President & Chief Executive Officer
Vice President, Programs & Research
President & Executive Director, Quebec
As President and Executive Director of Pathways Quebec, Pierre Côté leads the operations and expansion efforts in the province of Quebec. Pierre has served for the past 24 years as the leader of Toujours ensemble, a Montreal based non-profit organization focused on supporting youth success; it is also the host agency of the Pathways to Education program in Montreal.
Pierre is well positioned to lead the growth of Pathways in the province of Quebec. In addition to raising the profile of Toujours ensemble and establishing it as an essential community service, Pierre has also overseen the development and implementation of numerous youth focused programs in the areas of education and violence prevention.
In 2008, Pierre was honoured to join Mr. Jaques Ménard as a member of the “Groupe d’action sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires au Québec”, a team of provincial leaders, experts and advocates promoting the importance of improving high school graduation rates for young people in Quebec.
Vice President, Finance & Administration
As the VP Finance and Administration for Pathways Canada, David Garland oversees all matters relating to Pathways’ finances, human resources, IT and administration. After starting his career at KPMG, David turned to the technology sector as a controller having earned his certifications as Management Accountant, Chartered Accountant and Public Accountant. He quickly moved on to more senior positions in the same sector, most recently as CFO for TSX Venture Company Empirical Inc.
David earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Accounting at the University of Waterloo where he was also an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He has maintained strong ties to Sigma Chi since graduation, serving both as Vice Chair/Treasurer Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation and Secretary Treasurer of Waterloo Sigma Chi Properties. David is also a dedicated volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation having held numerous Board positions since 2003, and actively continues that work today.
Director, Strategic Initiatives
As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Christy leads the planning and implementation of cross-functional projects that support the achievement of Pathways goals. From her 20 year career in product management and product marketing, Christy brings a wealth of experience in managing projects that span different functional areas.
Christy started her career in market research at Information Resource Inc. From there she moved her focus to product management for technology companies, working in at Hewlett Packard, Fast Forward Networks, Inktomi, and JacobsRimell (now Amdocs). Christy transitioned to the non-profit sector when she moved to Canada in 2009. Her background in technology has led her to be passionate about the use of technology in education. With an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Christy’s work and personal life have seen her live in nine cities across the globe.
Director, Marketing & Communications
As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Elizabeth is responsible for engaging Canadians in understanding and supporting Pathways' work. Liz has a career in marketing and communications that spans over 20 years and includes working for several leading international brands.
Having graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and, subsequently, from the Schulich School of Business with a Master of Business Administration, Liz began her marketing career in the private sector at Federal Express Canada as Marketing Analyst., Liz subsequently moved to Labatt Breweries of Canada where she was promoted to marketing and brand management positions of increasing responsibility over a nine-year period. Having volunteered her professional expertise to non-profits in the arts and social service sectors, Liz decided to make a career shift to the not-for-profit sector and, in 2005, began working at Habitat for Humanity Canada as Vice President, Marketing and Development. In 2010, Liz joined the team at Pathways to Education. As a mother of two young children, Liz is passionate about supporting the potential of all youth through education.
Vice President & Chief Development Officer
As the Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Cathy is responsible for building philanthropic support for Pathways' priorities from individuals, corporations, foundations. Cathy is a very successful resource development professional having worked for over 20 years in the advancement of higher education while at Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and most recently at York University. As Senior Vice-President of the York University Foundation, Cathy played a key leadership role in the successful $207 million “York to the Power of 50 Campaign”. In 2009, in recognition of her career achievements, Cathy was awarded the Manulife Financial Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Council for Advancement of Education.
Prior to this, Cathy was the Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Advancement Services at the University of Toronto, during the university’s $1 billion comprehensive campaign. Before this she served her alma mater at Queen’s University in a variety of positions including leading regional mini-campaigns and a team of development officers as Manager of Capital Projects and Faculty Development.
Alumni Relations & Youth Engagement Advisor
As a recent graduate of the University of Windsor majoring in criminology and minoring in political science, Selim has experience in a number of areas including landscaping, media and sound production, and administrative support. While in university, Selim sat on several councils and committees as well as played intramural soccer and basketball. Selim is not new to Pathways: he brings with him several years experience as a Pathways volunteer, most recently as a member of the Research Advisory Group. He has also been a mentor at the Youth Mentorship Technology Program and spent a summer working at the Canadian Auto Workers’ Union Family Education program.
Scholarship & Payroll Administrator
Vijay earned his Bachelor Degree of Science from Indian University in 1980 and for the next nine years worked in India as a Chartered Accountant and then Public Accountant. In 1999 Vijay became a Managing Partner at AVA Associates where he continued until immigrating to Canada in 2006. Using his accountancy skills, Vijay moved quickly from Accountant at Wi-lan Inc., to Controller at Empirical Inc., then Financial Controller at 80/20 Solutions Inc., and most recently as a consultant for Healthscreen Solutions Inc. Vijay is in his final year of his Certification of General Accountants from the Institute of CGA Ontario having already achieved his designation as Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is a Life Member of “Child Care India” and volunteers at the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
In her capacity of Development Coordinator, Laura is responsible for cultivation and stewardship activities, major gift fundraising support, communications, and liaison between Pathways program sites and the national office. With a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, Laura started her career as a Marketing Coordinator first at The Toronto Star and then at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. In 2006 Laura moved to Japan where she was the Head English Teacher at Peppy Kids Club. Returning to Toronto two years later, Laura completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management at Humber College in 2010. She first applied her skills at non-profit consulting firm The Offord Group and then joined Pathways to pursue her passion in social justice issues, education and advocacy.
Director, Information Technology
Corporate Development Coordinator
Afsheen moved to Canada in April 2012 and joined the Resource Development team of United Way Greater Toronto during the successful $116.1 million “Imagine a city” 2012 fundraising campaign. Before this, she worked for over 4 years as a Senior Resource Development Officer at Aga Khan University where she played a leading role in major strategic initiatives including project management, stewardship and cultivation activities. She is also a Young Professional Member of Association of Fundraising Professional, Greater Toronto Chapter.
Director, Organizational Learning
Associate Director, Personal Giving & Foundations
Manager, Program Support
Director of Fundraising (Quebec)
As Director of Fundraising (Quebec), Brigitte actively manages existing philanthropic partnerships and works to secure new support across Quebec. Brigitte is an accomplished fundraising professional with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Prior to Pathways, Brigitte was the Director of Fundraising at the Canadian Red Cross, Quebec. There, she developed and managed a corporate relations program that successfully identified and secured new sources of revenue while maintaining relationships with existing partners. During that time, she designed and implemented a stewardship framework to engage and renew funders. Before entering fundraising, Brigitte practiced law for 20 years as a criminal defense attorney after graduating from Montreal University. Her law career gave her a first-hand look at the importance of education. More importantly, how having an education can enable youth to take care of themselves financially, and gain a sense of pride and responsibility to break out of the community-services cycle
After earning a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from McGill University in 2004, Tai moved to Nicaragua where, using her fluency in Spanish, she worked as a Library Administrator. In 2007 Tai became the Human Resources Support Administrator for Bryan & Company LLP in Edmonton, Alberta, during which time she also worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Edmonton and Area 2008 Corporate Challenge Event. In 2009 Tai landed in Toronto where she joined Skills for Change as a Researcher/Proposal Writer, and so began the formalization of her career in fundraising. She has since become an active member of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement. In addition to English and Spanish, Tai is fluent in French and Portuguese.
|Craig Montford||Development Officer|
|Cynthia Legault||Development Coordinator|
|Elena Gurovsky||Communications Officer|
|Ivy Chu||Database Coordinator|
|Jason Shim||Digital Media Manager|
|Jennifer Pladzyk||National Coordinator of Mentoring Initiatives|
|John Beebe||Manager, Tutoring Initiatives|
|Judee Rigoroso||Executive Assistant|
|June Zhu||Research Analyst|
|Karl Wieler||Office Manager / Senior Executive Assistant|
|Margaret Douglin||Data Analyst|
|Melanie Ramos||Associate, Marketing & Communications|
|Michelle Greenspoon||Stewardship Manager|
|Midé Akerewusi||Director, Leadership Philanthropy|
|Nosheen Khan||Administrative Assistant, Resource Development|
|O'neil Edwards||Director, Post-Secondary Mentoring & Alumni Relations|
|Petrona Eccleston||Research Manager|
|Rebecca Blaikie||Outreach Development Officer (Winnipeg)|
|Rose Chan||Research and Database Manager|
|Shannon Moon||Director of Development Programs and Services|
Learn About Us
- Founded in 2001, Pathways now operates in 12 communities across Canada
- The Pathways program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth
- By 2016, Pathways will serve over 10,000 students and alumni each year