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Alysia, Grant, Jess, Leo, Mat, Samantha J., Samantha O., and Shannon
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.
Paul Leduc, Treasurer
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.
Susan McLeod, Vice President and Secretary
Susan McLeod has worked for more than 35 years in museums and heritage tourism. She has an undergraduate degree in archaeology/anthropology from Trent University and a graduate degree in museum studies from the University of Toronto.
Susan has worked both in the areas of museum research and collections and in exhibitions and programs. This rounded experience has instilled in her a deep appreciation of the need to balance protection and preservation of heritage resources with visitor learning and enjoyment.
Susan has worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, National Postal Museum and Canadian Museum of Civilization (now History). For many years she headed the interpretive planning department at the latter, giving her a central role in exhibition and program development.
After 25 years in museums, Susan took a position with Parks Canada, working with national parks and national historic sites to enhance the visitor experience of these iconic destinations. She now works as an independent, consulting in the fields of museum and heritage tourism with her company, Susan McLeod Solutions.
Susan is a fan of the Diefenbunker and delighted to join the board. Her previous volunteer activities have revolved around heritage, cultural and community activism, as well as schooling and sports activities related to her three children.
Sylvie Morel, Past President
Sylvie 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.
Joanne Charette, Director
Until recently, Joanne was Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Communications at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Prior to her time at IDRC, she was the Communications Advisor and Official Spokesperson to the 28th Governor General of Canada, David Johnston. Joanne is an accomplished, results-driven marketing and communications professional offering more than 30 years of experience in the field of public affairs, media relations, outreach, strategic planning and corporate governance. She has more than 25 years as a senior executive in a Crown corporation. Joanne has knowledge of sound governance principles, having worked with many different boards, elected or appointed, as well as expertise in monitoring and evaluation of performance.
Paul Drover, Director
Paul Drover is a former Air Force Pilot who, during his military career, completed a number of operational and staff assignments. His appointments include Squadron Commander, Wing Operations Officer and Senior Policy Advisor at National Defence Headquarters. As a senior official he represented Canada on international panels and committees and served as the Air Attaché to the United States of America.
During his career he also served with the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) where he was responsible for the bi-national command exercise program. He also served as Command Director at the Cheyenne Mountain complex NORAD, the center responsible for aerospace warning. He was subsequently appointed as Deputy Commander, Alaska NORAD Region where he was directly involved in the readiness, employment and evaluation of defence forces.
Following his military career, Paul joined the private sector as a senior consultant. In addition, he was appointed Executive Director, Unmanned Systems Canada. Most recently he served as a Returning Officer with Elections Canada.
Paul and his wife Natalie enjoy an active lifestyle and live in the charming village of Carp.
David Loye, Director
David Loye, a professional Accountant has been with the Canadian Museum of History since 1990.
During this time, he has occupied the positions of Chief Financial Planning, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and most recently he has held he position of Chief Operating Officer since 2007.
Prior to joining the Museum he held various financial management positions within the Federal Government of Canada.
His career at the Museum has been highlighted by leading major transformative initiatives such as the transition of the Museum to a Crown Corporation, overseeing the implementation and growth of revenue based activities, managing the financial reporting and control aspects of the Canadian War Museum construction project and leading the transition team overseeing the creation of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a Crown Corporation.
A Museum professional with close to thirty years experience, he has an expert knowledge of Museum operations, marketing, facilities, information technology and finance.
Linda Nixon, Director
Linda Nixon has been a Human Resources Executive for the past 15 years and brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to help build an excellent HR strategy, program and team. She is a solution-oriented Human Resources executive with progressive and expanding mandates focused on aligning people strategies to achieve business results. As a values-based leader, Linda believes and practices transparency and effective communication. She is recognized for her leadership competence, relationship building, people development, communications and strategic program implementation.
Linda has a passion for working with executives in creating meaningful, sustainable work environments that heighten employee engagement and drive desired business results. She is skilled at coaching leaders at all levels of the organization in understanding how their own beliefs, values and behaviours shape the culture of the organization and partners with them to co-create intentional and meaningful workplaces.
As a strategic HR consultant Linda has worked with a variety of organizations including those in the technology, retail, project management, government and social services sectors.
Lorraine Mastersmith, Director
Lorraine Mastersmith is an Ottawa-based partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Commercial and Capital Markets Groups. Her practice focuses largely on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors with commercial agreements, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.
Lorraine is the Ottawa lead for the firm’s Blockchain and Smart Contracts Group. Over the course of her career both as in-house counsel and in private practice, Lorraine has assisted clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms. With extensive experience in the listing of capital pool companies and the completion of qualifying transactions on the TSX Venture Exchange, she has acted as lead counsel on a number of listings and subsequent financings. Lorraine applies her business acumen to assist clients in the development of strategic plans and governance policies. She currently serves as an independent director and member of the Audit and Compensation Committees of Ross Video Limited.
Lorraine is actively involved as an Ottawa Regional Ambassador Council member for Women Get on Board, an organization devoted to the advancement of qualified women to corporate boards. She also volunteers her time with the executive committee of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation.
David Peters, Director Emeritus
David 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
Michael has been in Facility Maintenance, Operations and Management and education for 20 years in businesses such as the Congress Center, The Canadian War Museum, St Vincent’s Hospital, the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College. He spends much of his time at the Huntley Curling Club playing several times a week and volunteering where he can. Michael is proud to serve on the Diefenbunker’s Board of Directors and looks forward to helping the museum well into the future.
Inderbir Singh Riar, Director
Inderbir Singh Riar is an Associate Professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University. As an architectural historian, Inderbir explores aesthetic, cultural, and technological contexts of city design in the postwar period. He is currently preparing the book Expo 67, The Architecture of Late Modernity (forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2018). Inderbir’s writings appear in books and journals, and he lectures in universities worldwide. His research has been advanced by grants and awards; in 2013, he was invited by The Japan Foundation to participate in the Japan-U.S. Curator Exchange Program. Inderbir was an undergraduate at McGill University and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Between 1997 and 2003, he worked in architecture offices in San Francisco. He completed his PhD at Columbia in 2014.
Margaret Syms, Director
Margaret is the Senior Security Engineering Manager at Shopify. She is an experienced security professional and thought leader with a passion for building high impact teams. She has a proven track record as a leader in the companies she has worked at. Margaret has a strong determination for improving the security posture of organizations through analysis of risk and implementation of security safeguards that meet the need while still supporting company operations and culture.
Margaret’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and several security certifications. She brings with her over 15 years of industry experience. Margaret currently works at Shopify as a Security Lead. Previously, she has worked at other tech companies such as Blackberry and Fuze in similar roles.
Outside of work, Margaret enjoys spending time with family and maintaining an active lifestyle. Margaret and her husband, Dann, live in the Carp village with their dog, Jaxon. For 3 years, Margaret held a position on the Carp Diefenbooker Committee as Race Director.