Our Board and Staff
PTP is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with experience and knowledge related to adult education, financial management, human resources and organizational development.
Lauren Bell – Chair
Lauren’s interest in PTP stems from a longstanding commitment to community service; experience volunteering with service organizations, community agencies, boards, and board committees. Paired with a strong foundation in the determinants of health, which notes the importance of education and literacy in the ability of individuals to achieve positive health outcomes, she is excited to contribute to an organization focused on improving the social and economic well-being of its participants.
Lauren is a health informatics professional with diverse public healthcare strategy and implementation experience. Her professional roles span positions within public health, St. Michael’s Hospital, University Health Network, Health Quality Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In her current role as Manager of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Plexxus, a healthcare shared service organization, she is responsible for supporting large health care procurements for hospitals that support a greater move to value-based healthcare.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Western University and a Master of Health Informatics from the University of Toronto.
Jeffrey Ma – Vice Chair
Jeffrey chose to volunteer at PTP because quality work is one of the most fundamental avenues for finding purpose and stability in life. PTP successfully empowers people to learn and find work the value, which is a mission that Jeffrey firmly supports.
Jeffrey is currently Legal Counsel at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. Prior to his current position, Jeffrey was an Articling and Summer Student at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Jeffrey has also volunteered and worked for a number of non-profits and startups including his current positions on the Board of Directors of Community Innovation Lab and sitting on the Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee.
Jeffrey holds a J.D./M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.
John Ainikkal – Treasurer
John highly values the education he has received, and the opportunities it has provided him through his career. As such, John has chosen to volunteer his time to PTP – an organization that understands the need to educate people so that they can reach their potential.
John is a professional accountant who has extensive experience leading organizations across different continents. As the general manager of an automotive parts manufacturer, John had successfully turned around that business, setting it up for divestment by the parent company. He has also been involved in academia, teaching university students both Accounting and Information Systems. John has a passion for mentoring colleagues, always training them to help them improve their skills. This is driven by a strong belief in the need to educate people so that they can reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to the organization.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University, a Masters in Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Wollongong (Australia), and a CPA designation from both Australia and Canada.
Salloni Kummar – Communications Officer
Salloni chose to serve on the PTP Board and become an integral part of spreading literacy in society. She believes in the power of collective action and movements as agents of social change. Her expertise in the financial sector will enable her to be an active participant and strategic decision maker to lead PTP along the right path to its financial and mission success.
Salloni has more than fifteen years financial industry experience, specializing in asset management, corporate liaison, relationship management, and business development. Most recently, she was responsible for global asset building and fund development at Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management company, India. Her role included raising assets across Asia, Europe, UK and USA for Equity and Fixed Income funds and widening the target segment of clients to include pension funds and family offices. Salloni is the Managing Director at SPG Global Investments, a Toronto based investment consultancy that provides strategic institutional partnership opportunities for public funds with investment companies, pension funds, asset management and insurance companies in Canada and USA.
Salloni has completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Indian Education Society, Mumbai and Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from University of Mumbai.
As a seasoned business/HR leader, Sachi has spent much of her career supporting the growth of technology and telecom start-ups. She has lead the people function for companies such as Sigma Systems, Yahoo Canada and most recently Mercatus Technologies where she helped support 300% growth during her 8-year tenure.
Sachi is passionate about partnering with executive teams to build “out of the box” people practices to support a strong culture and successful business growth.
Sachi is currently focused on transitioning her experience into the not-for-profit sector. Given her diverse experience and skills, she is confident that there are endless opportunities for organizations in this sector to leverage her corporate and people best practices to support their vision/mandate.
Sachi is currently working with Habitat for Humanity GTA supporting their Family Services Team. She is thrilled to be joining the PTP Board and is looking forward to bringing her passion, hard-work and commitment to Barbara and her team.
Kevin strongly believes in the ethics of volunteerism. He is actively committed to lifelong learning and empowering individuals to maximize their potential and has always been engaged in his community through initiatives to support the pursuit of academic goals, changing lives and creating a positive social impact.
Kevin has extensive multi-sector experience in strategic planning, sustainable value creation and service delivery, including executive leadership roles with multi-national corporations and Crown agencies. He currently serves as Senior Director at the Local Health Integration Network Shared Services Office. In prior roles, he served as founder and principal consultant for a private consulting firm that provided project and program management services to a range of clients including Fortune 500 companies.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of East London, an Executive MBA from Richard Ivey Business School and completed training in Leadership Strategies for Health Information Technology at Harvard University School of Public Health. He holds the professional designation Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a Board Diversity Governance Certificate from Ryerson University.
Summer Somani – Communications Officer
Summer believes in the importance of removing barriers and empowering individuals to enter and succeed in the workforce, which is why she chose to volunteer for PTP.
Summer is a lawyer who is passionate about employment law. She has represented employees and employers in all areas involving workplace law and human rights. Prior to practicing law, Summer worked for a boutique consulting firm where she assisted organizations create efficiencies and remove redundancies by streamlining processes and utilizing technology.
Summer holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and a law degree from the University of Windsor.
Colan has volunteered for many years in Toronto and learned about PTP from friends and colleagues who had used PTP’s resources and services. He was impressed with PTP’s efforts to support individuals who face barriers to employment. He decided to join PTP’s Board of Directors to help further PTP’s mission to ensure people in need have the opportunity to learn new skills and find meaningful work.
Colan has deep experience in the Canadian financial services industry, with a focus on governance and risk management. He currently works as a Business Consultant at TD Bank where he manages regulatory projects that impact multiple lines of business. Previous work included working as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and as an Analyst, Strategy and Corporate Development at CIBC, executing CIBC’s corporate strategy through the identification, assessment, and implementation of strategic initiatives. Colan also serves on the Board of Directors for LGBT Youth Line.
Colan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Bitcoin Professional.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Shaver, Employment Essentials, East
Carolyn Watson, GED
Katherine Rios, LBS, East
Kunga Norzom, Sector Specific
Lyudmyla Vavryshchuk, Employment Essentials, West
Rohan Sagram, Marketing and Communications
Kamran Ahmadpour, East
Karin Meinzer, West
Katherine Rios, East
Lauren Morris, West
Linda Armstrong, West
Lucy Ng, East
Richard Pathak, West
Ryan Harron, West
Shahina Suleman, West
Yvonne Voulgaris, East
Cheryl Reid, Employment Essentials, West
Corrina Leblond, Employment Services
Kunga Norzom, Employment Services
Orna Fynes, Employment Essentials, East
Paula Kaston, Employment Services
Samantha Gomez, Employment Services
Tina Deyhimi, Employment Services