The Ottawa Mission Foundation Board of Directors
Michael Pallett | President
Michael Pallett 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. Michael is a Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Michael 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.
Members of the Foundation Board
- David Kilgour
A Director of the Ottawa Mission Foundation and weekly volunteer at lunch times at the Mission, David is a member of the session of Westminster Presbyterian church in Westboro.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1979, he was re-elected seven times for the south-east region of Edmonton. While in Parliament, David was Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committees of the Whole House, Secretary of State for Latin America & Africa (1997-2002) and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific (2002-2003).
David is active on human rights issues. In 2009, he co-published (with David Matas) Bloody Harvest-The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs. He and Matas were awarded the Human Rights Prize of the International Society for Human Rights for their work in raising awareness of state-sponsored organ pillaging in China. In 2010, they were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Gord 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 a partner at McKechnie Moore Chartered Accountants and 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 are members of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
- Jack Murta
Since 2003, Jack Murta has coordinated the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast – non-partisan gatherings of Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, business and community leaders. In addition to being a Director of The Ottawa Mission Foundation, Jack also serves on the board of The Ottawa Mission. He is past President of the Mission and has served as its Executive Director and Chaplin.
Jack leads and teaches meditation and contemplation. He presently leads two groups in Ottawa (Saint Patrick’s Basilica and The Ottawa Mission). He is also the National Coordinator for Christian Meditation in Canada. In 2016, Jack was appointed to the role of President of the Korean War Veterans of Canada Foundation.
Jack spent 18 years in Federal Politics, including 4 years in the first cabinet of the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney. He and his wife Lyn have three grown children.
- Jennifer Parr
Jennifer Parr 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.
- Lynn Plunkett
Lynn has almost 30 years of progressive cross-functional management experience in marketing, strategic planning, finance and sales. For the last 16 years, she has been providing marketing consulting services, through Lynn Plunkett and Associates Inc., to a wide range of clients in health and food industries.
Prior to developing her own consulting business, Lynn held senior marketing and sales positions with Mead Johnson (the Nutritional division of Bristol-Myers Squibb) for over 15 years. During that time, she was responsible for strategic planning, marketing and the sales. Lynn holds an M.B.A (University of Ottawa) and a B.Comm. (Carleton University).
Lynn is active in the Ottawa community. She is a Director with The Ottawa Mission, The Ottawa Mission Foundation and with the Columbus Club 485 Charitable Foundation. She has taught Marketing, International Business and Leadership at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
In her moments of leisure time, Lynn likes to travel and enjoys playing golf and hockey.
- 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.