Our Board of Directors

  • Brad Jesson, Co-Chair

    Brad is a Principal with Northwood Family Office, one of Canada’s first and largest multi-family offices. He is also the co-founder of JW Development, an infill real estate development company focused on developing the “missing middle” by increasing density in mature neighborhoods across Canada with well-design, multi-unit developments. Brad has been involved with several boards including the Pride Centre of Edmonton. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada) and Certified Public Accountant (USA). Brad has completed the Rotman School of Management Institute of Corporate Directors ICD-NFP program. 

  • Dennis Wong, Co-Chair & Treasurer

    Dennis is currently a consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. Previously a litigation lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP, Dennis received his law degree from the University of Toronto, during which time he completed a pro bono placement with CCHR (then called CERA). He also holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, and has worked on several consulting engagements for non-profit organizations.

  • Braden Root-McCaig, Vice Chair

    Braden is a seasoned public affairs strategist and communications specialist with over a decade of senior leadership experience in government, private and non-profit sectors. During 8 years in government roles, including Chief of Staff to Toronto’s Deputy Mayor, he has jointly led numerous local, provincial and national campaigns, including the Close the Housing Gap campaign and Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. 

  • Alyssa Brierley, Director

    Alyssa is a Toronto-based lawyer and non-profit executive with over a decade of experience managing organizations, expertise in housing and human rights law and policy. Alyssa has a decade of board experience and has worked in senior roles in the provincial government including as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Treasury Board at Queen’s Park. She is a former CCHR Executive Director, and is currently the Executive Director of the National Institute on Ageing.

  • Martine Brouillet, Director

    Martine is a Francophone entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in finance, fundraising, board stewardship and growing organizations. Martine is the Founder and Managing Director of Camp Toumesol Inc., Film producer/partner with Black Elephant Productions Inc. and has decades of experience building non-profit organizations. 

  • Mathieu Pierre Dagonas, Director

    Mathieu is Director of Stakeholder Affairs & Communications at the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Director of Communications, Marketing and Philanthropy for Canada World Youth. Mathieu has 14 years of political organizing and operations experience with the Liberal Party and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He has been involved in non-profit boards including for the Canadian Arts Coalition and Firefighters Without Borders.

  • Jack De Klerk, Director

    Jack is a retired lawyer living in Toronto. He worked in the housing sector in Ontario for 40 years, most recently (until September 2019) as the Executive Director of Neighbourhood Legal Services, a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. Jack became a leading expert in housing law and argued cases before administrative tribunals and all levels of the Courts in Ontario. During his career, Jack worked at various legal clinics, was on the Executive, and for a term the Chairperson, of the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations. In 1989 he led a group of tenant and co-op housing activists to establish the Tenants’ Non-Profit Redevelopment Corporation through which over 1500 rental units were purchased and redeveloped into co-operative housing.

  • Anni Kelly, Director

    Anni is a human resources professional with nearly a decade of experience at a variety of organizations. She holds a CHRL designation through the Human Resources Professionals Association, and has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Anni has been in the role of Assistant Executive Director at the Immigrants Working Centre in Hamilton, Ontario since March 2023, where she is responsible for fundraising, strategic and operational leadership, in addition to providing guidance and oversight on people management.

  • Asad Said, Director

    Asad is a seasoned capital markets and corporate finance professional with over 18 years of experience at leading Canadian investment banks. He is currently Managing Director and Co-Head of Echelon Capital Markets in Toronto. Asad holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an HBA from Ivey Business School (Western), and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. His prior non-profit work includes volunteering activities for the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • Scott Stirrett, Director

    Scott is the Founder & CEO of Venture for Canada (VFC), a national charity that fosters the entrepreneurial skills of young Canadians. In 2022, VFC supported 3,900 work integrated learning opportunities for young Canadians at over 1,000 small businesses. Scott has fundraised over $40 million from governments, corporations, foundations, and individuals.

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