Board Biographies

Executive Committee Biographies

Paul R. Lalonde, President

Paul was born and raised in Ottawa. He went to Notre Dame High School in Ottawa’s west end, and graduated from Carleton University in 1999. He attended law school at Queen’s University, graduating in 2002, and is now a partner at Emond Harnden LLP, a management side labour and employment law boutique in Ottawa. Paul is an avid hockey player and fan who grew up playing minor hockey and later junior hockey in the Ottawa area. Paul is a married and very proud father of three girls.

Brent Percival, Vice President

Brent transferred to Ottawa from his home province of BC in 2008 with his then-employer KPMG. In order to spend more time with his family, he soon after accepted a position with the Canada Revenue Agency and spent a number of years working in the Aggressive Tax Planning division. In early 2013, Brent joined Brian Mingie as a partner in Mingie, Percival & Associates Professional Corporation (now part of Connelly & Koshy Professional Corporation), a private company providing tax, accounting, and advisory services primarily to local Ottawa businesses and individuals. Brent is a graduate of Mount Allison University, BCIT, and the University of Saskatchewan and is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.

Derek Dedman, Treasurer

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.

Erin Johnstone, Secretary

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.

Board Director Biographies

Wayne Crutchlow, Board Director

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.

Anis Hanna, Board Director

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.

Meghan Kennedy, Board Director

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.

Stephan May, Board Director

Stephan May is the Managing Director for Storeyworks. Storeyworks operates two companies, STOREYWORKS | CAPITAL, an exempt market dealer registered with the Ontario Securities Commission, and STOREYWORKS | DEVELOPMENT, a real estate development company. Prior to Storeyworks, Stephan was the Director of Corporate Development for TUC Brands where he was responsible for all corporate development, which included, M&A, partnerships, and corporate finance. In 2012, TUC grew from 15 to 140+ employees by way of acquisition, winning the title of “Fastest Growing Company” in Ottawa. Stephan May holds a M.B.A from the University of Ottawa.

Megan O'Meara, Board Director

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).

Alexandra Salamis, Board Director

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.

Cara Salci, Board Director

Skilled in tackling complex communication, organizational and policy issues, Cara has over ten years’ of senior experience providing creative policy and strategic communication advice to officials from both the federal and provincial governments. In her current role as the Manager of Foundation & Volunteer Relations at CHEO, Cara works closely with the CHEO Foundation and the CHEO Research Institute with the overall objective to maximize the impact of community donations and support. In addition to her role at CHEO, Cara is the owner of Red Chair Communications Inc. providing strategic communications and public relations services to clients in a variety of sectors. Cara has been a resident of Ottawa for 13 years, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph and earned her MBA from the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program in 2012.

Tim Wong, Board Director

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.

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