Our Board

NANCY HAMM
Chair

Member, Human Rights Watch Canada Committee

Mrs. Hamm has been actively engaged in the advancement of charitable causes for the past twenty-five years. Her involvement has focused on education, social services and human rights. She has broad experience as a board member, campaign fundraiser and event organizer. As Board Chair of Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, she was largely responsible for the merger of Earlscourt and the West End Crèche to become the Child Development Institute, and was its first Board Chair. She continues to be an Advisory Board Member of Child Development Institute. Mrs. Hamm is a Member of Human Rights Watch Canada Committee and Past Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member of the Human Rights Watch Canada. She is a Board member of  Pine River Institute and Board Chair of Pine River Foundation. Mrs. Hamm and her husband live in Toronto and have three adult sons.

 

CLARE GAUDET

Vice President, National Bank

Clare Gaudet is a financial services executive and lawyer and is currently Vice-President and Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer at the National Bank of Canada. Prior to December 2014, she was Vice-President Enterprise Risk Management TD Bank Group.  Clare started her career at Borden Ladner Gervais as a corporate and securities lawyer. After a decade in private practice, she joined the Toronto Stock Exchange as head of Senior Listings. She then worked at CIBC from 2005 in Regulatory Affairs and Internal Controls. Clare obtained her LL.B. and B.C.L (1984) from McGill University.

Clare has been involved in a number of not-for-profit organizations in the arts and education and is currently Chair of the Governance Committee of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto.  What inspires Clare, as a parent and director of the Pine River Foundation, is the way forward to wholeness that PRI offers young people struggling with addictive behaviors.

Clare lives in Toronto and Montreal with her husband and visits her two grown-up daughters living abroad as often as she can.

 

MARIA MILANETTI

Partner, MarchFifteen

Maria Milanetti has over 20 years experience working with senior managers and leaders in a variety of settings. She specializes in strategy development, succession planning, change management and leadership and team development. Known as an insightful and results-oriented business partner, Maria has worked in both large and small organizations in many different sectors.

Maria holds a Master’s degree in business administration and completed her training in organizational development at The Canadian Organizational Development Institute.

 

GUY CARR-HARRIS


Chairman and CEO, Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd. 

Guy Carr-Harris is the controlling shareholder of Canada Colors and Chemicals Limited.  He holds the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and is located in their head office in Toronto, Canada.

Guy Carr-Harris graduated from Proctor Academy, a private school in New Hampshire and attended the University of Vermont where he studied Business Management.

Guy has spent more than 30 years in various positions with Canada Colors and is the 3rd generation to manage the company.  Other responsibilities include being the President and Chairman of Carr Investments and other family holding companies, President of Roseneath Properties as well as being on the board of The Canadian Art Foundation, Branksome Hall, Proctor Academy and The Beaumaris Yacht Club.

Guy Carr-Harris lives with his wife Margaret in Toronto and has two daughters.

 

JANE AUDET


Associate Director, Upper Canada College

Jane Audet is a Senior Educational Leader with more than 30 years’ experience helping schools build academic and non-academic activities to provide enhanced learning and growth for their students.  Jane is currently the Associate Director of University Counselling at Upper Canada College. Prior to this role she served as Vice Principal of Student Life at Greenwood College School and before that as Head of Student Services at Bishop Strachan School.  Her career in education also includes roles as Middle School Coordinator, Athletic Director and Head of Health and Physical Education. In the summer months, Jane spends as much time as possible at Camp Kirk, an overnight camp co-founded by her husband, Henri Audet, who has been the Executive Director since it began in 1993. The camp is tailored to build resiliency and boost confidence of children, age 7 and 13, who require special accommodations including learning disabilities, AD/HD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jane has also gained many years of fundraising experience with Camp Kirk; and maintains her passion is to help every student reach their full potential!  She sees her involvement on the Pine River Foundation Board as a natural extension of this deep personal commitment.

 

Our Staff

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JENNIFER BLUNT
CEO

Jennifer assumed her responsibilities as CEO of Pine River Foundation in October 2015 bringing with her 25 years of experience in the field combined with a heartfelt belief in the importance of giving youth with addictive behaviours and mental health issues a fresh start. 

Her passion and interest in the field dates back to her undergraduate years at Queens University where she majored in Psychology and volunteered taking at-risk-youth on wilderness expeditions into Algonquin Park. 

Jennifer's early experience in fundraising management, marketing and communications led her to the Toronto Public Library where she became the founding President of the Toronto Public Library Foundation. After a short hiatus to start her family, Jennifer returned to the field of youth addiction and over a twelve year period assumed progressive responsibility for the growth and stability of operations at Portage Ontario.

Jennifer lives in Toronto with her husband Robert Blunt and their two teenage daughters. 

RUTH ANN SPITSE
Director of Finance

Ruth Ann has been with Pine River as Director of Finance since the Fall of 2006.  With more than 20 years of experience, she provides accounting and financial services.

After attending Carleton University and Calvin College, Ruth Ann went on to a career in finance, mainly in the marketing and advertising sector.  In 2004, she started her own financial management and consulting company, working with various clients including charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

 
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LISA ZACCAGLINO
Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Lisa provides day-to-day staff support services and gift processing for the Foundation.

Prior to joining Pine River, Lisa spent six years working at United Way Toronto in the roles of Associate Manager, Leadership Giving and Administrative Assistant, Major Individual Giving.

 

DENISE KOULIS
Director, Communications and Development

Denise has more than 15 years of experience helping leaders in healthcare, international development, and B2B service delivery to build brand recognition and expand their market share. At the Foundation, she works to build awareness, engagement, and philanthropic support for Pine River's efforts to help troubled youth and their families. A strong advocate for mental health, Denise previously worked with CAMH, Sunnybrook Hospital, and the Family Navigation Project helping to inspire a shift in attitudes about addiction and other mental health issues and improve access to care. 
 
 

 

HONOURARY PATRON

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Mary Jo Haddad
Former President & CEO, SickKids

Mark Sarner
President, Manifest Communications Inc.

Constance L. Sugiyama LL.B. 
Vice Chair, Canada Health Infoway

Sharon Weintraub
President, ShaRna Foundation

Honorable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.
Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada Inc.
Chancellor, University of Toronto

Judith Wolfson
Vice-President, University Relations, 
University of Toronto 

MEMBERS

Ronald A. Crane
Founding Board Chair, Pine River Institute

Stuart Hensman
Past Chair, Pine River Institute & Pine River Foundation

Karen Minden
Founder, Pine River Institute

Michael Morgan
Founding Board Member, Pine River Institute

Elyse Schipper
Co-Founder, Pine River Institute

Dr. Harvey Schipper
Founding Board Member, Pine River Institute

Samantha Yamada
Co-Founder, Founding Director of Research, Pine River Institute