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.
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 organizations. 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.
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 life cycle 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.
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.
Michelle is the Director of Planning and Land Development for Tamarack Homes and Taggart Investments. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s. She is a Registered Professional Planner and a LEED Accredited Professional. Michelle gained experience working for a global urban planning consulting firm in Toronto. She returned to Ottawa to join the Taggart Group in 2010, and is now leading land development and government relations. She chairs the company’s Sustainability Committee, mentors young mothers through Youville Centre, and regularly returns to her alma maters as a guest speaker.
Mr. Wilson is a co-CEO of 1251 Capital Group. Prior to co-founding the firm, he was a Managing Director at TA Associates where he worked for 22 years. TA is a global growth private equity investor with offices in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. . At TA, Mr. Wilson led successful investments in a variety of industries including Financial Services, Business Services and Consumer Products. Mr. Wilson was also Vice President and a member of the founding management team of Affiliated Managers Group (NYSE: AMG), a TA-backed holding company formed to acquire stakes in asset management companies. Previously, Mr. Wilson also worked at General Atlantic and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. Mike formerly served on the Boards of Advisory Research, Cardtronics (NASD: CATM), Chartered Marketing Services, EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Jupiter Fund Management (LSE: JUP), K2 Advisors, Numeric Investors and United Pet Group.
Mike is on the Advisory Board at Western University’s Ivey School of Business and holds a B.A., with Honours, in Business Administration from Western University and an M.B.A., with Distinction, from the Harvard Business School.
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.