Kathyrn Leroux – Board Chair
Kathyrn Leroux has held a variety of positions in the hospitality industry with the majority of years spent in sales and marketing. She currently serves as the Regional Director of Marketing at the Lone Star Group of Companies, a position which she has held since 2001. Kathyrn is involved in a number of community organizations and associations including the Canadian Marketing Association, the Downtown Rideau BIA, the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Meeting Planners International and the Ottawa Tourism and Convention Authority. She has been involved in various fundraising campaigns including developing the “Do It for Dad” run for the Prostate Cancer Association and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, and developing and assisting with successful fundraising initiatives for the Heart Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Kathyrn was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2011.
Pam Auchterlonie, Support Staff Representative
Pam Auchterlonie joined Algonquin College in 2008 as a Laboratory Technologist for the Faculty of Technology and Trades. She obtained her B.A. (Economics) from Carleton University in 1992 and returned to Carleton to complete her B.Sc. (Biotechnology/Biochemistry) in 2007, graduating with high honours. Pam was nominated by her manager in 2010 for the full-time support staff award for her dedication and effort on the upgrade of the Applied Science and Environmental Technology labs to Biosafety Level II. Pam is a Support Staff Union Steward and has been teaching part-time in the Applied Science and Environmental Technology Department since 2011. Pam was elected by the Support Staff to represent them on the Board of Governors for a three year term and was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2014.
James Brockbank – Chair, Academic & Student Affairs Committee
James (Jim) is a retired Executive Leader with 30 years of Financial Institution experience with Export Development Canada (EDC). In 2011 Jim completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto and associated qualification requirements of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is now a certified Corporate Director with the ICD.D designation. Jim currently serves on the Board of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation where he is Vice Chair of the Board and the Governance Committee. He is also a Director on the Board of Triathlon Ontario. He also served on the Steering Committee for the newly established Business Improvement Area for the Kanata North Business Park. Jim held a variety of senior leadership roles at EDC including: Vice President, Business Development; Vice President, Loan Transformation; Vice President and Chief Risk Officer (CRO); Vice President, Information Technologies Team; and General Manager, Export Financing Group. Jim led a number of Corporate Change Initiatives including the development and implementation of a strategic Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework and the implementation of LEAN process technology to the Financial Services of EDC. He served as Vice Chair of the Management Risk Management Committee and worked extensively with the Board Risk Management Committee. Through his career Jim negotiated many international financing arrangements in both the public and private sectors across a number of Industries in both developing and developed Countries in support of Canadian exporters and investors. Notable was his leadership role in the financial restructuring of GM and Chrysler. Jim is now focused on bringing his experience, skills and commitment to good governance and strategic enterprise risk management through effective and efficient processes to both the “for-profit” and “not-for-profit” sectors. James Brockbank was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2014.
Nancy Cheng – Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee
Nancy Cheng is an Assistant Auditor General in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. She is responsible for a portfolio of departments, agencies and Crown corporations that includes the Canadian Commercial Corporation, Canada Post Corporation, the Department of Finance, the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, Marine Atlantic Inc., the Public Service Pension Plans, the Royal Canadian Mint, Shared Services Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and several other selected Crown corporations. Ms. Cheng also oversees the audit of the Public Accounts of Canada, and her audit portfolio undertakes government-wide performance audits of internal audit and financial management. In addition, she is responsible for the Halifax regional office. Ms. Cheng served for five years as a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, including the role of Treasurer. She was a member of its Applications Committee from 1998 to 2010, serving as Chair of the Committee for the last two years. She is currently the Chair of the CICA CA Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and serves on the CICA Information Management and Technology Advisory Committee. She served for ten years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chartered Accountants Association, and six years on the Board of Directors of the EDP Auditors’ Association (now the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) in Ottawa, the last two years as Treasurer. She has lectured at Algonquin College and taught auditing at the University of Ottawa as a part-time professor. In March 2000, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA), that organization’s highest designation. Ms. Cheng was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2012.
Lynne Clark was the first and only female graduate of the Metallurgical Engineering Technology advanced diploma program at Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology. Since that time, her career has included working in Canada’s north with a uranium mining and refining company, sales and service in the automotive industry, an exceptional career as a marketing and community investment professional in the media sector and leadership roles in fundraising and partnership development in the charitable sector. Lynne was a finalist for the Women’s Business Network “Business Woman of the Year” award in 2007 and has received numerous awards for her sales expertise and service in the newspaper industry including the Helms-Collucci Award from the Inland Press Association (Chicago). She has had ongoing involvement with Algonquin College including teaching in the Advertising Program from 2001 to 2005, and following a path of life-long learning as a French as a Second Language student at the Algonquin Language Institute. Lynne has been a member of several community organizations, governance boards and fundraising cabinets and is a founding member of the Royal Ottawa Women for Mental Health initiative. Lynne was appointed to the Board of Governors for a two-year term effective September 1, 2011.
As the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Gananoque and formerly the Director of Community Services for the Town of Perth, Shellee supports a community’s ability to remain healthy and vibrant, ensuring its capacity to attract and retain a knowledgeable and skilled workforce. Shellee’s portfolios have included the management of Human Resources, Parks & Recreation, Heritage, Economic Development, Tourism, Property Management, and Corporate Communications. As the 2004 Eastern Ontario Economic Development Officer of the Year, Shellee’s passion for the field of Community Development is evidenced by her spearheading the creation of the Business Accreditation Program between Algonquin College and the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce. She administers grants to various community groups that demonstrate development of environmental, social and cultural programs. Shellee holds a professional designation in Economic Development awarded by the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) and is currently completing the Certified Municipal Officer (CMO) program through the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO). Shellee Fournier was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2015.
Sherryl Fraser, Administrative Staff Representative
Sherryl Fraser is the Academic Chair for General Arts and Science. In that role, she is responsible for providing academic leadership in the management and administration of faculty, support staff and students, and establishing a strategic direction for the department that is aligned with the College’s Strategic Plan and Faculty goals. Sherryl joined the College in 1994 where her tenure as a professor, program coordinator and curriculum developer enabled her to design and develop both a post graduate program, Emergency Management and a degree, Bachelor of Public Safety. In 2010, Sherryl was seconded to work under the Vice-President of Finance and Administration to develop the Enterprise Risk Management Framework, including the development of a Business Continuity Planning Program for the College. Her understanding and passion for learning has been evident in her participation in committees such as the College Academic Council, the Ombudsman Review Committee and the Student Success Committee. As a consultant, Sherryl has worked on various governmental contracts completing business impact assessments, the conduct of threat risk and impact analysis and developing risk management strategies. Examples include Department of National Defence, PWGSC, Privy Council Office, Public Relations Labour Board and Courts Administration Services. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Business Continuity from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) from the University of Ottawa. Sherryl was elected as Administrative staff representative effective September 1, 2014.
Stephen Heckbert – Academic Representative
Board of Governors faculty representative Stephen Heckbert is a fluently bilingual communications leader with a bias for action who brings more than 20 years of experience in media training, strategic communications, public and media relations, media analysis, marketing, writing, and project management to this new opportunity.
Recognized in 2011 with an Excellence in Teaching Award, Stephen is a full-time professor and coordinator in the public relations program here at Algonquin College.
A 2003 honouree as one of Ottawa’s “40 Under 40” by the Ottawa Business Journal, Stephen has provided communications advice and strategy to corporate, political, and government leaders across Canada and around the world. Stephen began his career as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Sherbrooke Record and the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal before, during and after completing his studies for a Masters in Journalism at Carleton University. A native of Prince Edward Island, Stephen is a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, majors in English and philosophy. He is an accredited public relations practitioner, and is a past president of the Canadian Public Relations Society in Ottawa-Gatineau. Stephen Heckbert was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2015.
Cheryl Jensen – President
Cheryl Jensen is the eighth president of Algonquin College. She joined Algonquin from Mohawk College, where she held the title of Vice President, Academic for five years. Cheryl first joined Mohawk as a Chemical Engineering Technology professor in 1983 and has served as Dean, Executive Dean, and Vice President of Engineering Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training.
Cheryl serves on the Boards of Ottawa Network for Education, Invest Ottawa, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, and the Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery and Beechwood Cemetery Foundation. She is also a Board member for Polytechnics Canada and a member of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. She is the recipient of a Hamilton YWCA Woman of Distinction award and a national leadership award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
Cheryl graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Certificate in the Metallurgy of Iron and Steel, and holds a Master of Education in Organizational and Administrative Studies from Brock University.
Sara Loyst is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Having served as the Algonquin Students’ Association President for the 2015/2016 term, she is confident that she can represent students at the Board of Governors level. During her time as President, she worked with the Students’ Association Board of Directors to advocate for students about Blackboard and E-Text, getting a Pride Centre on campus, improving the Students’ Association Health and Dental plan for the future, and much more.
Sara has made many connections in the College and understands how decisions get made at the college level, and she believes it would be a benefit to both the Board and students to have a student representative who is familiar with student issues and College processes. Sara Loyst was elected to the Board for a one-year term effective September 1, 2016.
Jay McLaren has had a successful business career of 35 years as owner and operator of a small retail business. He is a retired professor in the Business, Outdoor Adventure Naturalist, Environmental Technician and Forestry Technician departments of Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. Jay is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a B. Sc (Agr.) Honours degree. Jay has served as Chair of the City of Pembroke Planning Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Board of the Ottawa River Power Corporation. As an active Kiwanian he is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, a Distinguished Lieutenant Governor for Division 13 and is the Master Trainer for Kiwanis Club Leadership Education for the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District of Kiwanis International.
The Algonquin College President’s Star Award was presented to Jay in 2014 and he was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award in 2012. The Upper Valley Chamber of Commerce chose Jay as the Citizen of the Year in 2007. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the Ontario Horticultural Association. Jay achieved the status of Distinguished Toastmaster and has been a much sought after public speaker and flower show judge in the Horticultural industry. Jay McLaren was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2016.
Peter Nadeau, Vice Chair
Peter is a governance expert experienced with publicly traded, privately held and not-for-profit companies. He is a business lawyer with 25 years of experience in negotiations, mediation, transactions including intellectual property transactions, financings, international mergers and acquisitions and in-house legal department management. He was Vice-president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Newbridge Networks Corporation from 1990 until it acquisition by Alcatel in 2000. Subsequently Peter was the General Manager, Eastern Ontario for Desjardins Venture Capital Group. Peter is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Communication Technologies Credit Union (“Comtech”). He has been a member of the Comtech Board for 7 years and previously chaired each of the Audit, Nominating and By-laws and Policy Committees. Comtech is a 70-year-old full service financial institution with over 14,000 members and $250 million in assets. It has branches in both Toronto and Ottawa. Peter has completed the Directors’ Education Programme of the Institute of Corporate Directors and was awarded the ICD.D certification. His legal capability supports his governance knowledge; both capabilities are very important assets at the board level today; consulting or as a Board Member. Peter is involved in his local community and has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, the largest service club in Canada, for over 20 years. He was a member of their board of directors for 9 years, was the President of the Club for its 2009-2010. Peter was appointed to Board of Governors as a Lieutenant Governor In Council appointee effective December 1, 2013.
Dr. James Robblee
James A Robblee (Jim) is a cardiac anesthesiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He recently stepped down as Chief of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology after 15 years in the position. He was a member of the senior management team at the Heart Institute for 27 years. Jim has been an Accreditation Canada surveyor for 12 years. He has participated in over 60 surveys, many of them as team leader. He was the inaugural chair of the Physician Advisory Committee starting in 2004. He remains a member of the committee as past-chair. He is also a member of the Surveyor Certification Committee. Jim was a member of the Board of Governors of Algonquin College from 2004-2010 and served 2 years as Chair. He was a member of the Audit Committee for 4 years. He was also a Director of the Algonquin College Foundation. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nurses Foundation. He has completed the Governors Essentials Program and the Directors Educational Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors. He completed ICD Certification in 2009. Dr. James Robblee was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2014.
Kelly Sample is a lawyer and the Managing Partner at Kelly Santini LLP, a well-respected Ottawa law firm. Kelly practices in the area of business law and commercial real estate, and has extensive experience advising clients on a wide range of legal issues including corporate governance. Kelly is a graduate of Carleton University where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Kelly completed her Bachelor of Laws at Dalhousie University Law School in 1996. Contributing to the Ottawa community has always been a priority for Kelly and she has been an active volunteer and director of numerous organizations dedicated to youth programs. She has served as a mentor and/or instructor at Algonquin College, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the University of Ottawa Law School and Carleton University. In 2007, Kelly was selected by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Ottawa’s Forty under 40. Kelly has named one of Carleton University’s Great Grads and she has been selected as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s Top 50 People in the Capital. Kelly was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2014.
Mark Sutcliffe is a writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and volunteer. He hosts Ottawa Today weekday mornings on 1310 NEWS radio and Rogers TV and appears regularly on CPAC, Canada’s Parliamentary channel. Mark is also the CEO of Great River Media Inc., an Ottawa-based media company that operates the Ottawa Business Journal and other media and event properties, and writes a weekly column in the Ottawa Citizen, where he was previously executive editor. He is the author of Long Road to Boston, Why I Run, Canada’s Magnificent Marathon and the children’s book Big Joe and the Return of Football. Mark was the co-chair of the United Way Ottawa community campaign in 2014-15. He is the past-chair of the board of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, a previous chair of the board of United Way Ottawa and member of the board of Run Ottawa.
Michael Tremblay – Chair, Governance Committee
Michael Tremblay joined Microsoft Canada as the Vice President of Public Sector in April 2007. Michael leads all of Microsoft Canada’s public sector activities including sales to Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, as well as to the Healthcare and Education sectors. Mike has 31 years of sales, marketing, operations and general management experience, with significant experience serving public sector clients. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mike worked for SAP Canada as Senior Vice President, Public Services, managing the Canadian Public Sector market. Mike has also held senior executive positions with Fujitsu Consulting, JDS Uniphase, EDS Systemhouse and Digital Equipment Corporation – principally across Canadian, American and Latin American markets. Mike has an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal and is a graduate of Computer Technology from Algonquin College and is a graduate of the Director’s Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors. From 2004-2010, Michael served as a member of Algonquin College’s Board of Governors and served as Chair of the College’s Foundation Board. Michael is an active member of the Audit and Corporate Services Committee and has previously served on the Advocacy Committee with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Michael Tremblay was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 1, 2015.
Michael Waters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of the Minto Group, a privately held real estate development and investment firm based in Ottawa, with operations in Ontario, Alberta and Florida. He has over 20 years experience in real estate finance, investment and development and financial advisory services. Prior to joining Minto, Michael served in a variety of roles at Intrawest Corporation, a large resort developer and operator with a presence across North America. Earlier in his career, Michael worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and KPMG LLP. Michael completed an undergraduate degree in finance at the University of British Columbia and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Michael is a Chartered Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Michael was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2013.