Executive Leadership Team

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The CNIB Foundation's team of senior leaders across the country are passionate about changing what it is to be blind today.

John M. Rafferty, President and CEO
John is the seventh president and CEO of the CNIB Foundation, joining the organization in 2009 after an extensive career in the private sector. He is also the president and CEO of our two affiliate organizations, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services. John is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Health Policy Council and the Board of Directors for Accessible Media Inc., and is chair of Vision 2020 Canada. In 2012, he earned the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

Maria Ash, Senior Vice President, Business Support Services
Maria provides executive leadership to a range of strategic functions including marketing and communications, property, people and culture, accessibility and privacy. Prior to joining CNIB In 2014, Maria has held leadership roles in the private, healthcare and not for profit sectors.

Diane Bergeron, President, CNIB Guide Dogs and Vice President, International Affairs
Diane is the president of CNIB Guide Dogs, bringing a lived experience to the position. As a guide dog handler for more than 35 years, she raises her voice to challenge stigma and support equal rights. In addition, as vice president of international affairs for the CNIB Foundation, she is actively engaged in regional, national and international initiatives that enable people impacted by blindness to live the lives they choose. Before joining our team, Diane held senior roles with the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.

Angela Bonfanti, Senior Vice President, Programs
Angela provides executive leadership to the CNIB Foundation’s growing work in Ontario and Quebec, as well as our central programs across Canada. With an extensive background in federal and provincial politics, Angela joined CNIB in 2011 and has held progressive roles in philanthropy, stakeholder relations and regional management.

Garry Nenson, Vice President, Philanthropy 
Garry is responsible for philanthropic revenue generation across the CNIB Foundation. He also oversees Foundation activities in the Western provinces. Garry began his CNIB career in 1989, holding various roles in philanthropy, training and advancement. 

Kathy Rabideau, Chief Financial Officer
As the CFO of the CNIB Foundation, Kathy provides executive transformational leadership in finance, strategy, IT, system implementation, data governance and enterprise risk. She is also the CFO of our two affiliate organizations, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services.  Prior to working at the CNIB Foundation, Kathy held head of finance and executive roles in organizations that leverage proprietary technology to deliver services to government health, supply chain, retail as well as global monetary services.

Shane Silver, Vice President, Social Enterprise and Innovation 
Shane oversees the CNIB Foundation's various social enterprises, including Frontier Accessibility, Shop CNIB, gaming and lottery, and Beyond Print Accessible Transcription. With a background in marketing and revenue strategy, Shane has held leadership roles in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and not-for-profit industries.