The Ci Team

The Ci Team

Charity Intelligence’s most important asset is its people. Ci's team is a passionate cadre of professional analysts.  Many on Ci's team have over 10,000 hours experience in the “for-profit” sector in different professions – investing, management consulting, and public relations. We all volunteer extensively with charities, and we are donors ourselves.

In 2006, one off-hand comment “just doing what I can” triggered us to think differently. We hadn’t seen our investing skills as applicable to Canadian charities. Yet doctors give their medical expertise; lawyers work pro-bono on worthy causes. At the same time, we were also digging into our personal giving trying to be better donors. Would our perspective, our independent work, be helpful to others?

Apparently so. The spontaneous responses from hundreds of thousands of donors from across Canada have guided our work. For those donors that have questions, we hope our research and reports provide answers. We hope our work gives you new insights and helps you give intelligently. And, please, keep emailing and calling in your questions. Since our beginning, your questions have driven our work forward.


Board of Directors

Kate Bahen, CFA Managing Director Retired equity analyst

Graeme Hepburn Chairman Dufferin Gate Capital

Greg Thomson, MBA Director of Research


Angela Wang, Impact Analyst

Katie Khodawandi, Research Analyst and Results Reporting Outreach/Coaching

Cory Eybergen, Impact Analyst







Dr. Terrence Colvin, Founder of DMPE Foundation

Ben McNamee, Director Ajah



Public Relations


Patrick Gossage, Public Relations, Media Profile

Martha Grant, ProPublic

Ken Evans, APEX Public Relations

Joni Avram, Principal, Cause &Effect Marketing, Marketing & Communications (Alberta)


Design & Production

Myrna Forsythe Editor

Stuart Thurby Stack Creative

Stephen Thursby Design, Principal, Thursby &Associates retired

Rachel Greiner Production & Design

Paul Wang Website

Anna Hermansen Digital Project Manager at Blockchain Research Institute



BDO Canada 


Summer Analysts

Eric Zhao, 2020 University of Toronto

Eric Jose, 2020 Queen's University Commerce

Tenzin Shomar, 2020 Queen's University Commerce

Madi Kerr, 2018 & 2019, University of Toronto Law School

Lauren Chin, 2019 Queen's University Commerce

Caroline McKenna, 2019, Medical School, Western University

Parker Thomlinson, 2019, Ivey candidate Western University

Stephan Tetzlaff, 2019, Western University Commerce

Derek Houlberg, 2018 Queen's University Commerce now Associate PwC Canada

Joeyanne Cheung, 2018 Ivey School, Western University now Investment Banking Analyst at RBC Capital Markets

Juliana Badovinac 2017 analyst at Innovation Research Group

Josh Lam 2017, Queens University Commerce, now Senior Accountant Ernst & Yonge

William Rooney, University of Toronto Law

Claudia Desanti, policy analyst, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Bronwyn Smith, MBA, management consultant Bain & Company, now Head of Merchant Experience, Shopify 

Yash Ahuja, 2015 Summer Research Analyst, MBA candidate Rotman School of Management, now Sr. Manager Performance Analytics Tim Hortons

Zoe Best, 2015 Summer Research Analyst, Queen's University Commerce, now Associate Climate Innovation Capital

Harsha Gadiyaram, now Senior Associate Portfolio Manager at BCI

Rohan Bhargava, 2015 Summer Research Analyst, MBA candidate, now Associate Analyst, Corporate Finance Group, Moody's Investment Services 

Daniel Binnette, 2013 & 2014 Summer Research Analyst, Harvard Law School, now Associate at Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton

Mikhil Mahore, CFA 2015 Summer Research Analyst, now TD Senior Analyst, Market Risk Analysis 

Zain Jafry, CFA, 2012 Ci Research Analyst, Investment Manager at Starlight Investments

Aswani Pulipaka, 2012 Ci Research Analyst, now at Scotiabank, Associate Director, Group Treasury

Ankit Singhal, CFA 2011 now Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Grayhawk Investment Strategies

Adam Heller, 2011, Summer Research Analyst, Davies Ward and Beck


Former Research Analysts, colleagues who contributed so much to what Charity Intelligence provides donors:

Roland Bertin, Ci Top Picks Committee, Retired Director, Burns Fry Research

John Grandy, TD Investments Research (retired), Environment charities analyst

Chris Murphy, CFA, CIBC Wealth Management, Ci Food Bank Analyst

Indi Gopinathan, MBA, Investor Relations, Rainy River Resources Food Banks Analyst

Hanny Elsayed, CFA, Food Banks Analyst

Ben Gardent, MBA, RBC Capital Markets, Animal Welfare Analyst

Zoe Young, Social Results Reporting Analyst

Karen Greve Young, MBA, Cancer Analyst, Director, formerly Strategic Initiatives at MaRS Discovery District

Michael Phillips, CFA, Education Analyst

Nancy Carss, CFA, At-Risk Youth Analyst


Many more & counting...

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Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors to be informed and give intelligently. Our website posts free reports on more than 800 Canadian charities, as well as in-depth primers on philanthropic sectors like Canada’s environment, cancer, and homelessness. Today over 500,000 Canadians use our website as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities reading over 1.6 million charity reports. Through rigorous and independent research, Charity Intelligence aims to assist Canada’s dynamic charitable sector in being more transparent, accountable and focused on results.


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