Before joining CHRA, Jeff was Associate Director, Federal Affairs with Glaxo SmithKline, and before then, served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Canadian Pharmacists Association for five years. In this role, he was responsible for advocacy, stakeholder relations, policy development, media relations, and external communication for the association. Jeff has held many other senior positions in the nonprofit world, including President of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies and Director of Government Relations and Director of Environment for the Canadian Construction Association. Jeff has also worked for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and several Members of Parliament in the 1990s.
Jeff, who is bilingual, holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History and a Masters of Arts in science politique canadienne from the University of Ottawa. He is very active in the Ottawa community, serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre for two years. In 2014, he ran for Ottawa City Council in Somerset ward, finishing 2nd out of 11 candidates. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Operation Come Home and Bruce House.
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Director, Programs & Strategic Initiatives
Before moving to Ottawa and joining CHRA, Dominika worked for the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, and for the program development team in the housing branch of Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Social Services. Dominika holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Biology/Global Health from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health in Population Health from Simon Fraser University. Since her university days, Dominika has been interested in affordable housing and homelessness issues, and particularly how they relate to health. She is also a past CHRA Emerging Professional.
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Manager, Membership & Communications
Émilie is seasoned bilingual communications professional with experience developing and executing impactful communications and engagement strategies in the non-profit sector. She recently served as the Interim Communications Manager at the Canadian Public Health Association and has worked in other communications functions with such organizations as the Centretown Community Health Centre and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network. Émilie holds a Bidisciplinary Specialized Baccalaureate in Social Sciences (Sociology and Communication). She is a Franco-Ontarian from Ottawa and is passionate about accessibility issues and building healthy communities for all.
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Manager of Policy & Research
Coordinates CHRA’s Indigenous Housing Advisory Caucus.
Joining CHRA from the federal public service, SM has worked on various Indigenous social policy issues over the last six years, including income assistance, health and tax policy. SM holds both a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Master of Arts in Conflict Studies from the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University. SM is Québecoise and First Nations (Ojibwe).
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Before joining CHRA Julie spent over 10 years with Canada Post, working in Communications and Human Resources, planning Corporate Events and managing the Corporate Recognition programs. Julie is also very familiar with Associations and Non-Profits Organizations, having worked in Marketing for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Technology Human Resources Board.
Julie who is fluently bilingual has a Public Relations diploma (Highest Honours) and Business Administration from Algonquin College, as well as a Queens University, Faculty of Health & Sciences: Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate Program. Julie has a passion for planning and organizing events, her success is leaving everyone with a positive and memorable experience. Since joining CHRA, Julie has developed great interest in affordable housing and homelessness issues, specifically mental health.
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Melissa Weigel holds a Bachelor of Arts - Political Science from the University of Waterloo. For the past 5 years, she has worked as Chaplain in Ottawa’s homeless services as well as worked in finance and administration within the non profit association sector for over 4 years.
She is passionate about issues around homelessness, poverty and drug/alcohol use and mental health.
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