Special Announcement: Parks and Recreation Ontario CEO


July 11, 2022

Jenn Wilson

Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenn Wilson as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 6, 2022. Her appointment follows the retirement of current PRO CEO, Cathy Denyer.

Jenn Wilson is an accomplished leader with 18 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She most recently served as CEO and President of DAREarts, an organization that provides leadership development opportunities through arts-based education to children and youth in underserved communities across Canada.

“The PRO Board is excited to welcome Jenn to the organization,” said Shari Lichterman, Chair of the PRO Board of Directors. ”Her passion and dynamic leadership experience is well-suited to lead PRO into the future and build upon the great work done under Cathy’s leadership.”

With a keen interest in inclusion and recreation, Jenn has worked in a variety of leadership roles for organizations such as Reach, Amici, Ophea, and L'Arche Toronto. Most recently as President and CEO of DAREarts, Jenn lead the organization through a four year evolution of its mandate, revenue, and service delivery. Jenn chairs the Board of Extend-A-Family and is a member of the DAREarts Board of Directors.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role,” said Jenn Wilson. “I am a firm believer in the need for increased access to recreation and am passionate about furthering a conversation around diversity and equity within the parks and recreation space. I look forward to leading the continued commitment to innovation and quality standards for the work of Parks and Recreation Ontario.”

Jenn holds a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management from Capilano University and a degree from Ryerson University in Disability Studies and Organizational Leadership.