Regional Chairs

Rebecca Clapperton Law PortraitRebecca Clapperton Law - Chair, British Columbia Regional Committee
Rebecca Clapperton Law Portrait
Rebecca Clapperton Law
Chair, British Columbia Regional Committee

Rebecca Clapperton Law has been influencing change inside and outside of BC Hydro with a focus on building strong leaders and teams, strengthening communications and networks to understand and integrate various stakeholder interests and efforts. Her strategic project management roles since 2003 at BC Hydro have included executive assistance to the CEO and CFO, communications leadership for the Engineering Management Team, managing the Corporate HR recruitment team, and leading Diversity and Employee Engagement efforts. Rebecca currently leads cross-company internal collaboration forums for the Aboriginal Relations team.

Rebecca has 15 years of experience with not for profit governance and association management in British Columbia, including The Vancouver Board of Trade, Leadership Vancouver, The Minerva Foundation for BC Women and the Mount Pleasant Family Centre.  

Rebecca is an alumna of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Cory Royal PortraitCory Royal - Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee
Cory Royal Portrait
Cory Royal
Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee

Cory has an eclectic mix of community involvement and professional development.

Cory attended the 1991 Conference and has since served as Alberta Chair, Co-Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair and Organizing Committee Member for the last six conferences, including the 1998 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference. She currently sits on the Conference Board of Directors.

Cory has been active in the community since first volunteering for the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. During her four-board term with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, she spent one day working while confined to a wheel chair.

As Chair of the Calgary Grey Cup Committee for five years, she has ridden horses into numerous downtown hotels, and as a committee member of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, she has flipped her share of complimentary pancakes, all topped with a smile.

Cory’s work career began in the banking sector with Scotiabank in Ottawa and later for Telesat Canada. She became involved in the oil and gas industry after her transfer to Calgary and currently works as VP Marketing for privately-run Guardian Protective Clothing. She continues to enjoy tennis and golf and is very happy that all three of her boys have carried on the family passion for volleyball.

Bryce Stewart PortraitBryce Stewart - Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee
Bryce Stewart Portrait
Bryce Stewart
Co-Chair, Alberta Regional Committee

Bryce Stewart joined the Government of Alberta in 2006 after returning to the University of Alberta to complete an MSc in Agriculture and Resource Economics. He has worked in a number of positions with the Alberta Government, including Director of Strategic Policy and Urban Affairs with the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs and Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Planning and Coordination with the Executive Council.

Mr. Stewart is currently seconded to the Ministry of Human Services where he serves as the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Community Engagement. Human Services is responsible for delivering a broad range of social programs and services to Albertans. The Policy and Community Engagement division leads the development of the Ministry’s strategic policy and provides corporate support to the Ministry’s delivery areas in their development of policy.

Mr. Stewart was a member of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Kimberley Ives PortraitKimberley Ives - Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee
Kimberley Ives Portrait
Kimberley Ives
Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee

Kimberley Ives has 22 years of experience working in a variety of leadership roles in the volunteer, non-profit, government and most recently private sector. She is currently an Operations Manager at Information Services Corporation (ISC).

Ms. Ives brings a broad perspective from her work in human resources, community development, and operational management, as well as her educational background gained from a BA in Psychology and a recently completed Master of Administration in Leadership from the University of Regina. She is also currently serving on a volunteer Board of Directors for an adapted sailing club for people with disabilities in Regina, and is involved with the Regina Wheelchair Racing Club.

Ms. Ives was a member of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, was involved in local planning for the 2008 conference, and was Regional Co-Chair in Saskatchewan for the 2012 conference.

Ms. Ives is married and has a son who just finished high school and is working in the non-profit sector.

Victor Thomas PortraitVictor Thomas - Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee
Victor Thomas Portrait
Victor Thomas
Co-Chair, Saskatchewan Regional Committee

Victor is president of Global Bridgeway, a boutique firm that specializes in the areas of global business development, corporate governance and strategy. Victor has a Masters in Leadership and is a Chartered Director with more than a dozen years of governance experience. He serves as Vice-Chair of the SaskEnergy Board of Directors and chairs its Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Victor is a former Chair of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve in his community on the University of Regina Senate, the Hill School of Business Leaders Council and is Chair of the Canadian Red Cross Executive Cabinet for Saskatchewan.

Nationally, he is a faculty member at McMaster University’s Directors College and serves as a board member of CARE Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation. He is a 2012 alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Recently, Victor was bestowed with the Order of the Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross’s highest recognition for his leadership.

Leanne Douglas PortraitLeanne Douglas - Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee
Leanne Douglas Portrait
Leanne Douglas
Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee

Leanne Douglas is an alumna of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and works as senior manager with MNP Consulting in Winnipeg’s organizational development and change management practice. Prior to joining MNP, Leanne was Partner in a Winnipeg and Ottawa-based organization development consulting firm.

Ms. Douglas received her Master of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, QC, where she specialized in organizational change and learning. She believes in contributing to her community, and has served as chair of several conferences including Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba conferences and national youth forums.

Ms. Douglas serves on local and international boards and committees for the Association of Change Management Professionals, the Human Resource Association of Manitoba, Hostelling International, and the United Church of Canada.

Ms. Douglas has lived in Winnipeg her whole life and is proud to support the GGCLC’s Manitoba Study Tour as Regional Co-Chair.

Monique Ireland PortraitMonique Ireland - Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee
Monique Ireland Portrait
Monique Ireland
Co-Chair, Manitoba Regional Committee

Monique Ireland is a Labour Relations Specialist with over 20 years employment with Air Canada. Monique offers extensive experience in labour relations and financial administration including contract negotiations, grievance and conflict management, mediation and arbitration as well as training and development and group facilitation.

Over the years, Ms. Ireland became known for her leadership and advocacy for worker’s rights and gained a reputation for her well balanced view of the work environment. As a result, she had been on secondment for three years, from her finance role to work with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) as a liaison/coordinator with the mandate to develop and maintain a collaborative working relationship and she has recently taken the Pension Representative role.

Ms. Ireland has extensive experience in contract negotiation. In addition, Ms. Ireland is an experienced trainer, workshop leader and conference presenter/speaker. She has led and facilitated discussions at major national conferences and has been involved in leadership, financial management and cultural competency training program delivery.

Ms. Ireland was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and co-chaired the Manitoba regional committee in 2012.

John Elvidge PortraitJohn Elvidge - Chair, Ontario Regional Committee
John Elvidge Portrait
John Elvidge
Chair, Ontario Regional Committee

John Elvidge is the Director, Secretariat in the City Clerk’s Office of the City of Toronto. He is responsible for the City’s governance and legislative processes, by-laws, and public appointments.

Mr. Elvidge’s professional interests include democratic renewal and citizen engagement. His municipal career includes posts in culture, intergovernmental relations, strategic planning and corporate policy. Before joining the public service Mr. Elvidge worked as an arts administrator. He contributes his time as an official and technical committee member for swimming in Ontario.

Mr. Elvidge was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and served as Chair of the Toronto Committee for the 2012 Conference.

Charles Bierbrier PortraitCharles Bierbrier - Chair, Quebec Regional Committee
Charles Bierbrier Portrait
Charles Bierbrier
Chair, Quebec Regional Committee

Charles Bierbrier is Founder & President of Bierbrier Brewing Inc., which began operations in 2005 in Montreal. The brewery has a portfolio of brands that include Bierbrier Premium Ale, Bierbrier Pilsner Lager, and Joe Beef Special Pils.

Bierbrier holds a BA in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Prior to launching his brewery, Bierbrier worked in the banking and investment management industry. He has lectured on the topic of entrepreneurship at business conferences as well as being invited to guest lecture at the business school of both McGill University and Concordia University.

Bierbrier is also involved in several professional, volunteer and community organizations including his involvement as Past-President of the McGill Young Alumni, and Past-President of the Westmount Rotary Club. He is currently President of the Selwyn House Old Boys Association, Director on the board of the Batshaw Foundation, and Director on the board of Beer Canada (the national brewers association in Ottawa).

Bierbrier participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in the summer of 2012 and acted as Chair of the Manitoba Study Tour.

Martin Daraiche PortraitMartin Daraiche - Co-Chair, Quebec Regional Committee
Martin Daraiche Portrait
Martin Daraiche
Co-Chair, Quebec Regional Committee

Martin Daraiche is a bilingual expert who provides high-level strategic advice in Canadian public affairs, social license and crisis management at NATIONAL Public Relations. He specializes in the natural resource, energy, technology, health and environment sectors, working on topics that are of foremost concern to CEOs and executives. He is especially gifted at simplifying the most complex issues to quickly define the specific strategies that will help his clients meet or exceed their business objectives. Martin is the only employee to have won two of NATIONAL’s most prestigious international awards.

Prior to embarking on a consulting career, Martin worked for the former Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, as his advisor for political and legal affairs. From this experience, he gained considerable political insight and developed a solid understanding of the decision-making mechanisms of government bodies.

In 2012, Martin participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. This event allowed him to deepen his knowledge of global issues and challenges from across Canada.

Martin holds a LL.B. from Sherbrooke University and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2004.

Yves Y. Pelletier PortraitYves Y. Pelletier - Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee
Yves Y. Pelletier Portrait
Yves Y. Pelletier
Chair, New Brunswick Regional Committee

Yves Pelletier is currently consulting in the education field and previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Post-Secondary Education with the Province of New Brunswick. He also worked at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Many of these positions provided a singular focus: strengthening educational outcomes in Canada.

Yves holds two undergraduate degrees in biology (Laurentian) and history (Ottawa) as well as a Masters (Ottawa) and PhD (Queen’s) in Canadian History. He has published many scholarly articles. He and his husband, Wes, live in Fredericton.

Yves currently serves on the board of governors of the Canadian Career Development Foundation, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization, which aims to strengthen policy and programs relating to career development in all of life’s transitions. He has also served as an external advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in their design of new demonstration projects to strengthen transitions to post-secondary education for underrepresented groups, and has taught the history of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy to groups within the Canadian Forces.

A 2012 GGCLC member and Saskatchewan Study Group Chair, Yves is thrilled to be able to provide the 2015 participants coming to New Brunswick the same formidable experience.

Louis Brill PortraitLouis Brill - Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee
Louis Brill Portrait
Louis Brill
Chair, Nova Scotia Regional Committee

Louis Brill is President and CEO of the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. He recently Co-Chaired the Nova Scotia Lung Health Strategy and successfully advanced support for those who must leave Nova Scotia for lung transplant surgery. During his tenure, Mr. Brill has authored the acclaimed Learn to Run for Smokers and the Asthma Aware programs.

In 2013, Mr. Brill returned to private business by co-founding the Canadian Bacon Cookhouse, a food service operation on the Halifax waterfront featuring all things bacon!

Mr. Brill is the former President of Special Olympics Nova Scotia. He has represented Nova Scotia at many sporting events including as Sport Manager, Team Canada, 1995 World Special Olympic Games. A long time runner and coach, Mr. Brill is perhaps the only Canadian to have coached national champions in CP Sport, Special Olympics, Canada Games and Canadian University Sport. In 2003 he served as Chairperson, Closing Ceremonies, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships and in 2005 he Chaired the Canadian Interuniversity Cross Country Championship held in Halifax. In 2007 he served on the successful Site Selection Committee for the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Mr. Brill is the Past Chair of Athletics Nova Scotia. In 2010 he was named to the Ambassador’s Club of the City of Halifax and in 2012 received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Mr. Brill is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and lives in Halifax with his wife Dr. Yvette Scattolon. He is the proud father of two children, Chris and Arianna and stays fit by running and playing competitive ball hockey.

Mr. Brill was a member of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and served as Nova Scotia Regional Chair in 2012.

Brenda Gallant PortraitBrenda Gallant - Chair, Prince Edward Island Regional Committee
Brenda Gallant Portrait
Brenda Gallant
Chair, Prince Edward Island Regional Committee

Brenda Gallant is the Director of Marketing for Tourism Prince Edward Island. In this position, she has worked on projects such as Atlantic Canada House at the 2010 Olympics, Live with Regis and Kelly in Prince Edward Island and the royal visit of Prince William and Kate. As Canada’s smallest province with limited budgets, Prince Edward Island must use its creativity to capture attention in the highly competitive travel market.

Prior to joining Tourism Prince Edward Island, Ms. Gallant was the Director of Marketing and Development for the Confederation Centre of the Arts, a national arts organization featuring, among other productions, Canada’s longest-running musical, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical. She was also Sales Manager for Bell Aliant.

Ms. Gallant is a volunteer advisor for Entrepreneur’s Forum and was co-chair of Communication for Canada Games in 2009. In addition, she has volunteered for the many sporting and artistic activities her daughters are involved in.

Ms. Gallant was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and chaired the Prince Edward Island Regional Committee in 2012.

Lisa Browne PortraitLisa Browne - Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee
Lisa Browne Portrait
Lisa Browne
Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee

Community volunteer, musician and avid traveller, Lisa is looking forward to providing a great experience to participants of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, particularly since her hometown of St. John’s is the opening plenary host city.

Lisa has served as the Deputy Mayor of the Town of Clarenville and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Rooms Corporation. Lisa is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recently presented with Volunteer of the Year for the Town of Clarenville.

Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of Stella’s Circle, a community organization that provides services to adults who face barriers from fully participating in the community. Stella’s Circle offers residential counseling, supportive housing, employment preparation and skills development. Lisa was previously Director of Planning at Eastern Health and has a BA (English) and MBA. Follow Lisa at or @lisabrowne2 to learn more about all things Newfoundland and Labrador!

Lisa was a member of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Kerry Murray PortraitKerry Murray - Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee
Kerry Murray Portrait
Kerry Murray
Co-Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Committee

Kerry, a graduate of Memorial University and University of Waterloo, is the Director of Economic and Social Policy with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). His work with the NLFL involves all aspects of economic and social policy work including research, writing, engagement and advocacy, as well as committee work both inside and outside the labour movement.

Kerry is Labour’s representative on the Strategic Partnership Secretariat, a tripartite social dialogue structure aimed at engaging labour, business and government in discussions and consensus building around key public policy issues.

An active volunteer, Kerry sits on several community based boards and committees including the Provincial Council of the Rural Secretariat, the Avalon Regional Council and the Community Sector Council. He is a past board member of the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board and the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).

Kerry is an active alumnus of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and has been part of the alumni who have helped to organize provincial study tours for both the 2011 Caribbean‐Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue and the 2012 GGCLC.

Michael Hale PortraitMichael Hale - Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee
Michael Hale Portrait
Michael Hale
Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee

Michael is Chief of Staff to the Premier of the Yukon, having previously served as Vice President, Operations, for the Yukon Housing Corporation, a Crown corporation offering housing solutions to Yukoners.

Before joining Yukon Housing, Michael was the Director of Land Claim and Self-Government Implementation for the Yukon Government, as well as serving as Senior Negotiator. His previous positions have ranged from reporter to Cabinet Communications to municipal advisor. Michael believes strongly that public service has the power to generate large-scale social and economic change and works towards that goal each day.

Married with two amazing sons, Michael learned during the 2008 Governor General’s tour how important it is to find that balance between home and work.

Michael has an Honours degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as an executive certificate in management from the University of Notre Dame.

Ranjit Pillai  PortraitRanjit Pillai - Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee
Ranjit Pillai  Portrait
Ranjit Pillai
Co-Chair, Yukon Regional Committee

Ranjit Pillai was the Ontario 2 Group Chair during the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is excited to continue his involvement with the Conference.

Mr. Pillai is the Principal for Special Projects for the Office of the President at Yukon College and the VP of Business Development with Northern Vision Development, Yukon’s largest and most dynamic private equity firm. He understands the importance of public service having held positions as a Whitehorse City Councillor and Governor with the Yukon College Board of Governors.

Mr. Pillai has also held an array of volunteer positions in Yukon, as Director on Whitehorse Elementary School Council, Vice-Chair with the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon, VP Copper Ridge Community Association, Founder of the Northwestel Summit Hockey School, and basketball coach at local and national competitions.

Mr. Pillai and his wife Delilah have two boys, Taylor and Calum.

Brian Chambers PortraitBrian Chambers - Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee
Brian Chambers Portrait
Brian Chambers
Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee

Brian Chambers is Professional Leader, Northern Engagement with Canada’s National Energy Board. Prior to his present position, Mr. Chambers was Executive Director of the Northern Gas Project Secretariat, and has held senior positions in local and regional government in western and northern Canada.

Mr. Chambers has actively participated in aboriginal land claim and modern treaty negotiations in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, and has facilitated cooperative agreements between local governments and First Nations in the area of natural resources management. He has also acted as a private consultant to industry and government in the field of organizational governance, aboriginal land claims, and resource development regulatory regimes.

Mr. Chambers resides in Yellowknife and is a former Rotary Foundation International Scholar who holds a PhD in Polar Studies from Cambridge University, England.

Mr. Chambers was a member of the 1991 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Marie-Anick Elie PortraitMarie-Anick Elie - Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee
Marie-Anick Elie Portrait
Marie-Anick Elie
Co-Chair, Northwest Territories Regional Committee

Marie-Anick Elie holds a Baccalaureate in Arts with a Major in Communications from Laval University (1995) and an Advanced Diploma in International Cooperation from the Training Centre in Inter-Cultural Cooperation (1995). She is an alumna of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and LEAD Fellow of LEAD Fellows Training Program in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

In the course of her 16 years in Canada’s North, Ms. Elie worked in challenging non-standard environments with an ever-changing set of circumstances and challenges. She has gained a broad knowledge of co-management boards, worked with federal and territorial government agencies, aboriginal governments, various commissions and other organizations. She has years of experiences with complex hearing processes (energy and non-energy related) and Northern engagement (from members of the public to aboriginal leadership and Northern governments).

Ms. Elie has worked as the Northern Coordinator for the National Energy Board in Inuvik since 2011. Previously she served as the Community Relations and Logistics Manager for the Northern Gas Project Secretariat, as the Communications Manager and then Executive Director for the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board and as the Northern National Event Regional Coordinator for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Ms. Elie has held various roles, from Board Member to President, on several non-profit organizations with mandates ranging from sustainable use of the environment, promotion of traditional activities, healthy living, to northern art and French language.

She has mushed dogs from 1999 to 2013 where she has competed on the international scene in open class races.

Christine Lamothe PortraitChristine Lamothe - Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee
Christine Lamothe Portrait
Christine Lamothe
Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee

Christine is a community developer whose love for dance and movement led her to Iqaluit. Since 2006, she has been building resiliency and inspiring leadership in youth by training them in the performing arts through her break-dance program called the Hip Hop Spot and one of her dance groups, Kaiva.

Attending the GGCLC conference in 2012 as BC Tour Group Co-Chair gave Christine the confidence and motivation needed to finally follow her dream. In 2014 she opened Saimavik Studio, a wellness studio that offers regular yoga, Pilates, dance and other classes and workshops aimed at increasing the quality of life for residents.

Mike Webster PortraitMike Webster - Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee
Mike Webster Portrait
Mike Webster
Co-Chair, Nunavut Regional Committee

Born in London, Ontario, Mr. Webster attended the University of Western Ontario, where he earned his Master of Arts. His graduate studies included Economic and Applied Anthropology, and Urban History.

Mr. Webster formally began his career in the social economy with Kugluktuk Radio Society (KRS) in 1999, shortly after moving to Nunavut. He is chiefly responsible for positioning an all-volunteer group from a debt position to a $1.7 million dollar community asset.

The Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk (SBHK) is Mr. Webster’s other pathway in the social economy. As Executive Director, Mr. Webster negotiated a $2.7 million dollar contract for the provision of resolution and cultural support services with former residential school students and their families. SBHK is one of few Canadian NGOs to negotiate approval to deliver the Personal Education Credit under the class-action Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

On a dual career path, Mr. Webster is employed as a regional Program Officer with the Department of Economic Development and Transportation (ED&T), Government of Nunavut (GN). Providing community economic development support, programming access and impact, program accountability and technical/managerial advice, Mr. Webster lead a 10-year, one million dollar regional initiative aimed at implementing territorial sector strategies in the Kitikmeot with groups like the Nunavut Development Corporation, the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Before this, Mr. Webster worked as the GN’s Senior Advisor – Traditional Economy for 4 years. He served as a Ministerial Representative for one of the largest program reviews since 1999, negotiated Nunavut’s inclusion in Canada’s agricultural programs, and helped to introduce a cycle of business/work plans and budgets into government operations; based in Kugluktuk, he also aided the Kitikmeot’s ED&T office grow a regional presence more aligned to a Territorial mandate.

In 2014 Mr. Webster won a Nunavut Business Achievement Award from the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce for displaying extraordinary success and innovation in economic development.

Mr. Webster was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He has co-chaired Nunavut’s Regional Committee from 2010 to 2015. Over the course of this time, he prioritized the development of Nunavut alumni base, increased the Territorial’s equity contribution, and stimulated a pan-Nunavut community presence for the GGCLC.