Our Advisors, Partners & Endorsements

Our Advisors

Stella’s Place has a number of advisory groups that lead the organization. This includes the Board of Directors, a Leadership Advisory Council, and a Parents Advisory Council. As well as a Young Adult Advisory Council that is currently working as various co-design groups.

Young Adult Co-Design Groups

Stella’s Place uses a co-design process to create each of our program components. Each co-design team consists of young adults with mental health challenges, and is led by a young adult Peer Facilitator in a paid leadership role. These groups engage other Stella’s Place staff, as well as professionals, as relevant. Our design groups to date include:

Peer Conversations Group:

the foundational group that contributed to building the peer support program and training requirements.

Peer Support Training Program Curriculum Design Group:

a group that discussed and designed the materials for the Peer Support Training Program that is offered in partnership with George Brown College.

Online Platform and App Co-Design Group:

 a group that is designing our online peer support platform and app.

Evaluation Working Group:

a group that is thinking through the outcomes for young adults at Stella’s Place, and how to measure and track them.

onTRACK Co-Design Team –

 a group that is designing the fitness and wellness program that is offered in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC.

Possibilities Co-Design Team:

 a group that is designing the Clinical, Recovery and Wellness programs and activities at Stella’s Place.

Board of Directors

Donna Green

Founder & Chair, Stella’s Place
Trustee, Green Sanderson Family Foundation

Donna Green has over 40 years’ experience in real estate, arts and culture, and community development. Donna is a tireless community activist and philanthropist. She is founder of Stella’s Place and Chair of the board.

Megan Evans

Secretary & Director, Stella’s Place
Chief Legal & Risk Officer, The Hospital for Sick Children

Megan Evans is the Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer at SickKids Hospital. Megan graduated from Windsor Law School with the Board of Governors Award (Gold Medal) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Martha Tory

Treasurer & Director, Stella’s Place
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Martha Tory was Senior Partner at Ernst & Young with over 35 years experience in providing assurance and business advisory services. She led Ernst & Young’s Healthcare, Not-for-Profit and University Industry Groups in Canada. Martha retired in 2015 and currently serves on several boards, including Stella’s Place.

Kari MacKay

Partner, Goodmans LLP

Kari MacKay is Partner at Goodmans LLP, where her practice focuses on M&A, corporate finance and governance. She has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is Head of the Natural Resource & Mining Group.  Kari and her husband founded Warrior Sailing Canada, dedicated to providing maritime outreach for wounded armed forces service members.

Dr. Mario Cappelli

Director of Mental Health & Psychiatry Research, CHEO Clinical Director, Summit Centre

Dr. Mario Cappelli is the Senior Clinician Scientist at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health and the Past Director of Mental Health & Psychiatry Research at CHEO, Dr. Cappelli is also the Clinical Director of Cappelli & Associates and  a Clinical Psychologist who has been in practice since 1991 working with children, youth, young adults and their families.

Colin MacDonald

Principal, Navigator Ltd.

Colin MacDonald is a Principal at Navigator Ltd., where he specializes in public policy, reputation management and campaign execution. Prior to this role, Colin served as a senior policy advisor to several Ontario cabinet ministers. Colin graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a master’s degree in political science.

Steve Wilson

Managing Director, Growth Matters

Steve Wilson is the Managing Director of Growth Matters, an advisory practice working with Canadian high-growth technology companies. Steve graduated from The University of Michigan in 1987 and received his Chartered Accountant qualification in 1990.

Melanie Lovering

Senior Lead Consultant, Philanthropy Partners

Melanie has extensive fundraising experience – delivering exceptional results through donor-centred strategies. Melanie is currently Director of Marketing and Communications at Camp Oochigaes and a consultant with Philanthropy Partners. Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph and received an Arts Management certificate from Humber College in 1993.

Donald Blair

President & CEO, Pivotworks Business Systems Corporation

Donald is a senior IT leader and head of Pivotworks Corp. With nearly 25 years of tech experience, he has a former political background. He sat on the Website Task Force for Kids Help Phone, the Communications Committee for Scouts Canada, and is an advocate for youth mental health at The Scarborough Hospital.

Leadership Advisory Council

Dr. Simon Davidson

Clinical Professor, BC Children’s Hospital

Alan Greenberg

CEO, Minett Real Estate Services; Co-Founder & Chairman, GreenSoil Investments

Dr. Marshall Korenblum

Medical Director, SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

Dr. Anthony Levitt

Chief, Brain Sciences; Program Medical Director, Family Navigation Project Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Patrick McGorry

Director of Orygen Youth Health and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre Victoria, Australia

Karen Minden, C.M., Ph.D.

Founder, Pine River Institute and Foundation; Partner, Minden Schipper & Associates

Jaime Watt

Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd.

Dr. Ari Zaretsky

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Founding Parents Council

Donna Green

Founder and President, Stella’s Place

Marylee O’Neill

Co-Founder and Vice-President, Stella’s Place

Diane McKenzie

Program Development Specialist PhD Candidate, Mental Health Program Evaluation

Stephanie Merrin

Management Consultant

Ellie Perkins, Ph.D

Economist and Professor, York University

Dana Colson

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Vivian Bercovici

Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Pictured above: Young Adult Advisory Council Members, 2019

Our Endorsements


During our development, we have communicated with many local, national and international leaders and mental health experts. Here’s what they have to say about the needs of young adults and how Stella’s Place is taking a step forward.

Barry Alper

Business Manager/Partner
Fresh Restaurants

Read Barry Alper’s Letter Link to page

Simon Davidson

M.B., B.Ch., FRCPC Regional Chief
Specialized Psychiatric and Mental Health Services for Children and Youth CHEO

Read Simon Davidson’s Letter Link to page

Gillian Gray

Executive Director
Family Outreach and Response

Read Gillian Grey’s Letter Link to page

Amy Wakelin

Manager of Peer Initiatives
CMHA Toronto

Read Amy Wakelin’s Letter Link to page

Ari Zaretsky

MD FRCPC Psychiatrist-in-Chief
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Read Ari Zaretsky’s Letter Link to page

Mike Colle


Read Mike Colle’s Letter Link to page

Susan Davis

Executive Director
Gerstein Crisis Centre

Read Susan Davis’ Letter Link to page

The Hon. Michael Kirby

Founding Chair
Partners for Mental Health

Read Hon. Michael Kirby’s Letter Link to page

Catherine Zahn

MD, FRCPC President and CEO
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Read Catherine Zahn’s Letter Link to page

Our Partners

We work with a range of community-based and hospital partners in program development, training initiatives and service co-delivery and co-location.

The uniqueness of Stella’s Place, being designed for youth by youth, is an approach to care that is needed in our system. In addition to developing innovative supports, Stella’s Place has created opportunities for education, training and employment for youth with lived experience. These opportunities are incredibly valuable to the recovery process.

Gillian Gray
Executive Director, Family Outreach and Response Program