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.
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.
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 facilitates Boards and leadership teams, coaches middle-managers, engages community stakeholders, and leads non-profit organizations through the development of strategies and plans to bring about lasting, meaningful change. With expertise in strategic and operational planning and reviews, communications strategies, and re-branding, Rachel leads many of Laridae’s most complex projects with a calm intelligence that clients deeply admire. Throughout her career, she has been committed to working for and supporting non-profits—helping to strengthen the sector that gives so much to our communities. A first-rate communicator, she supports Laridae clients in designing, implementing, and sharing impactful shifts in how and why they approach their work.
With a degree in Politics and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a commitment to ongoing professional development, 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. 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. For over ten years, Valentina has been building a range of experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors—including four years at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
Valentina has a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations to develop customized, actionable strategies, and transform their cultures. At Laridae, Valentina leads a range of strategy, facilitation, and planning projects, and provides training and coaching to non-profit professionals across Canada.
Whether through strategic facilitation, stakeholder engagement, management and leadership training, or coaching, Valentina helps leaders implement change that lasts, and supports them to develop resilient teams and organizations.
Valentina holds a degree in Criminology from York University and has volunteered for a variety of community organizations in Peterborough and across the GTA.
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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.
Driven by a passion for social justice, Madison earned a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with an Honours Specialization in Nonprofit Management from Western University. Her interdisciplinary degree combined a variety of her interests, including community development, management, and leadership.
With over three years of experience working with non-profits, Madison’s work has been diverse in both sector and geography — spanning across the areas of healthcare, education, gender equity, and capacity-building in London, Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area.
Guided by a belief in the power of collective action and a passion for building strong, resilient communities, Jen brings a wealth of experience in project management, administration, and qualitative research. As Project Manager, Jen pulls from over seven years of experience in office management and executive support, approaching projects in a detail-orientated, innovative, and resourceful manner. Having worked in house at both local non-profits and international NGOs—in communications, marketing, project management, and reporting roles—Jen is well equipped to offer flexible and meaningful support to clients.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Ottawa. Most recently, she has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Currently, Jen provides communications and project management support as a volunteer with the Canadian Courage Project—supporting unhoused youth in Ontario—and STAND Canada, a youth-led human rights organization.