Dynamic. Diverse. Inspiring. Empowered. These are just a few ways to describe our remarkable city of Toronto. These are also the themes we weave through the Toronto Chapter of Lean In Canada. Our programs are rooted in thoughtful consideration of Lean In’s purpose, as well as the unique needs of women in Toronto. We strive to provide collaborative, engaging, and empowering programming. We focus on tools, resources, and sense of community that supports the fulfillment of career goals for the women of our city. Our volunteer executives and their teams are some of the most dedicated women around, and they infuse their passion into everything they do with and for Lean In Canada-Toronto. So, Toronto, join us as we build a world where people of every gender can pursue their dreams without bias or other barriers holding them back.
"Lean In Canada has provided me with an amazing opportunity to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences in a great venue."
- Ami Patel
With over a decade of leadership experience, Nicolle is an accomplished Director, leading multi-disciplinary teams to launch high profile client programs. She began her career in retail operations, and quickly advanced to senior project management and operations roles.
Nicolle is currently a Director at retail experience company, AVIDA, and as the only woman on the executive leadership team, she is dedicated to being the voice of women both in and outside of the company.
Nicolle commits her time to empowering and supporting women both professionally and personally, and prior to Lean In, has been involved for many years in women’s advancement organizations including OmniWomen, the Bishop Strachan School Alumni Association, and youth girls’ mentorship groups.
Nicolle earned her BA in Sociology, minor in Marketing from Concordia University, attended McGill University for Public Relations, and in 2015, through her studies at the University of Toronto, was designated a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Head of Finance
Lisa Thompson is the Sr. Director of Finance at Flipp Corporation, a leading mobile marketplace that connects millions of shoppers with retailers and brands.
Prior to joining Flipp, Lisa worked at EY in the Assurance practice focused on Real Estate, Automotive, and Manufacturing clients. Lisa also spent a year in Campus Recruiting, recruiting over 100 students to the firm.
Lisa is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, Mississauga.
Head of Stakeholder Engagement
Allison is passionate about retail strategy. As a Strategy Consultant with Accenture and Bain and Company, and an in-house Strategist with Holt Renfrew and Sleep Country Canada, Allison has worked with many iconic Canadian and international brands, helping each to define where to play and how to win in today's quickly changing retail landscape. Allison holds a B'COMM from Queen's University and an MBA from Columbia Business School and has lived and worked in London, New York, and Toronto, which she now calls home. Allison has two young children and is committed to developing programs to support gender equality in the workplace, especially relating to women with children.
Erica Igreja is a Senior AML Investigator at CIBC and has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University. She’s passionate about bringing people together to learn, inspire one another and reach their goals, whether that’s organizing Lean In events and programs or planning Toronto’s CIBC Run for the Cure.
Senior Program Lead
Janis has been organizing corporate events and not for profit events for many years and as such has the experience and expertise to assist Lean In Canada-Toronto with its events. Because she loves to organize events, she is not afraid to undertake any challenge.
Janis is the founder of "More than an Occasion” which focuses on fostering engaged and inclusive corporate cultures by empowering organizations through team building activities, client appreciation events and professional development programs for women. Prior to starting MTAO in 2014, Janis was a Vice President and member of the President’s Round Table and recipient of the Award of Excellence at Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. Janis has been championing the advancement of professional women in the corporate world for many years.
Head of Sponsorship
Niki started volunteering with Lean In Canada in January 2018 as Sponsorship Table Manager. In June 2018, Niki took on the role of Toronto Regional Sponsorship Manager where she oversaw all sponsorships related to in-kind donations, auctions, and event tables. Niki graduated from Ivey Business School with a general business degree and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Following graduation, Niki became a Venture for Canada fellow, a 2-year fellowship to introduce new graduates to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Niki is passionate about women's empowerment and giving back to her community.
Head of Marketing
Susan has been leading brands through digital transformations and award-winning marketing campaigns for the last several years. She is passionate about customer experience and designing customer journeys that meet each customer's unique needs and delivers on the brand objective. As a University of Guelph grad and Humber Public Relations grad, Susan's background is mixed. From PR, to social media, to traditional marketing, to digital there isn't an opportunity Susan is afraid to face. Committed to helping women empower women, Susan has a history of mentoring and welcomes all opportunities Lean In has to bring.