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Staff

Volunteer Canada Team

At Volunteer Canada, we’re passionate about community involvement. Our diverse team brings a range of knowledge, skills and experience to strengthen volunteering in Canada.

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Executive

Paula Speevak  – President and CEO

Paula Speevak joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the Managing Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development.

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At Carleton, in the School of Public Policy and Administration, she taught a graduate course in Non-Profit Management, and at the University of Ottawa she taught undergraduate courses in Governance in the Voluntary Sector and Community Service-Learning. Prior to her focus on applied research, Paula enjoyed a 24-year career as a practitioner and senior manager in the non-profit and voluntary sector in both institutional and community-based settings, in Montréal, Ottawa and on pan-Canadian initiatives. She holds a Master of Management Degree from McGill University in the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders.

Finance and Administration

Marketing and Communications

Lainie Towell  – Director, Innovation and Public Engagement

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Laura Allardyce  – Manager, Communications and Marketing

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Corporate Citizenship and Fund Development

Elizabeth Dove  – Director, Corporate Citizenship

Elizabeth is a tri-sector leader, specializing in social impact strategies that engage businesses, non-profit organizations and governments. She has worked as senior staff and consultant on advancing a wide range of issues: health, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development.

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Elizabeth is a tri-sector leader, specializing in social impact strategies that engage businesses, non-profit organizations and governments. She has worked as senior staff and consultant on advancing a wide range of issues: health, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development. Passionate about the power of collaboration, she focuses on bringing together actors from different sectors to create value for their organizations and the broader community.

Through her leadership as a consultant, facilitator, and manager, young adults better understand themselves and their world through volunteering at home and abroad, citizens and the government more easily dialogue on foreign aid, banks have adopted new ways to support Aboriginal peoples, and international development organizations have found new ways to partner with business. As a part-time professor at Humber College, Elizabeth has designed and taught courses in management, training, and strategic planning skills for NGO students. Most recently, Elizabeth has been working as a consultant, supporting non-profit and business clients to work across sectors and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to create business and social impact. 

  • Elizabeth holds a B.A. in International Development and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and the McGill-McConnell Master of Management for National Voluntary (Non-Profit) Sector Leaders.
  • In 2012, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on social justice issues.
  • Elizabeth is also Mom to two young daughters who mostly-willingly join her to ‘sleep out for Syrians’, referee community ping pong tournament fundraisers and vote as a part of their citizenship education.

Membership

Karine Diedrich  – Manager, Knowledge Mobilization and Member Services

Karine has over ten years’ experience managing the development of key deliverables and cross-sector partnerships to advance national strategies and initiatives.

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Karine has over ten years’ experience managing the development of key deliverables and cross-sector partnerships to advance national strategies and initiatives. As a National Priority Advisor at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), her work included working across sectors to better understand the linkages between sport participation and youth substance use; developing new tracking and knowledge exchange mechanisms for novel psychoactive substances; and, supporting implementation of best practice in prevention and health promotion.

She also acquired experience in strategic communications and marketing as an Associate at APCO Worldwide, an international communications and public affairs consulting firm.

Karine is the Partnerships and Sponsorships Lead for Hacking Health Ottawa, one of 45 chapters around the globe working to transform healthcare by connecting healthcare professionals with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs to build realistic solutions to frontline healthcare problems. She is a past Board member for the Gloucester Recreation Development Organization, has a BA in Criminology from Carleton University and a Professional Certificate in Partnership Management from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).

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