Anthony Bennett | President

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

  • The Honourable David Kilgour, J.D.

David is the former Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa (1997-2002) and Asia-Pacific (2002-2003) in the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chretien. He represented south-east Edmonton in the House of Commons from 1979 to 2006 during eight Parliaments.

He stepped down as a Member of Parliament to become an advocate for human dignity and good governance internationally. He and David Matas were nominated in 2010 for the Nobel Peace Prize for their book, Bloody Harvest, and their campaign to end party-state-run organ abuse across China.

A Director of the Ottawa Mission Foundation and weekly volunteer at lunch times at The Ottawa Mission, David is a member of the session of Westminster Presbyterian church in Westboro.  He and his wife Laura have four children.

  • Gordon Kirk

Gord is a lawyer with the Department of Justice.  Prior to joining DOJ, Gord practised at the local firm Bell Baker LLP.  He has a BA in Economics from Western and a law degree from Queen’s.

Gord is an Ottawa native and has always been an active volunteer in the community.  His hobbies include playing hockey and soccer, and helping to make maple syrup at the family sugar bush.  Gord enjoys walking the dog with his wife Colleen and enjoying any time his two grown children may still have for him.

  • 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.

  • Paul McKechnie

Paul is the principal at McKechnie & Co. Chartered Professional Accountants.  He is an active volunteer in the Ottawa community where he holds a number of board positions.

Paul attended Carleton University where he received his Bachelor of Commerce, CA. He and his family live in Ottawa and attend St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.

  • Kim MacDowall

Kim is a Real Estate agent in Ottawa and enjoys exploring the many different neighbourhoods of this city. Prior to this Kim worked for Accenture – a global management and technology consulting company for 25 years working up to Senior Executive positions where she developed her skills in business acumen, large scale program management, client relationships and leadership, and earned way too many flying air miles.

Kim has held various volunteer leadership positions in the past, including leading Accenture’s Canadian Corporate Citizenship program, and as a member and leader of the Missions Committee at her church.

Now that Kim is back in Ottawa on a more permanent basis, she is happy to get more involved in the community again, and being on The Ottawa Mission Foundation Board is an honour.

Kim has a Bachelors degree from Carleton University, and enjoys a lot of different sports, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Michael Pallett

Mike is a lifelong resident of Ottawa and a volunteer with the Ottawa Mission Foundation since 2012.

He is married with two children and lives in the city’s west-end.  Mike is a Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Mike is a CFA charter holder and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He has served as president of the Ottawa Society of Financial Analysts and the Canadian Council of Financial Analysts.

  • Jennifer Parr

Jennifer is an executive leadership coach with over 25 years of leadership and management experience.  In 2000, Jennifer made the decision to trade her role as the Vice President of Human Resources for a major Canadian corporation for a career that provided her with greater margin to pursue activities of eternal significance.

Jennifer co-founded Leadership That Matters ™ and has provided executive coaching and strategic facilitation to hundreds of leaders in the private and not-for-profit sectors, and the church.  Jennifer is also a certified Master Coach and facilitator with the Halftime Institute ™ supporting executive leaders in mid-life who yearn for a life of greater significance.

She holds an M.B.A. (University of Western Ontario) and a B.S.W. and B.A. in Political Science (McMaster University).

Jennifer currently serves on the Boards of both The Ottawa Mission and The Ottawa Mission Foundation.  She is also passionate about developing young leaders in Lesotho, having been a Director of the Board of Help Lesotho for 10 years and making five trips to southern Africa.

Jennifer shares her life with her husband Paul and her son Scott.  She is an active member of St. Alban’s Anglican Church.

  • Tim Priddle

Tim is very active in the Ottawa community.  For several years, he has been a Director of The Ottawa Mission, Holland Properties Association as well as The Ottawa Mission Foundation.

He is co-owner of The WoodSource Inc.

  • 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.