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.
Javier Díaz – President & Co-Founder
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!
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.
Investigator, College of Nurses of Ontario
Ada has a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor – Faculty of Law and is a member of
the Law Society of Ontario. She has been working in the field of health professions regulation for the past 5 years.
Ada has been playing soccer since the age of 12 with the Islington Rangers club in Etobicoke, as well as on various indoor and intramural teams over the years. She has been playing competitively in the Premier Division of the Women’s Division Soccer League (WDSL) with the Islington Rangers.
Ada has been involved with NUTMEG Soccer as a volunteer coach and head coach since 2017. She has witnessed first hand the positive impact that soccer can have on children, and the importance of access to sports in general, regardless of gender or socioeconomic status. Ada is passionate about growing NUTMEG so it can continue to provide soccer training to the children and youth in our communities and foster their learning and development.
Senior Manager, KPMG LLP
Mannie grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, playing soccer from a young age and supporting Manchester United since he was 8 years old. He lived in the UK for a year before moving to Canada where he works as an accountant. He plays soccer recreationally with friends, in addition to playing slightly unhealthy amounts of FIFA in his spare time.
Mannie believes in the enormous positive impact team sports has on children, as it teaches
them the importance of teamwork, discipline and social skills. He appreciates the opportunity to be able to contribute towards this impact through NUTMEG.
Program Officer, Government of Canada
Nidusha grew up in a neighbourhood that did not have children sports community programs
and this has since motivated her to give back and support organizations that help fill the gap
to provide underserved communities the opportunity for children to participate in physical activity. She grew a passion for soccer after playing recreationally in school and later
volunteered with the Scarborough YMCA for 4 years as a Volunteer Soccer Coach and then working as Soccer Coach.
Nidusha believes sports as a powerful tool for overcoming life hurdles and enjoys seeing children’s growth and development in sports.
Nidusha now focuses on running and improving her personal best by competing in races and plays soccer recreationally with friends. Aside from her active life, Nidusha currently works with the government grants and contributions department.
Nidusha believes in NUTMEG’s mission and is driven to help support the growth of the organization and help provide sport programs that reach more underserved children and youth.
Management Consultant, PwC Canada
Since birth, Saajan has been an avid sports fan. While he plays several sports to this day, he was first involved with soccer, and the game will always hold a special place in his heart. Saajan enjoys the analytical nature of the game but, more importantly, values the plentiful lessons that the game provides.
As a management consultant, Saajan is passionate about lending a helping hand and
sharing his learnings with others. Saajan is honoured to have joined NUTMEG as a Director and is excited to instill values such as teamwork, leadership, and respect to the youth of Toronto.
Management Consultant, Kearney
Shivam is passionate about using data and analytics to solve important business problems
as well as key social challenges. He has been working as an analytics consultant for over
Shivam has also been a soccer fan for over two decades; he plays recreationally in Toronto and has penned his thoughts on soccer for various India and UK based websites. Shivam is a strong believer in the power of sports in helping children to developed critical life skills. NUTMEG is Shivam’s way of giving back to the Toronto community while combining his two-decade-long love for soccer with his passion for numbers.
Finance Lawyer, Ecojustice Canada
Tanya joined NUTMEG in 2022, being drawn to NUTMEG’s mission to provide inclusive and safe spaces for underserved children to play soccer and have fun. Growing up in a soccer-loving home, Tanya experienced first hand how the sport has the power to build connection and community. Although not a particularly talented soccer player, Tanya has always enjoyed competing, getting outside and playing soccer with family and friends.
Tanya is a lawyer at an environmental charity working on climate change issues. On the weekends, you can often find Tanya watching English Premier League matches and kicking around a ball at a local park. Tanya hopes to help NUTMEG expand its outreach, allowing even more children and youth to grow their confidence and connections through soccer.