Jennifer Ruddy, Executive Director

Jennifer Ruddy (MA; MPNL) has been involved with the 3rd Sector, or the Not-for-Profit community, for over 20 years.

She worked with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) in the National Office, first as a development officer and grant manager, eventually as the National Manager for Special Projects. This included helping manage CPAWS’ charitable foundation, launch their social enterprise “100 Gloucester” and re-launch their US charity. In early 2020, she became the Executive Director at Loving Spoonful in Kingston ON, a local food security organization, mapping out the new urban agriculture program as a response to the pandemic-related food security crisis.

In the spring of 2021, she was offered the position of Executive Director of Concussion Central of Canada, a new national organization, and the opportunity to work with its incredible team as they launched this new podcast charity. She could not say no.

She has an M.A. from the University of British Columbia in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and a Master’s in Philanthropy and Not for Profit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University. Way back in the 90’s, Jennifer graduated from the Stratford Chef School.

Jen, her partner Aran O’Carroll and their children, live in Kingston, Ontario.

 

Board Members

 

Stephani Kingsmill, Director & Board Chair

Stephani Kingsmill is an experienced executive who served in a wide range of roles during her 30-year career with Manulife Financial Corporation. She was a member of the Company’s global Executive Leadership Team for a decade, most recently as Senior Advisor to the CEO (2018-2019). Previously Ms. Kingsmill was Executive Vice President, Human Resources (2010-2017), responsible for the Company’s workforce of 35,000 people located primarily in 13 countries. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President & General Manager, Real Estate (2006-2010), responsible for Manulife’s multi-billion dollar investment portfolio of prime office and industrial properties in Canada, the US and Asia. She also has experience in the company’s core financial services business lines with increasingly senior roles in strategy, marketing and product development in Manulife’s US Division, Canadian Division and global third party asset management business.

Ms. Kingsmill is currently a Trustee and Chair of the Compensation, Governance & Nominating Committee of NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT, and a member of the Capital Assets & Finance Committee of the Queen’s University Board of Trustees.

Ms. Kingsmill was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2008, 2009 and 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and the ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

 

Sybil Dahan, Board Director

President and Chair Altius Healthcare (division of Devonian Health Group)

Biochemist by training, this visionary leader recognized, early on, her passion for marketing and began her career in Montreal as a pharmaceutical representative. She eventually led an international career, first in Chicago and then as the GM and Chairman of Abbott Scandinavia, in Sweden. Back in Montreal, as President of Triton Pharma, she mobilized a team, provided a vision and performed beyond expectations ultimately leading to the acquisition of the company. She decided then to become an entrepreneur and co-founded Aspri Pharma Canada, in 2014, and subsequently repeated this endeavour with Altius Healthcare, now a division of Devonian Health Group.

What motivates her? Working with small businesses, putting them on the path of growth and establishing a stable and performing team. The strength of her leadership relies on combining her passion for science with the art of marketing, while ensuring transparency and listening skills remain at the core of her values. She applies this approach both with commercial businesses as well as non-for-profit organizations for which she holds the position of Chair of the Board.

It is with this passion and drive that she decided to join the Board of Directors of CCC, having recently learned that the information and accessibility to services available to people affected by a concussion is almost non-existent in Canada.

 

Contributors

Priya Ramesh Mehta, Development

Principal at Prism Philanthropy, Priya is our philanthropic strategist and our chief fundraising consultant.

Suzanne Joyal, Operations

Previously the Director of Digital Innovation & Marketing at the Canadian Dermatology Association, Suzanne is a calm voice in our charitable start-up whirlwind, helping map out our digital & marketing strategies.

David McGuffin, Podcast Producer

David is a broadcast journalist, podcast host and producer who reports on Canada for National Public Radio. Prior to his return home to Ottawa, he was a Supervising Editor with National Public Radio in Washington, DC on its flagship news and current affairs program, Morning Edition.