Christie Lake Kids is delighted to benefit from the professional and personal contributions of a dedicated and hard-working Board of Directors. These committed community leaders and CLK alumni bring wisdom, business acumen, contacts, vision, and hard work to the table in support of all we can do together to improve the outlook and present circumstances of Ottawa's children and youth living in poverty. Thank you, to our Board and committee members. You make us immeasurably stronger.


Executive Committee


Claudio Silvestri

As Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Claudio Silvestri is responsible for providing executive leadership, direction and oversight of the Information Technology (IT) function for the Corporation.  This function continues to play an increasingly important role in driving productivity improvements and enabling business capabilities to more effectively manage the business operations of NAV CANADA.


Mr. Silvestri has an extensive background in the high-tech industry and diverse experience developing and implementing strategic initiatives to increase the effectiveness and contribution of IT solutions within a variety of organizations.  At NAV CANADA, Mr. Silvestri oversees all IT functional services, business applications, infrastructure and data communications networks, as well as information technology security and IT governance.


Prior to joining NAV CANADA, Mr. Silvestri was the Vice President and CIO at Cognos Inc. where he was responsible for world-wide IT services. He was also the Group Vice President and CIO for Business Objects / Crystal Decisions leading the global organization.  Prior to 2003, Mr. Silvestri held senior business and IT executive roles at Microsoft Canada and Compaq Canada.


Additionally, Mr. Silvestri serves on the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors and is the President and Chair of Christie Lake Kids which is a local Not-for-Profit organization serving disadvantaged youth in the Capital region with all year programming to develop physical, social and character skills.  In 2017 Mr. Silvestri was awarded the CIO of The Year by the Information Technology Association of Canada in the Public / Non-Profit category recognizing his leadership leading NAV CANADA’s digital, cloud and mobile technology transformation.


Owen Mahaffy

Until his retirement in 2017, Owen was Director, Engineering and Asset Management, Hydro Ottawa. Owen knows from personal experience the power of community-based, youth-centred programs to transform young lives. He spent more than twenty years in the Scouting movement including fifteen years in youth leadership. His professional life as an engineer in the electrical utility industry spanned more than three decades and many technical and management roles but none more rewarding than his contributions to building Hydro Ottawa’s award-winning community investment programs, especially its partnership with Christie Lake Kids. Now retired he intends to dedicate more of his volunteer time to CLK and a number of local charities. Owen is currently the Chair of Christie Lake Kids’ Communications Committee.


Carla Pellizzari

Carla completed her Bachelor of Commerce at Concordia University in 1992 with a major in Accounting, and she has been a member of CGA Canada since 2012. Over the past decade, she has gone from being General Accountant / Assistant to the CFO at Utex Fashion Group, to Staff Accountant and then Manager, Acohar Business Management Services and Bookkeeping, both at Andrews & Co. Chartered Accountants. Carla is currently Controller at La Fromagerie Coopérative St. Albert Inc.


Chris Hughes
Past President

Chris has 35 years experience in the high tech industry and is the former President and CEO at Vangent Canada Inc. Throughout his career, Chris has maintained a very active community service role. He has served on many private and public sector boards and is highly dedicated to supporting young people in the community. For the past 21 years, he has sat on the Board of Directors of the Youth Services Bureau, which works with young people living on the street. Chris was a founding member of the Ottawa Youth Justice Services Network and has also served on the Board of Directors of Nepean Outreach to the World. As an active member of the United Way Impact Council on Children and Youth, Chris participates in restructuring the delivery of services to those in need. He remains a longstanding member of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Allocation Group, which provides funds for sports programs benefiting children in the Ottawa community. Chris’s other accomplishments include co-founding the Terry Fox Run in Ottawa. He is a recipient of the United Way/Centraide Volunteer Services Award, Caduceus from the Canadian Cancer Society, the City of Ottawa’s Civic Appreciation Award, and the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award (twice).



Board Members


Eileen Boyd

Eileen Boyd is a native of Ottawa with 33 years of experience in the Public Service of Canada. Prior to her retirement in 2014, Ms Boyd held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel) in the Privy Council Office, responsible for supporting the government in the recruitment, retention and development of senior personnel in departments, agencies, Crown corporations and boards. Her public service career also included positions in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, the Office of the Auditor General, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, primarily in the areas of financial services, regulatory policy and support to Cabinet committees.



Jennifer Burns
Vice-President Operations, David Burns & Associates

Jennifer brings 15 years of progressive experience in education, financial operations and business management. She is currently responsible for overseeing all the firm’s operations, securing numerous key clients in a variety of sectors. Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Dalhousie University. Jennifer’s outside interests have focused on supporting children. She is an avid financial supporter of Christie Lake Kids and an ongoing participant in fundraising events. For the past two years she and her colleagues have taken a busload of Christie Lake Kids to Ottawa Senator’s games. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Chairperson for the Christie Lake Kids Human Resource Committee. Jennifer is currently the Chair of Christie Lake Kids’ Human Resources Committee.




Tim Hodgins

Tim Hodgins has been a member of the Ottawa Police Service for 30 years. He is currently the supervisor in charge of the Guns and Gangs Unit. Tim is a results-driven leader with a strong background in organizational change, police operations and investigations and strategy development. He has held a number of operational positions throughout the Ottawa Police Service including project lead for the transformational change of the Frontline Deployment model. Tim's community engagement and volunteer work have been primarily youth focused for many years. Coaching youth sports has been a predominant theme with volunteer time being spent with Kanata Minor Hockey and West Ottawa Ringette Association. Other charity work has occurred with Candlelighters, the Snow Suit fund and the Union Mission.




Mike Johnston

Mike is the Network Operations Manager with Enbridge Gas Distribution, a natural gas distribution utility operating in Eastern and Southern Ontario. He has been with Enbridge for more than twenty years. In his current role, Mike is responsible for pipeline pressure control and gas measurement for the Eastern Ontario region of Enbridge Gas Distribution. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography at Carleton University, specializing in Geographic Information Systems.

Prior to, and during university, Mike worked for nine summers at the Boy Scout camp on Christie Lake, and understands how a camp program can make a difference in a young person’s life.


Mike McGann
Senior Vice President, PCG, Finanacial Advisor, Mcgann Financial Group, Raymond James

Mike was born and raised in Ottawa and has never dreamed of calling anywhere else home. He has always been a generous donor to various programs that help change the lives of people in this community. He has worked in the financial industry since 1991, Mike is currently Senior Vice President, McGann Financial Group, with Raymond James. He takes great pride in looking after his long standing clientele.



Ann Morrison
RBC Regional Vice President, Ottawa South

Ann volunteers in the community and is involved with many different associations including Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, Minor Hockey Association’s, Parent Council and coaching baseball with a focus and passion with investing time with children and youth. Ann has been with RBC Royal Bank for over 23 years and her background includes Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Branch Management, with several National and Regional roles and has achieved her Personal Financial Diploma. Ann is focused on continuing education through many ongoing courses. Currently Ann is the Regional Vice President in the Ottawa South market. Ann is currently the Chair of Christie Lake Kids’ Audit and Finance Committee.



Scott Parkes
Vice President, Tamarack Homes

Scott is Vice-President of Tamarack Homes, part of the Taggart Group of Companies, a family business started by his grandfather in the 1940s. The Taggart family is well respected in Ottawa for its dedication to community building, and Scott is proud to continue this tradition through his work with Christie Lake Kids. Scott studied engineering at Queen's University and after graduation moved back to Ottawa to join the family business.



Anne Rowan-Legg

Anne is a pediatrician at CHEO and also practises at Renfrew Victoria Hospital a few days each month. Anne completed medical school at McMaster University in 2003, then did the pediatric residency program at Dalhousie University from 2003 to 2007. Her medical studies led to placements and locums in many interesting places throughout Canada (Thompson, Manitoba; Iqaluit; and Sydney, Nova Scotia) and to Uganda, Africa. Anne joined CHEO in 2008, and has been an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa since 2009.



Cliff Youdale
Executive Director of Asset Management Services, Ottawa Community Housing

Cliff has been involved in the housing industry for over 25 years. He started his career in the consulting engineering field before moving on to be the executive director of a national trade association. Throughout his career he has been involved in asset management, redevelopment and asset preservation for both the public and private sector. He has represented the housing industry on a variety of key initiatives including the National Building Code, Ontario Building Code Commission and various CSA Standards. In 2009, 20 years after his first foray into the social housing sector, Cliff returned to take on his current role as Executive Director of Asset Management at Ottawa Community Housing.




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