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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.
Chair, Crime Prevention Ottawa Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Di monte
Anthony Di Monte is the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Service for the City of Ottawa overseeing the municipality’s, By-law and Regulatory Services, Fire Service, Paramedic Service, Security and Emergency Management, and Ottawa 2017 operations. Mr. Di Monte has been involved in public service his entire career. He was certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic at Dawson College in Montreal. His management training was completed at McGill University and Université de Montreal (H.E.C.).
Mr. Di Monte has held several senior positions in numerous paramedic services starting as Regional Director for Urgences Santé Montreal. In 1999 he assumed the responsibility of York Region Emergency Medical Services and was the first Chief / General Manager of EMS. Under his leadership he structured and amalgamated the previous operators into one municipal government organization.
In 2001 he became the first Chief of EMS for the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa and coordinated and implemented the delivery of an EMS service for the municipal government of our Nation’s Capital.
As General Manager, Mr. Di Monte has overseen several major projects that have impacted the community, including the Ottawa Fire Services 2015 Station Location Study which introduced a modern response standard for the City’s fire service based on the risk of each community, the Paramedic Service Review which will see considerable investments into the service, and the implementation of the Vehicle-for-Hire By-law which led to the licensing of one Private Transportation Company.
Current Projects include multiple council directed By-Law Reviews, Radio Project implementation, and two new fire station builds.
Ms. Julianne Dunbar is the General Counsel of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC). She has been a member of the MPCC’s legal team since 2001. She manages the Operations Section which is comprised of lawyers, the Registry staff, investigators and support staff. Ms. Dunbar oversees conduct complaint reviews/ investigations, interference investigations and public interest investigations and hearings. Ms. Dunbar practices administrative, criminal, military and police ethics law.
Before joining the MPCC, Ms. Dunbar, as a civilian member of the RCMP, served as Legal Counsel in the capacity of Internal Affairs prosecutor. Her professional legal career began as a criminal defence lawyer in the Law Office of Addelman & Mannarino of Ottawa. Ms. Dunbar completed her university studies at the University of Ottawa, graduating with a Baccalaureate of Social Sciences with a concentration in Criminology as well as a Baccalaureate of Laws. She articled with the Ottawa criminal defence firm of Addelman, Edelson & Meagher and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Ms. Dunbar currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre as well as the Board of Directors for Crime Prevention Ottawa.
As an educator, mentor, and community worker, Karim Mekki has spent more than a decade working with youth and students. He has mentored and taught literacy to newly-arrived refugees, taught English as a Second Language at the University of Ottawa, and served as a student support worker with the Pathways to Education program. At the heart of Karim’s work is a strong belief in community resilience, and a dedication to helping marginalized youth build and enhance social capital.
Karim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Second Language Teaching with a minor in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Arts in Education.
Jeff Leiper is Ottawa born and raised. He studied History and English at the University of Ottawa, and Print Journalism at Algonquin College. He has lived in Kitchissippi Ward since 1995 when he and his spouse Natalie moved into the Julian Apartments. Today, he lives in Hintonburg with Natalie and their son Nicholas, who studies music at De La Salle high school.
Jeff has a long background working with his community association and volunteer-run community newspaper in the ward. For many years, he created and organized events such as the Cyclelogik Hintonburg 5k Run/Walk and Newswest Kids 1K, Dog Movie Night and the annual Hintonburg Street Hockey Tournament. His community work includes a significant background in planning, traffic, economic development, and other neighbourhood and city-wide issues.
Professionally, Jeff began his career in the Information and Communications Technology sector as a journalist. He subsequently worked as an industry analyst for an international consulting firm, then as an executive in a federal regulatory agency. Prior to his election, he worked as an executive at a NGO with a mandate to promote the full participation by all Canadians including women, youth, and internationally educated professionals in the technology workforce.
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.
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.
Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Victimology Program, Algonquin College, & Vice President, Youth Now Canada. 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.