Jim McIntosh, Chair

Jim McIntosh

Since receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1978, Jim McIntosh has held such positions as Highway Division Construction Superintendent for Warren Bitulithic Ltd., Assistant to Town Engineer for the Town of Perth, and Engineer for the Town of Perth. In 1990, He assumed the position of President of McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. Although semi-retired from the company, he still serves as Chairman of the Board. Jim is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and is a past member of Municipal Engineers Associations. He is also a designated Consulting Engineer. He is currently Chairman of the Board for Waterfront Communities and past-president of the Perth District Community Foundation. He has also served on the Rideau Valley Foundation and has been a director for Code’s Mill Inn and Spa. Jim was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2010.

Doug Orendorff, Vice Chair

Dr. Doug Orendorff serves as Vice-Chair at Algonquin College. Doug has over three decades’ of health services and management consulting experience. Doug was a member of Somerset West Community Health Center (CHC) Board (1997 to 2002); a member of the University of Ottawa MHA Program Advisory Committee (2000 to 2005); and a founding member of Community Organizational Health (1998 to 2004), the CHC accreditation body. Doug lectured at University of Ottawa in 1994 and 1997 and held a one-year term teaching position at Carleton University in 1997/98. His academic achievements include a Ph.D. in Business from Carleton University (2006), a Master in Health Administration (1994) and a Master of Business Administration (1992), both from the University of Ottawa. Doug was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2008.

Fred Blackstein – Chair Academic & Student Affairs Committee

Fred Blackstein began his career as a Nuclear Engineer at AECL in Chalk River. He held various positions including Division Director during his tenure from 1961-1985. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Blackstein was the Dean of Technology and Continuing Education at Loyalist College from 1985-1988. For the past twenty-five years, Fred has been an active volunteer in the community. He chaired one of the most successful International Plowing Matches in 1994 and co-chaired the Ice Storm Relief Committee. He was also the Campaign Chair for the Miramichi Lodge Long-Term Care Facility. Fred is very active in Search and Rescue in Renfrew County. Most recently, Fred was recognized in July 2006 for his voluntary service by being named a member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General, and was also awarded with the William G. Davis Community Volunteer Award at the Colleges Ontario Conference in November, 2010. Fred previously served as a member of the Board of Governors from 2004-2010, following which he has served as the Honorary Chair for the capital campaign for the College’s new Pembroke Campus building. Fred was reappointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2012.

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.

Jeanine Chiasson

Jeanine Chiasson joined Algonquin College in 2005 working frontline with new students developing and issuing student ID Cards. This first experience with the College ingrained a client centric service ethic as she witnessed first-hand the questions and concerns posed by students. Jeanine was later able to apply her Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in her new role in the College’s Conference Services department. As a part-time employee in 2007 she was awarded the Part-time Support Staff Award in recognition for outstanding service to students, Conference Services clients, and partners. A few months later Jeanine became a full-time support staff in the role of Conference Account Coordinator. Believing in the power of education, she went on to earn a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conventions and Meetings Management from our School of Hospitality and Tourism. Currently Jeanine is a member of Canadian University and College Conference Organizers Association, she actively networks on behalf of the College with the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and she is a member the College Live, Laugh, Learn Committee. She has expanded her current role in Conference Services to assist colleagues in the planning function of their events and is now looking to pursue the Certified Meeting Professional designation. Jeanine is an active volunteer and served on the Executive Committee for the Ottawa Special Olympics as the Athlete Registrar for three years. Jeanine was elected by the Support Staff to represent them on the Board of Governors for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2011.

Lynne Clark

Lynne Clark was the first and only female graduate of the Metallurgical Engineering Technology 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 and an exceptional career as a marketing and community investment professional in the media sector. In 2012 Lynne joined United Way/Centraide Ottawa as Director, Sponsorship and Partnership Development to pursue her interest in the not-for-profit 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. 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 French as a Second Language student at the Algonquin Language Institute. Lynne is a member of several community organizations including a founding member of the Royal Ottawa Women for Mental Health initiative and as a director with the Bruyère Foundation Board. Lynne was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2011.

Barbara Farber

Barbara Farber’s affiliation with Algonquin College began in 2004 when she became the founding Chair of the Algonquin College Foundation Board of Directors. She has also held such positions as the National President of United Israel Appeal Federations Canada, Vice Chair of the National Board of Canada-Israel Committee, First Chair of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa International Airport Authority and the Foundation Board of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, as well as other community roles. Barbara is the President of Leikin Group Inc., a privately owned company focused on real estate development and property and asset management. She was awarded an Algonquin College Honorary Degree in 2009, and has also received the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award and the Ottawa Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising, among other honours. Barbara was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2010.

Cheryl Jensen – President

Portrait of Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen is the eighth president of Algonquin College. She joins Algonquin from Mohawk College, where she most recently was Vice President, Academic. Cheryl first joined Mohawk as a Chemical Engineering Technology professor in 1983 and served as Dean, Executive Dean, and Vice President of Engineering Technology, Apprenticeship and Corporate Training. Cheryl was instrumental in the development and launch of Canada’s first Bachelor of Technology collaborative degree program with McMaster University and the award-winning Hydro One – College Consortium partnership.  She also championed the development of award winning integrated technician apprenticeship programs and led the $27 million transformation of the Mohawk College Stoney Creek campus – the home of the College’s skilled trades and apprenticeship programs.

Cheryl has served on many community Boards.  She was Chair of the Skills Canada Ontario Board of Directors and served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors with the Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford YMCA.  She was also a member of the Hamilton Community Foundation for four years.

Cheryl 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.

Kyrylo Kasyanenko – Student Representative

Kyrylo is a currently enrolled in Algonquin College’s Bachelor of Applied Business 4-year program, and is specializing in supply chain management. From this program, he expects to build a career by applying supply chain management to the e-business environment. Kyrylo is an active member of Toastmasters International as well as APICS (Association of Operations Management). For the Toastmasters Club, he has volunteered to take a role of treasurer for year 2012-2013. With APICS, in team of colleagues, he won a regional business competition and participated in national competition which held in Cambridge, Ontario. His current occupation is a representative working for regional marketing company. He is being recognized in TOP20 best representatives in division of Canadian Tire Financial Services. In 2011, he represented the student body as a director on the Board of the Algonquin College Student Association (SA). As a board member, he worked on issues such as transportation, demand-driven services, and school spirit in the college. Kyrylo was elected by the students to serve as their representative on the Board of Governors for a one year term beginning in September, 2012 and was re-elected to serve for a second one-year term effective September 2013.

Louis Lamontagne

Louis Lamontagne is the CEO and founder of Coris HealthCare Enterprises. With over 25 years’ of senior management experience, primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, he has led such organizations as Painceptor Pharma Corporation, Neurochem Inc., and the Ottawa Life Sciences Technology Park. He currently serves on the Boards of GreenCentre Canada as well as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and he has served on the Boards of the Ottawa Health Research Institute (OHRI), Chronogen Inc., and Stempath Inc. Louis holds a PhD. in Immunology from McMaster University and has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University. He has received various honours, including the BioMedex Genesis Award, the Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship, and the Medical Research Council of Canada Studentship. Louis’s interest in Algonquin College began when he participated in the College’s “Small World Big Picture” initiative in 2006, and again in 2009. Louis was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2010.

Kathyrn Leroux – Chair, Governance Committee

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. Kathryn was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2011.

Shawn McBride – Academic Representative

Shawn has a Bachelor of Science Honours in Computing Science and worked in the hi-tech industry before joining Algonquin in 1989. He is currently a professor and program coordinator in the Information and Communications Technology Department in the School of Advanced Technology. He teaches a variety of courses in the fields of programming and computer networking. Shawn has held several other positions at Algonquin including Academic Chair, Program Coordinator, Manager – Mobile Learning and Academic Technologies, Chair – College Academic Technologies Committee, Chair – Mobile Learning Programs Committee, Member – Kaleidoscope Program Planning Committee, Union Steward and Local Executive Committee Member. Shawn was elected by his faculty colleagues to represent them on the Board for a three year term beginning on September 1, 2012.

Peter Nadeau

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 as of December, 2013.

John Owens

John Owens is the Ottawa Branch Manager of Revay and Associates Limited, a firm of Project Management and Construction Claims specialists. John graduated from Algonquin College in 1981 with a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology. He qualified as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) in 1983. In 1993 he became certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP). John is also a member if the PMI College of Scheduling and the American Association of Cost Engineers. John has been active in the Ottawa Construction Association since 1990 and is currently the Past Chairman of the Board. John also serves on the College’s Architecture Technology and Construction/Civil Engineering Advisory Committees, and served on the capital campaign for the Algonquin College Centre for Excellence. John was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 2008. He also serves on the Algonquin College Foundation Board of Directors.

Andrew Pridham – Administration Representative

Andrew Pridham is the Academic Chair of the Information and Communications Technology Department. In that role, he 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. Andrew possesses considerable industry experience from his prior employment at CGI from 1997 to 2009, where he held progressively senior roles, culminating in the Directorship of CGI’s Information Security Practice in Ottawa. Before joining CGI, Andrew served as an officer in the Canadian Forces. Among the many roles and positions he held during his time in the CF, he worked at the National Defence Headquarters as Communications Systems Project Officer and Software Engineering Project Officer for the North American Aerospace and Region/Sector Air Operations Centre Modernization Projects. Andrew obtained his Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston and has a Bachelor Degree of Science in Physics and Computer Science from Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario association. Andrew was elected by the Administrative Staff of Algonquin College to represent them on the Board of Governors for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2011.

Mark Sutcliffe

Mark Sutcliffe is an Ottawa writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and community leader. He writes several columns a week in the Ottawa Citizen and also hosts the Chat Room, a top-rated talk show every weekday morning on Ottawa’s news-talk radio station, 580 CFRA. Mark also hosts a Sunday morning national political television show on CPAC, and Talk Ottawa, a nightly community issues program airing three times per week on Rogers TV. Mark is also the majority owner and CEO of Great River Media Inc. which publishes a number of magazines and newspapers including the Ottawa Business Journal. Mark was previously a member of the Ottawa Citizen’s senior management team and was also the CEO of InBusiness Media Network. Mark is a committed volunteer and fundraiser, and served on the United Way Campaign Cabinet for six years. He was also Chair of the United Way Ottawa board of directors. He was also the Chair of the Great Canadian Theatre Company for eight years, and was a board member of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. In 2008, he was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the Ottawa Philanthropy Awards. Mark was appointed to the Board of Governors effective September, 2011.

Michael Waters

Michael Waters

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.


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