LIGHTS Leadership: Advisory board

Mary Pat Armstrong, Founder and Chair

Mary Pat is a founding director of Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House and of Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer. She is also a member of the Patron’s Council of Community Living Toronto. She helped her daughter, Jenny, set up her own home, and is now creating opportunities for other families to do the same.

Doug Biggar

Doug is a Clinician Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute, an international leader in pediatric rehabilitation research. His research interest is the Impact of long term corticosteroid treatment for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Doug is also a founding director of Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer.

Adam Blinick

Adam is the Management Consultant, Public Policy Lead at Uber Technologies. He has extensive government and policy making experience, having served in senior roles in the federal government, including Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Safety and Director of Policy to the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities.

Iain Dobson

Iain is a co-founder of Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA), a not-for-profit non-partisan organization, which provides strategic, public policy research on the growth of the Region. His recent work focuses on building a more affordable and environmentally respectful community. He currently serves on the Board of Metrolinx and is a frequent commentator on the future welfare of the Greater Toronto Region.

Ann Doritty

has a background in Special Events and Promotion. She co- founded Open Minds Speaker Series in 2003 and continues to run 8 speaker events per year. Ann was Chair of the Board of Special Olympics Ontario for 4 years. She has a son with Fragile X Syndrome and together with her husband David, was a founding member of The Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada in 1994. They are currently looking in to independent living arrangements and job opportunities for their son.

Henry Eaton

Henry is the President of Eaton Ventures, a private family owned investment and holding company. Over the years he has worked on corporate, financial, strategic and operational plans with numerous organizations and has served as a director of a number of public and private companies in Canada, as well as some charitable organizations. Henry and his wife, Vicky, appreciate the supported independence their daughter Laurel now has in her new home.

Joanne Fletcher

With 20 years’ experience as a marketing and business leader, Joanne brings a strategic, collaborative and passionate approach to her work, both as the CEO of a family-owned business and as a busy mother of two girls. Joanne is a past volunteer with the Ontario Special Olympics and is a committed advocate for her intellectually disabled daughter, Taya.

Katie Flynn

Katie Flynn has a Masters in Education from Harvard. After a long career in education, she is now Director of Athletics at Branksome Hall. Katie is also a very dedicated volunteer and is very involved with a number of organizations such as, Camp Oochigeas, Casey House), and her grandfather’s foundation, The Harold E. Ballard Foundation, whose mission is to “address social problems at their roots and to make a difference to those most vulnerable among us.”

Chris Lang

Chris has over 42 years of experience as a marketing consultant to corporations, the Canadian government and non-profit organizations, as Founder and Leader of his company, LANG Marketing Network. Chris’ strategic thinking and business principles have benefited charitable organizations such as the Hospital for Sick Children, the YMCA and the Royal Conservatory of Music, in navigating and leveraging the area of social/cause marketing.

Alex MacMillan

Alex MacMillan is Senior Legal Counsel at The Bank of Nova Scotia where he works on the Bank’s mergers & acquisitions and other strategic transactions. He has been a practicing lawyer in Ontario for over ten years specializing in corporate and commercial law and worked at a large law firm for seven years prior to joining the Bank.

Dawn Mader

Dawn has over 17 years in Brand and Promotional Marketing. She has worked with companies such as PepsiCo, and Bell Canada in both a strategic and executional capacity. Dawn has 2 children, Jake, an athletic 12 year old and Emma, a vibrant 9 year old who has an Intellectual Disability.

Brad Saunders

Brad is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Toronto. He is an experienced leader who brings a history of service excellence, a commitment to fostering a strong and positive work culture, and believing in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live meaningful lives. Prior to joining Community Living Toronto, Brad was Executive Director of the Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf, and was a Program Supervisor with the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and Community & Social Services.

David Stewart

David is a principal of Stewart & Kett Financial Advisors Inc., providing objective personal finance and tax advice to individuals and families for over 25 years. He has two children with special needs and has volunteered with the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada for the past 15 years.