Anne Irwin: Chair
Anne is a Toronto lawyer with a background in human rights, pay equity and administrative law who is currently practising in the area of education law representing children and youth. As a parent of three children, one with special needs, she brings to the table both personal and professional experience advocating for children within the school system. Anne has significant experience in school related community work and has a particular interest in law reform, community development and public education in the area of education law.
Rishma Bhimji: Vice-Chair
Rishma is a tax litigation lawyer with the Department of Justice in Toronto. While in law school, she completed a study abroad in France at L’Université Paris-Sorbonne. Rishma articled at the Department of Justice and clerked with the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park. She was called to the bar in 2009 and has been practicing with Justice for 7 years.
Lennox Gibbs: Treasurer
Lennox is a Vice President in the Equity Research Group at TD Securities. He is a Senior Capital Markets professional with extensive experience evaluating public companies and structuring equity investment ideas for Canada’s leading institutional portfolio managers. Lennox applies a combination of Equity Analysis skills, Capital Markets expertise and Industry Knowledge to a coverage universe that spans Canadian Life Science, Pharmaceutical and Health Care companies. Lennox has been consistently ranked as a leading Health Care Analyst by various rating agencies. Prior to joining TD Securities, he was an Executive Director at CIBC World Markets. Lennox graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Master of Engineering (MEng).
Glenn Stuart: Secretary
Glenn Stuart has been the principal of his sole practice, StuartLaw, since 2008, practising administrative law and civil litigation with an emphasis on professional regulation, employment, human rights and education law. He is also a lawyer member of the Consent and Capacity Board. His education law practice focuses on representing students and parents at all levels of the education system. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992. He was previously clinic director of the Community and Legal Aid Services Program and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2000 to 2008, where he taught Legal Profession in Canada and other courses. He has spoken frequently on professional responsibility, education law and community lawyering issues and has been active in a number of community-based organizations focused on supporting youth.
After becoming intrigued with the world of advertising at Queen’s, Tim moved to Toronto and joined Gee, Jeffery & Partners in January 1995 working on Sporting Life and Telco giant Rogers for four years. In April 1999, Tim joined the ranks at BBDO. During his time at BBDO, Tim held various positions rising to VP, Group Account Director in the Account Service Department while running the entire PepsiCo Canada portfolio for seven years. Tim’s work has been recognized in business building and creative award shows around the world. In 2011, Tim was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Creative Operations and New Business, where he ran the Creative Department alongside the Executive Creative Directors, BBDO’s New Business practice and was the Agency’s main media contact. In 2015, Tim took over BBDO’s in-house, post-production facility, Ricochet Post-Productions and started Flare, BBDO’s content production division. Tim also has an altruistic side and has long been a charity volunteer. For the past 20 years, Tim has been a board member, and is currently the Chair, of the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, a charity that raises funds to send deserving children to summer camps across Canada. Tim has been married for 19 years and has two daughters 14 and 12, who look shockingly like him. They love traveling and have visited Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Bali, Singapore and are planning a trip to Vietnam for 2018.
Sapna is a content strategist, and communications, marketing and branding professional with more than 15 years of experience in the public, not for profit and social business sectors, along with extensive work with corporate, foundation and educational partners. For more than a decade, she lead the strategy and development of the brand and content for WE (formerly Free The Children, Me to WE and WE Day), a social and educational movement gaining global momentum. At WE, Sapna founded the Creative and Communications department and grew the globally-focused team of 40+ people to deliver on multi-platform marketing, communications, design, educational and editorial needs with both a global strategy and targeted regional focus across Canada, US and the UK. Her leadership on program and curriculum development ensured that education was intrinsic to WE’s outcome of empowering diverse groups of young people to be thoughtful change agents. She has been instrumental in developing high social impact campaigns and content to inspire and empower activism and advocacy among young people. She consults with companies and organizations across sectors including film, arts and culture, foundations, health, social businesses and start-ups. A storyteller at heart, Sapna has leveraged her talents as a wordsmith and editor on several book and editorial projects. Drawing on her journalism background, she has overseen editorial management and content development in numerous regional and national publications. Sapna holds degrees from Ryerson and Western Universities.
Tamara is a senior associate in the corporate group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Her practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, fund investments and commercial agreements, for Canadian and international clients. She also assists a number of pro-bono clients with day-to-day matters and negotiations. She has a keen interest in children and youth rights and advocacy. During law school at University of Toronto, Tamara volunteered with Peacebuilders, a youth restorative justice program and was seconded to JFCY during the summer of 2011 while working at Blakes. An avid traveller and food lover, Tamara looks forward to sharing the sights and tastes of the world with her newborn daughter and husband.
Debbie is Executive Vice President of People and Culture at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) where she oversees the strategic development of the organization’s human resources policies including learning and development, recruitment and corporate culture. Prior to joining CCS, Debbie held HR executive roles at not-for-profit and humanitarian organizations and was a professor of human resources at a college in Toronto. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Waterloo and has earned her Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. She also holds a Master and PhD in Counselling. Debbie joined the Board of JFCY in 2019.