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Vincent Mercier, Board Chair, Pathways to Education Canada

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Pathways to Education Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Vincent Mercier as Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. Mr. Mercier succeeds Founding Board Chair, Samuel L. Duboc, who served fi ve consecutive terms as Chair of Pathways Canada’s Board of Directors. “It has been an honour working with Sam during his time as Chair,” says Pathways Canada’s President and CEO, Sue Gillespie. “Under his guidance, the Pathways Program expanded from just one location in Toronto to 20 locations across the country. His invaluable contributions have had a significant impact on youth and communities in Canada, and we are extremely grateful for his longstanding commitment and leadership over the last 15 years.”

New Board Chair, Mr. Mercier, brings extensive senior leadership and volunteer experience in both the private and charitable sectors. He is currently a Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and sits on the President’s Council of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Vince as Board Chair,” says Ms. Gillespie. “As a long-time supporter of Pathways, he is committed to ensuring that our vision of breaking the cycle of poverty through education continues to be fulfilled under his strategic direction.”

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Pathways to Education is a charitable social innovation supporting youth in low-income communities to graduate from high school and build the foundation for a successful future. The award-winning Pathways Program has a proven track record of improving high school graduation rates by an average of up to 85 per cent.


Mr. Mercier will lead Pathways to Education Canada’s Board of Directors:

Lori Pearson, Vice-Chair Managing Partner & COO, Brookfield Asset Management

Jad Shimaly, Treasurer Chairman & CEO, EY

David Ain Partner, Egon Zehnder

The Honourable Gloria J. Epstein Reviewer – Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations

Katherine Gibson SVP, Finance & Controller, RBC

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Wes Hall Executive Chairman & Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

John James NCO, RCMP (Retired)

Brett Marchand President & CEO, Vision7, and Executive Chairman, Cossette

Theresa McLaughlin Global Chief Marketing, Citizenship & Customer Experience Officer, TD

Pamela Sugiman Dean, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Nisita Tappata (Pathways Alum) Digital Strategy Innovator, Oxford Properties Group

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