MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SUSAN INGRAM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Susan has been with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa agency for over seven 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 and Appeals Officer 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 four years and is looking forward to continuing to serve the organization as Chair.


JAMES PUDDICOMBE, VICE-PRESIDENT

James has been with the Board of Directors for two years. Outside of this role, he has been a “Big” with our organization for over five years and is a strong advocate for the impact of youth mentorship and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. James also enjoys volunteering on the Champlain Grant Review Committee for the Youth Opportunities Fund. James currently works for St. Lawrence College as a Manager in their Department of Innovation and Community Engagement.


MICHEL COLLETTE, TREASURER

Michel Collette is the Chief of Audit and Ethics at the National Capital Commission (NCC). As a Chief, he plays a crucial role in executing the organization’s mandate by providing independent advice and direction to senior management and the audit committee on the organization’s governance, risk management, and control processes.

In addition to being a Chartered Professional Accountant, Michel has a Bachelor in Business Administration with honours in Accounting and holds the CIA, CGAP and CFE designations.

Michel has been serving as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa’s Finance and Audit Committee since 2015 and recently became its Treasurer. Michel generously donates his time and expertise to a number of other organizations including at Nepean Housing Corporation where he serves as Secretary-Treasurer and also the Ottawa Catholic School Board where he serves on the Audit Committee.


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 and competes in mountain biking races with Timon.

Timon is a Director at Macadamian Technologies, a full-service user-centered software design and development firm. His responsibilities include leading their Innovation Lab 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 25 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 third 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.


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. The scope of expertise includes operational, financial, information technology, auditing, risk management and fraud prevention, detection and investigation.

Michael 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 24 years, where he now holds the rank of Inspector. In his current position, Carl is in charge of the recruitment, training and transfer of personnel for the Ottawa Police Service. He has also been married for 22 years and is the father of a 15-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 career 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.


MITCHELL E. KUTNEY, MEMBER AT LARGE

Mitchell E. Kutney is passionate about systems change, progressive politics and community development. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa, a Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, a trustee for the Harry P. Ward Foundation and the cofounder of JustChange — a micro-granting nonprofit.

Throughout his career, Mitchell has raised millions from governments and foundations for local and national institutions, including a $100+ million capital campaign for a provincially-funded hospital wing. His work on charitable issues and social innovation have been featured by top-tier print and broadcast media, contributing to over a hundred thousand followers on Twitter. Mitchell holds a Masters degree in public policy and currently serves as Director of Innovation and Development for Bruyère.


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 in Kingston. She subsequently worked in Thunder Bay.

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.


NORAH MARSH, MEMBER AT LARGE

Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has dedicated her career to creating growth opportunities and inclusive learning environments for students. As a passionate advocate for public education for more than 27 years, Norah has worked as a teacher, school administrator and a school board senior leader before moving to EQAO to lead its modernization. Norah is community focused and has served on a number of boards in support of children and youth.


JESSICA, MEMBER AT LARGE

Jessica Ripley is the Strategic Youth Specialist with the Ottawa Police Service and Chair of the Ottawa Youth Justice Services Network. She grew up in Montreal where she studied at McGill University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Social Work. She then moved and attended the University of Ottawa and received a Master’s in Criminology.

Prior to her current position, Jessica was the Program Supervisor of Youth Net/Réseau Ado, a youth mental health promotion and early intervention program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Jessica has been collaborating with both youth and community partners using a strengths-based approach for over 20 years through her work in the fields of mental health, child welfare, community development, and youth justice. She is a big believer that relationships are the heart of all community-based work.

Jessica worked for BBBSO almost 20 years ago, has remained a strong advocate for the impact of mentoring, and greatly appreciates that opportunity to return to BBBSO as a Board member.

It must be noted that she a big Montreal Canadians hockey fan — please do not hold that against her!