Our People

People are at the core of YCI. Talented, determined and passionate about youth and innovation we are a creative force for change.

International Headquarters

YCI’s headquarters are based in Toronto, Canada.

Below are the key contacts for YCI’s strategy, operations, programs and communications. For info about a specific program or for any other departments, please email

Bryan Cox

Executive Director

“If your dreams don’t scare you they are too small.”
– Richard Branson


Kristine Vanderplas

Director, Programs

“The best way to impact the future is to design it.” 
Buckminster Fuller

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Stacey Jewer

Associate Director, Communications

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”
– Maya Angelou

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Laura Hache

Climate Action Lead

“What you do makes a difference and you have decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Jane Goodall 

Taylor Marlow

Taylor Marlow

Program and Partnerships Lead

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” 
– Desmond Tutu

Julia Rao

Julia Rao

Youth Engagement Lead

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
– Mary Oliver

Alison Roadburg


People and Operations Lead

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” 
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Board Members

YCI’s board members provide governance and strategic counsel leveraging many years of leadership experience in both public and private sectors domestically and globally.

Elizabeth Baker

YCI Board Chair
Senior Manager Consulting, Deloitte

James Newland

YCI Board Treasurer
Senior Vice President, International, Global Legal Services, RGA International Corporation

Kevin Thomas

YCI Board Secretary
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Katherine Arblaster

YCI Board Director
Manager, Deloitte
Frankie Davenport

Frankie Davenport

YCI Board Director
Partner Tax Transformation and Technology, KPMG
Erin Kim

Erin Kim

YCI Board Director
Director Strategic Initiatives & Social Enterprise, Heart & Stroke Foundation
Global Projects

YCI’s livelihoods solutions help catapult youth around the world to succeed and thrive. For nearly 30 years, innovation, youth, equality and sustainability have been at the core of everything we do, driving change globally and creating a better future for all.


Currently, we have global projects in 16 developing countries.
For more information, please contact us.

YCI’s team also includes volunteers, interns and partners around the globe.

Learn more about how you can get involved.