BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SUSAN INGRAM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Susan has been with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa agency for over five years. Susan’s career spans over 15 years from private sector in manufacturing operations to project management in telecommunications.
Susan was first handed the reins as Manager, Service Delivery then Director of Programs and Community Partnerships, before moving into the Executive Director role in September 2015.
EMILY VILLENEUVE, PRESIDENT
Emily is a senior analyst with the federal government. Throughout her undergraduate and law school degree, Ms. Villeneuve was actively involved in the community by participating in numerous pro bono projects and volunteering with various community-based organizations, including as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa. Emily has greatly enjoyed her time on the Board of Directors over the past three years and is looking forward to serving the organization as Chair.
TINA HILL, PAST PRESIDENT
Tina Hill is a certified trained mediator and negotiator who now also practices civil litigation at Greenspon, Brown & Associates. Tina has always been involved in the community, volunteering on the boards for the CHEO BBQ, Salvation Army Grace Manor and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region.
She also spends a lot of time with her two children, and volunteers as team manager for her youngest son’s hockey team and her older son’s curling team. After she finished her term as Past President of the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region, she joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa board in 2013.
After serving as vice-president for two years, she took on the role of President of the Board in April 2016.
JAMES PUDDICOMBE, VICE-PRESIDENT
James recently graduated from Carleton University with a Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. His undergraduate studies at Bishop’s University earned him a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a major in Economics in 2009.
As a Grant Review Team Member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), James has witnessed firsthand the measurable benefit achieved through proper social development. James, along with his OTF team members, is responsible for evaluating proposals and making funding recommendations in the Champlain catchment.
James also reviews grants as a Committee Member for Ontario’s Youth Opportunities Fund, a program that provides grants and capacity building supports to youth-led grassroots groups serving young people with multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing. James has a strong connection with Big Brothers, as he has been a Youth Mentor for over 3 years.
Through his studies and work with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, as well as working with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, James has done considerable research on social enterprise, regulatory frameworks, social procurement, and the role of place based philanthropy. He was recently awarded the 2016 Carleton University Award for Social Innovation for his research in the field of Impact Investment.
James currently works for Employment and Social Development Canada as a Policy Analyst for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
CINDY MELVILLE, TREASURER
Cindy has been an active volunteer in the Ottawa community for over 27 years. She has volunteered for many local charities and organizations, including the Ottawa Mission, United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.
Cindy currently serves as Treasurer of the Board with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and sits on several committees for the Financial Management Institute of Canada.
She is an animal lover and the proud owner of a retired racing greyhound. Cindy enjoys curling and is looking forward to volunteering for the upcoming Roar of Rings in Ottawa later this year. She will also be participating in her first Dragon Boat race this summer.
A big baseball fan, Cindy and her and her husband travel throughout the United States visiting different baseball stadiums. In addition to her professional accounting designation, Cindy holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and recently received her Certified Fraud Examiner accreditation.
Cindy has over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting and auditing in both the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She currently works as a senior financial management consultant in the private sector.
TIMON LEDAIN, CO-SECRETARY
Timon was a Big Brother for nine years in Ottawa. At the conclusion of his match, he subsequently volunteered for the organization and delivered orientation sessions for interested volunteers, as well as speaking on behalf of Big Brothers as part of the United Way Speakers’ Bureau. Timon’s Little Brother continues to play a significant role in his life, beloved by his wife and kids, and regularly runs half marathons with Timon.
Timon is a Director at Macadamian Technologies, a full-service user-centered software design and development firm. His responsibilities include leading the Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and business, and building partnerships that extend and enhance Macadamian’s IoT solutions offerings.
Previously, he led the due diligence and operations team for Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC)’s $900M Canadian Clean Technology Fund where he developed investment priorities, managed portfolio risk, and provided industry and sector context to public and private stakeholders.
Timon was also Vice President of Engineering at March Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of March Networks where he helped develop a unique telehealth solution that was commercialized and subsequently sold to Intel.
Timon holds a B.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and Masters of Business Administration from Queens University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant.
CINDY MCGANN, CO-SECRETARY
Cindy is a skilled technology lawyer with more than 20 years of private practice and in-house experience. Cindy started her legal career as a litigation lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Ottawa).
In 1996, she transitioned in-house, and since then has held a series of General Counsel positions with both private and public companies including Corel Corporation, Watchfire Corporation/IBM and Halogen Software.
Currently, Cindy is serving as General Counsel to three local technology companies (ProntoForms, Fusebill and Decisive Technologies) where she provides day-to-day legal and strategic business advice on various matters, including software licensing, vendor agreements, partner agreements, employment matters and intellectual property ownership and protection.
Cindy holds three degrees from Ottawa University (Bachelors of Administration, Bachelors of Law (LL.B.) and MBA) and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
This is Cindy’s second year on the BBBSO Board. Her prior non-profit board experience includes the Western-Ottawa Community Resource Centre (6 years) and the Roberts/Smart Centre (4 years). Cindy is an avid kayaker. When she is not on the water, she can be found talking to her garden plants and planning her next travel adventure.
JAMES SLITER, MEMBER AT LARGE
James started with the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement through university as a Big Brother. After graduating school James continued on with agencies across Ontario supporting in-school mentoring along with event and fundraising efforts eventually leading him to join the board of directors with the Kingston agency. James held this role, eventually being elected vice-president until an opportunity brought him to the Ottawa area.
James connected with the local agency to offer his support and took on the opportunity to join the board of directors for our Ottawa agency.
In his work life, James currently is a Relationship Manager specializing in the Public Sector with the Royal Bank of Canada. James is responsible for growing and managing a portfolio of mid-market commercial clients. This role supports clients with financing, leasing, commercial mortgages, investment strategies, and more. The majority of his portfolio is work for hospitals, municipalities, utilities, school boards, and other publicly funded entities. Prior to this role, James had spent time working in a number of capacities, most recently as branch manager for a community of banks.
James is a strong believer in and advocate for mentorship. This has been a fundamental value in his work and personal life and is the main reason for his continued support of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
MICHAEL R. FOSTER, MEMBER AT LARGE
Michael is the Director – Internal Audit at Canadian Blood Services, a national, not-for-profit charitable organization based in Ottawa that manages Canada’s blood supply (with the exception of Quebec). As the chief audit executive, he is responsible for all aspects of the internal audit function.
His audit experience spans over 25 years and he has held staff/management positions in the retail, banking, trust and insurance sectors with Sears, Central Guaranty Trust, National Trust, Crown Life and Canada Life. The scope of expertise includes operational, financial, information technology and third party service provider auditing.
Michael played a lead role in a significant Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program and worked extensively in the areas of risk management and fraud prevention, detection and investigation. He has gained a great appreciation for Canada and its diversity, having lived in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
In addition to being a Certified Internal Auditor, Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce and holds CISA and CFE designations.
CARL H. CARTWRIGHT, MEMBER AT LARGE
Carl’s parents immigrated to Canada from Haiti in the late 1960,s and his youth was divided between residing with his parents in Canada and with his grandmother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After completing his high school education, he chose to travel and joined the United States Marine Corps where he remained until returning to Ottawa to complete his post-secondary education.
Carl was hired by the Nepean Police Service in 1994, and has been a police officer in Ottawa for approximately 23 years, now holding the rank of Inspector. He has also been married for 20 years and is the father of a 14-year-old girl named Jordan.
One of the most notable chapters of his career occurred in 2010 when he volunteered to participate in rebuilding the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Haiti following the massive earthquake that devastated that country. In that capacity, he collaborated with local and international partners in the monitoring of human rights complaints and aided in reforming the Haitian criminal justice system. Many of his careers highlights stem from his UN mission and from the years spent as an investigator of child offences, both physical and online.
As a Canadian law enforcement official, he has been invited as a participant and as a presenter to a number of international conferences discussing the proliferation of online child exploitation. Some of the most notable presentations were held at Europol HQ in Den Haag, Netherlands; in Frankfurt, Germany; and Dallas, Texas. Carl currently maintains his local involvement by speaking to local youth and community on the issue of ethics and police discipline in Ontario.
PAUL WILLETTS, MEMBER AT LARGE
Paul is an employment and labour lawyer. He co-founded Vey Willetts LLP in 2014, an employment law boutique that helps individuals and employers navigate and resolve workplace problems. Prior to founding Vey Willetts LLP, Paul worked at one of Canada’s leading labour and employment law firms, and at a large energy corporation.
In addition to his law degree from the University of Ottawa, Paul holds degrees in political science from the University of Winnipeg (B.A. Hons.) and the University of Calgary (M.A.). Paul has published and presented research on a number of employment law topics, including employee privacy, workplace accommodation and severance packages.
He has been involved with BBBSO’s Human Resources Committee since 2014, and also volunteers as legal counsel at the Pro Bono Ontario Employment Law Clinic.
MITCHELL E. KUTNEY, MEMBER AT LARGE
Mitchell E. Kutney is an established blogger and pundit. His work on charitable issues and social innovation have been featured by top-tier print and broadcast media. He is the co-founder of JustChange, a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa, and participates on a number of Boards, including the Harry P. Ward Foundation and his local community association. Mitchell holds a Masters in public policy and currently works at CHEO in foundation and government relations.
MITCHELL CARKNER, MEMBER AT LARGE
Mitchell is a management consultant and Associate Partner with IBM Global Business Services. Currently, Mitchell leads IBM Canada’s cognitive process services practice. Mitchell and his team help customers leverage robotics, artificial intelligence and IoT to digitize operations and improve customer insights. Prior to his career in consulting, Mitchell served as an officer in the Canadian Forces.
He holds a degree in political science from Queen’s University (B.A. Hons.) and finance & management from Carleton University (M.B.A.).
He has been involved in charity organizations in Ottawa for the last decade and is passionate about supporting a respected and impactful organization like BBBSO.
DR. RANA PISHVA, MEMBER AT LARGE
Rana Pishva is a clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders, as well as youth involved in the child welfare system and the criminal justice system. She also enjoys teaching, and has been a lecturer at Queen’s University, Royal Military College in Kingston, and Lakehead University. Rana completed a BA at Concordia University in Montreal, and her Master and Doctoral Degrees at Queen’s University.
Rana joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and this is her first experience in governance. She’s been involved in policy revisions when working at the Mental Health Outpatient Program of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Thunder Bay. She hopes to give back to the Ottawa community and follow her interest in policy.
She’s been heard saying that work is her hobby, but Rana is also an avid yogi and has recently taken up knitting, with moderate success.