Our Team

Youth Leadership Advisory Board (YouthLAB)

DOT’s YouthLAB is a group of young leaders from across Africa and the Middle East who play a key role in capturing new insight on youth realities. They help inform and guide DOT’s current and future programs.

Board of Directors

Caroline Somers
Chair

Caroline Somers is an investor and chair of an angel investor organization, the Capital Angel Network. She sits on the boards of the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Caroline works as a coach for entrepreneurs as they grow their companies and overcome startup challenges.

Jean Schnob
Director and Treasurer

Jean Schnob is the Regional Vice President for Eastern Ontario and an Assurance Partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP. He has twenty-five years experience in assurance, tax and business advisory services and corporate transactions. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International and many of its sub-committees. He is member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and the Canadian Tax Foundation. He is also President of the Jean P. Dallaire Foundation and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa and Universite du Québec.

Meg Beckel
Director

Meg Beckel is the President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. She is the former Vice President of External Relations at the University of Waterloo and has held senior positions at the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Calgary, among others. Meg has also served as director on the boards of the National Ballet School of Canada and TheMuseum in Kitchener, Ontario.

Margo Crawford
Director

Margo Crawford is the Founder, President and CEO of the Business Sherpa Group, a management consulting firm that specializes in small and mid-sized enterprise (SME) business services. She is a successful business leader with over 20 years experience in private, public and nonprofit environments. Margo is the co-founder of one of Ottawa’s most successful start-up companies, Meriton Networks, where she played an instrumental role in raising and closing over US $75 million in equity financing over eight years.

Patrick Gossage
Director

Patrick Gossage is the founder of Media Profile, one of Canada's leading media relations firms, where he serves as Chairman. A communications, media and government relations specialist, he has served as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau and as an advisor and media coach to senior bureaucrats, ministers and politicians. He is a published novelist and the author of the historical reflection of his time in the Prime Minister's Office, "Close to the Charisma". A frequent columnist and television panelist, he serves on the board of several Toronto arts and culture organizations.

Dima Jamali
Director

Dr. Dima Jamali is a Professor in the Olayan School of Business at American University of Beirut. She currently holds the Kamal Shair Chair in Responsible Leadership and serves as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development. She has a PhD in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Kent. Her research and teaching revolve around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social entrepreneurship. Dima is the author/editor of four books (CSR in the Middle East – Palgrave, 2012; Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East – Palgrave 2015; Development Oriented CSR – Greenleaf 2015; and Comparative Perspectives on Global Corporate Social Responsibility – IGI 2016), and over 65 international publications focused on CSR in developing countries and in the Middle East region.

Dima is the winner of the 2016 National Council for Scientific Research Excellence Award, the 2015 Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, the Shield of Excellence for the Arab Region, and was designated as Personality of the Year for CSR by the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility in 2015. In 2013, she was selected for the Eisenhower Fellows Program, joining a global network of leading professionals committed to collaborating for a more prosperous, just and peaceful world.

She has worked as an expert consultant for the United Nations on Social Policy and CSR as well as various projects funded by the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, and major private and public firms in Lebanon and the region.

Peter Lloyd
Director

Peter Lloyd has extensive experience as an executive in the public service of Canada. He worked primarily in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, both as a diplomat and as the senior official in charge of communications. During that time, he served as Canada's Consul General in Seattle, and was the High Commissioner (Ambassador) of Canada to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to his time in the public service, Peter worked for more than a decade as a print and television journalist on Parliament Hill. Today, Peter is an Ottawa-based consultant.

Suzanne Morris
Director

Suzanne Morris served as CBC/Radio-Canada’s Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2009 to 2015.

Before becoming a member of CBC/Radio-Canada’s Senior Executive Team, Suzanne was Secretary/Treasurer to the CBC Pension Board of Trustees. She has also served as Vice-President, Small Business Financial Services, at Export Development Canada (EDC) and held senior positions in risk management and internal audit for EDC and Deloitte.

Suzanne serves on the Advisory Committee to the Dean of the Carleton University Sprott School of Business. A past Board member of the Forum for International Trade Training, she is an active member of the Financial Executives Institute and the Association of Financial Professionals.

David Johnston
Founding Chair

David Johnston served as Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017. Prior to becoming Governor General, David Johnston served as the President of the University of Waterloo, one of Canada's most innovative universities and a leading global institution in e-learning and information technology. A graduate of Harvard, Cambridge and Queen's Universities, his academic specializations are securities regulation, corporate law and information technology law. He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and the boards of Canada Trust, Alcatel, Seagram, EMCO, CGI and Lifestyle Furnishings. He has chaired the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Neuroscience Network Centre of Excellence, the Federal Government's Information Highway Advisory Council and its Blue Ribbon Panel on Smart Communities, the National Broadband TaskForce and the national e-Business Roundtable. David Johnston is a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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