Ron Cunningham is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development (CACD), a registered Charitable Organization that operates in the GTA to transform the lives of “at risk” youth through programming that serves their unique needs, develops leadership capabilities and fosters civic participation.
Ron, a competent accountant, has worked in the financial sector for over 20 years. He worked in the Chief Accountant and Corporate Finance Divisions of the Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Banca Commerciale Italiana of Canada (BCI) and Royal Trust, a subsidiary of Royal Bank (RBC).
As a social change-maker, Ron has impacted the lives of 100s of participants, on a yearly basis, in his after school, leadership and mentoring, youth justice, and health promotion programs, where they have experienced improved academic achievements, self-confidence, social networking, volunteering opportunities and community participation.
Ron’s strong passion for social action and community building has won him numerous awards and recognitions. He was recognized by Mayor Hazel McCallion for his exemplary work in community development. In 2005, he was awarded a Peace Medallion by the YMCA of the GTA. Ron wrote a research paper, “Impacting Peace-building and Development in Jamaica: Addressing Challenges and Opportunities Encountered by the Jamaican diaspora”, through the University of Peace, mandated by the United Nations. In 2010, Ron received the Ron Lenyk Crime Prevention Volunteer of the Year Award, 2011 Ontario Volunteer Services Award, 2012 Queen Diamond Jubilee Award for Community Service, 2014 Ontario Volunteer 10 years Services Award, and 2015 City of Mississauga Civic Award of Recognition – 10 years of Community involvement.
Ron holds degrees in Economics (BA) and in Accounting/Finance (BAS) from York University and Professional Designations in Banking/Finance (AICB) and in Management (CIM).