“We have assembled a diverse and experienced Board of Directors that is of the highest quality. It is well positioned to lead PERT through its developmental phase and into the future. I’m very grateful to their collective commitment to this important cause.”

James Hughes, President of the Provincial Employment Roundtable

Board of Directors

Executive Director Old Brewery Mission

James Hughes
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James Hughes is the volunteer President and Chair of the Provincial Employment Roundtable (“PERT”). His full time job is in the homelessness sector as the President and CEO of the Old Mission Brewery. Previous roles include Executive Lead at the McConnell Foundation, President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Deputy Minister of Social Development for the Province of New Brunswick and Director-General of the Old Brewery Mission. His two books, both published by James Lorimer Canada, are Early Intervention (2015) and Beyond Shelters (2018). He is proudly the founding President of YES Montreal.

Darlene Hnatchuk, Director – Career Planning Services McGill University

Darlene Hnatchuk
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Darlene Hnatchuk is the Director of McGill University’s Career Planning Service. Darlene oversees the development and delivery of programs, services, and resources to support undergraduate and graduate students in their career development. She also leads the Experiential Learning Network, bringing together campus stakeholders involved in the development and support of Experiential Learning initiatives.

Founder and Coordinator, Community Service Initiative at John Molson School of Business

Dave McKenzie
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Dave McKenzie is the Secretary/ Treasurer of the Provincial Employment Round Table (PERT). He is the founder and coordinator of the Community Service Initiative (CSI) at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He builds relationships with community partners and creates opportunities for students, faculty and staff to share their expertise by providing relevant service to organizations while engaging in experiential learning. 

Dave leads through influence rather than authority. He created the CSI Round Table, where 25 – 30 executive directors and managers of local non-profits come together to find solutions to community issues. His positive attitude and tireless energy encouraging others to succeed are infectious. He created the CSI Starting Your Own Business Entrepreneur-Training Program to train community entrepreneurs on how to set up and run their own businesses successfully. It was also an opportunity to take the Business school directly into the community and help level the playing field for those with limited access.

A married father of three, Dave is passionate about supporting and empowering young people with the resources to succeed. He seeks to instill a lifelong value for community involvement with business students. Through his young CEO program, he welcomes high school students from across Montreal to Concordia each summer, to participate in business and leadership development workshops facilitated by students, staff and faculty who share their expertise while learning and planting the seed in the young people that university is possible. 

Dave is a recipient of the 2021 Montreal Community Cares Foundation (MCCF), Community Leadership Award. He believes that you earn the right to lead through your actions and by example.  He is a director of The Federation of African-Canadian Economics (FACE) Coalition – A coalition of Black-led organizations dedicated to stimulating economic growth and creating generational wealth for Canadians of African descent. He is a member of the Union Council of the Concordia University Professional Employees Union (CUPEU) and a member of the Future Concordia – University Outreach Working Group. Dave has a BA in Sociology from McGill University, a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration and a Masters in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

Executive Director Regional Development Network

Cathy Brown
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Cathy Brown is the current Executive Director of the Regional Development Network (RCN), a provincial organization which represents English-speaking community groups in the regions of Québec. Previously, Cathy was the Executive Director for the Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA), which represents the English-speaking population of the Gaspésie at the regional, provincial and national levels with an aim to build community vitality.

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Executive Director Old Brewery Mission

James Hughes

James Hughes is the volunteer President and Chair of the Provincial Employment Roundtable (“PERT”). His full time job is in the homelessness sector as the President and CEO of the Old Mission Brewery. Previous roles include Executive Lead at the McConnell Foundation, President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Deputy Minister of Social Development for the Province of New Brunswick and Director-General of the Old Brewery Mission. His two books, both published by James Lorimer Canada, are Early Intervention (2015) and Beyond Shelters (2018). He is proudly the founding President of YES Montreal.

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Darlene Hnatchuk, Director – Career Planning Services McGill University

Darlene Hnatchuk

Darlene Hnatchuk is the Director of McGill University’s Career Planning Service. Darlene oversees the development and delivery of programs, services, and resources to support undergraduate and graduate students in their career development. She also leads the Experiential Learning Network, bringing together campus stakeholders involved in the development and support of Experiential Learning initiatives.

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Founder and Coordinator, Community Service Initiative at John Molson School of Business

Dave McKenzie

Dave McKenzie is the Secretary/ Treasurer of the Provincial Employment Round Table (PERT). He is the founder and coordinator of the Community Service Initiative (CSI) at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He builds relationships with community partners and creates opportunities for students, faculty and staff to share their expertise by providing relevant service to organizations while engaging in experiential learning. 

Dave leads through influence rather than authority. He created the CSI Round Table, where 25 – 30 executive directors and managers of local non-profits come together to find solutions to community issues. His positive attitude and tireless energy encouraging others to succeed are infectious. He created the CSI Starting Your Own Business Entrepreneur-Training Program to train community entrepreneurs on how to set up and run their own businesses successfully. It was also an opportunity to take the Business school directly into the community and help level the playing field for those with limited access.

A married father of three, Dave is passionate about supporting and empowering young people with the resources to succeed. He seeks to instill a lifelong value for community involvement with business students. Through his young CEO program, he welcomes high school students from across Montreal to Concordia each summer, to participate in business and leadership development workshops facilitated by students, staff and faculty who share their expertise while learning and planting the seed in the young people that university is possible. 

Dave is a recipient of the 2021 Montreal Community Cares Foundation (MCCF), Community Leadership Award. He believes that you earn the right to lead through your actions and by example.  He is a director of The Federation of African-Canadian Economics (FACE) Coalition – A coalition of Black-led organizations dedicated to stimulating economic growth and creating generational wealth for Canadians of African descent. He is a member of the Union Council of the Concordia University Professional Employees Union (CUPEU) and a member of the Future Concordia – University Outreach Working Group. Dave has a BA in Sociology from McGill University, a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration and a Masters in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

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Executive Director Regional Development Network

Cathy Brown

Cathy Brown is the current Executive Director of the Regional Development Network (RCN), a provincial organization which represents English-speaking community groups in the regions of Québec. Previously, Cathy was the Executive Director for the Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA), which represents the English-speaking population of the Gaspésie at the regional, provincial and national levels with an aim to build community vitality.

President and CEO - Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation

John Buck
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John Buck is proud to be part of the English-speaking Community of Quebec. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). CEDEC is an economic and labour force development organization working to improve the economic well-being of communities in a time of rapid and far-reaching economic change.

John has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at CEDEC since 2006. John

has been involved with CEDEC since the organization was created in 1999. As a founding member, John served on the Board of Directors and then went on to serve as Treasurer and Secretary, and as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2002-2004. John has previously served in various capacities on several boards of directors including on the Board of Directors at Townshippers’ Association. Prior to working at CEDEC, John worked in the field of finance with one of Canada’s leading consulting firms.

John has studied at Bishop’s University, McGill University and Laurier University and holds degrees both in sciences and in business administration. John also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) professional designation and certificates in governance from The Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD). John is currently a Board Director on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Forum. John is the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) where he has served as a Board Director since 2018. John is also a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC).

CEO BEAVER TAILS CANADA INC. & MOOZOO CREMERY

Pino Di Ioia
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Pino Di Ioia (McGill MBA ’93) was 11 when he started his first venture; selling soft drinks and salvaged golf balls at a neighborhood course. At the age of 19, his passion for entrepreneurialism landed him a position as manager with BeaverTails Pastry ( www.beavertails.com ). Shortly afterwards, while completing his MBA, Pino bought the store he was managing as the chain’s first franchise. Pino and his twin brother Anthony eventually went on to become the first Master Franchisees for the company, opening a total of 48 stores within the province of Quebec. In 2009 they bought out the majority of the company from the founder and are now overseeing worldwide growth. Pino is CEO and co-owner for BeaverTails Canada inc., franchisor of 160+ shops throughout Canada in the US, UAE, Mexico, and France. Along with his wife and twin brother he has also launched moozoo creamery ( www.moozoo.com ). Pino lives in Montreal with his wife Tina, and their three adopted children: daughter Lucca and their sons Kai and Max… as well as their dog Milo. Work continues to be an adventure between fun walks and lots of cooking experiments with the kids…

COORD. OF COMMUNITY & BUSINESS, NEW FRONTIERS SCHOOL BOARD

Chuck Halliday
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Chuck Halliday is the Coordinator of Community and Business for the Continuing Education Department of the New Frontiers School Board, located in the Monteregie-West. His professional duties have him part of multiple dossiers and committees. Whether it be supporting adult learners to succeed with their post-secondary goals, especially in one of his school board’s three vocational and adult education Centres (NOVA, CVCEC, HAECC) to the development and improvement of the quality of life for English speaking communities. Chuck is a strong believer in the power of networking, collaboration, and partnerships. When stakeholders across multiple sectors (education, health, employability, social services, etc) create sustainable best practices and holistic strategies to better support our citizens, better results are achieved. This is why he fully supports the goal of PERT (Provincial Employment Roundtable) to become a valuable tool with the ultimate goal of improving the employment for Quebec’s English Community across the province.

GENERAL MANAGER, CIBLE RETOUR À L’EMPLOI

André Rousseau
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Ever since I’ve been involved with some form whatsoever of counselling either youths or more senior citizens, I’ve always tried to find a way to empower the individuals with whom I worked so that they turn out to be better equipped to deal with oncoming challenges they may have to face. This is what got me into employability services in the first place. The desire to assist someone with gaining more independence is what’s been keeping me moving since 1998 when I first got a taste of employability working with troubled youths at Ressources Jeunesse Saint-Laurent. I then went on to my present organisation, Cible Retour à l’Emploi in 2000 and have been the Executive Director there since.

It is in this capacity that I’ve met with the staff and partners at YES Montreal with whom I share many years of collaboration from as early as 2002 when I first met James Hughes at a YES event. When the opportunity came around to step up at the plate and contribute in my own way to the continuing work of the YES-founded and hosted English Service Providers Employment Round Table as it’s new acting Chair, I simply couldn’t stand idly by. And so, with the new emerging entity known as the Provincial Employment Round Table or PERT, I naturally agreed to participate by sitting on the Steering Committee and accepting to become part of it’s new Board of Directors.

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President and CEO - Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation

John Buck

John Buck is proud to be part of the English-speaking Community of Quebec. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). CEDEC is an economic and labour force development organization working to improve the economic well-being of communities in a time of rapid and far-reaching economic change.

John has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at CEDEC since 2006. John

has been involved with CEDEC since the organization was created in 1999. As a founding member, John served on the Board of Directors and then went on to serve as Treasurer and Secretary, and as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2002-2004. John has previously served in various capacities on several boards of directors including on the Board of Directors at Townshippers’ Association. Prior to working at CEDEC, John worked in the field of finance with one of Canada’s leading consulting firms.

John has studied at Bishop’s University, McGill University and Laurier University and holds degrees both in sciences and in business administration. John also holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) professional designation and certificates in governance from The Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD). John is currently a Board Director on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Forum. John is the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) where he has served as a Board Director since 2018. John is also a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC).

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CEO BEAVER TAILS CANADA INC. & MOOZOO CREMERY

Pino Di Ioia

Pino Di Ioia (McGill MBA ’93) was 11 when he started his first venture; selling soft drinks and salvaged golf balls at a neighborhood course. At the age of 19, his passion for entrepreneurialism landed him a position as manager with BeaverTails Pastry ( www.beavertails.com ). Shortly afterwards, while completing his MBA, Pino bought the store he was managing as the chain’s first franchise. Pino and his twin brother Anthony eventually went on to become the first Master Franchisees for the company, opening a total of 48 stores within the province of Quebec. In 2009 they bought out the majority of the company from the founder and are now overseeing worldwide growth. Pino is CEO and co-owner for BeaverTails Canada inc., franchisor of 160+ shops throughout Canada in the US, UAE, Mexico, and France. Along with his wife and twin brother he has also launched moozoo creamery ( www.moozoo.com ). Pino lives in Montreal with his wife Tina, and their three adopted children: daughter Lucca and their sons Kai and Max… as well as their dog Milo. Work continues to be an adventure between fun walks and lots of cooking experiments with the kids…

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COORD. OF COMMUNITY & BUSINESS, NEW FRONTIERS SCHOOL BOARD

Chuck Halliday

Chuck Halliday is the Coordinator of Community and Business for the Continuing Education Department of the New Frontiers School Board, located in the Monteregie-West. His professional duties have him part of multiple dossiers and committees. Whether it be supporting adult learners to succeed with their post-secondary goals, especially in one of his school board’s three vocational and adult education Centres (NOVA, CVCEC, HAECC) to the development and improvement of the quality of life for English speaking communities. Chuck is a strong believer in the power of networking, collaboration, and partnerships. When stakeholders across multiple sectors (education, health, employability, social services, etc) create sustainable best practices and holistic strategies to better support our citizens, better results are achieved. This is why he fully supports the goal of PERT (Provincial Employment Roundtable) to become a valuable tool with the ultimate goal of improving the employment for Quebec’s English Community across the province.

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GENERAL MANAGER, CIBLE RETOUR À L’EMPLOI

André Rousseau

Ever since I’ve been involved with some form whatsoever of counselling either youths or more senior citizens, I’ve always tried to find a way to empower the individuals with whom I worked so that they turn out to be better equipped to deal with oncoming challenges they may have to face. This is what got me into employability services in the first place. The desire to assist someone with gaining more independence is what’s been keeping me moving since 1998 when I first got a taste of employability working with troubled youths at Ressources Jeunesse Saint-Laurent. I then went on to my present organisation, Cible Retour à l’Emploi in 2000 and have been the Executive Director there since.

It is in this capacity that I’ve met with the staff and partners at YES Montreal with whom I share many years of collaboration from as early as 2002 when I first met James Hughes at a YES event. When the opportunity came around to step up at the plate and contribute in my own way to the continuing work of the YES-founded and hosted English Service Providers Employment Round Table as it’s new acting Chair, I simply couldn’t stand idly by. And so, with the new emerging entity known as the Provincial Employment Round Table or PERT, I naturally agreed to participate by sitting on the Steering Committee and accepting to become part of it’s new Board of Directors.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALLIANCE DES CENTRES-CONSEILS EN EMPLOI (AXTRA)

Valérie Roy
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Valérie Roy is the Executive Director of AXTRA, l’Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi, which brings together 95 employability service providers across the province whose mission is the job market integration of all Quebecers. She works with AXTRA’s members and partners to develop best practices, and a body of knowledge in the employment and training sector in order to create an inclusive labour market for all. Valérie Roy also serves on a number of boards and committees in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

Executive Director Youth Employment Services

Aki Tchitacov
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Aki P. Tchitacov began his mandate as Executive Director of YES in August of 2018 following a diverse career in community development. Raised in Montreal, he holds a Master of Arts degree in public administration and public policy from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from McGill University. He started his community work in 1989 as director of community development at the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) YMCA, before eventually becoming the executive director of the NDG YMCA, and later the Point Saint-Charles YMCA.  Subsequently, he has held leadership positions with Le Bon Dieu Dans la rue (Dans la rue), including Executive Director, and with the city of Montreal, where he served as Chief of Staff to the borough mayor of  Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG).  

Managing Director for MENTOR Canada

Stacey Dakin
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Stacey is an experienced bilingual community convenor with a collaborative leadership style who loves to see and experience the world. She is currently Managing Director for MENTOR Canada and is responsible for leading her team and sector stakeholders through the conceptualization, development and management of a pan-Canadian mentoring movement. ​ 

For close to twenty years Stacey has invested her personal time supporting grassroots initiatives aiming to address the needs of her community. Her thirst for knowledge and her curiosity for systems-that-work fuel her continuous education efforts. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Concordia University, is a certified Change Agent and Scrum Master and is trained in facilitation, team effectiveness and evaluation.

Executive Director at Townshippers' Association

Rachel Hunting
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Rachel has expertise in the youth sector, access to and the governance of health and social services, as well as official languages issues as they pertain Quebec’s English-speaking minority community; she has been the Executive Director of Townshippers’ Association since 2012. In 2015 Rachel was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS where she was renewed for a second mandate as an Independent Director, is president of its Governance and Ethics Committee and is an active member of its Human Resources and Communications Committee.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALLIANCE DES CENTRES-CONSEILS EN EMPLOI (AXTRA)

Valérie Roy

Valérie Roy is the Executive Director of AXTRA, l’Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi, which brings together 95 employability service providers across the province whose mission is the job market integration of all Quebecers. She works with AXTRA’s members and partners to develop best practices, and a body of knowledge in the employment and training sector in order to create an inclusive labour market for all. Valérie Roy also serves on a number of boards and committees in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

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Executive Director Youth Employment Services

Aki Tchitacov

Aki P. Tchitacov began his mandate as Executive Director of YES in August of 2018 following a diverse career in community development. Raised in Montreal, he holds a Master of Arts degree in public administration and public policy from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from McGill University. He started his community work in 1989 as director of community development at the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) YMCA, before eventually becoming the executive director of the NDG YMCA, and later the Point Saint-Charles YMCA.  Subsequently, he has held leadership positions with Le Bon Dieu Dans la rue (Dans la rue), including Executive Director, and with the city of Montreal, where he served as Chief of Staff to the borough mayor of  Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG).  

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Managing Director for MENTOR Canada

Stacey Dakin

Stacey is an experienced bilingual community convenor with a collaborative leadership style who loves to see and experience the world. She is currently Managing Director for MENTOR Canada and is responsible for leading her team and sector stakeholders through the conceptualization, development and management of a pan-Canadian mentoring movement. ​ 

For close to twenty years Stacey has invested her personal time supporting grassroots initiatives aiming to address the needs of her community. Her thirst for knowledge and her curiosity for systems-that-work fuel her continuous education efforts. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Concordia University, is a certified Change Agent and Scrum Master and is trained in facilitation, team effectiveness and evaluation.

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Executive Director at Townshippers' Association

Rachel Hunting

Rachel has expertise in the youth sector, access to and the governance of health and social services, as well as official languages issues as they pertain Quebec’s English-speaking minority community; she has been the Executive Director of Townshippers’ Association since 2012. In 2015 Rachel was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS where she was renewed for a second mandate as an Independent Director, is president of its Governance and Ethics Committee and is an active member of its Human Resources and Communications Committee.

Revenue Generation and Grant Writing Officer at Quebec Community Newspaper Association

Linton Garner
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Linton Garner is a bilingual community leader and an expert in community and economic development, intercultural relations and governance, and organizational development. Linton’s 25 years of experience in the community sector, has given him exposure to both administrative and hands-on roles in community organizations, public institutions, and government. His board-level involvement with multiple community organizations and public entities, have also given him a sound knowledge of governance best practices and organizational development tools.

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Revenue Generation and Grant Writing Officer at Quebec Community Newspaper Association

Linton Garner

Linton Garner is a bilingual community leader and an expert in community and economic development, intercultural relations and governance, and organizational development. Linton’s 25 years of experience in the community sector, has given him exposure to both administrative and hands-on roles in community organizations, public institutions, and government. His board-level involvement with multiple community organizations and public entities, have also given him a sound knowledge of governance best practices and organizational development tools.

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