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Board of Directors
Crime Prevention Ottawa is governed and guided by a Board of Directors which is responsible for setting strategic direction.
President / Executive Director
United Way/Centraide Ottawa
Born October 9th, 1956 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Michael Allen was educated at the University of Manitoba and obtained degrees in Arts (Political Science – 1978) and Law (1984). Mr. Allen served as Executive Assistant to the Attorney-General of Manitoba between 1977–1981.
Mr. Allen was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1985 and practiced criminal and civil litigation, administrative and labour law before being appointed Executive Assistant to the Federal Minister of State (Tourism), then Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport). In 1991, Mr. Allen was appointed Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister of Labour, then in 1993, the Minister of Industry and Science and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Allen served as National Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada where he successfully organized and managed the plan to restructure and rebuild the Party as a force in Canadian politics – including two national conventions and the 1998 federal election.
In 1998, Mr., Allen joined United Way/Centraide Ottawa as its President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure Mr. Allen has directed a transformation of the organization from a fundraiser and allocator to a “community-builder and investor”. Building a consensus among stakeholders and confidence with the public for a new mandate, the result has been reflected in a doubling of its campaign achievement to now $26 million, the expansion of United Way’s resource development work and his personal engagement in a number of important community endeavours including in a lead role with the Council of Partners for “Success by Six”, as “Community Champion” for the Provincial Government’s investment in Early Years Centres, the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa, as Co-Chair for the Community Coalition to Save the Ottawa Senators, and the Council of the Mayor’s Integrated Drug and Addiction Strategy. In addition, he has led the United Way into a number of community leadership roles in areas concerning Internationally Trained Workers, Successful Ageing, Middle Childhood Matters and the Dis-Abilities Coalition.
Married and a parent of 3 active children, Mr. Allen is active as a volunteer in minor hockey, soccer and the public school system.
President, International Crime Prevention Centre
Chantal Bernier was appointed Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada with primary responsibility for the Privacy Act, the federal public sector privacy law. The appointment is effective December 8, 2008.
Prior to this, Ms Bernier was Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Safety and Partnerships Branch, at Public Safety Canada. Previously, she had served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Socio-Economic Policy and Programs, at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada from 1999 to 2002 and Director of Operations, Machinery of Government Secretariat, at the Privy Council Office from 1998 to 1999.
Ms. Bernier is a lawyer who specializes in public law. She started her career in the federal government in the Department of Justice Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Sherbrooke and a Masters in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Chief of Police
Ottawa Police Service
Born and raised in Ottawa, Charles Bordeleau began his policing career in 1984 and was sworn in as Chief of the Ottawa Police Service on March 5, 2012.
Chief Bordeleau has served on the boards of numerous community organizations as well as co-chairing the Community Police Action Committee, which has provided him with an excellent understanding and rapport with Ottawa’s diverse communities. Chief Bordeleau also has well-established, strong relationships with our public safety partners, including key strategic partners at the City of Ottawa.
He sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Emergency Management Committee, he is Director for Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) Zone 2 and he co-chairs the “Operation INTERSECT” Steering Committee – an integrated readiness and response framework designed to mitigate, prevent, respond to, and recover from, emergencies and disasters in the national capital region. He is also co-chair of the CACP’s International Committee.
Chief Bordeleau is a member of United Way Ottawa’s task force on the Critical Hours initiative which works to develop programs in the community for children and youth in the critical hours outside of school. In 2011, he received the Dean’s Philos Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic achievement and social commitment.
He is fluently bilingual, holds a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University (in B.C.) and a Bachelor of Administration Degree from the University of Ottawa. He is co-chair of the Ottawa Police Service COMPAC committee which is a city-wide community-police advisory and coordinating body representing a partnership between police and visible minority and Aboriginal communities in Ottawa. He is an active volunteer in the community and is the current Chair of the Youth Services Bureau Charitable Foundation. His wife Lynda is a lawyer who specializes in police labour law and they have one daughter.
David Chernushenko was elected in 2010 to serve Capital Ward. He was born in 1963 in Calgary, and he has lived, worked or studied on every continent, yet he has called Ottawa home for most of his life. He is fluently bilingual.
David holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University. He is a “green building” professional accredited by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. As owner of the consulting firm Green & Gold Inc. starting in 1998, David advised public, private, and non-profit organizations on adopting more sustainable and socially responsible practices.
He served as Vice Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and was an appointed member from 2006 to 2009.
From 1998 to 2004, David served on the International Olympic Committee’s commission on Sport and the Environment. In 2001, he co-founded Clean Air Champions, a national charity that engages athletes in raising awareness about air pollution, climate change and the benefits of physical activity.
An active and dedicated community volunteer, David has served as a director of the Sustainable Ottawa Energy Co-operative, and as a community ambassador for the Ottawa Sustainability Fund. He is a founding board member of Conservation Co-operative Housing Inc. in Sandy Hill, and a founding supporter of the 1,000 Solar Rooftops campaign. Ottawa’s Social Planning Council honoured him with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good Award in 2010.
David established the Living Lightly Project in 2007 to share the stories and solutions of people working to build a rich future for all on a healthy planet. He has directed and produced two Living Lightly films: Be the Change (2008) and Powerful: Energy for Everyone (2010).
He has written several books on sustainable management practices, including Sustainable Sport Management, Greening Our Games: Running Sports Events & Facilities that Won’t Cost the Earth and Greening Campuses and their Communities.
David lives in Old Ottawa South with his wife and three children. He is an avid cyclist, cross-country skier, hockey player and speed skater. He enjoys photography, live theatre, and singing.
Chief Executive Officer
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
In 2012, Jim Devoe became the Chief Operating Officer for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP). CAP is the national Aboriginal organization that represents and advocates for the rights and interests of off-reserve status and non-status Indians and Métis Aboriginal peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada.
Mr. Devoe holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He began his career as a social worker in Alberta on a First NationReserve working with Child and Family Services. He also served as the Regional Director of Child Protection for Child and Family Services in Canmore, Alberta. These positions provided him with a breadth of experience in child protection, clinical assessment, case management, community development and mental health crisis programming.
In 2003, he moved to Ottawa to take the position of Program Manager for the Nepean Community Resource Centre where he managed an interdisciplinary team focusing on partnership and community development and outreach.
In 2009, Mr. Devoe assumed the position of Executive Director of Caldwell Family Centre. Under his leadership, the Centre worked to enhance its program and service delivery as well as to improve the physical structure and business operations while building on community and government partnerships.
Mr. Devoe currently sits on the Ottawa Food Bank Board of Directors as well serving as the President of the Board of Mothercraft Ottawa.
Part of the CEPEO for the last 25 years, as a resource teacher, education counselor, principal, superintendent and finally as Director of Education, Ms. Dumont has the privilege of being in close contact with her school communities and today's youth. Her unwavering passion for education makes her a true ambassador adept at inspiring students, parents and school staff to give the best of themselves. For Ms. Dumont, schools and the community play crucial roles in helping young people learn how to become committed citizens, dedicated to changing the world to ensure a sustainable future.
It is with huge pride that Ms. Dumont speaks of her school board and its schools as places where learning experiences go well beyond classroom walls. Today, technological tools open the classroom to the whole world and allow students to work with each other to solve complex problems. Furthermore, the CEPEO's specialized programs allow students to express their pride in being Francophone and live in an inclusive society where diversity is appreciated and valued.
More recently, Ms. Dumont announced the board would welcome its first foreign students, as well as partnerships that will allow Franco-Ontarian students to experience learning in various countries.
These are some of the elements that are characteristic of the CEPEO's openness and sense of innovation, according to Ms. Dumont.
Being a part of positive change and making a difference in the community is the daily driver for Stéphane. As CEO of a $2 billion housing portfolio at Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), the largest social housing provider in Canada's National Capital, Ottawa, he leads an award winning organization that directly impacts the lives of over 32,000 people living in 15,000 OCH homes. He provides strategic direction and leadership to 340 employees whose specialized skills provide affordable housing to seniors, families, single persons and those living with special needs.
As he promotes OCH as more than a landlord - more than bricks and mortar, he maintains the high-profile portfolio that spans several specialties. From asset management, community development, government and stakeholder relations, community health and business development – Stéphane incorporates the diversity of OCH tenants' needs into the services the organization delivers. One of his key priorities is to work with his team to build on the organization's solid foundation in better positioning the corporation for continued growth by identifying new sources of funding and business development opportunities in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.
As an acclaimed business and corporate development leader and in combination with his Finance and Public Administration background, Stéphane brings to OCH an impressive range of professional successes and experiences that benefit the organization, its tenants and stakeholders.
Stéphane Giguère is a seasoned executive and a leader in the development of business partnerships and customer service. He most recently served as Corporate Director of CBC/Radio-Canada, responsible for strategic and operational groups and projects related to revenue generation and organizational effectiveness.
Before joining CBC/Radio-Canada seven years ago, he spent 13 years in the high tech and banking sectors deploying business, financial and technology solutions across several market segments including municipalities and governments. Stéphane has held senior management positions at Scotiabank and Telesat Canada and was vice-president of Cognicase in Ottawa.
Stéphane is a graduate of École Nationale d'Administration Publique in Québec City, holding a Master's Degree in Public Administration. As well, Stéphane has completed executive management programs at Queen's and McGill Universities. Since 1994, he has held the designation of Chartered Administrator. During his post-graduate studies, Stéphane co-authored articles on the performance of Boards of Directors and performance management in Health Care and Municipal sectors.
Michael has been intimately involved with crime prevention initiatives in his career. As the Director of Services and Development at the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centresfrom 1995-2006, he was involved in a partnership between the City of Ottawa and disability organizations to explore solutions to family violence issues. He was also involved in program design in the Niagara region to develop coordinated approaches to violence prevention of vulnerable people living in institutional settings.
In 2006, Michael completed a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training which included the development and completion of all aspects of a participatory action research project. His research topic was safety in Ottawa schools for GLBT youth with the Centretown Community Health Centre serving as sponsor.
Michael has worked closely with Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) as a volunteer with Together for Vanier which helped to ignite the development of a resident-led steering committee for which he served as Chairperson. He also served three terms as President of the Vanier Community Association once it was formed and worked to ensure its organizational infrastructure was developed.
Michael believes that CPO serves as important catalyst for change and empowerment of people and communities and has a positive impact on people’s lives.
Deputy City Manager
City Operations, City of Ottawa
Steve Kanellakos is the Deputy City Manager for Community and Protective Services for the City of Ottawa. In this role, he is responsible for parks and recreation, libraries, public health, housing, culture and heritage, community funding, employment and financial assistance, long-term care, fire, paramedic, by-law services and the office of emergency management.
Mr. Kanellakos was Acting City Manager from March 2003 to March 2004 and prior to that was the General Manager for Emergency and Protective Services.
Steve served in several senior management positions for the Gloucester Police Service before he was named Director General of Corporate Services with the amalgamated Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Service (OCRPS) in 1995.
Steve has a Masters of Public Administration from Carleton University.
Children's Aid Society
Ms. MacKinnon has served the Ottawa community for over twenty-five years and currently is the Executive Director of Children's Aid Society of Ottawa.
Previously she has been the Executive Director of Community Health and Resource Centre and ran two mental health agencies. During her tenure in Ottawa Barbara has been a leader in community planning and systems design projects. She has been instrumental in the development of a number of local services. Her work with multicultural communities has given her first-hand experience responding to the changing demographics of Ottawa.
Partner at York Entertainment Group/Ottawa venues, which owns and operates several of Ottawa's prominent restaurants, bars and real estate. He is also dedicated to community safety through his various roles, including: co-chair of the Byward Market Safety and Security Committee; vice-chair of the Byward Market BIA; Board member of Christie Lake Kids; and Board member of the Lowertown Community Association. He also sits on the Smart Serve board and the S.O.D.A. committee He brings a strong business presence and knowledge of community issues.
Shad Qadri has been a community leader, friend and successful businessperson in Ward 6 for nearly 20 years. Over that time, he has been instrumental in the preservation of Stittsville’s ‘village’ feel while at the same time encouraging and guiding the many positive changes that the community has experienced. Shad has held many volunteer positions and played a major role in many fundraising efforts and other initiatives in Stittsville.
Over the years Shad has represented the community on local school parent councils including A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, Sacred Hearth Catholic High School, Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School and Holy Spirit Catholic School. From 2000-2003 Shad proudly served as Treasurer and Director of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
Shad attended Carleton University studying Urban Economics and Urban Geography. The Councillor was employed with a major food retailer chain for over twenty years in a variety of increasingly senior positions. During this time, he gained valuable business experience in management and supervisory roles both in the stores and in the head office in Toronto. Since 1989, Shad has successfully operated both franchised and independent small businesses. Until May of 2007 Shad and his wife Theresa owned and operated Showbiz Entertainment and Gifts, which was a community mainstay and effectively the Stittsville ‘village store’ for 14 years. The Councillor was nominated for Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and 2006. He was also nominated for Volunteer of the Year for 2006.
Shad was instrumental in establishing the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Goulbourn in 2004 and he was elected its first President. Shad was also one of the founders of the Stittsville Village Association in 2001 and was elected its first Vice-President, a position he held until 2003 when he became the Association’s President. He remained in that capacity until he took a leave of absence in April 2006 to run for Ward 6 Councillor in the municipal election. His tireless efforts, both before and during his tenure with the Stittsville Village Association, have enabled him to contribute significantly to the community through various events and activities.
Shad has been working with, and for, the community for almost two decades. The Councillor is honoured to be representing residents of Stittsville at City Hall. He has an incredible passion for the community and he knows very well that by working together we will accomplish those things that will continue to make Stittsville a great place within the City of Ottawa.
Lawyer who specializes in Aboriginal issues and currently teaches classes in Aboriginal Law and Aboriginal Criminal Justice at Carleton University. Her knowledge and interest in Aboriginal justice has led her to author several articles, book chapters and reports on the topic as well as act as an independent expert for the Senate and the House on several occasions. She has contributed greatly to the corrections community through her work in developing and delivering national training sessions to correctional managers, Parole Board members and Elders regarding Aboriginal corrections and conditional release.
Acting coordinator for the Victimology Graduate Certificate at Algonquin College and former CPO Community Forum member. He has a PhD in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. His interests lie in the youth justice sector, having co-authored a training manual on Strength-Based Interventions with Young People and delivering this training to several youth justice and mental health agencies. His experience and interest in crime prevention issues led him to a five year membership with the Institute for the Prevention of Crime, where he co-authored several reports on the topic with a number of organizations across the country.
Immigrant Women's Services Ottawa
Lucya Spencer is the Executive Director of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) a community-based agency in Ottawa providing services to women and children of diverse cultural background including those who are victims/survivors of violence.
Lucya has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing the issues that affect the lives of immigrant, visible minority and refugee women. Her focus on violence against women in the wider context of settlement and integration issues, health and education is reflected in her work and her involvement on several boards and committees.
A tireless worker, Lucya currently serves as President of LASI/World Skills. Some of her previous involvement includes Past Chair of the Ontario Government’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism - Selection Committee; Guest Editorial Board - Canadian Women Studies; President, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa; P resident, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada.
Lucya’s work has been recognized by many testimonials and awards including: The Woman of Excellence Award, the Ontario Government Volunteer Service Award, the Phenomenal Woman Award, the Life Time Achievement Award, the OCASI Award of Excellence the United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award, and the Femmy Award.