The members of Inspirit’s board of directors bring cross-sector expertise and critical perspectives to the Foundation. They are entrepreneurs, educators, city builders, former politicians, media creators, executive leaders, and social justice advocates. They share a vision for a more inclusive Canada and volunteer their time to provide direction to the organization.
It’s difficult to find a way to show our gratitude in a way deserving of their contributions. Nonetheless, we want to express a heartfelt thank you to outgoing board members, Susan Millican and Paul Harding Stewart. Susan is past chair and one of Inspirit’s founding board members and was particularly indispensable in the development of our strategy around media and arts impact funding. Similarly, Paul’s contribution to Inspirit came at a critical time. His expertise in business development and finance helped our team develop and launch our 100% impact portfolio. We send our best wishes to the two of them.
We are also fortunate to welcome two new board members with expertise in our issue areas, exceptional track records of leadership, and deep commitment to advocacy and community. The first is Wendell Adjetey, a PhD candidate at Yale University, a Trudeau scholar, and a Torontonian dedicated to community development. And the second is Mohamed Huque, Executive Director of the Islamic Family and Social Services Association in Edmonton, and a director of several national non-profits. Learn more about Susan, Paul, Wendell, and Mohamed below:
As a member of our Board for 14 years, Susan Millican brought deep expertise in media and arts for social change to the organization. Susan served as the CEO of the National Screen Institute until 2010. Previous to that she was Vice President of Programming at WTN. An active member of the philanthropic community, Susan is the past chair of The Winnipeg Foundation, board member for the Rossbrook House Foundation, and Chair of the Chipman Family Fund. Read her full bio here.
Paul Harding Stewart
Paul Harding Stewart was an Inspirit board member for three years. He has pioneered creative approaches to environmental impact and finance at North American banks, startups and environmental non-profits. He specializes in impact finance focused on the environmental movement. Read his full bio here.
Wendell Adjetey has spent over a decade in community development, education, social policy, and youth engagement. Currently a doctoral candidate in History and African American Studies at Yale University, Wendell has been awarded the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. He also founded an award winning non-profit for youth at-risk of gun violence. Read his full bio here.
Based in Edmonton, Mohamed Huque is Executive Director of the Islamic Family & Social Services Association, and Edmonton-based agency. He serves as a director at a number of national charities including The Tessellate Institute, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. His full bio is here.