Background: Fundraising, Community Services and Health sector
Joined MAS: 2016
Scott Russell is the Chief Executive Officer for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (AST.) Scott has been recognized for his innovative work to build sustainable partnership, market and fundraising to ensure the sustainable launch of the Music Project. Prior to joining the Alzheimer Society, Scott has held a number of fundraising positions in the community services and health sector over the last 10 years. Scott is passionate about inspiring innovation and reinforcing a culture of philanthropy in the non-profit sector, and has applied this to his volunteer work with MAS. He joined MAS in 2016 and joined the MAS board in 2019.
Background: Finance, Transfer Pricing
Joined MAS: 2016
Anthony is a Partner in KPMG’s Global Transfer Pricing Services practice in Toronto. He has more than 17 years of professional services experience within the Big 4 accounting firms, advising multinational clients whilst working across the UK, Australia, and Canada. He speaks regularly at industry association conferences and other events.
Background: HR, Organization Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
Joined MAS: 2012
For over 20 years, Sue has worked as a designer and facilitator of strategic organizational and leadership change projects. She had led multiple types of large-scale organizational transition initiatives (i.e. culture change, executive and leadership development, organizational learning). Sue has held a series of senior corporate roles leading complex change initiatives and has consulted with senior executives in North America and Europe. Sue has been with MAS since 2012, working in strategic planning, leadership coaching and leadership facilitation.
Joined MAS: 2015
Nancy has worked in the field of child welfare for over 35 years. She recently retired from her role as Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the largest Board operated child welfare agency in North America. Nancy has experience in strategic and budget planning, policy development, government and key stakeholder relations, staff management and labor relations.
Background: Social Work
Joined MAS: 2013
Laraine Naft began her career as a professional social worker. Since then Laraine has worked as a front line staff, manager, director and executive director, primarily in the community non-profit sector, providing her with an intimate understanding of this environment.
Laraine is also a Volunteer Consultant with MAS focusing on HR and Organizational Issues.
Background: Law, Ethics
Joined MAS: 2011
A knowledgeable expert in corporate and commercial law, Howard Kaufman is currently Counsel for Fasken Martineau, a large global law firm. Previously, Howard was Vice-President, Legal & External Affairs and Secretary at Xerox Canada Inc. and was part of another national Canadian law firm. With his legal background as well as his expertise in Ethics-related matters, he brings a strong skill set to his role as Director of MAS.
Background: Information Technology, Management
Joined MAS: 2002
Steve Gittins retired from Manulife Financial in 1999, after 30 years as part of their Information Technology team, mostly in senior management roles. A leader on the internal MAS Executive team, Steve has been involved with internal assignments, including facilitation and project evaluation. He extends his dedication through his position as MAS Treasurer and IT Manager.
Background: Consulting and IT
Joined MAS: 2013
Sue Pulfer has a background in Software, IT Consulting and large-scale Consulting Operations Management and she also has a good general knowledge in the areas of Finance, HR and Marketing. After a career in IT services and Consulting, much of it at Oracle Corporation, Sue is now retired. Sue has a number of years of experience on non-profit Boards and in assisting non-profits in her areas of expertise. Sue focuses on advising in areas of IT and Strategic Planning and facilitating non-profit Board and Staff events.
Background: Human Resources, Organizational Design, Change Management
Joined MAS: 2017
Sue has a broad range of HR, organization design and change management experience. She has a passion for working with organizations to build positive and high performing cultures with the programs and tools that enable people to do their best work. She enjoys working in challenging environments; working from a values-based approach, facilitating a common vision and principles and developing workable strategies that deliver results. She forges strong relationships with people at all levels of an organization, is pragmatic and results oriented. Sue joined MAS in 2017 and belongs to both our HR and Strategic Planning practices.
Background: Human Resources, Recruiting and Project Management
Joined MAS in 2020
Nina is the part time Program Coordinator at MAS. She brings more than 10 years of experience in Human Resources Management, including recruitment, project management and administration. Nina has worked in the corporate world and most recently at a non-profit Fundraising agency. Nina holds a Master’s Degree in Science of Business Management from the University of Muenster (Germany), and lives in Leslieville with her family. Nina is often the first point of contact for clients and she is responsible for helping to clarify project needs and for the overall administration of the office.
MAS is a multi-faceted team of dedicated professionals, all working together to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals. We are home to a variety of skills, experiences and knowledge coming together to provide resources and direction for your organization.