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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 CNIB, joining the organization in 2009 after an extensive career in the private sector. He is also the president and CEO of our affiliate organization, 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. 

Angela Bonfanti, Chief Operating Officer
Since joining the CNIB team in 2011, Angela Bonfanti has been a driving force behind many of our organization’s most transformational achievements – from launching CNIB Community Hubs across Canada to leading CNIB’s efforts in the development of An Act to Amend the Copyright Act (2018), the Accessible Canada Act (2019), and other landmark public policy changes at both federal and provincial levels. Angela also led the development of our virtual programs at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic so we could continue serving participants, whilst maintaining the health of CNIB’s overall operations. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Angela provides strategic and operational oversight over the delivery of CNIB’s mandate and mission across Canada.   

Maria Ash, Chief People Officer 
Maria is a strategic and results-driven human resources executive with over 20 years of expertise leading innovative and transformational change in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She is an inclusive and people-focused champion with extensive experience leading human resources teams within unionized and non-union environments. Maria was awarded the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) certification in 2015 and currently sits on the Executive Counsel of the Society for Human Resources Management. Since joining CNIB in 2014, Maria has held several leadership roles and currently serves in the capacity of Chief People Officer for CNIB and its two affiliate organizations, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services. 

Diane Bergeron, President, CNIB Guide Dogs
Diane is the president of CNIB Guide Dogs, and plays a pivotal role on global blindness issues as treasurer of the World Blind Union. Diane is partnered with her own CNIB Guide Dog, Carla, and together they advocate for the rights of people who are blind or have sight loss. Before Diane joined CNIB in 2012, she held senior roles with the Government of Alberta and City of Edmonton.

Garry Nenson, Chief Development Officer 
Garry is responsible for philanthropic revenue generation across CNIB. He also oversees organizational 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 CNIB, 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 CNIB, 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.

Dr. Mahadeo A. Sukhai, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and International Affairs & Chief Accessibility Officer
Mahadeo is Canada's first blind biomedical research scientist, with more than 20 years' experience as an academic researcher and educator. He leads the research program for CNIB and our two affiliate organizations, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services, and is the principal investigator for research projects to understand the lived experience of persons who are blind, Deafblind, and partially sighted in Canada. Mahadeo also leads CNIB's international affairs work. As CNIB's Chief Accessibility Officer, he oversees all three organizations' cultural change efforts on accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities and intersecting social identities.