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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Board of Trustees

Robert Vineberg Winnipeg, Manitoba
Troy Myers Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Mark Boudreau Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ralph Chiodo Toronto, Ontario
Salima Ebrahim Edmonton, Alberta
John V. Hachey Baie D’urfe, Quebec
Mona Kumar Mississauga, Ontario
Caroline Lavoie Montréal, Quebec
Richard (Cy) LeBlanc Grande-Digue, New Brunswick
Phuong T.V. Ngo Orleans, Ontario
Carrie Ross Regina, Saskatchewan

Robert Vineberg

Robert Vineberg’s career in the Canadian Federal Public Service spanned over 35 years, of which 28 were with the immigration program, serving abroad, in policy positions at national headquarters and, most recently, as Director General of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Prairies and Northern Territories Region, based in Winnipeg. He retired from the public service in 2008. Mr. Vineberg has written and published several peer reviewed articles on immigration history and on military history. His book, Responding to Immigrants’ Settlement Needs: The Canadian Experience (Springer), was published in 2012. He co-edited and contributed two chapters to Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada (McGill Queen’s University Press, 2011), and has contributed chapters to Immigration Regulation in Federal States: Challenges and Responses in Comparative Perspective (Springer, 2014) and Immigrant Experiences in North America (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2015). He is Chair of the Board of Governors of Immigration Research West, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Centre Manitoba, a member of the council of the Local Immigration Partnership Winnipeg and a Senior Fellow with the Canada West Foundation. He is also Past-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Manitoba Opera. Mr. Vineberg has a BA in History from the University of Toronto as well as an MA in Canadian History and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, both from Carleton University, in Ottawa.

Troy Myers

Troy Myers is a resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is the Chief Librarian and CEO for the South Shore Public Libraries. Mr. Myers was previously the Branch Manager for the Halifax Regional Library as well as the Chief Librarian for the Ministries of Works and Agriculture for the Government of Malawi. He holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University. Mr. Myers has served as an international observer for elections in Malawi and Bosnia; as a member of the CPP/OAS Appeal Board; as a board member of numerous community and sporting organizations; and is an avid rugby player and coach.

Mark Boudreau

Mark Boudreau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (political science / history) from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is currently working as Director of Corporate Affairs (Atlantic) for Loblaw Companies. Prior to his current position, he was a senior consultant for National Public Relations in Halifax, providing strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder relations advice to a variety of clients, including the Halifax Port Authority, The Shaw Group, Labatt, and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs, as well as a number of federal and provincial government departments. Mr. Boudreau also worked as a political advisor to several senior cabinet ministers, both federally and provincially. He also worked as director of communications for Alliance Atlantis. Mr. Boudreau, who served on the inaugural board of the new Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, was a member of the Pier 21 Society Board of Directors.

Ralph Chiodo

Ralph Chiodo is the President of Active Green + Ross Tire & Automotive Centre, which operates 70 franchise locations in Ontario. At the age of 14, Mr. Chiodo emigrated from Catanzaro, Italy, to Canada through Pier 21. On October 15, 1966, he started his own automotive services business in Etobicoke, Ontario. An active member of his community, he has served on the board of a number of organizations and associations, including as President of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, Chairman of the IC Savings Foundation, and Member of the Pier 21 Society Board of Directors, with further responsibilities as the organization’s Fundraising Co Chair. Mr. Chiodo is the recipient of many awards, including the Canadian Italian Business Professional Association’s President’s Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Salima Ebrahim

Salima Ebrahim is the Director of External Relations for the City of Edmonton, responsible for stewarding the organizations relationships with the private sector and post-secondary institutions. Before joining the City, she was the Executive Director of the Banff Forum, one of Canada’s pre-eminent public policy forums in which a diverse group of young Canadians come together to enhance their leadership skills and debate key issues to build a stronger and better Canada, and an engagement manager with Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations group where she led teams that developed strategies for businesses and governments. Prior to this she worked for the Government of Canada and was a fellow with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Salima is an active volunteer and is currently serving as President of the Friends of the Edmonton Public Library and Vice-Chair of Inspirit Foundation. She is an alumnus of the University of Alberta (BA, Honours) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Public Policy and Administration), and has received several awards for public service leadership, including being a recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award, the national Women Who Inspire award and the University of Alberta’s Alumni Horizon Award which celebrates the outstanding achievements of University of Alberta alumni early in their careers.

John V. Hachey

John Hachey graduated with a B.A. degree (psychology/ business) from Loyola College in Montreal, a B.Ed. (theology) from the Université de Montréal and a M.Ed. (counselling) from McGill University. He has administrated elementary and secondary schools, Shadd Business Center and was Vice-President of John Abbott College. Over the years, he has played an active role in his community, participating on local hospital boards, fundraising and coordinating local Canada Day and various charitable events. He was elected Lachine city councillor, appointed Honorary Chair of FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection and sat as a board member on the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. His background experiences highlight his organizational and entrepreneurial skills. He presently dedicates much of his time to residential renovation and development, urban environment policy consultation and charitable fundraising. His Acadian and Quebec cultural backgrounds are personally expressed in his love of music, sports and in promoting Canada’s inclusive cultural identity.

Mona Kumar

Ms. Kumar is a multilingual lawyer with over fifteen years of broad practice experience in business law. Ms. Kumar is currently a Senior Lawyer Editor with Practical Law Canada at Thomson Reuters. Ms. Kumar has practised in-house at leading companies including as a director and corporate secretary of a private subsidiary of a multinational company and in private practice at McMillan LLP. Ms. Kumar is an active member of the Mississauga community and serves as a board member and Policy Committee Co-Chair of the Alzheimer Society Peel. Ms. Kumar is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and has been an active member of several legal organizations including the South Asian Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. Ms. Kumar obtained her LL.B. (Cum Laude) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (First Class Honours) from McGill University.

Caroline Lavoie

Caroline Lavoie has more than 10 years of experience in public and government relations. She first worked in international relations in the United States and Ottawa before holding various public affairs positions in Montreal. As part of her volunteer activities, Caroline served on the McCord Museum's Marketing Committee as well as on the Young McCord Committee, a committee of young professionals advising that museum’s foundation on ways to interest and retain the younger generation as patrons and donors. Caroline has been active in governance for several years, both through various training courses and through her involvement on the board of the Entre-Maisons Ahuntsic. For four years, she was a director and then president of this non-profit organization working with predominantly immigrant families residing in public housing projects in the Ahuntsic district of Montreal. Caroline is passionate about major public policy issues and has more recently developed recognized expertise on the legalization of cannabis. She works with several clients in this emerging field as a consultant with Octane Public Affairs and is involved in public debate as a commentator and speaker. Caroline Lavoie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Richard LeBlanc

Richard LeBlanc graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies from the Université de Moncton. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2010. Mr. LeBlanc has a strong background in sales management as a result of his association with Moosehead Breweries (1983-1998), where he served in various capacities, including as Promotion Director and Regional Sales Director for the Maritime provinces, the Moncton area, and the Acadian Peninsula. Prior to that, Mr. LeBlanc worked as the Leisure Services Director for the Association des loisirs de Paquetville (1981-1983). Over the years, he played an active role in his community, including participating in the fundraising campaign for the Youth Centre in Dieppe and serving on the Acadian Games Organizing Committee for both Dieppe and the Université de Moncton, on the Administration Advisory Committee for the Moncton Alpines (Quebec Major Hockey League), and as Director of Administration of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick. As well, Mr. LeBlanc has been serving as the Vice President of Business Development for Marillac Automatic Doors since June 2012.

Phuong T.V. Ngo

After obtaining her law degree from the University of Ottawa, Phuong Ngo became a partner in the Ottawa office of the firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings). She is an advocate in the Ontario Court and the Federal Court of Canada, as well as a member of Gowlings’ Advocacy Group and Public Procurement Group. She practises in the areas of civil and administrative litigation, health law, government procurement, bid protests, and judicial review. Ms. Ngo speaks and writes frequently on issues related to public-sector and private-sector procurement. She is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the County of Carleton Law Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario.

Carrie Ross

For the past 25 years, Carrie Ross has been in senior management positions in the private, non-profit and public sector with a particular expertise in tourism. Ms. Ross is currently the Executive Director of the newly created Provincial Capital Commission, responsible for the administration, management and stewardship of Wascana Centre, a 2300 acre park, Government House and the Edwardian Gardens. The Provincial Capital Commission promotes, preserves and strengthens the diverse heritage and culture to ensure that Saskatchewan’s Capital City is a source of provincial pride and significance. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Saskatchewan’s Government House (built in 1891) where she initiated a new operational model resulting in thousands of additional visitors while preserving the significance of this Canadian Historic Site, that offers visitors a glimpse of life at the turn of the 20th century. She has been a manager at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre, which tells the story of the RCMP’s history using state of the art exhibits, multimedia technologies and engaging programming. Ms. Ross has been an owner/operator of a tourism destination that received a “Tourism Business of the Year” award and was a receptive tour operator marketing Canadian tourism products to international travel trade operators. She has been a tourism consultant participating in several Canadian tourism studies and facilitating tourism workshops across Western Canada. A native of Saskatchewan, Ms. Ross is a graduate of the University of Regina’s Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy – Senior Management Development in Public Administration, is a Certified Tourism Industry Specialist (CTIS) Virginia Beach, VA, and has a Travel and Tourism Diploma, Winnipeg, MB.