Nancy Beerkens, 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.
Anne is Vice-President of Research, Policy and Legal Services at Payments Canada. She is responsible for all aspects of the corporation’s research, policy and legal activities, including advising the Board of Directors and its committees and advisory councils.
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 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 Canadian Corporate Council Association.
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 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 the project lead for several initiatives of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
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.
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.
Christina is the Manager of Member Services for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP). She has also been responsible for the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS), a methodology used across Canada to assess the acuity of patients presenting in the Emergency Department. Elsewhere over her 18-year career, she spent 7.5 years as the Manager of Corporate Gifts and Events at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), 14 years in accounting at North York General Hospital and four years in sales. Christina has used VO’s services at both CAEP and UOHI as well as served as a volunteer on VO’s Campaign Committee. She was a Board member of the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa and chaired their Internal Communications Committee. Christina has a Bachelor’s of Science in Forensic Biology, a Management Certificate from Carleton University and a Certificate in Leadership from Algonquin College.
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.
Lola has over 30 years of industry experience which includes a long association with Volunteer Ottawa and many of Volunteer Ottawa’s members and related associations. She is currently Ottawa Public Health’s Coordinator of Volunteer Resources; a role she has held for the past 17 years. Earlier in her career, Lola spent over a decade in sales and marketing at Canada Post. She has been a past Co-Chair of the Ontario Public Health Volunteer Resources Management Network (VRMN) and the Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources (OAVR), as well as a Board Director at Centre Soleil and the Civic Institute of Professional Personnel. Lola has a Masters from Laurentian University and obtained a Certificate in Volunteer Administration from Algonquin College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adrienne is a reputable public relations and communications professional with 20 years of experience building and executing messaging strategies that make an impact. Currently, she works as Chief Communications Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) - Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC). Previously, she worked in various management roles spanning marketing, public relations and communications in the high technology sector, most recently at IBM. Adrienne has built her career designing, implementing and overseeing teams with a laser-focus on building visibility and brand awareness campaigns.
A steadfast volunteer in her local community, Adrienne is proud to circle back with Volunteer Ottawa. Many years ago, Adrienne was a volunteer interviewer with Volunteer Ottawa, then known as VCOC. Adrienne holds a B.A. in Psychology from uOttawa and a certificate in Public Relations from Algonquin College. Above all, her most proud accomplishment to date is being Addison’s mom.