Board of Directors

Glenn Thorpe

Glenn Thorpe

Glenn has proven to be a forward-thinking leader in his career and through his roles in the community. He’s passionate about business, technology, food, music, art, infrastructure, economic development, and making a positive difference towards our future in Ontario.

In his career Glenn is the Director of Sales & Marketing at OE Canada Inc., a B2B sales & service company with two locations in Waterloo and London ON, that helps other companies and organizations with the way they print and manage documents. He’s also involved in a few organizations where he volunteers his time in an executive capacity.

He’s a member of the NextGen Committee at The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and is Past Chairperson of The Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. He is a Judge for the annual DECA Provincials competition held in Toronto, where thousands of Secondary School Students from Ontario compete in Business, Marketing and Financial categories. Previously he’s been involved in other organizations such as the KW Symphony Marketing Think-Tank Committee. He was featured in the business section of The KW Record Newspaper, and was an official mentor at Startup Weekend Toronto Youth Edition. He’s also been a guest speaker at Communitech.

Learn More About Glenn Thorpe at about.me

2018 Position: Chairperson
E-mail: glenn.thrope@me.com 

Nathan Lawrence

Nathan Lawrence

Nathan Lawrence is a 2007 graduate of Lakehead University’s Honours Bachelors of Commerce Program, Majoring in Human Resource Management. Putting his Business Degree to work, Nathan has spent the past six years working for Dominion Lending Centres Lakehead Financial. He brings a local, knowledgeable and fresh perspective to Mortgage & Equipment Lease Financing in Thunder Bay and the Region as a whole. As a licensed Mortgage Agent, Nathan advises his clients throughout the mortgage financing process by helping secure financing catered to their unique needs and providing them with unbiased, independent financial advice. 


In addition to his professional role as a Mortgage Broker and Manager with DLC Lakehead Financial, Nathan has taken a very active role in the community as a whole. After graduation, Nathan was elected to a three-year term as a Board Director with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, working with the Board of Directors to represent the best interests of the community’s businesses on a local, provincial and federal level. As part of his role with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Nathan has been actively involved on the Chamber Membership Engagement Committee.

Nathan has also played a leading role in the growth of SHIFT – Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network (YPN). He was first elected to the SHIFT Board of Directors in 2010 as the Director of Member Engagement. In 2011, he stepped into the role of SHIFT’s Vice President and then into his current role as President. Over the past three years, Nathan has played a key role in the evolution and rebranding of the original YPN into SHIFT. He has also been actively involved in helping lead SHIFT to a significant growth in membership and community profile over the past year. During his term as President, Nathan has strived to solidify the reputation of SHIFT as the voice of young professionals in Thunder Bay and help ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Over the past 2 years, he has worked hard to develop the Young Professionals Network, now becoming the Co-Founder and Founding Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Network of Ontario. An organization dedicated to strengthen the Young Professionals Networks across the province of Ontario.

He has created a personal brand that clearly defines his professionalism in his mortgage brokering career. As a community-minded individual, Nathan has built a reputation as a strong community leader who has managed to engage young professionals, nurture futures leaders and develop the voice for young professionals within Thunder Bay.”

Position 2018 : Past Chair
E-mail: nathan.lawrence@live.com 

Mike Nitz

Mike Nitz

Mike Nitz was born in Toronto, Ontario. He moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario to study Business Administration at Lakehead University, where he successfully received his degree in 2004.

In addition to his regional manager position at RBC, Mike is very involved in his community by volunteering his time passionately within a few organizations that have a positive effect on our community.

He is the 2014 Campaign Chairman and Director for the United Way of Thunder Bay, promoting, supporting and facilitating the organized capacity of people to help one another. He is the Past President of the Northwestern Chamber of Commerce and SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professional Network. Mike sat on the Board of Directors for the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre for the past two years. Mike was also heavily involved with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce from 2009-2013. In his term with the Thunder Bay Chamber he fulfilled the role of Chairman from 2011-2012.

Mike is Co-Founding Chairman of the Young Professionals Network of Ontario.

2018 Postion: Past Chair 
E-mail: Michael.Nitz@rbc.com 

Yvonne Pilon

Yvonne Pilon

Yvonne Pilon is a young professional passionate about technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and putting Windsor-Essex on the map. At the age of 24, she founded her first tech company, AD2IT and by the age of 29, she became the youngest female to lead a Regional Innovation Centre in the Province of Ontario. In 2012, she was awarded the University of Windsor Alumni Association’s Odyssey Award, recognizing an alumni who is in the early years of their career path, having distinguished themselves through successes in career endeavours and notable achievements in their local community.

In addition to her leadership in business, her passion for youth retention helped lead to the creation of YKNOT Windsor-Essex, a youth retention and attraction initiative that gained the attention of Premier Wynne and saw the first ever Millennial-led Summit in Windsor-Essex, Windsor180, which gathered over 250 young leaders. Yvonne is advocate for local entrepreneurs and businesses which is evident in her regular involvement with local media and social media. She is also an advocate for community service boasting dozens of volunteer roles. In addition to her role as President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, Yvonne is an instructor at St. Clair College’s The MediaPlex.

2018 Position: Co-Director of Communications & Social Media
E-mail: ypilon@wetech-alliance.com 

Jason Gangaram

Jason Gangaram

Jason Gangaram can be described as having a strong sense of eagerness for education and who exhibits a unique leadership style. He is a firm believer in culture, through effective communication, respect and social responsibility. He attended Ryerson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with a duel specialization in Operations Management and Human Resource Management. During this time Jason’s first taste of working on campus came with an opportunity to become a Teacher/ Research Assistant for a course entitled - Family Business. He then moved to working in Banking Industry and later found himself in Education Management as a Director of Admissions.  Jason is now a Campus Director at CDI College – Scarborough.  CDI College is currently operating across Canada with over 20 campuses.    

Jason is not only a highly thriving leader but he is a business owner. With the knowledge that he had gathered during his 10+ years in the family business coupled with his strong educational background he started his own company - Northern Maple Construction Inc. This is a professional design-build company.

Jason is actively involved in strengthening York Region and Scarborough.  Jason was involved with the formation and launch of Newmarket’s Young Professional Group and the formation of our own YPNO. He still continues to support economic development and is a huge advocate of continuing education.

2018 Position: Co-Director of Membership & Outreach
E-mail: j.gangaram12@gmail.com 

Sarah Hahn

Sarah Hahn

Sarah is an associate lawyer with HGR Graham Partners LLP. Her practice focusses on property law and municipal litigation. Sarah sits on the board of the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association as Past Chair and is active in the communities of Barrie and Orillia. 

2018 Position: Co-Director of Membership & Outreach
E-mail: shahn@hgrgp.ca 

Alyssa Lai

Alyssa Lai

McMaster University alumna Alyssa Lai works in public relations. Through volunteering, she found herself in the nonprofit world, a sector that has helped her thrive personally and professionally. Since arriving as a newcomer to Canada in 2008, Alyssa has worked and volunteered for more than 10 nonprofit organizations in Hamilton. She utilizes various communication channels and techniques to highlight the important work of different community organizations in the city.

In her journey to build her career toolkit, Alyssa wrote for CBC Hamilton, co-founded young professional groups,Hamilton Media Guild and Global Hamilton Connect, stage managed for an LGBTQ touring dance theatre show , and more.

A recipient of the 2014 YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction (Public Affairs category) award and the 2015 McMaster Hamilton Community Impact Award, Alyssa has a BA (Honours) in communication studies and theatre and film studies from McMaster University. She is a true Gen-Yer with many online selfs. You can learn more at alyssaglai.com

 2018 Position: Director of Professional & Personal Development
E-mail: alyssagracelai@gmail.com 

Stephanie Pagnucco

Stephanie Pagnucco

Stephanie was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. After finishing the IB Program at Korah Collegiate and Vocational School, Stephanie moved to London Ontario where she completed a double major in Comparative Literature and Culture and Technical and Rhetorical Writing. Shortly after graduating, she moved back to Sault Ste. Marie and worked as a Communications Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch. In November 2011, Stephanie was offered an internship in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Sault Ste. Marie as the Community Engagement Coordinator which became full time in the Spring of 2013. Currently, Stephanie now works with Tourism Northern Ontario as a Regional Coordinator.

Stephanie has sat on a number of committees including the Age-Friendly Sault Ste. Marie Steering Committee, the Algoma Youth Engagement Network, the Board of Directors for ONWIN.ca, and sat as chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Strive Young Professionals Group for 2014. She now hopes to play an important role on the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals Network of Ontario and continues to liaise with the Strive Young Professionals Group as a member at large.

Stephanie lives with her partner, Steve, in Batchawana Bay and enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with her friends and family.

2018 Position: Director of Professional & Personal Development
E-mail: spagnucc@gmail.com 

Ext. Advisor: Justin Marrello

Ext. Advisor: Justin Marrello

Justin is a graduate from Lakehead University where he successfully completed his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Finance & Economics in 2014 and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sandermoen School of Business at the University of Fredericton. 

Justin helped lead the Young Professionals Network of Ontario though the 2016 fiscal year as the Business Development Coordinator. He was tasked with structuring and providing the organization with a solid foundations and best in class business practices. Justin will serve as the External Advisor for the 2017 year, assisting with the transition into the new fiscal year. 

2018 Position: External Advisor
E-mail: justinmarrello@gmail.com