College-Montrose Children’s Place is managed, governed and operated by a committed, dynamic and highly talented group of individuals who believe passionately in our mission, vision and values.
Our Board of Directors
College-Montrose Children’s Place is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of up to 12 community members. Directors are elected to a two-year term at our Annual General Meeting each June.
Patrick Madden, Chair | Chair, Program Committee
Patrick has been volunteering with CMCP since 2012 and has helped CMCP through two strategic planning cycles. In his professional life Patrick works as a consultant supporting public sector and not-for-profit organizations here in Canada as well as in Africa and the Middle East. His areas of specialty include institutional development, planning, evaluation, policy development, performance measurement and results based budgeting. Prior to his consulting work Patrick spent thirty years working in various components of the Ontario Government.
Robert Spafford, Treasurer | Development Committee
Robert has worked at Cidel Asset Management as a VP, Portfolio Manager since 2006, where he is focused on managing clients wealth in the Energy, Materials and Telecoms industries. Robert obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 1996, and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto in 2005. Robert also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, awarded in 2002.
Robert is a father of two young boys who have been participants in CMCP programs. (Board member since 2017)
Catherine Fowler, Past Chair | Development Committee
Catharine is the Director of Advancement for Massey College at the University of Toronto. Previous to this role, she was Chief Operating Officer (COO) at The Glenn Gould Foundation, COO and Interim CEO for the Loran Scholars Foundation and founder of four businesses in the entertainment industry. She is a past Board Director and former Chair of the Finance Committee for SKETCH, Working Arts for Street-Involved and Homeless Youth, a former Director for Array Music and Administrative Officer for the Morehead-Cain Award. Past Chair of CMCP Executive, Governance and Development Committees. (Board member since 2012)
Patrick Imlay, Secretary | Governance Committee
As a Senior Communications Coordinator with Ontario’s Ministry of Energy, Patrick led a series of Long-Term Energy Plan consultations in the fall of 2016. Over a five-week period, Patrick and senior ministry officials consulted with more than 700 energy sector stakeholders and some 500 members of the public in 17 communities across Ontario to discuss the next 20 years of provincial energy planning. He also serves as one of the chief speechwriters for Glenn Thibeault, Ontario’s Minister of Energy.
Patrick previously worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for various Ontario ministries. These include the Ministries of Intergovernmental Affairs; Health and Long-Term Care; and Health Promotion. More recently, he served as a Senior Trade Policy Analyst with the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth’s Trade Policy Branch. This branch will represent the Ontario government in the upcoming NAFTA negotiation as well as the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Patrick holds Bachelor of History and Bachelor of Secondary Education degrees from McGill University. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Communications from the London School of Economics. (Board member since 2017)
Regina Martyn, Co-Chair | Development Committee
Regina is a lawyer and social justice advocate. Her expertise includes, advice and representation on a wide range of labour and employment issues in Ontario including just cause for dismissal, minimum employment standards, human rights and the duty to accommodate in Ontario’s workplace. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from University of Guelph (2001), Master of Arts (MA) degree from University of Toronto (2005), and Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University (2011). She’s studying teaching at OISE (MT Candidate, 2021), University of Toronto and loves playing sports and enjoying a good book. She worked in private practice and in-house counsel from 2012-2019. (Board member since 2018)
Morten Lave | Development Committee
Morten is an independent consultant and an expert in digital and analog design, IC design, firmware and software design and digital signal processing.
He received the equivalent of a master’s degree in computer science from Aarhus University in 1990 after completing a bachelor’s degree in physics. From 1989, he was employed at TC Electronic in a small R&D department; he implemented software, firmware and DSP code for all TC Electronic products released in the first half of 1990s.
Morten left TC Electronic in 2003 to set up TC Applied Technologies a fab-less semiconductor company focusing primarily on the development and delivery of semiconductors and IP supporting audio networking technologies for the professional and consumer electronics sectors. These technologies include the DICE series of chips and the JET PLL.
He served as the CEO of TC Applied Technologies until February 2016 and is now an independent consultant. (Board member since 2017)
Clara Juando-Prats | Program Committee
Dr. Clara Juando-Prats is a critical health researcher in the Applied Health Research Centre at the St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is a nurse by background; she completed her PhD at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, her MSc at the University of Edinburgh, and the BScN at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Her research focuses on patient and public engagement, patient experiences, visual approaches, and socio-critical theory applied to study the relational aspects of the health care system as well as the inequities in the social structure that impact individuals’ health. She is working in partnership with Sketch, College Montrose Children’s Place, and Planned Parenthood Toronto to impact the physical, social, and mental health of young parents living with low resources in Toronto through an arts-based community program. (Board member since 2019)
Julie Martins | Program Committee
As a mother of two young boys, Julie became a regular participant in CMCP’s Nurturing Development program and is now an advocate for her younger son’s medical complexity and unique learning needs. After graduating from U of T with her B. Comm, she pursued her passion for social justice and volunteered with several United Way agencies, including Sistering. She obtained a postgraduate certificate in International Project Management, which allowed her to gain experience working in Zimbabwe, Chad and Kenya.
She has over ten years of experience fundraising for both local and international charities including Canadian Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and is currently Senior Manager of Philanthropy at Plan International Canada, dedicated to advancing child rights and equality for girls.
Laurel Maule CFRE| Chair, Development Commitee
A passionate fundraiser with over 12 years of experience, Laurel has been part of incredible fundraising teams for national and international non-profit organizations including Food Banks Canada and Doctors Without Borders. She holds a certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University and earned her CFRE designation in Fall 2020.
She is a proud Mom to three year old son Sterling and excited to be expecting a new addition to their family in May 2020. Before the pandemic, Laurel regularly enjoyed coming to CMCP’s Shaw Street location and was proud to join the CMCP Development Committee in 2019 and the Board in 2021.
Our Management Team
The dedicated management team of College-Montrose Children’s Place oversees our sites day-to-day, delivers our programs and services and fundraises to ensure we have the resources to offer excellent child and family support.
Emilia Rodrigues | Executive Director
[email protected] | 416-532-9485, extension 224
Emilia has been with CMCP since 1983. Equipped with her ECE background, she joined us as a program and outreach worker under a federal employment program for newcomers. As the organization grew, Emilia grew with it and now manages a budget of over $1 million and 10 program sites. She is originally from Portugal and values time spent with her two daughters and four grandchildren.
Corina John | Community Programs Manager
[email protected] |416-532-9485, extension 232
Corina was first introduced to CMCP in 2003 as an ECE student during her placement. A few years later she was hired as a Family Support Worker and worked our frontlines for over 10 years. In 2016 Corina joined the management team as the Community Programs Manager. Her passion for connecting with families means you still might see her leading the occasional circle time or parenting workshop.
Mark Osler | Community Engagement Manager
[email protected] | 416-532-9485, extension 223
Mark first joined CMCP as a participant with his daughter in 2008. He began volunteering extensively with us and served on our Program and Hiring Committees and took part in strategy planning sessions. His passion for children and CMCP earned him an invitation to join our management team in 2016. Mark contributes the skills he has developed over his many years as an entrepreneur to help build a stronger community.
- Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator: Samantha Kaszas, [email protected]
- Program Administrative Assistant: Durriya Khambati, [email protected] |416-532-9485, extension 221
- Administrative Assistant: Aykhan Guluzade, [email protected] | 416-532-9485, extension 225
Lead Family Support Workers:
- Melanie Robitaille
- Marnie Bernstein
- Manuela Lains
- Pamela Irish
- Ildiko Baltoumas
- Donia Kobrosly
- Mercedes Dickson
- Lindsey Benjamin
- Mehmet Titiz
- Ally Caruso
“The staff here are amazing. They provide a caring, loving, approachable environment.”
– Mel, CMCP participant
We offer placements in Early Childhood Education, Nursing and Social Work and other programs to students from schools including Humber College, Seneca College, Ryerson University and George Brown College.
At CMCP, students gain an opportunity to work in a dynamic environment with a focus on teamwork under the supervision of an experienced staff member.
For more information email [email protected]
Summer student opportunities
College-Montrose Children’s Place receives funding to hire summer students. To be considered for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Administrative Assistant Aykhan Guluzade at [email protected]ca by May 30th.