Board of Directors
“At it’s core, Givesome is about spreading joy to people. Givesome is changing what it means to give and to receive. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Desmond is a Client Engagement Manager at Axonify in Waterloo. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in non-profit organizations and private enterprises in Canada and internationally. The common theme throughout the variety in Desmond’s career has always been learning and leadership development. He has a Masters Degree specialized in Work, Organization, and Leadership and is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP). In his spare time, Desmond is a cyclist and loves to go camping with his family. He can also be found generously giving up goals as a hockey goalie.
The best gift he’s ever received was a small white keyboard that he got for his 8th birthday. He wanted to form a band with his friend and keyboards were really cool in the 80’s.
“The power of Givesome is that it can turn a moment of giving into a mindset of generosity.”
M.J. D’Elia is a librarian and instructor of entrepreneurship at the University of Guelph. He regularly facilitates sessions on applied creativity, design thinking, and business model innovation. During his 13 years as a librarian, M.J. has received numerous awards, including the Larry Moore Distinguished Service award from the Ontario Library Association. When time permits M.J. doodles, plays with Lego, and loves tossing the Frisbee around.
When he was a kid he received an Armatron Robotic Arm for Christmas and burned out the batteries within a week.
“I believe that if we knew how much of an impact we could have on others, we would do a lot more to help. Givesome will help us all make that realization.”
Kevin Kirk, is the Director, Financial Planning & Analysis at Diply, a digital media publishing company in London, Ontario. A CPA by trade, his focus is primarily on business, strategy and organizational growth. Previously, Kevin has been involved in non-profit organizations such as Forward House of London and Habitat for Humanity. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys tennis, hockey, golf, and spending time with his wife and young daughter.
His favourite gift growing up was a Louisville blocker which he still uses today to
regularly stop Jay’s below average slapshot.
“Givesome makes it easy for those who haven’t given in the past….To give in the NOW!”
Paul Goyette is the EVP of Culture and Global Performance at Eagle’s Flight Creative training. Freely translated… Paul works with organizations to realize their organizational culture through employee engagement and leadership influence. He has been a part of many of the large multinational organizations that Eagle’s Flight works with as an
Executive-in-Charge, facilitator, developer of content and “chief relationship guy.”
When not working, Paul enjoys jogging through the streets of Toronto with his dogs, watching documentaries with his wife, and cooking for his kids (when they are home).
The best gift Paul has ever received was the mini drum set brought by Santa when he was 7 – His parents had second thoughts.