Who We Are

HerStory

GEM began in 2012 with just 22 girls from a single priority neighbourhood in Toronto. Today, GEM’s mentorship program has grown to become a robust and dynamic program across the GTA and beyond. Over the years, GEM has helped to transform the lives of hundreds of young women to become the next generation of future female leaders.

GEM is founded, led and made up of women who believe every girl deserves equal opportunity to develop professional skills, pursue higher education and build successful career paths.
We are a force of dedicated women committed to youth education, promoting gender-equity and working with diverse communities. In collaboration with our community, partners, and our formidable body of dynamic and passionate volunteers, the GEM community is passionate about building more inclusive societies and advancing inclusive economic growth.

Founder and Chair of the Board

Rochelle de Goias-Jackman

“I founded GEM in 2012 from a vision where I truly believed all young women should have the opportunity to succeed despite where they’ve come from or what barrier they’ve faced. I have since dedicated my time and personal resources to see this become a reality.”

Rochelle is an experienced senior political advisor and consultant, and has private and public sector experience from France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada, working with organizations such as The United Nations, Bloomberg, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

Rochelle has co-authored a peer reviewed study on mentorship and regularly speaks on mentorship, social entrepreneurship and women in leadership. She is heavily involved in philanthropic work, recently co-chairing the National Ballet Gala. She currently sits on the McGill Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Board and donates her time to local and grassroots initiatives. Rochelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and an MA in International Relations from the University of London, she is an active BSS Old Girl and London House Alumnus.

The GEM Team

Wendy Sung-Aad

Executive Director
wendy@girlsementorship.com
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I love meeting new people. I believe that our differences enriches us as individuals, and sparks creativity for society to flourish and prosper. But not everyone is thriving, so I spend my days promoting gender-equity, advancing justice, and creating more inclusive mindsets. I will travel great distances for an exceptional cup of coffee or tea, and can admit that I am likely Canada's worst baker. In addition to my family and friends, I am the mother of two turtles whom I adore, Tutu and Oogie.

Erika Keys

Program Lead, Mentees
erika@girlsementorship.com
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My goal is to create a more equitable Canada, so everyone can find success and their passion regardless of the barriers they may face. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McMaster University, specializing in Social Psychology. I have a Master of Applied Health Sciences from Western University. I am enthusiastic, ambitious, and motivated with a passion for Gender Equity. I want to help change the way we do things to make the world more inclusive for everyone. In my free time, you will find me on a hike, trying a new recipe or spending time with my dog. I am thrilled to be joining the GEM team as the Mentee Lead, supporting this phenomenal organization and eager to help the Mentees build their professional skills and achieve their academic and career potential.

Lia Gibson

Operations Manager
lia@girlsementorship.com
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I am passionate about creating spaces and opportunities for young folks to gain the skills they need to overcome barriers and grow their careers. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in English Literature and a minor in History from Queen’s University. I also received my Bachelor of Education with a focus on Intermediate and Senior studies. Prior to joining GEM I worked as a high school teacher before transitioning into the startup world. I am excited to join GEM on our mission to support young women.

Rowena Wong

Finance Assistant
rowena@girlsementorship.com
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I graduated with a BSc in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario. My passion for nutrition and healthy eating lead me the opportunity to connect with so many different people. I am happy to be part of the GEM team to empower and improve the academic and career opportunities for young girls.

GEM's Board of Directors

Mary Lee

Board Member
“I would have benefitted from learning from someone I respected.”

ashley payette

Secretary
"I want to bring our skills, time and funds to empower girls to succeed."

joanna agnello

Treasurer
"I support GEM because mentorship positively changes lives”.

jennifer Lockwood

BOARD MEMBER, COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR
"GEM uniquely offers skills, experience and a network that lifts girls to reach their potential."

Melissa krishna

BOARD MEMBER, fundraising co-CHAIR
"GEM is creating a generation of emboldened and confident women to help them grow and succeed.”

Cameron bossert

BOARD MEMBER, fundraising co-CHAIR
"Focused mentorship works. GEMgirls are our future leaders in a world that needs equity and leadership."

Christine andrew

BOARD MEMBER, MENTEE CHAIR
“GEM significantly enhances young women’s lives through mentorship and opportunities to lead.“

Peggy doe

BOARD MEMBER, MENTOR CHAIR
“GEM sparkles with vitality and hope for a better future for our alumnae.”

Ayesha Singh

BOARD MEMBER, HR CHAIR
“Mentorship at the high school level can make all of the difference in the world.”

Committee Members

Stay tuned for an updated list of the members of GEM's Board committees.

GEM Ambassadors

Mary Ann Yule

ceo of hp canada

Melissa Grelo

Host of 'The Social' and Late Morning Anchor of 'Your Morning'

Rana Florida

CEO of The Creative Class Group

Sabrina Maddeaux

Columnist and On-air commentator

Our Volunteers

GEM volunteers are women leaders representing a broad spectrum of industries, sectors and roles. GEM volunteers lend their skills, share their knowledge, donate their time and care in ensuring GEM continues to provide a meaningful experience for our GEMgirls.

This year, GEM is relying on over 150 women volunteers, including mentors, Board and committee members, advisors and donors to help us accomplish our goals.
GEM would not be able to do the work we do without our volunteers. If you are interested in making an impact, contact: wendy@girlsementorship.com

Contact Us

Questions or inquiries? Email us at info@girlsementorship.com or use the form below.

Centre for Social Innovation (Annex)
Girls E-Mentorship
720 Bathurst St., Suite 204,
Toronto ON, M5S 2R4
416-744-8137
Charity No. 837034131RR0001
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