Who We Are
Caroline Andrew is the Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. The Centre does research and also hopes to serve as a way to connecting University resources (students, meeting rooms) to the needs in the community. Caroline is involved in a number of community organizations and projects, from the Lower Town Community Resource Centre, the City for All Women Initiative, Women in Cities International. These involvements have given Caroline a strong sense of the importance of bringing people together from a wide range of sectors to learn from one another.
Manjit Basi pours her passion into work that connects people, creates collaborations, and sparks innovation. She has a range of experiences in leadership, entrepreneurship, and community making. She owned 4 locations of The Body Shop from 1987 to 2008 where she honed her skills in creating a values-centric, multiple bottom line business. It’s also the place she learned that multi-sector collaboration works. Manjit loves Ottawa, strategic philanthropy, social enterprise, better cities, and great conversations. Her work focuses on stakeholder engagement, creating growth by empowering people and relationships, and creating space for change. She has always maintained an active volunteer career; currently she’s an active champion for Operation Come Home, involved with Women for Mental Health and the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, and Vice-President of the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Health Resource Centre’s Board of Directors. Her experiences have taught her that people working together in the spirit of curiosity and generosity can create powerful and sustainable change. Do you wish to discover how to win as quickly as possible? Play while using merkur casino spiele kostenlos ohne anmeldung proper now. There may be big money and also enjoyable!
Ken Victor has had a varied career in both education and organization development. He worked for fifteen years for Outward Bound in both the U.S. and Canada, where he directed their Professional Development Program. Prior to that, he taught at Syracuse University for six years and, during that time, served as the English department for S.U.’s degree-granting prison education program. For the past several years, Ken has been a partner in the Edgework Leadership Group, providing coaching, facilitation and leadership learning design for large organizations. His commitment to fostering engaged citizens was sparked by his years as a lead facilitator for the Leadership Ottawa program.
Judith Maxwell was the Founding President of Canadian Policy Research Networks [CPRN] and Chair of the Economic Council of Canada. She has worked as a consultant and as a journalist, and has served on the Board of Directors of several large Canadian companies. Since she retired in 2005, she has been involved in the Ottawa community as a volunteer at the Community Foundation of Ottawa and other charities. While at CPRN, Judith was one of the pioneers in deliberative dialogues that give unaffiliated citizens a voice in public policy discussion. That experience convinced her that citizens have a vital role to play in shaping the future of their community.
Claude Gagné is a Director of the newly formed Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association. She is also “ecosystems developer” at BeInteractive.ca, and leads a program of talks at Créagora, Gatineau’s first cooperative coworking hub. Claude had a long career as senior advisor on the information technology industry, science and technology and the Internet economy in the federal government. Her academic background includes a uOttawa MBA, and she completed the Governance Essentials Programs for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations. Claude believes that the Academy can help the two main linguistic communities of Ottawa achieve a better understanding of how to sustain the development of vibrant neighbourhoods where everyone can thrive.
Judith Watling strongly believes that respectful, meaningful dialogue that engages people with different perspectives results in better public policies and programs, improves social capital and strengthens democracy. Judy retired in 2013 from a career in the federal public service spanning 31 years and 9 departments. Her last position was Director General, Policy Horizons Canada – a think tank within government whose mandate is to explore the range of policy futures and identify challenges and opportunities to inform more robust policy decisions. She spent 4 years on Executive Interchange at Canadian Policy Research Networks, doing research on public engagement and leading national dialogues with randomly recruited citizens on a variety of public policy issues.
Maureen Molot taught at Carleton University for many years. She has also had considerable experience in the voluntary/not for profit sector, serving as the Director of Carleton’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development, as a Board member and then Chair of the Community Foundation of Ottawa, and in various capacities in the Ottawa Jewish community. Maureen is currently a member of the board of Community Foundations of Canada, a Director and Chair of the Harry P. Ward Foundation, and a member of the board of the Hillel Lodge Long Term Care Foundation. This involvement has convinced Maureen of the importance of strong communities and the critical contribution of citizens in creating them.
Mitchell Kutney‘s work focuses on reimagining the roles of philanthropy and social change to create sustainable solutions. He is an established blogger on philanthropy, impact investing and social enterprise. His articles have been featured internationally on the Huffington Post, SocialFinance.ca, the IIPCollaborative and in the United Kingdom’s Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Magazine, “The Guide to Philanthropy and Giving.” He is also the co-founder of a micro-capital fund that supports high-risk startup social enterprises called JustChange Inc. He holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University.
Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean of Common Law, University of Ottawa
Nathalie Des Rosiers is Dean of Common Law at the University of Ottawa. She is a well-known constitutional law expert and has served as General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), a national organization that acts as a watchdog for the protection of human rights and civil liberties in Canada. She has also served as Dean of Civil Law at the University of Ottawa and as the President of the Law Commission of Canada. She received the Order of Canada in 2013.
Eli Fathi, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Chide IT
Eli Fathi has been a technology entrepreneur for the past 30 years. He is a co-founder and co-CEO of Chide.it inc., an Internet software company. Eli has been involved with the community in general and the high tech community in particular through his service on a Boards, among them the Community Foundation Ottawa (CFO), the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA), the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, the Ottawa Center for Research and Innovation (OCRI), and the Ottawa Community Loan Fund. He has also sat on a number of task forces, including the Ottawa Gatineau Commercialization Task Force, the Conference Board of Canada Leader’s Roundtable on Commercialization and the Ottawa Innovation Hub committee. He currently and serves on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endowment (EIEF) Advisory Committee to the Dean of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.
Katherine Graham, Senior Advisor to the President and Provost at Carleton University
Katherine Graham’s current research focuses on local governance, community development, Aboriginal policy and policy processes. She has worked across Canada and internationally on local governance issues. Katherine is currently co-Coordinator of a series of research studies on the policy role of the federal government vis-à-vis Canadian municipalities and the Chair of Community-based Research Canada, a national network of universities and community-based organizations fostering community-university research engagement. She has long been a strong supporter of the voluntary sector in Canada and internationally.
Ginette Gratton, TV host and co-producer, TV Rogers
Ginette Gratton is the host of Ginette Gratton reçoit, a popular daily talk show highlighting Ottawa trailblazers on Rogers’ French community TV station,TV Rogers. Ginette is a consultant in communications as well as in community development and integration. She started her career in 1970 as a teacher, then became a political strategist for the constitutional rights of Francophones. In 1990, she founded the consulting firm “Le Groupe GMG” where she has led major projects in Canada, France, Africa and the United States for over 15 years.
Kwende Kefentse, Culture Plan Renewal, City of Ottawa
Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, Kwende is currently living and working in Ottawa. Fascinated by cities, his various professional ventures reflect different explorations and investigations into how they function, with a particular focus on culture and more recently, space. Kwende currently works with of a small but mighty team of cultural planners at City Hall in Ottawa and to execute the actions in the city’s 5-Year Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, and speaks internationally about the intersection of urban planning and cultural emergence.
Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre
Jack McCarthy has been the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) since 1989. He has guided the centre through a major capital project resulting in its relocation to a new building. The Centre has also significantly expanded its program base, providing a vast range of health and social services targeted to the needs of the residents in west central down town Ottawa. From 2004 to 2011, Jack was the Chairperson of the Canadian Alliance of Community Health Centre Associations (CACHCA), a pan-Canadian advocacy body for CHCs. Jack is a past chairperson of both the Ottawa Hospital Community Advisory Committee and the Central Ottawa Community of Care Advisory Forum for the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. As well, he is involved in several research projects pertaining to primary health care and the link between primary health care and public health.
Carl Nicholson, Executive Director, Catholic Immigration Centre
Carl Nicholson is Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa (CCI) and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Foundation (CCIF) overseeing an annual operating budget of $8.0M, and a staff of 85 people who serve 7,000 clients who are immigrants and/or refugees. Carl is an active board member on a number of boards which address local and non-local needs. He has been recognized several times for his contributions to community. In 2008 Carl received the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good award (2008) from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. In 2011 he was awarded the Ottawa Community leadership award bestowed by the ‘Dream keepers’ in honour of Martin Luther King Jnr.
Maryam Sheidafar, Project Manager Consultant
Maryam Sheidafar has over twenty two years of high-tech experience in various roles including IT Chief Operating Officer, Program & Project Management, and senior leadership positions managing and growing businesses. She is currently a co-founder and President of a private consulting company. Maryam has been involved in her community for over fifteen years in different capacities. She has been a member of the Fundraising & Finance, and Communication Committees of the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), and is currently a member of the Steering Committee since 2009.
Scott Wilson, Expert in governance and financial management.
Scott Wilson is a specialist in good governance and effective financial management. He recently completed his term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Scott served on the national board of the Canadian Cancer Society and is one of the founders of Joe’s Team, a triathlon fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. In 2012, he received the Caring Canadian Award from the Governor General. Scott is a retired FCA, having been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, and is a retired partner of PwC LLP, where he specialized in tax, estate and financial planning for individuals and corporations.
Dianne Urquhart, Executive Director, Social Planning Council of Ottawa
Program Coordinator: Laine Johnson is a devoted resident of Ottawa and is thrilled to be joining Citizens Academy. As an inaugural graduate of the Masters of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership, Laine hopes to contribute to a gradual change in sector governance. She wants to celebrate and emphasize divergent thinking, seek shared values, welcome chaos and be patient and attentive to emergent approaches and solutions. She is grateful to have already served in arts and culture, community health and resource centres, seniors services, and public policy. She is looking forward to applying her passions to local civic issues, as she has always been captivated by municipal public policy. She can’t wait to learn from Citizens Academy and all the co-creators of this fine city.
We at the Citizens Academy recognize that none of our accomplishments would be possible without the tireless work of our dedicated volunteers. From Civics Boot Camp curriculum design, research, facilitation, and programming, to logistical support, outreach and blogging, we are truly grateful for the incredible team of people who have been behind us every step of the way.
Citizens Academy volunteers have diverse backgrounds and interests, coming together to work towards learning and connecting towards better city-making. Let us know if you’re interested in being involved as a volunteer! We are always excited to involve new individuals, groups and organizations in our work and have lots of opportunities for you to explore.
Mary Pat MacKinnon
Susanna Haas Lyons
Lorez Von Fersen
Marie Élise Lebon
Robyn Osgood (Blueprint Public Relations)
Jean Yves Pelletier
Jane Van Damme
Rose Anne Leonard