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Board of Directors Nominations

Opportunity: Member – Volunteer Ottawa Board of Directors

Application Deadline:  February 24, 2017

Volunteer Ottawa is governed by a Board of Directors and is currently looking for four energetic and experienced individuals to assume positions on its Board of Directors.

About Volunteer Ottawa

Volunteer Ottawa is a charitable non profit organization that builds community by strengthening the not-for-profit sector. Our members include over 250 non profits and charities in Ottawa and the surrounding region.  For over sixty years we have been a leader in helping people make a meaningful difference in our city.

The past couple of years have been ones of reflection and transformation for Volunteer Ottawa.  We reaffirmed our mission and vision.  We confirmed how we want to operate as an organization through the development of clear operating principles focusing on partnership and collaboration.  We identified core program areas and developed business cases and revenue generation models recognizing that if we are to thrive as an organization it cannot be “business as usual”.  We looked at new ways of doing things focusing on social enterprise and entrepreneurism.

Our core activities fall into three main categories:

1. Building Expertise

VO workshops and training sessions on topics ranging from fundraising to volunteer management and board responsibilities ensure that both volunteers and staff in the not for profit sector have the expertise and tools they need to successfully serve their clients.

2. Fostering Collaboration

VO programs and networking opportunities facilitate links between the not for profit, private and governmental sectors and among not for profit organizations to address common interests.

3. Promoting Volunteerism

VO’s database of volunteer opportunities ensures that organizations have the volunteers they need and volunteers find the opportunities they are seeking. As strong believers in volunteerism's power to foster a sense of belonging and community togetherness, Volunteer Ottawa offers programs that ensure that of people of all ages, disabilities, and backgrounds (including new Canadians) can volunteer. In addition, we work with corporations and professionals to help them find meaningful opportunities to give back in their community.

2017 is an especially exciting year for Volunteer Ottawa as it takes the lead in a nation-wide initiative to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

Role & Responsibilities

The Board's role is to ensure that Volunteer Ottawa moves forward in fulfilling its mission and vision; develop and monitor the Organizational Strategic Plan; work with the Executive Director to ensure appropriate resources for the organization to fulfil its mission and to finance its programs; provide financial oversight and accountability; maintain effective governance of the organization; and ensure legal and ethical integrity and accountability of the organization.

General Expectations of Board members:

  • Regularly participate in board meetings, committees and important related meetings
  • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in board and committee work
  • Stay informed about board and committee issues, prepare for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports
  • Get to know other board members and build collegial working relationships that contribute to consensus
  • Be an active participant in the board evaluation and planning efforts
  • Avoid any conflict of interest
  • Disclose all material facts and relationships, and refrain from voting when there is a conflict of interest
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Participate in fundraising and/or special events

Candidate Profile

The Volunteer Ottawa Nominating Committee is currently looking for candidates with:

  • Social innovation, social enterprise , entrepreneurism and change management background
  • a legal background with applicable designation, or working towards
  • a human resources background with applicable designation, or working towards
  • a finance background with applicable designation, or working towards
  • experience in fundraising, specifically in the implementation of a fundraising plan
  • experience in PR/marketing/media relations
  • governmental and/or political experience

Along with one or more of the following:

  • experience with social innovation, social enterprise, and/or entrepreneurism
  • change management experience
  • previous Board experience, particularly in the not-for-profit sector
  • experience in volunteer / not-for-profit sector
  • affiliation with a Volunteer Ottawa member organization
  • bilingual – French and English
  • strong demonstrated commitment to volunteerism
  • outreach and/or public speaking experience
  • entrepreneurial experience
  • ability to work as a team member
  • respect for diversity
  • willingness to take on leadership responsibilities

Candidates with other applicable experience or strengths are also encouraged to apply. Time commitment is a minimum of 5 hours per month, with overall commitment dependent on current levels of activity.

Volunteer Ottawa is dedicated to creating a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve.  We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.

Commitment: On-going/ minimum 2 years

Police Check Required: No

Finger Print Required: No

Application Instructions:

Please send a short cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the criteria outlined above, along with a resume to:

Contact Name:   Marie Eveline

Phone Number: 613-736-5266 ext 155

Email: executivedirector@volunteerottawa.ca


2016-2017 Board of Directors


Dobrila Rancic Moogk, Chair

Dobrila Rancic Moogk has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry in marketing, R&D, product and people management, in North America and Europe. She is currently working on getting a high-tech start-up company of ground. Dobrila also consults on strategy, business and corporate development with other high-tech and social enterprise start-ups. Previously, she has held leadership and development positions with dynamic corporations such as Bell-Northern Research, LSI Logic, and MOSAID among others. Dobrila has a BSEE, as well as Master of Engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa.

In addition to being an enthusiastic wine educator and yoga instructor, Dobrila has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Carleton University Sprott School of Business. A life-long active volunteer in community and professional organizations, she is a past vice-chair of the Women in Engineering and Computer Science at University of Ottawa. Dobrila has served on the VO Board since 2010.


Nancy_Beerkens.pngNancy Beerkens, Vice Chair

Nancy is a designated CPA and is currently employed as the Director, Business Advisory at the Standards Council of Canada, with a focus on strategic planning, operational governance, process re-engineering and quality management systems. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in both the private and public sector in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. She has held senior and executive roles across a number of industries specializing in change management, contract negotiation & management, commercial finance, operational analysis and business development.

Born in North Bay and raised in Wawa, Ontario, Nancy attended the University of Waterloo, where she earned an Honours Co-op degree in Mathematics & Business Administration. She is a long time canvasser for Heart & Stroke, Terry Fox run participant and previous treasurer of the Etobicoke Markland Woods build-a-park committee.


Darryl_Bilodeau.pngDarryl Bilodeau, Corporate Secretary

Darryl Bilodeau is a long time resident of Ottawa, business lawyer and registered trade-mark agent with Morisawa De Koven Professional Corporation (MDK). His legal practice focuses on matters related to knowledge and technology-based companies, including drafting and reviewing shareholders’ agreements, technology development and commercialization agreements and consulting contracts. He also regularly provides advice on strategies for licensing intellectual property, and obtaining Canadian trade-mark, industrial design and copyright registrations. Darryl obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (electrical) with high distinction from Carleton University in 2002. He went on to earn his law degree from Queen’s University in 2007. Darryl completed his articles with MDK, and became an associate with the firm upon his call to the Ontario bar in 2008. Darryl is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre since 2011, and Board Chair since 2013.


Adam_Day.pngAdam Day, Treasurer

Adam is a native of Ottawa. He moved back to Halifax where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Saint Mary’s University. In Halifax, Adam volunteered to a great extent at AIESEC, an international student exchange organization. He returned to Ottawa in 2011 to continue his accounting career with Welch Llp, a Chartered accounting firm. In 2012, he successfully completed his professional exams to become a CA. When not working or volunteering, Adam enjoys playing squash, board games and working on old homes. Adam joined the Board in 2013.



Heather_Badenoch.pngHeather Badenoch

Heather Badenoch believes in supporting Ottawa’s most vulnerable people and animals. As Owner and Chief Strategist of Village PR (villagepr.ca), she delivers communication consulting and services to not-for-profits. Heather is a volunteer with Community Veterinary Outreach and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre annual Christmas Tree sale. She is a Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary board members, and the past Vice President and Membership Chair of the Canadian Public Relations Society Ottawa-Gatineau chapter. Born and raised in Ottawa, Heather is a proud alumna of the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She has been on the Volunteer Ottawa Board since 2013.



Joel Bisson

Joel founded and co-founded a number of successful technology companies over the last 25 years. As a serial entrepreneur, Joel’s focus has always been to establish an environment that fosters success, recognizing that people drive organizations forward. Joel is also a member of various boards including instream and PixeLINK. Past affiliations included board member at Troo Corporation and ShapeGrabber Inc. as well as Chair at Vitana Corporation.

Joel completed his B.A.Sc in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. Joel holds an MBA, specialising in Finance, from the University of Ottawa. Born and raised in Winnipeg, with stops in Vancouver, Montreal and Southern Ontario, Joel now lives in Ottawa with his wonderful wife and enjoys watching his three independent and thoughtful children pursue their dreams.


Anne_Butler.pngAnne Butler

Anne is Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the CPA. She is responsible for the legal, corporate secretariat and compliance services for the organization, including advising the Board of Directors and its committees.

Before joining the CPA in June 2015, Anne held a senior executive position at a Canadian life insurance company, where she held positions of progressive responsibility, most recently leading the Legal, Compliance, Communications and Human Resources teams. Anne’s areas of focus are the strategic management of legal risks, legal department management, and the development and implementation of governance and compliance programs.

Anne received her LL.B from Queen's University Faculty of Law in 1995 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. She has held various volunteer positions, including the Board for the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area and is currently a mentor with the Loran Scholar program.


Corrina Clement

Born and raised in Ottawa, Corrina holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian history from Carleton University and a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England. Upon reflection, it is obvious that this early academic work has inspired and influenced Corrina's volunteer and paid work.

Corrina has been a federal public servant for 20 years. Throughout the course of her career, she has been fortunate to work on many important files, contributing to the development of strategic policy on a variety of issues directly impacting the lives of Canadians. Over the years, Corrina has also been involved in organizing several departmental contributions to the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.

Corrina recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Ottawa. Prior to that she was Director of Boutique Operations for two years. She is especially excited to be able to bring her passion for giving back to the community to Volunteer Ottawa.


Colette Downie

Colette is Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer at Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada.  Prior to her current role, Colette was Director General of the Automotive and Transportation Industries Branch managing Canada’s Automotive Innovation Fund and Automotive Supplier Innovation Program as well as Secretary to the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council. As Director General of Marketplace Framework Policy Colette was responsible, among other things, for implementing changes to Canada’s not-for-profit governance legislation.

Colette is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She obtained a law degree from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance. A volunteer in a variety of roles over many years, starting when she was in grade 9, Colette is married and has two teenage children.


Robin Jackson

Robin Jackson is Executive Director of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW). Prior to CFUW, Ms. Jackson was Executive Director of the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund. She has worked within government at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission and with Department of Canadian Heritage.

She has an Honours B.A. French Literature from Carleton University, a B.L.S. (Library/Information Science) from University of Ottawa; a Certificate in Fundraising as well as graduating from the Not- for- Profit Governance Essentials Program.

Robin has governance experience with a number of not-for profit organizations among them the Ottawa Humane Society, the Canadian Federation of University Women and Equal Voice.


David_King.pngDavid King

David has over 20 years of executive experience spanning: marketing, sales, business development, human resources, and engineering, which has included living and working on three continents. He now manages volunteer “sport for development” projects in Botswana, Swaziland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Turks and Caicos, as the Manager of International Programs for Commonwealth Games of Canada. He is also a leadership team member of the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), an NGO which builds stronger economies and better lives for people around the world through the transfer of skills and expertise from Canadian volunteer mentors.

David is an active volunteer who donates his time and expertise to local, national, and international pursuits. As a steering group member of the not-for-profit, Ottawa Good Food Box, he helps tackle local food security issues. He has also shared his recruitment skills with two volunteer cooperation agencies, CUSO International and CESO, and has fundraised for, and visited, development projects in Tanzania, Kenya, and Lesotho.

David has earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and an accredited Sommelier.


Jevone Nicholas

Jevone Nicholas works for the federal government in the field of international development. He obtained his MBA from McGill and has spent much of his career working to continuously improve processes for the benefit of both aid recipients and Canadian taxpayers.

Jevone is a past president of the Vanier Community Association and continues to serve on the board of the Vanier Community Resource Centre. He has done other volunteer work in community health, mentoring new immigrants and at a local food bank and tax clinic. Jevone's involvement in civic and community affairs motivated him to run for Ottawa City Council in the 2014 municipal election.


Asiyeh Nourouzpour

Asiyeh has over ten years of experience in finance and accounting in several different sectors including banking, manufacturing, and software programming industries and most recently at the Canadian Red Cross, a not-for-profit organization.

She has been a volunteer for several organizations including the Iranian Canadian Association of New Brunswick, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan as event organizer, fundraiser and treasurer.

Asiyeh has a bachelor degree in Industrial Management from University of Tehran and an MBA from University of New Brunswick. She has received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation, CPA, in 2015.



Claudia Newman

Claudia Newman provides training and consulting services to public and private sectors in the areas of professional and workplace ethics. Within a risk management framework, her particular expertise is twofold: helping organizations and individual professionals broaden their understanding of professional ethics & boundaries; and broadening their understanding of the role of cultures of ethical excellence in mitigating ethics risks.

With a graduate degree from Carleton University, Claudia has extensive experience in the field of professional regulation. Currently, she is a public appointee to the Board of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTMPAO) and to the Board of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). Claudia is Chair of CTMPAO’s Complaints and Registration Committees. And is a member of CVO’s Executive Committee. Claudia has served in various capacities on the VO Board since 2010.


Claudia von Zweck

Claudia is an occupational therapist in private practice in Ottawa. She has diverse governance experience with not-for-profit organizations as a senior executive as well as through volunteer roles with a number of community agencies. In addition to joining the VO Board in 2014, Claudia currently serves as Past President of the Causeway Foundation.

Claudia holds a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology and Doctorate in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University. She teaches in the Masters of Rehabilitation Science Program with the University of British Columbia and holds appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor with both McMaster University and the University of British Columbia.