François Couillard’s career spans the business and non-profit sectors, in Canada and abroad. He is currently the CEO of the CAMRT, Canada’s national association for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. He has held various senior management positions at Johnson & Johnson and Nordion. He is also past Chief Operating Officer of two of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations, The Canadian Red Cross and VON Canada. François holds a Chemical Engineering degree (Sherbrooke) and a MBA in Marketing and International Business (McGill). He is a past member of Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security, has served on the board of OCISO for the past two years, and is active in various other organizations such as Hub Ottawa and the Canada-Belgium Committee.
Simin Foster is a business professional and entrepreneur with extensive organizational and project management, marketing and consulting experience in both the private and public sectors. She has made significant business contributions in a number of senior management positions through building strong teams, creating unique value propositions, formulating effective business and marketing strategies, securing government funding, and engaging key stakeholders. Simin also has experience serving on the board of directors for a number of not-for-profit organizations. Simin possesses strong analytical, problem solving, organizational and communication skills combined with a natural ability to successfully work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams. Simin holds an MBA degree together with a PhD degree in engineering from England.
Susan Scotti is currently Senior Vice President at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. A former senior executive with the Government of Canada with over 30 years’ experience in operating departments and central agencies, Ms. Scotti has been responsible for national policies, program design and delivery of grants and contributions in areas as diverse as public pensions, culture and broadcasting, the integration and participation of ethnic minorities, aboriginal land claims and access and equity for seniors and persons with disabilities. Ms. Scotti is an active volunteer and serves on a number of not-for-profit boards in the Ottawa community.
Jack Uppal is a Real Estate Broker serving the Ottawa Area since 2003. Besides helping people in Home purchases and sales, Jack specializes in Real Estate Investments – Income properties, both residential and Commercial. Before becoming a Realtor Jack worked at senior level positions in the fields of Advertising, Publishing, Information Technology and Dot-Com industry, across continents. Jack also serves as a Chair of the Board of Indo Canada Ottawa Business Chamber. Jack is a life-time member of the Indo Canada Association and Indo-Canadian Community Centre.
Gorav Chaudhry is a second-generation immigrant who grew up in the city of Ottawa with experience in the public, private, non-profit and multi-lateral sectors. Gorav is currently an Economist working in the Financial Sector Policy Branch at the Department of Finance. In this position, he is responsible for developing regulations that govern financial institutions so that they remain safe and sound and are responsive to consumers' needs. Gorav holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and a Master's in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. While at Johns Hopkins University, he specialized in South Asian and Canadian studies. Gorav has experience within the financial sector as a Treasury Analyst for TD Bank. Additionally he spent time in Malawi contributing to a World Bank impact evaluation of a government skills training program for vulnerable youth. After spending several years working in the private sector and living abroad, Gorav has been active in his professional and local community, serving as Vice President of Finance for Engineers Without Borders Ottawa City Chapter.
Golsa Ghamari is a lawyer practicing in the areas of Immigration, Litigation, and International Trade. Golsa completed her Juris Doctor, cum laude, at the University of Ottawa faculty of law and earned a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in political sciences, at the University of Toronto. While in law school, Golsa worked with the legal team at Scouts Canada, helping with various policy/legal questions and with the general day-to-day affairs of a national not-for-profit organization. Golsa was actively involved in her Common Law Student Society for two years. She also travelled to Washington DC, New York City, Calgary, Toronto and Vienna (Austria) to successfully represent her school in different legal competitions, competing against teams from around the world.Golsa has had a long history of volunteering, beginning with volunteering at the local hospital in high school. She then volunteered for many years at a not-for-profit organization near Toronto called Community Home Assistance to seniors. Very recently, she ran with her dog, Baxter, to raise money for the Ottawa Humane Society in their annual fundraiser and was the 6th highest fundraiser in her race. In addition to her board position at the OCISO, she is also this year’s Chief Editor for the American Bar Association’s Canada Committee Year-In-Review.
Daljit Nirman is the president of Nirman’s Law and is pleased to serve communities in English, Hindi and Punjabi. He is also founder and past president of the South-Asian Bar Association (Ottawa), and a former Director of the North American South-Asian Bar Association. He has over two decades of diverse legal experience from the Industry, has received a Master of Laws from University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physics and Bachelor of Laws from University of Delhi. He also posses post-graduate specialized diplomas in Labour Laws, International Law and the Law of International Institutions. Daljit volunteer his time with various charities and not for profit organizations in Ottawa.
Rohit Samaroo is a director with the federal government in the area of results-based management, and a champion of diversity in the workplace. Prior to this Rohit worked at the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto and in the private sector as well. Rohit holds degrees in Engineering and Political Science. He has an interest in assisting immigrants to reach their full potential in Canada.
Miriam Fry is an experienced management professional with experience in developing, motivating and guiding teams, as well as in program development and delivery. She earned her Masters in Public Administration from Carleton University. She has experience in fostering key relationships with community and business leaders that resulted in significant partnerships of mutual benefit. She has previous experience as a volunteer and Board member working with and mentoring New Canadians of many different cultures. She has received Woman of Distinction Award, YMCA Ottawa.
Marcia Mathoo-Callender has been involved in all aspects of community work with the Leos/Lions Club; Cathedral Arts; the Ottawa Valley Cricket Club; the CNCAC; the Black History Ottawa. She has also served on the Board of the Guyana Ottawa Cultural Association for two years. In 2010, through OCISO, she was a key player in the success of G40 field tour to Perth Ontario. Her academic background includes Business Administration, Community/Social Service, Office Administration and Computer Literacy. She presently works at the Embassy of Trinidad & Tobago.
Michel Piche is a Finance and Corporate Services executive with +15 years executive level experience in public, private, and not for profit organizations. He is currently VP Corporate Management and CFO for the National Research Council of Canada and past CFO of the Canadian Red Cross. He is actively involved with CMA Ontario in developing and presenting workshops on Planning and Budgeting Practices in public and non-profit organizations, and Nipissing University as course facilitator/instructor for their B. Comm distance learning program. Michel demonstrated success in restructuring/transforming organizations in difficulties, improving corporate services performance (e.g. Finance, H.R., I.T., Purchasing), and developing governance and risk management programs. His academic credentials include a Master’s in Public Administration, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program of Duke University.
Joanne Schnurr is an award-winning journalist. She has been with CTV Ottawa since 1989, covering a wide range of topics from crime to politics to human interest stories. Her media skills include television, radio and print. With an expertise in investigative journalism and story-telling, she has also directed and mentored a team of journalists in her capacity as assignment editor and line-up editor. In her capacity as a reporter, she has worked with OCISO and met many of OCISO’s clients who have shared their stories of struggle and success. She is passionate about Ottawa and about the wonderful array of individuals who call Ottawa home.
John Stewart has lived in Ottawa since 1981. He is the past President of the Board and serves on OCISO's Finance and Executive Committees. John was a volunteer with English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (www.eltoc.ca) from 2001 to 2007 and served as its President from 2004-2006. He also volunteered and served on the Board at The Glebe Centre Inc., a seniors' centre and long-term care facility. John works with the Canadian Nuclear Association as Director of Policy and Research, following a twenty-year career with the United States Embassy in Ottawa as an economist and financial manager.