Board Members

Meet the team who makes the everything possible

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."

Born in Jamaica, Denburk (aka “Burky”) moved to Montreal at the age of five. While there was no shortage of opportunities to go down a different road, Denburk’s coach-mentors helped him make positive choices. He graduated from McGill University in Marketing and still holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer for the McGill Redmen basketball team. He is a 2016 inductee to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.

Monica Callon

Monica is a leadership and systemic team coach who partners with executives and their teams to build their capacity to generate the outcomes that matter most. She is the founder of Oncorp Coaching, a co-founder of the Leadership Imperative Institute, an assistant faculty member of the Global Team Coaching Institute and a member of the Leadership Circle Profile Core Debriefing Faculty. Monica is the former Canadian Public Relations Director of a fundraising consulting firm based in New York and a former radio journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Her involvement with the Montreal Community Cares Foundation dates back to its inception.

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.

Chris Emergui

Chris Emergui founded BAM Strategy, one of Canada’s first digital marketing agencies over twenty years ago. BAM has been named one of Canada’s Top Employers multiple times and won several awards for their work. Through “BAM Aid”, BAM has also helped over fifty charities through volunteering time for initiatives like Shore Clean Ups as well as donating over 125,000 meals to Breakfast For Learning over the past fifteen years.

Chris was a winner of the BDC Entrepreneur of the Year award. Heis heavily involved in various charities including YES Montreal where he co-chairs an Entrepreneurship Conference annually.

Chris is proud to call NDG home and has been involved in the community for over twenty years through coaching soccer, baseball and basketball teams. Chris played basketball at McGill University and remains super passionate about giving back to the next generation of players.

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.
In June of 1995, Dr. Johnson obtained the Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College, following which he completed 3 years of residency training in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He obtained formal training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.
He opened his private practice in 2001 and has been serving the Ottawa community ever since.

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.

Most of his work has been through the Montreal Catholic community and He is currently serving on the board of Catholic Action Montreal that attempts to connect needed services with those people and organizations that can provide them. His involvement is strongly focussed on the idea of building bridges and connecting various sectors of our community.