Leadership Team

 

Fiona Crean has spent her career showing leaders in business and the public sector how to treat people fairly by improving their service to the public.

Trained as a teacher, mediator, and investigator, Fiona is an experienced senior executive. Most recently, she established the first Ombudsman for Hydro One. Prior to that Fiona was the inaugural Ombudsman for the City of Toronto. As an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario government, she brought significant changes to the province’s corrections system. Fiona established the Ombudsperson’s office at York University. She has also been the Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Ombudsman’s office and earlier in her career, worked as an investigator and mediator at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Fluent in several languages, Fiona has worked with First Nations and Inuit communities, both as a teacher and advisor. She has designed and delivered programs on how to investigate maladministration, human rights and corruption. Fiona has also worked to further the good governance of governments and organizations in South America, Eastern Europe and southern Africa.

In 2016, Fiona Crean was awarded Ontario’s highest honour for public service, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration. The award noted that Fiona “has broken new ground throughout her career in her quest for equity and fairness.”

Cindy has more than 28 years fundraising experience. Most recently, she was Director of Development at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as well as Vice President of its Foundation. Prior to that, she was Director of Development at the Ontario Science Centre and also led the Centre’s inaugural Employee Engagement Team for two years. Previously, she was the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at OCAD University and served as Executive Director of the Ontario College of Art & Design Foundation. Cindy led the $40 million Ideas Need Space campaign that expanded the university’s campus, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. She’s a graduate of York University’s Voluntary Sector and Arts Management Program and an active volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Cindy has achieved the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and Art Museum Development Association.


Thomas Darnay is a member of the Garden River First Nation. He is a graduate of Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration. He has earned his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)/Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) certification.

Tom is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Indspire. He was previously employed as the Director of Finance for the Six Nations of the Grand River, Finance Manager for the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and Finance Officer for the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Service Corporation.

He is the Treasurer of Oonuhseh Niagara Homes and Aknohsot Native Homes Inc., non-profit organizations that provide affordable, income-sensitive housing for Indigenous people. Tom is also the Independent Trustee and Treasurer for the Six Nations of the Grand River Community Development Trust Fund.

Anne Marie is a bilingual marketing and communications professional, with extensive experience in delivering integrated strategies through exceptional project management skills. She has worked in several industries, including investment banking, corporate communications, newswire services, and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining Indspire, Anne Marie was head of communications at Marketing Research and Intelligence Association; VP, Business Development at Bryan Mills Group; and VP, Sales at Canadian Corporate News. Anne Marie is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and holds the designation of CAE (certified association executive). She is also a graduate of Transformational Arts in Toronto with a Psychotherapist degree.


Betsy Chaly is a bilingual marketing and communications professional with almost 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, including media, arts, telecom, government, and education.

Prior to joining Indspire, Betsy provided consulting support to OCAD University, Tourism Northern Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario, AIDWYC, and Don River. Previously, she was the head of marketing and communications at SOCAN, the Canada Media Fund, and CanWest MediaWorks, and held various progressive roles at Bell.

Betsy is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and she serves on the boards of directors of Art Starts and Theatre Ontario. She earned her MBA in International Business from the University of New Brunswick and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Geography and Bachelor of Science in Biology, both from Queen’s University.

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