Executive and Board Leadership
Christopher McIntosh Chief Executive Officer – ext. 3375
Scott Miller Corporate Services Director – ext. 3366
Caroline Desrochers Primary Health Care Services Director – ext. 3509
Michele Hynes Children and Family Services Director – ext. 3320
Janice McFarlane Housing and Mental Health Services Director – ext. 3511
Board of Directors
Emily Comor, President
Emily is a family lawyer, mediator and children’s lawyer. She has lived in the PQ catchment area for over 20 years. Prior to attending law school, Emily obtained an M.A. in Social / Cultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto and travelled extensively in South Asia and the Middle East. In addition to her commitment to PQ, Emily is co-Chair of the Ottawa High Conflict Forum (OHCF), a group that strives to educate professionals and others about the effects of high conflict on children and find means to minimize that impact. Her previous volunteer work included serving on the board of Harmony House women’s shelter and The Children’s Centre daycare as well as managing her son’s competitive basketball team for many years.
Kathirasem Subramaniam, Vice-President
Kathi arrived in Ottawa seven years ago after working for over 25 years in multinational and global corporations in Malaysia and China. His experience includes the areas of human resource development, operations and financial management, and adult education. His corporate governance responsibilities stem from having reporting relationships to boards and participating in internal audit committees. Kathi was in academia for 12 years, and as a Program Director for the Business Department he developed networks within the business community and created internships and job placement opportunities for graduating students. When Kathi was with World University Service of Canada, he worked on the International Student Management Program facilitating government sponsored scholarships and overseeing international students at universities and colleges throughout Canada. Kathi holds a Masters in Training and Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester, U.K., and is a member of Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) and Career Professionals of Canada (CPC). He is a Volunteer Advocate for a person with disability at Citizen Advocacy, and a Mentor (employment and networking) for new Canadians at OCISO. He previously volunteered with PQCHC as a member of the ITP Advisory Committee.
Patricia (Trish) Ferguson, Secretary
Having spent her formative years in the outskirts of Montreal, Trish moved to Ottawa for university in 1990 and has made it her home since. After graduating with a degree in Criminology and Psychology from the U of O, she went on to begin her lifelong career goal of policing. With 22 years completed as a proud member of the Ottawa Police Service, she is currently a Staff Sergeant and working on a transformative change project within the organization. Her experience with the Ottawa Police Service ranges from patrol, human resources, recruiting, school resource officer, traffic, community service, sexual assault and child abuse investigations. Trish is a peer supporter in the police service as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is active in her community as well as fulfilling her status of permanent amateur athlete on a variety of local teams.
Gerry Harrington, Treasurer
A native of Quebec City, Gerry began in his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1983 with Beecham Laboratories, based in Ottawa. Gerry has been with Consumer Health Products Canada since 1993, where he has held a variety of portfolios, with progressively increasing responsibilities in communications, professional affairs, research and government relations. Some of the key projects that Gerry has led include the multi-stakeholder consensus conferences that led to the implementation of the National Drug Schedules, implementation of the MethWatch program to prevent the diversion of over the counter cold medicines into the manufacture of methamphetamine, and a broad range of economic and consumer research studies demonstrating the value of self-care to the health of Canadians and the sustainability of the healthcare system. As a long-time resident of Ottawa West, Gerry has been active in the community as a volunteer with the March of Dimes, a coach with the Ottawa Pacers speed skating club and as a member of the Ontario Speed Skating Association’s Coaching Committee.
Stéphane works as Director of Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement at the University of Ottawa since 2010 where she promotes the value of social responsibility and community service and encourages students to get involved in their community. Stephane has over 25 years of experience in international development, new business development, project management, and community-based work. Stéphane worked for Accreditation Canada for 4 years and CARE International for about 13 years. She has traveled extensively to Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also lived and worked in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Stéphane also cumulated experience in the public and private sector. A native of Montreal, Stéphane has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a M.Sc. in Management.
Adrienne is a community activist/advocate and high school educator. Her organization, 3Dreads and a Baldhead (founded in 2000), provides opportunities for people in Black communities to transform their lives by maximizing their physical, mental, spiritual, and economic potential. From 2004 – 2014, 3Dreads and a Baldhead, created and organized the annual Black Youth Conference (BYC) on the last Friday of February. The BYC is a forum for Black youth to empower their vision for black communities and the world. The BeMore Academy was a positive consequence of the annual conference, providing a safe space for black youth to transform their #BeMoreCommUNITY. Adrienne is also well known in Ottawa as one of the four co-hosts of Black on Black, a public affairs radio show which broadcasts every Saturday morning on the University of Ottawa’s radio station, CHUO 89.1 FM.
Katherine Cole Akinlolu
Katherine works at Health Canada in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Since joining the public service in 2011, she has been at Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. With an M.A. in Native Studies from Carleton University (2005), and eight years as a research consultant for Indian Residential Schools, Katherine is passionate about Indigenous issues and relations. A resident of the PQ catchment area, she has been active in the community as chair and multicultural coordinator on her children’s School Council and is also a volunteer with her children’s soccer club. Together with her partner, a Nigerian-born writer and musician, she has two boys. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys being active in and around Ottawa, which has been home since 2002.
Geoff is the Manager of the Population Health Initiative at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In this role, Geoff provides strategic advice, operational leadership and collaboration towards the development of analytic reports and performance measurement tools to support health system stakeholders in advancing health equity for priority populations. In addition, Geoff provides secretariat support to CIHI’s Advisory Council on Population Health, an external advisory group of health system leaders who provide guidance and advice on CIHI’s population health program of work. Prior to joining CIHI, Geoff worked for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for almost 10 years. During his time at CIHR, Geoff held various leadership positions including Research Officer to CIHR’s inaugural President, Senior Advisor to national health research and policy initiatives, and Manager of the 2011 international review of CIHR’s performance and impact. He is also an active mentor to undergraduate science students at Memorial University of Newfoundland through the Science M@tters alumni mentorship program.
Delia has committed her career to public and administrative law since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2003. After obtaining a BSc Honours in Biotechnology from the University of Ottawa, she graduated from Queen’s Law School, where she was awarded the prize for Public Law. In 2012, she received her LLM in Administrative Law from Osgoode. Delia worked for several years as an Industry Canada Policy Analyst on pharmaceutical and gene patent issues before joining the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board as Legal Counsel. In 2017, Delia was appointed as a part-time lawyer member of Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. Delia’s ongoing dedication to law, education, and public policy is evident through her volunteer work with the Orleans Preschool Board of Directors and the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program at the University of Ottawa. In addition to her professional interests Delia is passionate about the arts and culture and has organized writers events and volunteered for the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Born in Winnipeg, Delia has made Ottawa her home.
Wayne is a published writer and lives to travel. He has been a social worker for over twenty five years, and is currently with schools within the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He was nominated for the Director of Education Award in 2011. He has also worked with the Ottawa District School Board and in child protection in Ottawa, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Wayne has also been with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Carleton as a cultural worker, youth worker, and employment counsellor where he helped high risk youth develop life skills and provided crisis services. He has lived in the west end for almost twenty-five years.
Mete is passionate about social justice and community development. His career path spans production planning, teaching and research in international development, legal translation and community interpretation. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), BA (Hons) and MA in Sociology and PhD in Political Science from University of Bergen (Norway). Mete has been living in PQ catchment area since 2001 and is currently working as an accredited translator and interpreter at all three levels of government. An avid cyclist, cross country skier, community farmer and baker, Mete’s volunteer work focuses on advancing the cause of sustainable cities, increased access to nutritious food and growth of cross-cultural learning in producing healthy and affordable food. He has been a start-up farmer at Just Food community farm in Blackburn Hamlet and a member of Healthy Transportation Coalition. Mete has been one of the key contributors to the establishment and growth of Bayshore Park Community Garden and Oven.
Jill is presently the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). In this role she oversees all members in uniform and in her 36 years of policing has had a diverse experience in most areas. She sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Counterterrorism and National Security and the Victims of Crime Committees. Since October 2014, she has been leading the transformative change project ‘Service Initiative’ at OPS and has developed strong change management skills from this task. Jill is leading this service delivery change to focus on community and partnership opportunities and recognizes the significant value that Community Health Centres (CHC’s) can play in our community’s future. Jill acquired her M.A in Leadership from Royal Roads University in 2013 and supports life-long learning. Jill is a lifelong resident of the catchment area and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Bessa has been an activist all her life. She is committed to community-based work, believing that this is how and where real change happens. Her career in social work began on the front lines, first in child protection and then in street-based work (for an anti-poverty organization in Boston). In the early 1970s, she joined the faculty at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, and came to Ottawa (Carleton University) in 1991. In graduate school (Cornell University), she discovered participatory research and evaluation as a way to bring together research and evaluation, community-based work and activism. Over the years, Bessa has also had the privilege of working internationally, primarily in Latin America and Africa. Though she officially retired in 2005, she continues to conduct research and actively support community-based groups and organizations. She has been associated with Pinecrest-Queensway CHC over her career in Ottawa, sending students for placements here, and involvement in some of our community health work. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Safe People Project at PQCHC.
John James, Past-President
John has a BA in Political Science from York University. He grew up in Toronto and joined the RCMP in 1996. John has been posted in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Nunavut. He currently works at the RCMP Ottawa Headquarters and has varied police experience, including: General Duty, Serious Crime, Detachment Commander, Tactical Team, Crisis Negotiation, and has instructed at the Canadian Police College. John’s experience also includes backpacking to some fifty countries. He has held a variety of volunteer and Board roles across the country including work with the Scarborough Distress Centre, several Adult literacy organizations in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia, Youth Softball organizations, Big Brothers, and Pathways to Education Program. He currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association.