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The Board provides governance for the work of Tamarack and counsel toward its strategic focus and direction.

Tamarack's board members are:

Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent
Nathan Gilbert

Nathan Gilbert
Colin Robertson

Colin Robertson
Vali Bennett

Vali Bennett

Paul Born

Paul Born

Chairman: Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent is Chairman and Founder of Maytree, and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation. He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto. In addition, Alan is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Senior Fellow and Governing Board member of Massey College, Member of the Governors' Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Alan is the author of Urban Nation:  Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, and co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University in 2009, and from Queen's University in 2015.

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Vice Chair: Nathan Gilbert

Nathan Gilbert is the past Executive Director of the Laidlaw Foundation. He retired in August 2013.

During his tenure, he has helped to transform Laidlaw from a private family foundation into a public interest foundation that focuses its resources on innovation in the fields of improving life chances for children and youth, performing arts, ecosystem sustainability, and socially responsible investment research. Nathan serves as a Director of Inter Pares, Tamarack, Alternative Journal and sits on two committees of the Toronto District School Board. Previously, Nathan served as the Executive Director of the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association.

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Treasurer: Colin Robertson

Colin Robertson is the Chief Financial Officer of Avana Capital Corporation and Treasurer of Maytree. He is also the Treasurer and a Director of both Tamarack and Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society. Previously, Colin held senior financial positions in both the high-tech and financial services sectors. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto, Colin trained with Coopers & Lybrand, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1983.

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Corporate Secretary: Vali Bennett

Vali Bennett is the Director of Administration of the Avana Capital Corporation. Vali holds an Honours B.A. in English and literary studies from the University of Toronto, and is the Corporate Secretary for a number of other organizations, including Diaspora Dialogues, The Literary Review of Canada, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and the Tamarack Institute.

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President: Paul Born

Paul Born directs Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement, a ten year journey and partnership with Alan Broadbent of the Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree to advance place based solutions to entrenched problems like poverty. Prior to founding Tamarack Paul  was the Executive Director and founder of The Community Opportunities Development Association (CODA), one of Canada’s most successful community economic development organizations where he also founded Opportunities 2000, a millennium campaign to reduce poverty in Waterloo Region to the lowest in Canada. His work has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from the United Nations, Conference Board of Canada, Imagine Canada and the Governor General of Canada. 

Paul holds a Masters degree in Leadership and is an Author of three books, including Community Conversations, Creating Vibrant Communities and Leaderful Communities. Paul is a motivational, inspiring, speaker who loves the power of stories. Learn more about Paul at www.paulborn.ca.

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