Meet the team

Team

Meet the team

Stacey Dakin
Managing Director
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Stacey is an experienced community convenor with a collaborative leadership style who loves to see and experience the world. She joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada in 2017, playing a critical role in the inception of MENTOR Canada.

As Managing Director, Stacey is responsible for leading her team and sector stakeholders through the conceptualization, development and management of a pan-Canadian mentoring movement. Stacey is excited by the opportunity to build and develop MENTOR Canada into a backbone collective impact organization.

Based in Montréal, she brings over 15 years’ experience in strategic development, change management, and capacity building to MENTOR Canada.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Concordia University and certifications in Project Management, Communication, Conflict Resolution & Mediation, and Business Management.

Adrian Kaats
Senior Director, Information Systems
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Adrian has over a decade of IT systems, operations and consulting experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Adrian joined MENTOR Canada for the opportunity to leverage technology to enhance mentoring for Canadian youth. As an IT project leader, he enjoys asking tough questions and injects creative thinking into finding solutions. Adrian is a McGill University alum, where he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering. A father of two active young children, Adrian enjoys tinkering with electronics and spending time outdoors with his family. His personal motto is: Have fun, do good.

Tracy Luca-Huger
Director, Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives
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Tracy brings a wealth of experience in the charitable sector and mentoring field to MENTOR Canada.  She has held senior roles at Lionheart Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and has provided consultation to mentoring programs and organizations for several years. Leading the Partnership Network at MENTOR Canada, Tracy is leveraging her deep sector relationships in building a national network of mentoring organizations and partners across Canada.

A regular contributor to the work of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Tracy has a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative mentoring programs, tools, partnerships and collaborations. Tracy holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from Gonzaga University and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor. An avid cook and lover of great food, Tracy enjoys travelling the world.

Véronique Church-Duplessis
Director of Research and Evaluation
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Véronique leads MENTOR Canada's research agenda, with a focus on mapping the mentoring landscape in Canada and identifying service gaps. She is also a co-lead of the Canadian Mentoring Research Network. Véronique is committed to MENTOR Canada’s knowledge mobilization goals and is eager to use the new research to bridge the gap between academic researchers and community organizations. Prior to joining MENTOR Canada, Véronique led programs focused on promoting healthy relationships for youth and violence prevention. Véronique holds two degrees in history, a PhD from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts from the Université de Montréal. In her spare time, Véronique enjoys reading and travelling.

Michael Janz
Director of Communications
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Michael joins the MENTOR Canada team with over a decade in mentoring and youth leadership expertise. For the past four years, Michael served as the Partnership Engagement Manager with the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and previously worked in municipal community development. He is passionate about youth mentoring and the potential for MENTOR Canada to expand and enhance mentoring relationships across Canada. Michael earned a Masters in Education Policy Studies from the University of Alberta and has served in numerous political and volunteer leadership positions. When he is not at work, he enjoys the great outdoors, travelling, reading books, and spending time with his family.

Jessica Sims
Communications Manager
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A dedicated volunteer, Jessica brings a zeal for start-ups and a keen interest in the non-profit sector to MENTOR Canada. She credits her role models and career mentors for sparking her interest in the mentoring movement. As a recent graduate at John Molson School of Business, Jessica discovered her profound interest for marketing and communications. Perfectly bilingual, she has put her passion into action by providing her knowledge and enthusiasm to MENTOR Canada’s communications team. A sushi aficionado and self-professed foodie, Jessica also enjoys running long distances. She is currently training for her next half marathon.

Ian Johnson
System Integrator
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Ian has over 25 years of IT experience, mostly in the banking and brokerage industries. At MENTOR Canada, he focuses on all aspects of systems integration, including systems design, development and data analytics. Ian earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Guelph and a College Diploma in Programming and Systems Analysis from the Honeywell Institute for Computer Studies. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his daughter, biking and swimming, and plays hockey and lacrosse. A dedicated mentor, Ian actively engages with youth through organized minor sports.

Michèle Mantero
Training Specialist
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Michèle joins the MENTOR Canada team with an extensive training and coaching experience. She truly believes that training and coaching are the essential foundations to become successful as an organization, for people to be engaged and acquire a sense of belonging. For the past 10 years Michèle developed several successful learning curricula, delivered class and online trainings as well as one on one coaching sessions. Fluently bilingual, Michèle will be supporting the MENTOR Canada team by creating and providing learning programs for service providers and stakeholders in both official languages. Michèle has a curious mind and loves to continuously learn by taking online courses and surrounding herself with mentors. In her spare time, she loves to take walks, paint, read, sing and provide brief comic relief to friends and coworkers.

Tanya Tourangeau
Indigenous Engagement Lead
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Tanya is Dene from the Northwest Territories and is currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta. 

As an adult educator for Keyano College and the University College of the North for a combined 10 years, Tanya developed, delivered (online and in-person), and evaluated business administration programs that assisted young Indigenous entrepreneurs in developing strategic business plans. Tanya’s most recent role was as the Program Coordinator for the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) program, where she was able to apply her broad knowledge in building collaborative environments towards fostering economic development partnerships between First Nations and municipalities across Canada. 

As the Indigenous Engagement Lead, Tanya looks forward to increasing the partner engagement network and activities with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers and building awareness with organizations, agencies, schools and stakeholders to promote and support mentoring for Indigenous children and youth.