Board & Staff

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of JUMP Math.  Employees carry out the day-to-day operational duties according to policies established by the Board.

Board of Trustees

Founder

Staff

  • Scott McMeekin
    Chief Executive Officer
     
  • Frances Agro
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Ontario
     
  • Philip Alma
    Internal Outreach Support
  • Katie Baldwin
    Digital Development Manager & Support Specialist
     
  • Liz Barrett
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, BC and First Nations
     
  • Bruce Bennett
    Vice President of Finance and Administration
     
  • Dr. Heather Betel
    Senior Curriculum Writer
     
  • Megan Burns
    Managing Editor
     
  • Shonté Carter-Fleming
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, New York
     
  • Annie Chern
    Communications & Teacher Support Specialist
     
  • Mike Crum
    Vice President - US Development
     
  • Cecelia Daniels
    Acting Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives (US Outreach)
     
  • Sue Davis
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, British Columbia
     
  • Claudia DeSimone
    Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
     
  • Fely Guinasao-Fernandes
    Layout Coordinator
     
  • Natalie Francis
    Associate Editor
     
  • Amy Helmstetter
    Senior Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, US
     
  • Laura Hryhorsky
    Director of Development
     
  • Gael James
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Alberta
     
  • Lindsay Karpenko
    Editor
     
  • Sol Kasimer
    Advisor to the CEO
     
  • Dr. Francisco Kibedi
    Curriculum Writer
     
  • Caroline Kim
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Ontario
     
  • Dr. Anna Klebanov
    Senior Curriculum Writer
     
  • Linh Lam
    Senior Layout Coordinator
     
  • Christina Laughbon
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Washington State
     
  • Kevin Linder
    Publisher
     
  • Julie Lorinc
    Curriculum Writer
     
  • Charlene MacKenzie
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Alberta
  • Noreen McLean
    Office Manager
     
  • Sam Mercurio  (On Leave)
    Curriculum Writer
     
  • Catherine O'Brien
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Ontario
     
  • Sawyer Paul
    Layout Coordinator
     
  • Daniel Polowin
    Editor
     
  • Margot Porter
    Director of Development
     
  • Donna Prato
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Alberta
     
  • Dr. Sohrab Rahbar
    Senior Curriculum Writer
     
  • Dr. Daryl Rock
    Special Advisor (US Outreach)
     
  • Dr. Sindi Sabourin
    Senior Curriculum Writer
     
  • Mary Sadleir
    Vice President of Outreach
     
  • Liane Tsui
    Senior Editor
     
  • Laurie Wagner
    Outreach Manager & Teacher Support, Manitoba

 

Biographies

Board of Trustees

Dean Prevost - Chair.  Dean brings over 20 years of corporate leadership to his role as President of the Enterprise business unit at Rogers Communications. Prior to this, Dean spent 17 years at AT&T/MTS Allstream in nearly every senior executive position, including five years as President. From 2014-2017, Dean was CEO at Hi-Pro Feeds, and left after the successful sale to an industry player. Prior to telecom, he worked with a variety of companies driving growth and expansion as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company. Dean holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary with distinction and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In addition to JUMP Math, he previously volunteered his time on the board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Emma Barnes Brown. Emma is the Chief People Officer of Agero, a Boston-based tech firm providing services to the automotive and insurance industries. Prior to joining Agero, Emma has held a variety of HR leadership roles in both Canada and the U.S.  She was the Chief Talent Officer at Vistaprint (now Cimpress), where she was responsible for HR and corporate strategy globally. She was the Chief Administrative Officer at Koko Fit Club, where she was responsible for HR, finance and board/investor relations.  Earlier in her career, Emma was a founding partner of the Leadership and Organizational practice at Monitor Company and a Director on Monitor’s Board. Emma earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Honors Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics/Economics) from Queen’s University in Canada.

Sherry Campbell. Sherry was appointed President and CEO of The Gordon Foundation in 2016. Prior to this, she was President and CEO of Frontier College and Frontier College Foundation from 2007 – 2016. Ms. Campbell has also managed national and international services at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and worked in Guatemala and Nicaragua for close to four years. She has served on many boards and has been an advisor to organizations that focus on international development issues. In 2012, she received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work with Aboriginal communities and in 2014, Ms. Campbell was named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women, under the category “Trailblazers and Trendsetters”.

Robert G. Goodall - Treasurer. Robert is the President, CEO and founder of Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation, a publicly traded (TSX) $575 million non-bank lender.  Mr. Goodall is also the President, and the founder, of the Manager, Canadian Mortgage Capital Corporation, a major mortgage brokerage company with well-established lending and mortgage servicing operations.  Prior to founding the Manager, Mr. Goodall spent seven years with Royal Trust, the last three years as National Managing Director of the Real Estate Finance Group.  He was responsible for a portfolio of $1.4 billion in commercial and multi-residential real estate loans, including fixed and floating rate mortgages, construction loans and mezzanine loan facilities. Mr. Goodall has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a trustee of DREAM Office REIT.

Christopher Hunter. Christopher is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Toronto. During the early days of the dot com boom he was drawn into legal practice from a career in engineering. His practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of intellectual property commercialization and prosecution. Prior to joining Norton Rose Canada, Mr. Hunter was a partner at another major law firm in Toronto. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Chris completed graduate studies in engineering prior to entering law school, and has maintained a keen interest in math and applied math. Prior to parenthood he was an active volunteer for a number of charitable programs, including the Out of the Cold shelter program for the homeless.

Linda MacKay. Linda has leadership of the newly created Business Transformation & Enablement Team for TD's Canadian Personal Banking.  Prior to this role, Linda had the leadership of the Greater Toronto Region which included 257 branches and 5,650 TD Teammates.  She's had senior roles in Product, Business Banking and other head office functions including Vice President & Special Assistant to the CEO. Linda's passionate about Financial Education, Woodgreen’s Homeward Bound Program, Canadian Women’s Foundation & United Way. Linda completed her undergraduate degree at University of Toronto and completed her MBA at the Joseph L Rotman School of Business.

Susan (Su) McVey. Susan is a Professor at the School of Marketing at Seneca College and Managing Director at aka Communications Associates. Previously she served as SVP, Head of Marketing at Mackenzie Investments. She offers deep marketing expertise drawn from industry and agency experience in financial services, technology and telecom. Su is a dynamic mentor known for developing and building high performing teams and fostering an environment of continuous improvement, with a talent for identifying, evaluating, and maximizing traditional and emerging marketing opportunities.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.

Vinay Sarin – Secretary (Former Chair). Vinay retired as a SVP at Bank of Montreal, with over 30 years’ experience in financial management and business strategy. He is a natural problem solver with a strong ability to bring together various disciplines – legal, tax, accounting, etc. Following retirement, Vinay completed a law degree at the University of Toronto. Since then, he has pursued his interest in helping individuals fight injustice and promoting a better world, with a focus on immigration law, family law, trusts/wills/estates and civil law matters. Vinay has extensive experience on volunteer boards and not-for-profit organizations and is currently a director of State Bank of India (Chair of Audit Committee). Vinay served as Chair of JUMP Math from 2011 to 2015, and is proud to continue his support as a Director.

Martha Tory. Martha retired from Ernst & Young LLP, where she was a partner specialized in serving not-for-profit organizations. She serves as the Chair of the Board for PREVNet and the Institute of Competitiveness and Prosperity. She is on the boards of a number of other charities, including MaRS, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and George Brown College. She is also a member of CPA Canada’s Accounting Standards Oversight Council and the Standards Council of Imagine Canada. Ms. Tory holds a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and has FCPA, FCA and ICD.D designations.

Key Management Personnel

Scott McMeekin - Chief Executive Officer. Scott has been Chief Executive Officer of JUMP Math since 2010. His experience spans large and small companies, including: as a Global Account Manager at Monitor Company, where he led strategy development projects for Fortune 1000 companies, with a focus on operations and marketing; an executive in early-stage firms; and a Senior Project Manager at CAE Electronics, where he managed flight and nuclear power plant simulator projects. He first learned of JUMP Math from a 2006 documentary called EMPz 4 Life, immediately reaching out to John Mighton to offer his help.  Scott provided pro- bono assistance to JUMP Math prior to taking on the role of CEO in 2010. He is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration.

Dr. John Mighton OC - Founder and Chief Creative Officer. John is a mathematician, best-selling author, and award-winning playwright. John completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto and was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory.  He is a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, has taught mathematics at the University of Toronto and lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a Master’s in Philosophy. John is intimately involved in the innovation and development of JUMP Math programs, is frequently consulted as an international thought-leader on math education, and represents JUMP Math at conferences and in the media.

Bruce Bennett - Vice President of Finance and Administration. Bruce is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, trusted adviser, and experienced director. Prior to joining JUMP Math, Bruce was the President of Bennecon Ltd. where, for 20 years, he led teams in assisting dozens of major North American organizations in improving internal efficiencies and in developing new strategies. During this period, he significantly expanded the firm’s scope of service offerings and geographic area served resulting in a quadrupling in the size of the organization. With deep experience across a variety of functions, Bruce has been an advisor to numerous executives and boards of directors. Previously he spent several years in sales and marketing at Xerox Corporation and at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) as a Senior Consultant. He is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration.

Michael Crum - Vice-President of US Development. Michael has over 20 years of experience in the educational and social justice arenas as a volunteer, donor, staff member, consultant, and board member across the United States and Canada. He has an extensive background in philanthropy and impact investment, having worked with universities, international nonprofits, and social purpose businesses. Mike is a US citizen who has been a permanent resident of Canada since 2011. Mike joined JUMP Math after learning about the organization’s outcomes helping low-income and inner-city students reach their potential and promise.

Cecelia (Ceil) Daniels – Acting Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives (US). Ceil has 35 years of experience as: a teacher; a researcher and author of numerous scholarly articles at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education; and a curriculum developer and senior manager at the Success for All Foundation and the Center for the Social Organization of Schools. At the Success for All Foundation, she played a key role developing curriculum and growing the reach of the organization directly and through partnerships and alliances, and managing multi-million dollar federal and private research and development grants. Ceil has deep knowledge of the JUMP Math program having researched its implementation in New York City schools and assisted JUMP Math in revising and improving its professional development offerings. Ceil is responsible for developing strategic relationships with like-minded organizations and continuing to oversee the development of JUMP Math professional development offerings.

Sol Kasimer - Special Advisor to the CEO. Sol has an extensive background in the non-profit sector. He was previously Special Advisor to the CEO of Imagine Canada and National Advisor to The Learning Partnership. He has been the CEO of YMCA Canada, Altruvest Charitable Services and the Montreal YMCA over his distinguished 35 year career. Sol was a founding member of the Voluntary Sector Roundtable and co-chaired the Capacity Joint Table with the Federal Government. He has been a Director of the Public Policy Forum; a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council on Education and volunteer Board member of Portage a substance abuse rehabilitation program for teens. Sol holds a BSc. in Psychology from McGill University and an MSc. in Human Development from Purdue.

Kevin Linder - Publisher. Kevin completed an MSc. in math at McGill University before entering the publishing industry. As JUMP Math's publications manager, Kevin is responsible for managing curriculum writers and production staff. He also manages publishing and distribution of JUMP Math's classroom resources. He has worked in publishing for 24 years, including 14 years in educational publishing. Before joining JUMP Math in 2008, Kevin was a senior nonfiction editor at House of Anansi Press, the publisher of several of John Mighton's books.

Dr. Daryl Rock - Special Advisor US Outreach. Daryl served as the superintendent of the Promise Academy Charter Schools at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) during the 2008-2010 school years. Before this, Dr. Rock was the principal at Benjamin Banneker Academy for Community Development in Brooklyn. When he left Banneker after 10 years, the graduation rate was 98 percent (among the top 5% in New York State). Dr. Rock's greatest strength lies in developing schools that meet the needs of students from urban areas, skills he honed as a teacher, school leader, and superintendent. One crucial concept has guided his approach when working with a school community: "The primary factor that separates one school from another is not the students, but the character, will, and commitment of the adults who interact with them. When the adults establish an atmosphere of trust, confidence and mutual respect, students thrive." Dr. Rock has two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education from New York University.

Mary Sadleir - Vice President of Outreach. Mary has 30 years of education program sales experience and manages JUMP Math’s team of nine Outreach Managers. She is responsible for all Canadian outreach activities, including program sales, teacher professional development and teacher support. Most recently, Mary served as Director of Sales for McGraw-Hill Education (Canada), where she was responsible for annual revenue of $20 million. Mary graduated with a BA in Psychology from Queen’s University.