Board of Directors

Our EmpowHERto team is made up of a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to helping young womxn and girls reach their full potential as leaders. We plan activities and programs, coordinate and host events, and encourage girls along their journey to becoming their best selves. We’re passionate about our mission.

Diana Gallo


Diana Gallo serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. An established leader and mentor, she is a social media, digital, content, and influencer marketer.

She is intrigued by the ever-changing digital landscape and its impact on retail, content creation, consumption and authenticity. In her spare time, she is an online shopping enthusiast and binges on Netflix series.

Kirsten Ingham

Board Member

Kirsten Ingham believes in being involved in organizations whose missions and values align with her own.

The projects she works on and roles she fulfills are chosen based on the tangible impact her decisions will make on her community and the growth of her organization. “I want to change the world and have no qualms with making my voice heard.”

She joined the Canadian Autism Society’s Board of Directors in 2020 but has been a lifelong advocate in public outreach, education, and advocacy for individuals on the autism spectrum and other disadvantaged communities. 

Mandy Cronin

Board Member

An award-winning athlete in the field of women’s hockey, Mandy Cronin is the Co-Founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and a former goaltender in the league.

She is the founder and director of M-Power Hockey, established in 2006, and has provided coaching, mentoring and consulting services for players in Toronto and neighbouring communities.  Mandy currently serves as the general manager for the Toronto Six, an expansion team in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), and was also responsible for the largest league-level sponsorship revenue for the NWHL this season.

“My entire working life, from high school on, has been centered on the same core values and mission that EmpowHERto was founded on. I am eager to work with the amazing group of women on the Board of Directors and to tap into my decades of experience as an entrepreneur, sports industry executive and mentor to help continue the growth of the organization and the programming that we offer to the next generation of young female leaders.”

Christine Yoon

Board Member

Christine Yoon is the senior director of Client Strategy at CIBC, where she leads a team that executes new customer acquisition and franchising initiatives. 

Over the last 10+ years, Christine has worked in a wide range of areas, most notably Strategy & Corporate Development at CIBC and Digital Technology at Sun Life. She is drawn to design thinking and innovation, which has resulted in a career of launching new sales models and digital platforms, as well as optimizing frontline operations.  

Serving on the Board of Directors for EmpowHERto, Christine wants to help pave a fruitful path for the next generation. Her advocacy in this area has carried her throughout her life, including her first volunteer trip to Ecuador in grade 10, building a high school female mentorship program while at the Schulich School of Business, and leading mentorship groups in her workplace. Most importantly, Christine was inspired by her young niece to join EmpowHERto. 

Jenny Jiang

Board Member

Jenny Jiang has an MBA from Western University, Ivey Business School, and became a designated CPA in 2015.  

 In her spare time, she enjoys painting and growing vegetables in her garden. On what she hopes to accomplish while at EmpowHERto, she says, “The few but memorable female role models in my life played a big part in who I am today. I hope that through EmpowHERto, I can pay it forward and help create the next generation of strong female voices in our community.”

Ameena Ilahi

Board Member

Ameena joined EmpowHERto because our vision and mission aligned very closely with her own.

“Having worked in developing countries for most of my professional life, I have witnessed women and girls being denied their most basic rights, including education, healthcare, nutrition, and reproductive rights. My personal mandate is to empower women, particularly women of color or those from marginalized communities who face multiple barriers in accessing their rights.”  

Ameena brings a wide range of development experience with particular interest in results-based monitoring and evaluation, program design and development, grants management, and communications. Her experience includes being the Assistant Country Director with CARE International in Pakistan, and The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative.

Ameena holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton University in Canada and a master’s degree in Agricultural Development from the University of London, UK.

Ameena has traveled to many countries all over the world, and her goal is to explore new destinations, with her top destination spot is Bangkok, Thailand. 

Lyla Kanji

Board Member

Lyla is an accomplished leader with multi-faceted and international experience in banking spanning multiple regions across the world.

She currently heads up the Asset Based Lending team for Bank of Montreal providing customers with customized solutions to meet their complex financial needs. 

Lyla holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from City University London and a Masters in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. Lyla also sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Lenders Association, a national non-profit organization representing Canada’s leading alternative and innovative lenders.

Michelle Aboagye

Board Member Intern

Michelle is passionate about working with marginalized women and joined EmpowHERto with hopes to continue to advocate for and represent the interests of young women.

As an undergraduate student, Michelle led and participated in campus advocacy groups and she is currently a Literacy Tutor for Parkdale Project Read, a non-profit learning centre that offers free English literacy programs for adults, particularly immigrants. She is also involved in a number of advocacy groups to help marginalized youth communities.

Michelle holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and Equity Studies. She is currently studying Criminology and Socio-legal Studies at the University of Toronto. Outside of school she enjoys spending time outdoors as well as art and cultural activities.