Board of Directors

 

jennifer flanagan
President & CEO, Actua
Ottawa, ON

Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in transformational experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and contributes significantly to future innovation in Canada. 
Jennifer leads a national network of university-based organizations across Canada that deliver interactive STEM programs annually engaging 225,000 youth in 500 communities. Over the past decade, Jennifer has led the development of specialized national programs to engage underserved youth populations including Aboriginal youth, girls and young women, youth living in rural and remote communities and other at-risk youth. To accomplish this work, Jennifer partners with leading corporate sector companies, governments and other non-profits.
 
Jennifer is a long-time advocate for the empowerment of girls and young women having served on the Boards of the Girls Action Foundation and the International Network for Women in Engineering and Science. In addition, Jennifer has served on many other national and international boards and committees dedicated to furthering educational opportunities for youth.  In 2007, Jennifer was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2011 she was the recipient of a Y Women of Distinction Award (Education and Training) and was named one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Management from McGill University in Montreal.
 

Jessica Houssian

Women Moving Millions
New York, NY and Vancouver, BC

Born in Vancouver, Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has been stomping her feet for women’s equality ever since. With a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies (Bates College) and an M.Sc. in Fundraising & Grantmaking (New York University), Jess loves living and working at the intersection of women and philanthropy – and is inspired by the power it has to transform the world. Prior to her work with Women Moving Millions, Jess was a partner at Inspired Philanthropy Group – a boutique consulting firm supporting individuals and corporations to help create authentic, effective impact. In another life, Jess served as Associate Features Editor at Harper’s Bazaar magazine, where she learned to write, edit, and treat deadlines with respect. Jess currently serves on the Board of Directors of UNICEF Canada and the Canadian Women’s Foundation, where she Chairs the Anti-Human Trafficking Grants Committee. She serves as Board Chair of RefugePoint, and is a Trustee of The Houssian Foundation. 
 

angela johnson

Communications Manager, Communications Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
For close to two decades, Angela has worked as a communications professional, journalist and television producer. As a journalist, she created, produced and hosted the television series ‘Our Community’, for CBC Television, which featured stories from Nova Scotia’s diverse communities. 
 
Since 2004, Angela has worked for the Nova Scotia provincial government’s communications agency, Communications Nova Scotia. In that time she has managed communications for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the Public Service Commission. She also helped develop the strategic direction of the province’s Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs. She currently works with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and on a part-time basis, teaches Foundations of Journalism to first year students in the journalism program at the University of Kings College in Halifax. On a quarterly basis, she is also the managing editor for the Halifax based Black Business Initiative’s magazine, ‘Black to Business’. 
 
Angela has been interested in women’s issues, particularly those related to disenfranchised women and women of colour, for most of her life. She was the director of the Dalhousie Women’s Centre in Halifax from 2002 to 2004 and coordinated the Girls TV & New Media Camp and the Girls TV Camp & Club in Halifax and Ottawa for the Women in Media Foundation (formerly the Women’s Television Network Foundation) for girls aged 10 – 14 from 2000 to 2004.
 
She has facilitated workshops or coordinated programs for the Canadian National Griot Awards; Canada’s Forum on Diversity and Culture; Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; Cole Harbour Community Network; Black Business Initiative; and the National Film Board of Canada.
 
With the Nova Scotia Government, Angela is a founding member and co-chair of the African Canadian Women in the Public Service Network and its marketing and communications committee chair. Angela enjoys being a member of an initiative that is striving to build a provincial public service that recognizes the contributions of African Canadian Women, their aspiration for growth and advancement and promotes accordingly. 
 
 

jody d.m. johnson

Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Foundation Board of Directors
Associate General Counsel, TransCanada
Calgary, AB
Jody is Associate General Counsel at TransCanada Corporation in Calgary, Alberta and leads the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR department.  In her thirteen years with the company, she has conducted and participated in numerous mediations, arbitrations and lawsuits in defense of and on behalf of TransCanada.  Being part of the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR department,  she works with a wide variety of business units within the company, including power, pipelines, land, risk, insurance and HR and her practice takes her to many of the provinces across Canada.  
 
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Jody completed the French Immersion program and spent a year at the University de Grenoble in France.  She obtained her BA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1993 and her law degree at McGill University in Montreal in 1997.   She was a member of the Board of the Calgary Girls’ School for seven years, including three years as Board co-chair.  In addition to the Calgary Girls’ School, she has been a member of fundraising committees for Future Generations, raising funds for programs for women and children in Afghanistan; Discovery House women’s shelter; the Calgary Counselling Centre; Youth in Motion; the Glenbow Museum; and the Chickwagon.
Jody has a keen interest in the advancement of women and children.  Additionally, her passions include her children, travelling, hiking, biking, skiing, literature and cooking.
 
 

Dr. Kristin Blakely-Kozman

Vice-Chair, Canadian Women's Foundation Board of Directors
Toronto, ON
Kristin Blakely-Kozman has a PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies and is trained as a qualitative researcher in the Chicago School of Ethnography.  She is both personally and academically interested in understanding social inequalities and collective action, with a focus on gender stratification and the ideological underpinnings of women’s political mobilizations.  
 
She has taught courses in the sociology of women, gender, sexualities, social theory, and public policy and currently teaches in the Sociology Department at Glendon College of York University.  She has also participated as a panelist and session organizer at regional and national academic conferences and is a frequent guest speaker on feminism and gender issues in schools and at non-profit organizations.  Kristin is co-author of “Gendered Worlds” (2008), an Oxford University Press textbook and has published in such journals as Contemporary Sociology, the Journal of International Women’s Studies, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and the Journal of Family Issues.  
 
Kristin was a board member of YWCA Toronto, serving as Vice-President, President, cabinet member of the Elm Centre capital campaign, and Chair of the Nominations Committee.  She also served on the board of YWCA Canada, chairing the Young Women’s Leadership Committee and founding the National Advocacy Committee.  In 2009, she was named YWCA Canada’s Outstanding Young Woman. Kristin was a representative at the United Nations for Sociologists for Women in Society - an organization of feminist sociologists, attending and reporting on the Commission on the Status of Women.  
 
As part of her commitment to the advancement of women’s reproductive health care, Kristin serves as a cabinet member of the Women’s and Infants’ Health campaign at Mount Sinai Hospital and previously served on the hospital’s Governing Council.  Kristin lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons. She is an active parent volunteer at her children’s schools.
 

paula smith, cpa, ca

Treasurer, Canadian Women's Foundation Board of Directors
Assurance Partner, GTA Leader, Retail and Consumer Products, Ernst & Young LLP
Toronto, ON
As a partner at Ernst & Young, Paula has gained a broad base of retail experience, both in the specialty retail and general merchandise sectors, and with consumer product clients. Paula currently has market responsibilities for leading EY’s retail and consumer products practice in the Greater Toronto Area. 
 
Paula has extensive experience working with private and public companies and providing IFRS and US financial accounting, reporting and advisory advice, particularly in the retail and life sciences sectors.  Most recently she has taken multiple Canadian Reporting Issuers public in the US.   She is knowledgeable in IFRS and US GAAP and has in-depth experience with internal controls over financial reporting requirements (SOX 404). She has over 20 years of experience with EY in Toronto, including a two-year secondment to the Canadian national audit practice and a three year secondment leading EY’s Human Resource team for its largest practice (responsible for performance management, compensation and recruiting).  
 
Paula has experience in her not-for-profit role as a member of the Kingsway College School Finance Committee.  She also has extensive experience in the boardroom through her public company portfolio, advising clients around governance and financial/business risks.  Paula graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction and is a Chartered Accountant and U.S. CPA.
 

Beth SummersBeth Summers

Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Foundation Board of Directors
Senior Vice President and CFO, Superior Plus
Toronto, ON

"Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible."
- Cherie Carter-Scott

Beth Summers joined Superior Plus as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer in November 2015. Prior to joining Superior, Beth served as Chief Financial Officer of Ontario Power Generation. Prior to that, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Just Energy Group Inc. Beth has also held many senior executive and management positions focusing on strategy, financing, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, compliance, risk management, treasury, and supply chain operations. Beth is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

 

Marilyn roycroft

Toronto, ON
Marilyn has 30 years of experience in public affairs, government, education, strategic planning and social justice.   She is a former Deputy General Secretary of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), and handled media and government relations for its predecessor, the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO).  From 1992-95, Marilyn was seconded to the Office of the Premier of Ontario as Director of the Public Appointments Secretariat.
 
Marilyn was a researcher with the New Democratic Party at Queen’s Park from 1973-78, special assistant to Stephen Lewis and Michele Landsberg from 1978-81, and executive assistant to NDP Leader Bob Rae from 1981-85.  She managed more than 15 provincial and federal elections and party leadership campaigns from 1973-95, and was a member of the Ontario NDP’s Provincial Executive, Women’s Committee and several election planning committees.  
 
Marilyn has been a board member and vice-president of the Social Planning Council of Metro Toronto, a member of the Child Poverty Action Group, a member of the national fundraising committee of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a board member and Vice Chair of LEAF, a Board and Executive member of the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (now YPT), a Director of the Canadian Education Association (CEA), and a member of the Breakfast Fundraising Committee for the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF).  She has also volunteered at Out of the Cold programs at Metropolitan United Church and Regent Park Community Centre.
 
Currently, she is a board member of the LEAF Foundation and chair of the Girls’ Fund Advisory Committee of the CWF.  She also volunteers at Christie Gardens, a seniors residence near her home in Toronto.  Marilyn is married to Peter Mosher and has two sons, Max and Tom Mosher.
 
 

Pamela Wicks

Chief Financial Officer, Pulse Seismic Inc.
Calgary, AB
Pamela Wicks joined Pulse Seismic Inc. in 1998 as Controller, was promoted in 2007 to Vice President of Finance, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2010. Pam has extensive experience conducting and negotiating complex financial deals and transactions. She was the finance lead for a significant asset purchase transaction in 2010 that doubled Pulse’s 3D seismic data library and led to a substantial increase in market capitalization and enterprise value. As CFO, Pam plays a significant role in investor relations for Pulse, including meeting with institutional investors and discussing financial results with industry analysts. Prior to joining Pulse, Pam held accounting positions within the Canadian east coast offshore oil and gas industry. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1987 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and obtained the designation of Certified Management Accountant in 2001. She sits on the board of the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters and is ICD.D non-profit certified.
 
 

laurie clarke

Vancouver, BC
As a senior leader in the health, education and social service sector, Laurie has over three decades of experience as a leader of fundraising and non-profit organizations.
 
She was the chief spokesperson in all areas relating to fund development, donor cultivation and stewardship, and government relations/advocacy. Serving on and working with many boards, she has extensive experience in board cultivation, development, and governance.
 
Laurie successfully led a variety of organizations to build new financial capital and organizational accomplishment. Most recently, she served as CEO of the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation and member of BC Women’s Senior Executive Committee. In this role she provided strategic leadership in determining the highest priority needs of the hospital and integrating these needs with Foundation led initiatives to secure private sector, public and government funds.
 
Prior to Laurie’s six year tenure with BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, she was the Vice President of Development with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Executive Director of the BCIT Foundation and Alumni Association for over a decade. A member of the Institute’s senior executive team, Laurie provided overall leadership and direction in the creation and management of an integrated fund development program, which included fundraising for special programs, capital campaigns and endowment funds.
 
Her dedication to the charitable sector, which included participating in the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) both as a member and director, is reflected in her having received a national Gold Award for Fundraising by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
 
Laurie believes that women and girls deserve every opportunity to realize their full potential, and that the contributions women make for the betterment of business, industry, their communities and families, means that removing obstacles and providing necessary support is a compelling and worthwhile goal.
 

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin

Halifax, NS
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and retired from her position in June 2017. Her previous roles included Principal of Huron University College and Vice President Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University. Dr. Lumpkin began her university career in Kentucky where for 13 years she held a variety of positions in higher education that included institutional planning, continuing education, faculty development and university teaching. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England.
 
Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has been actively engaged in advocacy on behalf of women’s issues, in promoting the role of women in higher education, and in enhancing access to education for adult and Aboriginal learners.
 
She is Past Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Past Chair of IWF (Atlantic Region), Past Board member for Universities Canada, Board member of Women Active Nova Scotia, and Chair of Engage Nova Scotia. In 2014, Dr. Lumpkin was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership in post-secondary education, her promotion of community-based learning initiatives, and her support for the advancement of women.
 

Tammy Harkey

Dean of Student Services, Native Education College
Vancouver, BC
Tammy is a successful educator with 20+ years of expertise supporting First Nations across the country to develop and implement culturally relevant programming that supports Aboriginal learners. She is passionate about ensuring that learners have the support they need in order to achieve their maximum potential in society.
 
Tammy is currently the Dean of Student Services and Registrar for the NEC Native Education College. She has a minor in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and she is a PHD candidate at Simon Fraser University. She serves on the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association Board of Governors, the Justice Institute of BC Aboriginal Advisory, and the Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Steering Committee.
 
A proud member of the Musqueam Indian Band, as an elected member of band council, she serves as the Chair of Community Services overseeing Language, Culture, Education, Health, Employment and Training, Recreation and Security. Tammy enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters (Megan and Danielle) who have pursued careers in nursing, a grandmother to Lennox and Paxton. Tammy is committed to the advancement of her community with a conscious recognition of the past, an awareness of the present-day needs, and the vision for a better tomorrow.
 

Sophie gupta

Managing Director, Somel Investments Inc. 
Montréal, QC
Sophie is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Somel Investments Inc., a private investment company that focuses on emerging high-tech companies. She is also working with Yaletown Partners on establishing a fund that will support entrepreneurs who want to market their technology to industrial and enterprise customers.
 
Sophie began her career as a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and intellectual property law.
 
Given that her professional life now sits at the intersection of technology and venture capital, she seeks to create greater opportunities for women to participate—particularly in governance and leadership roles. Sophie believes that women’s groups and women’s funds are catalysts for innovation, and are the very disrupters needed to achieve gender equality.
 
Sophie holds a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (specializing in International Business) from the University of Ottawa. She is fluently bilingual and is a member of the Quebec and Canadian Bar Associations. Sophie is also Co-Chair of the Gupta Family Foundation, an active volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross, and serves on the Board of Directors of MATCH International Women’s Fund.