Executive Staff


Leonard Baker, MODC President and CEO

Leonard Baker
President and Chief Executive Officer​

March of Dimes Canada welcomed Leonard Baker as President and CEO in 2018. Len holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Education degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland. His career includes 25 years of experience in senior management and executive roles in the disability /NGO sector, and Canada-wide experience with a focus on capacity building, strategic partnerships, government relations, innovation, and consumer engagement. Len comes to March of Dimes Canada from the national leadership team at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), where his most recent role was Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation. Prior to that, he served as CNIB's Regional Vice-President of Ontario and Quebec. 

Jerry Lucas MODC Vice President, Programs

Jerry Lucas
Vice President and COO

Jerry has been with March of Dimes since 1979, initially working in community development with consumer groups in Southwest Ontario to improve transportation, community services and accessibility. He moved to provincial office as the first coordinator of Government Relations, and was appointed Regional Director for Toronto in 1983. Since 1985, Jerry has worked provincially as Director of Program Development and Planning, and more recently as Vice President of Programs. Jerry has a Masters degree in Urban and Social Planning as well as a diploma in Non-Profit Management.

Zulfikar Chaggan, MODC Chief Financial Officer

Zullfikar (Zull) Chaggan

Chief Financial Officer

Zullfikar (Zull) Chaggan joins March of Dimes Canada after 10 years at Kerry's Place Autism Services, the last 5 of which he was Chief Financial & Administrative Systems Officer, responsible for Finance and IT. Zull has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and a strong commitment to working on behalf of people with disabilities. He is a Certified Management Accountant who earned his MBA while working full time. In addition he has significant experience and training in IT related skills.

Chris Harrison, MODC Chief Administrative Officer

Chris Harrison
Chief Administrative Officer

Chris joined March of Dimes Canada as the Director of Human Resources. In 2013 he was promoted to Chief Administration Officer. His previous work experience included 16 years in the newspaper/media industry where he served as the Human Resources Director at both Sun Media Corporation and Metroland Media Group Ltd. Chris graduated from McMaster University with a B.A. in Labour Studies and achieved a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College. He holds the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation from the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).

Dipti Purbhoo, MODC Chief External Relations Officer

Dipti Purbhoo

Chief External Relations Officer

Dipti joined March of Dimes Canada on July 16, 2018 as Chief External Affairs Officer. Prior to joining March of Dimes Canada, Dipti was Chief Operating Officer at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre and held other positions during her 20 years with the CCAC. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the health and community care systems and services in Ontario. Dipti has a Masters Degree in Nursing as well as a Masters in Health Administration.

Mary Lynne Stewart, MODC Director of Fund Development and Communications

Mary Lynne Stewart
National Director of Fund Development and Communications

Prior to joining March of Dimes, Mary Lynne served as Director of Development for Christian Children’s Fund of Canada and established her own company (Mary Lynne Stewart & Associates Inc.) to work with many non-profit clients, including Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Hospital for Sick Children and the Canadian Liver Foundation. Mary Lynne has produced and directed a great number of short program commercials and over 20 major infomercial programs, and is recognized by her peers as one of the leading Canadian experts in the field of Direct Response TV.

Jaon Lye MODC National Director of Independent Living


Jason Lye
National Director Independent Living Services

Jason Lye joined March of Dimes in 1994 as a part time attendant. During his tenure he has served in almost every position within the Independent Living Program and became National Director in July 2014. Jason began his career in the Developmental Disabilities Sector and has worked within the physical disabilities field for 25 years. Jason is a graduate of York University and the Executive Management Program from Schulich School of Business.​

Gail Mores, MODC Director of Programs

Gail Mores
National Director, Community Engagement and AccessAbility Services

Gail has been with March of Dimes since December 2000, originally as Regional Director for South Central Ontario. In 2005 she was promoted to the role of Director of Programs for both Ontario March of Dimes and March of Dimes Canada. Gail currently serves as the National Director, Community Engagement and AccessAbility Services for March of Dimes Canada. Before joining March of Dimes, Gail worked with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario Chapter and the Canadian Red Cross. Originally from Nova Scotia, Gail has degrees and diplomas in Recreation Administration, Human Resources and Adult Education from Dalhousie University, McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. 

Christos Fraidakis

Christos Fraidakis
Director of Information Systems and Information Technology

Chris joined March of Dimes Canada in December 2017 as Director Information Systems and Technology after 15 years progressive career in both the private and non-profit sector. Chris lead global ERP, Business Systems and Intelligence programs with Kinross Gold and Samuel, Son & Co. (mining and metals) and served as Director of Information Technology at Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), Burnac Produce and QM Environmental. Chris holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from York University, completed Masters Certificates in Project Management, Business Analysis and Supply Chain and Logistics from the Schulich School of Business and is PMP certified.

Lesley Smith

Lesley Smith
National Director of Employment Services

Lesley joined March of Dimes Canada in 2010. During her tenure she has worked within the assessment/rehabilitation, employment and vocational rehabilitation programs. Preceding her promotion to National Director of Employment Services, she held the position of Associate Director of the vocational rehabilitation services program for veterans. Prior to joining March of Dimes Canada, Lesley worked in the fields of employment services and mental health in both the private and non-profit sectors in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nunavut. Lesley is a graduate of York University and holds her Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) designations.​ 

 
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