ABOUT

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

 

creativity

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

research

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

collaboration

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

respect

We approach all stakeholders with integrity, compassion and transparency.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Darwin Schandor is currently the Regional President, British Columbia, National Bank of Canada, where he leads and supports 250 employees integrating all business lines for their clients. He joined National Bank in 2016 to help start Private Banking 1859 that has successfully positioned itself as a Euro-Style Family Office Boutique for High Net Worth Clients and their families. Before joining National Bank, Darwin was employed for 25 years at Royal Trust and RBC, providing strategic leadership for their Wealth Management business, including Financial Planning, and, more recently, as Regional Vice President Private Banking from 2005 to 2015. Supporting the community has always been important to Darwin. He does so by serving on the Board of the North Shore Winter Club, volunteering as a Hockey Coach and Manager, and providing support for many BC charitable organizations, including most recently on the Board of Work With Us that works closely with the Streetohome Organization.

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 Work With Us 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.

 

Kristin MacMillan has over 30 years of experience in Operations, Finance, Senior Leadership, and Consulting. She was most recently with Imprint Plus as President/General Manager, retiring in 2020. Prior to Imprint Plus, she was a principal in the tax practice at Ernst & Young in Vancouver. Kristin was a driver and manager of strategic business growth, resulting in Imprint Plus having 30,000 customers worldwide and over sixty employees. Her experience brings strong operational and problem-solving skills. Kristin is a CPA, CA, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University.

 

Paul Tournier

 

Paul Tournier is an entrepreneurial executive with 20+ years of 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.