Experiences Canada is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors which consists of individuals who represent different regional, educational, business, linguistic and community interests. Board members are selected by the Nominating Committee. For information on becoming a member of Experiences Canada’s Board of Directors or to submit a nomination please contact info@experiencescanada.ca for more information.

Annual General Meeting

Experiences Canada invites all its members to attend its Annual General Meeting.

Members of the Board of Directors

Valerie Galley

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Ottawa, ON

Valerie Galley is of Ojibwa and Canadian ancestry and a member of the Nipissing First Nation.  In 2005, she graduated from Trent University with her Masters of Arts degree in Canadian Studies and Native Studies.  Over the past twenty-five years, she has worked as a strategist, policy analyst, researcher, and writer on indigenous priorities, in policy and program implementation, locally, regionally, and nationally for First Nations entities, governments and post-secondary institutions.

She has also researched and written presentations and policy papers for various national Aboriginal organizations on topics such as partnership approaches with the Government of Canada, the potential for integrating traditional indigenous healing practices into the western medical system and indigenous language revitalization.  More recently, she compiled the Assembly of First Nations’ “Closing the Gap” document which was used in the 2015 federal election and leading into the 2016 federal budget.

Georges Lévesque

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Montréal, QC

Georges Lévesque is an entrepreneur, speaker and founding partner in Levesque & Associates, a Montreal-based Negotiation Expertise firm focused on negotiation seminars, advisory services, keynote presentations and negotiation coaching.  He has assisted dozens of companies and organizations in 8 countries and sits on the advisory board of numerous small and medium-sized enterprises.

For almost a decade Georges was a Senior Vice-President of Global Business Development for EF Education, the world’s largest private educational organization with over 34,000 staff in 90 countries.  He began as an entrepreneur in 1992 selling leather goods to the luggage, handbag, and wallet market.  Following numerous years of growth, his company merged with Mundi Canada in 2001 creating one of the largest companies in the industry.  The corporation was successfully sold in 2004.  He is also the President of GAL Consultants and founder of Lévesque Resources, an eastern-Canadian natural resources company.

Georges is trained in advanced negotiations and business strategy from both the MIT School of Entrepreneurship and the Harvard Business School and is a business graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa.

 

Greg Owen

Grimsby, ON

Greg Owen has 25 years experience in the private and public sectors, including leadership roles as Vice-President of a student educational travel company; as a senior advisor to the Premier of Ontario and chief of staff to a provincial cabinet minister; as an advisor to elected officials with the Canadian government, and as the co-founder of a public affairs consulting firm.

He has experience working in Canada, the US, Europe and Central America. His career has enabled him to lead teams in developing new products, delivering excellent customer experiences, and using public relations, government relations, corporate social responsibility and partnerships to achieve organizational objectives. He has experience developing and executing strategic plans and business development activities, including sales, marketing and operations.
A strong believer in the importance of community service, he is involved in fundraising activities to build a new education centre at Vimy Ridge, and serves on the board of a foundation supporting community health care programs. Past community work includes serving on the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Board, the Board of the United Way of St. Catharines, a Community Futures Development Board (supporting entrepreneurs) and a Canada/US organization focused on human service activities led by university students.

In 2013 he was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work on veterans’ commemoration activities. He is a graduate of Carleton University, and participated in two Experiences Canada exchanges in the early 1980’s.

Denise Nawata

Vancouver, BC

Denise is a partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in Vancouver, BC. She practises primarily in the areas of corporate finance and securities law. Denise currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth, British Columbia.

Denise participated on a one-year student exchange in her undergraduate degree to study in Tokyo, Japan so understands first-hand the benefits of an exchange.

Melanie Martin

Melanie Martin is the Director of Arts and Special Celebrations with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Prior to that Melanie lead the First World War commemorations file, Honour 100. She has assisted with curriculum development and designed battlefield educational travel programs to Europe for the province’s youth, focusing on the experiences of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

She has a master’s degree in Newfoundland history from Memorial University and has contributed to historical journals, websites, anthologies, and educational textbooks on significant events in Newfoundland and Labrador’s turbulent social and political history, specifically around resettlement and the industrialization attempts during the Smallwood years. Melanie’s first historical fiction novel, A Splendid Boy, is set during the First World War and was published in May 2016 by Flanker Press.

Christie Brown

Lachine, QC

Christie Brown is currently a Vice-Principal at Macdonald High School in the West Island of Montreal.  She was destined to be a teacher having grown up surrounded by dedicated educators in Montreal. Christie holds a B.A., a B. Ed., a graduate diploma in Management as well as an M.A. in Leadership, all from McGill University.

A classroom teacher, a consultant as well as a curriculum director for the first 13 years of her career, prior to her current post, Christie worked as an education specialist at the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport in Quebec within the Services to the Anglophone Community Department (Services à la communauté anglophone).

Christie has also collaborated with several Aboriginal Nations in Quebec on pedagogical issues and projects. Christie works with a wide range of volunteer organizations, including the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal where she is currently Vice President.

 

Kyle Hill, Chair

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Toronto, ON

Kyle Hill is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Teach For Canada.

Born and raised in the small community of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Kyle’s K-12 teachers played a profound and formative role in his life, and his passion for education is driven by the impact his own education had on his development.

In 2014, Kyle sat on the Nova Scotia Minister’s Panel on Education, which undertook a once-in-a-generation review of the province’s education system. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of SEVEC, a charitable organization which funds 5000 youth exchanges throughout Canada each year. He was a volunteer summer school teacher in Jamaica (2008) and Ukraine (2009).

Kyle’s professional background is deeply rooted in mathematics and the natural sciences. He has B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Mount Allison University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His Ph.D. research enabled early-stage diagnosis of lung diseases such as emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. From 2011-2014, Kyle used his mathematical background as a Consultant and Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group in Toronto.

 

David McInnes

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Edmonton, AB

Dave McInnes is a lawyer with Field Law.  His primary area of practice is providing strategic advice in regard to the identification, development and management of business opportunities. He also works in land development, transaction negotiation, commercial financings and the purchase and sale of businesses. He has managed the business and legal aspects of a number of significant agribusiness development projects and has assisted with the organization of a human resources department for a national employer. He has also managed significant projects for Provincial and Territorial governments in the area of legislative review, planning and development.

Dave has acted in the role of general counsel to assist clients with the organization and structure of their businesses. He has conducted a number of in-house seminars on topics such as negotiating financing and the structuring of joint ventures. In addition, he has acted as a consultant on economic planning and fiscal matters.

Dave is a Director of a number of Alberta based corporations.

Arlene Van Ruiten

Winnipeg, MB

Arlene has dedicated herself to a lifelong career of volunteer positions on numerous Boards, Committees, Associations and Foundations.  Arlene is the Honorary Chairperson for the Military Family Resource Centre – 17 Wing – Canadian Air Force. C.F.B. Winnipeg.  She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the De Zaaier Foundation which presents Scholarships to the Winnipeg Red River College.

She offered 10 years of service (1996-2006) to The Hubbell Awards Inc., an organization that provides annual scholarship opportunities to the top Military Cadets in Winnipeg.

From 1994 – 2002 she served as a Board member of the Grace General Hospital Foundation.  Her diverse contributions also include Manitoba Military Tattoos (1998, 1999), the Grey Cup Festival (1991), a member of the executive Board of the L.P.G.A –  Canadian Golf Open (1992) at the St. Charles Golf & Country Club where she currently serves as Vice President, Ladies Executive.

She was married to the late Ben Van Ruiten and worked closely with him in his positions including both the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands (1977 – 1994) and as the Honorary Colonel of 17 Wing – Canadian Air Force. C.F.B. Winnipeg from 1994 – 2007.

Judith Sullivan-Corney

Halifax, NS

Judith is a Senior Consultant with Royer Thompson and Associates working in all areas of management development including organization design, executive recruitment, problem solving and business analysis.

She has extensive experience in the public sector, including human resources, aboriginal affairs, leadership development, mentorship and coaching.   She has successfully led aboriginal and intergovernmental consultation for the province of Nova Scotia where extensive relationship building efforts resulted in agreements between multi-party groups.  Judith has established a proven ability to respect the input of stakeholders and to provide leadership in policy development and implementation.

Judith spent 4 years as the Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Affairs, Military Relations and Protocol Office in Nova Scotia.  Prior to this she served as Deputy Minister, Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Status of Women.  From 1998-2002 she was the Public Service Commissioner/Deputy Minister of Human Resources for the province of Nova Scotia.