Nancy is a designated CPA, and is currently consulting with the National Research Council of Canada, with a focus on process re-engineering. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in both the private and public sector, in Vancouver, Toronto and more recently Ottawa. She has held senior and executive roles across a number of industries, specializing in change management, contract negotiations, 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, the Dementia Society and a 30-year Terry Fox run participant. The best of times are still getaways with her husband and their grown daughter and son.
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 Payments Canada 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 serving as a member of the Board of Directors 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 the University of Tehran and an MBA from the University of New Brunswick. She received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation, CPA, in 2015.
Evelyn is a lawyer specializing in corporate, regulatory and administrative law. Before moving into the role of in-house legal counsel in 2011, Evelyn worked as part of a busy commercial litigation group in a mid-sized Toronto law firm.
Evelyn is committed to serving her community and shares her time, skills and experience with a number of diverse organizations. She currently acts as a part-time adjudicator with the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal and is a mentor with the Schulich School of Law. She has served as the Complaints Review Councillor and as a member of the Discipline Committee with the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and recently sat on the Elections Committee for a national regulatory body; adjudicating elections and campaigning-related issues.
Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.
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.
Attiya Hirji is a Fund Development Officer at Oxfam Canada and manages digital and community fundraising across the country. She has worked in the public sector in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and now Ottawa.
She is passionate about the empowerment of women and girls, and tackling issues related to gender equality. Attiya has spent time volunteering and working with youth in East Africa and Central America, and was among a group of women who started a social enterprise that seeks to provide early childhood education to children in urban slums. She recently returned to Canada after completing a Fellowship placement which sent her to Kyrgyzstan to work at a not-for-profit university whose mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia’s mountain communities.
Attiya is a graduate of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.
Dennis Jackson C.F.P., PFP, MBA., currently holds the Past Chair position of the Board of United Way Centraide Canada. He is Past Chair of the Board of United Way Centraide Ottawa and also served as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet. As someone who personally benefited from the work of United Way in the late ‘80s, he was keen to demonstrate his thanks in a tangible way. In recent years, Dennis has been actively involved on the boards for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Motorcycle Ride for Dad (fundraiser for prostate cancer), The Elvis Sighting Society, and the Youth Services Bureau Foundation. He currently also sits on the Sprott Business School Advisory Board, and Telus Ottawa Community Investment Board.
Dennis recently retired as Vice-President for the Ottawa & West Quebec division of Scotiabank. He was responsible for successfully leading the Retail and Small Business Sales Teams, including Wealth Management. He is bilingual and obtained his MBA at Dalhousie University. He is a Certified Financial Planner, has his designation as a Personal Financial Planner and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. He and his wife Dorothy reside in Ottawa, Canada. They have four adult children and 9 grandchildren who also all reside in Ottawa.
As Managing Director of akpsGlobal, Alice has worked with small and medium sized organizations for over 30 years, both non profit and private, locally and abroad facilitating strategic planning retreats and change management. akpsGlobal is values-based and relationship-focused offering professional management interventions for sustainable organizational outcomes. Her passion is helping strong leaders and their teams excel. She also has over 30 years of volunteer experience that includes founding the Concordia University Alumni Association in Ottawa, as well as in Board roles with Big Sisters Ottawa and Daybreak Non Profit Housing including Chair. She also served as a Director at the provincial and national levels for the Board of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) respectively. She currently serves as a member on the Strategy Planning and Policy Committee for Salus Ottawa. She is an adjunct professor at Algonquin College and the Grenoble Graduate School of Business. Alice is bilingual and earned an MBA following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and History. She is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) and a Fellow Certified Management Consultant Canada (FCMC).
Sugan is a purpose-driven professional with a diverse background spanning various sectors, functions and regions across our country. From Bay Street to the Arctic, over the past 15 years he has been providing strategic advice to senior management teams, executives and elected officials. Currently as the National Relationships Manager for Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), Sugan is working to support national capacity building efforts through cross-sector collaboration and partnership building. Prior to this role, he was a CMHC key contributor to Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy and was the policy pen in designing Canada’s largest residential financing initiative. Sugan is committed to professional development, and his academic background includes urban planning, law and change management. With previous board experience and a unique career centered on community development, Sugan has strengthened private, non-profit and government organizations by advancing corporate objectives with measurable results. In his personal life, Sugan is also a visual artist, an avid cook/foodie and an outdoors enthusiast.
Natalie has a diverse background in strategic marketing and communications with over 20 years of management experience in Canadian sport, business development, and performing arts sectors. Currently, as the Marketing and Communications Director at the Coaching Association of Canada, Natalie works with partners of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) to raise the skills, stature, and value of coaches in Canada.
Natalie’s marketing, event management, and media relations experience has focused on delivering successful and creative campaign strategies across diverse platforms. A native of Ottawa, Natalie holds a B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University. A passionate sports fan and lover of the arts, she also remains active as a volunteer, athlete, and coach in her community.
Mahima is the Director of Environment and Regulatory Affairs at the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). She provides informed advice to government regarding pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturing processes for policy development. She also works with industry on policy and technical issues relating to environmental regulations, climate change and innovation.
Mahima has completed a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the Telfer School of Management. Through her studies, she held an internship position with the senior leadership team at The Ottawa Hospital. She also holds a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering, and completed a BASc and BSc, (H) from the University of Ottawa.
As an Ottawa native dedicated to her community, Mahima served as Chair of the Student Advisory Committee at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), was an active volunteer with the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and a former member of United Way’s Youth Action Panel
Jason is an IT project manager with Statistics Canada and enjoys collaborating with start-ups and innovation across all domains. In the past 25 years Jason has worked and volunteered with not-for-profits, startups, academic institutions and the public sector, and spent 11 years in the military as an Infanteer. Jason has previous experience in governance with both private sector and not-for-profit board directorships.
Jason received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a specialty in Management Information Systems from Lakehead University in 1999, Masters of Business Administration degree from Telfer (2013), and Masters of Project Management certification from Sprott (2010) and holds PMP & ITIL foundation designations.
Adrienne is a reputable public relations and communications professional with 20 years of experience. Currently, she works as Chief Communications Officer at CHEO including oversight of its volunteer resources. Previously, she worked in various management roles spanning marketing, public relations and communications in the high technology sector, most recently at IBM. She is a proud graduate of both the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. As an active volunteer, she enjoys supporting her local community.
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 a member of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board and the project lead for several initiatives of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. She teaches in the Masters of Rehabilitation Science Program and holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia. Claudia holds a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology and Doctorate in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University.