Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Partnerships, Outward Bound Canada
Heini is passionate about working with organizations that empower youth through sport and recreation. Her love of soccer developed at a young age, watching her father coach a local team in North Wales. Since moving to Toronto in 2015, Heini has played recreationally in local leagues, including Pink Turf and Toronto Central Soccer Club. She is the Senior Manager, Philanthropy and Partnerships at Outward Bound Canada and has been involved with Nutmeg Soccer as a coach and board member since 2017. Heini has also served on the Board of Directors (Secretary) at Toronto Central Soccer Club, which promotes access to soccer for female-identifying and non-binary folks of all skill levels.
PhD student (children’s food policy), University of Toronto
One of Christine’s favorite parts of growing up was getting to be outside, playing sports with friends. Eventually, soccer became her favorite and Christine pursued soccer at a competitive level, recently graduating from a career as the Captain of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Women’s Soccer Team. As a PhD student studying nutrition and food policy related to improving children’s health, Christine understands the importance of fostering healthy behaviours from a young age – like by playing sports! Aside from playing, Christine has always loved coaching soccer and appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community through the sport that helped her grow into who she is today.
Alex Motut – Director
Executive Director, Centre for Professional Skills at Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto
Alex discovered soccer at age 6 and has never lost her passion for it. She has been coaching with NUTMEG since its inception in 2016, and brings to the organization a commitment to grassroots community sport, youth volunteer mentorship, and teaching/coaching. She has completed NCCP’s Soccer for Life course, High Five training, and coached with the East York Soccer Club. She grew up playing competitive youth soccer in Vancouver, B.C. and now plays in the Women’s District Soccer League (Premier Division) in the Toronto Soccer Association, for the Islington Rangers, who are her Toronto soccer family! Alex recognizes the transformative power of sport for kids in developing their physical literacy, confidence and social skills. She is committed to promoting gender equity in sport, and wants kids of all genders to be able to grow up inspired by role models they identify with and who reflect them. Alex also teaches writing and linguistics at the University of Toronto and has expertise in post-secondary teaching support and curriculum development. She is currently completing her doctorate in the Department of Linguistics.
Javier Díaz – Co-founder Director
Head of Data Science, Phenomic AI
Javier was born and raised in Mexico City where he learned to play the sport and started his love for the game. He moved to Toronto in 2007 to increase his experience in the fields of biology and human health, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He quickly became involved in initiatives using soccer as a tool to integrate adult immigrants and Canadians. Javier and his co-founders, Jon Ellis and Alicia Luciani, launched NUTMEG Soccer in 2015 to help families to provide recreational activities to their children in a fun and safe environment. Javier has had various backstage roles at NUTMEG, but ultimately, he enjoys putting pieces together to help the NUTMEG team to do their magic at every NUTMEG session. He has also been a coach at NUTMEG, because nothing equals the joy of those smiling little faces learning soccer and gaining confidence inside and outside the field!
Alexander Nathan – Director
Communications Advisor, University of Toronto
Growing up in London, England, Alexander’s love of soccer started at about six years old and has only got stronger over the years. Since moving to Toronto in 2006 for university, he’s been excited to see the visible growing popularity of the game in Canada.
He graduated from and now works at the University of Toronto, and co-hosts/co-runs a soccer website and podcast in his spare time. You can hear him talking English, European and Major League Soccer every week on The Coshcast!
After finding out about NUTMEG from a poster on McCaul street, Alexander has loved helping to coach the kids and pass on his enthusiasm for the sport, and believes strongly in the value of free sports and social programs.
Founder of Lead Podcasting
Amanda Cupido is a podcast producer and the author of Let’s Talk Podcasting: The Essential Guide to Doing it Right. She’s also a journalism instructor at Ryerson University and Seneca College.
Her love for soccer started at a young age; she played competitively growing up and eventually landed a scholarship to play on Ryerson University’s women’s team. Since then, she’s been playing recreationally and coaching with organizations like Vaughan Soccer Club, Toronto High Park FC and Nutmeg. Amanda is passionate about giving back to her community and empowering children to reach their full potential.
Senior Audit Manager, Scotiabank
Lucy studied Psychology at University College London, before starting a career in Finance as a Management Consultant. She has previously run summer camps for youth aged 11-12 in the UK before moving to Toronto in 2018, and began coaching with NUTMEG in February 2020.
Lucy has played soccer from a young age, captaining her University team, and now plays recreationally in Toronto co-ed leagues and wakes up early to catch all the Manchester United games.