Gillian Evans

Board Chair

Gillian Evans is a Toronto-based philanthropist and a founding supporter of Jack.org. She has been intimately involved in Jack.org since its inception, having served as the Founding Chair of the Jack Ride, and as an adult volunteer for Unleash the Noise 2013.

Gillian is highly experienced in philanthropy and non-profit operations, and is well-informed of Jack.org’s ongoing activities. Gillian and her husband David Toyne are founding supporters of Jack.org.

Bill Morris

Board Vice-Chair

Bill Morris is the Senior Managing Director and Canada President for Accenture, and Vice-Chair at Jack.org.

Previously, from 2011 to 2014, Bill led Accenture’s North America Resources operating unit which is responsible for U.S. and Canadian clients in the oil and gas, chemicals, power and utilities and natural resources industries. Bill launched Accenture's global Skills to Succeed program and grew its number of partner charities to over 40 by 2011. This included establishing a partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

Bill is on the Board of Enablis, which helps entrepreneurs in developing countries to scale their businesses. He is also Vice-Chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada. Bill and his wife Sally are founding supporters of Jack.org.

Sandra Hanington

Co-Founder & Board Member

Sandra Hanington is Jack’s mother, co-founder of Jack.org and President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Sandra has experience on both corporate and non-profit boards including Kids Help Phone. She is former chair of Jack.org and past member of the board of the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation. She currently sits on the board of Extendicare Inc. Sandra is a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, having obtained her ICD.D designation at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. 

In 2017, for her leadership with Jack.org, Sandra and Eric Windeler received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from the office of the Governor General. 

Kelly Meighen

Board Member

Kelly Meighen, a highly accomplished Toronto-based philanthropist, has extensive board experience within the non-profit sector.

She is currently the President of the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation Board, the Board Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and past Chair of the CAMH Foundation.

Kelly’s passion for the mental health sector supplements her vast experience and makes her a valuable member of Jack.org’s Board of Directors.

Paul Kurdyak

Board Member

Dr. Paul Kurdyak is clinical director of emergency crisis services and head of research in the Centralized Assessment, Triage and Support (CATS) Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Dr. Kurdyak holds a CIHR New Investigator Award. Dr. Kurdyak received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1997. He completed his psychiatry specialty training at the University of Toronto in 2003 and then completed a PhD in clinical epidemiology in the Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Program at the University of Toronto in 2008. Key research interests are mental health services research, psychiatric and medical comorbidity and barriers to mental health care.

Norm Emblem

Board Member

Norm is a senior litigation partner with Dentons Canada LLP's Toronto office.

Norm has a broad-ranging commercial litigation and advocacy practice in such areas as class action defense, securities, auditor’s negligence, banking and insolvency, shareholders disputes and professional negligence.

He moonlights playing electric and slide guitar in two blues-rock bands in Toronto and Montreal (Oui B. Jamon and Exiled On The Main) which play numerous fund raising concerts throughout the year for charitable organizations such as March of Dimes Canada, Canadian Organization For Aids Research, CIBC's Run For The Cure and Peacebuilders International.

Norm is a former director of The Advocates' Society and continues to sit on their Audit Committee and Premises Committee.

D'arci McFadden

Board Member

D’arci McFadden is a public affairs consultant at NATIONAL Public Relations. She has extensive experience designing and implementing communications and government relations campaigns for Canada’s leading companies, organizations and government figures. Whether engaging influencers or advocating for her clients, she’s built her career through bold thinking and building meaningful relationships.

D’arci was thrilled to be involved in the first Unleash the Noise Summit. Now as the youngest member of the Jack.org Board, she looks forward to representing the millennial generation.

 

Harvey Lam

Board Member

Harvey Lam is a management consultant at Accenture Strategy and is responsible for Fundraising & Partnerships at The Rumie Initiative. The Rumie Initiative is a non-profit organization bringing free educational content to the world’s underprivileged youth through low-cost technology. He previously worked as a corporate lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and the Ontario Securities Commission. Harvey attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the University of Waterloo.

Harvey’s non-profit experience has been focused on youth in the areas of access to justice (Teen Legal Helpline) and education (The Rumie Initiative). He is keen to support Jack.org’s youth leaders to transform the way we think and talk about mental health.

David Goldbloom

Board Member

Dr. Goldbloom was born in Montreal and raised in Quebec and Nova Scotia. He completed an honours degree, majoring in Government, at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Goldbloom's activities have been recognized and awarded by his peers and students. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has provided talks and lectures to student, professional and public audiences. He is the editor of two textbooks in psychiatry and co-author with Dr. Pier Bryden of the best-selling book “How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist”. He maintains an active clinical and teaching role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he serves as Senior Medical Advisor. He served as Vice- Chair and then Chair of the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from 2007 to 2015. In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Goldbloom is past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

Blair Cowan

Board Member

Blair is the Senior Vice-President, Corporate Finance at CIBC.  A business leader and corporate finance professional, Blair has more than 20 years experience operating in the Canadian corporate and commercial markets.  He is a past Board member of Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and the Gail Appel Institute, who together represent Toronto’s largest children’s mental health treatment, research and teaching centre.  Blair holds an MBA from Dalhousie University, an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.