YPI is thrilled and honoured to welcome the knowledge, expertise and diverse perspectives of our inaugural Board of Directors. 

Board Executive

Chair, Julie Toskan-Casale
Vice-Chair, Charles Achampong
Secretary, Rebecca Burrows
Treasurer, Brenda Hogan

Bios for all Directors (alphabetically)


Charles Achampong is a partner relations professional with extensive experience creating and managing relationships within the private, public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Recently, he led the creation, implementation and management of the Ontario Trillium Foundation's partnership development strategy. Currently, Charles is a Principal Consultant at CKA Strategies, an organization that supports NFPs with their fundraising and partnership development strategies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Seneca College and Centennial College where he teaches in their international business program.
Rebecca Rebecca Burrows, LLB, ICD.D is currently Assistant General Counsel with KPMG LLP, focusing on litigation and risk management.  She is a former corporate and commercial litigation partner at Goodmans LLP.  Rebecca is committed to community, and has over 10 years of experience as a non-profit director, including most recently with Elizabeth Fry Toronto.
Emily Emily Cordeaux is excited about what's possible when young people are active and engaged in the social good sector. She has worked and volunteered with more than a dozen charities and nonprofits across the country, particularly in the areas of youth engagement and health. Emily is Research Grants & Evaluation Specialist at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. She previously worked as Coordinator, Research & Evaluation at Imagine Canada. Emily holds a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality from Concordia University.
Christine Christine Cooper has over 25 years of professional experience in the nonprofit world. For the past two decades Christine was an active advocate for mental health, caregivers and fair and equitable supports for those impacted by mental health issues. Recently retired, Christine has turned her focus towards community issues such as poverty reduction and access to food for marginalized communities.
Nicola Nicola Doughty is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has worked in the field of education and counselling for over twenty years. She is committed to helping adolescents and young adults overcome life’s challenges to move forward, and has been teaching YPI in her classroom since 2007.
Myra Hon. Myra Freeman, CM, ONS, MSM, Nova Scotia’s former Lieutenant Governor, has been recognized for her philanthropic endeavours and contributions to private life with the Order of Canada, Order of Nova Scotia, and Public Policy Forum of Canada Award. An educator by profession, her continued focus on youth-related issues is the hallmark of her lifelong commitment to community, Myra served as Chair of the NS Minister’s Review Panel on Public Education, and currently serves as Director of Save the Children Canada, Historica-Canada, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and Governor of Mount Saint Vincent University.   
Brenda Hogan is the Senior Investment Manager with the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC).  OCGC is a limited partner in the $205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund and the Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, a $300 million fund of funds.  OCGC manages and operates the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF), a portfolio of technology companies.  

Brenda sits on the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University and serves on the Finance, Audit, Investment and Risk Committee.  She is Co-Chair of Canadian Women in Private Equity (CWPE) and is a founding member of the Royal Ontario Museum Young Patrons Circle (YPC).  Brenda was previously on the Board of Women in Capital Markets and Chaired the Governance Committee; served on the Board of the Geneva Centre for Autism and Chaired the Human Resources Committee; and was President and Chair of the Board of the Junior League of Toronto. 

Brenda holds an MBA with a concentration in finance, is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business SME Board Effectiveness Program, and has received leadership training from the Ivey School of Business.
Douglas Douglas Joyner is currently serving his second term as Mayor of West Lincoln and his second term on Niagara Regional Council. In this role, he is honored to have been elected as Co-Chair for the Public Health and Social Services Committee. He is a member of the board of directors for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara, a safe place to help, heal, and end child abuse for Niagara's children and youth. Finally, Douglas is a proud father of two former YPI students.
Vince P Vince Pileggi, (Hons.) B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Juris Doctor is a practising lawyer and educator in Toronto.  He has served as an instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admissions Course, instructor at York University and most recently, he was an assessor at Ryerson’s Law Practice Program.  He holds certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Apart from being a Justice Specialist High Skills Major Lead Instructor at a Toronto Catholic high school, he has also been a YPI instructor for many years.  Vince is very passionate about community involvement and volunteerism.  He served as a Trustee for the TCDSB, national secretary of the National Congress of Italian Canadians and is the current president of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization.  
Julie Julie Toskan-Casale, MSM, OMC, is a committed philanthropist and Canadian business success story, who believes in the unlimited potential of individuals and collective communities. Since founding the Toskan Casale Foundation, Julie has directed her strengths and resources towards nurturing positive change for individuals in local communities across Canada. Through the Toskan Casale Foundation, she founded the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative in 2002. The program, now internationally recognized, has given over $14 million worldwide through youth grant-making.



2016 audited financial statements.