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.
Vice President – Tom Scholberg
Tom has been working in social services for the last 20 years after obtaining a degree in psychology. He has specialized in working with at-risk youth and has held various positions in youth services agencies over the span of his career. Violence prevention is of particular interest, from the perspectives of the individual, family and community.
He presently manages programs designed to address criminality in young persons by reducing risk factors, meeting needs and accentuating skills and assets.
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.
Velma LeBlanc, who holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University, is a high-energy communications professional with a breadth and depth of communications expertise that spans 30+ years. Most of her experience was garnered during a long career with Nortel Networks, where she held a number of senior communications positions, including Vice President of Technology Communications and Ottawa Community Relations, While at Nortel, she received a number of Chairman and Presidents’ Awards for communications innovation and the ability to collaborate to produce high-quality, high-impact results to meet business objectives.
For the last seven years, she has run a successful business, consulting and doing contract work for large and small private and public organizations in the national capital region.
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.