Meet the team


Meet the team

Stacey Dakin
Managing Director
1-800-263-9133 ext. 50

Stacey is an experienced community convenor with a collaborative leadership style who loves to see and experience the world. She joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada in 2017, playing a critical role in the inception of MENTOR Canada.

As Managing Director, Stacey is responsible for leading her team and sector stakeholders through the conceptualization, development and management of a pan-Canadian mentoring movement. Stacey is excited by the opportunity to build and develop MENTOR Canada into a backbone collective impact organization.

Based in Montréal, she brings over 15 years’ experience in strategic development, change management, and capacity building to MENTOR Canada.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Concordia University and certifications in Project Management, Communication, Conflict Resolution & Mediation, and Business Management.

Tracy Luca-Huger
Sr. Director Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives
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.

Tanya Tourangeau
Indigenous Engagement Lead
905-639-0461 ext. 68

Tanya is Dene from the Northwest Territories and is currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta. 

As an adult educator for Keyano College and the University College of the North for a combined 10 years, Tanya developed, delivered (online and in-person), and evaluated business administration programs that assisted young Indigenous entrepreneurs in developing strategic business plans. Tanya’s most recent role was as the Program Coordinator for the Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) program, where she was able to apply her broad knowledge in building collaborative environments towards fostering economic development partnerships between First Nations and municipalities across Canada. 

As the Indigenous Engagement Lead, Tanya looks forward to increasing the partner engagement network and activities with Indigenous organizations, Elders and Knowledge Keepers and building awareness with organizations, agencies, schools and stakeholders to promote and support mentoring for Indigenous children and youth.

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.

Lee Cameron
Community & Partnerships Lead
1.800.263.9133 ext. 72

Lee (they/she) supports MENTOR Canada’s community initiatives, bringing a passion for meaningful engagement and relationship building to their advocacy work.  Lee previously served as a project manager leading Egale Canada’s 2SLGBTQI youth violence prevention portfolio. They are excited at the chance to build on their work in sexual health education, collaborative public arts, and grassroots movements in this role.

Lee holds a Masters in Adult Education & Community Development from OISE, University of Toronto. She deeply understands the ways in which positive mentoring relationships serve to support not only individuals, but entire communities. For fun, Lee enjoys good coffee, long bike rides, and live music.

Annet Thomas
Technology Development Lead

Annet joined MENTOR Canada with 11 years of experience in IT Development and Support for CRM products. By understanding the need for a good mentor in an individual’s life and working with a wonderful team makes her feel proud. Annet is taking this opportunity to work along with the team to make an impact in the community.

Annet has worked for multiple clients and supported end-to end project implementations. With her previous experience, Annet wants to help build MENTOR Canada's application to ensure a seamless user journey. She will be responsible for bridging the gap between IT and the sector by eliciting the requirements and articulating it to our development team.

For fun, she loves travelling, exploring new places and enjoys good music.

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.