Surranna Sandy is an award-winning nonprofit executive who spent 14 years in human resources management and career development prior to transition to the Nonprofit sector. Surranna is currently the CEO of Skills for Change, a multiservice charitable agency that helps 16,000+ Immigrants and Refugees annually access employment, settlement and training/skills building programs and services across Central and Southwestern Ontario, with national virtual programming delivery.
Surranna’s passion for community development prompted her to pursue a Master of Liberals in Global Development Practice at Harvard University (currently), focused on understanding how policy instruments, social complexities, human health risks, ecological system dynamics, technological innovations, and financial models can advance sustainable development. Surranna is interested in understanding and developing practical solutions to critically evaluate and address the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development: climate change, extreme poverty, gender inequality, building sustainable cities in the Global North and South.
Along with 8+ certifications in career management coaching, Surranna has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management, an MBA in Human Resources Management, an Hons Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management, a Diploma in HR Management and a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management; and a Certificate In Human REsources Management.
She sits on the Board of the International Women’s Forum-Canada (IWFC) where she chairs the Partnership Committee; She Chairs the Communications Committee for IWFC Toronto Chapter. She also serves as Board Chair for the Black Human Resources Professionals of Canada. She recently completed a 2.5-year term on the City of Toronto’s Anti-Black Racism Partnership and Accountability Circle. She is the former Board Chair of the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (one of Ontario’s 26 Workforce Planning Boards), former Board Member of First Work, Ontario’s Youth Employment Assistant Centers; former Advisory Committee of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Decent Work for Women project; and former steering Committee Member for the Consortium of Agencies Serving Immigrants.