Wayne French – Chair: Wayne is currently the Director of Public Affairs for Waste Management Ottawa where he works strategically in collaboration with governmental entities on issues at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
In addition to his work with Waste Management, Wayne has devoted his time to a number of philanthropic endeavors. He as a Past-President of Kiwanis Ottawa, a Past-President of the Ottawa Executive’s Association and has a long history of volunteerism in the city.
Jeff Singleton – Treasurer: Jeff is the acting Vice-President, General Manager and Partner at Secur Fire and Security. Having worked for such multi-million dollar organizations as Imperial Electric, Direct Energy Business Service, he boasts a robust blend of business development, sales, operations, finance and health and safety experience of multi-million dollar organizations.
Jeff has an impressive philanthropic past. In addition to his duties as Treasurer on the OCH Foundation Board of Directors, he was one of the founding members of the Ottawa Senators Foundation’s Roger’s House.
Melissa Reeves – Vice-Chair: Melissa is a specialist in Communications and Marketing. Her extensive resume includes roles with DundeeWealth Inc., the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2007, Melissa began working for Linebox, a local architecture firm, which would lead to her eventual transition to Modbox – a development company formed from a partnership between Linebox and Lake Partnership Inc.
Stéphane Giguère – Ex-Officio: Stéphane is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Ottawa Community Housing. He is a seasoned executive and a leader in the development of business partnerships and customer service. Prior to his role with OCH, he served as Corporate Director of CBC/Radio-Canada, responsible for strategic and operational groups and projects related to revenue generation and organizational effectiveness.
Anju Malhotra, MBA – Director: Anju has held the position of Senior Manager, Corporate and Government Banking, Global Transaction Banking in Scotiabank since May 2012. In her current position, she is responsible for management of Cash & Treasury and Trade Finance solutions for a portfolio of clients within Ottawa’s Corporate and Government sector.
Over the years, Anju has dedicated considerable efforts to ensure the success of various philanthropic projects within the health and education sectors in our National Capital Region. Ms. Malhotra holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree and Masters in Business Administration Degree from Dalhousie University.
Denis Chartrand – Director: Denis is married, is the father of two children and the grandfather of one. Before joining the OCH Foundation Board, he had served on the OCH Corporation Board for a number of years. He has extensive experience as a harbour and coastal engineer, having participated in projects on Canada’s three oceans, as well as on the Great Lakes and the Saint-Lawrence, while working in Canada and Japan.
Denis has a long history of serving the community. He is tri-lingual and was awarded a Silver Trillium, the Ontario government’s award for service to the community, for his volunteer work with the Canada-Japan Society of Ottawa, the Association de parents de l’école Séraphin-Marion, the Ottawa Japanese Language School Board, and the Gloucester Diving Club.
Sara Lemieux – Director: Sara is an Associate in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP where she practices primarily in the areas of corporate commercial, commercial real estate leasing, and charities and not-for-profit law in both French and English. She has advised landlords and tenants, hospitals, school boards, businesses, and local and national not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
Sara has written articles relating to corporate law and was a speaker at the County of Carleton Law Association’s 22nd East Region Solicitors Conference. Sara has given back to her community by providing pro bono legal work to not-for-profit and charitable organizations. She has also previously volunteered with the Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre and has since joined the OCH Foundation Board of Directors.
Lynda Bordeleau – Director: Lynda is a Partner with Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall restricting her practice to administrative law and labour employment law. Lynda has focused her practice on police regulatory matters on behalf of police management. Her devotion to, and expertise in, this adrea has made the firm one of the very few in Canada that specializes in police regulatory law.
Lynda has considerable expertise in advising municipalities on general municpal law issues as well as labour employment matters unique to the municipal sector. Lynda has been retained by municipalities to conduct a wide range of municipal by-law prosecutions and advocacy before administrative tribunals. Lynda is General Counsel to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and is on the Board of Directors for Run Ottawa.
David Mason – Director: David is a Corporate Sales Executive and Promotions/Specials Events Coordinator with experience in various high energy IT selling environments, corporate negotiations, strategic business planning, value propositions as well as large scale event planning.
Tara Lapointe – Director: Tara has held leadership roles in Canada’s most important arts and entertainment organizations, delivering effective programs and partnership initiatives to connect Canadians with art and artists, and a culture of creativity and innovation. As the Director of Outreach and Business Development for the Canada Council for the Arts, Tara oversee three significant programs: the Art Bank, the Public Lending Right Program and the Council’s suite of 39 Prizes – collectively distributing more than $15 million to authors and artists, and celebrating inspiring Canadian achievement.
She is engaged in her community, mentoring new immigrants to thrive in their adopted country and an active participant within the International Association of Business Communicators. She is an accomplished and sought-after public speaker and was recognized for her leadership with the “40 Under 40” Award and IABC’s Distinguished Service Award. Her interests also include community development and sustainability.
Stephen Tanner – Director: Retired General Manager of Staples with a desire and passion to give back to his community.