Actua is a dynamic team made up of audacious visionaries and practical instigators. Our diverse skills, perspectives and experiences are bound by our unwavering commitment to curiosity, collaboration and bold purposeful action as a path to achieve our goals.

Board Members

Trevor Cuddy, Chair

Director, Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Jennifer Flanagan, Secretary

President and CEO, Actua

Mike Munoz, Treasurer

VP of External Relations, Suncor

Denise Williams

Special Advisor to the Dean & Visiting Lecturer, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University & Member of Cowichan Tribes

James Olson

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia

Dr. Katharine Smart


Marshall Self

Managing Director, Finance & B2B, Google Canada

Mary Wabano- Mckay

Vice-President, Nyaagaaniid-Anishnaabe Initiatives, Equity and Student Success, Algoma University

Dr. Tibetha Kemble

Project Lead - Indigenous, Accelerating Clinical Trials Consortium, University of Alberta

Tyler Wish

CEO, Stillmind Therapeutics

Jennifer Flanagan

Co-Founder & CEO

As the Co-founder, President and CEO of Actua, Jennifer leads a national network engaging 350,000 youth each year. Known for its impact with underserved audiences, Actua works extensively with girls and young women, Indigenous youth, rural and Arctic communities and youth facing socio-economic challenges.

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Staff Members

Administration and Operations

Marliina Pollard

Senior Director, Finance

Virginia Hall

Senior Director, Research and Risk

Christine Thomsen

Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager

Émmanuel Vien

Administration Assistant

Outreach and Education

Jenifer Spencer

Vice President, Outreach and Education

Mikayla Ellis

Senior Manager, Outreach

Janelle Fournier

Senior Manager, Education

Aimen Aziz

Manager, Credentialing

Abbey Ramdeo

Manager, National Educator Professional Learning Program

Alicia Henderson

Specialist, Education and Content

Mickole Mulano

Digital Skills Educator

Katey Bender

Outreach Coordinator

Lauren MacDonald

Outreach Coordinator

Cassidy Swanston

Instructional Design Specialist

National InSTEM Program

Joel Gamache

Senior Manager, National Indigenous Youth in STEM Program

Ethan Boyer

Manager, National Indigenous Youth in STEM Program

Doug Dokis

Advisor, National Indigenous Youth in STEM Program

Network Member Services

Tracy Ross

Vice President, Network Membership

Laura Collins

Director, Network Member Services

Lauren Dickhout

Senior Manager, Network Member Services

Melisa Yestrau

Senior Manager, Member Training and Development

Jennifer Ladipo

Manager, National Programs

Madeline Sialtsis

Coordinator, Network Member Services

Kiana Lawrence

Assistant, Network Member Services


Alison Gareau

Senior Director, Communications

Emmanuelle Provost

Senior Manager of Communications

Fatima Jama

Specialist, Social Media and Communications

Clara Zamith

Multimedia Designer

Development and Partnerships

Valeria Iannitti

Vice President, Development and Partnerships

Brianna MacAulay

Partner Engagement Specialist

Alexandra Williams

Senior Specialist, Fundraising and Development

Christine Riddell

Senior Manager, Partner Relations

Christina Dornan

Coordinator, Development and Partnerships

Systems and Information Management

Mark Zwicker

Vice President, Technology

Zach Wynen

Manager, Technology Systems