Endeavour is governed by a board with a wealth of knowledge and experience in non-profit, consulting, industry, government and academia.
Steve Dobronyi, Chair
Steve Dobronyi is an independent Corporate Director, Chief Executive Officer and business leader with 35 years of experience in insurance and financial services. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Accerta insurance company, DUCA Credit Union and Junction Craft Brewing. Steve’s primary areas of expertise are governance, strategy, people, finance, and mergers & acquisitions. Steve has an ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management. He’s an Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries and a graduate of Western University.
Cecelia Paolucci, Past Chair
Cecelia is a strategic, results oriented leader with 25+ years of management and leadership experience across both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She is a relationship and partnership builder, creator of frameworks to drive results and leads teams through transition/change. She has been recognized for her a positive, collaborative approach and ability to build capacity and increase efficiencies. Cecelia has held senior leadership roles with FitSpirit, United Way of Peel Region, United Way of Greater Toronto, Toronto Summer Music and Canadian Stage. She is a strong advocate for volunteerism and has contributed thirty years of service on non-profit boards. Cecelia holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Athabasca University, an MBA and Graduate Diploma in Arts & Media Management from Schulich School of Business at York University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
Fay Booker, Director
Fay is the managing partner of the boutique consulting firm Booker & Associates. She has held partnerships in two international accounting and consulting firms and senior positions in two financial institutions. Fay has provided consulting services in the corporate, non-profit, and cooperative sectors for many years with a particular focus on corporate governance and enterprise risk management. Fay is the author of a resource book, Organizational Effectiveness Toolkit for Community Organizations, which was sponsored by a funder to share learnings from the examination of governance and operational factors that lead to organizational success for non-profits. She is a facilitator in two governance curriculums for Boards of Directors. Fay holds the designations of: Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Director, Chief Internal Auditor, Certified Risk Management Assurer, Accredited Director, Fellow Chartered Governance. Fay’s volunteerism with non-profits dates back to 1983. She has volunteered for organizations in the following sectors: institutional health, community health, arts, economic development.
Anna Dopico, Director
Anna has been a member of Endeavour’s Board since 2017 after serving the organization as an Engagement Manager and Co-Director of Training and Development. Anna brings more than 20 years of management experience with expertise in strategy planning and large-scale transformation. She recently wrote and self-published an award-winning business book and has spent the last few years on a global book tour. Anna holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg-Schulich and a Chartered Director designation as well as a Project Management Professional designation.
Andrew Hamilton, Director
Andrew is a Management Consultant with 20 years’ experience working on projects in Canada, the Caribbean and around the globe. Andrew is a founding member and Director of KPMG’s Center for Universal Health Coverage Lead for the Americas and now advises governments and private interests on approaches to health system transformation including funding reform and service delivery transformation. Andrew is known for his success managing large and politically sensitive projects, providing clients with tangible and timely results and supporting the development of teams and colleagues. Andrew is a strong communicator in English and French and has basic communication skills in Spanish. Andrew holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts’ in Economics and French Literature. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society.
Anton Klunko, Director
Anton Klunko is currently a Senior Manager with Scotiabank, leading a team of consultants focused on improving bank’s productivity. He brings 9 years of consulting and management experience across government, non-profit, legal and finance sectors, helping organizations execute on global transformations. Anton’s involvement in non-profit sector began in 2012 in student services sector, where he held executive positions on boards of local and national organizations. He focused on governance and building external partnerships to support improved services for students across the country. Currently, Anton continues to serve as a Director in a local community organization, providing management oversight and helping bring improved services to the community.
Loretta Levinson, Director
Throughout a research-based career in Marketing and Business Development, Loretta has continued to wield a rare talent for identifying opportunities to build brands and organizations via persuasive storytelling and innovative program creation. Bringing a laser focus on exceeding the objectives set out, Loretta has a strong track record of delivering exceptional results for such leading organizations as Procter & Gamble and Molson Coors Beverages. Additionally, earning a solid reputation for quickly understanding an organization’s marketing needs and growth requirements, Loretta has excelled at uncovering valuable nuggets and unique insights for non-profits and the B2B sector, deploying a multi-pronged strategic approach that identified untapped opportunities to engage donors and industry leadership alike. Flexible and with a commitment to ongoing marketing excellence, Loretta has adapted her skills over the past 6 years to the professional development and networking arena, currently focusing on curated content for Toronto-based Strategy Institute’s pivot of 20 annual B2B conferences from in-person to virtual execution. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing & Finance from McGill University, Loretta also completed a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School (from Western University).
Ellen Pekilis, Director
Ellen Pekilis is an independent board director with expertise in governance, risk management, and strategic planning. She was formerly General Counsel with CSA, a major not-for-profit with 22 subsidiaries in 14 countries. She was accountable for global enterprise risk management, compliance and privacy in addition to legal services. She has global M & A and post-acquisition integration experience and writes about organizational governance and women in leadership. Her board experience includes the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and the College of Optometrists, where she Chairs the Quality Assurance Review committee, past Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and Chairs discipline tribunals as required. Ellen writes for several organizations on the topics of compliance, governance and women in leadership.
Mark Smithyes, Director
Mark is well recognized as a transformational leader with over 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries. His extensive career includes numerous leadership positions in multinationals like Novartis and Alcon as well as start-up ventures. Currently, Mark is President of Life Sciences Consulting where he advises startup companies on strategy, financial forecasts, commercialization, communications and early-stage fundraising. Mark is a regular contributor and speaker at industry conferences and has extensive corporate governance experience. In addition to currently serving on Endeavour’s Board of Directors, Mark is also Chair of the Board of Life Sciences Ontario. Mark holds a BA from Western University and an MBA from the Kellogg and Schulich Schools of Business.
Andrea Swinton, Director
Andrea has held executive not-for-profit leadership positions at the national and provincial levels and conducted stakeholder engagement activities with government, corporations and community agencies. She is an accomplished operational leader who has doubled revenue in three years, grown programs and has full business cycle experience leading organizations through start-up, expansion and dissolution. She has authored articles on topics ranging from governance to organizational complexity. She serves as a board member for a local community hospice and is the Chair of its Governance Committee. She has been a panelist at an international symposium, and conference moderator and speaker. Prior to transitioning to the not-for-profit sector, she worked in brand marketing for Canada’s leading loyalty program, and in direct marketing for a national home and auto insurance firm. A graduate of Queen’s University, Andrea holds a B.A. in Sociology and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Tony Yu, Director
Creative, strategic, and analytical, Tony Yu brings over 10 years of experience in providing consulting service to organizations in the not-for-profit, public, and private sector. He has provided consulting services to international NGOs, ministries, public-sector and the broader not-for-profit sector in Canada. He has successfully completed assignments from Program Evaluation to Service Integration, working with system planners and community service providers.
Special Advisors to the Board
Ada Tsang, Co-Founder
Ada Tsang is the Co-Founder of Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Nonprofits, and and former Endeavour Vice-President of Human Resources where she leads a team of executives in the recruitment, training, development and retention of volunteers. Ada has also served as a board member at the Four Villages Community Health Center, chairing the Quality Committee and participating in the Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Governance Committee and Accreditation Committee. In her full-time role, Ada leads a team of product managers, marketing, and sales professionals in the General Diagnostics and LivClear / WorkClear portfolio, providing strategic direction and identifying opportunities to launch new products / services to build a healthier Canada. Her previous experiences include working as a Project and Quality Manager at the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Management Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s National Health Services practice and as a Patient Safety Consultant at the Ontario Hospital Association. Ada holds an MHSc Health Administration degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering (Engineering Science) degree, both from the University of Toronto. She was an Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellow of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (IHQ) where she focused on advancing diversity and inclusion in philanthropy and fundraising for mid-level professionals.
Andrea Wong, Co-Founder
Andrea Wong serves as Senior Advisor to the Endeavour Board of Directors. As Founding President from 2007 to 2018, Andrea provided strategic vision and leadership for the start-up and growth of Endeavour. During her time as President, Endeavour developed and launched pioneering pro bono and skills-based volunteering programs in partnership with the community and corporations, engaging over 1000 volunteers in delivering $8.15 million in pro bono consulting to 118 non-profits. An advocate for pro bono and skills-based volunteering, Andrea has represented Canada at Global Pro Bono Summits and in the Global Pro Bono Network. Andrea’s career has spanned a decade in the non-profit sector, including community investment at United Way Greater Toronto and health finance at the Ontario Hospital Association. She holds a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University and a Bachelor of Commerce with High Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Helen Seibel is currently Global Lead, Global Community Investment at AstraZeneca. She was previously Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility at AstraZeneca Canada where she looked after responsible business initiatives as well as the company’s community support programming. With more than 15 years of experience working in the field of corporate citizenship and social responsibility, Helen’s career has spanned the sectors. Helen has strong experience with strategic planning, cross-sector partnership development, social change initiatives, volunteerism, the non-profit sector and employee engagement. Previously, she developed and taught a CSR course at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education within its Public Relations Certificate program.
Michelle Dodokin, Chief Executive Officer
Michelle has held senior executive positions at a range of leading corporations including Intact Financial Corporation, Echelon Insurance, Royal Sun & Alliance and Canadian Tire. Her experience spans strategy, sales distribution, operations, finance, investor relations, and corporate communications. As the newly appointed President and CEO, Michelle will be leading the expansion and diversification of Endeavour’s partnerships with other non-profits and corporations to improve organizational capacity and social impact. Michelle has long been an active supporter of the non-profit sector with a range of board and volunteer experiences including board director at JobStart; executive-in-residence/HBA Field Project at Ivey/Western University; past president and treasurer of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (Ontario); and co-chair United Way Leadership Campaign. Michelle has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, Western University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program from the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.