May 1, 2021

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tonie Chaltas as the new Chief Executive Officer of Achēv, effective May 1, 2021. Tonie has spent her career at the intersection of the public and private sector. Her depth of knowledge and networks, coupled with her extensive volunteer experience in the not-for-profit sector, will ignite Achēv’s plans for the future and bring Achēv’s vision to life.

As you may be aware, our current CEO, Merv Hillier announced his intention to retire last Fall. Under Merv’s leadership, Achēv established itself as one of the most significant and admired human capital service organizations in the GTA. We are grateful to Merv for his years of service and wish him the best in his retirement.

There has never been a more important time for the services Achēv provides. As the largest non-profit provider of employment, youth, newcomer and language services in Peel Region, and an active service provider across the GTA, Achēv supported over 112,000 people last year.

Our economy has been devastated by COVID-19 and hundreds of thousands of people have been laid off or displaced from their jobs. Throughout the pandemic, Achēv has worked with clients, businesses and government to help our clients find work. In 2020, we provided job search assistance and counselling to over 25,000 job seekers and helped over 8,500 youth gain employment skills.

As our economy begins to recover, Achēv’s team of highly skilled and dedicated staff are continuing to work collaboratively with all our partners – including 3,600 employers and businesses – on innovative workforce development and newcomer settlement approaches that reflect the needs of our changing employment and immigration landscape and foster a more equitable recovery.

Achēv has a reputation for being a strong, collaborative partner, and Tonie is committed to building on this legacy. She looks forward to working with our funders, government, business and sector partners to support diverse workforce development, settlement and language services on behalf of our clients.


Andrew Gall, Chair
Achēv Board of Directors

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