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The Emerging Leaders Council is a committee to assist KidsAbility’s mission of empowering children and youth with special needs to realize their full potential. Established by KidsAbility Foundation, it aims to engage a new generation of emerging leaders and philanthropists to undertake an active role in fundraising and promote awareness of KidsAbility in new and innovative ways.


The Emerging Leaders Council seeks to provide individuals (aged 18-40) with opportunities to engage with other emerging leaders, while focusing on a mutual philanthropic goal. It is a unique way for members to deepen their understanding and connection to KidsAbility.

We celebrate, value and respect the strength, wisdom and insights that diversity brings. We are actively recruiting new members to the Emerging Leaders Council from diverse backgrounds, abilities and lived experiences. If you live within Waterloo Region or Guelph-Wellington and you are interested in learning more about how to join our Emerging Leaders Council, please contact Lisa Talbot at ltalbot@kidsability.ca.


Emerging Leaders Council Members


Jack Durdan

Bio coming soon.




Bryton Keyes

Bio coming soon. 









Josie Schwartz

Josie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Western University. She began her volunteer journey with KidsAbility at the age of seven when she toured the Waterloo facility and instantly became inspired by the uplifting, “can do” environment. Ever since, she has remained involved with the organization, serving as a classroom and evening program volunteer, and as a committee member and fundraising advocate for various events. More recently, bringing together her passion for healthy cooking and supporting KidsAbility, she self-published a cookbook called 
Spilling the Greens – 100% of the cookbook profits are donated to KidsAbility. She is excited about this new opportunity to support the organization’s inspiring mission alongside other young leaders in her community.


Rachel Wagner

Bio coming soon.








Jenn Hill

Bio coming soon. 


Kyle Mangotic

Kyle is a Portfolio Manager at TD Wealth Private Investment Counsel focused on serving the Waterloo Region. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Finance from Griffith University and a Diploma in Financial Planning from Fanshawe College. With TD he has had the opportunity to work with KidsAbility and see the significant impact they have on the kids they support and the broader community. He is excited to bring his perspectives and expertise to the KidsAbility Emerging Leaders Council. Kyle currently lives in Kitchener with his wife and enjoys golfing and spending time in Haliburton at their family cottage. 



 Trent Lepage

Trent works at Equitable Life of Canada in their Documentation Center  since graduated high school 5 years ago. When he was four, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, also known as PDD, a form of autism. He attended KidsAbility for speech, physical, and behavioural therapy for a couple of years before starting public school full-time. He hopes that through his participation in the Emerging Leaders Council he can help kids benefit from the programs that KidsAbility offers. 



 Jordan Fox

Jordan was born and raised in Waterloo and graduated from the Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University. Through his co-op program, he worked at Disney and Crayola in Toronto for five years before moving back to Waterloo to lead the sales team at Athena Software. After seven years leading the sales team at Athena, Jordan recently moved to Head of Sales for local company, SkyWatch, a company that aims to democratize satellite imagery for the world. He has been personally passionate about the work being done at KidsAbility and a consistent volunteer at the weekly Active Start and FUNdamental groups.


Kristin Kelly

Kristin Kelly is a Marketing Specialist with Waterloo company, eSentire, and a Social and Content Strategist for EdTech Startup YOURIKA/Orbits. She is a recent graduate of the Professional Communication Program at Ryerson University and worked in PR for 2.5 years while participating in extra curriculars and finishing her full-time studies. In addition, she actively volunteered at the Children's Book Bank, ROAR Festival, and KidsAbility. Kristin was recognized for her strong academic achievement and co-curricular/extra-curricular involvement with the 2020 Ryerson FCAD Gold Medal, the most prestigious faculty-wide award offered to graduating students. In addition, she was a Dean's List recipient for two years. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys cycling, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.