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.

Maria Ash, Vice President, Business Support Services
Maria provides executive leadership to a range of strategic functions including marketing and communications, property, people and culture, 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, and Central Programs 
Angela provides executive leadership to the CNIB Foundation’s growing work in Ontario and Quebec, as well as our central programs across Canada. She is also the executive lead for CNIB Guide Dogs. 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.

Craig Lillico, CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Craig provides leadership to the CNIB Foundation'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. 

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. 

Victoria Pearson, Vice President, Strategy, Privacy and Enterprise Risk
Victoria leads the CNIB Foundation's work in strategic planning, privacy compliance and enterprise risk management. She joined us 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 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. 

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.