Management Team

Tanya van Biesen

President & CEO

WCM

Tanya van Biesen

President & CEO

WCM

Prior to joining WCM, Tanya led the Canadian Board & CEO Practice for a global human capital firm where she focused on advising corporate clients on their most important leadership decisions.

Previously, Tanya led member engagement and operations at Catalyst, a global non-profit, focused on the advancement of women and other underrepresented groups in the workplace. In this role she was responsible for 35 team members working with over 500 companies around the world to build gender-inclusive workplaces. She was also accountable for leading and operationalizing partnerships in Latin America, the Middle East, and AsiaPac.

A passionate advocate for gender equality as a driver of economic growth and progress, Tanya is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, and architect of change. She has contributed to several research studies analyzing leadership trends and is a frequent contributor to news media on issues related to women’s advancement, leadership, and workplace equality.

Tanya is an active member of the community. She is a Member of the Culture External Advisory Committee at OSFI, Chair of the Executive Sleep-Out at Covenant House Toronto, a Member of the Advisory Board at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, and a Board Member of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

Tanya holds a Master of Business Administration in Management from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Odette Hutchings (she / her)

Chief Operating Officer

WCM

Odette Hutchings (she / her)

Chief Operating Officer

WCM

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Prior to joining WCM, Odette served as the Executive Director of Sustainival, the World's First Green Carnival. She led the organization through the 2018 and 2019 event seasons, producing large-scale events across Alberta in Lethbridge, Edmonton and Fort McMurray, which engaged over 75,000 people annually and thousands more through communications and media campaigns.

Previously, Odette Hutchings served as the Senior Manager at Global Citizen’s Canada office. Odette’s work with Global Citizen contributed to a long list of victories both in advocacy and public engagement with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Securing $100M in funding from the Canadian government for polio eradication in 2017 was a major milestone during her tenure.

Outside of her work with WCM, Odette serves on the Board of Trustees for The Linden School, a school focusing on the empowerment of girls through a girl-centered pedagogy.

Odette holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Development from the University of Guelph.

Tarah McMaster (she / her)

Senior Director, Events, Program Strategy & Stakeholders

WCM

Tarah McMaster (she / her)

Senior Director, Events, Program Strategy & Stakeholders

WCM

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Tarah brings a decade of experience managing events and programming in both non-profit organizations and 3rd party event management companies. She is passionate about creating memorable and innovative experiences for the WCM membership community.

Outside of work she spends time with her English bulldog named Jake and cooking new meals for her family and friends. She sits on the board of directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Clarington, and is passionate about giving back to her community.

Dr. Natasha Stecy-Hildebrandt, PhD. (she / her) - On Parental Leave

Senior Research Director

WCM

Dr. Natasha Stecy-Hildebrandt, PhD. (she / her) - On Parental Leave

Senior Research Director

WCM

Sabrina Trani

Senior Associate, Finance & Operations

WCM

Sabrina Trani

Senior Associate, Finance & Operations

WCM

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Tiffany Holtz (she / her)

Manager, Student Programming & Engagement

WCM

Tiffany Holtz (she / her)

Manager, Student Programming & Engagement

WCM

Kristie Jones (they / them)

Senior Graphic Designer

WCM

Kristie Jones (they / them)

Senior Graphic Designer

WCM

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Chloe Jensen

Marketing & Communications Associate

WCM

Chloe Jensen

Marketing & Communications Associate

WCM

Cathy Morra (she / her)

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

WCM

Cathy Morra (she / her)

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

WCM

Chantelle Soares (she /her /hers)

Manager, Professional Programming & Events

Chantelle Soares (she /her /hers)

Manager, Professional Programming & Events

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Janet Gibson Eichner

Director, Marketing and Communications

Janet Gibson Eichner

Director, Marketing and Communications

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Janet Gibson Eichner brings more than 20 years of experience, gained working in corporate, agency and member-driven, not-for-profit organizations.

She has a Combined Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications from Centennial College; and is an active, long-term member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Julie Stinson (she / her)

Manager, Research and Advocacy

Julie Stinson (she / her)

Manager, Research and Advocacy

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Prior to working at WCM, Julie has worked on a range of equity-related research topics in healthcare and education, including preventing violence against women, substance use and addiction, mental health, and gender equity policy in education.

Julie also has led knowledge translation efforts, to ensure research is adapted to practical settings in policy and practice. Julie holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Carleton University and a Masters of Arts in Development Studies from York University where she conducted her thesis research in Cambodia focused on gender equity in education.

Rosheeka Parahoo (she / they)

Senior Manager, Research and Advocacy

Rosheeka Parahoo (she / they)

Senior Manager, Research and Advocacy

Krysta Celestine-Barker

Manager, Member Relations

Krysta Celestine-Barker

Manager, Member Relations

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