Senior Management Team
Peter Tilley | Executive Director
Peter Tilley has been the Executive Director of the Ottawa Mission since June 2013. The Mission is one of Ottawa’s oldest yet most progressive homeless shelters, providing a full range of services to the less fortunate in our community. Working closely with the board of directors and the senior management team, Peter has steered the organization through an ambitious strategic planning process that has seen the organization enhance mental health supports, addiction and trauma services, housing outreach and palliative care for those who are homeless.
Prior to The Mission, Peter served for 14 years as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank, leading that organization to become recognized as one of Canada’s most visible and respected food banks.
A graduate of the Business Administration Program at Algonquin College (1984), Peter was a 2012 and 2017 Ontario Premier’s Award nominee and has also been recognized as one of Algonquin College’s top 10 Alumnus. He has also taught the Introduction to Non Profit Management course at Algonquin College part-time.
Peter previously worked as a manager in the recruitment industry and as a senior manager in the hotel industry.
He currently sits as a board member on several key boards, such as Ottawa Public Health, the Alliance To End Homelessness, Ottawa Inner City Health and Soldiers Helping Soldiers.
Jo McLean | Director of Programs
Jo has close to 30 years experience in the Social Services and Youth Justice sector working with high risk and vulnerable youth. She has held several positions over the span of her career, the majority of them in management. Jo made the leap to leave the youth sector in January 2011 and came to The Ottawa Mission as the Manager of Frontline Services. Two years later she was promoted to The Mission’s Director of Programs and now oversees Addiction Services, Front Line Services and Client Services.
Lesley Horne | Director of Human Resources
Lesley joined The Ottawa Mission as Director of Human Resources in January 2014. She began her career as a Human Resources Generalist over 17 years ago working as HR Manager for one of North America’s largest retailers. After 10 years, she was offered a position with a rapidly expanding family owned business where she was tasked with building the HR Function from the ground up. Lesley is a member in good standing of the Human Resources Professional Association.
Lynn Landis | Director of Healthcare Services
Lynn spent many years working with high risk and vulnerable youth and joined The Ottawa Mission team in 2014 as Manager of Client Services. In June of 2017, she stepped into the role of Director of Health Services and now oversees health services in the shelter and works closely with medical staff at Ottawa Inner City Health.
Aileen Leo | Director of Communications
Aileen has worked within the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years within the domains of advocacy, communications, public policy development and government relations, including over 10 years in senior management positions of progressive responsibility. Past positions have included the Director of Communications for the Canadian Healthcare Association and Executive Director of Government Relations and Public Policy for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Aileen also has a long history as an active volunteer with several local community organizations.
Timothy Meisenheimer | Senior Manager of Chaplaincy Services
Timothy started as Chaplaincy Services Senior Manager for The Ottawa Mission in 2018. His passion comes from his prior engagement as founding executive director at Capital City Mission (CCM) from 1999 – 2018 and his relationships with the most vulnerable in Ottawa, which confirmed his conviction that God is merciful and loves each of us.
Timothy is grateful to support his Mission colleagues to build connection and nurture relationships with residents and community members with care and dignity. These occasions offer the opportunity to support people through faith, hope, love, and encouragement through a heart with ears.
Before founding CCM, Timothy worked as a Pastor in Ontario and Alberta. Out west, he studied the book of Acts with his congregation to learn to be attentive to God’s work in communities. Timothy has always been motivated by Matthew 25:” As you do unto the least of these you do unto Me”; and James 2: “Mercy triumphs over Judgment”. Timothy was also greatly influenced by his mother, who lived her life by these verses.
Timothy also became a Grief Recovery Method specialist to support people who have suffered losses to experience their feelings, and thereby lighten their burden.
Garth Roy | Senior Manager of Finance
Garth grew up in Buckingham, Quebec and attended Heritage College where he received a diploma in Business Administration. He joined the Ottawa Mission in 1991.
Executive Chef Ric Watson | Director of Food Services
Chef Ric Watson has worked at The Ottawa Mission since 2002. He holds a certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management and received his Chef’s Red Seal certification from Camosun College in Victoria, B.C.
Chef Ric is responsible for managing the staff, students and volunteers who serve over 1300 meals every day to our shelter clients and community residents.
Beyond this, Chef Ric developed and implemented The Mission’s unique Food Services Training Program (FSTP) which has been operating since 2004 and helps people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless gain the skills they need to work in a commercial kitchen and the confidence to reintegrate into the community. Chef Ric is also an active community volunteer and has served on several community organizations, including the Algonquin College Student Advisory Board, the Board of Just Food, and the Board of the Ottawa Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) Ottawa branch. He has also received many awards, including: Ottawa Chef of the Year (2014); Maury Carp award for Community Development (2015); and Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship (2016).
Above all, Chef Ric lives every day by his personal motto: “You have to eat well to be well.”