Through chess, students are encouraged to develop and model all the characteristic traits that build success from respect to empathy to cooperation to perseverance.
~ KEN KROEKER, Acting Principal, Pauline Junior Public School







Michael Sutton

  • Chair, Board of Directors
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee

Chief Technology Officer for Spirit Victory, Michael Sutton is a consultant in advanced print and document composition solutions, a developer variable PDF solutions, and an accredited teacher for EDA Certification Course Ryerson University. Michael teaches Accessibility at Ryerson, and also teaches in the Sunnybrook Patient as Teacher program.

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Colton Creber

  • Member, Fundraising Committee
  • Bachelor of Commerce & Business Management

Colton Creber is an Investment Manager with a large institutional pension fund where he focuses on value creation, large scale development and investment strategy through the real estate portfolio. The company’s $24.5 billion portfolio spans 23 global cities across 17 countries. Prior, he was a member of the asset management and development teams with Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment firm.

Colton also sits on the board of Sunnybrook Hospital Next Generation Young Leaders and volunteers actively with NAIOP Toronto. Colton holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University.

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Carmen Mager

  • Member, Fundraising Committee
  • Member, Human Resources Committee

Carmen is a leader with extensive expertise in workplace health, safety, quality and environment. She also is a human resources professional having held progressive managerial and executive responsibilities for global and Canadian organizations. Carmen has worked in multiple stakeholder environments using her facilitation, management, investigation and policy development skills. She has demonstrated proven project execution and strategic management expertise.

Carmen holds a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation and presently serves as the Chair of the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) Exam Committee selected by my peers. Previously, she chaired the BCRSP Item Writing Committee for 6 years and was selected as the BCRSP Volunteer of the Year.

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Marlena McCarthy

  • Chair, Fundraising Committee
  • Member, Human Resources Committee

Marlena McCarthy thinks of herself first as a writer, and second as a professional fundraiser. After graduating with a Journalism degree and certificate in public relations, she decided to use her skills for good, and has worked with charities for 35 years in marketing, communications, and fundraising. From 1982 -1997, she worked in communications and fundraising for various charities, including Canadian Red Cross and TVOntario. From 1997-1999, she worked as a senior consultant with Canada’s premiere fundraising agency, Stephen Thomas, handling their direct mail campaigns of their largest clients.

Through Marlena’s own business, Done Write Communications, she works as an independent fundraising consultant, strategist and writer for non-profits specializing in direct mail, cases for support, foundation appeals, mid-level donor programs, legacy giving promotion and donor communications. Since 1999, she has worked with more than 135 different charities and foundations, including the Chess Institute of Canada.

As Founding Partner and Vice President of Bequest Insurance, Marlena co-authored (with husband Jack Bergmans, CFP) the only how-to books on integrating insurance into philanthropy – Multiplying Generosity and Ripple Effect.

Her hidden superpower is singing. She has a fun and cheeky a cappella quartet called Spadina Station, and sings in the Toronto a cappella choir SoundCrowd.

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Evelyn Saungikar

  • Chair, Human Resources Committee
  • Chair, Marketing and Communications Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • MBA, PMP

After working for a few years in International Development, Evelyn obtained her MBA from the Schulich School of Business and began working as a project manager for banking technology application upgrades. She specializes in building strong multi-disciplinary teams.

As a long-time volunteer with Scouts Canada, Evelyn is committed to enabling youth to see and develop their potential.

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Evgeniya Sedletskaya

  • Member, Human Resources Committee
  • Member, Curriculum Committee

After graduating with a degree in Accounting and having worked in the accounting field for three years, Eve has switched her gears towards a client-facing environment and worked as a consultant for a US firm. Her specialty includes risk management, internal audit, and financial investigations. She currently supports a Toronto-based start-up in their strategy development and is excited to join the CIC board.

In her spare time, she is an ardent reader with a special interest in the world history, philosophy, and applied science. She also practices ballet and contemporary dancing and enjoys outdoor activities.

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Esther Selvaratnam

  • Member, Fundraising Committee
  • Member, Marketing and Communications Committee

Esther brings to CIC her considerable skills in graphic design and photography, and business experience from working as a Realtor.

She enjoys volunteering her time with charitable causes. In her spare time, she is an avid walker, enjoys road trips throughout Ontario, and is a big fan of U2 and the Ottawa Senators.

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Management and Board Advisors








Mary Lynne Stewart

  • Member, Fundraising Committee

Mary Lynne is the National Director of Philanthropy for March of Dimes Canada. She has 32 years of senior professional fundraising experience and provides CIC with expertise in different avenues of fundraising, and makes some approaches to prospects on CIC‘s behalf.

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