Bruce G. Lawson

Bruce G. Lawson, President

Bruce Lawson was appointed Executive Director of The Counselling Foundation of Canada in October, 2008, and to the role of President & CEO of the Foundation in December 2013. He also holds the title of Executive Officer of the Canadian Education & Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), and is an ex-officio member of the CERIC Board of Directors.

Over the years, Bruce has provided meeting planning, project management and communications services to a variety of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations. Bruce also served as the Interim Executive Director of Casey House Foundation for 18 months.

In addition to his professional life, Bruce is an active volunteer. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Casey House Hospice and Casey House Foundation, and co-chaired Casey House’s largest fundraising event, Art with Heart, in 2005, 2006 and 2009. He is currently Chair of the Board of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and serves on the board or committees of several other organizations.

Bruce has a BA (Economics) from McGill and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto.

Diana Castano

Diana Castano, Executive Assistant & Office Administrator

Diana Castano joined The Counselling Foundation of Canada in 2005 on a part-time basis as Administrative Support. She assumed the position of Executive Assistant & Office Administrator in 2010.

She attended Servicio Nacional de Aprendizage (S.E.N.A.) college in her native Colombia where she graduated with a diploma in Business Administration and Bookkeeping. She subsequently worked in these roles in a law office and in her own business for over a decade.

Diana arrived in Canada in 2002 and took a related-position at Toronto Community Living (Scarborough). She currently oversees all day-to-day administrative and financial processes at the Foundation while supporting the Executive Director, Board and the Canadian Education Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC).

Ben Liadsky, Program Officer

Ben joined The Counselling Foundation of Canada in 2017 after spending two and a half years across the hall at the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Ben comes to the Foundation with nine plus years of experience in the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles from evaluation to program management to communications. Ben also holds a master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from the University of Northern British Columbia.

The Counselling Foundation of Canada is proud to support CERIC and its programs: