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.
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.
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.
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 VP 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.
Eric Liou, Vice-President, Consulting
As Vice-President of Consulting, Eric 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.
Eric is an engineer with extensive client experience and a passion for solving complex problems. He is currently a Product Manager at Vena Solutions, working on building financial products to help companies scale and grow. Eric is also the co-founder of ProductGo, a meetup group dedicated to bringing together Toronto’s product leaders to share their experiences and ideas.
With a desire to help non-profit organizations grow and achieve their goals, Eric began volunteering as a consultant with Endeavour in Summer 2018. Through Endeavour, he was not only able to make a strategic impact in the non profit sector but also to expand his network and work with individuals from diverse industries. Eric enjoyed his experience as a consultant so much that he decided to return in the role of Co-Director of Client Relations.
“Since I’ve started with Endeavour, we get more and more requests for projects each year. I hope to see Endeavour continue to grow and serve even more non-profit or charitable organizations in the future and find new opportunities to impact in areas we haven’t traditionally served in the past.”
Eric is now excited to take on a higher level of leadership at Endeavour and cannot wait to play a part in the growth of Endeavour.
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.
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, Learning 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.
Pradeep Vijayan, Vice President, Talent
Pradeep Vijayan has over two decades of energy industry leadership experience across countries and cultures covering business origination to operations to end of asset life stages including 15 years with BG Group plc., previously a FTSE 100 oil & gas company and now part of Royal Dutch Shell plc., one of world’s largest private oil and gas companies. During his time at BG he provided commercial and strategic direction and led complex contract negotiations in the energy sector in India, Trinidad, Oman, Thailand and South Korea. He led due diligence multi-functional teams, divestments, partner and government engagements. He also acted as attorney-in-fact for transactions and as BG representative in industry associations. With Eastern Generation Limited (UK) he built the financial model for India’s first successful non-recourse project finance for a tariff-based power project. Pradeep was the Engagement Manager in Round 24 (client: Ukrainian Canadian Social Services – Toronto) and a Consultant during Round 23 (client: Canadian Tamil Professionals Association). Pradeep is a Chartered Manager from CMI, UK, and a Chartered Accountant from India. He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from University of Delhi, India.
Aanchal Jaikaran, Co-Director, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Aanchal is passionate about giving everyone opportunities and enabling them to meet their goals. This motivated her to join the Endeavour in Spring/Summer 2018 as a volunteer consultant to help a non-profit organization with its marketing strategy. Since then, she has been inspired by Endeavour’s mission and her experience has been the key driving force to continue her involvement with Endeavour as a Co-Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Retention.
Aanchal currently works with Ontario Public Service as a Senior Business Consultant leading and evaluating projects of her Ministry clients. She hopes that her diverse experience in strategy, analytical skills, policy development and project management will contribute to Endeavour’s mission and values. In her spare time, Aanchal enjoys jogging, reading, hiking and cooking.
Aanchal is a graduate of University of Western Ontario and holds in a M.A in Environmental Sustainability. She also completed her B.A in International Development Studies from York University.
Chloe Ryan, Co-Director, Training & Development
Chloe has a background in L&D and HR, in sectors including legal, professional services, and sports & entertainment. She has managed learning projects such as the award-winning Women in Leadership program, firmwide onboarding, and Canada-wide conferences. She also has experience in instructional design.
Originally from Ireland, Chloe holds an MSc in Corporate Strategy and People Management from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Chloe is passionate about learning and is looking forward to putting her skills and experience to use in supporting training Endeavour’s volunteers.
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
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.
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!
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.
Jason Lee, Co-Director, Business Development
With over 8 years of experience advising organizations both in internal and external capacities, Jason is excited to join the team as the Co-Director of Business Development where he will be responsible for growing new and existing partnerships that support strategic initiatives at Endeavour.
Currently Jason is an HR Advisor for Public Health Ontario where he is the Project Lead on HR strategy, policy and programs. Most recently Jason was a Senior Human Capital Consultant at IBM where he advised clients on talent management solutions for various Fortune 500 companies across different industries including financial services, technology, healthcare, manufacturing and retail.
Jason holds an HBA degree in Employment Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
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.
Leena Malik, Co-Director of Learning & Development
Leena is passionate about designing and creating learning experiences that help people be their best selves, and she is thrilled to support Endeavour’s learning portfolio.
Leena has worked as an internal performance consultant in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Her 20+ year career has encompassed roles in human resources, organizational development, learning, and internal communications. Her work has touched upon every facet of HR including recruitment, employee engagement, performance management, succession planning, leadership development, and change management.
Leena currently acts as a volunteer mentor for learning professionals through the Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL) and MentorCity. She also participates in I4PL’s Research Committee, helping to bring the latest trends and knowledge to Canadian learning professionals.
In her spare time, Leena thrives on travel, having been to over 50 countries and every continent across the globe. Her most recent journeys include travelling across Iran and a trip to Antarctica.
Leena holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP).
Naina Gazula, Co-Director of Client Relations
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.
Rebecca Ruddy, Co-Director, Training and Development
Rebecca is a Business Intelligence Associate at GlaxoSmithKline. She recently completed her PhD in stem cell biology and neuroscience research at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about continuing to learn and develop new skills. Rebecca has previously volunteered with Endeavour, first as a consultant for Round 18, then as a co-Engagement Manager for Round 19. She enjoyed her experience immensely and credits that to the wonderful volunteers and clients that she had the opportunity to work with. As the Co-Director of Training and Development, Rebecca will be helping to train and guide incoming engagement managers and consultants. Rebecca holds a PhD and MSc from the University of Toronto and a BSc from McGill University. In her spare time, she likes to travel, read, listen to podcasts and enjoys going to concerts and sporting events.
Wynnona Gomes, Co-Director of Learning & Development
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.