Lara Tavares is the founder of Sky’s the Limit Youth Organization (STL), a Toronto-based nonprofit organization. Passionate about technology and its importance in education, Lara created STL in 2003 to offer a solution to the Digital Divide in Canada. STL has placed 4,659 computers to date! Lara is a change-maker who envisions a new world that values love, justice and truth. With over 30 years of experience in creating positive social impact, she addresses the issues that affect young people, thereby fostering and supporting change. She advocates, educates and provides leadership, strategic vision, guidance and mentoring, logistical planning and network building. During her tenure as STL’s Executive Director, Lara received the FLARE Volunteer Award, AronImage Award, Harlequin “More than Words” Award and the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Individual Leadership Grant. Lara is a “Notable Canadian” featured in “Canadian Who's Who”, the only publication of its kind in print in Canada and the standard reference source of contemporary Canadian biography. Lara is passionate about social justice and wellbeing for all. In addition to her commitment to STL, she recently served on the boards of two Los Angeles based nonprofit organizations - Off The Mat Into the World and Single Moms Planet - where she contributed to initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Lara’s determination and passion for social justice has her earned a reputation as a thoughtful leader and a trusted ally. Lara’s seven year old son, Ocean, is following in her footsteps. He is the founder of Ocean’s Water Org (oceanswater.org), a Toronto/Los Angeles based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about plastic pollution, reducing the use of non-essential single-use plastics and saving the oceans.
Lance E. McIntosh CPA, CA, Director
Chief Financial Officer of the Previcare Group, Mr. McIntosh has more than 38 years of experience in senior management, corporate finance and accounting. Mr. McIntosh has held senior financial positions with a number of significant private and public corporations. He has, among other things, overseen the financial operations, the corporate development function, and the ‘going public’ process for two major Canadian corporations. Over the 10 years ending in 2012, he developed and managed from startup, a group of unique business entities/operations and the corporate infrastructure required to support the entire diverse group. As part of the unique group of entities, during this period he nurtured and oversaw the growth of the Paloma Foundation from concept to operating entity. As Executive Director of the Paloma Foundation, he was responsible for developing and maintaining all of the systems and procedures required for the trustees to ensure the Foundation remained true to its funding mandate and focus, while exercising sound business practices. He is currently a member in good standing of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He graduated cum laude, receiving his H.B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto.
James Bonnici, Network Engineer at Trump Systems and owner of ITcan.work computer support services. Winner of the “Volunteer of the Year” award from Sky’s the Limit in 2010. Volunteer IT Manager at STL from 2009 to 2019. With over 20 years of experience with computers, James has seen the rise of the Personal Computer (PC) and Internet in the home to the essential services that today’s top businesses are built on. He has helped individuals and corporations to understand and utilize the many facets that today’s technology offers. James’ belief in bridging the digital divide, reducing environmental impacts, his experience volunteering with STL, and his work within the technology industry, has provided invaluable insight and expertise to our community partners and recipients.
Draw a picture in your mind of the “techiest” guy imaginable and you’re probably describing Boban. To back this up, he has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool, and a PMP designation with over 30 years as a seasoned technology executive providing strategic advice, crafting web solutions, developing technology products and leading software development teams for Fortune 500/FP 100 clients. Boban also has a Fine Arts Diploma from OCAD, is a musician, and a firm believer in charitable causes. Before becoming a founding partner of Soft Gravity in 2010, Boban worked at Nurun, Blast Radius, TELUS, CCSI Compucom, AHEC, Parsons, Streetviews, TFS, IOL, and IBM, and Verfione and DEC. Some of his landmark projects have included the largest e-commerce solution in Canada for Sears.ca, performance improvement and Processing Card Industry (PCI) Audit projects for HomeDepot.ca, the vehicle emission testing system for the State of Louisiana, and the white label mutual fund card solution for CIBC, TD and RBC.