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 Chief Financial Officer 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.
Nick has more than 25 years of communications and marketing experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining Indspire, he was the Director of Communications, Marketing and Sales at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In 2017, under Nick’s leadership, the Michael achieved its second highest attendance in the gallery’s 53 year history. Nick was also the Senior Manager, Marketing and Sales at Black Creek Pioneer Village and held the position of Brand Manager with lavalife.com.
Nick has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo, earned the Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner designation through the Institute of Canadian Advertising and is a graduate of York University’s Marketing Communications Leadership program.
Nick has served as a board member on the Riverdale Farm Advisory Council and on the Steering Committee for the Friends for Life Bike Rally.