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Angie McKaig

Angie McKaig has twenty years of digital, marketing and entrepreneurial expertise working as a founder of Canadian startups as well as a leader in media and financial institutions. She currently works at RBC where she leads a team who manage the digital sales channels, public-facing web site and digital marketing programs. She has chaired both charitable campaigns for United Way and diversity & inclusion task forces during the past decade. Deeply passionate about women’s healthcare, Angie is committed to improving access to sexual education, reproductive rights, and equity for every intersection.

Stephanie Latty

Stephanie Latty is a scholar, writer and educator. She is currently a Ph.D Candidate in the Collaborative Women and Gender Studies Program in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. She is also a Professor at George Brown College.

Prior to commencing doctoral studies, Stephanie was the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Coordinator at Humber College where she developed and implemented policies related to accessibility and human rights. Stephanie has also worked in the field of social work at organizations such as Griffin Centre where she coordinated programs for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and adults labelled with intellectual disabilities, and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre where she provided counselling and advocacy support to women and youth. Stephanie is deeply committed to social justice and works from an integrative anti-racist, anti-oppression, pro-choice and youth engagement framework.

Stephanie holds a Masters of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Laurentian University. In 2016, Stephanie was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral research.

Sarah Hobbs Blyth (Executive Director)

Sarah has been the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Toronto since 2009. She began her career in sexual health and health care working at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Starting as the Clinic Coordinator in 1999, Sarah has held a number of positions at PPT. Sarah demonstrates a continued commitment to improving access to mental, primary and sexual health care for youth through participating on boards, committees and working groups both within the Community Health Centre sector and the non-profit charitable sector. Sarah has a combined degree in Sociology and Gerontology degree from McMaster University, a master’s certificate in Healthcare Management from York’s Schulich School of Business, and has completed the Advanced Health Systems Leadership Program at U of T’s Rotman School of Business. Sarah is committed to working from an anti-oppressive framework and is an advocate for the model of health and wellbeing. On her days off, Sarah enjoys hiking with her dog and spending time with her daughter Faith.

Heather McPherson

Heather McPherson is the President  & Chief Executive Officer of Women’s College Hospital (WCH). Heather is a highly recognized healthcare executive with extensive experience in clinical, academic and health system leadership. Prior to her role as President & CEO, she served as the hospital’s Executive Vice President of Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation; where she was at the forefront of shaping and executing hospital strategy and operations.

Heather is an innovative leader who has been instrumental in establishing clinical programs and services that close the health gaps for patients – not only at Women’s College Hospital but throughout the province. With her unparalleled ability to partner across the healthcare system, build high-performance teams and foster a culture of excellence, she has created transformative solutions.

Heather is a passionate advocate for a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to health. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Tom Gleason

Tom Gleason studied for several years at the University of Toronto, before he realized that his heart and mind weren’t in the lecture halls, but in community organizing. Through his experiences as President and Founder of a LGBTQ+ organization, Vice President of Internal Affairs of a large students’ association, coordinator of a mental health peer support group, and other campus roles, Tom discovered his passions for governance, civic engagement, LGBTQ+ issues, and mental health promotion.

Tom served as Executive Director of the Toronto Youth Cabinet from 2015 to 2017, during which time the organization saw a marked increase in engagement and such achievements as the inclusion of financial literacy in the Ontario high school curriculum, a dedicated youth voice within the TTC, the creation of a City of Toronto Youth Week, and the introduction of the annual TYC Summit. As a Studio [Y] Fellow at MaRS Discovery District, Tom was recognized as one of the top young leaders in Ontario and worked to develop solutions to make municipal budgets more youth-friendly and co-founded CreateSpaceTO, an initiative that taught tech skills to youth facing barriers.

Tom currently works as Chief of Staff to a Toronto City Councillor and volunteers on political campaigns in his free time.

Liz Sutherland

Liz has a background in public policy and advocacy, including 15 years in the non-profit sector and five years in the federal government. She has worked in a variety of social and health policy areas including non-profit funding reform, labour force issues, pensions, child care policy, gender-based analysis, and program evaluation. Originally from Ottawa, Liz moved to Toronto in 2011. She holds a BA (Women’s Studies/Political Studies) from Trent University and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria. Liz is currently the Director of Policy at the Ontario Non-profit Network, where she has worked since 2015.

Liz joined the Planned Parenthood Toronto board in 2013 and has chaired the board’s Bylaw & Policy Committee since 2014. As a board volunteer, she has enjoyed writing and reviewing policies, staying up to date on legislation and good governance practices, and deliberating with our board (and our partners’ boards) on how PPT, as a youth-serving community health centre, can best achieve its mission in the context of health system transformation.

Naomi Desai

Naomi Desai is a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she has completed projects in a range of projects in industries including principal investors and private equity, corporate sustainability, sustainable finance and global development. Her practice focuses primarily on improving the sustainability and societal impact footprint or large corporations and advising investors on how to allocate their capital to support this transformation. In addition, she has also worked to support a number of pro bono and social impact initiatives inside and outside of BCG including a previous secondment to the LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact and work with BCG’s global social impact partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Food Programme. Naomi has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University with concentrations in Marketing and Global Strategy.

Naomi is deeply passionate about improving youth access to healthcare, especially marginalized youth who face barriers. She has been serving on PPT’s board since 2017 to advance choice for youth in all areas of their lives.

Sarah Burke Dimitrova

Sarah Burke Dimitrova is a public health research and communications professional with a passion for sexual, reproductive, and perinatal health and rights. Her studies, career, and community involvement share a common thread: her enthusiasm for making health evidence accessible to all, to not only inform choice but also bolster empowerment.

In her current work at a provincial health agency, Sarah applies an evidence-based approach to health care quality improvement in the areas of primary care and chronic disease management. She works from an equity framework to improve the way health care is delivered in Ontario. Prior to working in the public sector, Sarah developed clinical practice guidelines at the Association of Ontario Midwives and worked at a public health non-profit organization in Montreal. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA (Communications, Psychology) from the University of Ottawa.

After moving ten times in as many years, she’s happy to call Toronto’s east end home.

Farrah Khan

Farrah Khan is a social and environmental justice activist with nearly fifteen years of professional experience in campaigning, policy negotiation, community organizing, project management, government relations, fundraising, storytelling, and communications.

She currently works as a crisis campaigner at Amnesty International Canada where she develops campaign strategies for domestic and international human rights crises. Prior to her time at Amnesty, Farrah worked at Greenpeace Canada where she focused her work on Indigenous solidarity, political strategy, and advocating for the representation of diverse voices in the environmental sector.

Farrah is the recipient of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s Urban Community Power Award, co-author of the first report to quantify the impacts of coal power on Albertans’ health, and has a degree in political science and religion from the University of Toronto.

Farrah was born and raised in suburban Toronto and now lives in the city’s west end.

Tracy Ampofoh

Tracy Ampofoh is front line social worker who currently provides support to youth with complex mental health needs. Tracy has experience as both service user and worker in various systems. She has work experiences in areas such as sexual violence prevention, housing, mental health and addictions; specifically working with youth, womyn identified folks and racialized communities. Tracy strives to include an intersectional and strength based approaches in her work that blends both clinical approaches and peer based models.

Tracy is looking forward to bringing knowledge of frontline work and experiences with systems to the Board of Planned Parenthood Toronto and is excited to learn and grow with the agency.