Our Toronto Team

Chantelle Kohn
National Program Director Canada, Head of Curriculum North America

Chantelle’s career as an educator and facilitator dedicated to unleashing humanity’s ability to create a better world has taken place in Australia, the U.K, India, Cambodia, America and Canada, where she is currently based. Chantelle has held various roles within High Resolves, beginning first as a Program Manager in Brisbane and now heading up the organization in Toronto and overseeing the curriculum for the expansion into North America. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Queensland and is currently completing a Masters’ in International and Community Development from Deakin University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
It is through education that we can transform the way we see ourselves, the world and our role within it. High Resolves provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills we need to move towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

Vernon Lobo
Board member

Vernon is a Managing Director of Mosaic Capital Partners, a Canadian-based private investment firm. Through 22 years in the investment industry, Vernon helped build several companies from start-up to acquisition or public listing, seven of which achieved valuations in excess of $100 million. Vernon sits on the boards of several public and private companies.

Ingrid Lobo
Founding Family, Canada

Ingrid is a Travel Advisor affiliated with TTI Canada. Her previous experience includes being a Clinical Instructor at Toronto General Hospital and has held numerous volunteer positions in community organizations.

Tim Costigan
Board Member, Canada Board

Tim is the owner of Tim Costigan Travel Design, a company specializing in creating culturally immersive travel experiences for companies and cultural institutions looking for extraordinary retreats and explorations for their leadership teams and donors. Tim has always been deeply involved in his community, sharing his legal and organizational skills with a range of charitable and not for profit organizations through service on boards and in other volunteer positions. His most important anf favourite role is Dad to three wonderful children, aged 16, 13 and 11 and husband to a highly successful wife.

Mehrdad Baghai
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Global CEO

As Global CEO of High Resolves, Mehrdad has focused on rapid growth of the program in Australia and expansion into the U.S., Canada, China, Brazil and Africa. Mehrdad is Chairman of Alchemy Growth, a boutique strategy advisory firm. Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company and co-leader of the Firm’s worldwide Growth Practice, and an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Mehrdad has degrees from Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School and Princeton University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have seen and felt the impact of social division and hatred first hand. We need to think of prejudice, racism and hatred as public health issues and engage in immunization programs in order to eradicate these diseases.

Paul Kelsey
Global COO and Acting CEO, North American Region

Paul Kelsey was the inaugural CEO for High Resolves for ten years in Australia and is now the Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to High Resolves, Paul was in various senior management positions in financial services for over 20 years.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am passionate about High Resolves more than ever now because I have three teenage children, and I see first-hand how difficult it is for young teenagers to develop a genuine sense of empathy for global issues and to feel empowered to make a difference.

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Our history

The Toronto hub started in the 2016-2017 school year with Kingsway College School signing on to be our first official school outside of Australia and Smithfield Middle School being our second.

In the 2017-2018 school year, we worked with six schools across the private and public sector. Thanks to the Lobo family and their network within the education sector, we have been able to reach 1000 students in the two years we have been in Toronto.

Our work

Case Study: Kingsway College School

High Resolves has worked with Kingsway College School for the last two years as part of the school’s broader leadership and citizenship program. In the upcoming school year, grade 7 students will participate in three Peak Experiences and complete a number of the Teaching Resources and Base Camp Series to continue their growth as global citizens. Students will then have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the school’s year-end leadership project.



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