Board of Directors
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
Secretary: Scott Conover
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
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.
Managing Director, TMG International Inc.
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.
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.
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 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Home Capital Group Inc.
Director, Nixon Charitable Foundation
Director, Mutual Funds Distribution, RBC
Principal, Church Street Public School
Global Compliance Management, Scotiabank