leaders in Canada.
Paulette joined the Canadian Women’s Foundation in 2016, after 10 years as CEO of YWCA Canada. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator on issues including gender equity, gender-based violence, women’s poverty and the wage gap, girls’ empowerment, and leadership. Her work at the Foundation is guided by the vision of an inclusive, national movement toward equity that will strengthen all Canadians.
“The premise of the Foundation when it was created was to transform the lives of women and to support the underpinning of a women’s movement in Canada. Being able to lead the next iteration of that is an incredible opportunity.” – Paulette Senior
Professional and volunteer background
Working with all levels of government, Paulette has advocated on issues around poverty, housing, violence against women, immigration, and social justice. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs, and housing programs at organizations such as Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre, and Central Neighbourhood House. She is a current Board Member and former Chair of the Board at Women’s College Hospital.
Education and awards
Paulette graduated from York University with a double honours BA in psychology and urban studies. Over the course of her career, she has won several awards including: the African Canadian Achievement Award, the AfroGlobal Leadership Award, the Black Women Civic Engagement Award, the MicroSkills Margot Franssen Leadership Award, and the Woman of Influence citation.
Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in transformational experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and contributes significantly to future innovation in Canada.
Jennifer leads a national network of university-based organizations across Canada that deliver interactive STEM programs, annually engaging 225,000 youth in 500 communities. Over the past decade, Jennifer has led the development of specialized national programs to engage under-served youth populations, including Aboriginal youth, girls and young women, youth living in rural and remote communities and other at-risk youth. To accomplish this work, Jennifer partners with leading corporate sector companies, governments and other non-profits.
Jennifer is a long-time advocate for the empowerment of girls and young women, having served on the boards of the Girls Action Foundation and the International Network for Women in Engineering and Science. In addition, Jennifer has served on many other national and international boards and committees dedicated to furthering educational opportunities for youth. In 2007, Jennifer was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2011 she was the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training) and was named one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Management from McGill University in Montreal.
Board Vice Chair
Board Vice Chair
For two decades, Angela has worked as a communications professional, journalist, television producer, educator, and facilitator.
Since 2004, she has worked for the Nova Scotia provincial government’s communications agency, Communications Nova Scotia, where she develops and implements corporate internal communication strategies for the Government of Nova Scotia. Previously, she managed communications for various government departments and helped develop the strategic direction of the province’s Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs. She is also a founding member, marketing and communications committee chair and former co-chair of the African Canadian Women in the Public Service Network, an employee advocacy network of the Government of Nova Scotia.
As a journalist, educator and facilitator, Angela created, produced and hosted the television series Our Community, for CBC Television, which featured stories from Nova Scotia’s diverse communities. For nine years, she taught Foundations of Journalism to first year, honours students in the journalism program at the University of Kings College in Halifax. On a quarterly basis, she is the managing editor for the Halifax-based Black Business Initiative’s magazine, Black to Business. She has also facilitated workshops or coordinated programs for the Canadian National Griot Awards; Canada’s Forum on Diversity and Culture; Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; Cole Harbour Community Network; Black Business Initiative; and the National Film Board of Canada.
Angela has been interested in women’s issues, particularly those related to disenfranchised women and women of colour, for most of her life. She was the director of the Dalhousie Women’s Centre in Halifax from 2002 to 2004 and coordinated the Girls TV & New Media Camp and the Girls TV Camp & Club in Halifax and Ottawa for the Women in Media Foundation (formerly the Women’s Television Network Foundation) for girls aged 10 – 14 from 2000 to 2004.
Angela is pleased to be able to continue to support growth and contribute to empowering women and girls in this country through the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
As a senior leader in the health, education and the social-service sector, Laurie has over three decades of experience leading fundraising and non-profit organizations.
She was the chief spokesperson in all areas relating to fund development, donor cultivation and stewardship, and government relations/advocacy. She also has extensive experience in board cultivation, development and governance.
Laurie successfully led a variety of organizations to build new financial capital and organizational accomplishment. Most recently, she served as CEO of the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation and member of BC Women’s Senior Executive Committee. In this role she provided leadership in determining the highest priority needs of the hospital and integrating these needs with initiatives to secure private sector, public and government funds.
Prior to Laurie’s six-year tenure with BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, she was the Vice President of Development with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Executive Director of the BCIT Foundation and Alumni Association for over a decade. Laurie provided overall leadership and direction in the creation and management of an integrated fund development program, which included fundraising for special programs, capital campaigns, and endowment funds.
Her dedication to the charitable sector, which included participating in the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) both as a member and director, is reflected in her having received a national Gold Award for Fundraising by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Laurie believes that when women and girls realize their full potential, they contribute to better businesses, industries, communities, and families. That’s why it’s so important to remove obstacles and provide necessary support to those who need it most.
Dr. Kristin Blakely
Dr. Kristin Blakely
Dr. Kristin Blakely is a public sociologist committed to advancing gender equality through scholarly teaching, advocacy, and board work. She teaches undergraduate courses in sociology at Glendon College of York University and leadership courses focused on gender and diversity at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Kristin is a frequent guest speaker on feminism and gender issues at conferences, in schools and at non-profit organizations. She is co-author of Gendered Worlds (Oxford University Press: 2008) and has published in such journals as Contemporary Sociology, the Journal of International Women’s Studies, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and the Journal of Family Issues.
As a board member, Kristin has served as President of YWCA Toronto and on the executive of YWCA Canada, where she also chaired the Young Women’s Leadership Committee and founded the National Advocacy Committee. In 2009, she was named YWCA Canada’s Outstanding Young Woman. Kristin was a representative at the UN for Sociologists for Women in Society – an organization of feminist sociologists, attending and reporting on the Commission on the Status of Women. She served as a cabinet member of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Women’s and Infants’ Health campaign and on the hospital’s Governing Council. At present, she is a research partner of the International Innovation and Inclusion Network, chairs the Foundation’s Teen Healthy Relationships Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Consultative Committee for the Gender Equality Network Canada.
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Dr. Ramona Lumpkin
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and retired from her position in June 2017. Her previous roles included Principal of Huron University College and Vice President Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University. Dr. Lumpkin began her university career in Kentucky where for 13 years she held a variety of positions in higher education that included institutional planning, continuing education, faculty development and university teaching. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England.
Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has been actively engaged in advocacy on behalf of women’s issues, in promoting the role of women in higher education, and in enhancing access to education for adult and Aboriginal learners.
She is Past Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Past Chair of IWF (Atlantic Region), Past Board member for Universities Canada, Board member of Women Active Nova Scotia, and Chair of Engage Nova Scotia. In 2014, Dr. Lumpkin was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership in post-secondary education, her promotion of community-based learning initiatives, and her support for the advancement of women.
Jody D.M. Johnson
Jody D.M. Johnson
Jody is Associate General Counsel at TransCanada Corporation in Calgary, Alberta and leads the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR department. In her thirteen years with the company, she has conducted and participated in numerous mediations, arbitrations and lawsuits in defense of and on behalf of TransCanada. Being part of the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR department, she works with a wide variety of business units within the company, including power, pipelines, land, risk, insurance and HR and her practice takes her to many of the provinces across Canada.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Jody completed the French Immersion program and spent a year at the University de Grenoble in France. She obtained her BA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1993 and her law degree at McGill University in Montreal in 1997. She was a member of the Board of the Calgary Girls’ School for seven years, including three years as Board co-chair. In addition to the Calgary Girls’ School, she has been a member of fundraising committees for Future Generations, raising funds for programs for women and children in Afghanistan; Discovery House women’s shelter; the Calgary Counselling Centre; Youth in Motion; the Glenbow Museum; and the Chickwagon.
Jody has a keen interest in the advancement of women and children. Additionally, her passions include her children, travelling, hiking, biking, skiing, literature and cooking.
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Marilyn has 30 years of experience in public affairs, government, education, strategic planning and social justice. She is a former Deputy General Secretary of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), and handled media and government relations for its predecessor, the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO). From 1992-95, Marilyn was seconded to the Office of the Premier of Ontario as Director of the Public Appointments Secretariat.
Marilyn was a researcher with the New Democratic Party at Queen’s Park from 1973-78, special assistant to Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg from 1978-81, and executive assistant to NDP Leader Bob Rae from 1981-85. She managed more than 15 provincial and federal elections and party leadership campaigns from 1973-95, and was a member of the Ontario NDP’s Provincial Executive, Women’s Committee and several election planning committees.
Marilyn has been a board member and vice-president of the Social Planning Council of Metro Toronto, a member of the Child Poverty Action Group, a member of the national fundraising committee of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a board member and Vice Chair of LEAF, a Board and Executive member of the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (now YPT), a Director of the Canadian Education Association (CEA), and a member of the Breakfast Fundraising Committee for the Canadian Women’s Foundation (Canadian Women’s Foundation). She has also volunteered at Out of the Cold programs at Metropolitan United Church and Regent Park Community Centre.
Currently, she is a board member of the LEAF Foundation and chair of the Girls’ Fund Advisory Committee of the CWF. She also volunteers at Christie Gardens, a seniors residence near her home in Toronto. Marilyn is married to Peter Mosher and has two sons, Max and Tom Mosher.
As a Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked in the Canadian corporate sector since the late 1980s, Pamela brings an outside financial perspective to her role with the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She combines this expertise with her lifelong interest in advancing gender equality and helping women to achieve their potential, as well as her intense dedication to everything she takes on.
Pamela is also the Vice-President, Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, where she chairs the board’s Finance Audit and Risk Committee, and serves on the Board’s Governance Committee. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Pamela was a member of the Foundation’s Calgary Events Committee for six years, having chaired that committee for the last three.
Pamela was born and raised in Newfoundland and, at a young age, became determined not to be held back because of her gender. Over the years she has helped and mentored many individual girls and women and, as her career advanced, she took on more formal roles with women’s organizations. Through the early years she was an active volunteer with many organizations, including the Girl Guides of Canada, Junior Achievement as well as the schools, music programs, and sports in which her children were involved.
Since 2002 Pamela has held roles of increasing responsibility with Pulse Seismic Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company based in Calgary in the oil and gas services sector. Working closely with the board of directors at a public company as the CFO has provided Pamela direct exposure to a wide variety of financial and governance issues, enabling her to develop expertise in the areas of strategic planning, risk management, treasury, internal controls, financing, and investor relations. She has been the finance lead on many M & A deals, asset acquisitions and dispositions and corporate restructurings. Pamela applies the insights gained on the management side to her governance role as a board member.
In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1987, Pamela earned her Certified Management Accountant’s designation in 2001 and her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2015. Pamela lives in Calgary and is a proud mother of three adult children. She leads a very active lifestyle and enjoys travelling, tennis, and alpine skiing.
As a partner at Ernst & Young, Paula has gained a broad base of retail experience, both in the specialty retail and general merchandise sectors, and with consumer product clients. Paula currently has market responsibilities for leading EY’s retail and consumer products practice in the Greater Toronto Area.
Paula has extensive experience working with private and public companies and providing IFRS and US financial accounting, reporting and advisory advice, particularly in the retail and life sciences sectors. Most recently she has taken multiple Canadian Reporting Issuers public in the US. She is knowledgeable in IFRS and US GAAP and has in-depth experience with internal controls over financial reporting requirements (SOX 404). She has over 20 years of experience with EY in Toronto, including a two-year secondment to the Canadian national audit practice and a three year secondment leading EY’s Human Resource team for its largest practice (responsible for performance management, compensation and recruiting).
Paula has experience in her not-for-profit role as a member of the Kingsway College School Finance Committee. She also has extensive experience in the boardroom through her public company portfolio, advising clients around governance and financial/business risks. Paula graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction and is a Chartered Accountant and U.S. CPA.
Tammy is a successful educator with 20+ years of expertise supporting First Nations across the country to develop and implement culturally relevant programming that supports Aboriginal learners. She is passionate about ensuring that learners have the support they need in order to achieve their maximum potential in society.
Tammy is currently the Dean of Student Services and Registrar for the NEC Native Education College. She has a minor in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and she is a PHD candidate at Simon Fraser University. She serves on the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association Board of Governors, the Justice Institute of BC Aboriginal Advisory, and the Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Steering Committee.
A proud member of the Musqueam Indian Band, as an elected member of band council, she serves as the Chair of Community Services overseeing Language, Culture, Education, Health, Employment and Training, Recreation and Security. Tammy enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters (Megan and Danielle) who have pursued careers in nursing, a grandmother to Lennox and Paxton. Tammy is committed to the advancement of her community with a conscious recognition of the past, an awareness of the present-day needs, and the vision for a better tomorrow.