We have an appetite for change
Dine to Donate is a registered, incorporated charitable foundation with a mission to bring Canada's best restaurants and their patrons together in support of hunger and poverty reduction programs in their communities.
Founded in Toronto with a national vision, the foundation is dedicated to giving every person in Canada a seat at the table.
Founder and Executive Director
Working in both the corporate and non-profit sectors for more than a decade has given Ramak a strong understanding of the needs of businesses and communities. This inspires her to take an innovative, win-win approach to fundraising, ensuring that partners and sponsors receive measurable and impactful returns for their investments while funding the crucial efforts of charitable organizations working to eradicate hunger and poverty. Ramak believes that the ritual of preparing, serving and enjoying food brings people together and provides a forum for open, meaningful dialogue. She founded Dine to Donate in 2016 to offer Canadians the opportunity to make a positive social impact through their dining choices.
Justin has helped organizations big and small – including some to the world’s most iconic brands – connect and communicate with their clients, stakeholders, and employees. In a nearly 20 year career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Justin has led the marketing and branding efforts of, among others, Desjardins Insurance, Nortel, Infrastructure Ontario and The Radiation Safety Institution of Canada. As a communicator, he has given voice to major initiatives for Fidelity Investments, Tarion Warranty, and IBM. Before settling into a career in marketing and communications, Justin spent several years working and traveling abroad, including stints in London, Seoul, and Istanbul. He holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toronto. Justin enjoys giving his time and talents to local organizations like the Toronto Children’s Choir and the Leaside Skating Club. A life-long Toronto resident, Justin and his family live in leafy Don Mills.
Arlene currently holds the position of Vice President, Fund Accountant, with leading hedge fund administrator, Citco Group of Companies. She brings 12 years of experience in accounting and banking to her role as Treasurer of the board of directors. Arlene previously served as Treasurer of the board of a non-profit preschool in east-end Toronto. Arlene is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, where she earned a BA in Finance and Economics. A belief in Dine to Donate’s mission and a desire to give back to local communities is what drives her work.
Erin helps build brands that feed minds, versus mindless feeds. Early in her career as a journalist and editor, Erin was inspired by the tales of business owners and inventors who dreamed big and inspired teams around an idea. She brought this insight to her branding work and later to Parcel, where as Partner and Strategist, she uses these same investigative skills to uncover her clients’ stories and direct the brand strategy and tactics to best broadcast them. This includes the launch of Parcel’s new content division, Content Writers Group. Erin’s interest in building sustainable brand platforms that connect communities is what inspired her to join the Dine to Donate Board.