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Our Board
We are unbelievably privileged to have an amazing Board of Directors who provide Lay-Up the guidance and support to achieve Our Mission.

Charles Kissi

Charles Kissi is the current Head Coach & Manager of Basketball Operations for Brock University. Charles was born in Hamilton and raised in Toronto’s Regent Park community. After graduating from McMaster University in 2003, Charles served as a police officer for ten years with the Toronto Police Services. In 2013, he served as the apprentice coach to Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey. In a short few seasons at Brock, he has built one of the strongest men’s university basketball programs in Canada, making his first appearance in the national tournament in 2018. A life-long learner, Charles will be completing his Masters of Education (2018) at Brock University.

Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris is a principal and senior investment team member of Imperial Capital, a middle market private equity fund based in Toronto. He joined the firm in 2007 and previously worked as a senior associate in the M&A division of KPMG. Christopher is also the founder and chief investment officer of Harbourfront Capital. Christopher has a MBA with first class distinction from Oxford University, an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with first class distinction from Queen’s University, and a CPA / CA designation where he achieved national honour roll standing. He is the chairman and a director of Matrix Sciences, a director of Ackerman Security, and a director of De La Salle College.

Eric Moncik

Eric Moncik is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. His practice focuses primarily on public and private financing transactions, as well as mergers & acquisitions. Eric has acted as counsel to issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders in a number of public financings and private placements of equity and debt securities. He has also acted on a wide range of take-over bids, plans of arrangement and asset and share purchase transactions. In addition, Eric provides ongoing advice on general securities and corporate law matters to a variety of issuer clients. Eric received his LL.B. and M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and holds a B.A. in economics from Western University.

Jason Kandakery

Jason Kandankery is the Principal at Nelson Mandela Park PS, one of the highest need schools in the Toronto District School Board. Throughout his time with the TDSB, Mr. Kandankery has focussed on supporting schools in Toronto’s inner-city communities. As Principal of Nelson Mandela Park PS, he has helped steer the school through immense changes as the community of Regent Park continues to go through a massive revitalization. Mr. Kandankery has worked to help many different charitable initiatives including fundraising for St Michael’s Hospital, supporting the Youth Empowering Parents program and advocating with different levels of government to ensure ongoing adequate funding for youth programs.

Jason Melbourne

Jason Melbourne is head of sales and trading at Canaccord Genuity. He is a founding partner of Genuity Capital Markets and previously served as the head of Institutional Equity sales. Prior to his time at Genuity, Jason worked in investment Banking for 4 years at Gordon Capital. Jason has an MBA from the University of Toronto, BSC in biology from Western and graduated as head boy from Crescent school. Jason has previously served on the Boards of OLG and Crescent School Foundation.

Jermaine Anderson

Jermaine 'Rock' Anderson is a professional basketball player in Europe since 2006 (Germany, Poland, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Montenegro, Spain and France). He has also been a member and team captain of the Canadian senior men's basketball team since 2004 and represented Canada in the 2010 World Basketball Championship (Izmir, Turkey). During the off-season Jermaine has been working diligently to obtain certificates in finance. He has completed his CSC and LLQP while currently working towards a CFP designation. “Rock” as he’s known throughout the city is extremely passionate about uplifting the community. He believes that all of our experiences whether good or bad are meant to help edify the next generation. Jermaine received an athletic scholarship to Fordham University where he earned a B.A. in Marketing.

Jonathan Dwyer

Jon Dwyer is a Scarborough native, and one of the many kids that benefitted tremendously from Scarborough community basketball programs. Jon is the father of a darling little girl named Findlay, and husband to his best friend Lindsay, who is a grade 5 teacher in Peel region. Jon is the CEO of Aereus Technologies.

Maxwell Daviau

Max Daviau founded Lay-Up in September of 2013 with the goal of providing all kids in Toronto with access to high quality basketball programming. Over the last five years, he has guided Lay-Up from a basketball focus, to one that prioritizes participants’ personal development and off the court enrichment above all else. Under his leadership, Lay-Up has grown to provide programming to over 500 youth annually. Prior to Lay-Up, Max worked at Madison Square Garden where he led premium pricing for the New York Knicks and Rangers. Max has an MBA from George Washington University and BCOM degree from McGill University.

Michael Simonetta

Michael Simonetta is Chairman at Evolve ETFs and founding partner of Talon Partners Inc.. Among his prior endeavours, Michael was the Co-Founder and CEO of an asset management firm, Founding Shareholder and Vice-Chairman of a successful software company, Partner in a public accounting firm, and a CFO of a national retailer. He has led or been a significant participant in numerous acquisitions, turnaround situations, and financing transactions totaling in excess of $1 billion. In his spare time, Michael serves as the Chairman and Founder of Drive for Dreams Foundation which primarily supports King Nation Basketball, a non-profit organization.

Trevor Bullen

Trevor Bullen is currently the Vice Principal Riverdale Collegiate Institute. Prior to that, Mr. Bullen spent 14 years teaching Business and Phys. Ed. at Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute where he coached basketball and learned how to impact lives through sport. His career in education was pre-dated by a stint in politics where he worked as part of the staff of the Solicitor General and Minister of Correctional Services at Queen’s Park. Mr. Bullen’s desire for giving back to the community can be attributed to his parents who were passionately and enthusiastically involved in many causes. Trevor was born and raised in Orillia, moving to Toronto after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.