Executive Committee Biographies
Derek has spent nearly a decade working in different capacities in financial services and is currently a Portfolio Manager for Watson Di Primio Steel (WDS) Investment Management, an Ottawa based boutique investment firm. Derek joined WDS after serving as vice-president of a Montreal based wealth management firm specializing in serving cross-border clientele. Previously, with the Financial Planning Standards Council, he was an integral part of the content development efforts for the Certified Financial Planner ® national certification exams in Canada.
Derek has a master’s degree in personal finance from Kansas State University, and both his CFA charter and CFP designation. He is also a member of the Ottawa CFA Society and also a board member of the national Financial Planning Foundation TM, where he chairs the research committee. Recently, Derek was asked to join the research sub-committee for the Canadian task force on financial literacy, an initiative of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.
Anis has over 8 years of experience in progressive senior management roles leading global Customer Support organizations, and over 20 years in technical support roles. Anis is skilled at starting up, overhauling, and restructuring Customer Support and Professional Services organizations at High Tech companies to scale for growth. Anis has been in Ottawa for 16 years, holds an MBA from Telfer School of business at OttawaU, and a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science from Saint Mary’s University.
Erin was born in Kingston and moved to Ottawa in to attend the University of Ottawa. Upon graduating in 2007, Erin worked as a financial statement auditor at Deloitte and Touche and obtained her chartered accountant designation. She is currently employed with Export Development Canada in the Finance group.
Megan O’Meara is a communications administrator at Defence Construction Canada (DCC). Prior to joining DCC, she spent four years as the communications coordinator at the Caring and Sharing Exchange. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Communications and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism, both from the University of Ottawa. She also completed a Journalism Diploma from Algonquin College as part of her Journalism degree, and recently completed a certificate in Social Media at Algonquin College. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Board Director Biographies
Wayne believes that every individual who volunteers makes a difference in their community. As a long-time member of the boards of directors of Nepean Kiwanis and of Orleans Little League Baseball Inc, Wayne has seen what can be achieved for the good of the children of greater Ottawa. Wayne’s 30-year career with the Public Service of Canada provided him with the opportunity to experience all of Canada and to work with First Nations from coast to coast to coast to resolve long-standing self-government and land claims. Wayne and his wife, Carole, have one son. When Wayne is not spending time kayaking at the cottage, he can be found exercising at the YMCA, reading at home and occasionally downhill skiing.
Meghan has been working in the social service industry for over 14 years. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2008, earning a B.A. in Psychology and a B.Soc.Sc. in Sociology. She has held many titles throughout her career, including Caseworker, Child and Youth Worker, Addiction Crisis Worker, Crisis Counselor, and Pay Advisor, among others. She has spent the past 11 years exploring different roles while working for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She values her work as she has regular opportunities to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives.
Sharon grew up in Montreal (elle est bilingue!) and has been living in the Ottawa area for the past 12 years. She has a long history in customer service and truly believes in creating “Raving Fans” out of everyone she deals with. Sharon loves meeting people and building relationships, something she does at her job as a recruiter at Stevenson & White, specializing in the recruitment of Finance, Accounting, and Payroll professionals. She believes finding someone a job where they will be happy for a long time is truly gratifying. She also loves when clients return to her to find staff for other positions, after they see how she’s able to find employees that work perfectly for them!
Sharon also loves spending time with her husband and two children. She has a vast history serving as a Board Director, including serving for three years on the Board of Directors at Youville Centre. In addition to her role on the Caring and Sharing Exchange’s board, she also serves on the Governing Board at her daughter’s junior high school. She really wants to make a difference for kids in Ottawa who can’t afford the joy of school supplies, and is also excited about assisting people with their Christmas meals.
Stephan May, MBA, is the Managing Director of Welchgroup consulting. He brings years of experience in M&A, debt capital, private equity, advisory, and restructuring services. Stephan works with companies to maximize their value and ensure a smooth transition process, whether through buying or selling your company, financing, or restructuring.
Prior to Welchgroup, Stephan held roles as the Managing Director of a boutique finance advisory firm and the Director of Corporate Development for a tech company where he was responsible for all corporate development, which included M&A, partnerships, and corporate finance. In 2012/13, the Company grew by way of acquisition, winning the title of “fastest-growing company” in Ottawa two years in a row.
Stephan is a regular guest speaker at Telfer School of Business and Carleton University. In addition, he is currently the chair of an international corporate finance group. In 2015, Stephan was a recipient of the top 40 under 40 award.
Alexandra wants to live in a world where everyone recognizes that the world is in need of change and that we strive to create workplaces that enliven the people who are doing the work and delight the people for whom the work is being done. As the Founding Director of Integral Leadership Design, Alexandra works as a transformational leadership development and change management consultant and coach. She works to create real-world human potential solutions for her clients in this era of rapid and unpredictable change. She began her career as a social worker working with homeless people. Alexandra holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Human Systems Intervention, and a Master of Social Work degree in Social Policy, Administration and Counseling. She is also a certified Integral Associate Coach. Alexandra is a bit of a film buff and also enjoys pottery and downhill skiing.
Catherine Thomas is a successful Human Resources Consultant and Executive Coach. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional, having graduated from the University of Ottawa after completing Business Administration studies. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program – Essentials of Governance for Not for Profit organizations.
Catherine holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Graduate Studies - Conflict Resolution from Carleton University. She has received her Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching.
Tim moved to Canada from Hong Kong in the 80’s. Graduated from the University of Ottawa, he is a professional accountant with broad and extensive experience in financial and operational management. Married with 3 children, Tim enjoys doing sports with the family, he is very active in the local little league baseball club and freestyle skiing association.