OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

About Next Gen Men

Next Gen Men is the product of Jason’s advocacy, Jake’s vision, and Jermal’s mission (if you work with us, your name must begin with a J – for example JDavid is acceptable). We are a motley crew connected by the “small world” we live in, but what we have in common is the simple belief that men can be better*.

*Note: Just as you can be healthy, and aspire to be healthier – there is no connotation that men are inherently bad

Mission

Creating spaces to engage, educate, and empower men and boys around gender.

Values

Curiosity – to learn and unlearn

We are committed to ongoing learning and unlearning

We practice self-reflection and are open to feedback

We listen to understand

Courage – to not be complicit

We believe in standing up for our values to support others

We see vulnerability as a source of strength

We are accountable for our actions or lack of action

Empathy – to build bridges

We meet people where they’re at

We acknowledge diverse identities, experiences, and privileges

We believe in the best of people, not the worst in people

Equity – to remove barriers

We value diversity and behave inclusively

We believe in the the social, economic, and political equity of all genders as informed by feminism

We work to address multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination

Meet Our Team

For all inquiries please refer to our contact page or email us at info@nextgenmen.ca – thank you!

Jake Stika

Jake Stika

Executive Director

Calgary/Vancouver

As Next Gen Men’s Executive Director, Jake leads the expansion and growth of Next Gen Men as an organization and a movement. Get in touch with Jake if you want to talk partnerships and collaborations!

Educated in International Commerce and Global Development, having grown up as an immigrant in Canada, as well as having lived in Brazil, Germany, and the Czech Republic in recent years, Jake has a global perspective on community development and social innovation. Jake believes himself to be a reconnection entrepreneur and is less interested in symptoms, but rather underlying causes. His vision for Next Gen Men comes from observing society today and wondering how to effect change by engaging men and boys for a better tomorrow.

Jake has been named as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He has also spoken as part of the Canadian delegation at the United Nations and UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum.

Jason Tan de Bibiana

Jason Tan de Bibiana

Research and Evaluation Director

New York/Toronto

As Next Gen Men’s Research and Evaluation Director, Jason leads the evaluation of all our programs, supports our facilitation team, and leads our advocacy efforts and social media outreach. Get in touch with Jason if you want to talk about the latest news and research in gender and masculinities!

Jason completed his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health and has experience in research, program evaluation, and creative facilitation for mental health, sexual health, youth leadership and development, and gender equity in Canada, Jamaica, and the United States. Jason loves how music, art, and stories can bring people together and start a conversation… and also thinks statistics and research design are pretty cool too. Jason is committed to social justice and building a strong and supportive network and community that shares Next Gen Men’s values and vision.

Jonathon Reed

Jonathon Reed

Program Coordinator

Greater Toronto Area

As Next Gen Men’s Program Coordinator, Jonathon organizes and facilitates our boys programs, and collaborates with our parents, schools, and community partners. Get in touch with Jonathon if you are interested in bringing Next Gen Men to your school or community!

Jonathon has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, and has worked closely with boys for years. With a background in activism, he seeks to empower young people to think critically and make their voices heard. Jonathon is a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and has years of experience working with boys to expand definitions of masculinity. He has a keen passion for adventure sports like whitewater canoeing and rock climbing, and he creates a podcast called Breaking the Boy Code (which you can find under NGM podcasts) centred on the inner lives of boys.

Husayn Symonds

Husayn Symonds

Program Coordinator

Greater Toronto Area

Husayn is originally from the wonderful island of Bermuda and has cultivated a passion for gender equality and understanding masculinity. He has over a decade of  experience working and consulting with youth in England, Israel, Canada, and Hong Kong. 

As a husband, father of twins, and truth seeker, Husayn utilizes his experience to create spaces where boys and young men can feel comfortable addressing issues which affect them emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Husayn has a BA in Film Studies from Brock University, and an LLB in Law from the University of Kent. He loves to play basketball and football, is an avid writer and aspiring rapper, and enjoys helping his toddlers dance to Michael Jackson.

John Bethune

John Bethune

Placement Student

Greater Toronto Area

John comes to Next Gen Men as a 3rd year placement student from Seneca College’s Child and Youth Care program. John will take on the role of an assistant facilitator within the GTA. He has a passion for working with youth, practices a strength-based approach while focusing on goal setting, and strives to look beyond the behaviour.

John has a strong athletic background as he has played and coached elite level baseball for over 22 years. He is currently a member of the Seneca College baseball team and is an assistant coach with the Team Ontario Astros 16U program. He preaches the importance of working together as a team to accomplish goals, as it teaches many life lessons not related to sport. He has an easy going, loving demeanour that gel well with Next Gen Men’s youth programs, values, and vision.

German Villegas

German Villegas

Next Gen Man-at-Large

Edmonton

As the Modern Manhood Podcast‘s host & producer as well as Wolf Pack YEG’s MC, German (read: Herman) embodies NGM’s mission of creating spaces to engage men and boys in conversations around gender. Get in touch with German if you want to talk podcasts or masculinity in Edmonton!

German Villegas is a Chilean immigrant who moved to Edmonton, Canada in 1988. He noticed a gap between the discussion about gender roles, and how men have been thinking and talking about it, so he set out to create Modern Manhood, a podcast about healthy masculinities and the roles they play in society through interviews, the podcast has been shortlisted for a Community Award in 2016 and has included guests from three different continents.

German’s main life has included being a youth worker and mental health advocate for 6 years and working primarily with young boys in creating healthy relationship skills. He also has worked with men in co-facilitating group therapy and psychoeducational work with men who have abused, and men who identify that they need help. But German also loves talking podcasts, 2000 era garage rock music, and the education system. He describes himself as someone always trying to lean in to ambiguity, and flexing his empathy muscles.

Alexander Cameron, MSW RSW

Alexander Cameron, MSW RSW

Next Gen Man-at-Large

Greater Toronto Area

Alex embodies NGM’s values of curiosity and empathy as a Psychotherapist with his own practice. We’re lucky to have him as Wolf Pack YYZ’s MC and ambassador. Get in touch with Alexander if you want to talk!

Alexander is originally from beautiful British Columbia where he grew up in the Okanagan Valley. From there he studied to achieve both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and his Bachelor of Education degree. After spending time working with marginalized populations in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, he completed his Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. 

Alexander is passionate about social justice and issues affecting equity and equality. He has many passions including cooking, gardening, and rugby. Alex ‘practices what he preaches’ when it comes to finding peace and balance to thrive and enjoy the life that we wish to experience. 

Board of Directors

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Director

Andrew is a corporate commercial lawyer based in Toronto. His passions are his family and exploring the world on, in, and under the water. Andrew is grateful to join in Next Gen Men’s journey since its mission and programming are important to men of all ages, and particularly young men.

 

What does building better men mean to you?

Empowering men to access the information and support networks that they need to make good decisions about how they live their lives. And empowering men to be confident in their own independent thinking, so that they can make the right choices at the right time to enrich their own lives, as well as those of their friends, families, and communities.
Brendan Ross

Brendan Ross

Director

Brendan works as a senior manager at Collins Barrow Calgary where he specializes in accounting and tax for small business and not-for-profits.  He has a degree in finance from Queen’s University and has a diverse set of financial experience having been a banker, the controller of a mid-size private firm in Calgary and worked in public accounting at Collins Barrow since 2006.  He also lived overseas working as a junior high school teacher in Japan for three years and is passionate about travel and exploring the great outdoors.

 

What does building better men mean to you?

It’s about getting men to feel comfortable talking about issues we commonly tend to bury or ignore.  A lot of men suffer from depression and anxiety but refuse to talk about it and get the help they need for fear of the negative stigmatization that goes with suffering from these types of illnesses.  If Next Gen Men can start a conversation on these issues, bring them out in the open to a point where we not only all acknowledge these illnesses exist but acknowledge they are extremely common, it’ll have a huge positive impact on those affected, theirs partners, children, family and friends.

Dr. Carla Hilario

Dr. Carla Hilario

Director

Dr. Carla Hilario is a public health researcher who holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing. Her doctoral research focused on the social context of mental health among immigrant and refugee young men in Canada through community-engaged research and participatory media approaches. She was born in Pampanga, Philippines and currently lives on the unceded land belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy’əm (Musqueam), Skwxwumesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and səl’ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

What does building better men mean to you?

Building better men means deep engagement in gender equity. It means transforming practices, institutions, and discourses that shape what gender means and has meant for individuals. Beyond access to opportunities and privilege, it is about imagining and cultivating ways of thinking about people that acknowledge lived realities while making space for creativity, respect, and compassion toward others and to oneself.

Jermal Alleyne

Jermal Alleyne

Director

One of Next Gen Men’s founders and former Program Director, Jermal was the primary facilitator for our after-school programs from 2014-2018. Jermal has many years of experience working with youth and holds an honours degree in Public Health from Brock University. Jermal is full of surprises – he used to be in his high school chess club and he loves all kinds of music from country to hip-hop! Jermal’s commitment to Next Gen Men’s mission comes from both his professional background in public health and youth work, as well as supporting his family through personal experiences with mental health issues.

What does building better men mean to you?

It means raising the next generation of men knowing they have permission to recognize and embrace not only the masculine but also feminine aspects of themselves because a whole person is a healthy human being. It means engaging in conversations with men about equality and privilege and providing them with the language and tools they are seeking to be better partners, friends, and role models for their communities.

Matt Corker

Matt Corker

Director

Matt is the co-founder of The Corker Co and creator of The Manager Start Line, an online training program designed to take leaders’ people management skills to the next level. He holds an MBA from the Copenhagen Business School, is a certified international yoga teacher and author, and loves sharing that extra scoop of ice cream with the love of his life.

 

What does building better men mean to you?

Awareness is the precursor to transformation. I believe that in order to be better, we need to raise the level of awareness. Awareness of our power, of our privilege, of the constructs we benefit from – and how we can either dismantle or use them for the benefit of everyone.
Rebecca Finley-Schidlowsky

Rebecca Finley-Schidlowsky

Director

Rebecca is a Junior Partner at Finley & Associates – a Management Consulting Firm in Calgary – that specializes in Strategic Planning & Board Governance for both for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as several high-net worth family businesses across Canada.

Rebecca is a co-founder of Connections: Mentorship Circle, a national group that brings women of all stages of their careers together to empower and support them in a positive environment through discussion, mentorship, and skills-building. One of Connections’ key goals is to get every woman in the group onto a Board.

Rebecca sits on the Queen’s University Alumni Executive and was recently appointed the role of Director of Young Alumni after serving a year as the Branch’s Volunteer Coordinator. She has been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for the past three years as a Big Sister. Outside of work, you can find Rebecca training for her next Latin Ballroom competition or traveling the world.

 

What does building better men mean to you?

We must work together to raise a generation of men who do not equate compassion, empathy, and vulnerability with being feminine or weak. Men need to be supported in forming communities to help uplift each other and others. Men must be called upon to challenge gender norms, drive change, and share their partners’ dreams by helping shatter the glass ceiling so many women and marginalized groups are limited by. Strong men are feminists who are brave enough to tackle the cultural norms that do not serve the needs and opportunities of all.

Volunteers

YOU!

Opportunity

Email info@nextgenmen.ca for volunteer opportunities.

Adam Michaleski

Web Developer

Adam is a web developer based in Calgary. His work can be found at Prairie Apps.

Jack Urwin

Writer

Jack is an author based in Toronto. He is has been featured in Vice and The Guardian, and is also the author of Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity.

Lynn Nguyen

Storyteller

Lynn is a marketer based in Calgary.

Nick Piperno

Wolf Pack YYZ

Tanvir Alam

Wolf Pack YYC

Tanvir is currently working in Calgary’s oil and gas industry. He is trying to live a life of positivity and always chimes in at Wolf Pack YYC with a question that needs to be asked!

Eric Schwenger

Wolf Pack YYZ

Eric is an educator based in Toronto and is passionate about advancing the narrative around diverse modern male experiences.

Jeremiah Levine

Wolf Pack YEG

Jeremiah is a Sexual Health Educator based in Edmonton. He also volunteers his time with Men Edmonton.

Mark Frederick

Wolf Pack YEG

Mark is a therapist by training based in Edmonton. He volunteers with Men Edmonton.

Nigel Midwinter

YYC Event Photographer

Nigel is a talented photographer based in Calgary. His work can be found @midwinterphoto.

Veronika Ilich

Wolf Pack YEG

Veronika is a Family Outreach Worker based in Edmonton. She also volunteers her time with Men Edmonton.

Jason Curry

Wolf Pack YYC

Kelvin Sheldon

Wolf Pack YYC

Kelvin is a Project Manager living in Calgary with his wife and two daughters. He strives to lead a life that reflects positive masculinity.

Matt Boudreau

Wolf Pack YYC

Matt is a husband, father, and all around great guy based in Calgary. He also runs Man Enough YYC (Instagram/Twitter)

Priyanka Gupta

Advisor

Priyanka is an experienced Child & Adolescent Psychologist based in Toronto.

Our Supporters

Next Gen Men would not be possible without the generous support and continued commitment of our funders and our partners. Thank you for believing in our vision and our movement!

Our Funders

Ontario Trillium Foundation, Youth Opportunities Fund

We received a Grassroots Innovation grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund in 2016 to help us expand our youth programs.

Alberta Status of Women

We received a grant from the Alberta Status of Women in 2017 to launch our Equity Focused Leadership program.

The Movember Foundation

Next Gen Men launched as a nonprofit in Movember (the month f.k.a November) 2014 with the help of the Movember Foundation’s first Canadian Men’s Health and Wellbeing Innovation Challenge.

Laidlaw Foundation

Funding from the Laidlaw Foundation supported our team’s capacity building, training, and skills development in 2016.

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