Staff & Board of Directors
Tracee Smith, Founder and CEO
Tracee Smith is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, and has obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, an MBA specializing in Indigenous Economic Development, and a Masters in Finance from Queen’s University.
Ms. Smith is currently the CEO and Producer of the charity Outside Looking In, which she founded in 2007. She was named one of Canada’s 50 most celebrated artists by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was the first dancer to ever perform at Rideau Hall for the Governor General. She has raised close to $10 million for Outside Looking In over 11 years with both the private and public sectors and multi-year agreements, putting the charity in the top 10% of revenue-generating organizations in the country.
Before leaving the private sector to run Outside Looking In on a full-time basis, she most recently worked at TD Bank Financial Group in successive managerial roles. She has also spearheaded Indigenous wealth and investment strategies for BMO Financial Group and TE WEALTH. She continues to do finance and advisory work for various Fortune 500 companies and Indigenous communities across the country.
Ms. Smith is the recipient of numerous academic scholarships including two from BMO Capital Markets, ScotiaBank, and Tembec Resources, to name a few.
Maureen Hatherley, Head of Programming
With over thirty years of experience as an educator, Maureen Hatherley has worked as a teacher in both the public and private school systems in Ontario. It was during her association with the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School that Maureen came to the realization that powerful life-altering learning experiences most often involve teamwork, persistence, physical endurance, mental fortitude, self-discipline, and controlled risk. With this knowledge, Maureen was instrumental in implementing a wide variety of experiential learning programs during her work at Lac La Croix First Nation, including an introduction to Hip Hop dance with Tracee Smith in 2004. Maureen has maintained a key role in OLI, beginning as one of the lead teachers in Lac La Croix in OLI’s inaugural year, 2008, through to her present role as Head of Programming where she is fortunate to be able to spend time in all of the OLI communities, combining teaching and leadership while working with Indigenous youth, community volunteers and school staff.
Elysia Townsend, Program Manager
With over 15 years of experience working in the recreation field, Elysia brings with her a passion for working with youth and helping them discover what makes them special. While working for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, Elysia solidified her belief that everyone deserves a chance to be a kid. She uses her programming experience to help create those opportunities for the youth of OLI. Through her time working as a field placement officer at Conestoga College, Elysia was able to develop key strategies to helping youth with job readiness and workplace skills. She is grateful to be able to share that knowledge with the youth in the program.
Elysia was first introduced to OLI in 2011 when she was blown away at the first performance she attended in Toronto. She has been involved in the program ever since – as a camp liaison, mentor in the Future Leaders program, and now in her full-time role as Program Manager. She is beyond excited to be able to work with Indigenous youth across Canada; to watch them grow, overcome obstacles, and blossom while performing.
Nino Vicente, Artistic Coordinator and Choreographer
Witnessing Michael Jackson’s passion and love for dance and music at a very young age, Nino has been aspiring to be just like him: to be an undeniable entertainer who inspires and puts his heart and soul on stage, while being a positive role model for all generations. Growing up, Nino shared his love and passion for dance with his friends and family, deep down, he knew that this is all he wanted to do. Nino wants to leave an impact like no other. Be an inspirational dancer for the world. Choreographer for the Future. And a mentor, for those who need guidance. While using dance as a tool to communicate, to express and to feel, Nino believes that you can change the world by doing what you love to do.
Nino has been with Outside Looking In as a choreographer since 2011, impacting the lives of the youth in the communities that he works with. Nino is excited for his new role as Artistic Coordinator.
Mehvish Rizvi, Senior Program Manager, Future Leaders Program & Program Reporting
Mehvish brings with her an expertise in communications and program development through her academic credentials and work experience. She believes strongly that creative art programs are an essential tool to initiate social change amongst communities and individuals. Her past experience includes working towards the effective implementation of innovative initiatives to improve quality of life for individuals. Mehvish is passionately working on OLI’s Future Leaders program to empower Aboriginal youth as they become trail blazers in their communities and beyond.
Mehvish Rizvi holds a Masters degree specializing in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate certification in Corporate Communications.