Our 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 Members

Photo of Lisa Mort-PutlandLisa Mort-Putland - Chair 

Lisa Mort-Putland joined Volunteer Victoria as their Executive Director in June 2011. Lisa holds a B.A. in Drama and a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management. Prior to working with Volunteer Victoria Lisa was the Development Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and spent 25 years working and volunteering in the museum and heritage sector.

 

 


 

Jackie Hunt - Vice-Chair

Jackie Hunt is a training consultant, community leader and Volunteer Manitoba’s Executive Director. She is also the co-founder of The Kindred Project, a non-profit organization that provides feminine hygiene products for over 300 women in need each and every month. 

For seven years, Jackie was an elected official in the RM of Ritchot. She began her involvement with the RM as a counselor and then as the mayor. She believes in the power of strong communities and service to others, and she has built a strong reputation working with government, community leaders, organizations and individuals who share those same values. 

In her current role as Executive Director, Jackie combines her extensive experience in community engagement and her strong leadership style to position Volunteer Manitoba as the leader and catalyst for engaging all Manitobans. 
 

Kirk Muise  – Treasurer

As Regional Vice President, Business Financial Services for Alberta and Territories, Kirk leads a team of professionals providing multifaceted financial services and superior advice for business clients. 

Through industry specialization, RBC’s commercial financial services centres deliver a differentiated client experience. They provide a complete range of services to meet each client’s specific needs, from sophisticated cash and treasury management services, to all forms of credit solutions.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Kirk has over 25 years of financial industry experience and has progressively advanced his career. He has held various senior leadership roles across Atlantic Canada in Human Resources, Retail Banking, Financial Planning, and Commercial Financial Services prior to be being appointed to his current role in November 2020.

Kirk is a business graduate of Cape Breton University, and holds his Personal Financial Planner designation through the Canadian Securities Institute.  In 2016, he was a recipient of the RBC Leo Award in recognition of his community leadership.

Kirk has always been very involved in community activities through fundraising and volunteerism, and is presently serving on Volunteer Canada’s Board of Directors, and is co-chair of Prostate Cancer’s Wake Up Call Breakfast series. A long-time supporter of United Way, Kirk has successfully chaired multiple campaigns, in addition to having served on the Board as Vice-Chair. 

He and his wife Manon have two children, Janelle and Dominic aged 13 and 11, and reside in Auburn Bay community.
 

Jonathan Wade - Secretary

Jonathan Wade is a non-profit professional with more than 30 years of experience as a staff member, volunteer, board member, and consultant in social purpose organizations and non-profits. In the last 15 years as a consultant, he has provided coaching, training, and professional consulting services to non-profit organizations, co-operatives, and individuals seeking to start or expand a social enterprise.  

Jonathan is currently the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the IMPACT HUB in Ottawa, an Innoweave social enterprise coach, a facilitator and instructor at social enterprise workshops and trainings, and the principal marketing instructor and coach for the Social Enterprise Institute.  He is a CCEDNET member and is active in the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable. He is a past board member of several organizations such as the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, and he was the co-founder of the Ottawa-based Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED). 

Jonathan is an active volunteer with organizations at the community, regional and national level. He has been a board member and has volunteered for several senior strategic planning, funding review, and advisory bodies for non-profit organizations, foundations, and co-operatives. He believes strongly in the value and strength of an active voluntary sector to improve and sustain the strength of our communities.

Michel Alexandre Cauchon - Member at Large

Michel Alexandre Cauchon received a Bachelor of Social Science degree with honors from the University of Ottawa, followed by a Master's degree in Political Science from Laval University before working as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of the House of Commons. Subsequently, he turned to community where, for nearly 10 years, he worked to improve the living conditions of the poor.
 
In February 2016, he started at the Federation of Volunteer Centers of Quebec (FCABQ) as a public relations advisor, with a mandate to tie the various actions leading up to National Volunteer Week. That same year, he became responsible for research and development at the FCABQ, a position he held for two and a half years, which enabled him to understand the challenges and issues that volunteer centers must face and address.
 
More recently, he was responsible for the overall coordination of the “Regroupement des cuisines collectives du Québec”, a provincial organization aimed at developing food self-sufficiency through popular education. Currently, Michel is still at FCABQ as General Manager since May 2019, Michel Alexandre is happy and enthusiastic to put his professional energies at the service of volunteerism.
 

Rachel Dick

Rachel Dick - Member at Large

Rachel Dick is the Senior Manager, Social Purpose Business Innovation at Coast Capital, Canada’s largest federal credit union, and is responsible for a portfolio of business innovation and transformation initiatives that serve to enrich the lives of Canadians.  Rachel has over 15 years of experience in the financial sector in a wide range of roles including leadership, retail banking, sponsorship and events, volunteer management, community investment, corporate campaigns, and employee programs.  

She currently serves as the past-Chair of Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Community Engagement Council following two years as Co-Chair and on Coast Capital’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council. She holds a degree in Communications and a certificate in Public Relations from Simon Fraser University. 
 

Photo of Karen Link

Karen Link - Member at Large

Karen in the Executive Director of Volunteer Alberta, whose mission is to strengthen Alberta’s nonprofit sector organizations through knowledge exchange and strategic connections. 

Karen is at heart a community builder.   She has expertise in cross sector collaborative models, partnership brokering, system design, change management and project management. 

She has volunteered and worked for, with and in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years. Her commitment to the sector is exemplified by the wide range of work she does with countless local, provincial and national nonprofit organizations as well as the fun she has volunteering for many arts, music and cultural organizations and festivals in the Edmonton region.

Karen is a founding member of the Alberta NonProfit Network (ABNN) that seeks to advance a unified response on strategic sector-wide issues. 
 

Don McRaeDon McRae - Member at Large

Don McRae worked with voluntary groups and charities for over 30 years with the federal government. During that time, he was involved with the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations and the Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering. He has been a volunteer for over fifty years (learning at the age of 13 that dogs are suspicious of people handing out pamphlets, but he persisted). 

Since his retirement, Don has undertaken research on the ebbs and flows of the charitable sector. The research looks at those charities whose charitable status is revoked and the new charities that are registered each year.
 

Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal  – Member at Large

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.

Anna Tran  – Member at Large

Anna Tran is the Co-founder and Director of Operations of the Parsec Youth Network (PYN), a non-profit with a global network of thousands of volunteers. In March 2020, in response to COVID-related school closures, Anna led her team to launch a free national online tutoring program to help students with the challenges of online learning, connecting over 500 Canadian students coast-to-coast with volunteer tutors for one-on-one tutoring. She also launched a free summer workshop program to provide over 150 workshops to 300+ families across Canada, in lieu of the cancellation of summer camps and activities due to COVID-19.

Anna holds a BSc. in Honours Life Sciences from McMaster University and studied Human, Social, and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She is currently a research associate at McMaster, and has presented her work at various national and international medical conferences. She actively volunteers in a variety of research-related and leadership roles, including in her role as a Climate Action Catalyst Team Lead for which she has collaborated with municipal partners and healthcare organizations to reduce the ecological footprint of local hospitals.
 

Penelope Rowe  – Member at Large 

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. 

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 volunteerism.
 

Photo de Jane HennigJane Hennig - Past President