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.

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.

Paige Percy

Kitley, ON

Paige Percy is a Fora: Network for Change’s Rise on Boards Young Director. She is passionate about equitable change-making and the power of young people. Paige works as a policy advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami with file focuses on Inuit food security and housing. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Environmental Policy at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. As an active community member, Paige is a youth council member for Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, SheConnects mentor, and a Young Diplomats of Canada alumni.

Marian Gayed

Edmonton, AB

Marian Gayed is a leader in education, innovation and business development. She has 20 years of experience in post secondary education, and expertise in healthcare research. She is the former VP, external relations and partnerships at NorQuest College, where she led transformation of entrepreneurial business development initiatives at the college for almost seven years in support of fund development, international partnerships and industry training and development partnerships. Prior to then, she was the Director of governance and executive leadership programs at the Alberta School of Business, U of A. Marian has sat on and chaired a number of non-profit boards, such as Firefly Circus and Theatre and e4c. Marian holds a bachelors in arts, a bachelors of commerce and an MBA.

Chelsea Thompson

Vancouver, BC

Chelsea is an experienced corporate transactions and commercial contracts lawyer. After articling and practising as an associate at a top tier law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, she transferred her technical knowledge of private mergers and acquisitions, securities, intellectual property, and general corporate law into practical application by transitioning into various in-house counsel roles. Chelsea has spent the last 10 years in the higher education industry working for The University of British Columbia. She is involved in a wide spectrum of the institution’s operations and strategic projects, including drafting and negotiating the following: technology licenses; research agreements; educational content development and delivery contracts; and multi-million-dollar land disposition, acquisition, and development transactions. Previously, Chelsea worked for Canada’s largest space and information technology company, where she engaged in various corporate transactions. Chelsea also has experience in governance matters, including conflict of interest and commitment matter management; and chairing various policy development committees that are responsible for drafting, consulting, and implementing numerous policies and procedures. In her down time, Chelsea is an avid reader, an experienced global traveler, and a cultural history and trivia enthusiast.

Judith Sullivan-Corney

Halifax, NS

Judith Sullivan-Corney is a Senior Consultant with Royer Thompson and Associates working in all areas of management development including organization design, executive recruitment, problem solving and business analysis.

She has extensive experience in the public sector, including human resources, aboriginal affairs, leadership development, mentorship and coaching. She has successfully led aboriginal and intergovernmental consultation for the province of Nova Scotia where extensive relationship building efforts resulted in agreements between multi-party groups. Judith has established a proven ability to respect the input of stakeholders and to provide leadership in policy development and implementation.

Judith spent 4 years as the Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs, Military Relations and Protocol Office in Nova Scotia. Prior to this she served as Deputy Minister, Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Status of Women. From 1998-2002 she was the Public Service Commissioner/Deputy Minister of Human Resources for the province of Nova Scotia.

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