Board Of Directors

Collectively our Board of Directors has over 80 years of industry experience. New Beginnings Support Program is governed by a group of dynamic and talented individuals who continually give their time and expertise to further our mission. At New Beginnings Support Program we empower women to be self confident, career-oriented, and employable. Our Board of Directors operate across various professional industries including but not limited to: Mental and Physical Health, Marketing, Business Management, Sales, Coaching, Career and Vocational Counseling, and Learning and Development.

Stephen R. Shea

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Shea is the Managing Partner, Talent with EY Canada. He is responsible for leading all facets of the firm’s people management and strategy across all levels of the organization. Mr. Shea is also a member of EY’s Inclusiveness Steering Committee, which he co-chairs with the Firm’s Chairman and CEO. Throughout Mr. Shea’s career he has excelled as a client service partner in both Audit and most recently their Advisory practice.

Laura Schlee

Ms. Schlee is a CPA with an Honors Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Ivey Business School at Western University. Her first 4 years as part of EY was within their Assurance practice, focusing on client experience for the financial services and not-for-profit industries. Ms. Schlee is now their Corporate Responsibility Leader, managing their volunteer programs, and leading EY’s Professional Women’s Network.

Paul Hartford

Mr. Hartford is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. After 16 years as a Consultant with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Mr. Hartford joined OUTFRONT Media Canada as their Health, Safety and Environment Manager. He believes in challenging conventional occupational policies and procedures as a way of protecting both employees and employers. Mr. Hartford is also a part-time faculty member with Conestoga College.

Scott Lemke

Mr. Lemke is the Founding Lawyer of Lemke Law Professional Corporation. His practice is focused on commercial litigation and corporate law. His specialized skillset, strong demeanor, and respect for others ensures that his clients receive professional and diligent legal services. Mr. Lemke often appears as Lead Counsel before various courts, and also asked to attend other Board and Shareholder meetings of publicly traded companies, advising on governance issues and the fiduciary obligations of their directors.

Kahlia Castelle

Ms. Castelle is a training and development professional who is a Director, Learning and Knowledge Exchange with Food Banks Canada. She is also a certified teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL) and continues to volunteer as a career mentor with other not-for-profit organizations across Ontario. Ms. Castelle’s professional career and volunteerism demonstrates her commitment to helping build sustainable communities.

Paulette Kelly

Recently retired Ryerson University Professor of 43 years. Within the university, Professor Kelly served as an Advisory Board Member for the Tri-Mentoring Program, student advisor, program coordinator and as the Program Director of the Fashion Design segment within the School of Fashion. featured in the book, 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Woman, 2016, first edition. Professor Kelly was honoured at the 2013 Viola Desmond Day Program with the Harriot Tubman Ryerson Faculty award. Supporting women in need and helping them to develop self-esteem and confidence and leadership skills to be successful in life is her passion.