Board of Directors
- Dean Prevost (Chair)
President, Connected Home and Rogers for Business, Rogers Communications
- Emma Barnes Brown
Chief People Officer, Agero, Boston
- Justice Betty
Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
- Gerry Connelly
Education Advisor for The Learning Partnership and Adjunct Professor, York University
- Danielle Mandell
Vice-President, People Innovation & Volunteers, MS Society of Canada
- Christopher Hunter
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
- Manjit Mann (Treasurer)
Chief Financial Officer, Eurofase Lighting
- Linda MacKay
On sabbatical, Former SVP, Business Transformation & Enablement for Canadian Personal Banking at TD
- Vinay Sarin (Secretary - Former Chair)
Retired SVP, Bank of Montreal
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- Dr. John Mighton, O.C.
Senior Leadership Team
- Ken Aucoin
Chief Executive Officer
- Carol Davies
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
- Claudia DeSimone
Vice President, Development & Strategic Partnerships
- Sol Kasimer
Advisor to the CEO
- Catherine Lathwell
Vice President, Finance & Administration
- Kevin Linder
- Mary Sadleir
Vice President, Outreach
Board of Directors
Dean Prevost - Chair. Dean brings more than 20 years of corporate leadership experience to his role as President of Connected Home and Rogers for Business, at Rogers Communications, a leading technology and media company. Prior to joining Rogers, Dean spent 17 years at AT&T/MTS Allstream in nearly every senior executive position, including five years as President. Earlier in his career, he worked with a variety of companies driving growth and expansion as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company. Dean holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary with distinction and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In addition to JUMP Math, he previously volunteered his time on the board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Emma Barnes Brown. Emma is the Chief People Officer of Agero, a Boston-based tech firm providing services to the automotive and insurance industries. Prior to joining Agero, Emma has held a variety of HR leadership roles in both Canada and the U.S. She was the Chief Talent Officer at Vistaprint (now Cimpress), where she was responsible for HR and corporate strategy globally. She was the Chief Administrative Officer at Koko Fit Club, where she was responsible for HR, finance and board/investor relations. Earlier in her career, Emma was a founding partner of the Leadership and Organizational practice at Monitor Company and a Director on Monitor’s Board. Emma earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Honors Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics/Economics) from Queen’s University in Canada.
Justice Betty. Justice Betty is the co-founder of Révolutionnaire - a digital education and action platform for young changemakers. Justice is a champion for youth empowerment and underrepresented voices in the political sphere and is particularly passionate about issues related to racial equity and access to education. Justice is also the co-founder of Building Blocks, a social entrepreneurship program that has taught 200+ high school students across four continents. Previously, Justice worked as a management consultant. Justice is an alumna of the Dual Bachelor of Arts Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris and graduated Columbia as valedictorian.
Gerry Connelly. Gerry Connelly is Education Advisor for The Learning Partnership and adjunct professor at York University, former Director of Education of the Toronto District School Board and former Director of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, in the Ontario Ministry of Education. Her career includes teaching and administration in rural and urban environments in Alberta, Northwest Territories, United States and Ontario. Gerry has advised on inclusive schools, teaching and learning, curriculum development and second language learning in South Africa, China and Estonia. Awards include the Distinguished Educator Award from OISE/University of Toronto, Government of Ontario Teacher Dedication Award, Royal Conservatory of Music Learning Through the Arts Award, Ontario Supervisory Officers Provincial Award for Leadership in Public Education, Science Teacher of the Year Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award as a Leader in Science. Awards for commitment to equity and community engagement include the City of Toronto Bob Marley Award, Fraser Mustard Award, and University of Toronto Arbor Award.
Danielle Mandell. Danielle is an accomplished Human Resources and volunteer leadership executive with 18+ years’ experience leading HR and volunteer strategy, policy, and programs for both corporate and non-profit organizations. She has an M.A. in International HR Management from Newcastle University (UK), an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Management, and advanced management studies from Harvard, Rotman, and OISE. As an expert in corporate governance, her expertise extends to improving the efficacy and rigour of boards, strengthening board relations, and establishing processes for robust governance. Danielle is currently the Vice President, People Innovation & Volunteers for the MS Society of Canada.
Christopher Hunter. Chris is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto. During the early days of the dot com boom he was drawn to legal practice from a career in engineering. His practice focuses exclusively on intellectual property commercialization and prosecution. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Hunter has always harboured a keen interest in mathematics and applied mathematics. This manifested into completing graduate studies in engineering. Prior to parenthood he was an active volunteer for a number of charitable programs, including the Out of the Cold shelter program for the homeless.
Linda MacKay. Linda is currently on a sabbatical prior to which she was a Senior Vice President at TD leading strategy and transformation for Canadian Personal Banking. Spanning more than 25 successful years at TD, Linda has held various senior roles across corporate office, product management, and distribution channels. Linda’s passion is noble purpose delivered through leading, empowering and challenging talented teams to think big and deliver on the 'art of the possible'. Linda is a curious leader with a focus on developing others, a strong sense of vision and a track record of implementing better ways to generate improved results. She is passionate about Financial Literacy, Diversity & Inclusion and Women-In-Leadership. In addition to her undergraduate degree, she completed her MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Business.
Manjit Mann. Manjit is the Chief Financial Officer at Eurofase Lighting, a leading designer and distributor of innovative lighting products. He has held senior finance and operations positions in both Canada and the United States, including roles at Fortune 500 companies Masco Corporation and SNC Lavalin. Manjit was the president of Mann Consulting, a firm specializing in change management, assisting organizations such as the Government of Ontario and the CBC in the development and implementation of programs that optimized financial operations. He is a CPA, CA and a graduate of the University of Waterloo. He previously served as Treasurer on the board of the Bob Rumball Association for the Deaf.
Vinay Sarin – Secretary (Former Chair). Vinay retired as a SVP at Bank of Montreal, with over 30 years’ experience in financial management and business strategy. He is a natural problem solver with a strong ability to bring together various disciplines – legal, tax, accounting, etc. Following retirement, Vinay completed a law degree at the University of Toronto. Since then, he has pursued his interest in helping individuals fight injustice and promoting a better world, with a focus on immigration law, family law, trusts/wills/estates and civil law matters. Vinay has extensive experience on volunteer boards and not-for-profit organizations and is currently a director of State Bank of India (Chair of Audit Committee). Vinay served as Chair of JUMP Math from 2011 to 2015, and is proud to continue his support as a Director.
Senior Leadership Team
Dr. John Mighton OC - Founder. John Mighton is a mathematician, best-selling author, and award-winning playwright. John completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto and was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory. He is a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, has taught mathematics at the University of Toronto and lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a Master’s in Philosophy. John is intimately involved in the innovation and development of JUMP Math programs, is frequently consulted as an international thought-leader on math education, and represents JUMP Math at conferences and in the media.
Ken Aucoin - Chief Executive Officer. Ken is an accomplished leader in the charitable sector and has held leadership roles with local, national and global charitable organizations. Ken was the Chief Executive in Canada for the Movember Foundation. Prior to that role, Ken was VP of Fund Development at Habitat for Humanity GTA, and the VP of Development at Indspire. Earlier in his career, Ken worked with post-secondary institutions including University of Toronto, Ryerson University and The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. He is an active volunteer having co-founded the LGBT Giving Network and sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter and is on the Advisory Board of C Magazine, Canada's contemporary art magazine.
Carol Davies - Interim Vice President, Marketing & Communications. Carol brings 20+ years of experience in strategic, integrated communications and marketing across both private and non-profit sectors, having achieved results in education, the arts, affordable housing, business, youth services, and entertainment. Throughout her career, Carol has been guided by a desire to improve life for others in the community. Carol holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, an Honours BA from University of Toronto and a Masters Certificate in Marketing & Communications Management from Schulich School of Business.
Claudia DeSimone - Vice President of Development Claudia is an entrepreneurial leader, mentor, and changemaker. For more than 15 years, Claudia has validated and launched innovative solutions to improve lives, communities, and systems across sectors. She got to know the JUMP Math team through Ashoka’s global network of social entrepreneurs, where she led partnerships for Canada and scaled two education programs (Ashoka U and Start Empathy) designed to nurture students’ skills and potential to become changemakers. Claudia holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University.
Sol Kasimer - Special Advisor to the CEO. Sol has an extensive background in the non-profit sector. He was previously Special Advisor to the CEO of Imagine Canada and National Advisor to The Learning Partnership. He has been the CEO of YMCA Canada, Altruvest Charitable Services and the Montreal YMCA over his distinguished 35 year career. Sol was a founding member of the Voluntary Sector Roundtable and co-chaired the Capacity Joint Table with the Federal Government. He has been a Director of the Public Policy Forum; a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council on Education and volunteer Board member of Portage a substance abuse rehabilitation program for teens. Sol holds a BSc. in Psychology from McGill University and an MSc. in Human Development from Purdue.
Catherine Lathwell, GPA, CGA - Vice President, Finance & Administration. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto with distinction and has a background in management and full cycle accounting. She has not-for-profit training as well as experience as an independent board and audit committee member for publicly listed companies.
Kevin Linder - Publisher. Kevin completed an MSc. in math at McGill University before entering the publishing industry. As JUMP Math's publications manager, Kevin is responsible for managing curriculum writers and production staff. He also manages publishing and distribution of JUMP Math's classroom resources. He has worked in publishing for 24 years, including 14 years in educational publishing. Before joining JUMP Math in 2008, Kevin was a senior nonfiction editor at House of Anansi Press, the publisher of several of John Mighton's books.
Mary Sadleir - Vice President, Outreach. Mary has 30 years of education program sales experience and manages JUMP Math’s team of Outreach Managers. She is responsible for all Outreach activities, including program sales, teacher professional development and teacher support. Most recently, Mary served as Director of Sales for McGraw-Hill Education (Canada), where she was responsible for annual revenue of $20 million. Mary graduated with a BA in Psychology from Queen’s University.