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

Kristine Vanderplas

Director, Innovation & Sustainability 
Alison Roadburg


People & Operations Manager
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Rhea Simms

Senior Project Manager, HerStart
Taylor Marlow

Taylor Marlow

International Programs Manager

Anna Rose Miller

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager
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Marc Karam

Program Manager, Climate Futures Lab

Maria Nestorovska

Communications Lead

Laura Perez Gonzalez

Program Engagement Coordinator
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Mel Jacques

Program Coordinator, Climate Futures Lab – Halifax
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Kaitlyn Squires

Program Coordinator, Climate Futures Lab – Calgary
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.

James Newland

YCI Board Chair

Priya Paul

YCI Board Treasurer

Katherine Arblaster

YCI Board Co-Chair

Kevin Thomas

YCI Board Secretary
Erin Kim

Erin Kim

YCI Board Director

Ossana Ber

YCI Board Director
Global Projects

YCI’s livelihoods solutions help catapult youth around the world to succeed and thrive. For over 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.


Since 2015, we’ve partnered on global projects in 18 developing countries across South America, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.