Board of Directors

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.

Our Board:


Stephen Beckta - Chair

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.

Meredithe Rechan - Vice Chair

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.

Michael Wilson - Treasurer

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.


Nate Behar

Nate Behar started his CFL playing career after his four year stint at Carleton University. Drafted in the first round by the Edmonton Football Club in 2017 he has since moved back to Ottawa where he has founded two businesses in Ontario. He owns a not-for-profit football training company called Formula 11 which has created the Formula Fund for Ottawa Youth, a fund which has created its own Black and Indigenous Scholarship Program for graduating students in Ottawa. Most recently Nate has founded ATNMY Marketing Ltd. A tech startup in the marketing space geared to helping fellow athletes monetize their brands and helping Canadian companies grow. Away from business, Nate has spent time volunteering, he spent two years as a club ambassador for BGC Edmonton, and writing, where he has published works on, with CBC Sports and poetry with Uninterrupted.

Deputy Chief Steve Bell

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.

Jock Climie

Jock is a former professional football player who enjoyed a successful 12 year CFL career with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Toronto Argonauts, and Montreal Alouettes. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Argonauts in the 1990 CFL College Draft and retired from the league with 56 touchdowns and 627 receptions (good for top 10 all-time at the time of his retirement) and 9,619 yards.

Jock spent 17 years as an analyst on TSN's top-rated CFL Live control show where he provided analysis and commentary from a former players perspective, breaking down the plays and key match-ups throughout the season.

Jock received both a law degree and undergraduate degree from Queen's University, and has been called to the bars of Ontario, Nunavut and British Columbia. He garnered experience with the Department of Justice, before joining Emond Harnden in 2000. Jock has been a partner at Emond Harnden for the last twenty years, specializing in management-side labour and employment law.

Brittany Forsyth

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.

Mark Groper

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.

Graham Macmillan

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.

Stacey-Ann Morris

Raised in Ottawa, Stacey-Ann is a Curriculum Consultant, who designs and assesses courses and programs related to work, life and learning for students. She holds a Master degree in Education & Technology from Harvard University and was awarded the Intellectual Contribution & Faculty Tribute Award in 2014. She has extensive curriculum and program development experience and has designed various courses at Harvard University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Carleton University. Additionally to working in the post-secondary sector, she has worked in the federal government in various strategic communications capacities, and overseas in Ghana to design computer training workshops for children and youth. Her expertise falls in roles in the areas of learning design, experiential learning, career development, and student success services. In 2014, she was a resident of the Harvard Innovation Lab, an entrepreneurial, collaborative and education space for developing start-up ideas.
Currently, she is a Career Curriculum Design Specialist, where she consults with various faculty members at Carleton University to integrate employability skills in courses and programs. In the community, Stacey-Ann is the co-founder of Build Out Loud, a group for black women entrepreneurs, creatives, and intrapreneurs in Ottawa. As a past member of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (Ron Kolbus Clubhouse), she is passionate to support all children and youth in developing confidence and skills for life.

Derek Noble

Derek is a seasoned real estate developer with a strong background in real estate development, planning, project organization and commercial and residential construction management. Derek’s professional standings include a Chartered Accountant designation and his strengths in finance, corporate governance and due diligence round out his ability to bring innovative development concepts to life and the financial acumen to make them a reality. Prior to joining Huntington Properties as a Partner, Derek held senior executive positions with Canada’s leading “Green” Developer as well as with a National Self Storage Company. Derek skillfully manages strong project teams, engaging investors, lenders, urban planners, design professionals and contractors in order to deliver successful projects to completion. Among his community work, Derek is also Co-Chair of the CHEO Ski for Kids.

Robyn Osgood

Robyn Osgood is a Managing Director at McMillan Vantage Policy Group. She has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic communications counsel, and developing and implementing communications plans. Working with senior leaders, she has developed strategies to support membership engagement and change-management initiatives, and managed large-scale, national campaigns.

She has a track record of creating strategies that have impact, that can be practically implemented and measured, and that reflect a client’s unique situation. She is often called upon to help clients communicate clearly and meaningfully with many different groups, from government decision-makers to customers, members, and volunteers. She has earned the trust of clients through her ability to manage the sensitivities and diverse interests associated with these complex multi-stakeholder engagements.

In addition to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Board, Robyn is a member of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Board and sits on that Board’s IT committee. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University, and holds a Diplôme d’Études Françaises from Université de Paul Valèry, Montpellier, France.

Judi Shum-Mousseau

Judi Shum-Mousseau has been involved with the Insurance industry for over 25 years in the Ottawa region. Judi has lead account teams working in diverse books of business with multi-faceted needs. Judi’s strengths are with liabilities and complex risk accounts with both national and international exposures that require out of scope solutions.

Michelle Taggart

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.

Gary Zed

Gary is an internationally-recognized lawyer serving the largest corporations in Canada and many of Canada’s wealthiest families. He is the CEO of Treehouse Family Advisory.
Over the past 30 years Gary has served national senior executive roles in the public and private sector and continues with his deep community leadership. He previously served as Deputy Director General at the Canadian Revenue Agency and Counsel with the Department of Justice prior to embarking on a 20 year career as an executive and senior partner for two of Canada's major professional services firms.
Gary currently advises several Canadian families and businesses including the Family Office at KPMG Enterprises. His passion is counseling families on succession planning and generational transitions.
Gary serves as Chair and board member for several private companies and family advisor to many of Canada’s most prominent families. Known for his philanthropy and commitment to building a strong community, Gary has been the recipient of numerous recognitions including The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Order of Ottawa, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser and has been awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteerism.
Gary holds a BA in economics, an MBA in management and marketing (Dalhousie), and an LLB (University of New Brunswick).

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