As CEO, Danielle leads the Laridae team, driving the future growth of the company. The foundation of Danielle’s professional experience, career, and passion has been rooted in community development. An entrepreneurial, strategic thinker, Danielle deploys collaborative approaches to problem-solving. She leads some of Laridae’s highest profile strategic planning, governance, communications, and branding projects. Prior to consulting, she held executive roles with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED). Danielle has actively engaged in governance throughout her career as a volunteer Board member of non-profits. She recently completed her Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program at McMaster University. Bilingual, Danielle is originally from Timmins.
Jonathan provides sought-after strategic counsel to leaders, executive teams, and boards across Ontario. With experience in urban, rural, remote, and First Nations communities, Jonathan’s expertise is in strategic planning, governance, change management, and communications. He was Laridae's CEO for its first eight years. Jonathan is now solely focused on leading client projects.
Before founding Laridae, he held leadership roles at a large regional hospital, as well as education and social services organizations. Jonathan is a Special Graduate Faculty member in Trent University’s M.A. Sustainability Studies Graduate Program. An experienced director, he has served terms as Chair of the Board of Directors of Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and Kawartha Haliburton CAS. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and earned a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation through McMaster University. Jonathan lives with his family outside Lakefield, Ontario.
An insatiable problem-solver, Alnis has over ten years of experience rolling up his sleeves to craft and execute solutions for organizations in the healthcare, education, tourism, municipal, and social services sectors. Drawing on the skills he honed while earning his M.A. from McGill University, he provides guidance and support in the areas of process improvement, digital communication and business development. Always community-minded, Alnis has volunteered in a variety of leadership roles – sitting on the board of Peterborough's Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN), participating in Loyalist College's working group to prepare students for work in the technology sector, and helping skiers as a certified member of the Canadian Ski Patrol at Kawartha Nordic.
Team & Training Coordinator
Chantelle has a keen interest in community building and social justice. Experienced in the public and private sectors, she brings project management, communications, and research expertise to her work at Laridae. With a background in Indigenous relations, resource management, and policy, Chantelle excels at finding solutions for complex and sensitive issues. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental and Resource Studies from Trent University, with a Minor in International Development Studies. Chantelle believes that volunteering is an important civic responsibility and has amassed over ten years’ experience with several non-profits in Canada. She currently volunteers for the YWCA Peterborough-Haliburton Nourish Program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society.
Laurie is a seasoned corporate communications and marketing professional whose career spans non-profit, government, private and publicly-traded companies, and PR agency experience. She has traversed the “marcomms gamut” of media relations, corporate communications, events and sponsorship, brand, advertising, content marketing, social media, digital marketing and customer marketing portfolios, mostly within the B2B SaaS technology industry. In every position she leaned heavily into digital innovation for service delivery and process enhancement, an interest that drew her briefly to roles in revenue operations and sales enablement before trading office tower life for home office life as a private consultant.
All of this experience has culminated in her current role working to establish The Pier, Laridae’s online learning network for non-profit leaders, and helping to integrate this new offering into the Laridae product fold.
Laurie has a B.A. in English and Sociology from the University of Toronto. She was born in Peterborough and spent an idyllic childhood on Stony Lake before moving to the 416, long ago.
A gifted educator and speaker, Ugette brings to this role a wide range of leadership skills. For over twenty years she has been dedicated to guiding others as they engage in their own learning and professional development. Her experience includes organizational development, strategic problem solving, and transition planning. Her strengths are in facilitating conversations that build trust and commitment towards a common vision. As a head of school, facilitator, and coach Ugette has honed collaboration techniques that build effective relationships across diverse communities. In her role as Senior Associate and Training Lead at Laridae, she is committed to designing engaging learning opportunities for all clients. Ugette is currently completing her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University. A lover of the great outdoors, Ugette also volunteers her time as a Varsity Rowing Coach for Trent University. She lives with her family in the Otonabee countryside, just outside of Peterborough, Ontario.
Rachel Pott leads many of Laridae’s most complex projects with a calm intelligence that clients deeply admire. Whether facilitating boards, writing strategic plans, leading rebrands, or managing multi-stakeholder projects, Rachel’s experience in, passion for, the non-profit sector is unmistakable. A first-rate communicator, she coaches Laridae clients, from new leaders to executives, on how to design, communicate, and implement lasting change, and become better storytellers along the way.
Rachel has held leadership, fundraising, marketing and communications roles in local and international organizations in the education, health care, social services and human rights sectors. She holds an honours undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in political science and global studies. Dedicated to growing her own non-profit governance career, Rachel is currently Vice-President of the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Board of Directors.
Community development and partnership building have been at the heart of Valentina’s career. With over ten years' experience, Valentina has held progressively senior roles in the non-profit and media sectors—including four years at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. At Laridae, Valentina leads a range of strategy, facilitation, and planning projects, and provides training and coaching to non-profit professionals across Canada. With a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations and asking thought-provoking questions, Valentina supports Laridae’s clients to develop customized, actionable strategies.
Valentina holds a degree in Criminology from York University and has volunteered for a variety of community organizations in Peterborough and across the GTA.
As a Consultant, Si is involved in strategic planning, communications, and branding. He also provides training and coaching to non-profit leaders. To ensure his clients receive trusted counsel for their most pressing needs, Si draws from his diverse academic background and work experience. He holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Biology and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. This education has taught him to fully understand a problem and its context before providing a creative solution.
Before joining Laridae, he worked with the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce to support the local small-business community, and to attract and retain new Members. He is passionate about improving the sustainability and impact of the non-profit sector, which is why he serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit and teaches the Social Enterprise and Social Innovation course at Trent University. He lives in Peterborough with his family and enjoys being outside running, golfing, camping and skiing.
Diane is a member of the Training Team. Her expertise includes strategic leadership and building high functioning organizations. With 30 years of experience as a leader of Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario she has a deep practical understanding of the challenges that leaders in not-for-profit organizations experience. Her knowledge and expertise provide community leaders with support to maximize their impact and leadership potential. Her communication and facilitation skills enhance the interactive training program so all participants sharpen their leadership skills to leverage their capacity to demonstrate effective outcomes for their organizations.
Diane has engaged in ongoing leadership training including a certificate in Public Sector Leadership from the Rotman School of Business and has held the designation of Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leadership for more than 25 years.
Motivated by her passion for community development, Kristen meets new challenges in a positive, collaborative, and resourceful manner. With over two years’ experience in the non-profit sector, Kristen has worked with a wide range of partners to deliver projects focused on workforce development and labour market research. In addition to her extensive project management expertise, Kristen brings skills in research, analysis, marketing, and bilingual communications. An accomplished presenter, Kristen has spoken at provincial and national conferences. Kristen places partnership building at the core of her work, and is committed to the principles of lifelong learning. She currently serves as Secretary on the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Board of Directors, where she sits on the Governance committee. Kristen is a Trent University graduate, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.
With a background in professional services, Montana uses her strategic perspective and technical skills to find practical solutions for Laridae and its clients. Passionate about social causes and advocacy, she enjoys working with non-profit leaders to create a meaningful impact on the community. Montana has a deep connection to Peterborough and sits on the Downtown Business Improvement Area’s marketing committee. There, she works with a variety of industry experts and business owners to brainstorm strategies to attract people to the heart of the city.
Montana is pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and Consumer Culture, and will graduate in 2022. In her spare time, she uses her entrepreneurial mind and passion for sustainability at her vintage e-commerce shop, Retroboro.
David brings a passion for community engagement and working with non-profit organizations to become more sustainable through innovation, collaboration and community engagement.
With a strong background in anti-racism, intersectionality, decolonization, David is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in non-profits.
Prior to joining Laridae, David worked at a national non-profit membership association for three years, supporting community-based organizations across the country. He has also worked in several other positions within the social service sector such as a Youth Program Lead for the City of Ottawa’s Recreation and Culture programs.
Drawing on the skills he gained through his M.A in Sociology at the University of Ottawa, David is adept at qualitative research methods, project management and business development.
David is committed to social justice causes, specifically those which advocate for the reduction of social inequality and the representation and protection of groups living in vulnerable conditions.
Danica holds two honours undergraduate degrees from Lakehead University in political science and Indigenous studies. She also has received a graduate certificate in Occupational Health from Ryerson University. With strong political acumen and advocacy skills, community development, social justice and achieving reconciliation through decolonization are passions of hers.
She has partnered with urban, rural, remote and First Nations communities across Ontario, with a keen interest in Northern areas. Danica brings eight years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector with increasingly senior leadership and management positions.
Dedicated to growing her own non-profit governance career, Danica previously served on the Board of Directors for Durham Youth Housing Support Services and remains an active member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Policy and Governance committee.