Created by the demographic, for the demographic…

Emerging Leaders (EL) is an incorporated nonprofit focused on the retention, development, and engagement of emerging talent as a means to a more vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic London community for the future. We are passionate about new models of cross-sectoral leadership, mentorship, and the building of bridges and relationships that will benefit talent at all levels. We are also dedicated, steadfastly, to collaboration and innovation, and have made a commitment never to duplicate the efforts of others or to create silos in our community. Get Involved.

Our Mission

To Attract, Connect, and Retain London’s 20 to 44 year old demographic.


To keep London’s next generation of talent engaged, here, and leading.

Principles and Values

Principles and Values have an important function within a Strategic Plan. They provide opportunities to further articulate key themes within the Mission Statement.

The following Principles and Values have been developed for Emerging Leaders.

Principle 1 - Collaboration and Engagement

Emerging Leaders will foster the importance of collaboration, partnership, and engagement as the foundation for the potential of both Emerging Leaders and London.

Principle 2 - Diversity and Inclusion

Emerging Leaders will reflect the diversity of our community and invite the full participation of all Londoners.

Principle 3 - Fostering Citizenship

Emerging Leaders will socially, environmentally, and fiscally contribute to London and actively engage in our community’s well being.

Principle 4 - Entrepreneurship and Aspirations

Emerging Leaders actively fosters an entrepreneurial culture in London that supports the aspirations of emerging leaders.

Principle 5 - Leadership

Emerging Leaders will provide opportunities for leadership development and opportunities for our members to lead. We will demonstrate leadership through our engagement with our community and our community institutions and leaders.

Principle 6 – Accountability

In being accountable to our members and the community for the goodwill and resources provided, and being transparent, fair, and acting with integrity in all that we do.

Our Leadership

Emerging Leaders is governed by a board of directors that represents both the diversity and the immense talent in our membership and in the larger London community. These members are: 

  • Tristan Joseph, Senior Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (President)
  • Kate Grantham, Doctoral Candidate, Gender Program and Policy Analyst, Adjunct Professor, Western University (VP)
  • Gemma Charlton, Associate Lawyer, Cohen Highley LLP Lawyers (Secretary)
  • Nashila Dharshi, Director, Business Development, Hotel Metro
  • Ryan McElroy, CEO and Founder, 212 by design group of companies
  • Dr. Michelle Campbell, Campbell Care Centre
  • Shelley Vossen, Operations Manager, BSS – Infrastructure & Strategic Innovation, TD Canada Trust
  • Christian D’Andrea, Financial Security Advisor, Freedom 55 Financial
  • Jason Gotwalt, Senior Account Manager, GCC
  • Tyson Glassier, Operations Manager (London), The Benefits Company
  • Emily Leighton, Communications Coordinator, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
  • Marty Levesque, Rector, St Andrew Memorial Anglican Church (Ex Officio) 
  • Tyler Sutton, Editor & Research Lead, Public Sector Digest (Ex Officio, Past President)

Our Founders

Emerging Leaders began in 2006 as a grassroots initiative, with support from TechAlliance, Fanshawe College, and the City of London, and led by a dedicated volunteer Steering Committee comprised of diverse members from the target demographic as follows:

  • Lindsay Sage, Partner, Marketing Consultant, sageComm (co-chair) *
  • Jeff Sage, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Fanshawe College (co-chair) *
  • Joel Adams, Director, Western Research Parks
  • Jamie Bruce, Business Development Manager, Robarts Research Institute
  • Allison Graham, Principal, Elevate
  • Sunil Godse, Principal, Godse Management Inc.
  • Ben Jackson, Director, Sales and Marketing, Voices.com
  • Andrew McClenaghan, Principal/Owner, Echidna Solutions Corp. *
  • Roxanne McClenaghan, Manager of Communications & Donor Relations, London Community Foundation
  • Anthea Rowe, Assoc. Director of Communications, Robarts Research Institute
  • Jodi Simpson, Director of Programs & Member Relations, TechAlliance *
  • Lee Smithson, General Manager, The Stiller Centre
  • Brian Spencer, President, StreamingDigitalMedia dot Com
  • Marcia Steyaert, Community Relations Specialist, The University of Western Ontario *
  • Kevin Sullivan, Business Development Manager, Viron Therapeutics Inc.
  • Kadie Ward, Manager, Business Retention, London Economic Development Corp.
  • Katherine Wiggett, President, CityMedia and Independent Artist *

Working Group Chairs

Sustainability Advisory Committee

In 2008, Emerging Leaders undertook a comprehensive sustainability review, led by the following cross-functional and cross-sectoral team:

  • Michael Barr (Chair), Critical Outcome Technologies Inc.
  • Michelle Baldwin, Pillar NonProfit Network
  • Jeff Bennett, ScotiaMcLeod
  • Adam Caplan, web.isod.es and Western University Canada
  • Jamie Crich, Auburn Homes
  • Jeff Harris, Kay Chiropratic and Young Professionals Group (YPG)
  • Chicoung La, Robarts Research Institute
  • Kapil Lakhotia, London Economic Development Group
  • Stephanie Lenz, Deloitte and Touche
  • Joel McLean, Infotech Research Group
  • Kristina Shaw, Miller Thompson LLP
  • Jennifer Wain, The Lashbrook Group
  • John White, The Grand Theatre
  • Kyla Woodcock, KEW Consulting