Bruce Dewar

President and CEO

Bruce has more than 25 years of experience consulting with private companies and public agencies, including international projects spanning 12 countries. As president and CEO of LIFT, Bruce leads the organization into the field of venture philanthropy.

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Sheryl Lee

Chief Impact Officer

Sheryl brings over 25 years of corporate, commercial and financial expertise, in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, to LIFT. As Chief Impact Officer, Sheryl is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the social purpose organizations (SPOs) in the LIFT portfolio. More specifically, she leads the LIFT work to assist SPOs to increase their capacity and social impact.

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Cheryl Hogg

Project Consultant

Cheryl brings over 20 years of corporate and financial expertise, in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, to LIFT. Cheryl serves on the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon, and previously served on the board of directors for Women’s Health Research Institute.

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Ellen Challinor

Project Accountant

Ellen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and brings more than 30 years of corporate and financial expertise to LIFT.

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Ruth Whyte

Director, Social Impact

Ruth is part of LIFT’s social impact team that supports the planning, capacity building and scaling of social purpose organizations in LIFT’s portfolio to affect meaningful and measurable impact.

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Shelina Dilgir

Associate Director, Social Impact

As part of LIFT’s social impact team, Shelina supports the planning, capacity building and scaling of our social purpose organizations in LIFT’s portfolio. Her time is primarily focused on supporting the Neil Squire Society to expand its reach, impact and organizational effectiveness through strategic development initiatives.

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Sonja Harvey

Director, Social Impact

As part of LIFT’s social impact team, Sonja supports the planning, capacity building and scaling of social purpose organizations in LIFT’s portfolio to affect meaningful and measurable outcomes that drive social change.

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Alexandra Snelgrove

Senior Director, Social Impact

Alexandra is part of the social impact team that supports the capacity building and scaling of social purpose organizations in LIFT’s portfolio to affect meaningful and measurable impact. She brings an extensive background in non-profit management to the role with significant experience at both the executive level and as a consultant.

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Gordon Goldschleger

Director, Social Impact

Gordon began his career in manufacturing and distribution, helping his customers get their software first on the shelves for the Christmas holidays.

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Katie Boone

Director, Social Impact

With experience living & working in over 10 countries, Katie has built her career as an international development practitioner working with government, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions, and in private consulting. She brings strong cross-cultural relationship development and project management skills, and has extensive proficiencies managing multi-stakeholder and partner-responsive, change management initiatives.

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Salomeh Ahmadi

Project Coordinator, Social Impact

Prior to joining LIFT, Salomeh worked with Pathways to Education, a national organization focusing on improving the educational achievement gap for youth in low-income communities. She also worked at LAMP Community Health Centre, known for its advocacy and civic engagement. Salomeh has a ‘Skills for Social Change’ Certificate from The Coady Institute, and was awarded the AFP Fellowship in Philanthropy and Inclusion, as well as the LAMP CHC Award of Merit. Salomeh also served as a Board member for Lakeshore Arts.

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Sarah Kafka

Associate Director, Social Impact

Sarah joins LIFT as an Associate Director, Social Impact in the Toronto office. Prior to joining LIFT, Sarah spent six years at the Robertson Foundation, a New York City-based family foundation that focuses on the environment, education and medical research. As a Program Officer, she worked across all three issue areas, and also managed all grant making for a sister foundation in New Zealand.

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Simrat Mand

Associate Director, Social Impact

Simrat is part of the social impact team that supports the capacity building and scaling of social purpose organizations in LIFT’s portfolio to affect meaningful and measurable impact.

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