Ed has worked in the employment and training sector for over 16 years, and has over 30 years of non-profit board experience. Ed became the Executive Director after ten years on the ONESTEP board. Prior professional experience includes seven years as Director of Employment Services for COSTI Immigrant Services. In that role, he led the division’s transformation to Employment Ontario and also expanded COSTI's Online Services. Previously, he was a Director of Programs and Services at JobStart for five years. During this time, he helped development the first strategic plan for the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-Trained Persons (CASIP) as well as sitting on the York South Weston Local Immigration Partnership Council.
Ed’s Board experience includes terms as a director and then president for ONESTEP from 2002-2012, the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto from 1991-1999 and St. Christopher House from 1981-1990. Ed has a Masters in Applied Science from Waterloo University and was a graduate of one of the first Voluntary Sector Management program cohorts at York University.
Manager of Career and Resource Solutions
Lorraine holds a diploma in Career Counselling from George Brown College and has over 30 years of managerial experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors. In her role of Manager of Career and Resource Solutions, Lorraine is responsible for developing resources, tools and training opportunities that support the skill enhancement of staff and managers in the sector. Lorraine's portfolio is also responsible for the development and execution of the ONESTEP events and Conferences. She is a member of the steering committee of the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD), the Career Development Practitioners Certification Board (CCPCBO). In 2008 was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the career and employment sector as the first recipient of the George Brown College Crystal Award.
Project Manager, Embracing Inclusion
Angela Connors is an Ojibway from the Saugeen First Nation, Beaver Clan. Her 20+ year career in the nonprofit sector has been spent assisting the unemployed, new immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining the ONESTEP team, Angela held the position of National Equality Representative in Ontario for the Canadian Union of Public Employees where she supported the work of the provincial equality committees, and provided training and advice on issues of equality to workers across the province. In 2010 Angela’s commitment to social justice and equality was recognized by the City of Toronto as a recipient of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Aboriginal Affairs Award.
Angela's ancestry has fuelled her passion for social justice and equality and one of her key leadership strengths is the ability to recognize that sustainable social change begins with the individual. Her actions are informed by the understanding that it takes the unified efforts of individuals to create the equitable organizations we seek.