Regional Chairs

 

Lisa Browne PortraitLisa Browne Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee
Lisa Browne Portrait
Lisa Browne
Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee


Lisa is Chief Executive Officer of Stella’s Circle, a leading non-profit community organization in St. John’s. The mission of the organization is to transform lives through real homes, real help and real work. Stella’s Circle has 125 outstanding staff who assist 1000 inspiring participants each year.

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.

Kerry Murray PortraitKerry Murray Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee
Kerry Murray Portrait
Kerry Murray
Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee


Kerry, a graduate of Memorial University and the University of Waterloo, is the Director of Economic and Social Policy with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). His work with the NLFL involves all aspects of economic and social policy work including research, writing, engagement and advocacy, as well as committee work both inside and outside the labour movement.

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.

Doug Newson PortraitDoug Newson Chair, Prince Edward Island Regional Committee
Doug Newson Portrait
Doug Newson
Chair, Prince Edward Island Regional Committee


Born and raised in Charlottetown, Doug has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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 Alderson PortraitDavid Alderson Co-Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee
David Alderson Portrait
David Alderson
Co-Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee


David is a Revenue and Sales Specialist for Nova Scotia Power Inc. He was previously Project Manager and Industrial Research Fellow in Energy Modernization at Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. David was involved in the inception and establishment of the Verschuren Centre, leading program development strategy and business development. He also worked 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.

Jennifer Chiasson PortraitJennifer Chiasson Co-Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee
Jennifer Chiasson Portrait
Jennifer Chiasson
Co-Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee


Over the past 15 years Jennifer has held senior positions in both strategy and business development. Jennifer has extensive experience in economic development, strategy development, sales and marketing and is currently Director, Strategic Relationships and Strategic Initiatives for Nova Scotia Community College. Previously, as the Director of the Major Initiatives and Projects Office for the Province of Nova Scotia, Jennifer led a team coordinating the Province’s efforts to maximize economic benefits of major projects such as the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

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 Y. Pelletier PortraitYves Y. Pelletier Co-Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee
Yves Y. Pelletier Portrait
Yves Y. Pelletier
Co-Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee


Yves Pelletier is currently consulting in the education field and previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Post-Secondary Education with the Province of New Brunswick. He also worked at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Many of these positions provided a singular focus: strengthening educational outcomes in Canada.

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.

Nadine Duguay PortraitNadine Duguay Co-Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee
Nadine Duguay Portrait
Nadine Duguay
Co-Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee


Fluent in three languages, Nadine is a natural leader who has a proven track record in instigating and implementing successful projects as well as grassroots initiatives (e.g. Rotary Resurgo, MYPIE, WOMEN, El Nicho Alumni Fund). A champion of inclusiveness, Nadine is also a strategic thinker who will strive to find the creative solutions to any challenge.

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 Foisy PortraitIsabelle Foisy Chair, Quebec Regional Committee
Isabelle Foisy Portrait
Isabelle Foisy
Chair, Quebec Regional Committee


Holder of a Commerce degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1993), Isabelle has more than twenty years of management experience. She started her career in the telecommunication field, where she occupied strategic and operational functions. Her expertise is varied; she worked in business development, in sales, as well as in team management where she coached large groups of leaders and unionized employees. Isabelle has also managed projects and teams, where she was asked to travel in North America to seek best practices and implement them in the organisation.

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 Elvidge PortraitJohn Elvidge Chair, Ontario Regional Committee
John Elvidge Portrait
John Elvidge
Chair, Ontario Regional Committee


John is Deputy City Clerk for the City of Toronto. He is responsible for the City’s governance and legislative processes, by-laws, public appointments and registry services.

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 Douglas PortraitLeanne Douglas Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee
Leanne Douglas Portrait
Leanne Douglas
Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee


Leanne is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Leanne works as senior manager with MNP Consulting in Winnipeg’s organizational development practice in which she serves as MNP’s change management and organizational transformation expert. Prior to joining MNP, Leanne was Partner in a Winnipeg and Ottawa-based organization development consulting firm.

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 Buchan PortraitMarie Buchan Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee
Marie Buchan Portrait
Marie Buchan
Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee


Marie is a full-time Negotiator and the Executive Assistant to the President for United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 832, in Winnipeg. Marie began her career with UFCW Local 832 in 2002. She came on staff as a relief representative and became a permanent, full-time union representative in March 2003. In the same month, in addition to her appointment as a Local 832 full-time union rep, Marie was elected to the Executive Board of the UFCW Canadian Council.

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 Garven PortraitLaurel Garven Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee
Laurel Garven Portrait
Laurel Garven
Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee


Laurel is Director of Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at Information Services Corporation, a TSX-listed company focused on the delivery of registry and information services to governments and the private sector. Prior to joining ISC, Laurel worked for the Government of Saskatchewan, focused on the advancement of a cross-government Public Sector Renewal initiative on citizen-centred service delivery. Laurel also led projects for a diverse set of organizations and sectors including government, health, utilities and First Nations while serving as a business consultant at a Saskatchewan-based management consulting firm.

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.

Alastair MacFadden PortraitAlastair MacFadden Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee
Alastair MacFadden Portrait
Alastair MacFadden
Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee


As Assistant Deputy Minister, Alastair leads the team responsible for workforce planning, employment services, immigration, training and apprenticeship in Saskatchewan. His experience includes serving as a board member for an inner city child care centre, volunteering as a support worker for police victim services, and working in academic research, welfare policy, and – in the nonprofit sector – providing services to people with disabilities. Alastair’s interests include workforce diversity, leadership and career development, but he also thinks a lot about food and karaoke and loves to enjoy both with his children. He holds a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Brain and Behavioural Psychology.
Cory Royal PortraitCory Royal Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee
Cory Royal Portrait
Cory Royal
Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee


Cory has an eclectic mix of community involvement and professional development.

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.

Michael Matsubuchi PortraitMichael Matsubuchi Chair, British Columbia Regional Committee
Michael Matsubuchi Portrait
Michael Matsubuchi
Chair, British Columbia Regional Committee


Michael has been employed by British Columbia’s Provincial Government for the majority of his career. In this time he has accepted progressively higher roles and responsibilities throughout the Government, including assignments at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy and Mines’ Natural Resource Transformation Sector. He currently is the Director of Fiscal Arrangements and Climate Change for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, where Michael is responsible for the financial aspects of treaty arrangements and other non-treaty agreements. Additionally, he is also involved with First Nation climate change initiatives.

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 Quocksister PortraitVikki Quocksister Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee
Vikki Quocksister Portrait
Vikki Quocksister
Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee


Vikki is the President of the Yukon Federation of Labour. Her many years as a Union Executive member and activist have strengthened her opinions and resolve with many years of experience in organising and facilitating human rights and labour training classes. She realized if she wanted to see change happen in anything, she would have to step up and take the challenge.

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 Vallevand PortraitRoxanne Vallevand Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee
Roxanne Vallevand Portrait
Roxanne Vallevand
Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee


Roxanne is a lifelong Yukoner of Métis ancestry. For over 25 years she has provided leadership, strategic communications support and political advice to Yukon Premiers, Cabinet Ministers and community leaders. Through her pragmatic and focused leadership style, she motivates and empowers those she works with.

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.

Yvonne Doolittle PortraitYvonne Doolittle Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee
Yvonne Doolittle Portrait
Yvonne Doolittle
Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee


Yvonne is a proud Sahtu Dene woman who lives in Yellowknife. Her current position is as North Slave Regional Superintendent, Municipal and Consumer Affairs, for the Government. Prior to this she worked in various roles, including sport and recreation, to build capacity for local governments and communities. Her newest leadership challenge is an appointment to the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board in 2014. Yvonne is an avid outdoors person and volunteer. She loves coaching traditional Inuit and Dene games or soccer. She has a diploma in Recreation Leadership and completed the Government of NWT Executive Leadership Development Program in 2011.
Mark Cliffe-Phillips PortraitMark Cliffe-Phillips Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee
Mark Cliffe-Phillips Portrait
Mark Cliffe-Phillips
Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee


Mark is currently the Executive Director of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB) in Yellowknife, which is an independent administrative tribunal responsible for the environmental impact assessment process in the Northwest Territories. Prior to joining MVEIRB, he was the Executive Director of the We’keezhii Land and Water Board in Yellowknife from 2010 to 2014, which provides regulatory permits to Canada’s largest diamond mines.

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.

Christine Lamothe PortraitChristine Lamothe Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee
Christine Lamothe Portrait
Christine Lamothe
Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee


Christine is a community developer whose love for dance and movement led her to Iqaluit. Since 2006, she has been building resiliency and inspiring leadership in youth by training them in the performing arts through her break-dance program called the Hip Hop Spot and one of her dance groups, Kaiva.

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 Kabloona PortraitKaren Kabloona Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee
Karen Kabloona Portrait
Karen Kabloona
Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee


Karen Kilikvak Kabloona empowers and leads towards a high quality of life based on a productive, Inuit society.

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.

Charlie Tautuajuk PortraitCharlie Tautuajuk Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee
Charlie Tautuajuk Portrait
Charlie Tautuajuk
Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee


Charlie is the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement Coordinator for the Kivalliq Inuit Association. Previously, he was Senior Coordinator for Community Affairs Nunavut-Baker Lake for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. Meadowbank Nunavut Division and has 18 years of diamond and gold mining experience. He was also a recipient of The Paul Penna Award in 2014 through Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. for community involvement and dedication to the community of Baker Lake. Prior to mining, Charlie was a regular member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for eight years where he was posted in Iqaluit NU, Cape Dorset NU and Yellowknife NT and he also has a Military background through the Canadian Armed Forces, as a Field Combat Engineer. Charlie enjoys traditional Inuit life style by living out on the land while hunting and fishing and is working hard to pass on his knowledge to his two adopted children.