EV CHAPTERS

National Capital Chapter - Who We Are

Our Executive

 

Co-Chairs 

Joanne Pitkin & Scott Thurlow

Secretary 

Hilary Martin

Finance Chair

Lydia Blois 

Communications Chair

Joan Wright

Members-At-Large

Allison Smith, Bridget Duquette, Sarah Atchison,
Nicole Waintraub

 

The EV Ottawa Chapter Executive 2017-2019

 

Joanne Pitkin, Co-Chair

Joanne is currently Communications Manager for the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), where she is responsible for the association’s external communications activities. Before joining CADSI, Joanne was an Account Director at Fleishman-Hillard’s Ottawa office, providing strategic communications and public affairs counsel to a broad range of clients. Her professional experience involves roles in federal departments including the Privy Council Office, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Natural Resources Canada.

Joanne is Co-Chair of the NCR Chapter of Equal Voice, a charitable body with a mission to elect more women in Canada, Vice-Chair for the Canadian Advocacy Network, an organization dedicated to providing pro-bono public affairs counsel for non-profit and charity organizations, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. She is listed as one of PR in Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, and Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) and Esprit de Corps Magazine’s Top 20 Women in Defence.

 You can connect with Joanne via Twitter: @JoannePitkin


 

Scott Thurlow, Co-Chair

W. Scott Thurlow trained as a lawyer and specializes in federal and provincial regulatory policies for environment, energy, chemical management, trade, transportation and tax. Scott also has expertise in the laws and regulations governing legislative processes, lobbying and elections in Canada.

Scott has worked in the public policy field for almost two decades, and has rejoined Temple Scott after serving as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. As President of CRFA, Scott served as the lead spokesperson for the producers of ethanol and renewable diesel in Canada.

Scott's experience includes the private practice of law, where he has represented clients at federal tribunals and boards, as well as an advocate in Ontario's provincial courts. Scott previously served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Minister of Natural Resources in 2005. In that role, Scott was responsible for providing the Minister and Government Members of Parliament with support as they worked to usher legislation through the House of Commons.

Scott completed his undergraduate degree in political science (with honours) at Carleton University. He subsequently studied at the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a Masters degree in Political Science while writing and lecturing on the role of the Provincial Governments in shaping federal policy. After completing his graduate work, Scott returned to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa's Law School, where he was awarded his LLB in 2002.

Scott started his career in Ottawa as a Parliamentary Consultant for the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (now Chemistry Industry Association of Canada) in 1997.

 You can connect with Scott via Twitter: @wscottthurlow


Members-at-Large 

Nicole Waintraub

Nicole is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Ottawa where she manages a number of conflict analysis and conflict management projects operating in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Central Asia. Prior to working at the University of Ottawa, Nicole was an analyst with the Department of National Defence in the Directorate of Future Security Analysis. She also served as a research assistant to LGen (Retd) Hon. Senator Romeo Dallaire on nuclear nonproliferation and security issues.

She has a master’s degree from the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  During that time, she was awarded the Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation by the Simons Foundation and DFAIT's International Security Research and Outreach Programme for her master’s major research paper and the Security and Defence Forum Internship Programme Award.

Nicole’s work in conflict environments has reinforced her understanding of the role that women can and must play in local governance as well as in conflict transformation. She has been a member at large with the National Capital Chapter since 2014.


 

Allison Smith
 

Allison Smith is a Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Prior to joining the CIRB in January 2015, Allison practiced labour, employment and human rights law at a large national corporation.  She has also worked in private legal practice and in Minister's Offices in both the Ontario and Canadian governments.  She has a keen interest in public policy development.

In addition to her Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Windsor), Allison also holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree, both from the University of Toronto.

Throughout her career, Allison has had the privilege to travel extensively across Canada and meet Canadians from all regions of the country and to understand the commonalities and unique regional differences that make up our country.

Allison is an enthusiastic supporter of the advancement of women in society, business and politics.

On the non-professional side and in her spare time, Allison is a dog enthusiast who enjoys spending time with her three dogs (who together total over 300 pounds) and volunteers with Bernese rescue to help find emergency shelter and forever homes for lost or surrendered Bernese Mountain Dogs.  Allison also mentors law students through a program sponsored by her law school Alma Mater, the University of Windsor.

Please note that Allison has approval of the Ethics Commissioner to be involved in Equal Voice.


 

 

 

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