The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. All Board members contribute by lending their expertise in areas of governance, programs, fundraising, communications, legal, IT, community development, strategic planning, finance, and human resource development.
Stephen Beckta is the proprietor of Beckta, one of Canada’s premier fine dining restaurants, along with the critically acclaimed, small-plates Play food & wine, and the upscale nighbourhood restaurant Gezellig. After graduating with honours from Algonquin College’s Sommelier program, Stephen departed Ottawa to hone his skills in New York City for four years with the top players in the restaurant industry. Stephen managed the wine programs and dining rooms at Café Boulud working for the celebrated chef Daniel Boulud, followed by two years with renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer at Eleven Madison Park before returning to his native city.
Beckta, Play and Gezellig have received glowing reviews in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and countless others, being applauded for their extraordinary hospitality and inspired cooking. Just two months after opening, enRoute Magazine rated Beckta dining & wine the fourth-best new restaurant in Canada. Other accolades include thirteen consecutive CAA/AAA four-diamond awards as well as being named the #1 restaurant in Ottawa by Ottawa Magazine three years in a row. Most recently, Beckta was named “Ottawa’s Signature Restaurant”, by the Ottawa Citizen. Play was named “Favourite Fine Dining Restaurant” at the Ottawa Restaurant Awards, and Gezellig was said to “redefine the neighbourhood dining experience” in its inaugural review in the Ottawa Citizen.
Stephen has personally contributed to his industry in many ways: sitting on the board of ORHMA, teaching at Algonquin College, sitting on the advisory committee for the Hospitality School at Algonquin College, mentoring dozens of burgeoning restaurant entrepreneurs and donating his time to various local and national causes whose values he shares. He is most engaged with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, being an active member of theboard since 2011, and was just named incoming Board Chair in 2017.
Professionally, Stephen has been named Top Independent Restaurateur in Ontario by the Ontario Hostelry Institute, won the National Terroir "Outstanding Service Professional" Award, won the Bill Joe Restaurateur of the Year Award in Ottawa by ORHMA, named one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s Top 50 people twice, one of Ottawa’s Top 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal and Algonquin College’s Alumni of the year, giving his college’s convocation address the same year.
Mark Groper is a veteran business executive with hands-on experience directing private and public sector organizations in the strategic use of information technology. Over a 22 year career, Mr. Groper has held progressively senior positions from hands-on technologist and business operator, to CEO of a multinational corporation. A visionary thinker with global perspective and entrepreneurial drive, Mark has been consistently successful at building, growing and operating highly profitable and thriving businesses.
Mark began his professional career as an information systems consultant with Andersen Consulting designing and deploying computer systems as well as providing consulting services in the area of process improvement. Working initially in a variety of industries, including finance, aviation, and government, and subsequently specializing in the health care industry, Mark’s background encompasses a wide range of experience at the local, regional and national levels.
After leaving Andersen Consulting, Mark founded DINMAR a health care consulting and technology organization based in Ottawa, Canada. As President and CEO of DINMAR, Mark was responsible for directing all aspects of DINMAR’s operations. Over a 12 year period, under Mark’s leadership, DINMAR grew from a startup organization to become one of the leading health care information technology organizations in Canada, with offices across Canada and the United States serving markets in North America and the Pacific Rim.
In 2006, DINMAR was acquired by Emergis, a Montreal based organization with business assets in the areas of telecommunications, health claims transaction processing, and pharmaceutical systems. Following the acquisition of DINMAR, Mark joined Emergis in the role of Executive Vice-President, Health Solutions. In this capacity, Mark assumed responsibility for the former DINMAR business as well as Emergis’ existing health business which together formed a business unit with a budget of over $60M and more than 250 employees. Mark’s role was further expanded in 2008, following Telus’ acquisition of Emergis, to include responsibility for operating Telus’ health business and developing a health industry strategy for the organization.
Mark is currently involved in assisting clients in North America and internationally providing consulting services in a variety of areas including strategic planning, market strategy, process and performance improvement, partnership creation, mergers and acquisitions, and product rollout/management. He speaks nationally on health care IT trends and has been a frequent presenter at health care conferences and forums. Mark’s leadership in the health care industry has led to his appointment to the Board of Directors of other organizations involved in the health care industry.
Jane M. Bachynski is a litigation lawyer in Borden Ladner Gervais' Ottawa office. Jane was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1992 and is a graduate of Queen’s University Law School. She also obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction), majoring in Finance and Health Care Administration, from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986.
Jane has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition (and since 2012) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Insurance Law).
Steve Bell, Deputy Chief, Investigations & Support is a 21-year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service who is actively involved in the community through several orgnizations. His work and life experience give him a solid understanding of the community’s needs and his strategic and managerial skills make him an asset to the BGCO.
Roberto Campagna, founder and President of Roca Homes, holds a Bachelor of International Business degree from Carleton University. Founded in 2006 Roca Homes is an award winning builder of exclusive luxury homes in Ottawa.
Prior to starting Roca Homes, Roberto spent 10 years in the high tech sector with Corel Corporation and ZIM Corporation as a Vice-President of International Sales and Marketing operations in Europe and South America. Roberto and Roca Homes are involved in other local charities, such as Habitat For Humanity, The Royal Ottawa Hospital Mental Health Foundation and the Broadview Public School Schoolyard Renewal program.
Brittany Forsyth works in the tech industry as the Senior Vice President of HR at Shopify. She has been leading the HR department since 2014 but has been with the company since 2010.
Brittany thrives within the growth phase of a company's lifecycle and joined the BGCO Board in late 2016 with a wealth of knowledge on employee relations, organizational development, performance management, and benefit and legal compliance, having obtained a Bachelor's of Commerce from Carleton University.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Sean’s life in construction began in the mid 1980’s, working as a summer student on the jobsites of the family firm. After earning a 4 year BA Honors degree at the University of Western Ontario, Sean returned to the company full time. Between 1990 and 2002, Sean took his on-site experience into the office, learning the science and art of estimating and project management. The experience of these years allowed Sean to take over leadership of the firm in 2003, where he maintains the position of CEO today.
Landmark projects undertaken by Sean include: Hopewell Ave Public School, the Plant Recreation Center, the Beechwood Memorial Center, the Irish Ambassador’s Residence, and the new Ottawa Humane Society building. Sean’s previous Board experience includes service on two Boards: the Bishop Hamilton School and the General Contractors Associate of Ottawa. Sean lives with wife and three children in Old Ottawa South.
Graham has been a senior executive in the financial services industry for over 25 years. As President of Walton Asset Management ( 2009-2012), his group created land-based real estate investments for individual and institutional investors worldwide for the Walton Group, one of North America’s leading real estate investment companies. He continues as an advisor to the Walton Group.
For the majority of his career (1986 – 2009), Graham was a Managing Director with RBC Capital Markets , Canada’s leading Investment Bank. In addition to being the firm’s senior Corporate Finance/Investment Banking representative in the Ottawa area between 2000 to 2009, he headed RBC’s Retail Structured Product Division, raising over $100 billion for domestic and international clients.
Graham is currently involved in a number of youth oriented organizations including the United Way (Champion for Youth), the Lift Foundation (Co-founder), and the Ottawa Senators Foundation (Vice Chair). Graham also sits on the Board of several private and public financial services companies.
Teresa Marques joins us with a wealth of experience in conceiving and executing strategic development projects and reaching aggressive fundraising goals. Her proven strengths, from major gifts and relationship building to marketing and communication strategies, are no doubt an asset to the BGCO.
Robyn Osgood is a communications expert with almost 30 years of experience in developing strategic communication plans and providing counsel and project implementation for the non-profit and healthcare sector. She currently the Principal at Blueprint Public Relations and has been involved with several NGOs.
Meredithe had a 19 year career with IBM, spanning Australia, US, European HQs and South East Asia with a career focused mainly in financial planning and services consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW in Sydney Australia and a Masters of Management from JL Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Her previous board experience was as a Board Trustee, Treasurer and Chair of Strategic Planning with the Valley Montessori School, covering 500 students in a private school in California – followed by a similar position as Board Trustee and Vice President at the Ottawa Montessori School (OMS) until 2010. Meredithe was a Board Member from 2010 through to 2012 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities located in Ottawa. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors at Ashbury College, an independent co-ed university prep school in Ottawa.
Trevor Szutu spent most of his career in the business and financial sector, from being responsible for auditing and accounting advisory to providing a full life cycle of support for all mergers and acquisitions, and so much more. Trevor also sits on Centrepointe Childcare Services’ Board of Directors and has been an outside Member of the Club’s Finance committee for many years.
Darcy provides strategic insights on the workings of government with a focus on Industry Canada, the Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada. Darcy brings 12 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, Darcy led and grew the procurement practice in the Ottawa office where he advised both Canadian and international companies on how best to win government contracts and achieve long-term benefits.
Previously, Darcy worked as director of parliamentary affairs in the minister of public works office. In this position, Darcy advised the minister on how to help the government achieve best-value procurement practices for government departments, focusing in areas such as defense, information technology, small and medium enterprise, real-estate and government travel initiatives.
Darcy has played a key role in both leadership and federal campaigns for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. While Darcy was a member of Prime Minister Harper’s Advance Team he coordinated the national tour’s morning message and photo-op, briefed Mr. Harper for all tour events and marketed the daily message to national media. Darcy’s extensive experience on Parliament Hill includes working in the office of the official opposition’s House Leader.
Prior to joining the government, Darcy worked in the private sector as a consultant. He worked closely with his clients on issues relating to defense procurement, security, transport and telecommunications.
Darcy obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Allison University. He currently serves as a board member for the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, board member for the Ottawa Boys & Girls Club, co-chair of the Canadian Forces appreciation night with the Ottawa Senators, president of the A-club at Ashbury College and also supports the careers of local national ski team members.
In 1992, Mike joined TA Associates, a $16 billion global private equity investment firm headquartered in Boston which invests $1-1.5 billion per year in rapidly growing private companies across a variety of sectors.
Mike spent most of his career focusing on Financial Services however has also invested in the Business Services and Consumer Products sectors. After serving as a Managing Director at TA Associates from 2004 to 2013, Mike reduced his time commitment and became an Advisor of the firm. He continues to serve on the Boards of Jupiter Fund Management (LSE: JUP) and Numeric Investors, LLC. Mike formerly served on the Boards of Advisory Research, Cardtronics (NASD: CATM), Chartered Marketing Services, EYP Mission Critical Facilities, K2 Advisors and United Pet Group, and was actively involved in TA’s investment in And 1.
Prior to joining TA in 1992, he worked in Morgan Stanley’s Telecommunications Group as well as its Toronto office. In 1994, Mike joined Affiliated Managers Group (NYSE: AMG), a TA-backed asset management holding company, as Vice President and a member of the founding management team.
He received a BA degree, with Honours, in Business Administration from Western University (1990) and an MBA degree, with Distinction, from the Harvard Business School (1997). Mike is a member of the Advisory Board at Western University’s Ivey School of Business and was previously on the board of Junior Achievement of New England.
Gary has more than 20 years experience in controversy management and revenue administration. He serves the largest global multinationals in Canada and also provides strategic advice to many of Canada's wealthiest families. He is a frequent speaker at national and international forums. He is published, has authored several articles and is frequently quoted in international journals concerning taxation matters. Gary has been recognized for six consecutive years in the prestigious Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers and Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers for his expertise.
Gary is President of the LIFT Foundation, created in 2008 by several National Capital business leaders and philanthropists who share a vision for charitable giving and community development. He is an active community supporter and he sits on a number of boards and committees including Ashbury School, the National Arts Center Foundation, The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, Vintage Wings and the Ottawa Hospital Gala. He is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Gary has a BA in economics, an MBA in management and marketing, and an LLB.