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Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Our award-winning program is creating positive social change by supporting youth living in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future.

Our Leadership

As the governing body of Pathways to Education Canada, the National Board of Directors oversees our policy development, sets our strategic direction, and monitors our performance against our goals.

Vincent Mercier, Chair

Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP

Lori Pearson, Vice-Chair

Managing Partner and COO, Brookfield Asset Management

Jad Shimaly, Treasurer

Chairman and CEO, EY

David Ain

Partner, Egon Zehnder

The Honourable Gloria J. Epstein

Reviewer – Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations

Katherine Gibson

SVP Finance and Controller, RBC

Wes Hall

Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

John James

NCO, RCMP (Retired)

Myriam Legault

Educator, B.Ed, M.Ed, D.E.A.

Brett Marchand

Chief Executive Officer, Blue Impact Inc. and Executive Chairman, Cossette

Theresa McLaughlin

Global Chief Marketing, Citizenship and Customer Experience Officer, TD

Pamela Sugiman

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Nisita Tappata (Pathways Alum)

Digital Strategy Innovator, Oxford Properties Group

Lara Skripitsky

Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer, McDonald’s Canada

The Research Advisory Council is an advisory body of accomplished Canadian researchers from diverse fields who share research and feedback and provide us with critical evidence-based insights.

Aliya Ali

Royal Canadian Air Cadets Program, Pathways to Education Program Alumna

Allison Hearns

Law Student, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Pathways to Education Program Alumna

Isabelle Archambault, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Université de Montréal

Véronique Dupéré, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Université de Montréal

Konrad Glogowski, Ph.D.

Director, Research and Evaluation, Pathways to Education Canada

Carl James, Ph.D. FRSC

Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University

Janet Lane

Director, Centre for Human Capital Policy, Canada West Foundation

Sinead McCarthy

Vice President of Growth and Development, Youth Employment Services

William A. McMicheal, Ed.D.

Vice President, Board of Directors, Pacific Community Resource Services

Kate Tilleczek, Ph.D.

Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)

The Alumni Advisory Committee is a group of Pathways alumni who guide our decision-making and facilitate our alumni engagement.

Tyler, Chair

Pathways Hamilton, 2009

Richard, Vice-Chair

Pathways Regent Park, 2001

Montaha, Secretary

Pathways Regent Park, 2005


Pathways Winnipeg, 2008


Pathways Regent Park, 2006


Pathways Winnipeg, 2010


Pathways Halifax, 2012


Pathways Kingston, 2010


Pathways Regent Park, 2002


Pathways Scarborough Village, 2009


Pathways Regent Park, 2008

The members of the National Indigenous Advisory Circle are Indigenous leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs from across the country. Their role is to lend their knowledge and expertise that helps to build awareness and understanding of the cultures and histories of Indigenous peoples with the goal of increasing Indigenous graduation rates across Canada.

Dale D. Awasis

ThunderChild First Nation, Saskatchewan

Director of Education, Tallcree Tribal Government, Tallcree Alberta

Charlene Bearhead

Education and Programming Lead, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, University of British Columbia

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Elder in Residence, University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Social Work and Red River College

Dr. Marie Delorme

Métis Nation of Alberta

CEO, The Imagination Group

Darren Googoo


Director of Education, Membertou Mi’kmaq First Nation

Council Chair, CEA/EdCan Network

Jonathan Kakegamic


Interim Director of Education/Administrative Supervisor, Keewaytinook Okimakanak Board of Education

Helen Robinson-Settee

Dauphin River First Nation

Director, Indigenous Inclusion Directorate, Ministry of Education

We are grateful for and acknowledge the past participation of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Sunburst Consulting, and we are actively seeking further Inuit representation and guidance on our National Indigenous Advisory Circle.