Foundation Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Mark Roundell

Mark Roundell

Chair

Mark retired in 2021 after more than 40 years in the financial services industry. He enjoys working on behalf of the Foundation Board to raise funds and awareness for the vital work that Shepherds does in our community.

Mark and his wife Deb have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Mark also sits on the Governance and Finance, Investment and Audit committees.

Kaveh Rikhtegar

Kaveh Rikhtegar

Vice-Chair

Kaveh joined Shepherds of Good Hope as a volunteer in 2017 to provide care and compassion to the homeless and vulnerable in Ottawa. Eventually, he joined the Foundation Board in 2019 to help facilitate support and awareness of the community Shepherds of Good Hope serves that they may live with dignity and respect.

Kaveh is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant and has been involved as a director with governance and controls related matters in both the public and private sectors for the past 25 years.

Kaveh loves to spend as much time as he can with his wife Caroline and their three children.

David Rattray

David Rattray

Treasurer

Prior to his work as a management consultant which began in May 2004 as President of Public Accountability Consulting Inc., David was an Assistant Auditor General of Canada for 16 years. He is a fellow of both the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada. He is a Certified Management Consultant.

For almost 45 years David has been active in the volunteer community and recently or currently sits on several Boards including: the Ottawa Senators Foundation, the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation and Christmas Cheer Foundation.

He is also a Director and Treasurer with the Canadian Paralympic Committee until 2025 and chairs the Appeals Panel for the Chartered Governance Institute. He is recipient of the Canada 125 medal as well as the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and the Order of Ottawa.

Lyndra Griffith-Harnden

Lyndra Griffith-Harnden

Board Member

Lyndra is an experienced adjudicator and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She has appeared as counsel before various courts and administrative tribunals. Lyndra holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from Carleton University.

Lyndra also practices entertainment law at Edwards Creative Law, LLP. She has excellent knowledge of the entertainment industry and is committed to properly informing and supporting her clients at every stage of their career.

She has represented clients in music, television, film, publishing, performing arts and visual arts. Passionate about the arts, Lyndra is very keen to serve the artistic community. Lyndra enjoys sharing her knowledge and is regularly invited to present at professional development sessions.

Lyndra is fully bilingual and represents clients in both official languages.

Lyndra serves on the Governance Committee.

Wendy Hope

Wendy Hope

Board Member

Wendy retired from her role as Vice President, External Relations at the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) at the end of 2018 after 19 years. At CLHIA, she was responsible for overseeing the Association’s communication initiatives as well as its conference and events portfolio. She was also involved in governance matters, serving as Associate Corporate Secretary to the CLHIA Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the CLHIA, Wendy worked for 10 years with the Canadian Payments Association as their Director, Communication & Education. She was also a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and served as President of the Ottawa Chapter in the late 90’s and more recently in 2017-2019 as Treasurer.

Wendy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from McMaster University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations (with honours) from Humber College. Wendy continues to enjoy retirement with her husband Andrew and looks forward to sailing their boat on Lake Ontario out of Kington and traveling.

Wendy serves on the SGH Foundation Governance Committee.

Jim Orban

Jim Orban

Board Member

Jim worked in the newspaper business for almost 40 years with the Ottawa Journal, Edmonton Journal and Ottawa Citizen and completed his media career in 2010 as Publisher of the Ottawa Citizen. He joined Algonquin College for a brief period before starting his fundraising career in 2011 at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation as President and CEO.

In 2020, Jim “retired” after the Foundation successfully raised $100 million for infrastructure, equipment, and research.

During 50 years as a community volunteer Jim served on +40 non-profit boards and fundraising committees covering education, business, sports, healthcare, the arts, and social services.

Jim is a proud University of Ottawa alumnus where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree and was recognized on several occasions by the Telfer School of Management for his contributions to the university and the community.

Jim continues his community involvement with various not-for-profit organizations and is currently an active business consultant.

Jim serves on the Finance Committee.

John Peters

John Peters

Board Member

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.

Carrol Pitters

Carrol Pitters

Board Member

Carrol was the Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She held an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, and her clinical role was as a staff physician in the Emergency Department at CHEO.

Carrol obtained her medical degree from the University of the West Indies and after a one-year internship at the University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, she pursued her residency training in Paediatrics at CHEO from 1980-84. She spent an additional year as a resident in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa, before beginning her medical career in the CHEO Emergency Department in 1985.

After serving as Associate Director of the Emergency Department for 4 years, she was appointed Medical Director and Chief of Emergency Medicine in 1996, a position she held for 10 years. She then became the Chair of the Board of the Children’s Hospital Academic Medical Organization (CHAMO). Carrol was appointed Chief of Staff in 2010. She was honoured with the Health Sciences award for excellence at the 33rd Annual Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) Harry Jerome Awards held on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is recognized as the most prestigious national awards gala in the African-Canadian community and a coveted symbol of achievement.

Carrol serves on the Governance Committee.