DESTA’s Team

Kassandra Kernisan
Executive Director

Adam Brimacombe
Programs Director

Scott Clyke
Employability Coordinator

Wanda Huskinson
Office Manager

Tamara Chanoine
Project Manager

Milo Johnson
Project Coordinator

Amanda Maxwell
Support Services Coordinator

Svens Telemaque
Support Services Counsellor

Berlin Reed
Food Program Manager

Kayla Fernandes
Assistant Food Program Coordinator

Kyristal Andrews
Graphic Designer

Ashley Mongomery
Legal Administrator

DESTA’s Board of Directors

Dexter is co-founder of leading sustainable design marketplace GOODEE, a b-Corp certified e-Commerce platform. His most recent endeavour, founded in May 2019 with his identical twin brother, Byron, GOODEE brings together the values of good design and good purpose across home, beauty and accessory brands. GOODEE was recently honoured as a finalist for Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” 2020. In 2020, GOODEE joined 1% For The Planet, whose members contribute at least 1% of annual sales to environmental causes, and were most recently recongized by Fast Company’s 2021 World’s Most Innovative Companies.

Mr. Peart was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in 2015, and he received the Accessory Designer of the Year Award in 2014 and 2016 at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards. He has also been included regularly amongst Business of Fashion’s prestigious BoF 500 list. Mr. Peart began his career in fashion with the launch of WANT Agency in 2000, where he and his brother introduced many of-the-moment brands to the North American market. In 2007, they founded the critically-acclaimed accessories brand WANT Les Essentiels, which they followed with the multi-brand retail concept store WANT Apothecary in 2011.

Dexter Peart is also a member of the Board of Directors at both Roots Canada and The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation.

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Evan has been building his career in the non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors. He served as President of Commerce and Administration Students’ Association (CASA) at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) providing opportunities for employers and students to connect and enhancing the student experience. Following that, he served as president of the Canadian Association of Business Students (CABS), an organization that brings together student leaders from across the country for network building and professional development.

Evan also founded Playground, a brand identity and web design agency specializing in serving businesses in the tech industry. He recently left the company and currently works as Project Manager for MTTR, a media company aiming to change the way we consume news.

A true shutterbug and tech geek, Vincent has several years of experience in customer service, social media, marketing, graphic design and desktop publishing. He has a passion for learning and discovering all the financial world has to offer.

Maria Varvarikos has more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience. Prior to founding ZOÏ Agency in 2000, Maria studied at Concordia University where she received her bachelors in Commerce. She then went on to serve as the Director of Promotions for Ocean Drive Magazine. Inspired to establish her own enterprise in order to fully engage her passion for brands, Maria launched ZOÏ Agency to great success.

With offices in New York, Toronto and Montreal, Maria and her team have been an integral part of the successful launches and branding initiatives behind top fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle brands such as, WANT Les
Essentiels, H&M, FENDI, GUCCI, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany & Co., Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, GOODEE, Fogo Island Inn and more.

Motivated by the brand story above all else, Maria takes pride in her unorthodox approach to public relations: Extracting the essence of the brand, highlighting their story, and communicating their uniqueness in innovative ways.

Maria strongly believes that public relations efforts can only be as successful as the strategy and personal relationships they’re built on, and it’s this outlook that keeps her and her team at ZOÏ Agency deeply committed and
enthusiastic in their work.

Passionate about art & design and giving back to the community, Maria has been a supporter for the CCA (Canadian Center of Architecture) and a patron and a past committee member for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Annual Fundraiser Gala. Currently, she is a board member of C2 Montréal, a board member for the DESTA Black Community Network, as well as a member of the communications committee for the MAC (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal).

In 2010, Maria was the recipient of the 2010 Young Entrepreneur of the Year DEKA Award by The Montreal Hellenic Board of Trade.


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