Board of Directors 2017-02-28T14:56:39+00:00

François Couillard
President

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Francois’ 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 four years.

Susan Scotti
Vice President

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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.

Mélanie Drouin
Secretary

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Melanie Drouin is a seasoned communicator with over 15 years of experience in a number of areas in the field including issues management, strategic communications planning and implementation, stakeholder engagement, events and digital communications. She is a proud public servant who has managed several high-profile communications issues for the federal government, and more recently, stakeholder consultations and regulatory development on key transport files.

She is currently serving as an integration manager in the Infrastructure portfolio. Melanie is active on the social media scene, and can be found online engaging and promoting transportation, infrastructure and immigration issues.

Melanie has been a volunteer with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) since 2008. She has witnessed first hand the positive impact that the OCISO programs have had on newcomers to Canada. Having lived in different countries herself, she is empathetic and relatable to newcomers, and has a solid understanding of the challenges they face.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in communications.

Michel Piché
Treasurer

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Michel Piche is a Finance and Corporate Services executive with +20 years executive level experience in public, private, and not for profit organizations. He is currently VP Finance and Administration for Carleton University, and past VP Corporate Management and CFO for the National Research Council of Canada..

He is 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.

Christopher Braeuel
Member at Large

Chris is an international development practitioner and leader with over 15 years’ experience in multilateral negotiations and global project/program management in both the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Prior to joining Veterinarians Without Borders in his current role as Executive Director, Chris was the country Director for Cuso International in Nigeria. In 2010, he served as First Secretary for Development with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Kabul where he led and managed Canada’s support to Afghanistan’s basis education and vocational training sectors. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Operational Service Medal (South West Asia) from the Government of Canada for his contributions.

Prior to this, Chris represented Canada in the United Nations as the Canadian Focal Point and Bureau Vice-President to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and land degradation. Chris is passionate about international and community volunteering, having served as a CUSO-VSO Volunteer in Tanzania overseeing a national birth registration initiative and being a mentor to students and young professionals. He enjoys adventure travel and playing percussion.

Daljit Nirman
Director

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.

Jessie Thomson
Director

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Jessie Thomson is currently the Director of CARE Canada’s Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team. Jessie joined CARE as an Emergency Response Program Manager in March 2011 and since joining CARE, has been deployed or has visited CARE programming in Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Haiti, Chad, Mali, Kenya, Djibouti, and Turkey.

Prior to joining CARE, Jessie worked as a protection delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Pakistan; as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, leading the development of Canadian policy related to refugees, IDPs and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and, as a Senior Policy Advisor and Manager in the Resettlement Division in Refugees Branch at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

As a 2008 Walter and Gordon Duncan Foundation Global Youth Fellow, Jessie co-produced and co-directed Home Free, a short film about the 1972 Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Jessie began her career with the UNHCR in London and as a volunteer with World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program at the University of Toronto. Jessie lives in Ottawa and speaks both French and English

Gorav Chaudhry  
Director

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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.

Noah Arshinoff
Director

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Noah is a lawyer in the Legislation and Law Reform department of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Noah leads the CBA’s Anti-Corruption Team, a team of expert lawyers from across Canada dedicated to providing the tools necessary to combat corruption and bribery.

Noah’s role includes scrutinizing federal legislation, commenting and preparing submissions on developments in legislation and policy, and appearing before Parliamentary Committees. His primary areas of expertise fall under the umbrella of corporate and international law, including international trade and anti-corruption. Prior to joining the CBA, Noah worked at Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto where he focused on international trade matters.

Noah is a graduate of the French Common Law program at the University of Ottawa and completed an undergraduate in Political Science. In addition to his legal background, Noah has written about parliamentary reform, comparing the world’s governance systems, and “off the beaten track” travel adventures.

Rohit Samaroo
Director

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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.