Our Leadership TeamBoard of Management, Elected Officials and Staff
Leaders from the Heart of Orléans BIA are elected to our Board of Management to represent our wide range of member businesses. We have representation on the Board from various sectors including health and wellness, real estate, and financial professionals.
Working in the real estate industry within the Orléans market she focusses on providing guidance, advise, resources and knowledge within the Commercial and Residential Sector. Finding the perfect location can be a stressful experience but with over 20 years of living and watching Orléans change enables Kim to zero in on her clients needs. Kim is excited to be part of the BIA to further elevate the business profile of St Joseph Boulevard in Orléans where she and her family call home. Kim has served on the Board since 2015, and is currently the Chair.
VIce-Chair and Chair, Member Engagement Team
I was raised in Orléans and still proud to call it home and have the opportunity to raise my family in this great community. Graduated with a Business Degree from the University of Ottawa and obtained a CMA, CPA designation. I have been working for Desjardins for the past 21 years, 9 of which as a Manager and recently returning to the Orléans Branch as a Personal Service Manager. The Caisse Desjardins has been contributing to the social and economic development of the community since 1946, and I want to continue that tradition. Pascale currently serves on the Board as Vice-Chair.
Chair, Streetscape & Beautification Team
Julie is a Co-owner of Moksha Yoga Orléans on 2442 St. Joseph Boulevard. She has been has been actively involved in the health industry since 2000, first as a yoga enthusiast and then as a yoga teacher. She believes that yoga is the best way of life to achieve healthy living both from a physical and mental perspective. She is committed to sharing her passion and the endless benefits of Moksha Hot Yoga. Julie is excited to contribute to the improvement of businesses in the Orléans community. Julie has served on the BIA Board of Management since 2012 and is currently the Chair of the Streetscape and Beautification Team.
Treasurer & Chair, Marketing Team
Renée completed her Masters Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa and her career path had led her to co-own Moveo Sports and Manual Physiotherapy, a newly established physiotherapy clinic in Orléans. Renée has taken part in numerous professional endeavors and has a strong interest in providing the Orléans community with quality physiotherapy services while promoting and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Renée also recognizes the importance of being part of her community and is looking forward to being part of the BIA. Renée joined the Board in 2016, and is currently Treasurer, as well as Chair of the Marketing Team.
Chair, Festivals and Events Team
Meghan has over 10 years of human resources (HR) experience including strategic planning, succession planning, recognition programs, recruiting, training and development, diversity program development, HR Law, and occupational health and safety. Meghan has worked in the Federal Public Service for 9 years and has worked as the HR Operations Manager for Bellefleur Physiotherapy for the last 2 years. Meghan has completed an Honours BA in English Literature with a concentration in Aboriginal Studies from the University of Ottawa, a University Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Law School, and is completing a University Certificate in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations from Athabasca University. Meghan is also a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) and is completing the requirements toward receiving her professional designation. Meghan is proudly Metis and was the Co-Chairperson for the Aboriginal Student Association at the University of Ottawa in 2006 as well as the as the National Chairperson for Aboriginal Peoples for one of the Federal Public Service Departments from 2010-2011. During her spare time, Meghan enjoys running outdoors, and spending time with her husband and 2 gorgeous girls.
Chair, Economic Development Team
Doug Feltmate has over 38 years’ experience in the food service industry and founded Designed Food Systems 26 years ago. He is a graduate of the Algonquin’s School of Hospitality & Hotel Management and carries the highest Professional designation of the Food Service Consultants Society International (FCSI). His combination of vision and strategic thinking has led his consulting practices to innovative changes in the food service environment. He likes to look forward only using the past as a reference and not a crutch. Since being founded 26 years ago, he has completed over 1800 projects in 35 countries, covering all aspects of the hospitality industry. Clients include major universities across Canada and the USA and companies such as Dell, Ericsson, Ciena, Hyatt Hotels, Sun Hotels, Kerzner Hotels, Fairmont Hotels, Canada Post, RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Government of Canada to name a few. He is experienced with both design build as well as architect led projects and is renowned for his collaborative approach leading to an on-time, on-budget project through innovative technologies and knowledge based solutions.
In his semi-retirement, Doug is the Managing General Partner of St. Martha’s Hospitality Group, the owners and operators of St. Martha’s Brasserie D’Orleans, St. Martha’s Culinaire D’Orleans and the new St. Martha’s Brasserie 460 Bistro and Cafe.
Executive Director since 2014, Jasmine brings experiences in outreach, promotion and building relationships with customers. She has had a career that ranges from policy development, economic development, to sales. She values being part of making her community a better place, and has been an active volunteer on community Boards and events. Jasmine moved to Orléans in 2013, and lives with her husband, their five kids and two dogs. She is looking forward to getting to know you and your business this year. You can reach Jasmine by phone or email, or drop by and see her at the BIA office on the lower level of the Shenkman Arts Centre.
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Member Relations and Marketing Liaison
Tannis Vine wants to live in a world with innovative businesses, close knit communities, and books that come bundled with extra dark chocolate. As a certified Business Analyst and Realtor with Exit Realty Matrix in Orleans, Tannis has the expertise necessary to assist her clients as they realize their real estate goals. In addition to living like she’s on an HGTV show, she also believes it’s important to be involved in the communities where she lives and works. Tannis has served her community in many capacities from creating the Orleans Community Awareness Network (OCAN) to hosting local events, and providing much needed aid to charities such as our Food Bank. The next logical step for Tannis was to support the BIA to realize their goals of attracting innovative businesses to the heart of Orleans and engaging with its enthusiastic membership. When she’s not serving her community, you can find her spending quality family time with her husband and daughter, catching up on her reading, or watching obscene amounts of television without a trace of shame. T: 613.580.2424 x.23900 E: [email protected]
Councillor Jody Mitic
Councillor Innes Ward
A 20 year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Sniper Team Leader, Jody Mitic lost both his legs when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty overseas. After only a few short months of rehabilitation, Jody was up and walking again. A year after his injury, Jody made national media headlines here at home when he completed the Achilles 5km run on two prosthetic legs, following that, he completed the Canada Army Run half marathon. Not only was Jody’s accomplishment a personal milestone on his road to recovery but it also became a major event that helped inspire change in how the military views and handles injured veterans and their ability to be of service. In 2013, Jody continued to push himself harder, competing in the Amazing Race Canada’s first season with his younger brother, Cory. Jody and his brother finished in second place, and people from across the country took the time to tell him he had become a model of perseverance, strength and hope for Canadians. A recognized and sought-after motivational speaker and role model for Canadians, Jody is a respected advocate for wounded veterans, people with disabilities and amputees. He founded the Never Quit Foundation and sat on the Board of Directors of ‘Won with One’. He has also helped raise upwards of a million dollars for numerous local and national charities. Jody and his wife Alannah, who grew up in Blackburn Hamlet, have a fun and busy home in Chapel Hill South with their two daughters, Aylah and Kierah, two big dogs Charlie and Riley and two cats Nick Fury and Max. In October 2014, Jody was elected City Councillor for Innes Ward, representing nearly 40,000 constituents at Ottawa City Hall.
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Deputy Mayor and Councillor Bob Monette
Deputy Mayor and Councillor Orléans Ward
Bob Monette first joined political life in 1985 when he served on Cumberland City Council for six years. While on City Council, Bob served on many committees, including Recreation and Conservation Lands, Industrial and Economic Development, Planning, and Health and Related Services. Bob’s long-term roots in our community include, Initial Chair and founding member, Cumberland Community Resource Centre; Fundraising Manager, Ottawa Arthritis Society; former treasurer, Queenswood Heights Neighbourhood Watch Association; Director, Queenswood Heights Community Association, Observer, Fallingbrook Community Association; and Elected Director, Central Canada Exhibition Association. Bob, his wife Pat, and their three children have been residents of Queenswood Heights in Orléans for more than 27 years. E: [email protected]
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