Board of Directors

Mona Forrest

Mona Forrest

President & CEO

Mona Forrest, CAE, has been an Executive Director and Board Member in the not for profit field for more than 25 years, and has contributed as an association manager in a variety of fields, including social services, vocational, international development, health and arts and culture. Her greatest enthusiasms while working in the sector have been fundraising for difficult causes, advocacy without breaking too many rules, fixing problems and communications, startups, social media for non-profits, and technology for people. She is the founder of Centre des femmes de Montréal, one of Canada’s longest-standing Women’s Centres, Passages, a shelter and program for young women in difficulty, and co-founder of Auberge Madeleine, one of Canada’s first housing resource for homeless women over 18. Mona has been recognized with awards from United Way, the Montreal Citizenship Council, the Women Who Make a Difference Award and the federal government Citation for Citizenship.

Travis Neuman

Travis Neuman

Treasurer

Travis  Neumann,  the  Treasurer  of  Code  Youth’s  Board  of  Directors,  is  a  senior  finance  professional  and  strategist  who  specializes  in  international  development  project  reporting  and  financial  capacity  building.  With  an  international  scope,  Travis  has  held  management  roles  in projects  based  in  Kenya,  Tanzania,  Uganda,  Vietnam  and  Ukraine.    His  interest  in  advocating  for  important  issues  around  the  world  drove  him  to  participate  in  roles  in  the  non-profit  sector.

Travis  undertook  the  role  of  interim  Director,  Finance  and  Operations  at  Oxfam  Canada, that builds lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls.

Previously at Deloitte,  Travis  took  the  role  of  Public  Sector  Accountant  and  held  an  audit  role  where  he  specialized  in  auditing  international  projects  that  were  supported  by  the  Government  of  Canada.  Travis  has  also  worked  on  projects  funded  by  multiple  organizations  including  Global  Affairs  Canada,  MasterCard  Foundation  and  IBM. As  a  founding  board member of  Code  Youth  Canada,  Travis  seeks  to  impact  his  local  Ottawa  community  and  make  a  substantial  change  to  the  lives  of  at-risk  youth.

Alex  Katayama 

Alex  Katayama 

Technical  Director

Alex  Katayama,  the  Technical  Director  of  Code  Youth’s  Board  of  Directors,  is  an  IT  “jack  of  all  trades” with  experience  in  e-commerce  development,  UI/UX  theory,  Windows  and  Linux  server  administration,  networking,  and  general  troubleshooting  and  technical  understanding  across  virtually  every  facet  of  IT.    Although  Alex  pursued  a  degree  in  political  sciences,  he  believes  that  with  the  proper  development  of  IT  skills,  any  individual  can  secure  a  position  in  the  IT  sector.

In  the  IT  sector,  Alex  is  the  IT  Project  Manager  at  EnvisionUP,  where  he  deals  with  professional  headaches  of  a  technical  nature.  Alex also  freelances  as  a  Technical  Consultant,  where  he  has  gained  10  years  of  proficient  experience  in many  different  facets  of  technology.  His  previous  work  includes  being  the  Manger  of  Client  Services,  Training  and  Quality  Control  at  Envision  Online  Media  inc.,  where  he  participated  in  many  versatile  roles. Due  to  Alex’s  background,  he  believes  that  Code  Youth  will  truly  allow  at-risk  youth  to  enter  employment  positions  in  the  IT  sector.