Board of Directors

Bernard Proulx, President

Bernard retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force as a senior officer after 35 years of service, with particular experience in the management of major aircraft acquisition projects, integrated logistics support, training and aircraft maintenance. He holds a Degree in Military Arts and Science from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, with a special interest in Military history as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Management from St. Lawrence College. Born in Valleyfield, Quebec, he started his military career in the Air Force as an Integral System and Avionics technician, learning from the ground up subsequently taking his commission with Her Majesty Services.

He enjoys being involved in the community in one-way or the other. He was a Ward councilor and later the deputy mayor of CFB Trenton Middletown Park military quarter, a Cub and Scout leader for many years, and recently joined the Friends of Carp Hills as a Board Director and Trail Coordinator.

Bernard and his wife Josée love the warmth and small town feeling that the village of Carp offers. They both enjoy all sorts of sports and outdoors activities, from curling at the local ring to skiing, hiking, canoeing and backcountry camping, just to name a few.

Mitchell Besner, Vice-President

Mitchell BesnerA lawyer since 1988, Mitchell Besner obtained his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 then attended the University of Ottawa where he obtained his Bachelor of (Common) Laws in 1986 and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1987. Mitchell was selected to act as an editor of The Ottawa Law Review in 1984 and admitted to the Barreau du Quebec in 1988 and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1988. After operating his own firm for 15 years Mitchell joined Mann & Partners, LLP on April 1, 2013.

Mitchell has represented a number of non-profit organizations throughout his career. He sat on the Board of Directors of Dow’s Lake Daycare and on the Planned Giving Advisory Council of the United Way (Ottawa), and served on the Board of Director’s nominating committee at the Rivermead Golf Club.

Paul Leduc, Treasurer

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A professional accountant since 1975, Paul was born in Lachine, Quebec. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College (now part of Concordia University) at the age of 19. He started his career with a firm of chartered accountants and then moved to manufacturing and engineering firms where he served as financial controller. For the last 16 years of his career, he was Chief of Finance for the National Gallery of Canada and the Gallery’s Foundation. He retired in 2010 after 41 years of work.

Paul is married and has an adult son. He enjoys golfing, biking and skiing. He is also an avid model railroader with an extensive layout.

Patricia den Boer, Director

Patricia den BoerPatricia den Boer is a communication strategist and senior advisor with Ottawa-based Powerhouse Communications Group, a company she founded in 1998. Her professional background is in media, during which time she worked as an in-the-trenches assignment editor for CBC, CTV and the trade press. Her media career has also expanded to business journalism as a managing editor and to organizational strategic communication, and change communications in the public and private sectors.

With 21 years’ experience, Patricia has worked with public and private organizations, as well as associations to help them undertake significant initiatives in their businesses, and is known for her strength to help communicate change with strong engagement while managing risks.

Her career has been spent working with executives for the future of their enterprises, developing the appropriate mix of communication strategy and tactics, as well as the essential leadership communication skills and capabilities necessary for successful operations and competitive advantage.

Patricia is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of stakeholder engagement, communication and internal brand communications.  She is also an associate instructor at the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University, Ottawa).

Giving back to the community is a strong tenet for Patricia. She is a Director on the Foundation Board for the Queensway Carleton Hospital and chairs the Algonquin College Advisory Committee on Marketing and Management Studies at the School of Business. She is also a past- president (2006) of the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa.

Jason Kelly, Director

Susan McLeod, Director

Sylvie Morel, Director

Sylvie MorelSylvie Morel was, until November 2008, Vice-president, Exhibitions and Programs Branch for the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC) where she worked for 35 years. Over the span of her career at the CMC, she has directed the development of more than 250 exhibitions from one-case shows to major blockbusters and the promotion and circulation of up to 35 travelling exhibitions per year in Canada and internationally. She has directed a very active and diverse public activities programme at the CMC that resulted in the presentation of more than 2,000 programmes.

Sylvie is Past-president of ICOM Canada (International Council of Museums Canada) and a member of the Board of the Canadian Fund for International Understanding through Culture since 2008, co-organizing the first Canada-China Cultural Dialogue in Beijing, and was a Canadian representative to Dakart ’92, biennale des arts in Dakar, Senegal.

She has had considerable community involvement. She was the membership Chairperson and founding member of the Bytown Bears, the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of Museum Technology Programme, Algonquin College, a United Way Campaign coordinator, and a volunteer for various organizations including the Ottawa Food Bank and the North Grenville Historical Society. She was also a board member of the Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market. She sits as a member of the board on the Hnatyshyn Foundation, is National Director of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Algonquin College Sommelier Program. She continues to do work for museums and cultural foundations as a consultant and a volunteer. In 2003, she was a nominee for the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Arts and Culture category). She is the recipient of the 2009 Canadian Museums Association Distinguished Service Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

David Peters, Director

David PetersDavid Peters joined the RCAF Auxiliary at 16 as an Airframe Technician. He later graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering. During his time at UNB he re-joined the military, first in the RCAF Reserve and later the Canadian Army as a military engineering officer. Dave served with the Canadian Forces in Canada, Europe and with the UN in India/Pakistan. He retired from military engineering as a Lieutenant Colonel after various construction and combat engineering appointments. He then joined Canada’s Public Service Emergency Preparedness Organization (EPC) as Director of Emergency Operations Coordination. His responsibilities in that position included designing and running the federal government’s Emergency Operations Coordination Centre as well as planning and managing a number of associated programs including federal pre and post disaster financial assistance, vital points (critical infrastructure) identification, as well as operating shelter, mobilization and operational measures for the federal government’s Continuity of Government Program.

After retiring from federal public service as EPC’s Director General of Operations in 1997 he worked as an emergency preparedness consultant for a number of federal government departments and in the private sector. These consultations made use of his experience and knowledge in the fields of disaster financial assistance planning, critical infrastructure identification, and operational planning and management, particularly where there were significant intergovernmental and private sector implications.

Michael Robb, Director