President – Peter Andrews
Peter Andrews has over 25 years of senior executive strategic, operational, financial and transitional management experience in the technology and enterprise software sectors. Peter was the founder, CEO and Chairman of In-Touch Survey Systems. After growing In-Touch from startup to IPO, Peter was engaged by venture capital investors to turn around, grow and sell Grantium, Inc., an international enterprise software company; the market leader in Enterprise Grants Management software.
Subsequently, Peter made the decision to focus his knowledge and experience into helping other business leaders find success. In addition to his work as a Corum Regional Director, he serves as a chair for TEC Canada, the preeminent peer-to-peer leadership development program for Canadian business leaders.
He has been directly engaged in the negotiation of company financing, acquisitions and divestitures and delivers pragmatic results based management to his engagements. Peter holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and serves on the boards of several businesses and not for profit organizations.
Treasurer – Chris Watt Bickley
Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, and is both a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. He works at an international public accounting firm in Ottawa, and has been doing so for the past 6 years. He also sits on the Executive for the Ottawa CA Association.
Before beginning his career in public accounting, Chris was heavily involved with the Ontario Lifesaving Society’s Leadership program. He was an Instructor Trainer for several streams including the Standard First Aid and the National Lifeguard Service (NLS) streams.
Lori Timmins is a graduate of McGill University Industrial Relations. She began her professional career as a manager with Bell Canada in Operator Services and Human Resources.
Lori has served on several Board of Directors including Saint Raphael’s Nursery School Board, Minto Skating Club Board of Directors, St Leonard’s Board, and Rae of Light non-for-profit. She is also an Ambassador for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Lori serves on countless other committees as community volunteer.
Lori has Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and after many years of therapies and medications is very well controlled. She became involved in Epilepsy Ottawa to share her passion for awareness, funds, and outreach for this life affecting disorder.
Lori lives in Ottawa with her husband and four teenagers. She has many hobbies including marathon running, cross country skiing, yoga and other forms of exercise.
Allen Wright is a lifetime resident of the Ottawa area. After attending Lisgar C.I. in the late 1970s he took the Certified General Accounting program that was offered through Ottawa U and Ryerson while working for a local wholesale food distributor. He later became a manager within the company after going to Leadership school at the Ivey School of Business, Western University. His duties included dealing primarily with operations, health and safety, as well as training.
In 1983, Allen started volunteering with St. John Ambulance, later becoming an instructor and eventually the Provincial Public Relations and Communications Representative. He has served on many volunteer committees and boards over the years, usually for short durations, to complete specific mandates like bringing paramedics to Ottawa.
Allen looks forward to working together with Epilepsy Ottawa.
Jeffrey H. McCully is a business lawyer (Queen’s University Law School), with an undergraduate degree in politics and law (Carleton University, Ottawa). Called to the Bar in 1990, he has specialized in corporate commercial law, charity law and development issues involving charities and non-profit organizations. His present endeavours have focussed on major gift fundraising, strategy and governance issues for the charitable and not-for profit sector.
In addition to the practice of law, Mr. McCully has held the various positions with these fine institutions and organizations:
- Director of Development for the Inuit Tapirisat Kanatami, the political advocacy group for Canada’s Inuit in Canada
- Development Director, School of Management, University of Ottawa
- Development contract, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Foundation
- Executive Director of Development, Schulich School of Business, York University
- Director and Vice-Chair of Children’s Wish Foundation-National Capital Region
- Founding Director of the Board, Child & Youth Friendly Ottawa
- Chair, Canadian Association of Gift Planners – National Capital Region
Sherisse Al Sabeh
Sherisse graduated from Algonquin Career’s Academy in 2004 from the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program with honors. After working as a PSW for a few years, Sherisse made the decision to come home and raise her three children. During the last ten years of being home, she volunteered a great deal of her time working on various parent committees within the Ottawa Catholic School board. She also sat on a variety of other community committees as a CSPA Executive Rep.
In August 2016, Sherisse decided to go back to school where she enrolled in the paralegal program at Algonquin Career’s Academy and graduated with honors. She is currently waiting on her licensing so that she may begin practicing law. She is also currently a member and the secretary for the CCLA paralegal committee.
Four years ago, Sherisse’s son was diagnosed with epilepsy. Sherisse and her family looked upon the diagnoses as a journey on which every member of their family embarked upon. Wanting to learn all that her son would face in the future and how her and others could help him and others with epilepsy, she began doing a lot of research and she discovered Epilepsy Ottawa.
Sherisse looks forward to working with Epilepsy Ottawa and the community.