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Board

Volunteer Canada Leadership

Our board of directors is responsible for setting Volunteer Canada's strategic direction. The board represents a pan-Canadian perspective on volunteering and civic participation. Collectively they bring a breadth of experience and wisdom that is crucial to the development of sound organizational policies and maintenance of good governance.

Board Member

Francis (Frank) Séguin  – Chair – Director at RCGT Consulting Inc., Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Frank Séguin is a Director for RCGT based out of Ottawa. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, he provides advisory and consulting services to public sector bodies.

Frank has served on the Volunteer Canada Board of Directors since 2009 and was previously the Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the Board.

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Mr. Séguin is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario as well as the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, and is a part-time lecturer at the Bachelor's and Graduate programs at the University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec en Outaouais. His lectures address accounting for employee future benefits and other complex accounting questions.

Mr. Séguin graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Graduate diploma in Public Accounting HEC. Montréal in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2002. 

Jane Hennig  – Vice-Chair – Executive Director, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo

Jane Hennig is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre, which provides services and resources to strengthen the capacity of over 160 charity and not-for-profit groups to engage and support volunteers. She has degrees from the University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Jane provides nonprofit sector leadership through her work on the board of Volunteer Canada, the steering committee of the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, and on the Partnership Group of the Gateway Project a Pan/ParaPan Am Games Legacy. She is very active in Campus-Community work having served on the steering committees of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning and the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement Project. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Community Research Learning and Action at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Jane’s expertise in volunteer management and board governance along with over 35 years of experience in volunteering for local, regional, and national organizations have contributed to her belief in the value of volunteer involvement and the incredible impact of the voluntary sector on Canadian identity.  

Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal  – Past Chair – President of Volunteer British Columbia

Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal is a native of Calgary and attended the University of Alberta, where he received degrees in Science and Law.  He is a retired member of the Alberta Bar.

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Lawrence (Lawrie) Portigal is a native of Calgary and attended the University of Alberta, where he received degrees in Science and Law.  He is a retired member of the Alberta Bar.  Lawrence was first employed by the City of Calgary and later was a senior executive in the coal, electricity and natural gas industries. He moved to Richmond in 2002. Lawrence is active in the volunteer sector and is currently a director and Past President of Volunteer Richmond Information Services; a director and Treasurer of Touchstone Family Association and a director and President of Volunteer BC.

Kirk Muise  – Secretary

Kirk Muise – Member at Large – Regional Vice President, RBC Royal Bank, Eastern New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island.

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Currently residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, in his role with RBC leads a team focused on bringing the RBC brand to life, and capturing market opportunity through developing, growing and retaining long term client relationships.

Kirk’s career with RBC Royal Bank spans 20 years, and he has worked in Branch Management, Advisory Roles, Human Resources, and Commercial Financial Services prior to his Senior leadership appointment.

He graduated with a diploma in Business Administration from Cape Breton University, and also holds his Personal Financial Planner designation through Canadian Securities Institute. 

Sissi Meng  – Treasurer

Ms. Meng is Finance Manager, MDS Aero Support Corporation

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She has public practices experiences while working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Welch LLP and she is passionate about helping the community.

Jann Beeston  – Member at Large – Executive Director, Volunteer Alberta

“As the Executive Director of Volunteer Alberta, I am responsible for organization leadership and strategic relationship and business development. I want to contribute to a world where everyone has a sense of belonging and opportunity to engage in their community, enhancing society and quality of life.”

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Jann Beeston joined Volunteer Alberta in March 2013 as Executive Director, transitioning from General Manager, Campus Alberta Central. She values Alberta’s nonprofits as pathways to civic engagement, community building, and quality of life in Alberta. Jann has served in Board and Committee roles with the Athabasca University, Rural Alberta's Development Fund, Community Learning Network, CCVO, and Stars of Alberta. She currently serves on the Board of Volunteer Canada, Propellus, Alberta Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Initiative, and the Institute for Public Administrators of Canada, Edmonton Chapter. 

She brings vast experience in the nonprofit and learning sectors in Alberta, demonstrating collaboration, innovative program development, technology based program delivery, and organizational leadership at both the board governance and operational levels. Jann has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, graduated in 2013 from Royal Roads University with a Masters in Leadership and is looking forward to “what’s possible” in collaborative nonprofit/voluntary sector development in Alberta and across Canada

 

Deborah Swartz  – Member at Large - Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Accenture Canada

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Penelope Rowe  – Member at Large – CEO, Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador

Penelope M Rowe is CEO of the Community Sector Council, Newfoundland and Labrador - a registered charity dedicated to linking social and economic development, strengthening the community sector and promoting volunteerism. 

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Rowe has spent much of her career in the policy and nonprofit fields holding numerous Order-in-Council appointments such as vice chair of the Social Sciences Research and Humanities Council (the first non-academic to hold this senior position); co-chair of the Canadian Health Network; chair of the NL Workers Compensation Board, and chair of the Social Policy Advisory Committee which developed a policy framework for the NL Government’s groundbreaking strategic social plan. As a volunteer she has contributed to national and provincial advisory committees and voluntary organizations including the National Executive of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference; the Joint Coordinating Committee for the Federal Government - Voluntary Sector Initiative; Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee; the Community Panel of the Cooperators Group; and Statistics Canada’s Advisory Group for non-profit research.  Currently on the Boards of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and the Provincial Council of the Rural Secretariat, she is also a member of Memorial University’s Innovation Strategy External Advisory Committee.  She has authored many reports including the Atlantic Regional Report of the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organization and The Leadership Gap: Perception or Reality.

Penelope has an MSc London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate of laws from Memorial University.  Her contributions have been recognized throughout Canada. Named one of Canada’s 50 influential women by Chatelaine Magazine and one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine, she is a member of the Order of Canada cited as a tenacious advocate for the social and economic well-being of Canadians and a champion for voluntarism.

Doug Watson  – Member at Large - President & CEO of Propellus

Doug Watson is the President & CEO of Propellus which serves over 450 member organizations in and around Calgary.

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Doug Watson is the President & CEO of Propellus which serves over 450 member organizations in and around Calgary. As the volunteer and capacity building centre of Calgary, Propellus supports other charities and non-profits to build upon their people engagement, governance and management practices. Ultimately connecting individuals and organizations to one another to create a thriving, engaged community for every single Calgarian.

Doug holds an Ashridge (UK) MBA with a special focus on leadership and organizational design. Over the past 12 years, he has worked in varying people engagement roles including six years living in England while working for a values-based leadership development organization. Doug has designed and championed the ‘Creating Your Culture’ process in several organizations in North America and across Europe including Propellus. He is also an experienced presenter on management, organizational sustainability and the tools necessary to effect organizational change. As Propellus’ President & CEO, Doug is always up for a learning from the front lines of our community, he can be found meeting with our members, partners, and community leaders in a coffee shop.

Fimba Tankoano  – Member at Large – Executive Director, Fédération des centres d'action bénévole du Québec

Born in Burkina Faso, Fimba Tankoano is most passionate when talking about volunteering. From a young age, he understood that for societies to reach their full potential, a strong volunteer base is required. After immigrating to Canada, Fimba started volunteering to expand his personal network and to immerse himself in Quebecois culture.

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Born in Burkina Faso, Fimba Tankoano is most passionate when talking about volunteering. From a young age, he understood that for societies to reach their full potential, a strong volunteer base is required. After immigrating to Canada, Fimba started volunteering to expand his personal network and to immerse himself in Quebecois culture. Six years later, he now serves as the Director of the Fédération des centres d’action bénévole du Québec.

Fimba has been involved in many community organisations, both in Quebec and in his home country. He holds degrees in social psychology and business management, as well as an Attestation of Collegial Studies (Mobilization and Development of Local Communities).

Because of his inspired leadership and his unrelenting commitment towards consultation and conciliation, Fimba has greatly contributed to the success of a project aimed at promoting volunteering: Le bénévolat, une participation citoyenne et inclusive au service de la communauté montréalaise (Volunteering – An Inclusive Civic Involvement Supporting Montreal Communities). This project led to the creation of the Chaîne des bénévoles d’ici et d’ailleurs (Chain of Volunteers From Here and Beyond), an initiative that was awarded the United Way of Greater Montreal’s Solidarity and Mobilization Prize in 2011.

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