Dr. Cameron Montgomery, Chair
Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta
Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta is a change management strategist, adviser and change leadership advocate with over 20 years of experience helping public and private sector organizations navigate through change.
She is passionate about helping professionals and organizations both lead and respond to change better and faster, for the greater benefit of society. She believes that change, done right, provides invaluable benefits to stakeholders and the community at large.
Yvonne has worked with organizations such as RBC, TD, Deloitte, Loblaws and JP Morgan Chase to lead and manage their strategic, technology and change initiatives. She is the founder of The Change Leadership, a community focused on preparing leaders, change agents and organizations to lead and respond to change in today’s fast-paced and disruptive business environment.
She holds a B.Sc. honours degree in business information technology from the U.K.’s London Guildhall University, an M.B.A. from Warwick Business School, and a Change Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.
Martyn Beckett, Vice Chair
Sanjay J. Dhebar, M.B.A.
Applied Learning Coach, Facilitator, Motivator and Author
Sanjay is co-founder of Leonnova, an education consulting firm, along with being a highly rated faculty member of the Schulich Executive Education Centre of the Schulich School of Business at York University. He coaches and develops senior leaders in organizations including the Four Seasons Hotel, Siemens, Hoffmann-La Roche, TD Bank, Nielsen Norman Group, Mercedes Benz, Samsung, GlaxoSmithKline, the Dubai Government and Sick Kids Hospital. He uses the case-study methodology in his teachings, drawing on best-practice approaches across sectors. Sanjay has developed a respected process and practical approach called “The Business Workout,” which enables business leaders to achieve better performance and success.
Furthermore, Sanjay is an adjunct faculty member at York University’s Schulich School of Business, and at the University of Salzburg Business School in Austria. Sanjay’s teaching focus includes sales, marketing and strategy. Building on his decade-long international teaching experience, and his expertise in developing cutting-edge experiential curriculum design, Sanjay has partnered with different universities to re-evaluate their pedagogy and enhance their new programs with current best practices, including the flipped classroom and online learning. In 2019 and 2020, Sanjay was nominated for a Schulich teaching excellence award as a top faculty member. In 2022, Sanjay received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Community Service pin.
In 2018, Sanjay published his first book: Toolbox for Performance Driven Leaders. Sanjay holds a B.A. in public policy from the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University) and an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Leicester, UK. Recently, Sanjay completed an advanced certificate in digital marketing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, along with a train-the-trainer certificate in quality service from Disney.