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.
Board of Directors 2017-2018
Chair: Richard Annett
Vice-Chair: Cindy O'Leary
Vice-Chair: Krista Helman
Vice-Chair: Barbara Lippett
Richard Annett, Chair
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-Chair
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.
Krista Helman, Vice-Chair
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.
Barbara Lippett, Vice-Chair
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.
Rouba Al-Fattal, Director
Rouba Al-Fattal holds a PhD in International Politics and European Affairs from Leuven University, along with an MSc in International Relations from Montreal University, and a BA (Honours) in Political Science from McGill University. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic and brings more than 20 years’ experience in community service. As a Board Director at the Rotary Club of Ottawa, she helped galvanize interest among its members to support Syrian refugees and helped raise funds to sponsor two families in Ottawa in cooperation with the Christ-Church Cathedral. She was a part-time Professor at the University of Ottawa, teaching political science, while running her own consultancy (Impact Policy) which offers research, advocacy and cross cultural education services. Currently, she is working as a Policy Analyst for the federal government in Ottawa.
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.
Robert Drummond, Director
Robert Drummond holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Law and Political Science from Carleton University. He is an Inspector with the Ottawa Police Service with strong ties to the Kanata-Stittsville community. Robert started his policing career in Kanata with the OPP working Patrol in Kanata, Goulbourn and West Carleton. After amalgamation of the Police Services, he continued working in Kanata and Nepean as a Neighbourhood Officer with OPS. He has extensive experience investigating violent crimes such as Robberies, Partner Assaults and Homicides. Prior to his current assignment, he led the Service Initiative Project that changed the Ottawa Police patrol deployment model to a more efficient front line deployment model to better serve the needs of the public. Currently, he is assigned as a Platoon Inspector to Frontline Operations.
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.
Glen Gower, Director
Glen Gower is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for community involvement. He is Director of Marketing with Iceberg, a Kanata-based management consulting firm specializing in compliance and risk management programs. Previously, he worked with both the Ottawa 67's and Ottawa Senators in marketing roles, and he holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University. He is the owner and publisher of OttawaStart.com and StittsvilleCentral.ca, two popular local web sites. Glen lives in Stittsville with his wife and two daughters, where he's actively involved as a volunteer in the community.
Gina Grosenick, Director
Georgina Grosenick holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Carleton University and an M.A. and B.A. (Hons) from the University of Calgary. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Carleton University and communications consultant and project manager for various non-profit and community organizations. She brings 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector as a lobbyist, communicator, executive, and project manager. She also has extensive experience working with and advising Boards and committees, managing government funded projects and research, cultivating relationships with government officials, navigating and communicating within the political process and working with volunteers.
Timothy Howe, Director
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.
Carolyn Johannes, Director
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, Director
Carolynn Landry is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), with over twelve years of public accounting experience. 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.
Alexandra Mohr, Director
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.