Executive Team

Stephen Bartolo

Stephen Bartolo

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Stephen spearheads innovative programming and services at Shepherds of Good Hope. A natural relationship-builder, he has been instrumental in developing and nurturing partnerships, helping shape Shepherds of Good Hope into the leading community organization and social agency that it is today. Stephen’s passion is connecting all stakeholders to the organization’s vision. 

Stephen began his Shepherds of Good Hope career in 2002 as a volunteer, experiencing many different aspects of the organization since then; from Front-Line employee to Program Manager, Senior Manager, Director of Operations, Vice-President, Senior Vice President, and his current role as CEO. 

He holds an eMBA with a specialization in innovation, post-graduate certificates in risk and program management, and a professional designation in executive/leadership coaching. 

Stephen is committed to enhancing the experiences of staff, volunteers and individuals utilizing Shepherds’ services. He is also deeply committed to sustainability; both fiscal and environmental. 

Under his leadership, he will continue his steadfast commitment to end chronic homelessness in Ottawa, by continuing to expand supportive housing and achieving the Shepherds’ vision; Homes for all. Community for all. Hope for all. 

Lindy Rosko

Lindy Rosko

Vice President of People and Culture

As Vice President, People and Culture, Lindy brings expertise in collective bargaining, labour relations, recruitment/retention, policy development, on-boarding, and orientation. Lindy has more than a decade of experience at Shepherds of Good Hope, most recently as the Director of Human Resources.

She cares passionately about Shepherds of Good Hope’s staff and clients, as well as the work Shepherds of Good Hope does in the community.

Keith Lau

Keith Lau

Director of Risk, IT and Business Operations

Keith is responsible for steering Shepherds of Good Hope’s data management, information technology and the implementation of a number of organization-wide initiatives in strategic planning and risk management.

Before joining Shepherds of Good Hope, Keith had studied homelessness and housing issues in Toronto and Hong Kong. Keith joined Shepherds of Good Hope in 2007 and continues to apply his studies in political economy into his daily work.

David Gourlay

David Gourlay

CEO Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation

David joined the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation in 2020 as Director and then in 2021 was appointed as the VP of Philanthropy. This appointment fits a career that is characterized by a passion for people, relationships and building the community he was born, raised and lives in – Ottawa.

David had a 10+ year in the private sector following a 15-year career in the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa. David’s commitment to community is important to him and he has served on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Public Library, the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation and the Ottawa Sport Council. David established the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club and proudly co-founded the Miracle League of Ottawa to provide children with special needs a fully accessible and inclusive baseball facility in Orleans.

In June 2009, David received an Ottawa Business Journal “40Under40” Award and in 2014, David became a Member of the Order of Ottawa as recognized by Mayor Watson for his contributions to the local community.

In 2022, David was recognized as AFP Ottawa’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive.

David lives in Kanata with his wife Danielle and their two children.

Karen Meades

Karen Meades

Chief Financial Officer

Karen brings her financial acumen and collaborative leadership style to Shepherds of Good Hope. Her ability to interpret analytics and use them to advise and make sound business decisions makes her an integral part of the Executive Leadership Team.

An avid ultra-marathoner, Karen can focus and achieve the goals she sets for herself and the organization she works for. Those organizations include, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa Health Services Network, and the Medical Council of Canada.

A lifelong learner, Karen is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Master of Laws) and Queen’s University (EMBA, Business). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accounts of Canada and a Certified Public Accountant with the Illinois CPA Society.

Karen was inducted into the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada: Hall of Fame in 2015. Karen is the 3rd Canadian woman to complete the Racing the Planet: 4 deserts ultramarathon race series.

Karen is also a lifelong teacher and is a professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa.