As a volunteer, Lisa is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Rooms and is an Associate with the Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University. She is a past Deputy Mayor of the Town of Clarenville. In recognition of her community involvement, Lisa was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University.
Lisa was Chair of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Ontario1 tour in 2012 and Co-Chaired the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee for the 2015 Conference.
Lisa and her husband Tim Hollett enjoy combining their passions of travelling and hiking and have most recently hiked the Salcantay Trail in Peru and the Lycian Way in Turkey.
An active volunteer, Kerry sits on several community based boards and committees including the Provincial Council of the Rural Secretariat, the Avalon Regional Council and the Community Coalition for Mental Health Community Sector Council. He is a past board member of the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board and the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).
Kerry is an active alumnus of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and has participated in the organizing efforts for both the 2011 Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue and the 2012 GGCLC, in addition to co-chairing the Newfoundland and Labrador regional committee for the 2015 Conference, which held its opening in St. John’s.
Kerry splits his time between the City of St. John’s and the small outport community of Long Harbour in Placentia Bay.
Prior to his current role, Doug spent seven years working in Halifax in the airline industry working with two different airlines, Air Canada Jazz and CanJet Airlines. In June of 2007, Doug was appointed CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. He currently serves as a board member of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association and Canadian Airports Council.
Doug supports his passion for basketball as a coach with the Stratford Minor Basketball Association and also as President of the Association. He is currently a co-chair for the Business Division of the QEH Friends for Life Campaign.
Doug is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
David is Project Manager and Industrial Research Fellow in Energy Modernization at Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. Over the past five years, he has been involved in the inception and establishment of the Verschuren Centre, leading program development strategy and business development. While managing a set of industrial energy and business development projects, David is now working on the establishment of a new program in Sustainable Modernization, with a focus on energy aspects of sustainable development.
David holds a Certificate in Applied Science from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. He is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Nova Scotia.
A proud participant of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, which included a study tour of Alberta, David was involved with the Nova Scotia Regional Committee’s 2015 study tour planning. He lives in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Prior to this role she held the position of Director Corporate Strategy at Nova Scotia Business Inc., leading investment and trade policy for the agency. Jennifer is a graduate from Cape Breton University, a Governor with the Nova Scotia Board for Junior Achievement, an active community volunteer and a proud participant of the 2015 Governor Generals Leadership Conference.
She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and their three boys.
Yves holds two undergraduate degrees in biology (Laurentian) and history (Ottawa) as well as a Master’s (Ottawa) and PhD (Queen’s) in Canadian History. He has published many scholarly articles. He and his husband, Wes, live in Fredericton.
Yves currently serves on the board of governors of the Canadian Career Development Foundation, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization, which aims to strengthen policy and programs relating to career development in all of life’s transitions. He has also served as an external advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in their design of new demonstration projects to strengthen transitions to post-secondary education for underrepresented groups, and has taught the history of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy to groups within the Canadian Forces.
A 2012 GGCLC member and Saskatchewan Study Group Chair, Yves is thrilled to be able to provide the 2017 participants coming to New Brunswick the same formidable experience.
Originally from Tracadie-Sheila, a small Acadian town located in the north-eastern part of New Brunswick, Nadine has learned the meaning of community, cooperation and the need to redefine our rural landscape in this evolving global marketplace. This is one of the reasons she keeps giving back to the community through either board placements, mentorship or advisory capacities, or the occasional emceeing or speaking engagement. Her true passion lies within grassroots initiatives and she can always be counted upon to mobilize the right people to change a deplorable situation into a thriving solution.
Professionally, Nadine has worked in community economic development, as well as the non-profit and private sectors and has experienced the world through cultural exchanges at a very young age (Costa Rica, India, Mexico), providing a well-rounded perspective and range of expertise that can be utilized in various industries. Nadine has recently been appointed as Marketing Advisor in Atlantic Canada for National Bank, thus returning to the private sector after five years in the non-profit sector (Executive Director of 21inc and Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre). Academically, Nadine has completed certifications in the areas of international trade and business and dreams of pursuing a Master’s in international development.
Over the years, Nadine has received awards or accolades with respect to leadership or extraordinary involvement, most recently being selected to participate in the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and now being appointed as the New Brunswick Co-Chair for the 2017 Conference. She also serves as one of the Co-Chair of the Georgetown 2.0 Conference and as Chair of the NB2026 roundtable.
Isabelle is a Partner at Demers Beaulne S.E.N.C.R.L. where she is responsible for the firm’s business development, marketing and sponsorship.
In 2010, Isabelle accepted the position of President and Chief Executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Montréal. She successfully restructured the non-profit organization and ensured the lasting good governance of the Chamber.
In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Canadian Governor General’s Canadian Leadership conference (CCGLC), where with other Canadians, she visited the Yukon in order to present recommendations to improve sustainable development.
In 2015, Isabelle was named Executive of the Year by her professional federation. She is also a finalist in the 2015 Québec Business Woman Association. A member of many boards in past years, Isabelle is recognized for her networking skills as well as being involved in her community.
John’s professional interests include democratic renewal and citizen engagement. His municipal career includes posts in culture, intergovernmental relations, strategic planning and corporate policy. Before joining the public service John worked as an arts administrator. He contributes his time as an official and technical committee member for swimming in Ontario.
John was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and served as Chair of the Toronto Committee for the 2012 Conference and Chair of the Ontario Regional Committee in 2015.
Leanne received her Master of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, where she specialized in organizational change and learning. She believes in contributing to her community and was involved in planning the 2008, 2012 and 2015 conferences, co-chairing for the last two conferences.
Leanne serves on international boards and committees for the Association of Change Management Professionals, the Human Resource Association of Manitoba and the United Church of Canada. She has served as chair of several human resource conferences and national youth forums.
Leanne is a born-and-bred “Winnipeger” and is proud to support the development of great Manitoban and Canadian leaders.
Marie was also the Manitoba representative for the UFCW Canada Youth Committee and she currently represents Manitoba on the UFCW Canada Women’s Advisory Board. She was the Local’s Director of Servicing for four years before moving into the Negotiation’s department in 2012. Marie also sits as a trustee on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans and served a term as a board member for the Central Regional Health Authority.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Marie attended the University of Winnipeg and South Winnipeg Technical Institute. She currently resides just outside of Winnipeg, in Sanford, with her husband. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, golf and travel.
Marie was the Co-Chair for the Alberta Study Group during the 2015 GGCLC.
Laurel is involved in the non-profit sector, serving on the Board of Directors of Ranch Ehrlo Society, Luther College and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. She is also engaged in the local music community as a piano accompanist and is an active golfer.
Laurel received her Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Business Administration from the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina. She also holds a Professional Director certification.
Laurel is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and served as Co-Chair of the Ontario 2 Study Group.
Cory attended the 1991 Conference and has since served as Alberta Chair, Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair and Organizing Committee Member for the last six conferences, including the 1998 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference. She currently sits on the Conference Board of Directors.
Cory has been active in the community since first volunteering for the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. During her four-board term with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, she spent one day working while confined to a wheel chair.
As Chair of the Calgary Grey Cup Committee for five years, she has ridden horses into numerous downtown hotels, and as a committee member of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, she has flipped her share of complimentary pancakes, all topped with a smile.
Cory’s work career began in the banking sector with Scotiabank in Ottawa and later for Telesat Canada. She became involved in the oil and gas industry after her transfer to Calgary and currently works as VP Marketing for privately-run Guardian Protective Clothing. She continues to enjoy tennis and golf and is very happy that all three of her boys have carried on the family passion for volleyball.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Victoria (UVic), Michael later earned his MBA at UVic, but had the opportunity of completing the program at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées in Paris, France.
While raising two young sons, Michael can be caught playing hockey and coaching the Saanich Minor Hockey Association’s rep hockey teams. Michael’s other passions include mountain biking, skiing, golf and participating in many other outdoor activities.
Michael is an alumnus of the 2012 Conference.
Vikki believes that a person should never quit learning and upgrading any skills. Occasionally taking a variety of courses at Yukon College herself such as Psychology, Accounting, German and French keeps her interest in learning different skills high. She understands and wholly believes in the benefits of lifelong learning, a belief that led her to apply for and gain entry to the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Networking with Canada’s future leadership from all occupations was an experience she will always use and treasure in her work and home life.
Having been a musician in some local performance groups, Vikki used her stage experience to volunteer with organising the Variety Performance Stage inside the Sourdough Rendezvous Winter Festival Tent. She believes in volunteering for many social awareness groups, including the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition.
Roxanne is currently the Executive Director for Kwanlin Dün First Nation, guiding and supporting the work of the government and advising the elected Council.
She is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General Leadership Conference, a certified Pilates instructor and is married with two children.
He first moved to the Northwest Territories in 2002 where he worked as a teacher on a fur trapping program for youth at risk in Fort Good Hope, prior to joining the Sahtu Land and Water Board as a Water Technician in 2003. His educational background is in Physical Geography at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Mark is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Attending the GGCLC conference in 2012 as BC Tour Group Co-Chair gave Christine the confidence and motivation needed to finally follow her dream. In 2014 she opened Saimavik Studio, a wellness studio that offers regular yoga, Pilates, dance and other classes and workshops aimed at increasing the quality of life for residents.
Karen Kilikvak is the Associate Deputy Minister, Quality of Life, a position created to address the suicide crisis in Nunavut. She has been with the Government of Nunavut since 2004 with seven years as a political advisor to two Cabinet Ministers and two Premiers. Between 2009 and 2013, Kilikvak was a senior manager in the fields of aboriginal affairs and economic development where she developed, monitored and evaluated government programs and services, reviewed legislation to align with the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement and conducted research to provide for better decisions.
Recently, Karen has been working towards the establishment of a university in Nunavut with the volunteer Ilitturvik University Society. Over the next two years, the society plans to assess the need for post-secondary programming, evaluate delivery options, analyze the economic impact of a university on the territory and develop capacity by delivering classes.
Karen Kilikvak was born and raised in Baker Lake, then Northwest Territories. Instead of sending her to residential school, Karen’s family moved to British Columbia. She obtained a diploma in Event and Convention Management from the Thompson Rivers University in 1997 and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 2002. Karen and her husband, Grant, have called Iqaluit home for eleven years and are raising their two children there.