Board members

  • Denburk Reid

    President and Founder

    “Growing up, I was lucky enough to have met several amazing coach‐mentors who took me under their wings. They didn’t just teach me about sports – they taught me how to live a meaningful life. They guided me and kept me focused and out of trouble. Travelling to tournaments expanded my world and my vision of what was possible in life. I became hooked… on basketball, on learning, on being the best I could be, on the incredible power of mentoring and on giving back to the community.”

  • Stéphanie Major

    Stéphanie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has more than thirteen years of experience in her field. She specializes in not-for-profit organizations. In the past years, she helped coordinate volunteering work at her firm in community organizations. This gave her the opportunity to make a measurable difference with organizations, generate enthusiasm for year-round volunteering and encourage the employees to help others and the community at large. She also offers coaching to employees and gives trainings. As treasurer for the MCCF, she assists the Foundation with financial planning, ccounting, tax and other financial services.

  • Dr Dexter Johnson

    After obtaining the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at McGill University in Canada in 1989, Dr. Johnson joined the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor. He was responsible for the Northern Outreach Program, including the teaching and supervision of dental students from the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. He also served as Dental Surgeon in Chief at the Moose Factory General Hospital during that time.

  • Ruben Reid

    Ruben Reid has worked in the information technology sector for more than 20 years. He also shares a passion for helping the city’s youth excel at whatever they undertake. Ruben was an enthusiastic soccer coach and is a long-time supporter of Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” program. Having grown up in Little Burgundy, he understands the importance of mentoring youth and guiding them as they make crucial life decisions. He is a dedicated volunteer and Board member of the Montreal Community Cares Foundation which gives him the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our city’s youth.

  • Paul Donovan

    Mr. Donovan was the President of Loyola since 2015 to 2020. Prior to being President, he served as Principal of Loyola from 2005 until 2014. Before becoming Principal, he was Vice-Principal of Academics (2003 – 2005) and a faculty member, teaching a number of subjects, including Religion, Philosophy and English. Mr. Donovan, currently on sabbatical, has been at Loyola since 1993.

  • Earl Davis

    Co-Founder | Steering Committee

    ·Earl Davis joined BMO Global Asset Management in 2020 and brings over 25 years of fixed income experience
    .Prior to joining BMO, Earl led an investment division responsible for managing over $85 billion of fixed income assets at a best-in-class pension organization where he had oversight over the provincial, nominal, inflation and global bond market portfolios. Notably, he worked closely with the risk management division to rewrite the repo, leverage and liquidity policies and procedures following the GFC.

  • Toufic Abiad

    • President at SDI Canada & SDI Worldwide, MRI design and build experts – international provider of MRI Shielding Systems
    • Founded the company in 2003
    • SDI Worldwide is recognized worldwide for the design and manufacturing of MRI shielding systems. Operating exclusively in the healthcare field, they deliver advanced expertise to clients around the globe.
    • Skills in project planning, project management, construction
    • Consulting & site assessment.
    • Design & build and project management for MRi.
  • Vanessa Tran

    • Pharmacy owner Ly Thanh Tran Inc. PROXIM
    • Pharmacist and Owner of 4 pharmacies since 2005
    • Board Member of the Chinese Hospital Foundation
    • Philanthropist
    • Real estate investments
    • Graduated from University of Laval in 1997 in Pharmacy
  • Maître Sharon Sandiford


    Maître Sharon Sandiford, née à Montréal, est originalement diplômée d’un Baccalauréat en lettres, en Sociologie de l’Université McGill, avec une spécialisation en criminologie et problèmes sociaux. Par la suite, en 1997, elle a complétée un Baccalauréat en droit civil et
    common law, intégré, de ‘Université McGill. En 1999, Maître Sandiford a complétée le barreau de Montréal, et elle pratique comme avocate de la défense en droit criminel. Elle est l’associé-administrateur pour ‘étude légale Silver, Sandiford, avocats un regroupement d’avocats indépendants et autonomes. Elle est Maître de stage pour les stagiaires en droit de l’école du barreau depuis 2005, et elle, est membre de la Comité des Droits de la Personne du barreau du Québec depuis 2016.; finalement, depuis 2013 Maitre Sandiford est conférencière sur la prévention de la délinquance à Montréal.

  • Joel Anthony

    • General Manager of the Montreal Allliance
    • A Canadian former professional basketball player
    • He played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and San Antonio Spurs NBA.
    • He won two championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013.
    • Graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2007
    • Long-time Honorary Board Member
  • Bruce Hills

    (Honorary Board Member)

    • Just For Laughs’ President Bruce Hills has been a driving force behind the world’s biggest comedy festival and most prestigious comedy brand for over 30 years.
    • Beginning his Just For Laughs career as a driver in 1986, Hills has since held countless roles within the organization, including Director of Programming, Vice-President of International Television, COO, and now President. He oversees all of the company’s English business properties across global markets, focusing on growing the business in all divisions.
    • Under his helm, Just For Laughs has significantly expanded its reach by launching festivals in Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia.
    • Over the past three decades, Hills has discovered and cultivated relationships with some of the industry’s most successful and influential artists, including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Burr, to name a few.
  • Nicholas Johnson

    (Honorary Board)

    •  Holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University with Minors in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics and Machine Learning.
    • He is currently a PhD Candidate in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nicholas is passionate about entrepreneurship, venture capital, technology policy and community engagement.
    • Founding Steering Committee Member of the Black Wealth Club
    • The Black Wealth Club (BWC) is a group of emerging Canadian black prospects focused on supporting each other and their communities in the goals of wealth generation and reinvestment in community in all its forms.
  • Leisa Lee

    (Honorary Board)

    • Managing Partner at The Leisa Lee Group
    • The Leisa Lee Group specializes in PR/Promotions/Marketing and Events and brings a background of over 30 years of experience and a passion for the Entertainment industry to every one of its projects.
    • Former Director of Communications at Just for Laughs
    • Former Marketing and Booking at Donald K Donald
    • Graduated Concordia in Communications in 1987.
  • Khem Birch

    • Khem Xavier Birch is a Canadian professional basketball player
    • Plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.
    • He played college basketball for the Pittsburgh Panthers and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.


  • Sheri Elefant

    Strategic Partnership and Development Officer

    Her life’s greatest accomplishment are her children. Originally from New York, she began her professional life in advertising where she worked on product launches and media negotiations in a fast-paced multi-million dollar industry. Her decision to leave Madison Avenue was not difficult, as the greatest and most challenging opportunity of her life lay ahead – raising kids. Her non profit career began as a Co- founder of the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation.  Afterwhich she co-founded a 21st Century Non-Profit Sustainability Learning Space called Genvironment. Further, she is a member of the Advisory Board at Clickto, an edtech startup, which was born out of the need to address the pain points of remote learning as virtual became the new in-person. She is passionate about creating social value, putting youth – our future changemakers – at the forefront of social issues, and integrating impact into anything she put her hands on hands on.



    • Boston University Bachelor of Science
    • University of Fredericton EMBA Social Enterprise Leadership


    • Martin Luther King Legacy Award


    • ESG Competent Boards Designation
    • Harvard Business School Certificate in Governance for Non Profit Excellence
    • IDEO U Designing a Business Certificate


  • Pat Dubee

    Director of Fundraising and advancement

    Pat was raised in NDG and attended Loyola High School from 1960 to 1964. Upon graduation from Loyola College in 1968, he was invited to return to the high school to teach English and coach football. He remained at Loyola until 2000 serving in a number of capacities, including as Vice-Principal and Principal.
    Upon retirement, he was asked to work in the Development Office as a fundraiser for the school’s Capital Campaign. He continued, as the Director of Development, until he resigned in 2021 to begin work for the Montreal Community Cares Foundation.

    • Director of Development at Loyola High School
    • Over 20 years of fundraisiing expertise
    • Led several major fundraising campaigns
    • Member of the Loyola High School Strategic Board of Director