Endeavour is led by an executive team with diverse skills and experiences from the non-profit sector, consulting and industry.
Senior Leadership Team
Michelle Dodokin, President & CEO
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.
Alexandra Wilkinson, Vice-President, Marketing & Communications
Alexandra is a policy, public affairs and communications professional with a passion for helping organizations in the public and private sector bring their mission, vision and values to life. She believes that not-for-profits are the glue that hold our social fabric together and that their work should be supported and valued in equal measure.
Previously, Alexandra held communications and policy roles in the Office of the Minister of Health and the Office of the Premier of Ontario. She subsequently held a public affairs role at CAMH, Canada’s largest mental health hospital, where she led the organization’s external facing communications enterprise.
Currently, Alexandra is Senior Manager at the Future of Canada Centre at Deloitte where she leads a team that explores new ideas, viewpoints and insights about Canada’s most important national issues.
As Vice-President of Marketing & Communications at Endeavour, Alexandra works with a team of dedicated professionals to bring Endeavour’s unique story to the world.
In addition to participating as a pro-bono consultant and Engagement Manager for Endeavour, Alexandra is also a Board Member at Free Geek Toronto. They are a technology reuse social enterprise that repairs low cost computers, provides solutions to unwanted technology and works in partnership to increase digital inclusion in Toronto.
Audrey Wong, Vice-President, Talent Management
Audrey is a health system planner at Ontario Health and an avid volunteer. She joined Endeavour as a consultant and later took on the role of engagement manager. As the Vice-President of Talent Management, Audrey works with her team to recruit and retain stellar talent to support Endeavour’s mission.
Outside of Endeavour and work, she is a board member for the University of Toronto’s Public Health Alumni Association where she previously co-chaired the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s student-alumni mentorship program for two years. She is also a passionate member of the Toastmaster club “Toast to Your Health”.
Audrey has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a specialization in Gerontology and Health
Eunice Yau, Vice-President, Growth and Fund Development
As the Vice-President of Growth and Fund Development, Eunice leads and executes fund raising efforts to support Endeavour’s operations.
Eunice has extensive experience in strategy and business transformation consulting. She currently works as a Management Consultant at KPMG. Prior to KPMG, she has worked for 3 Fortune 500 companies, holding various roles in strategy, financial and business planning. She has been actively involved with Endeavour since 2017. Starting off as a Consultant, she then became an Engagement Manager leading a team of consultants to help her non-profit clients develop strategic plans. Eunice strongly believes in the vision and mission of Endeavour after witnessing the differences Endeavour make in the community first hand. She joined the Executive Team in 2018 as the Director of Recruitment, and recently took on the role as the Vice-President of Fund Development. She is looking forward to helping Endeavour sustain and grow further through implementing various fundraising initiatives!
Eunice holds a BBA degree with Schulich School of Business at York University, specializing in Marketing and Accounting. She also did an exchange term to pursue her marketing specialization at University of Bath, United Kingdom.
Hamad Akram, Vice-President, Operations
As the Vice-President of Operations, Hamad works closely with the Endeavour Executive Team to coordinate internal processes, eliminate bottlenecks, and help achieve organizational goals.
Looking for impactful and fulfilling volunteer opportunities, Hamad found the perfect fit with Endeavour in 2018. He has worked on multiple different projects and has held several different roles such as Consultant, Senior Consultant, and Engagement Manager. Each project has allowed Hamad to connect with the local community, meet dedicated individuals, and support the non-profit sector. Hamad hopes to continue volunteering at Endeavour and help other non-profit organizations achieve their full potential.
Currently, Hamad works at PepsiCo Canada as a Data Scientist where he leads a global advanced analytics initiative. His previous experience includes working as a Supply Chain Leader at one of PepsiCo Canada’s largest distribution centers. Outside of PepsiCo, Hamad has held different engineering and business facing roles in the aerospace, nuclear, and business intelligence industries.
Hamad holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University, specializing in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. In his free time, Hamad enjoys playing sports, reading, and learning to cook.
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.
Ilene Hyman, Vice-President, Evaluation
Ilene joined Endeavour in 2015 as a member of an engagement team in Round 16. She continued her involvement with Endeavour as an Evaluation Associate providing consultation to community multi-service agencies on theory of change models and evaluation, conducting internal evaluation activities and assisting with agency presentations and reports.
Ilene Hyman is a social epidemiologist, community-based researcher and adjunct professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her academic background includes an MHSc (currently MPH) in Community Health from U of T, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Montreal. Much of her research explores issues of health and social equity. Since 2006 Ilene has been working as a consultant providing services in strategic planning, policy analysis, community-based research, and evaluation to government, academic, and community-based health and social service agencies.
Natalie Dykes, Vice-President, Volunteer Experience
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.
Shahroz Ehsan, Vice-President of Consulting
As the Vice-President of Consulting, Shahroz leads a team of executives in prospecting, selecting and onboarding new clients. Additionally, he is in charge of project scoping, engagement resourcing, and relationship management.
AShahroz is an engineering graduate and currently works as a Commercial Manager for the City of Calgary to deliver transit infrastructure. He has extensive experience working collaboratively with public Clients in Toronto and Edmonton to ideate, plan and execute City and community building initiatives. He has also been involved with other non-profits in Toronto such as Pathways to Education and University Consulting Group.
Having started with Endeavour in 2017, volunteer consulting presented Shahroz with a perfect opportunity to create organizational impact for the local non-profits while also growing personally by learning from an environment rooted in meritocracy, collaboration, diversity, and support. Given Endeavour’s positive community building role in GTHA, Shahroz returned as a Senior Consultant and an Engagement Manager. Prior to his current role he served as a Project Manager to drive consulting team to deliver projects efficiently. He believes in times like today, organizations such as Endeavour are essential for the non-profits that otherwise cannot afford professional consulting.
Shahroz holds a B.A.Sc degree from University of Toronto, specializing in Civil Engineering and an Engineering Business Certificate from Rotman School of Management. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with friends, read, run and play tennis.
Bisola Ogamba, Co-Director, Brand Strategy
Bisola moved to Calgary last year from Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently working at Venture for Canada as a Growth Strategist Lead. She has over 10 years of experience in brand management, brand promotion, and strategy development. Bisola will have responsibility for refreshing our brand strategy and will also be accountable for efforts related to volunteer and client recognition and building the Endeavour community.
Chris Zegarra, Co-Director, Training and Development
Chris joined Endeavour in 2022 with aspirations to support Endeavour volunteer teams and help develop the skills needed to drive success. He is a professor at two top colleges in Toronto and is a freelance consultant for local businesses. His professional career started in the global logistics industry where he worked in imports and quickly moved into various management roles where he implemented projects and training programs for both clients and internal customers. He brings with him a passion to create value, support local nonprofits and help make a real difference in his community.
Chris currently holds a BComm in Global Business Management from The Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. In his free time, Chris likes to cook or learn about different cooking techniques and recipes.
Nadia Sayeh, Co-Director of Training and Development
Nadia is a champion for women and girls. Her diverse background, curious spirit, and inclusive nature have helped her successfully lead various teams. Nadia is an entrepreneur and a visionary leader with over ten years of experience providing leadership, coaching, and support in the non-profit sector, and graduated from Seneca College with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit and Social Sector Management.
As a community advocate, she is passionate about Muslim Women, empowerment, civic engagement, activism, inclusion, and social development. She is excited to continue advocating for women, girls and diverse equity-seeking groups to overcome barriers and reach their full potential. Her wish is to contribute to the community and attempt to make a significant change in the community.
Her motto that she lives by is “If more women are in leadership roles, we’ll stop assuming they shouldn’t be.”
Elena Lissitsyna, Co-Director Sponsorship
In her current role at TMX Group, Elena leads the strategic planning process for the Post-Trade business and provides recommendations for strategic enterprise initiatives. She works closely with the executive team to ensure strategic alignment among capital projects and to provide effective communication with clients, Board of Directors and employees.
Elena began her career in equity research departments at BMO and Scotiabank, after which she pivoted towards corporate strategy by working as an internal consultant for CBC/Radio-Canada. Her strong strategic, analytical and client-oriented mindset has allowed her to hold progressively senior roles throughout her career.
Elena joined Endeavour as a consultant in 2018 to solve key business challenges for a sports-based non-profit. After witnessing the positive impact of her team’s work, Elena became passionate about making professional consulting services accessible to the non-profit sector. She returned to Endeavour in 2020 as Co-Director of Sponsorship to aid in establishing a new Fund Development Division to ensure Endeavour’s long-term financial sustainability.
Elena holds a Master of Finance degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with highest honours from Carleton University. In 2017, Elena planned and executed a one-year sabbatical to backpack around the world, visiting 15 countries and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro.
Fairuz Hoque, Co-Director of Client Relations
Fairuz is a Strategy Consultant with extensive experience in strategic planning and financial analysis working in Canada Life’s Corporate Strategy group. Previously he worked in PwC’s M&A Strategy and Audit and Assurance practices and earned his Chartered Professional Accounting designation.
Fairuz initially joined Endeavour in order to be able to use his consulting experience and give back to the community. He began volunteering as a consultant with Endeavour in 2018 and successfully completed two engagements in Rounds 22 and 23. Loving the difference that he made for his clients, Fairuz wanted to get more involved and joined the executive team as a Manager of Client Relations. Now, as a Co-Director of Client Relations, he’s excited to enhance the experience for future clients. Thus far, Fairuz’s favorite part of the Endeavour experience has been getting the opportunity to work first hand with leaders in making a bigger difference in the community.
Hafsa Naveed, Co-Director of Project Management
Hafsa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting and Finance from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. She is currently working as Senior Manager for Loyalty and Retention Strategy at Bell. Her previous experience includes 2 years in Consumer Marketing focusing on Acquisition, Take-to-Market, Base Upsell and Retention strategies, as well as experience with data analytics for Process Optimization. She thoroughly enjoys people management, problem solving, and learning and evolving through new challenges.
Passionate about education, women empowerment and healthcare, she has previously volunteered with AIESEC, Plan International Canada and Sunnybrook Foundation to organize and run events and fundraisers as well as raise awareness on social issues. In her spare time, she likes to travel and listen to podcasts on a variety of topics from Science and Technology to Self-Development.
Iona Frost, Co-Director of Training & Development
Iona leads an enthusiastic team dedicated to developing programs and services to support volunteer seekers and volunteer managers at non-profit organizations across Toronto. Prior to joining Volunteer Toronto Iona led a provincial Advocate Program for the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), providing Ontarians with tools to make informed decisions about organ and tissue donation. Iona has also had the great privilege of managing the education and outreach strategies at the Artists’ Health Alliance and Times Change Women’s Employment Service, working to design and enhance preventative healthcare education, career exploration and poverty reduction resources.
A long-time and avid volunteer, Iona has enjoyed delivering public workshops in community spaces, engaged as a “Go Girls!” program leader and In School Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, and most recently served two years as an Executive Board Member with The Toronto Association for Volunteer Administration (TAVA). She is excited to be joining the Endeavor Team, and looks forward to applying her passion for non-profit capacity building in new ways.
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.
Nishita Hore, Co-Director Sponsorship
Nishita first joined Endeavour in 2015 as a Consultant and then as an Engagement Manager in 2017. Passionate about Endeavour’s mission, Nishita is excited to continue her involvement as the Co-Director of Sponsorship.
Nishita has extensive experience in the financial services industry. As a Manager at State Street, she focused on developing and maintaining relationships with various institutional clients across the globe while managing the operations of numerous funds. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Community Builders, an organization that empowers students, teachers and parents to be leaders in building safe and inclusive school communities.
Nishita holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
Rachel Yuen, Co-Director, Marketing & Communications
Rachel is an experienced marketer specializing in media and digital strategies. Her day-to-day responsibilities focus on formulating and executing sound media plans for clients to ensure their bottom-line growth. When she is not spinning in the marketing world, Rachel enjoys a good read with a cup of coffee.
Sandra Lai, Director IT
Sandra is an experienced IT manager with progressive experience specializing in analytics, project management, and technology. She has a proven track record of driving regulatory, marketing, and analytics initiatives to completion, supporting critical analytical platforms, and promoting new processes, methods and documentation standards to improve customer experience.
Sandra has volunteered for over 20 years for non-profit organizations, community groups and student unions, and has been on the Board of Director for 5 years (Toronto Triathlon Club and Toronto Bicycling Network). Her affiliative leadership style focuses on team collaboration and proactive communication with a focus on accountability.
Violet Wu, Director, Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
Violet is a research scientist in the life science industry. She is passionate about giving back to the community, continuing education, and personal development.
Violet first volunteered with Endeavour in Round 24 (Project: Ukrainian Canadian Social Services – Toronto), then as a senior consultant in Round 25 (Project: Camp Awakening) and Round 26 (Project: Canadian Neuroendocrine Tumour Society). She enjoyed her experience with Endeavour greatly, and hopes to continue contributing to Endeavour’s mission and values.
Violet holds an MSc from the University of Toronto. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, going to concerts and musicals.
Wynnona Gomes, Co-Director, Volunteer Engagement
Wynonna is a CPA with experience spanning over five years in professional services within the Financial Services, Asset Management, and Non-Profit sectors. She began her career as a public accountant at PwC Canada, before deciding to pursue management consulting. She currently works at Blue-Mark Management Consultants, where she helps leaders align on and implement business strategies and priorities while navigating complex change. Passionate about ensuring everyone’s voice gets heard, Wynonna strives to bring diverse perspectives to the table during the decision-making process. She has a unique ability to foster safe and inclusive environments that bring forward these perspectives.
Her professional experience combined with her love of collaborating with others led her to volunteer as a Consultant in Round 25 (Project: Camp Awakening). After seeing the positive impact of the engagements in Round 25, she subsequently volunteered as a Senior Consultant (Project: InFact) and member of the Recruitment Committee in Round 27.
Wynonna graduated First Class with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and obtained her Graduate Diploma in Accounting in 2016. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CAYR Community Connections.