What is The Prosperity Project?

The Prosperity Project™ is a registered charity founded to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian women who are being disproportionately affected. The Project is pan-Canadian in scope and fills an important need to explicitly link women and prosperity, underscoring the economic importance of gender equality during the COVID-19 pre-recovery, recovery and post-recovery periods. We apply an intersectional identities and inclusivity lens to serve women who also identify as Indigenous, women of colour, refugees, persons with disabilities and/or LGBTQ2+. We recognize that different approaches are required to meet the distinct needs of all Canadian women including First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. The Project acknowledges the unique needs of women of colour and will enlist this broad spectrum. We are currently identifying partner organizations in order to deliver our programs. The Project was conceived by a diverse group of more than 60 women leaders from across Canada who will be actively supporting The Prosperity Project in important ways. The organization was founded and is being led by Women’s Executive Network and Canadian Board Diversity Council Founder, Pamela Jeffery.

What is The Prosperity Project?

The Prosperity Project™ is a registered charity founded to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian women who are being disproportionately affected. The Project is pan-Canadian in scope and fills an important need to explicitly link women and prosperity, underscoring the economic importance of gender equality during the COVID-19 pre-recovery, recovery and post-recovery periods. We apply an intersectional identities and inclusivity lens to serve women who also identify as Indigenous, women of colour, refugees, persons with disabilities and/or LGBTQ2+. We recognize that different approaches are required to meet the distinct needs of all Canadian women including First Nations, Inuit and Métis women. The Project acknowledges the unique needs of women of colour and will enlist this broad spectrum. We are currently identifying partner organizations in order to deliver our programs. The Project was conceived by a diverse group of more than 60 women leaders from across Canada who will be actively supporting The Prosperity Project in important ways. The organization was founded and is being led by Women’s Executive Network and Canadian Board Diversity Council Founder, Pamela Jeffery.

Meet our founder

The Prosperity Project™ was conceived by a diverse group of more than 60 women leaders from across Canada who will be actively supporting TPP in important ways. The organization was founded and is being led by Women’s Executive Network and Canadian Board Diversity Council Founder, Pamela Jeffery.

Pamela Jeffery, Founder of The Prosperity Project

Pamela Jeffery

Founder and Board Chair, The Prosperity Project

  • Pamela Jeffery

    Pamela Jeffery

    Founder and Board Chair, The Prosperity Project

  • Rob Davis

    Rob Davis

    Partner, Tax, KPMG in Canada

  • Maureen Jensen

    Maureen Jensen

    Former Chair and President, OSC and Corporate Director

  • Jos Schmitt

    Jos Schmitt

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  • Sonia Struthers

    Sonia Struthers

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Andrea Spender

Andrea Spender

CEO

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With 20+ years of cross-sector experience in non-profit, public sector, post-secondary education, and management consulting across three countries, Andrea brings a strong and diverse background in operations, project management, research, policy, strategy, and stakeholder engagement. She is also a Certified Change Practitioner with a proven track record of leading new initiatives and transformational change.

At the City of Toronto - TPL, Andrea built and led an Enterprise Project Management Office, was a key developer of the strategic plan, created and implemented a Policy Development Framework, and led the COVID-19 Response and Recovery. At Bard College, Andrea co-built, co-led, and was a Faculty member in the MBA in Sustainability, a top ranked social and environmentally conscious MBA program. She also led the Global Executive MBA at the Rotman School of Management. Andrea began her career at McKinsey & Company and BMO Nesbitt Burns (now BMO Capital Markets).

Passionate about equity and inclusion, Andrea has been involved in women’s advancement and leadership initiatives throughout her career, including a leadership role at U.S. based non-profit the National Council for Research on Women (now ICRW), creating a leadership development program for 100+ women leaders, and authoring reports and articles on issues impacting women.

Andrea holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University’s Wagner school, and has completed several years of a PhD in Gender and Policy at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) where she received the SSHRC Bombardier Award. Andrea lives in Toronto with her son and mini Labradoodle.

Amadea Gareau

Amadea Gareau

Program Manager

Amadea Gareau is the Program Manager of the Rosie Initiative at The Prosperity Project. She is responsible for the development and administration of the Rosie Mentoring Programs and the Rosie Resource Portal. Amadea joined The Prosperity Project in October 2020 after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in sociology.

Amadea was inspired to work in the Canadian charitable sector after volunteering with Junior Peacemakers and Because I am a Girl. In her spare time, Amadea enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, reading and camping. Amadea lives in Montreal, QC.

Susan Hamilton

Susan Hamilton

Technical and Digital Lead

Susan Hamilton is the Technical and Digital Lead at The Prosperity Project. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the main website, the Rosie Resource Portal, and other technical aspects of our organization. Susan joined The Prosperity Project in November 2020 after working as a web developer, which included the development of websites for public and environmental sector clients.

Susan previously volunteered for AssistList Association, a volunteer-run non-profit organization, as a front-end web developer, which inspired her to work in the non-profit sector. In Susan's spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and anything to do with the outdoors, as well as hunting for antiques and vintage finds in thrift stores. Susan lives in Vancouver, BC.

Karla Medina

Karla Medina

Program Manager

Karla Medina is the Program Manager of the Matching Initiative at The Prosperity Project. She is responsible for the development and growth of the Matching Initiative, which matches charities with volunteers across Canada. Originally a journalist from Venezuela, Karla joined The Prosperity Project in October 2020 after graduating as a Computer Programmer from Seneca College in Toronto.

As an immigrant and a single mother, Karla is very passionate about working and supporting minorities and underprivileged groups. In her spare time, Karla loves travelling, cooking, camping, and spending outdoor time with her two little girls. Karla lives in Toronto, ON.

Lindsay Ranson

Lindsay Ranson

Operations, Marketing & Communications Manager

Lindsay Ranson is the Operations, Marketing and Communications Manager at The Prosperity Project. She is responsible for facilitating our partnerships and supporting the organization in marketing and communications, including our five initiatives. Lindsay joined The Prosperity Project in November 2020 after graduating from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Lindsay was inspired to work in the charitable sector and serve Canadian women and girls after completing an internship with Dress for Success Ottawa. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and backpacking, and reading. Lindsay lives in Fernie, BC.

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