Endeavour is led by an executive team with diverse skills and experiences from the non-profit sector, consulting and industry.
Senior Leadership Team
Aruna Dey, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Aruna is an ardent advocate of the non-profit sector, in which she has been working for seven years. She has experience working on integrated communications, marketing, public engagement, and fundraising campaigns in a broad range of regional, national, and international non-profit organizations.
Aruna is excited to contribute her enthusiasm for the sector to Endeavour’s work in supporting non-profits to fully leverage their capacity to increase their community impact, and in turn build awareness of the vital work being done in this sector.
In her current role at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Aruna leads the public awareness and community engagement strategy for TRIEC Mentoring Partnership – a program that matches newcomers to Canada with a mentor who shares their professional background. She managers relationships with over 30 partners, increases brand awareness, recruits professionals as volunteer mentors, and builds engagement amongst program stakeholders.
Aruna’s past experience has been at organizations across Canada and in the UK including the EveryOne campaign at Save the Children International, the Light The Night campaign at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, and the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She is also an Intrapreneurship Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs.
Anna Dopico, Interim President
Anna brings more than 20 years of management experience with expertise in strategy planning and execution including large scale transformation. She served as an Endeavour Engagement Manager and joined the Executive team in 2015 as Co-Director of Training and Development with responsibility for developing and facilitating the execution of Endeavour’s volunteer orientation, training and development program. Anna has been a member of Endeavour’s Board since May 2017 and has served as Board Secretary.
Anna holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg-Schulich and a Chartered Director designation as well as Project Management Professional and Risk Management Professional designations from the Project Management Institute.
Ada Tsang, Co-Founder & Vice-President, Talent and Strategy
Ada Tsang is Co-Founder and Vice-President of Talent and Strategy at Endeavour. In her role, she works closely with the President and Board of Directors on the development, implementation and monitoring of the organization’s strategic directions, and oversees the development and execution of talent acquisition, development and retention strategies that meet organizational objectives.
With a keen interest in both the non-profit and public sectors, Ada has been actively involved in the community. She volunteers as a board member at the Four Villages Community Health Center and has acted as Quality Improvement Lead for the Hospital for Sick Children and a pro-bono consultant with the University of Toronto’s Volunteer Consulting Group. Through her work at Endeavour, she looks forward to enabling more non-profit organizations to not only achieve their goals, but also make a lasting impact in the communities that they serve.
Ada currently works as Project Manager for the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her previous experiences include working as a 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. Ada is a 2016/17 Fellow in the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship program.
Igor Skapinker, Vice-President, Information Technology
Igor joined Endeavour as the Director of Knowledge Management in 2011. In this role, he developed and enhanced the platforms to provide knowledge sharing and retention within the organization.
In 2014 he moved to Director of Information Technology role. In this role, Igor is responsible for developing and implementing an IT roadmap to support Endeavour’s strategic growth. He is also responsible for managing the development and maintenance of web applications to improve the overall productivity of the organization from an IT standpoint.
Impressed by Endeavour’s vision and mission, Igor joined the organization so he could contribute his extensive experience in business and information technology to the community. He is motivated by the passion and dedication of many professionals who contribute their time and talent helping non-profit organizations. Combining his extensive industry experience with strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, Igor’s focus is to help Endeavour build a technological base that will support the organization in achieving its strategic goals and growth.
Igor is one of the founders of RedSoft Global Services, a boutique IT consulting firm that helps organizations to achieve results and accelerate growth using Information Technology.
Igor holds an MBA degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Karen Rao, Vice-President, Business Development
Karen first joined Endeavour in 2016 as a consultant and was inspired by Endeavour’s mission and vision. Last year, Karen led a team of consultants to complete a growth strategy plan for Endeavour. Together, Karen and team helped Endeavour align on strategic focuses, finalize on key growth initiatives and develop a roll out plan.
Currently, Karen works with one of the leading banks in Canada and manages strategic projects around business transformation, process improvement and technology optimization. She holds strong professional expertise in creative problem solving and client relationship management. Prior to this, Karen had experience in capital markets and wealth management in large financial institutions in Canada.
Karen holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto and is also a Charted Financial Analyst. She loves going on adventures like hiking the Inca Trail to see Machu Picchu, but also enjoys a relaxing afternoon by the water with her Pomeranian, Kylie.
Katherine Choi, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
As Vice-President, Marketing and Communications at Endeavour, Katherine marries her vast experience in marketing and brand management with her passion for the non-profit sector. Having been with Endeavour’s Executive Team since 2008 in various leadership roles, she is no stranger to the power of Endeavour’s unique business model and its ability to engage talented individuals to problems faced by an underserved sector.
Katherine’s keen interest in the non-profit sector can be traced back to her work in Ghana, Africa shortly after earning her MBA. There she worked with an NGO to modernize the businesses practices employed by hundreds of regional industrial workshops. After returning to Toronto, she remained engaged with non-profits for over 10 years, including serving as advisor and board member of a women’s advocacy group. To this day, she still admires how non-profits do so much with so little and is always looking to lend a hand.
Marketing and branding is Katherine’s professional expertise. She has managed the brands and international product portfolios of world-class organizations including Heinz, Fisher Price, and most recently, Canada Bread. Prior to brand management, she worked at a digital marketing agency where she developed marketing campaigns and advertising strategies for Fortune 500 companies.
Katherine holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering (Chemical Engineering) degree from the University of Toronto. Her interests includes real estate investing and travelling. She is passionate about environmental work and animal welfare.
Zayyan Chowdhury, Vice-President, Consulting
As VP of Consulting, Zayyan oversees the operations for Endeavour’s advisory services. He leads a team of executives to prospect, select, and onboard new clients. He is also responsible for project scoping, engagement resourcing, and relationship management.
Zayyan is an engineer with a passion for solving difficult business problems. He started his career as a Program Manager at AMD, delivering their flagship graphics product with a rapid time-to-market. He then joined Bell Canada and progressively grew his responsibilities in various roles within Operations Strategy, Project Management, Pricing, and Process Optimization. He is currently focused on Credit Strategy at RBC, building advanced analytical frameworks that enable the acquisition of high-value clients.
Zayyan holds a BASc in Mechanical Engineering & Sustainable Energy and a MEng in Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation, both from the University of Toronto. He is an avid fan of soccer, enjoys biking, and reads about human-centered design. Zayyan has previously mentored newcomer immigrants with Youth Assisting Youth and volunteered with Transition Toronto.
David Jorjani, Director, Information Technology
David is a software engineer with a passion for using technology to empower people and solve problems. He started his career in consulting after finishing his master’s degree at the University of Toronto. In 2014, he joined the solo founder of a FinTech startup to build a cloud-based product and has grown with the company. In 2017, he started teaching at the University of Toronto covering topics such as software engineering and agile methodologies. He gives back by mentoring and coaching, mostly helping students, recent graduates and new immigrants start their career.
In his spare time, David enjoys reading, practicing Judo, camping, or backpacking to a new country. He takes advantage of any opportunity to learn something new and welcomes new experiences
Emily Ho, Director, Marketing and Communications
As a marketing professional with over 10 years’ experience working on global brands, Emily is excited to be part of the Endeavour Executive team as the Director of Marketing & Communications. In her role, Emily is responsible for building the marketing communication strategy and furthering Endeavour’s growth. While getting her feet wet and having a fun and amazing experience as a consultant within a number of Endeavour’s client engagements, Emily joined the marketing team to continue her pro bono commitment to our non-profit organization.
Currently, Emily is a Learning Business Partner at TD Bank. Leveraging her marketing and business expertise, she is responsible for helping to drive the talent strategy at TD. Previously, Emily held marketing roles in strategy, campaign planning, marketing effectiveness, and customer experience at HSBC Bank Canada and D+H, a global Fintech company.
Fully armoured, this MBA graduate with a marketing specialization and a Bachelor of Science degree in Neural Computation, Emily is a talented holistic thinker. Emily enjoys applying her creativity, analytical and problem solving skills in her personal and professional life. She brings high energy to the team and is passionate about helping others succeed and achieve their goals. Whether it’s a non-profit organization, a team, or an individual – Emily enjoys diving in to understand where the need is and helping to develop a solution that achieves results. Did we tell you that Emily loves to travel around the globe too!
Eunice Yao, Co-Director, Volunteer Recruitment
Eunice graduated from Schulich School of Business in 2014. Since University, she has held executive positions in various non-profit organizations. In university, she was the President of Save the Children of York University Chapter. During her tenure, she had tremendously grown the membership of her university chapter. She is a passionate and committed individual who strongly believe in giving back to the community.
Eunice joined the Endeavour team in fall 2017 as a volunteer consultant to develop a strategic plan for Choirs Ontario. She is very inspired by the work and impact Endeavour brings. Currently working as a Senior Analyst in Manulife, Eunice is hoping to use her business acumen to help Endeavour grow through her involvement with Endeavour. She is super excited to work with all of you!
During Eunice’s spare time, she loves to sing, dance and watch musicals. She is always passionate about helping people in need and creating a difference in the community.
Joseph Mees, Director, Finance
As Director of Finance, Joseph is responsible for financial management at Endeavour. This includes monitoring, budgeting, forecasting, and preparing and presenting financial reports to the Board of Directors and members at the Annual General Meeting. Joseph works closely with the President and Treasurer to ensure strong accounting and internal financial controls are in place to support the current and future financial health of the organization.
Having held finance and sales positions across a range of industries including technology/information security, uniform services and construction, Joseph has developed a deep appreciation for diversity, new environments and unique perspectives. He has an inherent passion to help others understand and make financially sound decisions, with a focus on achieving results in a cost effective manner. He is also passionate about helping others and volunteers with CPA Ontario, Camp OOCH and Sickkids Foundation. He has always had a desire to help people and organizations who may not be able to help themselves, so was immediately drawn to Endeavour and felt a strong connection with Endeavour’s mission
Joseph has a CPA, CMA designation and graduated with a BBA from Thompson Rivers University in BC.
Julie Lafford, Co-Director, Client Relations
Julie has over fifteen years of experience in the advancement of post-secondary education. She joined the University of Toronto in 2008 and built the Faculty of Medicine’s landmark strategic plan for Alumni Relations working with a diverse set of stakeholders to develop engagement strategies for the Faculty’s 55,000 alumni. She is also responsible for programs which bring in donations of over $2.5M annually.
With a strong commitment to improving the social sector, Julie was a consultant with Endeavour in Round 18 and is excited to become part of Endeavour’s leadership team with this new assignment.
Julie holds a BA and MA in History from Concordia University in Montreal and an MBA from UofT’s Rotman School of Management.
Myriam Castilla, Director, Evaluation
As Director of Evaluation, Myriam Castilla works with the Endeavour Executive Team and Board of Directors to determine outcomes and impacts, identify learnings, and inform strategic directions and programming to grow influence among the community sector, and foment a culture of learning and improvement.
Myriam’s passion is facilitating development through learning and building capacity. She currently works for the Black Creek Community Health Centre managing the Healthy Kids Community Challenge project in the Humber-Downsview region. With extensive experience in a variety of non-profit organizations, international development firms, community health, and government settings, Myriam has been involved in diverse fields such as public administration, public policy, development, management, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
Myriam holds a MA in Economics from the National University of Colombia and a MA in Development Studies from York University.
Mithun Dig, Co-Director, Client Relations
Mithun in collaboration with Julie and the Client Selection committee manages the life cycle of the relationship between Endeavour and its clients. He assists with initial client assessment, selection, onboarding, communication and impact assessment.
He is a seasoned Endeavour volunteer. He has contributed on three different projects as an Engagement Manager. The projects included creation of earned income strategy for an environmentally focused organization, marketing strategy for a specialized theatre group and growth strategy for a historical society working for the preservation of heritage. He believes in the service that Endeavour provides to the non-profit landscape and wants to contribute in all capacity to sustain it.
He works with one of the leading banks in Canada and manages strategic projects that build new capabilities within the bank to meet the needs of various Corporate clients of the bank. Working with various business partners, he has acquired strong capabilities in managing client expectations. An MBA from Schulich School of Business, specialized in Finance and Business Consulting. He was an executive member of the Graduate Business Council (Schulich Grad Student Body) and worked towards improving the student experience during their terms.
Natalie Dykes, Co-Director, Training and Development
Natalie is passionate about improving the world of work. She is also a firm believer in life-long learning and development. In her varied career path, she has worked or volunteered in customer service, sales, property management and suicide prevention and crisis management. The one theme through all these roles, was that Natalie was always quick to become involved in the training and development of new staff or volunteers. She is excited to continue her involvement in training and development with Endeavour.
In her spare time, Natalie is an avid traveller and loves exploring new cultures. She has been to 25 countries, with her most recent adventures taking her to Iceland, and on a solo road trip through the Balkan countries of Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Slovenia.
Natalie graduated cum laude with an MSc in Organizational Psychology from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She also holds a BSc in Psychology with distinction from the University of Victoria.
Nirushyka Kanagarah, Co-Director of Project Management
Nirushyka is a Senior Associate at Assetsoft, a global technology firm, where her day-to-day responsibilities include working with clients to improve their overall organizational efficiency. Nirushyka’s passion for creating value and making a difference by transforming clients’ business extends to beyond her day job. She has been able to create value and make a difference in the community through her involvement with a wide range of non-profit organizations. Nirushyka currently serves as the Director of Mentorship on the Canadian Tamil Professionals Association Board.
Nirushyka started her journey with Endeavour as an engagement manager in Round 20, followed by the project manager role in Round 21, and is excited to continue her involvement with Endeavour as the Co-Director of Project Management.
Nirushyka holds an iBBA from Schulich School of Business, York University.
Richa Thapliyal, Co-Director, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
A passionate and driven individual, Richa has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and over 5 years in the for-profit sector. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India. She also has a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Sciences in International Business from Vancouver Island University, Canada. She is currently working with LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics North America as an Assistant Manager, ensuring strategic planning and effective functioning of the business. Previously, Richa worked with Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations as a campaign manager where she created the strategy, the volunteer base and mobilized over 30 volunteers for a national campaign. Currently she is volunteering as a Crisis Link volunteer with Toronto Distress Centre and also provides consulting services to non-profit through her volunteer work with Endeavour. Formerly, she has volunteered as a fundraiser for Centre for Child Development, outreach worker for Liberation BC and Stop UBC Animal Research. She has also served as a humane educator and a Community Council member for BC SPCA Surrey.
Richa believes in not settling for less than she can be, do, give or create and is currently working on her Certificate of Project Management from University of Toronto. During her spare time, Richa loves to be in nature, listen to podcasts, read and run. Through her experiences, Richa has developed strong strategic planning, people leadership and management skills. Richa is keen on utilizing her passion, skills and experience to strengthen the non-profit sector.
Suchitra Ganesh, Co-Director, Training and Development
Suchitra is a registered Occupational Therapist who is committed to promoting healthcare quality, care integration and health equity. She has practiced as a clinician for over eight years and inn addition to her education as a therapist, recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.
Suchitra is passionate about education, communication and coaching and mentoring others. Over the course of her experience, she has worked on projects aimed at developing educational materials for stroke patients, improving patient experience, and improving quality of care. She is eager to bring this experience to her role in training and development at Endeavour.
In her spare time, Suchitra loves to travel, read and try different cuisines. She can fluently communicate in Hindi, Marathi and Tamil in addition to English.