Our People

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

International Headquarters

YCI’s headquarters are based in Toronto, Canada.

Below are the key contacts for YCI’s strategy, operations, programs and communications. For info about a specific program or for any other departments, please email

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

Board Members

YCI’s board members provide governance and strategic counsel leveraging many years of leadership experience in both public and private sectors domestically and globally.

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

Katherine Arblaster

Board Director

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Global Projects

YCI’s livelihoods solutions help catapult youth around the world to succeed and thrive. For nearly 30 years, innovation, youth, equality and sustainability have been at the core of everything we do, driving change globally and creating a better future for all.


Currently, we have global projects in 13 developing countries.
For more information, please contact us.

YCI’s team also includes volunteers, interns and partners around the globe.

Learn more about how you can get involved.