Our Team

A look behind the scenes


Linda De Bruyn, Innovation Works Customer Service Assistant

My name is Linda De Bruyn, I graduated Pathways April 2022 in the Administrative Clerk training program. In looking for jobs I came across the volunteer position at Pillar and I really enjoy coming in and learning more about Pillar/Innovation works. I really enjoy watching people use the space to connect with people over coffee or a meeting. In my downtime I really love to go and watch the London Knights Games. I really haven't found a place like Pillar.

Dan Scheid, Innovation Works Building Manager

Dan Scheid attained his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Western Ontario. He has worked in a variety of roles including assistant editor for an international municipal magazine, different positions within local governments, and most recently as a property manager for various commercial establishments. With a strong passion for fostering continuous community engagement and a focus on creating relationships through positive communication, he is excited to start his new role as the Building Manager, to continue to promote constructive tenant relationships while ensuring Innovation Works operates efficiently and effectively allowing tenants and Pillar staff to focus on their best work and serving the community. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing golf and soccer in the summer and basketball in the winter, walking/hiking new trails, and spending time with family and friends as much as possible.

Maria Luisa Contursi Portrait

Maria Luisa Contursi, Currently VP, Network and Engagement at Pillar Nonprofit Network. Maria Luisa also provides support for the core team at Innovation Works.

Maria Luisa has over twenty five years experience working in the non profit sector, in various settings with a primary interest in stakeholder engagement, storytelling for impact and cross-sectoral collaboration. Co-founder and former Program Director of mindyourmind, an award winning internationally renowned youth mental health program. She is also interested in artistic exchange, cultivating the connection between the arts, community health and the belief that the creative arts can generate a sense of belonging, inclusion and community wellness.


Innovation Works is a backbone initiative of Pillar Nonprofit Network and is governed by Pillar’s trailblazing Board of Directors.