Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, on behalf of the membership and general community, governs the WOCRC through continually improved leadership with respect to values and vision. In addition, the Board of Directors establishes and records policies for the direction and good management of the WOCRC.

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Board of Directors 2016-2017

Chair: Robert Bourgeois
Vice-Chair: Richard Annett
Vice-Chair: Cindy O'Leary 
Vice-Chair: Mary-Ann Rowan


Valerie Collins
Teisha Gaylard
Krista Helman
Timothy Howe
Elliot Hudson
Carolyn Johannes
Carolynn Landry
Cédric Larigaldie
Barbara Lippett
Alexandra Mohr

Robert Bourgeois, ChairBourgeois

Robert Bourgeois is currently President of Stonecliffe Consulting Group in Ottawa, specializing in management consulting services to a number of Canada’s largest universities. His prior experience includes senior executive positions at Laurentian University and in the federal public service in various positions including Deputy Secretary, Intergovernmental Operations at the Privy Council Office. He holds a bachelor of Commercial Sciences from the University of Moncton and an MBA from Dalhousie University.


Richard Annett, Vice-ChairAnnett

Richard Annett is a Human Resources executive with over 25 years in product companies serving the aeronautical and defense markets and 12 years in government organizations. He is a chartered certified member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bishop’s University. He has experience in community health services, having worked for the Federal Department of Health and Welfare, and previously serving as president of a non-profit housing corporation which as part of its mandate provided independent living services for disabled individuals. 

Richard and his wife also led the formation of a support group for parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome, which grew to encompass over 200 members when they transitioned it to a new leadership group.  Richard currently resides in Stittsville with his wife.

Cindy O'Leary, Vice-ChairO'Leary_2

Cindy O’Leary is a corporate/commercial lawyer, working for over 15 years with local technology and health sciences companies as corporate legal counsel, general counsel, compliance director and corporate secretary. She is currently the Director of Corporate Compliance and Senior Legal Counsel at Nordion, a global health sciences company based in Kanata north. Prior to working in-house, she practised with an Ottawa law firm, primarily in civil litigation. Cindy is a graduate of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, where she obtained her B.A. (Politics and Law) and Bachelor of Laws degrees.

Since 2012, Cindy has enjoyed contributing to the community through her volunteer work as a WOCRC director and committee member. She and her husband Peter have called Kanata home for over 20 years, where they raised their two children. 

Mary-Ann Rowan, Vice-ChairRowan

Mary-Ann Rowan has an extensive background in volunteering for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. Dedicated to community service, Mary-Ann has assisted the WOCRC in planning events, and since 2007 she has been engaged in the WOCRC Peer Support Program. With excellent communication and public relations skills, Mary-Ann has been a spokesperson on behalf of the Peer Support Program. She has also been a guest speaker for several events such as the December 6th Vigil, National Victims Week and Shelter from the Storm Radio Telethon. Mary-Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Canadian Studies from Carleton University.  


Valerie Collins, Director

Val Collins is the Executive Director of SMART CITY SCIENCE a local Science Education enterprise. With a Masters in Project Management, Val held various posts from Vice President for the Edmonton Space and Science Foundation to Directors' of Programs and Exhibitions. Val was responsible for the Alberta science education outreach initiative – Science In Motion – serving 241 rural communities. During her tenure, she chaired a mayoral committee on community environmental initiatives giving prominence to citizen science literacy. 

Since her return to Kanata, she has been part of the non-profit sector with organizations such as Heartwood House, The Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre and the Kanata North Community Garden. As a dedicated collaborator, she uses her abilities to bring people together in support of mutual objectives. Val encourages lifelong learning in the region. Not coincidentally, she is mentoring a group of science-focused students in their pursuit of Big Ideas.

Teisha Gaylard, Director

Teisha Gaylard is a long-time Kanata resident. Fully bilingual, she is currently the Policy Director of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, which is a self-regulatory agency for Canada’s private radio and television stations. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (Highest Honours) and a Certificate of French Translation Studies from Carleton University, and a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture (Policy specialization) from York University.


Krista Helman, DirectorHelman

Krista Helman is an advocate of a strengths based approach, and the application of a structural lens to social issues. Her philosophy is based on a wholistic perspective, valuing a balance between physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. She has resided in the west-end of Ottawa for over 35 years, and presently lives in Bridlewood with her partner and family of five school-aged children.

Krista has a background in social work, and her experience consists of working with not-for-profit organizations, for the federal public service, and private sector. This includes, president of a not-for-profit organization and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, volunteer for the WOCRC Peer Support Program, as well as using social work skills with individuals and groups, social administration and policy, and community development. 

Timothy Howe, DirectorHowe

Tim Howe brings over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector, having held senior roles with the HAE Canada, Canadian Medical Association, the Ottawa Hospital Department of Anesthesiology and Canadian Blood Services.

Tim brings to the WOCRC expertise in strategic planning, risk management, advocacy and partnership development.Tim believes in giving back to his community having previously served as an elected member of the Board of Directors with Bruyère Continuing Care and Personal Choice Independent Living.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Health Education (Dalhousie University) as well as a Master of Public Administration (University of New Brunswick) and an MBA (University of Edinburgh).

As the National Coach and Coordinator of Canada’s Wheelchair Tennis team, Tim coached Canada’s first-ever entry in the Paralympic Games held in Barcelona Spain in 1992. Tim and his wife Louise reside in Stittsville.

Elliot Hudson, DirectorElliot.jpg

Elliot Hudson brings a wealth of varied experience to the Board of Directors. He is currently employed by Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa, providing mental health peer support in an acute care inpatient psychiatry setting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Middlesex University in London, U.K., a post-graduate diploma in addiction studies from McMaster University and is a Master of Social Work candidate at Carleton University in his second year of studies. 

Elliot spent 14 years living, studying and working overseas in diverse locations such as Australia, Singapore, Thailand, China, India and Sri Lanka. This cross-cultural immersion provided him with a unique perspective on the world and a genuine love of working with people. Elliot believes strongly in the peer support philosophy of helping, wherein each individual is the expert on their own lives. He looks forward to serving the WOCRC’s clients as a faithful board member. 

Carolyn Johannes, DirectorJohannes

Carolyn is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) who has recently returned to Kanata. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Ottawa. Her career has focused on government and non-profit organizations. Carolyn currently works as a public servant with the federal government. She offers expertise in budgeting and the management of financial resources. She has volunteered in various capacities, with the objective of making positive contributions to the community in which she resides. 


Carolynn Landry, DirectorLandry

Carolynn Landry is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), with over twelve years of public accounting experience. She currently works for MNP, LLP specializing in assurance services for small to medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She also holds an FPSC Level 1™ certification in Financial Planning and is a volunteer with CPA Canada’s Financial Literacy program.

Carolynn and her husband, Kevin, run a general contracting business in Kanata where they are raising their three young children. Carolynn has always been involved in the local community from the soccer field where she has coached for the past 5 years, to the rink, preschool, girl guides, and school, among others. Carolynn is very appreciative of the opportunity to serve her community on a new level with the WOCRC’s Board of Directors. 

Cédric Larigaldie, DirectorLarigaldie

As an advisor with London Life and Quadrus Investments, Cédric’s aspiration is to assist his clients in achieving their financial goals through high quality and personalized advice. 

His experience includes working as a member of The Financial Advisors Association of Canada, and the president of the Millennium Chapter of Business Networking International.

In France, he established himself in the ski industry of the French Alps gaining almost two decades of experience. Here in Ottawa, he reignited his passion for skiing and snowboarding by managing Kunstadt Sports, where his leadership contributed to the team winning the Best Customer Service Award for the Kanata area in 2010. Since 2012 he has volunteered in his community in Kanata with the WOCRC in violence against women and children services areas.

Cédric and his wife, Annick, are proud parents of Théo (15), Charlotte (6) and Fripouille, the rascally cat! 

Barbara Lippett, DirectorLippett

Barbara Lippett is a corporate/commercial lawyer based in Kanata, Ontario. Barbara has practised law with leading international law firms, both in Toronto and Ottawa, and since 2007 through her own professional corporation. Barbara represents major Canadian banks, publicly-traded Fortune 50 multi-national corporations, government entities, Canadian Crown corporations, and knowledge-based companies (both privately and publicly held). Her practice focuses primarily on the financial, healthcare, government, and high-tech sectors. Prior to law, Barbara worked in various policy positions within the regional and federal governments, worked with the House of Commons, and was a consultant with a global consulting firm. 

Barbara believes in giving back to her community through her involvement with and financial contributions to various charitable organizations and by offering pro-bono legal services. Barbara currently sits on the Executive of the Women Lawyers Forum of the Ontario Bar Association and as a member of the Economic and Business Development Committee of the West Ottawa Board of Trade. Barbara formerly was a Director on the West Ottawa Board of Trade and sat as Vice Chair of the City of Ottawa’s former Business Advisory Committee.

Barbara earned her LL.B. from Western University (London, Ontario), and her M.A. (Public Administration) and B.A. (Hon) each from Carleton University (Ottawa). Barbara currently resides in Kanata with her husband and two children.  

Alexandra Mohr, DirectorMohr

Alexandra Mohr holds a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a graduate degree in Environmental Sciences from Université de Montréal as well as a M.Sc. in the agricultural field of Plant Science from McGill University. Throughout her career, she has worked with interdisciplinary teams in R&D and business development for the private sector using her knowledge in scientific and industrial instrumentation.

A Kanata resident since 2009, and mom to Claire, who has just entered the francophone school system, Alexandra is currently dedicated to creating a new science learning enterprise focused on young kids in Kanata. As one of the five founding members Alex oversees the content development in this unique play-based program. BIZBEE PLAYLab uses STEM educational philosophy incorporating science, technology, engineering, mathematics with an added focus on entrepreneurship and the arts. Ms. Mohr’s francophone background, technical skills, enthusiasm and community networks will help support the WOCRC's mandate.