Stephen Gaetz (President & CEO, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness) is the MtS Scientific Director (SD) responsible for research excellence and financial accountability, ensuring a fair and equitable process for creating Requests for Proposals (RFPs), distributing funds across themes, and adjudicating proposals.
Melanie Redman is the co-founder, President & CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning and practice. A Way Home Canada has inspired communities and countries around the world to adopt the A Way Home brand as a way to participate in a growing international movement for change. Melanie leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness in Canada, which is a pan-Canadian community of practice for youth homelessness service providers. Melanie is also the co-founder and Partnership and Implementation Director for the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, which is a Government of Canada Research Tri-Council Networks of Centres of Excellence. Since 2021, Making the Shift has held the designation as a Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence.
Katie Davies Jorgensen is the Chief Operating Officer at Making the Shift. She joins us from Trellis Society for Community Impact, where she had a long history of leading innovative solutions to prevent and end youth homelessness as well as other complex social challenges. Her background in leadership, change management and not-for-profit management as well as MA in Psychology will be valuable additions to our collective work.
Rosa is the Senior Manager, Finance & Compliance responsible for the ongoing process of monitoring and assessing financial systems to ensure they comply with policies and procedures, as well as overseeing all financial management and compliance-related elements.
Manager, UNECE Toronto Centre of Excellence (TCE) on Youth Homelessness Prevention
Amanda (she/her) is the Manager of the UNECE designated Toronto Centre of Excellence (TCE) on Youth Homelessness Prevention at York University. Amanda develops and manages strategic international partnerships to put youth homelessness and prevention on policy agendas in Canada and abroad. Prior to joining Making the Shift, Amanda worked with A Way Home Canada for over 5 years, primarily as the Policy and Planning Coordinator. She holds an Honours B.A. in Social Development Studies from Renison University College (University of Waterloo) and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto. Amanda is also a PhD student at the University of Guelph in the Social Practice and Transformational Change interdisciplinary program.
Emily (she/her) is our Toronto Centre of Excellence & Policy Coordinator, supporting and overseeing work related to the UNECE designated Toronto Centre of Excellence (TCE) on Youth Homelessness Prevention at York University and supporting policy work related to youth homelessness prevention in Canada and abroad. Before working with Making the Shift, she had experience as a Crisis Responder, a Youth Support Worker, and coordinating various mental health and addiction programs. She continues to be a dedicated volunteer in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and areas related to food security and encampment support. She holds an Honours B.A. in Health Studies from Queen’s University, a certificate in Mental Health and Addictions from Toronto Metropolitan University, and a Master of Public Health and Social Policy from the University of Victoria.
Victoria is our Manager, Governance & Operations, providing support to our Executive team and Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Victoria brings over a decade of administrative experience to Making the Shift, including 6 years working with Not for Profit agencies serving the homeless sector in Alberta.
Dayo is a Senior Manager Finance with MTS, Inc. She is an experienced Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with progressive experience in financial reporting/analysis, audit, risk management, corporate finance, and project management.
Dayo is responsible for the ongoing success of monitoring and assessing financial systems to ensure they comply with policies and procedures, audit management, contract management, project monitoring and reporting amongst other things.
Pravina (she/her) is responsible for managing MtS funded projects and planning and coordinating KMb programming for research teams pertaining to youth homelessness. Pravina holds a BA (Honours) from Ryerson University in Environmental and Urban Sustainability, and a post-graduate certificate from Seneca College in eLearning Development.
Ashley Ward is a Senior Researcher with MtS, Inc. Her primary area of research focus is youth and young adult experiences of homelessness, health, and what works to bring quality and empowerment to these young people’s lives. She holds a PhD in Psychological Science, as well as experience with interdisciplinary community-based research, evidence-based program design, and program evaluation. She has worked with young people and adults throughout her career to inform program development and approaches to evaluation and measurement. Her own intersectional experiences within mental health, addictions, and homelessness further inform her work.
April is responsible for executing MtS’s communications strategy, overseeing content development, and supporting development and delivery of training for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to build their capacity for preventing youth homelessness. April holds a B.A. Hons from Western University and a M.Des from OCAD University. Connect with April around MtS communications platforms, learning opportunities, and training inquiries.
Alyshah is our Admin and Event Coordinator, providing support to the Pan Canadian Team by assisting in advancing the strategic goals of MtS through event planning, execution, and administrative support. Alyshah holds a BA (Hons.) in Political Science from Ontario Tech University and brings 8 years of administrative experience, including 3 years working with Non-Profit Organizations serving diverse populations across Canada
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