Meet Our Directors!

Adil Dhalla

Board Chair
I’m Adil Dhalla, or Dil for short.  I am a civic entrepreneur and community organizer who is driven to co-create new and inclusive economies. I’m the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), which is a not-for-profit organization that provides space, services and programs to +2000 social mission organizations annually. In addition to this role at CSI and my work with StopGap I am the co-founder and chair of Camp Reset, a not-for-profit and acclaimed summer camp for adults that is uniquely addressing issues around mental health and loneliness for adults through play and digital detoxing.

I was recently named a BALLE Fellow, which is awarded to local economy leaders who are creating the new economy, and I’m the first Muslim to ever receive the honour. Oh… and I really dig bow ties.

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Sydney Blum

Vice Chair
My name is Sydney and I’m thrilled to bring my experience in non-profit strategy, scaling and fund development to StopGap as one of the board’s newest members. I learned about StopGap through word of mouth in my community and by engaging as a volunteer over the past year. Day-to-day I hold the position of Director of Community Impact at WoodGreen Community Services. In my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature, studying mindfulness and cooking plant-based meals for the people I love.

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Russell Winkelaar

Hello there access allies, my name is Russell Winkelaar. I describe myself differently every time I make an attempt at doing so. Mostly I enjoy being a disability awareness advocate, which I have done through the mediums of public speaking as well as acting. I have been a ramp aficionado for as long as I can recall. Physically my favourite ramp is located in the glass dome atop the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. As a concept though, StopGap ramps are by far the most amazing ramps out there! I first encountered a StopGap ramp back in early 2012 and helped in my couple of ramp builds in the summer of 2014. Now that I have finally made it to the inner circle, I am excited to bring as much energy and enthusiasm as I can to help promote StopGap and access for all. I can’t wait to see where this adventure goes!

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Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson


My name is Haley Rae! You may know me as former Ramp Ranger Blue. I’m trying on a new hat for size these days. I have joined LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd. as an accessibility consultant. I look forward to contributing to StopGap Foundation in a new way and continuing to learn how to influence the experiences that people have with the spaces that they move through.

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Andrea Atkins

Bio coming soon!

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Muqu Pacheco

Bio coming soon!

Matt Dewar

Bio coming soon!