International Specialisterne Community

Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. The foundation owns Specialisterne Denmark and the Specialisterne concept and trademark.

Board of Directors

A dedicated group of volunteers focused on guiding and assisting Specialisterne Canada towards meeting its long-term objectives.

Errol Singer – Board Chair

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance of NexJ Systems Inc., a TSX listed company that provides enterprise customer management solutions to the financial services industry. Errol is also the Chief Financial Officer of NexJ Health Inc., that provides solutions for patient activation designed to empower patients to proactively manage their own health and wellness.

Errol served as Senior Director Canada, Finance at Siebel Systems Inc., an enterprise CRM company from 2000 to 2001. From 1996 until its acquisition by Siebel Systems Inc. in November 2000, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Janna Systems Inc., a TSX listed CRM company.


Keith Isaac

Keith Isaac is the Vice President, Capital Markets Risk Management at TD Bank Group. Keith leads teams responsible for providing independent measurement and reporting of the Profit and Loss, Valuation, Market Risk, Counterparty Credit Risk, and Collateral, supporting the Global Trading and Treasury activities of the Bank. He has over 25 years of progressive risk management experience in private and public sector.

Keith is an active business partner of Specialisterne, having hired 11 employees, and helping to engage other business leaders at TD in placing candidates on the autism spectrum or with similar neurodiversities. He understands and advocates for hiring individuals with diverse abilities and fostering an inclusive environment where these individuals can thrive.


Ann Marie MacDougall

Ann Marie began her career in the Canadian Banking Industry where she successfully managed national and diverse teams (Functional, Cultural and Demographic) through high intensity innovation and change initiatives. She inspires leaders to contribute well beyond their perceived limits and to rally around a strategy that demonstrates values, business ethics and generates measurable bottom line impact.

Ann Marie’s passion is to empower leaders, communities and teams to see a bigger picture perspective on complex challenges and to identify solutions to overcome them.  In 2012, she founded her company, LeaderBoom Inc., with a goal to support organizational leaders to actualize their full potential by presenting a road map for inner sustainability, and by aligning their behaviours to essential human values. She has an MBA from The Rotman School of Management in Toronto where she received the Directors Award for Women Managers and a global executive MBA from St. Gallen University in Switzerland.


Thorkil Sonne

Founded Specialisterne (Danish for The Specialists) in Denmark in 2004 after his youngest son was diagnosed with autism. The purpose was to create an environment in the work place where autistic people can excel.

Prior to Specialisterne, Thorkil was an IT professional and chairman of a local branch of Autism Denmark.

Based on overwhelming international interest for Specialisterne, Thorkil founded Specialisterne Foundation with the goal to enable one million jobs for autistic people by 2025. The foundation is associated with the UN Department of Public Information and the World Economic Forum.

Thorkil was appointed in 2018 by the Danish Government as Chairman of the Council for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Goals.