Profiles of key executives at some of Ottawa's top firms
Andrea Steenbakkers, executive director, Barrhaven BIA YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Nine EDUCATION: University degree in urban and environmental studies.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Worked in information management for the federal government.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Overseeing daily operations of the BIA including local events, marketing, smart growth and development; research projects; preparing agendas for board and committee meetings; managing website, Facebook and Twitter accounts; handling accounts payable, liaising with municipal officials.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PROJECTS: Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade. “This is a huge parade with 60 floats and more than 30,000 spectators. We are committed to keeping local retail and commercial data current so we just finished a major market research study. Currently, I am working with an Ottawa company to install almost 100 branded banner/flags along Strandherd Road.”
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Nominations for local chamber awards.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Softball coach; school parent council; former chair of local community association; co-founder and board member of the Group of SevIN, which raises $40,000 to $50,000 annually for the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Jenna Sudds, executive director, Kanata North BIA YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: One EDUCATION: Master’s degree in economics from Carleton University.
PREVIOUS POSITION: Transfer pricing economist with the federal government.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Business and economic development initiatives, community outreach initiatives and advocacy. Responding to the needs and requests of more than 500 local businesses and more than 21,000 local employees.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: 2013 Kanata North Citizen of the Year; special recognition award in 2014 from the Kanata Food Cupboard; 2013 Healthy Eating Active Living Champion from Ottawa Public Health; 2011-12 Canada Revenue Agency Award of Excellence.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Vice-chair of the Kanata Food Cupboard; Friends of Hospice Ottawa.
Zachary Dayler, executive director, Wellington West BIA
YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Less than one EDUCATION: Undergraduate degree in political science; master’s degree in urban planning.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS: National director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Business development; beautification of Wellington West, including planters, trees, graffiti removal, “creating a nice welcoming environment.” Marketing the area. Supporting businesses.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PROJECTS: Currently working on a community wireless project to bring WiFi to the whole neighbourhood. First area in the city to be designated as a cycling-friendly business neighbourhood.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: BIA won a City of Ottawa Award of Merit for public and civic spaces in 2011.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Taste of Wellington West raised $10,000 for Somerset West Community Health Centre; BIA provides $6,000 in sponsorships for local events.
Richard Bett, president and CEO, MCO Business Group
YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Two EDUCATION: Honours bachelor’s degree in communication; M.Sc. in project management.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Manages day-to-day operations; sets up meetings with key stakeholders to discuss training requirements; meets with MCO trainers to discuss new ways of delivering course material; oversees request for proposals submissions.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PROJECTS: Providing training to private businesses as well as government.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who as a Lifetime Member in the Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs since 2012.
Dan Hamilton, vice-president, Performance Management Consultants YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Seven KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: General management, strategy, product and service development, client relations, marketing.
PAST POSITIONS: Vice-president of Connelly Business Exhibitions; past board member of Volunteer Ottawa.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS OR NOTABLE PROJECTS: Played a major role in founding government technology fair GTEC in the ’90s, including the distinction awards that recognize excellence in public service IM/IT. Currently working with many Aboriginal clients, including a multi-year project with one First Nation to help prepare leadership and management to assume the responsibilities associated with the eventual operations of its new village, including assistance with governance, leadership development and HR.
Jerry Tomberlin, dean, Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business
YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Seven EDUCATION: Bachelor of science in mathematics from Florida State University; master’s of public health at University of Michigan; PhD in statistics from Harvard University.
PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Dean, associate dean and professor at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Managing Sprott and influencing the school’s strategic direction. Continues to undertake research and co-teaches a class.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PROJECTS: Successfully obtained accreditation for both JMSB and Sprott from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; increased entrepreneurship programs at Sprott.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Chair of Canadian Federation of Business School Deans.
Dave Donaldson, dean of business, Algonquin College
EDUCATION: B.Ed. from McGill University, MBA from Simon
Fraser. YEARS IN CURRENT POSITION: Seven PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Dean of Hospitality and Business at Vancouver Community College.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Senior academic manager for business programs at Algonquin College with responsibility for strategic direction.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/NOTABLE PROJECTS: Founding member of street youth training program (Stars 4 Success), which received the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ Program of the Year award; Steering committee member for Vancouver 2010 referendum.