Meet the team


Meet the team

Tracy Luca-Huger
Interim Executive Director
1-800-263-9133 ext. 61

Tracy brings a wealth of experience in the charitable sector and mentoring field to Mentor Canada.  She has held senior roles at Lionheart Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and has provided consultation to mentoring programs and organizations for several years. Leading the Partnership Network at Mentor Canada, Tracy is leveraging her deep sector relationships in building a national network of mentoring organizations and partners across Canada.

A regular contributor to the work of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Tracy has a proven track record of developing and implementing innovative mentoring programs, tools, partnerships and collaborations. Tracy holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from Gonzaga University and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor. An avid cook and lover of great food, Tracy enjoys travelling the world.

Véronique Church-Duplessis
Director of Research and Evaluation
1-800-263-9133 ext. 62

Véronique leads Mentor Canada's research agenda, with a focus on mapping the mentoring landscape in Canada and identifying service gaps. She is also a co-lead of the Canadian Mentoring Research Network. Véronique is committed to Mentor Canada’s knowledge mobilization goals and is eager to use the new research to bridge the gap between academic researchers and community organizations. Prior to joining Mentor Canada, Véronique led programs focused on promoting healthy relationships for youth and violence prevention. Véronique holds two degrees in history, a PhD from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts from the Université de Montréal. In her spare time, Véronique enjoys reading and travelling.

Jessica Sims
Communications Manager
1-800-263-9133 ext. 59

A dedicated volunteer, Jessica brings a zeal for start-ups and a keen interest in the non-profit sector to Mentor Canada. She credits her role models and career mentors for sparking her interest in the mentoring movement. As a recent graduate at John Molson School of Business, Jessica discovered her profound interest for marketing and communications. Perfectly bilingual, she has put her passion into action by providing her knowledge and enthusiasm to Mentor Canada’s communications team. A sushi aficionado and self-professed foodie, Jessica also enjoys running long distances. She is currently training for her next half marathon.

Michèle Mantero
Training Specialist
1-800-263-9133 ext. 64

Michèle joins the Mentor Canada team with an extensive training and coaching experience. She truly believes that training and coaching are the essential foundations to become successful as an organization, for people to be engaged and acquire a sense of belonging. For the past 10 years Michèle developed several successful learning curricula, delivered class and online trainings as well as one on one coaching sessions. Fluently bilingual, Michèle will be supporting the Mentor Canada team by creating and providing learning programs for service providers and stakeholders in both official languages. Michèle has a curious mind and loves to continuously learn by taking online courses and surrounding herself with mentors. In her spare time, she loves to take walks, paint, read, sing and provide brief comic relief to friends and coworkers.

Turie Emakpore
Digital Products Support Lead
1-800-263-9133 ext. 65

Turie joins Mentor Canada with over 5 years of experience in client and community services. She thrives when engaged in work that involves helping others grow and is driven to build and maintain excellent relationships while ensuring that you are left with a positive experience from the support you receive.

With a background in client services and user experience, she is confident that she will be of great value and support as you navigate our digital products. She excels at bringing clarity to ambiguity and believes that identifying client needs, accurately troubleshooting, and being open to feedback are critical to reaching full satisfaction. She will serve as the point of contact for our digital product technical support services.

Turie loves exploring Toronto by biking around the city, capturing beauty through photography and immersing herself in sounds.

Mentor Canada respectfully acknowledges that the lands upon which we operate are the traditional territories of the respective First Nations, Métis Nations and Inuit who are the long-time stewards of these lands. 

Why Do We Acknowledge The Land? 

Acknowledging the land is an Indigenous protocol used to express gratitude to those who reside here, and to honour the Indigenous people who have lived and worked on this land historically and presently. It allows us the opportunity to appreciate the unique role and relationship that each of us has with the land, and provides a gentle reminder of the broader perspectives that expand our understanding to encompass the long-standing, rich history of the land, and our privileged role in residing here.