Board of Directors
Simone Philogène, 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.
Julie Mills, vice chair & Chair of Finance Committee
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.
Julianne Osberg, Chair of Governance Committee
Julianne is Senior Counsel in the Legal Department at Shell Canada. She is a skilled corporate lawyer with over 26 years of experience in a wide variety of commercial law areas. She currently volunteers with the Shell Women’s Network and at an immigration law clinic at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. Julianne previously served on the board of the Alberta Seventh Step Society.
Christine Herr, Chair of Nominating Committee
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 an Engagement Manager at Verily (Google) Life Sciences in San Francisco. Throughout her career, she has gained extensive overseas experience in the Global South.
Heather Shapter, Secretary
Heather brings more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience to Crossroads with extensive program and business development experience. Heather started her career in the development sector as a Project Manager for CARE Canada, and later served as the Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor for BRAC in Bangladesh. She also spent two years in Haiti as Save the Children USA’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Specialist. Since then, Heather has worked in senior-level roles for Prosper Canada, Global Impact and has managed large scale volunteer team initiatives.
Patricia Erb was the Interim Executive Director of Crossroads International from December 2018 to May 2019. 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 well-being with Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, particularly in Bolivia and Canada. She is also known for her work with women’s grassroots organizations and gender transformation.
Joan Fair is a retired lawyer who has spent her life devoted to international development issues and women’s rights. She had a long career in both IT and human rights law and began and co-owned the first commercial mediation company in Canada (CDRC). She is a successful and empathetic leader who today spends much time in Grenada, her first Crossroad’s volunteer opportunity, and feels it is an honour to be on the Board of Crossroads International.
LISA R. LIFSHITZ, Co-Chair of Risk Committee
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 MARTINELLO, Co-Chair of Risk Committee
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.
Gisele Yasmeen Ph. D.
Gisèle is Executive Director of Food Secure Canada. She is also currently Senior Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Institute of Asian Research in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs 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.
Félix is an Associate Professor at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), where he trains Chartered Professional Accountants. He specializes in finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, the governance of public and private sectors, as well as mergers and acquisitions. His volunteer experience includes serving as the President of the Board of Directors of Vues d’Afrique in Montreal, the most important African film festival outside Africa.
Divya is a lawyer who practices criminal and civil litigation. Her criminal practice consists primarily of work as an Agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada where she conducts prosecutions for federal criminal matters. She also has experience working in civil litigation handling human rights and employment law matters. She is the past Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto, the largest diversity bar association in Canada and is also the founder of SABA Toronto’s women’s committee. Divya has a passion for advocacy and community involvement and volunteers with numerous other organizations and Boards.
Janet is Owner and Principal Consultant of Janet Riehm Consulting, advising charities and non-profit organizations internationally. A CPA and CGA, she has provided strategic and financial services to a variety of clients in communities extending from First Nations in Canada to rural development in communities in Africa. She is also a former Crossroader having volunteered in Botswana in addition to having served as a member of the Finance Committee at Crossroads. She joins Crossroads, providing over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.
Fabien is an attorney specialized in Bank Financing and Project Financing at the law firm Blake, Cassels and Graydon, LLP. He has been involved in numerous financings in Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Other areas of expertise include renewable energy and infrastructure projects, as well as public-private partnerships (P3). Fabien has extensive international development experience with points of focus on Africa, gender equality and sustainable development.
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