Code Youth’s Board of Directors

Code Youth's Board of Directors

Code Youth's Board of Directors; Mona

Mona Forrest


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

Code Youth's Board of Directors; Fareha

Fareha Muhammady


Fareha Muhammady trained as a Senior Auditor at MNP, a national accounting firm, receiving her CPA, CA designation in 2018. She holds experience volunteering at an environmental not-for-profit organization. Fareha graduated from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in 2016. Fareha holds 5 years of experience auditing private and public companies and not-for-profit organizations. She looks forward to employing her skills to enable youth to reach their full potential.

Carter Kilgour


Carter Kilgour has significant experience working as a Data Engineer in the software industry and is well versed with its practices and requirements. Throughout his career, he has become a strong advocate for promoting various methods of learning and taken notice of the disconnect between skills acquired through a formal education and the skills used in day-to-day workplace activities.  He has a strong belief that with some time, the right form of instruction, and hands-on experience, an individual can be successful in the software field. It is with this belief that he joined Code Youth with the goal to help break down the barriers to entry so others can find a fulfilling career in technology.

Claude Richer


Claude Richer

Code Youth's Board of Directors; Alex

Alex Katayama


Alex  Katayama,  the  Technical  Advisor to the Code Youth 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.

Alex  is currently the Data/Communications Analyst at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  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.