Daily Bread Leadership Team
Director of Philanthropy
Nancy Bennett was accredited as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2000 after raising funds for several years for international development and relief. After living and working overseas in the 1980s, Nancy returned to Canada and worked in communications, marketing and fundraising for Oxfam-Canada, the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration, Fred Victor Centre and the Child Development Institute. She was Executive Director at Farm Radio International and at the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society for ten years, and served in a volunteer capacity as a director of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Nancy also held management functions for several years in publishing, marketing and media relations for the Ontario government. At Daily Bread, Nancy brings her passion and international experience working for poverty reduction and food security to the community where she was raised, as well as more than twenty years of practical fundraising and management experience in the charitable sector.
Vice-President of Research and Advocacy
Talia Bronstein is an experienced policy researcher with a passion for social change. With a master’s degree in public health from the University of Toronto, Talia has had the opportunity to work in a number of organizations with bold and ambitious policy agendas, including the Institute for Health and Social Policy, the Association of Ontario Midwives, the Alliance for Healthier Communities, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Her experiences in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors provide her with a unique perspective in building collaborative relationships between community members, partner organizations, and government to tackle complex systems-level policy issues. Whether it is poverty reduction, early childhood education, maternal child health, or labour policy, Talia has a strong history of using research as the foundation of successful advocacy initiatives. Outside of work, Talia can be found zooming around the city by bicycle or portaging a canoe.
Director of Finance
Tammy Davey Wiebe BA, CPA, CGA, CPM is a professional financial manager with over 15 years of experience in the Not for Profit/Charity sector. She has worked in Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health organizations before coming to Daily Bread. Tammy loves education and is always learning. Her under grad degree is from Brock University and she holds certifications with Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario/Canada and Canadian Payroll Association. She holds an honours certificate in leadership and management in the non profit sector and is currently pursuing her CHRL certification through Human Resources Professionals Association. She volunteers with various charities to lend her expertise and skill. She works in a collaborative and team environment with a professional approach.
Chief Executive Officer
Neil Hetherington joined Daily Bread Food Bank as CEO in January 2018. Neil began his career in project management at Tridel Construction, Canada’s largest condominium developer. In September 2000, he made a career change by joining Habitat for Humanity Toronto, at the time as the youngest CEO of a Habitat affiliate in the world. Neil’s non-profit experience includes 16 years as CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Toronto, and then New York City, and two years as CEO of Dixon Hall, a multi-service agency with 240 staff serving thousands of people in Toronto through its social programs, shelters, seniors programs, youth initiatives and community revitalization efforts. Neil holds degrees or certificates from the University of Western Ontario – Huron College, Seneca College, Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia – Darden Business School. He obtained his MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School in 2013. He is an active pilot and sailor. He enjoys furniture making and in his spare time plays tennis terribly, snowboards poorly and bikes slowly.
Director of Programs and Services
Charles Jergl is the Director of Programs and Services at Daily Bread Food Bank. Charles became involved in food security issues in 2005, when as a food bank client, he participated in a Community Based Research Project on poverty organized by Daily Bread. This led to him volunteering in the Advocacy Program at Daily Bread in 2006, where he provided information and referral, informal counselling and other supports to food bank clients. In 2008 Charles was hired by Daily Bread to manage several food bank locations across the GTA. Subsequently he has served as the Manager of the Agency Relations department, and in his current role oversees training, program support and development of around 170 food programs including meal programs and food banks. Charles also oversees Daily Bread’s commercial kitchen which produces prepared meals. Charles’ focus has been to increase the quality and nutrition of foods distributed by Daily Bread, as well as developing a rights-based, anti-oppressive approach to programs and services.
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Director of Operations
Associate Director of People and Culture
Jeff Wong is the Associate Director of People and Culture at Daily Bread Food Bank. Many years ago, Jeff graduated from Ryerson with a B. Comm specializing in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Human Resources. As a professional, he spent several years working in market research before deciding to switch careers and follow a lifelong passion for food and food issues. The switch resulted in Jeff volunteering at several non-profits across Toronto and finding his community at Daily Bread. Jeff volunteered in the kitchen and on-site food bank before being hired as a Kitchen Assistant coordinating volunteers and preparing food. From there, he became the Volunteer Coordinator, then Volunteer Manager and most recently in September 2018 took on his current role. Jeff is a lifelong Torontonian, avid volleyball player and a strong believer in that strong community involvement educates the young and helps strengthen us all.