STAFF & BOARD
Yolanda Ferrato, Managing Director
Yolanda is an arts leader who has been working in Toronto for the past six years, after nearly a decade as a freelance theatre artist in London, UK. She is passionate about mentorship and community building and advocates for arts and culture spaces as part of healthy urban environments. She is a member of TAPA's Advocacy Committee and Groundstory’s Advisory Committee and of World on a String Fiddle Toronto.
Beata Rasitsan, Production and Outreach Manager
Beata attended York University where she completed a double-major in Visual Arts and Psychology. Beata is the co-founder of Naught Theatre, where she acted as producer, set designer, and graphic designer. Beata also brings with her a wealth of administrative experience to the role. As a visual artist, Beata has explored many worlds: photography, installation, performance, film, and print media.
Lori Endes, President
Lori Endes is a graduate of the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College (GBC) and completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy from IADT in Ireland. Since 2010, she has worked at the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology at GBC as the Special Projects Coordinator working with young designers and industry partners and she is Faculty in the Design Department. Lori has over 25 years experience in the world of dance as both a performer and a designer. She has designed costumes and sets for film, television, dance and theatre. From 1995 to 2005 she worked with Toronto Dance Theatre as resident designer and Head of Wardrobe. Her independent design practice includes clients such as The National Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, the CBC and Kaeja d’Dance among others. She and her family participated in Porch View Dances twice and were thrilled to share this experience with each other and the community.
Amanda Baloukas, Secretary
Amanda is a bilingual lawyer trained in both Civil law (LL.B- Université de Montreal) and Common Law (J.D.- University of Ottawa) and is also an avid dancer. Amanda currently works at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade where she supports an immigration program for foreign skilled workers to obtain permanent residence. In her current role, she makes final decisions on requests for internal review of refused applications and has contributed to drafting internal policy and procedure in line with regulatory requirements. Formerly, Amanda articled with in-house legal counsel in the pharmaceutical industry where she negotiated and drafted a variety of commercial agreements and advised on compliance and privacy related legal matters. Amanda has many years of dance training and performing, is passionate about artistic expression through dance and regularly attends a drop in advanced jazz class at Metro Movement dance studio. Amanda is enthusiastic to bring her professional experience in a legal advisory role to assist Kaeja d’Dance realize its creative works both locally and abroad.
Akash Brijpaul, Director
Akash has over a decade of experience serving non-profit organizations in Ontario as both a volunteer and a board member. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto (University College). A lawyer by trade, Akash’s practice focuses on assessing coverage and reducing legal risk for large Canadian and US corporations. His love for dance and desire to be part of a growing organization has brought him to Kaeja d’Dance. In his spare time, Akash enjoys practicing Muay Thai and taking drop-in dance classes with his partner, Olivia.
Christine Jackson, Director
Christine Jackson has provided arts leadership in a variety of contexts, as a teacher and Arts Coordinator at the Toronto District School Board, Arts Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, President of the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama Educators, and faculty member at OISE/UT and York University. Christine advocates for the arts as pedagogies of connection, civic engagement, and empowerment in all initiatives, and in her frequent talks and workshops. She is inspired by bold creative collaborations with teachers, students, and artists, and draws upon this work to design innovative projects and arts education resources. She participated as a Fellow in the inaugural Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leader’s Lab, and deeply values the relationships that were inspired across a diverse range of arts experiences and practices. Christine is a member of the Educational Advisory Boards for Theaturtle Canadian Stage, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She also is a member of the steering committee for the 2018 National Round Table for Teacher Education in the Arts. Currently, Christine is Sessional Lecturer at OISE/UT and provides consulting services to Boards of Education. She has collaborated with Allen and Karen on a number of school-based initiatives, and is thrilled to now serve as President of the Board for Kaeja d’Dance.
Ramiro Mora, Director
As a sole proprietor, Ramiro Mora provides legislative strategy, government relations, polling, strategic communications, public and private funding, and report writing for corporations, associations and small businesses across Canada. Prior to establishing his firm, Ramiro worked at the Ontario Legislature for six years where he served as the Executive Assistant and then as a Senior Advisor to the Leader of an opposition party. Ramiro has worked as a political organizer and volunteered in various roles for political parties and was a former Alberta provincial candidate. Prior to his political work, he was employed in the corporate sector and for his family’s small business in Calgary, where he is from. Ramiro has experience in the not-for-profit sector both as a board member and as a volunteer. He holds a Master of Business, a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Iqbal Singh, Director
Iqbal completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and then went on to complete his Bachelors of Law, with Honours, at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Upon completion, Iqbal began his articling term with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, working in-house. With such valued experience, Iqbal ventured forward and started his own multi-discipline law firm in Mississauga. Iqbal enjoys playing Golf, Rugby and Euchre. What makes him such a good fit with Kaeja d’Dance is his persistence to further engage all people to get out and simply dance! “Dancing to me is the ultimate form of choice, a choice of self-expression that any person can do with any form of dance they create at any time.”
Amalie Vanderzwet, Treasurer
Amalie Vanderzwet is a CPA with over 10 years of experience. She studied business at WIlfrid Laurier University and worked in public practice before entering the Corporate world. She spent invaluable time with the Canadian Opera Company before moving closer to home to join Del Monte Fresh Produce (Canada) Corp. as Regional Finance Manager. Her business interests melt together with her passion for charitable work to bring her this new opportunity as Treasurer on the Board of Kaeja d'Dance. She looks forward to bringing her financial knowledge with her to help the Organization grow towards its bright future.