Board of Directors
Meet our volunteer Board of Directors
Tom is an accomplished senior financial services professional operating two lines of business: a mortgage agent with Mortgage Brokers Ottawa and a senior foreign exchange consultant with Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange.
Tom has been very active in the community since arriving in Ottawa over a decade ago. He is the founder and President of the Ottawa Whisky Guild and has served on the Board of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Gymnastics Club, the Sierra Club Foundation, the Kiwanis Club and the Canadian Society of Association Executives. The Ottawa Whisky Guild is an active contributor to local charities like and the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, and the YMCA. In the past 3 years they have donated over $20,000 to Shepherds of Good Hope.
Tom and his wife Helen split their time between their home in Lindenlea and their summer residence in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. They have a daughter Darla and two sons, Daniel and Jonathan, all three live in Ottawa. In his downtime, he loves kayaking, gardening, photography, home renovations, and of course, whisky tasting.
Tom also serves as Ex-Officio Director member on all committees.
Catherine has over 35 years of health care experience, including more than 25 years in leadership positions in both community and hospital organizations. Her areas of expertise include Geriatrics, Mental Health, Palliative and Hospice Care, Home and Community Care and Rehabilitation. Recently retired after eight years as CEO of Community Care Health Network in Kawartha Lakes, Catherine has held positions of Vice-President Clinical Programs at The Ottawa Hospital; Chief Executive Officer of the Rehabilitation Centre of Ottawa; and Executive Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Home Care Program. While in Kawartha Lakes, Catherine chaired The Central East LHIN Mental Health Network as well as the Central East Senior Care Network.
Catherine holds a Master of Health Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, both from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has interests in change management, quality improvement, patient safety, and population health initiatives.
Catherine was a surveyor with Accreditation Canada on its National and International teams for 12 years and in the spring of 2019, she was appointed to the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board as a Public Member.
Catherine also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee.
Robin Sellar has over 30 years of executive-level experience in external audit, taxation, corporate and financial planning, risk management, internal audit, strategy development, and governance and alliance management. She is a highly experienced, mature professional with outstanding credentials and impeccable personal ethics. She is an accomplished communicator, composed and diplomatic, and has had extensive experience speaking to large audiences, especially in the area of governance, risk management and internal audit. Robin is currently the Managing Partner of Sellar Consulting, successfully providing governance, risk management, performance management and assurance services to public and private sector organizations.
She is a global thought leader at the Committee level with the Institute of Internal Auditors. She has significant governance experience and currently serves on a number of paid and volunteer Boards as Chair of the Audit Committee and/or Treasurer.
Robin is a Chartered Accountant, a US CPA, CIA, and holds a Kellogg MBA from Northwestern, Illinois.
Robin also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Steve is the President of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association and involved as a Board director in the Shepherds of Good Hope, Ottawa Tourism, and Ottawa Celebrations Inc.
Steve’s previous positions included Vice President of Media at the Canadian Medical Association and Publisher with St. Joseph Media. He has three grown children and is very active in the community.
Steve also serves as a Director on the New Capital & Programs Committee.
Terry is a retired international banking executive now involved in various governance, education and leadership mentoring initiatives. Terry spent 20 years as a Chief Financial Officer for multinational financial services companies working in Canada, the United States and Asia, often involved in starting up subsidiary operations and turning around businesses in crisis. Terry now dedicates time to volunteering his services on Ottawa-based NPO boards. Terry serves as Chair of Governance Committee and member of the Finance Committee at Ashbury College and as Board President at the School of Photographic Arts Ottawa.
A resident of Ottawa since 1998 when he helped establish MBNA Canada Bank, Terry has been involved in many philanthropic projects throughout his career, including the restoration of the Temple of Literature in HaNoi and the building of rural schools in Thailand.
Terry graduated from the University of Windsor in Finance and Economics and subsequently qualified as a Certified General Accountant. He received his Chartered Director designation in 2016.
Terry also serves as a Director on the Governance Committee and Acting Chair, New Capital & Programs Committee.
Chantal Desmarais Barton
Chantal is a dynamic leader and innovator who has advanced social, educational, scientific, technological, and healthcare outcomes over a 20+ year career span.
She provides advice to researchers and senior executives in her current role at Canada’s largest federal Research & Development organization.
Chantal is fluently bilingual, holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Project Management Professional accreditation and has undertaken Social Organization Management studies.
She has previous experience as the President and Chair of a non-profit board. Chantal also enjoys sailing.
Chantal also serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a Director on the Finance Committee.
Dave Donaldson is the retired Dean of the School of Business at Algonquin College and previously Dean, Hospitality, Business and Music at Vancouver Community College. He is currently on the board of Ottawa Markets with previous volunteerism including chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Canadian Business Schools. Additional community activity has included member of the Tourism Development Council of Ottawa Tourism, past director with that organization, BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, Council of Tourism Associations and Director, Tourism Vancouver. He was a member of the Yes 2010 Steering Council which generated the vote endorsing the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and a founding principal in Stars4SUCCESS, a unique partnership with downtown Vancouver hotels which retrained street youth.
Dave has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Food Professionals with an Educational Excellence Award and the Food Executive of the Year for western Canada. He has a lifetime membership with the Ottawa Board of Trade, received the Algonquin College President’s Star award and was the inaugural winner of the Community Booster award from the Best Ottawa Business (BOBs) awards. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and the Order of the Tulip as a Chamber past chair. He has also received an Algonquin College Student Association award of excellence recognizing outstanding contribution to student life at Algonquin. He has a Bachelor of Education degree (McGill) and an MBA (Simon Fraser University).
Louisa has more than 15 years of experience successfully managing the implementation of equitable and inclusive transformative policy programming across sectors in Africa and North America. She has worked in international development with the non-profit sector (DEI, newcomer settlement & integration, digital projects, literacy promotion, reproductive health, women in STEM) and the Government of Canada (inclusive engagement, higher education quality assurance & accreditation). She is also a champion of newcomers, and has helped professional newcomer women and racialized populations address employment barriers, integrate, and successfully navigate the Canadian professional terrain through bridging communication gaps, cultural understanding, mentorship, and job retention support.
Louisa is a champion of anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. She understands that promoting and creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities where everyone has a voice is a catalyst for success and achieving a better world. She is an accomplished author and the founder of The Ottawa Black Bookclub and The Melanin Djali Project.
Louisa also serves on the HR Committee.
Laurel Johnson is employed with the Department of Justice Canada, National Security Litigation and Advisory Group. Prior to this role she was the Executive Director and General Counsel, Correctional Service Canada since October 2017. Laurel was on an assignment as General Counsel and Director of the Legal Issues Coordination Group for the Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio and for five years she was Director and Senior Counsel, Public and Labour Law, Office of the Legal Advisor for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. She has worked at Treasury Board Secretariat Legal Services and the Canada Industrial Relations Board, both as Counsel.
Prior to joining the federal government, she practiced labour and employment law in private practice in Ottawa, Toronto and London, Ontario.
Laurel is an avid athlete and certified yoga instructor, with a particular fondness for cross-country skiing, yoga, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, running, trail and road biking. She has two sons and enjoys family time at her cottage in the Ottawa Valley.
Laurel also serves as a Director of the HR Committee.
Donna Lougheed is a semi-retired psychiatrist with many years of experience working with adults who are homeless or marginally housed. She has worked with the Royal Ottawa Hospital, TOH, CMHA, and Renfrew County Mental Health Services. In addition, she spent a formative year in Jamaica working as a general psychiatrist in the public health care system. A professor at the University of Ottawa, Donna has taught health care professionals, emphasising the concepts of social determinants of health in the Canadian health care system, and the biopsychosocial model of understanding and treating mental illness. She previously served on the boards of Ottawa Salus, and Project Upstream.
Prior to specializing in psychiatry, Dr Lougheed worked as a family physician in rural British Columbia. Her interests include international and cross-cultural issues in psychiatry and health. She is active in her woodlot when she is not singing in a community choir.
Donna also serves as a Director of the Finance Committee.
Darryl Squires has been active for the last 15 years as the co-owner of a successful medium sized construction firm and property developer. Prior to that he spent 11 years in a senior financial role advising public corporations on mergers and acquisition and raising equity and debt capital. He also has experience sitting on the board of directors of public and private corporations, including audit committee service. Darryl has an HBA from the Ivey School of Business (with distinction) at the University of Western Ontario.
Darryl also serves as a Director on the Finance Committee.
Julie is employed with the Canadian Bar Association in the position of Law Reform Liaison.
Prior to the Canadian Bar association Julie was a Senior Counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada since 1990 where she was responsible for the planning, direction and provision of legal advice to the Office of the Registrar and the Supreme Court judges.
Her volunteer work included Board Director and past President, Roberts Smart Centre (1991-1997), a tertiary provider and provincial leader in the delivery of inclusive, community-based, individualized treatment and clinical services to improve the lives of youth and their families from across Ontario living with complex mental health and behavioural needs. Julie is an active Soup Kitchen volunteer with Shepherds.
Julie also serves on the Governance Committee.
John has been on the Board of Directors of Shepherds of Good Hope since 1993. He has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board as well as Chair of the Human Resources Committee (HRC), which he continues to contribute to as a member. John is also Past Chair and a Director on the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation Board.
John is a partner at Gowling WLG practising in the Advocacy Department and in particular, the Employment, Labour and Equalities Group. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, John was Principal Litigation Counsel at Export Development Canada (EDC) where he led the Litigation Management team, which delivers advice on all liability-related issues. With over 28 years of experience as a lawyer, John has extensive legal knowledge and experience in the areas of insurance and employment law as well as general litigation matters.
John has received both the Gordon F. Henderson Award from the County of Carleton Law Association (2007) and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada (August 2017) in recognition of his work with Shepherds.
John will continue to serve as a member of the HRC and will become the first Emeritus Officer of Shepherds of Good Hope.