Escalator Leadership

We would like to acknowledge the leadership and support of the following individuals who have shaped the Escalator initiative:

Initiative Chair: Zabeen Hirji | RBC | Chief Human Resources Officer and Chair, Escalator

Special Advisors (2016-2018)

Jonathan Baldock | LinkedIn Canada | Global Account Manager 

Madeleine Barker | RBC | Director, Development Programs

Deborah Brown | Mohawk College | Vice-President, Corporate Services

Crystal Chin | Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities | Member

Judy Doidge | Social Capital Partners | Director of Partnerships

Bill Greenhalgh | Human Resources Professionals Association | CEO

Allie Herbert | Accenture | Business Analyst

Melanie Laflamme | YMCA of Greater Toronto | Senior Vice President Human Resources and Organizational Development

Nan Oldroyd | George Brown College | Talent Management

Gerard Seijts | Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the University of Western Ontario | Executive Director

Sharaf Sultan | Sultan Employment Law and Workplace Immigration | Principal Lawyer

Gemma Trevan | Accenture | Campus Recruiting Lead 

Susan Uchida | RBC | Vice President RBC Learning

Leonardo Zuniga | Escalator | Youth Advisor

Youth Champions Council Members (2014-2016)

Zakaria Abdulle | Policing Literacy Initiative | Researcher

Shari Angle | Adecco Canada | Vice President, Talent and Communications

René Beaudoin | Morneau Shepell | Executive Vice President, US Region, and Chief Technology Officer

Julia Blackburn | NPower Canada | Regional Director, Toronto

Caroline Booth | TD Bank Group | SVP and Chief Procurement Officer

Orlando Bowen | One Voice One Team | Executive Director

Katha Fortier | Unifor | Ontario Director

Cam Fowler | BMO Financial Group | Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking

John Fox | Laidlaw Foundation, Robins Appleby LLP | Chair, Partner

Stephen Gardiner | Accenture |Managing Director

Laura Hammond | H&M | Country Human Resources Manager

Zabeen Hirji | RBC | Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC

Sharon Laing | City of Markham | Director of Human Resources, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

Lesley Martin | Toronto Region Board of Trade | Director, SMB Markets

Susan McIsaac | United Way Toronto and York Region | Former President & CEO

LaShawn Murray | One Voice One Team, Seneca College Student | Management Trainee, Student

Joseph Ottorino | Virgin Mobile Canada | Managing Director

Sevaun Palvetzian | CivicAction | Chief Executive Officer

Rod Phillips | CivicAction | Chair

Charlene Press | Nestlé Canada | Head of Human Resources

Toni Rossi | Infrastructure Ontario | Executive Vice-President and Group Head Real Estate and Lending

Jesse Ryan | Banter | CEO, Banter

Cristina Selva | Carpenters’ Local 27 Training Centre | Executive Director

Paul Semak | Cisco Canada | Vice President, Central Canada Operations

Promise Holmes Skinner | University of Toronto | Aboriginal Law Program Coordinator, Faculty of Law

Peter Sloly | Deloitte Canada | Executive Director, Enterprise Risk

Darryl Sturtevant | Ministry of Children and Youth Services | Assistant Deputy Minister

Patricia Walcott | City of Toronto | General Manager of Toronto Employment & Social Services

Beth Webster | OLG | Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Dave Wilkin | Ten Thousand Coffees / Redwood Strategic | Founder

Richard Wiltshire | LinkedIn Canada | Enterprise Relationship Manager, LinkedIn Canada

Sandra Wrycraft

Daniele Zaniotti | United Way Toronto and York Region | Senior Vice President, Resource Development

Emerging Leaders Working Group Members (2013-2014)

Jonathan Asmis | Stanford University | 2015 MBA Candidate

Orlando Bowen | One Voice One Team | Executive Director

Kathryn Exon-Smith | BMO Financial Group | Senior Recruitment Partner, Campus and Diversity Programs

Danielle Dowdy | Toronto Police Service | Analyst, Divisional Policing Command

Saumya Gautam | CBC | Senior Advisor, Organizational Culture and Change

Mariah Levin | KPMG | Manager, Management Consulting

Jabari Lindsay | City of Toronto | Manager, Youth Development Unit

Tinashe Mafukidze | CatalystsX | Managing Director

Steven Mayers | For Youth Initiative | Youth Outreach Worker

William Mendes | Toronto Community Housing | Community Revitalization Consultant

Naki Osutei | Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee | Director, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

Adaoma Patterson | Region of Peel | Advisor – Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy

Christopher Penrose | Success Beyond Limits Education Program | Executive Director

Alberto Rodriguez | BMW Group Financial Services Canada | Senior Risk Analyst

Anisa Taraj | Community Investment Green Shield Canada | Program Advisory

Mamta Wadhwani | The Weston Group | Manager, Recruitment

Leonardo Zuniga | Escalator  | Youth Advisor

Task Force Members (2013-2014)

Co-Chaired by:

Zabeen Hirji | RBC and CivicAction | Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of the Board

John Tory | CivicAction | Chair (until February 2014)



Caroline Booth | TD Bank Group | Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Nan DasGupta | The Boston Consulting Group | Partner and Managing Director

Stephen Gardiner | Accenture | Managing Director Management Consulting

Donna Harrow | African Canadian Coalition of Community Organizations | Executive Director

Medhat Mahdy | YMCA of Greater Toronto and YMCA Ontario | President

Carlos McDonald | Escalator | Youth Member

Nan Oldroyd | Loblaw Companies Limited | Vice President, Human Resources – Market Division, (2011 DiverseCity Fellow)

Jeannette Patoine | Greater Toronto Airport Authority | Manager, Talent Acquisition Programs

Greg Rooney | AECOM | Senior Vice President Human Resources

Cristina Selva | Carpenters’ Local 27 | Executive Director

Paul Semak | Cisco Systems | Vice President Sales, Central Canada

Gabrielle Scrimshaw | Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada | President

Peter Sloly | Deloitte Canada | Executive Director, Enterprise Risk, 

Mekwan Tulpin | Escalator | Youth Member

Jim Vanderveken | Mohawk College | Dean, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

Kathy Wensley | RBC | Director, Canadian Banking Recruitment

Bill Young | Social Capital Partners | President

Daniele Zaniotti | United Way Toronto and York Region | Senior Vice President, Resource Development