Leadership Team

The Leadership Team of the Foundation is led by the Co-Chief Executive Officers who report to the Board of Trustees via the Co-Chairs. The Leadership Team is responsible for the operations and administration of ICO worldwide.


Linda McCarron BBA, CPA, CMA
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer 
Lead – Finance, Administration & Technology Group

Linda brings to ICO 25+ years of experience in organizational management, strategic planning, team building, risk management, quality assurance management, finance, and accounting. She has 15 years of public practice experience and has held several leadership positions in commercial, charitable, and municipal organizations.  Linda is a connector and values the collaborative, people-focused approach which is a pillar of ICO’s success.

Linda’s focus is on expanding global support, strengthening organizational processes, enhancing volunteer experiences, and supporting team members in their strong contributions to communities around the world.

When Linda is not working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Profile photo for Scarlette VerjinschiScarlette Verjinschi M Arch, MBA
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Chief Corporate Officer 
Lead – Corporate Services Group


Scarlette immigrated with her family to Canada in 1993.  She joined the BC Public Service in 2002, after working in architectural firms in Victoria, and briefly being a partner in one.   She has a Master degree in Architecture and obtained a Master degree in Business Administration in 2002, from Royal Roads University.  She also has an Executive Certificate in Negotiations, obtained at Harvard Law School.

As a public servant, she led and developed various provincial initiatives and programs at the Ministries of Social Development, Health and Citizens’ Services, and University of Victoria. In 2022, Scarlette joined the City of Victoria as Deputy Director of Facilities within the  Parks, Recreation and Facilities department.

Scarlette is interested in social justice, multi-faceted personal and professional development, and sustainability for the social, built and natural environments.  


Dawn Robson BCom, CHRP
Chief Engagement Officer
Lead – Engagement Group

Property Management
Lead – Properties Group

Dawn has 25+ years of private-sector leadership experience and has also been volunteering with ICO since 2008.  Dawn’s focus is in Human Resources and she has provided support at both the strategic and operational levels. She has worked in a number of sectors, providing expertise in  change management, employee relations, and organizational design. Dawn is a Chartered Human Resources Professional and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Dawn has volunteered in several positions with ICO. She currently holds the role of Chief Engagement Officer and provides oversight for our Victoria property.  She believes strongly in the value of collaboration, ensuring a shared understanding, and supporting the many volunteers that are part of the ICO community.

During her spare time, Dawn enjoys the outdoors and can often be found cycling, kayaking or hiking.  She also enjoys her time with her family and friends.


Marcelo Silva M. ENG

Co-Chief Operating Officer
Lead – Operations Group

During the last two decades, Marcelo focused his career on capital and organizational change projects, transforming his sponsors’ investments into sustainable businesses through innovative processes and technologies, team building, and safe operations.

Back in his youth, Marcelo collaborated and led different initiatives with the aim of improving common-use facilities, areas, and housing in his hometown. More recently, he found in ICO a unique opportunity to gather both worlds together, by its unique efforts in relieving poverty and advancing education by developing innovative methods and transferring technology instead of just granting funds. Marcelo is also keen on international affairs, social behavior, and environmental issues.

At home, he loves sharing time with his family, walking his doggies, and connecting with his network. If he could add another hour to his day, he would love doing more physical activities and appreciating nature. 


Nestor Portugal BA, MFin

Co-Chief Operating Officer
Lead – Operations Group

Nestor has 15+ years of private-sector experience, occupying positions with local and regional impact and scope. Nestor’s background is on Finance and Administration, providing support at both the strategic and operational levels. Likewise, he has worked in various sectors such as banking, real estate, construction, and manufacturing. Nestor has a master’s degree in Corporate Finance and Financial Risks and a Bachelor of Administration.

As a senior executive, he led and implemented regional accounting projects, and in his country of origin he worked in a non-profit organization, created in 1996 with the objective of promoting the education of children and youth in Peru.

In his spare time, Nestor enjoys outdoor sports such as tennis and soccer. He also enjoys his time with his family and friends.


Adriana Rizzi BA MBA CIM

Chief Communications Officer
Lead – Communications Group


Adriana is a marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience driving businesses forward by leading marketing, digital, growth, brand, and communications strategy in the private sector. She has worked in a diverse range of environments from startups to multinational organizations, in cutting-edge technology and finance industries. She is certified by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), has a BA in Communications, and an MBA in Digital Business. She thrives by capitalizing on emerging trends and new technologies. With over 15 years of experience in senior marketing roles, she has successfully designed and implemented several national and international marketing projects with outstanding results. 

She is passionate about learning and developing people. She believes that anyone can make a difference in someone’s life and that making the world a better place starts with our generosity and willingness to help.