2023-2024 Board of Directors
Andrew Watson is an audit partner based in KPMG’s Ottawa office with over 17 years’ experience in public accounting providing assurance and general business advisory services to a wide range of companies, public and private, that report under International Financial Reporting Standards and Canadian accounting standards for private enterprises. Andrew has experience in varying industries including building, construction and real estate, retail, manufacturing, and telecommunications.
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Martin Massé, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright specializes in competition/antitrust law, international trade law and procurement/anti-corruption matters. As part of his broader regulatory practice, Mr. Masse assists with administrative law matters, access-to-information requests, telecommunications filings, and aboriginal law matters. He regularly appears before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Ontario Divisional court in judicial review applications.
Scotia Wealth Management
Mike has been in financial services for over forty years with most of his focus in the Private Wealth space. He has relocated across Canada and most recently was based in Chicago.
He is the father of three with the youngest half way through high school.
This is Mike’s second time on the board and he was thrilled to be back.
Brazeau Seller LLP
Trina, a partner at Ottawa law firm Brazeau Seller Law, is one of the leading Canadian practitioners in cannabis law. She studied at Queen’s University, where she earned Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor degrees. Advocacy and community involvement are very important to Trina. Besides the Snowsuit Fund Board, she sits on the Board of Directors of patient advocacy organization Medical Cannabis Canada and provides pro bono legal services to a number of not-for-profit organizations.
Lauren Parkes is an Advertising Media Strategist at Postmedia with eleven years experience working in the industry. An expert in both advertising strategy and sales across all advertising channels, she is passionate and creative in her work.
An Ottawa native, Lauren grew up being ‘that kid that was always cold’ in a family of downhill ski enthusiasts. Now, as a mother of two young children, the importance of access to warm outdoor wear is a cause close to her heart.
This is Lauren’s first board position and she is ready to work hard, have fun, and make a difference in the Ottawa community.
Harrison Wealth Advisory/BMO Nesbitt Burns
Jodie is the Senior Wealth and Investment Advisor of Harrison Wealth Advisory Group at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Her and her team develop and implement financial plans, as well as provide investment advice to help clients achieve financial success. Prior to her return to BMO , Jodie worked with TD Asset Management as Regional Vice-President partnering with over 200 Financial Advisors in the National Capital Region. Since joining the board in 2021 Jodie has taken an active role in planning and supporting fundraising events and served as co-chair of Dinner Party in a Box. In her free time, she enjoys reading and skiing with her family.
Stephen Monuk is Partner at York Entertainment Group/Ottawa Venues, which owns and operates several of Ottawa’s prominent restaurants, bars and real estate. In addition to sitting on the SSF Board, Stephen is 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 Safer Ottawa Drinking Alliance (S.O.D.A.) committee.
Deputy Chief, Ottawa Police Services
Trish and her family immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s and she grew up in Montreal. From an early age, she understood the need and importance of warm clothes to brave Canadian winters. The youngest of three, she had a lot of hand me down coats! Trish came to Ottawa for post secondary and fell in love with the city. She joined The Ottawa Police Service in 1995, with a view to serve and give back to her adopted city.
In June 2023, after a nation-wide recruitment process, Trish was appointed Deputy Chief of The Ottawa Police Service.
Trish is an enthusiastic member of the Snowsuit Fund Board and is especially excited to be a co-chair with Mike Leggett and Julie Findlay for the annual Snow Angel Challenge!
As a police officer who has worked across the city of Ottawa, she has seen first hand the need for the SSF. In volunteering with the SSF she has also seen the impact a warm coat can have on a child’s life.
Lise Clément is Principal, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Change Management and Facilitation Lead at Lansdowne Technologies. She is a management consultant with 16 years of experience working with key stakeholders from all levels of government, private sector and non-government organizations nationally and internationally.
Lise is an MBA graduate and has an undergraduate degree in communications and management and public policy.
Montfort Hospital, Retired
Christine brings decades of development experience earned while serving as President & CEO, Montfort Hospital Foundation and Executive Director of La Cité collégiale Foundation.
David Burns and Associates
Ian Burns has been a partner at David Burns and Associates for over 15 years having taken over his father’s business in 2015 along with his siblings Jennifer and Matt. The fourth-generation family firm serves clients in Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia.
Ian is a graduate of both Queen’s University and Lakehead University in History, English and Education.
Multifaith Housing Initiative
Sahada Alolo is the Manager of Community Engagement and Volunteers at Multifaith Housing Initiative. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with a major in English language and comparative religious studies, a Masters degree in human service specializing in non-profit management, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Creighton University.
Sahada is also a board member of the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization and participates in interfaith dialogue through the Christian Muslim Dialogue.
Daljit Nirman is the President of Nirman’s Law Professional Corporation, is an author, former adjunct lecturer in law with over 32 years of diverse legal experience. He is a Board member of Ottawa Police Services Board and Ontario Association of Police Services Board. Daljit is founding director of Cooking Up Community Services and had successful fundraising events for the community. Daljit also volunteers his time and resources to a few cultural and religious organizations in Canada while also serving as a director of United Way of East Ontario.
He is also life patron of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. His detailed professional profile and community involvement can be found at www.NirmansLaw.com .
Rogers Media Ottawa
I’ve created and executed contests (and now Branded Content & Integrations) for 20 years at radio stations all across Canada working with National, Regional and local brands.
I’ve designed contests as simple as weekend getaways to a jaw dropping $50,000 trip to Dubai (JACKfm Calgary – 2009). I’ve awarded cash prizes including $1,000,000 to Linda Bridgewater with the 98.1 CHFI Million Dollar Contest (CHFI Toronto – April 2004.)
Past partnerships include work with Subway, McDonald’s, Tetley, Best Buy, Future Shop, Subaru, VW, Mitsubishi, Attractions Ontario, African Lion Safari, Canada’s Wonderland, Sandals, tripcentral.ca, Transat, Landmark Cinemas, Calgary Stampede, Western Fair District, OLG Slots, Live Nation and Budweiser Gardens.
I’ve made ‘dumb ideas’ come to life including being the first radio station to have a float in the Calgary Stampede Parade (World’s Largest Chuckwagon – July 2008) and raising $20,000 with Tattoo For A Cure.
I’m very proud of the ‘good ideas’ we brought to life – to save a life including the award winning Distracted Driving campaign with Subaru of London.
Currently a team leader for Branded Content & Integrations with Rogers Sports and Media in Eastern Canada.
Mark is currently a Senior Security Project Manager and Consultant with RHEA Group. Mark retired as Acting Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Police Service after 33 years of service. After retiring from the OPS, Mark spent a year with Shopify leading various security programs for the company, prior to joining RHEA group. Mark has been involved with the Snowsuit Fund as a board member for 10+ years. Mark believes working with the Snowsuit Fund is an opportunity to help and support vulnerable communities in Ottawa. In addition to the Snowsuit Fund, Mark is actively volunteering in the Ottawa music scene, where he is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the RBC BluesFest. Mark has volunteered in the community for years, coaching hockey, building schools and fundraising for SchoolBox and other initiatives to give back.
Susan Dennison is the owner of multiple Tim Hortons restaurant locations and a driving force behind her company’s community initiatives including the local Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign. Susan attended the University of Western Ontario and has a degree in Economics She is married and has 2 grown sons.