Board of Directors
Valerie Grossman PhD
Founder & CEO
Dr. Valerie Grossman has extensive experience in international development, as well as in education, mediation, strategic planning, and consulting. Her approach to international development is based in the understanding that people usually know what their issues are. Her consulting philosophy stresses development from the grass roots, integrating technology and systems into the existing societal culture. With meaningful participation and collaboration in developing solutions to mutually identified issues, sustainable positive results are attained.
She is experienced working with people to problem solve and is a member of several organizations including the Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society, and the Arbitration & Mediation Institute of Canada. She is also Associate Faculty in the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Royal Roads University.
Dr. Grossman holds a doctorate in Human and Organization Systems, a Master of Arts in Organization Development, a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Administration, and a Bachelor of Education.
She resides in Calgary, Canada.
Sharon Moore PhD, RN, R. Psych. Director
Dr. Sharon Moore is a registered nurse and psychologist who has worked in health care and education for more than 30 years. She is a full professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University and has her own program of research in the area of hope and aging and knowledge translation for the prevention of suicide in older adults. She has been a invited speaker at conferences, workshops and universities in Europe, India, Scandinavia, Hawaii, Japan, Kenya, Uganda, the United States and across Canada.
Sharon participated as a board member in various capacities with Creative Aging Calgary Society, of the Hope Foundation of Alberta, as a member of the Seniors' Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and as a Steering Committee member of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health. She has experienced traveling and working with people in Peru, India, Nepal, and Africa.
Mitchell Grossman was a senior executive with a major publicly held real estate corporation with holdings throughout North America. In that capacity he was involved with the development of numerous regional shopping complexes across North America and held executive and directorship positions with trade organizations relative to the development industry. Mr. Grossman is currently involved in management and financial planning. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and resides in Calgary, Canada.
Erin Waddell, PMP, CGA, MA
Erin is an outcome-focused professional who has coached leaders through challenging changes in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Asia. She is an optimistic, future-oriented leader who uses a variety of collaborative work processes in managing organizational change, performance improvement, team development, culture change and project management capabilities. Erin’s clients span over 14 industries, including oil & gas, utility, telecommunications, healthcare, financial services, and education. In constrained environments with high expectations, Erin is recognized for using pragmatic and innovative approaches in the achievement of client goals.
While helping others with changes associated with business growth, Erin discovered her passion for change leadership. Her outlet for this passion over the past fifteen years was project and program management, during which time Erin obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. While working on projects across Canada, the US, UK and Mexico she recognized many similar challenges and barriers to implementing change. This sparked Erin’s desire to find a better method to architect change; one where the beneficiaries felt respected, consulted, and a sense of ownership versus feeling ignored or controlled. These were the seeds for Erin’s ‘change philosophy’ and the basis of her thoughtful approach to development.
Drupati Maharaj MEd
Drupati Maharaj is a passionate leader in community engagement, diversity and inclusion with over 20 years of experience in the health care, education and social services sectors. As an experienced Board member, Drupati has also served with the Ontario Hospital Association, the Scharborough Hospital, FoodShare Toronto, Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women and the South Asian Professional Networking Association (SAPNA) Toronto.
Internationally, Drupati volunteered at the Sarvidaya Ashram, a residential school for girls from the "untouchable class", aimed at preventing child marriages and a lifetime of poverty and hopelessness, in rural India. Subsequently, she developed and fundraised for the Sleeping Bag Project, to help 700 staff and students endure Northern India's cold winter nights without indoor heating.
Drupati has an MEd in Sociology of Education and Equity Studies (University of Toronto) and a BA in Social Science and Sociology (York University).