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.
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.
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.  
Noelle Sargeant June 2013

Noelle Sargeant has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry holding senior roles in HR, risk management, and strategic planning. Noelle is currently Executive Vice President, Human Resources at International Financial Data Services with responsibility for leading the development and delivery of the human capital aspects of the corporate strategy. Prior to joining IFDS, Noelle oversaw the global HR Relationship Management team at Russell Investments, and also held senior roles at Scotia Capital and OMERS.

Noelle holds a BA in Industrial Relations/Economics from McGill University and is a graduate of Rotman’s Advanced Program in Managing Strategic Change. She is a member of the United Way Women United organization, and has participated in the United Way’s Poverty and Employment Precarity Project.

Stephen Steele Stephen Steele, B.Comm. MBA, brings to YPI over thirty years of Finance and Treasury experience with a multinational automotive company. As the Director of Finance and Treasurer, he was responsible for all treasury, corporate finance, accounting and tax functions. Stephen has extensive Canadian and international Board experience as a director and audit committee chairperson of both corporate and not-for-profit boards. A veteran communicator, he has been featured in numerous articles on governance, employee communication issues, and global competitiveness. Stephen is presently on the Board of the Toronto Humane Society and the North York Senior Centre. He is also Treasurer of both organizations. Sharing knowledge has also been important to Stephen. He has lectured in Finance at community colleges and the Rotman School of Management, both MBA and Commerce Programs. In his spare time, he is a volunteer tutor and teacher with Frontier College, working with new Canadians to improve their English skills and to help them to adapt to the culture of their new home in Canada.  Stephen enjoys skiing, kayaking and sailing. Stephen hopes that his experience will assist YPI in the achievement of its Mission.
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.



2017 audited financial statements.