Our directors' experience, expertise and knowledge supports excellence in nonprofit governance and ensures Blueprint fulfills our mission.
Chair, Blueprint Board of Directors
As Senior Legal Counsel - Environmental, Social and Governance at TD Bank Group, Winston Gee advises the bank on the design and execution of strategies around corporate governance, investor/stakeholder relations, diversity and inclusion, corporate communications, and the management of environmental, social, and reputational risk.
Prior to his current role, Winston was a litigator and regulatory lawyer and held a number of legal and policy roles in the broader public sector, including at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ontario Power Generation, Toronto Hydro, and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation. A core part of his practice focused on advising on matters relating to Indigenous and treaty rights. He also sits on the Better Evidence Council, a group of policy and social sector leaders whose advice helps Blueprint tackle Canada’s biggest social policy challenges through better evidence practices.
Senior Manager, TD Bank
Krystal Abotossaway is from Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations. She is an urban Ojibwe Anishinaabe Kwe. Krystal is a well sought after expert, speaker and leader on Indigenous engagement. As Senior Manager at TD Bank, she is responsible for TD’s Indigenous Peoples strategy, integrating colleague, customer, and community perspectives while continuing to build TD’s brand as the employer, bank, and community partner of choice for Indigenous Peoples.
As the President of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada Krystal is helping to redefine the agenda and identify new measures for advancing the opportunities for and the capabilities of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. She also applies her Human Resources knowledge and experience in Indigenous engagement to multiple board roles in the Greater Toronto Area. Krystal holds a Masters degree from York University in Human Resource Management.
VP Data Capacity & Analytics, Blueprint
Max Palamar is Blueprint’s co-founder and Vice President of Data Capacity & Analytics. In his role, Max focuses on leading Blueprint’s innovative and growing data practice that offers a suite of services tailored to partners’ needs, from data analytics to technical solutions to data capacity-building. Max, and the multi-disciplinary team he leads, brings deep experience helping partners to leverage data effectively in new ways with real-world impact. From measuring the effectiveness of social impact of government and community programming, to groundbreaking data-linking initiatives for novel policy insights, Max has led projects in workforce development, income security, poverty reduction and housing.
Prior to joining Blueprint, Max worked with the Social Research and Development Corporation. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics from the University of Waterloo.
CEO, Grand Challenges Canada
Karlee Silver is Chief Executive Officer for Grand Challenges Canada. She is a mission-driven leader committed to addressing inequity through innovation, powershifting and partnerships. Karlee has been with Grand Challenges Canada since it launched in 2010 and led the process of selecting the organization’s prioritized grand challenges. Holding various roles, she set strategy for global health, development and humanitarian innovation initiatives, and enabled the GCC team to source, support and transition to scale promising innovations for social impact in low- and middle-income countries.
Karlee received her doctorate in 2006 from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology.
Senior Finance Director, WoodGreen Community Services
Savraj Syan is the Senior Finance Director of WoodGreen Community Services. In this role, he leads a team focused on finance transformation, responsible for budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, decision analysis, and business partnering tactics for each program and portfolio across the organization. Previously, Sav was a Manager in Deloitte’s Finance Transformation practice.
He serves on the board of the Wellesley Institute, works with public sector strategy firms such as MASS LBP and served with an advisory committee to the Board of Directors for the YMCA GTA. An advocate for an improved community, he is keenly aware of the issues plaguing society today and uses this as a constant source of motivation to work for better days ahead. He holds a degree in International Bachelor of Business Administration from York University Schulich School of Business and holds a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Former Deputy Minister, Government of Alberta
Coleen Volk has held several senior leadership roles in the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada. In Alberta, she served as deputy minister of Energy, deputy minister of Intergovernmental Relations and associate deputy minister of the Executive Council. In Ottawa, she served as associate deputy minister of Environment and Climate Change, and deputy secretary, senior personnel, in the Privy Council Office.
She joined the federal public service in 2005 as an assistant deputy minister in Finance Canada. Prior to Finance, she held executive roles with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, including Treasurer and Acting CFO, and spent eight years with CIBC and TD Bank in Toronto, primarily in areas of corporate treasury and risk management. She retired from the Alberta public service in 2022.