Champion’s Table

Meet our Champions

Katrina Barclay

Katrina Barclay

Katrina is best known in Ottawa as the founder and owner of Malenka Originals, a niche boutique and workshop in Hintonburg focused on transforming and upcycling furniture. Her contributions in business and the community led to her becoming a FortyUnder40 recipient in 2016. Katrina recently completed an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management and has since started two new roles – one at management consultancy Gerald Pulvermacher and Associates, and the other at Telfer’s Family Enterprise Legacy Institute. Prior to pivoting to business, Katrina had a career in media, working at the CBC and BBC. Katrina also sits on the Board of Helping with Furniture (HWF), an award-winning not-for-profit that provides gently used furniture & household items, refurbished bicycles & laptops to families and individuals in distress.

Sofia Borsten

Sofia Borsten

Born and raised in Guatemala, Sofia majored in graphic design with a specialization in marketing, advertising and communication. She has 20 years of experience in the marketing and advertising industries. Sofia moved to Ottawa in 2008 and has since worked in retail, fitness and hospitality, discovering different sectors of the Ottawa market. Currently, Sofia is the Director of Marketing for a group of restaurants which include Zak’s Diner (ByWard Market, Elgin St, Kanata, Carleton Place), The Grand Pizzeria, Metropolitain Brasserie, Apothecary Lounge, YOW – York on William, and Zak’s Cantina. She is part of the Ottawa Tourism Board of Directors and a Board Member of the Kanata Central BIA. Sofia is an active member of the Ottawa Tourism Marketing Committee and ByWard Market BIA Marketing Committee. Sofia is also an interior designer and concept developer, and is currently working on two new restaurants in the ByWard Market: Starling and Rooftop Ottawa. Sofia is the founder of the Pay it Forward initiative within in the group of restaurants, which feeds families in need in association with the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.

Dave Donaldson

Dave Donaldson

Dave Donaldson is the Managing Partner of Bo’ness Management Consulting Inc., a platform for volunteerism, committee work and youth development. He is formerly Dean of the School of Business at Algonquin College and Hospitality, Business and Music at Vancouver Community College. His volunteer activity includes current director and treasurer with Marchés d’Ottawa Markets, past chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, member of the Tourism Development Council of Ottawa Tourism and a 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 with the inaugural Community Booster award from the Best Ottawa Business awards, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, Order of the Tulip and the Algonquin College Student Association award of excellence recognizing outstanding contribution to student life at Algonquin.

Sadaf Ebrahim

Sadaf Ebrahim

Sadaf Ebrahim currently serves as President Canada-Pakistan Association (National Capital Region). Sadaf excels in organizing social events, managing various awareness programs and volunteering time to engage with people of all backgrounds with a resolve to improve the socio-economic dimension of the community.

During COVID-19, Sadaf has been a leader in supporting and promoting local small businesses through social media and televised shows and made arrangements to deliver groceries to senior/elderly individuals. Sadaf has successfully raised funds for organizations such as the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Multi-Faith Housing Initiative Ottawa (MHI), Cure Women & Children (CWC) in Bangladesh and CHEO Foundation. Sadaf has been recognized for her efforts with an Appreciation Award for raising funds for Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, Immigrant Entrepreneur Award by City of Ottawa in 2017, a Canada 150 Award in 2017, the 2017 Miss Charity Award by M/s Multicultural Canada Beauty Pageant, the CBET Appreciation Award by Canada-Bangladesh Education Trust in 2019 and most recently, the investure to the 2021 Order Of Ottawa.

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin

Katie Griffin has spent nearly a decade covering the biggest stories in Ottawa and across Eastern Ontario.

Katie started her career at CTV Ottawa where she has been a reporter, producer and the co-anchor of CTV News at 6 on weekends. In January 2020 she took on the newly created role of multi-skilled journalist: shooting, writing and editing her own stories for television, radio and online audiences.

Katie graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism honours degree and a minor in law. She also studied American Sign Language.

Prior to CTV Ottawa, Katie interned at Global News in Toronto and at CBC’s foreign bureau in London.

When she’s not in the newsroom, Katie loves to travel, spend time with family, volunteer at community events and whipping up sweet creations in the kitchen.

Nolan MacMillan

Nolan MacMillan

Nolan MacMillan was born in Arnprior and has lived throughout southern Ontario. He is passionate about music and sports as he grew up playing the violin and hockey. Once he started high school at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Nolan began playing football which would ultimately bring him back home to the Ottawa area. Following a collegiate career at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Nolan was the first draft pick of the returning CFL franchise here in Ottawa. He was a member of the 2016 Grey Cup Champion team and was recognized in 2019 as a member of the East-Division All Star Team. During the cancelled CFL season in 2020 Nolan began his next career as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities.

Nolan has relished the opportunities being a professional athlete have given him in the community. He knows the impact of positive role models, and what a difference the example they set makes. He was nominated in 2016 by the REDBLACKS for the Tom Pate award recognizing an individual’s commitment to the community. Nolan is looking forward to being a part of the important work at Shepherds of Good Hope and affecting change here in our community.

Elizabeth Manley

Elizabeth Manley

Elizabeth Manley is a certified performance/executive life coach with more than 30 years experience in both amateur and professional figure skating. She was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won the 1988 silver medal and became the Olympic freestyle champion), six World Championships and has won three National Titles. Reliving her incredible journey for audiences, Manley gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it takes to make it to the top and speaks with honesty about the importance of mental health and surviving the loss of her parents.

Since her retirement from amateur competition, Manley was awarded The Royal Order of Canada and became a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth has become a Producer of the charity event Elizabeth Manley and Friends for Mental Health (and regularly works with the Canadian Mental Health Association), and is a member of the Cancer Foundation Courage Campaign Presidents’ Advisory Circle in Ottawa. Elizabeth has spoken to more than 75 schools on the importance of Mental Health, Bullying and Teen Suicide.

Melissa Shabinksy

Melissa Shabinksy

Melissa is an entrepreneur and active community supporter. She is the co-founder of the first Fairy Godmother chapter in Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to making prom night magical for underprivileged teens by providing them with formal wear, shoes, and accessories. Since 2002, her organization has helped to send over 3,000 teens off to prom and was selected as a CTV national success story. For 10 years she was also a monthly volunteer with the Look Good Feel Better Program, helping cancer patients deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment plus was the co-chair for the Bust a Move fundraising initiative helping to raise over $1 million for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. She sat on the board of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation for 5 years and continues to support the organization through community engagement.

Kurt Stoodley

Kurt Stoodley

A former broadcaster who spent over 30 years in Radio and Television, Kurt is now carving out a career as a Realtor in Ottawa, working with ReMax Affiliates for the past 7 years. Married to Erin Lannan of Miramichi NB, Kurt has two Children, Shannon and Keeghan, who both live in Halifax NS. He is also a proud Grandfather to Colin and Nora, who both call him “Bop”! Always happy to help out in the community, Kurt continues to give back, helping with various charities and initiatives in Ottawa, including Shepherds of Good Hope!

Joe Thottungal

Joe Thottungal

Joe Thottungal is the chef and owner of both the Coconut Lagoon restaurant and Thali Coconut Lagoon in Ottawa.

For five years, he worked in hotel kitchens in Toronto and Windsor, as well as the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, where he earned his Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) designation. In 2008, Joe was named Ottawa Chef of the Year by the Canadian Culinary Federation. In 2016, he won top prize at Ottawa’s Gold Medal Plates competition, followed by a silver medal at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships. In 2019, he published ‘Coconut Lagoon, Recipes from South Indian Kitchen,’ and went on to win Gold in Taste Canada 2020.

Joe received the Order of Ottawa in 2020, awarded Outstanding Individual Philanthropist 2020, and Community Builder 2020. Joe is also the Culinary director of Food for Thought Cafe.

Joe lives in Ottawa with his wife and three children.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is a Partner in the Ottawa office of Odgers Berndtson. Michael specializes in recruiting top candidates into leadership roles in the not-for-profit, charitable and technology sectors. Michael is known for working very closely with his clients, providing strategic guidance throughout the search process.

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Michael worked for a national health charity where he headed up their business development efforts – giving him an in-depth knowledge of the charitable landscape in Canada. Before that, he spent 8 years with two leading Canadian search firms focused on recruiting senior-level roles.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from the University of Ottawa and is bilingual in both official languages. He serves on the advisory board of PayShepherd, a Calgary-based technology SaaS start-up and is an active volunteer with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. In 2018, Michael was named a Forty Under 40 recipient, one of Ottawa’s most prestigious business awards.