work with us

our vision

Work With Us is a non-profit foundation focused on providing sustainable employment and purposeful activity for Canada’s marginalized populations.

what we do

Work With Us works collaboratively with service providers and business partners to connect capable individuals with employment opportunities.

how we do it

Our leading technology platform, comprehensive candidate support and access to extensive business and HR knowledge from our industry partners, enable us to ensure candidates, employers and partner organizations positively benefit.

our values


We use leading-edge technology to innovate and deliver value.


Our evidence-based practice contributes to the growing body of knowledge on at-risk and marginalized populations.


We work with service providers, clients and candidates to achieve their business and career goals.


We approach all stakeholders with integrity, compassion and transparency.

board of directors

John McLernon

John McLernon is Chair of WorkWithUs and Streetohome Foundation.

John is Honorary Chair and Co-Founder of the Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Group of Companies. As CEO for 25 years, he developed Colliers from a local Vancouver company to one of the top global commercial real estate service providers operating in some 60 countries. He served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer from 1977 to 2002, and Chairman until December 2004.

He is currently Chair of A&W Income Trust, Village Farms International and City Office REIT. He is also a Director of Canadian Urban Limited, and Mark Anthony Group of Companies.

Joanne Gassman

Joanne Gassman was with BMO Bank of Montreal for more than 39 years, most recently retiring from her position as the Senior Vice President of Personal & Commercial Banking for BC & Yukon Division.

After retiring, Joanne took on a new consulting role with BMO Financial Group nationally, as the Senior Vice President, Women’s Market. In this new capacity, Joanne will continue to promote BMO’s focus on the needs of women entrepreneurs by improving the business and financial information available for women.

Joanne is a member of the Board of Advisors for GroYourBiz, an initiative developed for women entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level and is a member of the Women’s Business Economic Advisory Board.

As well as sitting on the WorkWithUs and Streetohome Board, Joanne is Chair of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Chair of I am Powerful Council (Vancouver) for CARE Canada.

She holds an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Rob Turnbull

Rob Turnbull has 30 years of experience in health care and housing including public health, community health centres, acute care hospitals, community living, youth detention, family physician engagement, long term care and homelessness. Rob’s most recent senior managerial posts include Chief Operating Officer at Menno Home & Menno Hospital in Abbotsford, BC and Director of Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management at Interior Health Authority in Kelowna, BC.

He has a proven track record in optimizing resource allocations, introducing innovative and evidence-based operations and developing mutually-beneficial partnerships with similar business entities, universities and community organizations. Rob also has a strong background in governance and strategic planning in non-profit organizations and in organization development including culture change, a coaching management model and self-led teams. He obtained his Ph.D. in Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto.

Paul Tournier

Paul Tournier is an entrepreneurial executive with 20+ years experience in leadership roles. Paul has worked with organizations and clients across the globe and led complex global transformation programs, delivering significant business value to clients through the combination of Consulting, Technology and Business Process Outsourcing. Having worked both as a consultant and as a business executive, Paul brings strategic and operational experience.