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Board of Directors

Children's Mental Health

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Child Development Institute is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who generously donate their time, effort and expertise to ensure the highest possible level of service to the children and families we serve.

The Board of Directors of Child Development Institute is comprised of:


President:  Karen Mann
Researcher and policy developer

Karen Mann is a researcher and policy developer in health and human services and has worked at the municipal and provincial levels of government, as well as in the charitable and hospital sector. Karen’s work includes a focus on government relations, community engagement, service planning and organizational planning and development. She has previously held positions with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the United Way of Greater Toronto, the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario with a focus on building effective community services to support healthy and inclusive communities. Karen has volunteered as a corporate diversity trainer, a mentor in an employment mentorship program for marginalized women, and on the board of a non-profit housing agency. Karen has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed the Rotman School of Management Health Leadership Program.

Vice President: James Porter
EVP, Head of Canadian & Institutional Business, Cidel Asset Management

James Porter is EVP, Head of Canadian & Institutional Business at Cidel Asset Management, an investment management firm serving institutions, foundations and families in Canada and around the world. He is a former board member of the Integra Foundation, where he also served on the Finance and Towhee Summer Residential Program Committees. James has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, has a graduate degree in management from Boston University, an undergraduate degree from Bishop’s University and has completed executive education programs at the Wharton School of Business. James lives in Toronto, and along with his family, is an active participant in community life.

Treasurer: Mario Causarano
Senior Financial Services Executive

Mario Causarano is a senior financial services executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in wealth management, private banking and wholesale banking. Mario is currently a managing director at Scotiabank, Private Investment Counsel. Before joining Scotiabank, he was the president and CEO of Openmind Strategic Solutions Inc., which specializes in providing wealth management, financial and retail banking consulting services. Prior to that, Mario held the position of president and CEO of AGF Trust Company, where he was responsible for the vision, strategic direction and overall operations of AGF. He was an executive committee member for AGF Management and Investments Limited, and was instrumental in creating over $450 million in shareholder value, which resulted in the sale of the organization to Laurentian Bank. Mario is a Chartered Accountant and holds an honours bachelor of business administration degree from the Ivey School of Business. Mario has served on numerous industry committees and advisory boards, focusing on accounting, regulatory and operational issues.

Secretary: Scott Conover
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Scott Conover is a partner at the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Scott practices general corporate/commercial law, with a particular emphasis on private mergers and acquisitions. Scott has extensive experience in the acquisition and divestiture of private companies, strategic alliances, amalgamations, corporate reorganizations, secured lending and the establishment and operation of partnerships. He is regularly involved in cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors including industrial, healthcare and technology. Scott is Editor-in-Chief of the Carswell Business Law Reports. Scott was a member of the Integra Foundation board from 2011-2014 when Integra amalgamated with CDI. Scott is a graduate of the B.Comm (1979) Program at the University of Toronto and received his LLB in 1983 from the University of Ottawa. Scott has been listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Corporate Mid-Market.


Kate Banting
Head of Social Impact and Marketing, The Boston Consulting Group

Kate Banting is currently the Head of Social Impact and Marketing at the Boston Consulting Group. Previously, she was a Project leader in BCG's Toronto office. At BCG, Kate has worked across a variety of industries from retail and consumer goods to transportation, financial services and social impact. Academically, Kate has an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Kate was involved in the Social Enterprise Initiative, was an Education Pioneer Fellow, and worked with a national after school program in their strategy group to generate external revenues and expand their skill set.

John Bardawill
Managing Director, TMG International Inc.

John Bardawill is the managing director of TMG International, where he helps clients translate marketing, customer experience and change initiatives into meaningful action across their organizations. He has also worked extensively with organizations around the world to provide highly-focused solutions that drive revenue and profits. John has over 25 years of international marketing, operations and management experience. Prior to founding TMG, he held senior executive roles at American Express, Thomas Cook, Thomson Publishing and Southam Newspapers and later became a trusted advisor to organizations including Ericsson, Cable & Wireless, Bell Canada, Rogers, and RBC Insurance. John is the chairperson of the Canadian Marketing Association’s Customer Experience Council and has an extensive history of giving back to the communities in which he serves. He has spoken at numerous industry events and educational institutions, including Columbia University, and is the author of numerous articles for a variety of industry publications. John holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Western Ontario.

Carole Boivin
Founder, 4Impact

Carole Boivin’s career in both private and public sector marketing spans 30 years, including almost a decade in sports marketing (International Management Group and Major League Baseball), and as vice president of marketing, communications and donor services with the Toronto Foundation. Carole is the founder of 4Impact, a consultancy organization known for strengthening the capacity of charitable organizations by building strategic alliances with the corporate sector. Carole graduated from McGill University with a BSc in occupational therapy and worked in childhood development at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. A few years later, she complemented that degree with an MBA from the Ivey Business School. Carole has been active in the community with a number of charitable and sports organizations in both Canada and the USA including the Rick Hansen Foundation, the World Special Olympic Games, Canadian Hearing Society, Arts for Children and Youth, Community Foundations of Canada and many others.

Vivien Cappe
Community volunteer and philanthropist

Vivien Cappe, a dedicated and busy mother of eight children, has a BA in English and an Early Childhood Educator designation along with certifications in palliative care for adults and children and grief and bereavement. Before starting her family, Vivien worked in the education field and more recently as vice president of Capper and Company, Inc. Vivien has recently retired from this position and is currently a committed volunteer for an in-home palliative care program, the Toronto District School Board Early Reading Intervention Program - Upper Canada College, where she organizes an annual Mother’s Day project for women living in Toronto shelters and Dignitas International. As a community volunteer, Vivien has also been active on a number of boards including: CDI, CAMH and Dunloe Children’s Centre. Vivien is passionate about a number of causes including: children’s mental health, home-based palliative care, African impact organizations and the Canadian coalition for equine protection and education. In recognition of her work, Vivien was awarded the John D. Stevenson Award for Volunteerism at Upper Canada College.

Jeff Heath
Corporate Director, Consultant

Jeff spent most of his career in the financial services sector, where he held senior roles in finance, risk management and treasury.  He served as Executive Vice-President and Group Treasurer of Bank of Nova Scotia from 2008 until his retirement in 2015. He began his career with Deloitte and is a CPA, CA. Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University. Jeff currently serves on the Board and Finance and Audit Committee of TMX Group and on an advisory panel for a federal crown corporation.

Brina Ludwig Prout
Strategic Consultant and Certified Human Resources Leader

Brina Ludwig Prout is a Certified Human Resource Leader(CHRL) and HR Executive with an extensive record in organizational change and transformation in the financial services and public sectors. Known for her collaborative, inclusive style, Brina consults to both senior executives in corporate Canada and emerging entrepreneurs and organizations in the Social Innovation field. Brina is passionate about children, diversity and intergenerational collaboration, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (TRIEC) Connector Program and chaired her childrens’ school council for many years. Brina is a Strategic Advisor to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Ontario, and an inaugural member of the League of Intrapreneurs, Canada. 

Sharif Mahdy
Associate Director of the Students Commission of Canada (SCC)

The SCC is a national charitable organization with a mission to support young people to put their ideas for improving themselves and their communities into action. The SCC is also the lead organization for the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement (CEYE). The CEYE is a network of youth, organizations and academics focused on identifying and sharing best practices around youth engagement. Sharif is accountable for the organization's funded local, provincial, national and international projects. These projects include coordinating national and international youth conferences, capacity building for organizations interested in engaging youth in governance and decision-making and ongoing research and evaluation. Sharif has his Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences (B. H. Sc) from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently completing his Masters of Arts in Leadership (M.A.-L) degree at Royal Roads University. In his spare time, Sharif enjoys travelling and canoeing.

Melanie Manchee

Melanie Manchee has practiced law in Toronto for over 30 years. She has been extensively involved in professional organizations for lawyers and is appointed by the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario as a Dispute Resolution Officer. She is currently vice-chair of the Toronto Lawyers Association. She has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors course in governance for not-for-profit organizations and has experience as a board member in other organizations in the child and youth mental health sector, most recently as past chair of the Kinark Child and Family Services board.

Robert Morton
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Home Capital Group Inc.

Robert Morton is the executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer of Home Capital Group Inc., which he joined in September 2014. Robert previously worked for State Street Bank from 1993 to 2014, where he was Chief Financial Officer for regulatory purposes of several Canadian State Street companies. During his tenure at State Street, Robert sat on a number of boards and senior management committees. Prior to joining State Street in Canada, Robert managed corporate finance at Silcorp Ltd. Robert also has vast experience in the food processing, manufacturing and insurance industries, where he has held progressively senior finance positions.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where he majored in economics. He has qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a CPA, CMA. Rob also earned the Chartered Directors designation (C.Dir.) from the Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in 2012.

Janet Nixon
Director, Nixon Charitable Foundation

Janet Nixon has a bachelor of commerce (honours) from Queen's University. Following a career in finance, she served and continues to serve on a number of not-for profit boards and fundraising committees with a focus on healthcare, social justice, children's mental health and the environment. Janet also serves as director for the Nixon Charitable Foundation.

Kellie Sauriol
Director, Mutual Funds Distribution, RBC

Kellie Sauriol is responsible for RBC’s mutual fund distribution business and strategy. Over the course of her 17 year career with RBC, Kellie has held a variety of sales and leadership roles in the areas of Canadian banking, wealth management, human resources and sales strategy. Kellie has a long history of supporting the community and has volunteered with a number of organizations supporting mental health, cancer, diabetes, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion. Kellie is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman Executive MBA and has also completed designations in the discipline of financial planning.


Nora Spence
Principal, Church Street Public School

Nora Spence received her masters of education from OISE/University of Toronto, and a BA in English from Queen’s University. Currently Nora is the principal of Church Street Public School in downtown Toronto. Before that she was the principal of Huron Street Public School. Nora is an active volunteer and has been a member of the boards of The Child and Family Mediation Centre, The Children’s Book Bank and The Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club. Nora is the co-founder of the Bookshare program and was on the founding team of the Children's Book Bank. 

Adrian Zenwirt
Global Compliance Management, Scotiabank

Adrian Zenwirt holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in business administration from McMaster University. Adrian has worked for Scotiabank since 1995. After 19 years in the bank’s insurance businesses, he moved into a newly created role in the bank’s Global Compliance Management division in 2014. Adrian previously worked for Price Waterhouse, Sun Life, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Royal Bank of Canada. Adrian joined the CDI Board in 2014 after serving previously as a director of Integra Foundation from 2009 until its amalgamation with CDI. As a member of Integra’s Executive Committee, he played an important role in the amalgamation of the two organizations. Adrian has also served as the founding chair of the Alumni of Distinction Committee of the Toronto French School, treasurer of a condominium corporation, and member of the MBA Alumni Association and the Alumni Recognition and Honorary Degree Committee at McMaster University.