Emerging Leaders Council

 Collage of Young Professionals



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


The Emerging Leaders Council seeks to provide individuals (18-40) within the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington County the opportunity to engage with other emerging leaders, while focusing on a mutual philanthropic goal. It is a unique way for members to deepen their understanding of and connection to KidsAbility.

Emerging Leaders Council Founding Members

Jack Durdan, Chair

Josie Schwartz

Bryton Keyes

Nicole Jabbour

Rachel Wagner

Jenn Hill 

Kyle Mangotic

Trent Lepage 

Join Us.

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 are interested in learning more about how to join our Emerging Leaders Council, please contact Bianca Gennaro at bgennaro@kidsability.ca