Our Executive Director

Covenant House Executive Director, Mark Aston

Executive Director


Mark Aston, a passionate and well-respected not-for profit leader, assumed the post of Covenant House Toronto Executive Director in July 2019.

Mark has dedicated his career to taking action against poverty and homelessness and brings a unique passion and specialized knowledge to Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk.

Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector. First as Executive Director and, later, as CEO of Fred Victor, he transformed the organization into one of the leading agencies addressing homelessness and poverty in Toronto. He has extensive and varied experience in public policy development, system change initiatives, Board and sector leadership, revenue development and volunteerism.

Mark is committed to improving the quality of life and providing opportunities for people experiencing hardship, poverty and homelessness. To this end, he founded and leads the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness, a volunteer organization comprised of 50 organizations—including Covenant House—focused on ending chronic homelessness in Toronto.

Mark brings a shared focus of respect, compassion and unconditional love to the work we do supporting youth who are transforming their lives and exploring their potential.

Our previous Executive Director, Bruce Rivers, retired in 2019 after eight years.

Senior Leadership Team

Cindy Metzler, Associate Executive Director

Josie doRego, Director, Development and Communications

Carol Howes, Director, Program Services

Shirley Broderick, Director, Finance and Purchasing


Board of Directors


Kenneth Morell, Senior Global Advisor, Dentons LLP

Vice Chair

Diane Karnay, Counsel, Wilson Vukelich LLP


Bruce Shewfelt, Managing Director, Clariti Strategic Advisors

Past Chair

Kevin Patterson, Group Head, Technology and Operations, CIBC



Governance and Nominating

Finance and Property

Fundraising and Development

Policy and Stakeholder Relations

Real Estate Advisory