CISED welcomes four new star-quality Directors to our Board!

It is with great pleasure that I announce four new board members to the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development.  We are very fortunate to have new members with a spectrum of experience, perspective and interests. 

  •  Mike BulthuisMike currently serves as Executive Director of Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa. His passion and drive for the homelessness support sector is evident in the unbelievable amount of time and energy he invests in homelessness and housing events and projects in the city. 
  • LoriAnn GirvanLoriAnn has deservedly earned the title "Social-Finance and Housing Guru". Before she fell in love with Ottawa, she was Director of Housing and Homelessness for Toronto's Housing Services Corporation and Director of Community Health for the Toronto Community Housing Association, which provides homes for nearly 60,000 low-to-moderate income households. 
  • Stewart HardacreStewart brings to CISED a wealth of executive and operational knowledge. Having served as President & CEO for both the Canadian Hunger Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Canada, he understands how to scale and manage large social enterprise initiatives, such as the 90 Habitat for Humanity ReStores across Canada. 
  • Aleatha Bedard-PooleAleatha is an Associate Manager in Growth and Transitional Capital at Business Development Bank of Canada. Her financial and private investment expertise is complemented by her incredible passion for helping others in the community, such as through her mentorship roles at Enactus OttawaEcoEquitable and Rise Asset Development

With these four, we almost double the size of CISED's board. This was done to help support the governance of our recent growth, as well as to jump on some new opportunities for us to become a permanent anchor for social enterprise in Ottawa. Before this addition, our Board of Directors consisted of:

  • Dr. Tessa HebbTessa was one of the very first supporters of CISED and continues to be a champion for social finance and social enterprise across Canada and beyond. She is the founder of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) and member of the steering committees for the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network; the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network; the Canadian Social Investment Organization; and, the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative
  • Priya Verma ThakkerPriya currently serves as an Advisor for Health Canada. Although this work keeps her plenty busy, she is also the National Projects Coordinator for The Art of Living Foundation, which is an educational and humanitarian movement that has operated for over three decades and across 155 countries. 
  • Kent TurnerKent is an Investment Counsellor with BMO's private banking arm Nesbitt Burns.  Although his first foray into the social finance world, Kent's interest in environmental finance and business legacy transfer has made him an engaging asset to our team. 
  • George BrownGeorge was also one of the very first supporters of CISED, and I would also say of social enterprise, in the city. He currently works as a Lawyer with a specialization in immigration/refugee law and community development law. Prior to this, George spent nine years as President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, as well as nine years as City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa. 
  • Myself, Read Guernsey. I work in various roles with the Government of Canada by day, and serve on the founding board of JustChange by night. 

And with these nine, we aim to support CISED's continued growth over the next year under the drive and operations of Douglas PawsonKathleen Kemp and Brenda Richardson.  There's much we have planned for the coming months. You may also hear soon about a new Advisory Committee that will further augment the strategic capacity of CISED's work, particularly around our social procurement initiatives. Stay Tuned!

Looking forward to meeting you all at the next social enterprise event,

Read Guernsey

Chair of the Board of Directors