Board of Directors

The Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) is a non-profit charitable organization formed in 1987 by representatives of the adoption community

Our Board of Directors and general membership represent all aspects of adoption: birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals from Ontario. Our adoption resource centre is supported through memberships, donations and program fees.

The ACO has board committees that support planning:

  • Fund Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee

Click on the name to learn more about each member:

Karen is a operations executive with 25+ years of progressive business experience in strategic transformation, process improvement and technology innovation. Karen is currently the VP, Strategy and Operations at Teladoc Health, Canada. Karen has her MBA in Global Leadership and supported global product and service building prior to that for Teladoc as a VP of Global Product Development. Her participation in non-profit groups along with her global work is the reason for her to continue to want to work with organisations like the ACO to help others and deliver on their mission. As an adoptee Karen has seen the positive impact that adoption can have on peoples’ lives. She was first appointed to the Board in June 2021.

Jhonel has an extensive background in education and the not-for-profit sector. He has worked as a provincial mathematics leader, a passionate advocate of equity in STEAM education, and as a leader of international education projects in fragile contexts with broad experience in all aspects of strategic leadership and management, organizational development, and educational consulting.

Since 2009, Jhonel has been working at the Ontario Ministry of Education after multiple experiences at different school boards. He is currently a Curriculum Manager at the Ministry where he is providing strategic leadership to a team of about 20 people. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. His research interest focuses on equity in mathematics, inclusion, mathematics achievement of racialized students, school leadership, and teachers’ expectations.

Jhonel joined the ACO board in June 2020. As a father of 4 wonderful black kids, he is passionate about the success and well-being of racialized children, youth, and families. He hopes to contribute his knowledge, skills and experience to the ACO as it endeavours to better serve all members of its constituencies.

Peter and his wife, Joanne, are parents to three adoptive children.  Our lives have been touched and enriched through adoption and permanency and we are thankful for the opportunity to raise a family.  Peter decided to serve on the board to give back to the adoption and permanency community.  Peter holds a MBA from INSEAD, a B. Math (Honours) from the University of Waterloo and a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation. Peter is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program (DEP). Professionally, Peter spent 25 years in investment management building expertise in global financial markets, public and private equities, investment research and decision making.