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Board of Directors

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Child Development Institute is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who generously donate their time, effort and expertise to ensure the highest possible level of service to the children and families we serve.

The Board of Directors of Child Development Institute is comprised of:


President: James Porter
EVP, Head of Canadian & Institutional Business, Cidel Asset Management

James Porter is EVP, Head of Canadian & Institutional Business at Cidel Asset Management, an investment management firm serving institutions, foundations and families in Canada and around the world. He is a former board member of the Integra Foundation, where he also served on the Finance and Towhee Summer Residential Program Committees. James has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, has a graduate degree in management from Boston University, an undergraduate degree from Bishop’s University and has completed executive education programs at the Wharton School of Business. James lives in Toronto, and along with his family, is an active participant in community life.

Treasurer: Jeff Heath
Corporate Director, Consultant

Jeff spent most of his career in the financial services sector, where he held senior roles in finance, risk management and treasury.  He served as Executive Vice-President and Group Treasurer of Bank of Nova Scotia from 2008 until his retirement in 2015. He began his career with Deloitte and is a CPA, CA. Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University. Jeff currently serves on the Board and Finance and Audit Committee of TMX Group and on an advisory panel for a federal crown corporation.

Secretary: Scott Conover
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Scott Conover is a partner at the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Scott practices general corporate/commercial law, with a particular emphasis on private mergers and acquisitions. Scott has extensive experience in the acquisition and divestiture of private companies, strategic alliances, amalgamations, corporate reorganizations, secured lending and the establishment and operation of partnerships. He is regularly involved in cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors including industrial, healthcare and technology. Scott is Editor-in-Chief of the Carswell Business Law Reports. Scott was a member of the Integra Foundation board from 2011-2014 when Integra amalgamated with CDI. Scott is a graduate of the B.Comm (1979) Program at the University of Toronto and received his LLB in 1983 from the University of Ottawa. Scott has been listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Corporate Mid-Market.


Kate Banting
Head of Social Impact and Marketing, The Boston Consulting Group

Kate Banting is currently the Head of Social Impact and Marketing at the Boston Consulting Group. Previously, she was a Project leader in BCG's Toronto office. At BCG, Kate has worked across a variety of industries from retail and consumer goods to transportation, financial services and social impact. Academically, Kate has an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Kate was involved in the Social Enterprise Initiative, was an Education Pioneer Fellow, and worked with a national after school program in their strategy group to generate external revenues and expand their skill set.

John Bardawill
Managing Director, TMG International Inc.

John Bardawill is the managing director of TMG International, where he helps clients translate marketing, customer experience and change initiatives into meaningful action across their organizations. He has also worked extensively with organizations around the world to provide highly-focused solutions that drive revenue and profits. John has over 25 years of international marketing, operations and management experience. Prior to founding TMG, he held senior executive roles at American Express, Thomas Cook, Thomson Publishing and Southam Newspapers and later became a trusted advisor to organizations including Ericsson, Cable & Wireless, Bell Canada, Rogers, and RBC Insurance. John is the chairperson of the Canadian Marketing Association’s Customer Experience Council and has an extensive history of giving back to the communities in which he serves. He has spoken at numerous industry events and educational institutions, including Columbia University, and is the author of numerous articles for a variety of industry publications. John holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Western Ontario.
Jeniele Jemmott
Change Manager at Walmart Canada

Through Walmart's community partnerships, Jeniele has collaborated with Breakfast Club of Canada, Children's Miracle Network and Daily Bread Food Bank. Jeniele spent most of her career in financial services, as an HR Consultant, then Change Manager, leading transformational change impacting the internal organization and external customers. Jeniele is passionate about healthcare, mental health and well-being and is partnering with local health professionals to bring attention to these important issues through workshops and events. She attended the University of Toronto and has completed designations in Human Resources Leadership and Change Management.

Brina Ludwig Prout
Strategic Consultant and Certified Human Resources Leader

Brina Ludwig Prout is a Certified Human Resource Leader(CHRL) and HR Executive with an extensive record in organizational change and transformation in the financial services and public sectors. Known for her collaborative, inclusive style, Brina consults to both senior executives in corporate Canada and emerging entrepreneurs and organizations in the Social Innovation field. Brina is passionate about children, diversity and intergenerational collaboration, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (TRIEC) Connector Program and chaired her childrens’ school council for many years. Brina is a Strategic Advisor to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Ontario, and an inaugural member of the League of Intrapreneurs, Canada. 

Sharif Mahdy
Associate Director of the Students Commission of Canada (SCC)

The SCC is a national charitable organization with a mission to support young people to put their ideas for improving themselves and their communities into action. The SCC is also the lead organization for the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement (CEYE). The CEYE is a network of youth, organizations and academics focused on identifying and sharing best practices around youth engagement. Sharif is accountable for the organization's funded local, provincial, national and international projects. These projects include coordinating national and international youth conferences, capacity building for organizations interested in engaging youth in governance and decision-making and ongoing research and evaluation. Sharif has his Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences (B. H. Sc) from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently completing his Masters of Arts in Leadership (M.A.-L) degree at Royal Roads University. In his spare time, Sharif enjoys travelling and canoeing.

Melanie Manchee

Melanie Manchee has practiced law in Toronto for over 30 years. She has been extensively involved in professional organizations for lawyers and is appointed by the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario as a Dispute Resolution Officer. She is currently vice-chair of the Toronto Lawyers Association. She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors course in governance for not-for-profit organizations and has experience as a board member in other organizations in the child and youth mental health sector, most recently as past chair of the Kinark Child and Family Services board.

Wendy Miller
Senior Manager of Government & Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) 

Wendy Miller has 30 years’ experience advancing social justice priorities with local, provincial, and international scope. Wendy is currently Senior Manager of Government & Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) where she leads provincial capacity-building initiatives for children's aid and Indigenous child wellbeing societies that promote equitable and accountable services for children, youth, and families across Ontario. These include implementation planning for the new Child, Youth, and Family Services Act, programs for youth in and transitioning from care, and engagement with legislated accountability and oversight bodies. Prior to joining OACAS, Wendy was the Director of the Child Advocacy Project at Pro Bono Ontario where she led customized initiatives that used volunteer lawyers to address systemic barriers for marginalized young people and their families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from McGill University, and has completed the Open Policy Institute's Public Policy for Advocates and Activists program.

Janet Nixon
Director, Nixon Charitable Foundation

Janet Nixon has a bachelor of commerce (honours) from Queen's University. Following a career in finance, she served and continues to serve on a number of not-for profit boards and fundraising committees with a focus on healthcare, social justice, children's mental health and the environment. Janet also serves as director for the Nixon Charitable Foundation.

Kellie Sauriol
Director, Mutual Funds Distribution, RBC

Kellie Sauriol is responsible for RBC’s mutual fund distribution business and strategy. Over the course of her 17 year career with RBC, Kellie has held a variety of sales and leadership roles in the areas of Canadian banking, wealth management, human resources and sales strategy. Kellie has a long history of supporting the community and has volunteered with a number of organizations supporting mental health, cancer, diabetes, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion. Kellie is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman Executive MBA and has also completed designations in the discipline of financial planning.