Our People

People are at the core of YCI. Talented, determined and passionate about youth and innovation we are a creative force for change.

Bryan Cox

Executive Director

“If your dreams don’t scare you they are too small.”
– Richard Branson

Kristine Vanderplas

Director, Innovation + Sustainability

“The best way to predict the future is to design it” ”
– Buckminster Fuller

Stacey Jewer

Communications Lead

“Well done is better than well said.”
– Benjamin Franklin

Lauren Chender

Program & Operations Lead

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
– Confucius

Adrienne Knowlton

Finance Lead

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.”
– James Russell Lowell

Miriam Buttu

Youth Employment Lead

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
– Marianne Williamson

Katie Daly

Youth Employment Lead (Bilingual)

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
– Dr. Seuss

Stephen Brown

YCI Board Chair & President

“We are perfectly aligned for the results we are getting…”

Elizabeth Baker

YCI Board Vice-Chair

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Paritosh Gambhir

YCI Board Treasurer

“When I leave the world behind, will I leave it as a better place? Create the things you wish existed in this world, and be the change you want to see.”

Kevin Thomason

YCI Board Secretary

“Eventually we figure out that service and helping others brings more happiness than the relentless pursuit of material things.”

Ellen Martin

Board Director

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito”
– African Proverb

D. James Newland

Board Director

“Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Elliott de Launay

Board Director

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
– Muhammed Ali