Board of Directors
Susan Watts, Chair
Susan is President of Watts Management Consulting Ltd. Prior to founding her boutique consulting firm, she held senior executive management positions for over 25 years in the insurance industry. She has successfully executed multiple business transformation mandates, deployed global service strategies, and demonstrated strong skills in risk management. Susan previously served on the board for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario Region.
Julie Mills, Treasurer
Julie is a Principal Consultant at Lighthouse Professional Solutions. Before taking her current consultant position, she was an Associate Partner and leader in the Public Sector Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She has over 30 years of diverse financial management and process improvement experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Julie worked in a variety of senior finance roles at Canada Post Corporation and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.
Simone Philogène, VICE-CHAIR
Simone is President of CCNM Press & CCNM Enterprises. She has over twenty-five years of experience across the public, private, non-profit and education sectors. Her career has included roles as Vice President Corporate Communications in the financial services sector and Executive Director Communications in international healthcare in Asia and Latin America as well as Canada. She previously served on the board of Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto.
PATRICIA ERB, Secretary
Patricia Erb has been the Interim Executive Director of Crossroads International since December 2018. She has worked with Save the Children throughout countries of Latin America for 23 years before taking up the role of President and CEO for Save the Children Canada in 2011 until the end of 2017. In the mid-1970s, Patricia, was kidnapped and tortured by the Argentine Junta. Patricia has been recognized by both government and human rights organizations for her contribution to the process of truth, memory and reparation in Argentina. She has also done extensive work on issues of decolonization, cultural preservation and communal wellbeing with Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, particularly in Bolivia as well as Canada. She is also known for her work with women’s grassroot organization and gender transformation.
Christiane is Special Advisor for TACT Intelligence-conseil in Montreal. Her communications experience ranges across the aerospace and banking sectors, having acted as Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications at Aéroports de Montréal and Vice-President of Communications at Banque de développement du Canada. She also held the position of Director of Communications at Oerlikon Aerospace and Bureau Sécurité Aérienne. Her volunteer experience extends to her position on the Board of Directors at Fondation de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and as an Ambassador Member of Centre d’étude et de cooperation international (CECI).
Joan is a Crossroader (Grenada, 1981), a lawyer and contract manager with Accenture. Joan brings a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial approach to the business, legal and financial communities. She is a highly accomplished leader who builds strong relationships with effective communication and negotiation skills.
Susan is a Crossroader (Sierra Leone 1972). She is a director on several public, private and not for profit boards. She has more than 30 years of executive experience in various positions across the public sector including Vice President of External Relations at the University of Alberta, VP of the Alberta Cancer Board, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, as well as senior positions in the Government of Alberta’s and extensive volunteer work in Canada and overseas.
Christine is a Crossroader who volunteered as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with our partner SWAGAA in Swaziland in 2011. Since then, she has remained very engaged with Crossroads by providing guidance as a mentor to new volunteers and by assisting with e-volunteering. She is a Data and Research Manager with the World Federation of Hemophilia. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive overseas experience in the Global South.
LISA R. LIFSHITZ
Lisa R. Lifshitz is a partner at Torkin Manes LLP and is currently the Chair of its Technology, Privacy and Data Management and Emerging Technology Groups. Lisa a prolific writer and speaker on technology/privacy law issues and is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise. Being a volunteer and giving back to the community has always been an important part of Lisa’s life, and she has served as a director on a number of boards.
Sheri is a vice president with Crawford & Company (Canada), a global loss adjusting firm. Sheri has over 30+ years of experience in the insurance industry, with many years in various levels of operational management, in addition to managing corporate claims-risk management programs for Fortune 500 companies. Sheri’s current role involves working with clients in the highly regulated London insurance market. She is a former committee member for the local CIBC Run-for-the-Cure and current committee Chair with the Insurance Institute of Ontario.
Marli is currently working as an independent management consultant. Her expertise includes designing solutions for major business transformations, strategic and operational planning, advising on planning for merger integrations, and data analytics. She served on the board of YWCA Toronto for eight years, including two as president, and in going into a second term as chair of the Nominating Committee. Marli holds an MBA, and is a Certified Management Consultant.
Gisele Yasmeen Ph. D.
Gisèle is currently Senior Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Institute of Asian Research and Adjunct Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. She is a former government executive and has also advised numerous Canadian and international clients and has served on three other boards of director. Gisèle has published widely in scholarly and other types of publications and provides regular media commentary.
Interim Executive Director
National Director, External Relations
Manager, Resource Development
Program Manager – Volunteering
Director, Finance & Administration