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Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Mulholland is the Chief Executive Officer of Prosper Canada, a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Elizabeth joined Prosper Canada in 2011, after a 25-year policy career in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including a decade of independent policy consulting, five years as senior social policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister, and five years directing United Ways of Ontario’s government relations program. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology and French from Wellesley College and successfully completed McGill University’s Graduate Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Vice President, Strategy and Development
Adam Fair is the Vice President of Strategy and Development at Prosper Canada. Adam began his career in social development at Prosper Canada in 2007. He is responsible for leading the strategic and operational planning, and managing partnership development. Adam studied politics and economics at the University of Toronto. He also completed the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo and the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations course at Harvard University.
Vice President Finance and Administration
Suong Nguyen is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Prosper Canada. Suong helped build the infrastructure of Prosper Canada when she joined in 1989. She went on to become the first Office Manager in 1995 before her appointment to Director of Finance and Administration in 2012. Suong has more than 20 years of accounting and office management experience in the not-for-profit sector. She provides oversight and strategic support in the development and analysis of operating budgets, prepares financial and funding reports and audits, and develops financial policies and procedures to strengthen and streamline administration.
Vice President, Impact and Operations
Marlene Chiarotto is the Vice President, Impact and Operations at Prosper Canada. Marlene is responsible for managing Prosper Canada’s externally funded projects, and implementing service system integration as part of Prosper Canada’s scaling strategy. Marlene earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree after graduating from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. She later obtained an Ontario Chartered Accountant designation and gained 15 years of audit and finance experience in both the public and private sectors, predominantly in the financial services industry. Marlene joined Prosper Canada in 2015 to better align her passions with her career by employing her skills and talents to enhance the lives of others.
Director, Digital Infrastructure, Strategy, and Solutions
Gavin is an entrepreneurial thought leader with a breadth of experience building, transforming and leading enterprise technology environments over his 20+ year career. He founded, built and sold a technology company that provided proactive and reactive IT services and solutions to small and medium businesses. Gavin’s versatile and personable demeanour allows him to build strong relationships with colleagues and external vendors and partners alike. This allows him to continually align his team’s initiatives with both internal and external stakeholders to manage expectations.
Director, System Change
Lisa Rae is the Director of System Change at Prosper Canada and is responsible for advancing policy and advocacy efforts to catalyse “upstream” policy, regulatory, and institutional changes. Lisa has worked in public policy, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and communications for fifteen years. She has held roles in membership organizations, the postsecondary education and health sectors, and in government. Lisa served as a senior advisor to the Ontario Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development and served as the Minister’s lead on the co-creation and introduction of legislation recognizing Indigenous Institutes and on the transformation of OSAP. Lisa holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Wendy Abbott-Serroul is the Senior Manager of the Marketing and Communication department leading and supporting various aspects of Prosper Canada’s strategic and operational branding, communications, and business development efforts. Wendy has held a variety of positions in her career including Director of Marketing, Senior Account Director and held a Marketing Consultation role for many years. Wendy holds a Masters Degree from the University of Western Ontario. Having joined Prosper Canada in 2019, Wendy is committed to elevating Prosper Canada's profile and helping support the building of longer-term, sustainable solutions to poverty in Canada.
Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation
Allison Meserve is the Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation at Prosper Canada. Allison joined Prosper Canada in 2017 and is responsible for identifying key research and evaluation priorities, as well as leading innovative research initiatives for the financial empowerment field. She has worked internationally as a program manager and as an internal evaluator for a large community-based organization. She has also provided trainings and consultations on planning and evaluation across Ontario for the not-for-profit and government sectors. Allison studied Women’s Studies at Colorado College and received a Masters of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.