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Board

Volunteer Canada Leadership

Our board of directors is responsible for setting Volunteer Canada's strategic direction. The board represents a pan-Canadian perspective on volunteering and civic participation. Collectively they bring a breadth of experience and wisdom that is crucial to the development of sound organizational policies and maintenance of good governance.

Board Member

Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal  – Board Chair – President of Volunteer British Columbia

Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal is a native of Calgary and attended the University of Alberta, where he received degrees in Science and Law.  He is a retired member of the Alberta Bar.

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Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal is a native of Calgary and attended the University of Alberta, where he received degrees in Science and Law.  He is a retired member of the Alberta Bar.  Lawrence was first employed by the City of Calgary and later was a senior executive in the coal, electricity and natural gas industries. He moved to Richmond in 2002. Lawrence is active in the volunteer sector and is currently a director and Past President of Volunteer Richmond Information Services; a director and Treasurer of Touchstone Family Association and a director and President of Volunteer BC.

Sissi Meng  – Treasurer

Ms. Meng is Finance Manager, MDS Aero Support Corporation

She has public practices experiences while working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Welch LLP and she is passionate about helping the community.

Doug Watson  – Member at Large - President & CEO of Propellus

Doug Watson is the President & CEO of Propellus which serves over 450 member organizations in and around Calgary.

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Doug Watson is the President & CEO of Propellus which serves over 450 member organizations in and around Calgary. As the volunteer and capacity building centre of Calgary, Propellus supports other charities and non-profits to build upon their people engagement, governance and management practices. Ultimately connecting individuals and organizations to one another to create a thriving, engaged community for every single Calgarian.

Doug holds an Ashridge (UK) MBA with a special focus on leadership and organizational design. Over the past 12 years, he has worked in varying people engagement roles including six years living in England while working for a values-based leadership development organization. Doug has designed and championed the ‘Creating Your Culture’ process in several organizations in North America and across Europe including Propellus. He is also an experienced presenter on management, organizational sustainability and the tools necessary to effect organizational change. As Propellus’ President & CEO, Doug is always up for a learning from the front lines of our community, he can be found meeting with our members, partners, and community leaders in a coffee shop.

Deborah Swartz  – Member at Large - Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Accenture Canada

 

Penelope Rowe  – Member at Large – CEO, Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador

Penelope M Rowe is CEO of the Community Sector Council, Newfoundland and Labrador - a registered charity dedicated to linking social and economic development, strengthening the community sector and promoting volunteerism. 

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Rowe has spent much of her career in the policy and nonprofit fields holding numerous Order-in-Council appointments such as vice chair of the Social Sciences Research and Humanities Council (the first non-academic to hold this senior position); co-chair of the Canadian Health Network; chair of the NL Workers Compensation Board, and chair of the Social Policy Advisory Committee which developed a policy framework for the NL Government’s groundbreaking strategic social plan. As a volunteer she has contributed to national and provincial advisory committees and voluntary organizations including the National Executive of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference; the Joint Coordinating Committee for the Federal Government - Voluntary Sector Initiative; Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee; the Community Panel of the Cooperators Group; and Statistics Canada’s Advisory Group for non-profit research.  Currently on the Boards of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and the Provincial Council of the Rural Secretariat, she is also a member of Memorial University’s Innovation Strategy External Advisory Committee.  She has authored many reports including the Atlantic Regional Report of the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organization and The Leadership Gap: Perception or Reality.

Penelope has an MSc London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate of laws from Memorial University.  Her contributions have been recognized throughout Canada. Named one of Canada’s 50 influential women by Chatelaine Magazine and one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine, she is a member of the Order of Canada cited as a tenacious advocate for the social and economic well-being of Canadians and a champion for voluntarism.

Kirk Muise  – Member at Large

Kirk Muise – Member at Large – Regional Vice President, RBC Royal Bank, Eastern New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island.

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Currently residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, in his role with RBC leads a team focused on bringing the RBC brand to life, and capturing market opportunity through developing, growing and retaining long term client relationships.

Kirk’s career with RBC Royal Bank spans 20 years, and he has worked in Branch Management, Advisory Roles, Human Resources, and Commercial Financial Services prior to his Senior leadership appointment.

He graduated with a diploma in Business Administration from Cape Breton University, and also holds his Personal Financial Planner designation through Canadian Securities Institute. 

Francis (Frank) Séguin  – Vice-Chair – Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mr. Séguin is a senior manager in the assurance and advisory services group, specializing in the Public Sector group. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Séguin worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for approximately six years.

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Mr. Séguin is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario as well as the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, and is a part-time lecturer at the Bachelor's and Graduate programs at the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais. His lectures address accounting for employee future benefits and other complex accounting questions.

Mr. Séguin graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Graduate diploma in Public Accounting HEC. Montréal in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2002. 

Susan Scotti  – Member at Large - Senior Vice President, Planning and Operations, Canadian Council of Chief Executives

Susan Scotti is Senior Vice President, Planning and Operations, for the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. A former senior executive with the Government of Canada, Susan has experience in operating departments and central agencies—most recently as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Income Security and Social Development, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

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Susan left the federal public service in 2009 after a 30-year career. During that time, she was responsible for national policies and programs in culture and broadcasting, the integration and participation of ethnic minorities, and aboriginal land claims, as well as a wide array of initiatives for seniors, persons with disabilities, the homeless and the non-profit sector at large.

Susan holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University Toronto. She sits on a number of boards and committees for organizations such as the Canadian Film Institute, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, the Association of Professional Executives, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Volunteer Canada.

Leila Fenc  – Member at Large – Director, Corporate Responsibility & Deloitte Foundation, Deloitte

In her role at Deloitte, Leila is responsible for overseeing the firm’s internal corporate responsibility strategy, in addition to acting as the Director of the firm’s charitable foundation.  While the firm’s corporate responsibility strategy is broad-based in nature, Leila is also directly responsible for the firm’s community involvement strat

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In her role at Deloitte, Leila is responsible for overseeing the firm’s internal corporate responsibility strategy, in addition to acting as the Director of the firm’s charitable foundation.  While the firm’s corporate responsibility strategy is broad-based in nature, Leila is also directly responsible for the firm’s community involvement strategy.

She is working on developing comprehensive programs for community support, at both a national and global level.  Leila serves on the organizing committees of the firm’s national volunteer day, called Impact Day, and their annual United Campaign. 

Prior to her work at Deloitte, Leila served as Director of Public Affairs at MasterCard Canada, Associate Director of Community Relations at Rogers Communications Inc. and began her career at an arts and cultural consulting firm in Toronto.

Leila is an active member of Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Council, the Conference Board of Canada’s Community Investment Corporate Council, and IABC Toronto and serves on the Board of Philanthropic Foundations of Canada.

Leila holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, an M.A. in Communication and Culture from York and Ryerson Universities, a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations, and her B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Noreen Mian  – Secretary – Executive Director, Volunteer Manitoba

Noreen Mian is the Executive Director of Volunteer Manitoba. She is passionate about community involvement and best practices within the not-for-profit sector.

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Through her work, she has traveled to remote corners of Manitoba promoting active citizenship and sustainability through youth engagement and has spent time as volunteer in rural West Africa. Noreen is a Board member with the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Chair of the Governance Committee.  She holds a BA from McGill University and when she's not talking about good governance and volunteerism, can be found at home working on an MA.

Jann Beeston  – Volunteer Centre Designate – Executive Director, Volunteer Alberta

 

Fimba Tankoano  – Member at Large – Executive Director, Fédération des centres d'action bénévole du Québec

Born in Burkina Faso, Fimba Tankoano is most passionate when talking about volunteering. From a young age, he understood that for societies to reach their full potential, a strong volunteer base is required. After immigrating to Canada, Fimba started volunteering to expand his personal network and to immerse himself in Quebecois culture.

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Born in Burkina Faso, Fimba Tankoano is most passionate when talking about volunteering. From a young age, he understood that for societies to reach their full potential, a strong volunteer base is required. After immigrating to Canada, Fimba started volunteering to expand his personal network and to immerse himself in Quebecois culture. Six years later, he now serves as the Director of the Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec.

Fimba has been involved in many community organisations, both in Quebec and in his home country. He holds degrees in social psychology and business management, as well as an Attestation of Collegial Studies (Mobilization and Development of Local Communities).

Because of his inspired leadership and his unrelenting commitment towards consultation and conciliation, Fimba has greatly contributed to the success of a project aimed at promoting volunteering: Le bénévolat, une participation citoyenne et inclusive au service de la communauté montréalaise (Volunteering – An Inclusive Civic Involvement Supporting Montreal Communities). This project led to the creation of the Chaîne des bénévoles d’ici et d’ailleurs (Chain of Volunteers From Here and Beyond), an initiative that was awarded the United Way of Greater Montreal’s Solidarity and Mobilization Prize in 2011.

Jane Hennig  – Volunteer Centre Designate – Executive Director, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo

Jane Hennig is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre, which provides services and resources to strengthen the capacity of over 160 charity and not-for-profit groups to engage and support volunteers. She has degrees from the University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Jane provides nonprofit sector leadership through her work on the board of Volunteer Canada, the steering committee of the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, and on the Partnership Group of the Gateway Project a Pan/ParaPan Am Games Legacy. She is very active in Campus-Community work having served on the steering committees of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning and the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement Project. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Community Research Learning and Action at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Jane’s expertise in volunteer management and board governance along with over 35 years of experience in volunteering for local, regional, and national organizations have contributed to her belief in the value of volunteer involvement and the incredible impact of the voluntary sector on Canadian identity.  

Lynne Douglas  – Member at Large

Lynne Douglas studied psychology and religious studies at the University of Calgary and currently sits on the Community Involvement Leadership Round Table with the Centre for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

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Lynne Douglas studied psychology and religious studies at the University of Calgary and currently sits on the Community Involvement Leadership Round Table with the Centre for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. At Cenovus, Lynne’s passion is inspiring employees in their personal community engagement, enhancing students and teachers learning experience in rural communities and stewarding social innovation through a variety of community investments throughout the province.

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