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Who is Springboard
Springboard builds stronger communities by helping at risk and vulnerable youth and adults through critical transitions in their lives with a focus on community justice, employment and developmental disability services.
People are at the centre of everything we do.
That’s why we approach every client with attention to our core values of inclusivity, collaboration, innovation, care, and integrity.
We value and respect diverse cultures, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, circumstances, perspectives and abilities in our relationships with all individuals.
We believe working collaboratively with staff, the people we support and our communities is vital to advancing our mission.
We are highly responsive to the individual needs of the people we support, and we embrace change, ideas and approaches that will enable success.
We are passionate about our work and the impact our work has on the people we support.
We hold ourselves accountable to all our stakeholders for delivering on results that matter in a way that is rigorous, honest, ethical and transparent.
Who we serve:
We serve a diverse group of individuals, ranging from participants with developmental disabilities, individuals referred by the courts for diversion services to NEET youth and adults (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).
Springboard supports the people we serve with their goals to develop skills and knowledge and connect them with needed community resources and supports. This helps them feel more empowered to reach their personal goals.
For over 45 years, Springboard has been a meeting place for passionate professionals and people looking for guidance or support as they achieve their full potential.
our collective impact
Individuals served through our various programs and platforms.
Provided to victims in restitution
value of work completed by our clients thorugh community work hours.
Clients found employment, education and training opportunities.
Hours of skill development programming delivered
Director, Finance, IT and Facilities
Director, People & Culture
Board of Directors – Profiles
President & CEO of Teranet.
Elgin joined Teranet in 1997, and has held a number of leadership roles with the company. Before he became CEO in 2013, Elgin was Vice-President, Electronic Search and Registration. In this role, he helped strengthen Teranet’s relationship with the government through a collaborative approach that ensures the integrity and privacy of records managed by Teranet.
Elgin was the Land Registrar in the Peel and Hamilton-Wentworth regions and also held a number of operational and client-facing roles at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Before joining the Government of Ontario, Elgin was Director of the Alternatives for Youth Program and managed an open custody facility for young offenders.
A graduate of McMaster University, Elgin holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees. He is also a Bregman Scholar at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, where he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2005.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Public Service (retired)
Chairs the following Committees: Finance, Capital Accumulation Plan, & ICWP Advisory.
Ms. Grant held a number of progressively senior positions in the Ontario Public Service including Area Manager, Probation Parole, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister and the Minister of Correctional Services. At retirement she was the Assistant Deputy Minister Corporate Services for the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation.
Ms. Grant has a BA in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and completed an Executive Program at the University of Queens Business School.
Partner, KPMG LLP – GTA Accounting Advisory Services.
Chair Audit Committee, Committee Member of Finance and Fund Development.
Mr. Jeff King is a partner in Accounting Advisory Services at KPMG where he provides technical accounting advice to companies implementing new standards or dealing with complicated transactions.
Mr. King holds a Bachelor’s degree of Mathematics in Honours Chartered Accountancy (Co-operative Program with Distinction) and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Detective & Co Founder Special Victims Unit, Toronto Police Service (retired).
Member of the Program Committee.
Ms. Leaver joined the Toronto Police Service in 1975 and a Detective with the Sex Crime Unit since 1991. She is broadly recognized as an expert in advancing evidence informed services and programs for victims of sexual assault of women and children including the development of courses and training in these highly specialized areas.
Ms. Leaver’s work and leadership with the Women’s Initiatives Committee of the Rotary Club of Toronto helped support Covenant House’s startup of a transitional home for girls and young women wanting to exit the sex trade.
Ms. Leaver has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Marianoplis College and a Certificate in Social Work from Ryerson University.
Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University.
Member of Program Committee.
Ms. Deborah Newman held the position of Deputy Minister in the Ontario Public Service for 10 years, serving as Deputy Minister for the following Ministries: Training, Colleges and Universities, Community Safety and Correctional Services. Ms. Newman also served on the expert panel mandated to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to strengthen residential services for children and youth. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, in both the Department of Criminology and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration Program.
Ms. Newman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of both the Queen’s University Public Executive Program and the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, where she received her Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation.
Lan Nguyen is the founder/CEO of CIOs Beyond Borders Group located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated in IT leadership development and advisory with a goal to provide training, coaching, tools and resources to IT and business leaders who are seeking to gain further leadership advancement and strategic perspective under uncertainty while driving innovation and transformation within their organization.
In her former role of the Deputy Chief Information Officer with the City of Toronto, Lan responsible for a diversified enterprise digital transformation portfolio to support city’s service modernization agenda. Previously, she was Vice President of Innovation & Partnership/CIO at Centennial College and spent a significant 25 years with Ontario government in various IT executive positions. She founded the Vietnamese Canadian Business Council to promote a local business community supporting network. Lan has a keen interest to promote women leadership in technology and launched the Women in Technology Network, the mentorship program at the City of Toronto and at the CIO Association of Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, a Global Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and an Executive Public Administration from Queen’s University. She is also the lead instructor of the new Strategic Leadership in the Digital Enterprise program at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Teranet Inc.
Committee Member – Pension, Fund Development, Chair Golf Marathon and Real Estate Working Group.
Agostino is a Senior Executive providing strategic legal & business counsel. He is the Chief Legal Office & Corporate Secretary – Teranet INC since 2011.
He has a diverse 25 year employment history with progressive senior positions including Associate Lawyer, Torys LLP, legal counsel to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and Vice President & Legal Counsel, BCE INC.
He was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario, 1991 and holds his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Faculty of Law, from the University of Toronto.
Senior Human Resources/Labour Relations Leader at Capgemini.
Springboard Chair, HR Committee & Fund Development Committee.
Ms. Susan Steer has many years of experience in various Operational and HR leadership roles. She has worked in the private sector as well as a large public/private partnerships in the Information Technology, Healthcare and Utility sectors. In her current role, Susan is a Senior Human Resources/Labour Relations Leader at Capgemini, an organization spanning several continents. Ms. Steer is a member in good standing with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and is currently pursuing her Leadership Certificate in Workplace Mental Health, Queen’s University.
Ms. Steer has received a Business Diploma with Honours from Humber College, Certificate, Labour Relations, Queens University and a Certificate in Labour Law from York University.
Cheryl Tjok-A-Tam, MBA, is an accomplished business professional with many years of experience at organizations including AT&T Canada, IBM Global Services and RBC with sector experience in Technology, Consulting, Telecom and Finance. She has championed large, complex, multi-year operational initiatives demonstrating a natural aptitude for innovation and strategic transformation while exercising a balance of speed to market and the best interest of clients. In her current role, she supports the Chief Financial Office (CFO) business leaders to achieve their financial and strategic objectives. This is done through leveraging program management best practices for the execution of the portfolio of global CFO strategic change initiatives.
Cheryl is widely recognized as a change agent through fostering meaningful dialogue of diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging for all. She is the bank executive co-chair of a grass-roots, employee led initiative endeavoring to support the career progression of Black professionals and mentorship of youth.
Defence Lawyer Specializing in Youth Criminal Bar
Mr. Michael graduated from Osgoode Hall, one of the Canada’s most established and top tier law schools, in 2006 and he became a member of the bar in 2007. Despite graduating in 2006, however, Mr. Michael has been working in the field of Criminal Law since 2002 both through Intensive Practical Programmes at Osgoode Hall Law School and under the supervision of experienced and distinguished members Criminal Defence bar.
Since beginning his academic career, Mr. Michael has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the practice of criminal law that has continued to present day. Daniel has exclusively practiced in the area of Criminal Defence since being called to the bar and his passion for Criminal law is best exemplified by his ongoing to commitment to honing his skills through continuing legal education and tackling novel legal issues.
Throughout his academic and professional career, Mr. Michael has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community in the form of his ongoing advocacy and public legal education seminars. In 2005, Daniel was formally recognized by Osgoode Hall Law School with the Frank Zeman’s Award for his outstanding achievement and contribution to clients during the course of his work at the Parkdale Community Legal Services. In addition, Mr. Michael has continued with this commitment to the community by serving on Board of Director's for various non-profit organizations and providing free public legal education seminars on issues relating to Criminal law in both the English and Spanish language.
The Honourable Justice David P. Cole
The Honourable Consiglio Di Nino
Dr. Frederic L.R. Jackman
The Honourable Peter G. Jarvis
M. George Lewis
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry
Toronto Blue Jays
The Honourable Norm Dyson
The Honourable Dan S. Ferguson
Sandra G. Leonard
Springboard is committed to leveraging our resources and to minimizing administrative costs.