Rebecca is a Settler woman currently living in Kingston, ON located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Global Development from Queen’s University and a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership for Impact from the University of Toronto. She brings years of experience in program design, delivery and evaluation and is passionate about supporting young people to achieve their goals.
Sherri is a settler woman born and raised in Lindsay ON on Mississauga lands and the traditional territory covered by the Williams Treaties. She is certified in Job Development, Life Skills Coaching, Trauma Informed Counselling, and Leadership Development. Sherri spent much of her career working with youth on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and in communities across the Northwest Territories. She brings years of experience in career development, apprenticeship administration, and program management. Sherri is excited and passionate to continue on a path that supports youth with reaching their full potential.
Megan (she/her) is a Métis woman from Penetanguishene and Drummond Island. Her ancestry also has roots in Scotland, France, and Ireland. She is on a journey to connect, thrive, and fully embrace her Indigenous identity.
Megan has an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care and is currently working towards her Master’s of CYC at the University of Strathclyde. She has worked to support young people in a variety of settings, including community, school, camp, and outdoor education. Megan is immensely passionate about supporting young people and empowering them to embrace who they are as they walk through life. She hopes to one day have her own practice where she can use land-based practices and animals to help young people heal and connect with themselves and others.
Jadelyn Psutka is an urban Indigenous woman, her family from Oneida Nation of the Thames, Turtle clan. Jadelyn current resides in Toronto as part of the Inclusive Recruitment team at RBC. In her role as lead on Indigenous Sourcing she supports a number of Indigenous youth programming as well as recruitment and candidates in the recruitment process. As the co-chair of the Royal Eagles Ontario chapter, an employee resource group, she supports recruitment, retention, inclusion and education of Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees. She is passionate about her community and supporting others in reaching their potential.
Ty Kushnir is a Commerce graduate from the University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business. In his current role as an Analyst for the TD Bank Group, he works to ensure the delivery of various enterprise risk related exposures to the Chief Risk Officer, and Risk Committee of the Board.
A proud member of the Peguis First Nation, Ty is passionate about working with Indigenous communities. His position with Focus Forward involves the relationship management, and goal communication to our portfolio of corporate partners.
Jessica Mirasty is currently an undergrad student at the University of Saskatchewan doing her Bachelor of Commerce. Jessica co-founded an Indigenous business student society which led her to take part in the 2020 Co-op Program. Currently, Jessica is on an 8th-month internship with RBC.
Jessica is a proud member of Flying Dust First Nation and is passionate about working with Indigenous communities. She hopes to gain valuable knowledge throughout her academics and volunteering to bring back to Indigenous communities or organizations.
Mitchell Muscat has a BComm from the Smith School of Business at Queens University. He is currently an associate within Finance at RBC, as part of the Indigenous Peoples Development Program. Here he performs regulatory reporting and provides other support to various lines of business at RBC, currently RBC Capital Markets. Mitchell is a Métis Nation of Ontario citizen and former youth representative of the Moon River Métis Council. Here he sought to solve issues faced by Métis youth and encourage the preservation of cultural heritage along with the council. He hopes to continue to support Indigenous communities with Focus Forward.
Roberta, a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, serves as the Indigenous Transitions Coordinator for Indigenous Futures in Engineering at Queen’s University. With a deep love for learning, she finds fulfilment in inspiring others with the same enthusiasm. Her firsthand experience of living and working in Indigenous communities has shaped her perspective, which she aims to bring to her role on the board of directors.
Evan Veryard is the Founder & Chairman of Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth. Evan started the charity after having an opportunity to teach woodworking to youth at the Katarokwi Learning Centre, where he saw first-hand the challenges facing Indigenous youth and the significant gap in educational opportunities that existed. Seeing these gaps and understanding how his own experiential learning opportunities had a significant impact in helping him build confidence as a youth, Evan decided to start Focus Forward to help facilitate more of these opportunities for others.
Evan holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from McGill University and a MASc of Chemical Engineering in the Field of Nuclear Engineering from RMC. For work, Evan serves as the Managing Director of a Toronto-based business consultancy.