Anthony Bennett | Chair

Tony is an Ottawa native and has spent the majority of his working career in the nation’s capital.  Prior to retirement in January 2019, Tony was the President and CEO of BMO Private Investment Counsel Inc. in Toronto.

In addition to volunteering with The Ottawa Mission, Tony has been a team leader for Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program for 14 years.  Tony is married to Carolyn and has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Members of the Foundation Board

  • Matt Triemstra

Matt is the General Manager of Ottawa public affairs firm Ensight and has over a decade of experience in government relations and advocacy. He helps clients navigate Parliament Hill to advance their interests with the federal government. He was named by Maclean’s as the busiest lobbyist in 2014.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Matt and his wife Shayla have three children. He plays an active role in his community, having served on the boards of his Community Association, Church Board of Elders and local Electoral District Associations. Matt is committed to living out his faith by partnering with The Ottawa Mission to meet the needs of people who are homeless and also work to restore their dignity and hope.

  • Steven Kuhn

Steve is an executive in the Government of Canada, where he has held various positions at the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office focused on international finance and foreign policy issues.  Before moving to Ottawa, Steve worked on infrastructure investment and public-private partnerships transactions for the Government of Ontario.

He is a co-founder and former chairperson of Matthew House Ottawa, a local organization that provides shelter and settlement assistance to homeless refugee claimants and distributes quality used furniture to families in need.  He also lived and worked in Mozambique, Africa, where he designed and implemented a community-based savings and loan initiative run by local workers.

Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is married with two young children.

  • Leonard Teo

Leo is the CEO of Ballistiq Digital, a global software development firm.  He heads up ArtStation, the showcase platform for art and design with millions of users worldwide.  Leo has a passion for using his skills in business and technology to help impact lives.