Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a volunteer role, member are recruited through the Nominations committee of the Board. The board is responsible for the overall governance of Experiences Canada, with principal responsibilities for strategic planning, financial and administrative oversight. Appointments are for a two-year period with a maximum limit of three consecutive terms or 6 years of service. It meets twice a year in person and conducts the rest of its work largely via teleconference.


David McInnes – Chair

Edmonton, AB

Dave McInnes is currently active with several private and not-for-profit boards and is an advisor on strategy, governance and investor relations for a mid-market investment firm.

Prior to his retirement, Dave McInnes was a partner and counsel to Fieldlaw. His practice was primarily focused on business transactions in a wide variety of industry sectors, and included advice to management, boards and governments

Adam Young

Ottawa, ON

Adam is an Education Specialist with the Bank of Canada Museum where he helps build programs and outreach to educate Canadians on the economy.

A former teacher and language camp coordinator,  Adam has taught at the university and K-12 level, specializing in sustainability and inquiry. He leads the national environmental learning network EECOM, and has developed projects for Scouts Canada and other ENGOs.

Adam has been active with Experiences Canada since his role as a youth ambassador for Canada 150 & Me.  He is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation within exchanges, and the power of collaboration to solve global issues.

Alena Jackson

Winnipeg, MB

Alena Jackson is Assistant Manager, Investment Operations at Canada Life Assurance Company. She holds a CPA, CMA designation and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and a minor in International Business from the University of Manitoba. This is her first national board role, but has been involved in a number of community involvement activities in Winnipeg including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and the Manitoba Weightlifting Association.

Anurag Arora

Toronto, ON

Anurag Arora has over 13 years of experience in strategy and management consulting in the telecom and technology sector in Canada, US and a number of international markets.He has led strategic initiatives for large organizations in market expansion, product development, business planning and technology implementation. Currently, Anurag works at TELUS in Technology Strategy and Business Transformation where he supports strategic transformation initiatives.Anurag also launched a branding agency,Moon Rabbit Strategy, six years ago to supportstartups and smallbusinesses launch their brands and digital presenceacross platforms.

Daniela Pico

Toronto, ON

Daniela Pico is a leader in education and technology innovation. As the Strategic Partnership Lead at, Daniela helps leading institutions provide access to best in class online learning at an affordable cost. Prior to joining Outlier, Daniela held various roles at Riipen, including as Director of Account Management and Director of Strategic Partnerships. Under her leadership, over 75,000 work integrated learning experiences were delivered to students across North America. In the community, Daniela has led the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum based inToronto as the former curator, runs the Immunocity podcast, is an OnDeck Fellow, and is a mentor with Girls in Tech.

David Ross

Toronto, ON

A retired partner of Deloitte and Touche Canada, David Ross has a broad range of commercial experience in accounting, auditing, acquisitions, regulation, litigation support including forensic investigations and management consulting. Mr. Ross’s board governance experience includes consulting to boards and serving on boards and board committees including those of Deloitte Touche Canada, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Baycrest Centre.

Iza Parker

Regina, SK

Iza Parker is a Human Resources enterprise strategist with Farm Credit Canada. She has proven experience charting tactical corporate plans guiding decisions on various topics including people operations, succession planning, change management, talent acquisition, organizational and performance management, diversity and inclusion, corporate culture, accounting, audit and finance. An avid traveler, Iza speaks English, Spanish and French. She is also the beneficiary of an international student exchange between the University of Regina and the Universidad Panamericana; a valuable experience she draws on for knowledge and advice for others. She is a continuous learner who sees benefit in sharing her expertise with the next generation.

Melanie Martin

St. John’s, NL

Melanie Martin is the Director of Arts and Special Celebrations with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to that Melanie lead the First World War commemorations file, Honour 100. She has assisted with curriculum development and designed battlefield educational travel programs to Europe for the province’s youth, focusing on the experiences of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

She has a master’s degree in Newfoundland history from Memorial University and has contributed to historical journals, websites, anthologies, and educational textbooks on significant events in Newfoundland and Labrador’s turbulent social and political history, specifically around resettlement and the industrialization attempts during the Smallwood years. Melanie’s first historical fiction novel, A Splendid Boy, is set during the First World War and was published in May 2016 by Flanker Press.

Nadia Moussouni

Montreal, QC

Nadia Moussouni is a co-founder and previously Managing Partner at E24 Solutions; a company operating in the renewable energy and environmental sector. She is a senior investment executive with 15 years in the financing, strategic planningand structuring of SME funding opportunities. Prior to the creation of E24, she was responsible for operations in the institutional investment division of State Street Corporation. Nadia holds a B.A. in Finance from HEC Montreal and recently received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Nadia was herself an exchange student in her youth so appreciates first-hand the transformative impact our programs can have.

Paul Ash

Dartmouth, NS

Paul is currently the Superintendent of the Tri-County Regional School board in Nova Scotia.  He has over twenty-seven years of experience working within the Nova Scotia public education system working at the school, school board and provincial level. Prior senior management roles for the province of Nova Scotia include strategic planning/management, employee relations, and change management.  His extensive knowledge of programming and services offered within the Nova Scotia public education system and his vast educational and community networks across the province enables him to provide insight and support across many spectrums of education.


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