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Executive leadership team

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

Maria Ash, Vice President, Business Support Services
Maria provides executive leadership to a range of strategic functions including human resources, IT and accessibility. Prior to joining us in 2014, Maria was the executive vice-president of Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services.

Diane Bergeron, Vice President, Engagement and International Affairs
Diane is the executive lead for federal government relations and consumer engagement and plays a pivotal role on global blindness issues as CNIB’s international liaison. Before Diane and her guide dog, Lucy, joined CNIB in 2012, she held senior roles with the Government of Alberta and City of Edmonton.

Angela Bonfanti, Vice President, CNIB Foundation (Ontario and Quebec)
Angela provides executive leadership to the CNIB Foundation’s growing work in Ontario and Quebec. 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.

Pamela Gow-Boyd, Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada
Pam oversees the organization’s work across Atlantic Canada and serves as executive lead for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. Pam has worked with CNIB for more than three decades in vision loss rehabilitation service delivery and regional management roles.

Rob Hindley, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development
Rob drives the evolution of CNIB’s brand portfolio and leads the development of new products and technology solutions that change what it is to be blind. He also leads the organization's accessible publishing division. Prior to joining us in 2014, Rob owned and operated a marketing agency, and held senior marketing roles with leading consumer goods companies in Canada and internationally. 

Craig Lillico, CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Craig provides leadership to CNIB’s financial strategy and management processes. Craig joined us in 2000, after working in executive finance roles at the MS Society of Canada and Easter Seals Ontario. He’s also a member of the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Division Technical Issues Working Group.

John Mulka, Regional Vice President, Western Canada
John oversees the organization’s operations across Western Canada and is the executive lead for CNIB Guide Dogs. John joined us in 2008, bringing a background in non-profit management, including at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC/Yukon Division.

Garry Nenson, Vice President, Philanthropy 
Garry is responsible for philanthropic revenue generation across the CNIB Foundation and also leads our operations in Manitoba. Garry began his CNIB career in 1989, holding various roles in philanthropy, training and advancement. 

Victoria Pearson, Vice President, Strategy, Privacy and Enterprise Risk
Victoria leads CNIB's work in strategic planning, privacy compliance and enterprise risk management. She joined CNIB in 2008 from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, bringing a strong background in marketing communications.

Kathy Rabideau, Vice President, Finance
Kathy is responsible for CNIB's finance strategy, operations and system implementation. Prior to working at CNIB, Kathy was the Vice-President of Finance, a B2B software and technical solutions provider.

John M. Rafferty, President and CEO
John is the seventh president and CEO of CNIB, joining the organization in 2009 after an extensive career in the private sector. John is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Health Policy Council, serves on the board of directors for Accessible Media Inc. and in 2012 was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Shane Silver, Vice President, Social Enterprise
Shane oversees CNIB's various social enterprises, including social gaming, Shop CNIB and Frontier Solutions. With a background in marketing and revenue strategy, Shane has held leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and not-for-profit industries.