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Angela Simo Brown

Lead Executive

Angela is an accomplished leader recognized for executing innovative national multi-sector social impact programs. She has built an extensive career helping national companies, such as LoyaltyOne and Air Miles, drive sustainable and scalable societal benefit while ensuring social impact aligns with corporate strategy goals. Angela was awarded the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Award in the category Trailblazers & Trendsetters in 2014.

Josée Thibault

Senior Manager, Youth Employment Strategies

With a background in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Josée turns big ideas into action. Whether connecting employers to NEET youth eager for the opportunity, leading a childhood literacy charity, bringing donors closer to causes they care about, or helping corporations improve their customer experience, Josee builds high performing teams and creates communities that are propelled by a passion for meaningful change.

Sarah Vickery

Design Research Manager

Program design, iterative process development, multi-stakeholder approaches, and strong facilitation chops grounded in play based theory are just some of the skills Sarah has developed having worked in 6 countries on a variety of youth employment, entrepreneurship and leadership programs. She infuses all of her work with a deep sense of optimism, creativity, and humility, and starts from an inclusion-first lens.

Allison Colin-Thome

Senior Associate

Allison has spent the majority of her career in Corporate Human Resources, fuelled by a desire to improve the people experience. Focused primarily in Recruitment, she has managed the hiring across the financial, professional services and hospitality sectors. She identified an opportunity to make an even deeper impact with O4AY and pursue a long held passion of helping youth find meaningful employment. She now draws on her deep Recruitment experience to partner effectively with employers in meeting their hiring needs.

Kristina Smith

Senior Associate

Kristina is driven to amplify youth and their future opportunities, and is excited to work alongside employers and community partners to offer unique hiring opportunities. Kristina has a background in managing and delivering community development projects in Canada and abroad, ranging from running a youth entrepreneurship program, equipping youth to participate in international experiential learning and building community agency capacity through learning and development.

Seray Pulluk


A recent graduate of the Political Science program at Trinity College, University of Toronto, Seray has experience working with various levels of governmental and non-profit organizations. Passionate about social action, she believes that work done for meaningful change is indispensable to any community. She is very excited to work towards increasing O4AY’s impact.

Nina Rafeek

Senior Associate, Communications

Equipped with a results-driven mindset and a curious spirit, Nina’s expertise lies at the intersection of strategic communications and multimedia storytelling. From copywriting for world-renowned brands in the corporate sector, to engaging youth and stakeholders in the non-profit realm, she is passionate about finding creative ways to connect, engage and inspire in the ever-changing media landscape. In tandem with the O4AY team, Nina is excited to work with employers and community partners across Canada to help youth from coast-to-coast reach new and sustainable heights in their professional lives.

Habon Ali


Habon Ali recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and is an MSc Candidate at McMaster University. As a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, Habon was actively involved in the creation of Canada’s first National Youth Policy and the development of Canada’s Service Corps. She is passionate about community building, youth participation, social determinants of health, reducing health inequity and healthy public policy.

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