About Us

The Ottawa Safety Council is a not-for-profit organization offering an array of programs and services to the residents of Ottawa. Our programs include Motorcycle Training and School Zone Safety (Crossing Guards, Pedestrian Safety, Walking School Bus, and Bicycle Safety).

About OSC

Our History

Founded as a not-for-profit, non-government organization in 1957, we have enjoyed a well-established reputation as a leader in safety education. We continually check our environment to identify gaps in safety promotion and seek to meet the need, either through individual effort or with the many health and safety-related organizations throughout Ottawa and Eastern Ontario with whom we cooperate.

Our Mission

To deliver best-in-class road safe services, education, training and awareness throughout our communities.

Our Vision

Guiding communities towards safe roads, no matter how travelled.

Our Values

  1. Integrity, honesty and professionalism
  2. Sustainable programs and organizational goals that promotes wellness and safety.
  3. Road safety through prevention and education
  4. Collaboration and empowerment through community engagement



Pillars of our Strategic Plan

number 1

Deliver all program offerings at a high-level of quality that ensures the highest level of customer satisfaction.

number 2

Focus and grow program offerings in the Ottawa region.

number 3

Seek opportunities outside the Ottawa region where the OSC can add value and the associated risks can be well managed.

number 4

Become a trusted advisor on road safe services, education, training and awareness in the communities we serve.

number 5

Strengthen OSC’s financial and economic sustainability.

Media Queries

For interviews, speaking engagements, information and other media-related queries regarding the Ottawa Safety Council’s road safety programs, initiatives, and resources, please contact Jamie Kwong at jamie.kwong@ottawasafetycouncil.ca or 613.238.1513 ext. 223

Meet our Team


Jamie Kwong

Jamie Kwong


613-238-1513 ext. 223

With over 10+ years of experience, Jamie is a respected community builder, and led the following non-profit organizations as the Executive Director: The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, The Vanier Business Improvement Area, and the Orléans Chamber of Commerce prior to joining the Ottawa Safety Council. She has a strong track-record for results, forging innovative collaborations, and is known for her advocacy efforts. She currently serves as the Chair of the Ottawa Arts Council’s Board of Directors. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in criminology from the University of Ottawa and believes in the importance of prevention by creating the conditions that build healthy communities.

Kelly Banks


613-238-1513 ext. 225

Ottawa’s roads connect Kelly to everything important in her life – family, friends, work and play. Whether she is biking, walking or driving, her most precious cargo is her son, Corbin, and her number one priority is his safety.

“Everyone we encounter on our roads share similar priorities, they have children, partners, family and friends that care about them, and we all play a part in making sure they get home safely.”

Sherry Cashman


613-238-1513 ext. 222

Sherry is an avid road user. Whether she is commuting daily into Ottawa or leisurely biking, or walking down nearby rural roads, she appreciates the value of road safety advocacy. And when she is not on the road, you can find her snowmobiling in the winter or travelling to a beach in the summer.

Jillian MacDonald

Brian Robertson

Program Manager, School Zone Safety

613-238-1513 ext. 232

Brian has lived in small rural communities and in large major cities across Ontario. If there is one thing he knows, it is driving where the streets are busy with all sorts of travelers. Brian has over 20 years working with the community and at the forefront of his work is teaching children, youth and families valuable life skills, such as safety. Safety of all travellers is everyone’s responsibility and it involves prevention, promotion and preservation.

Kristi Reynolds


613-238-1513 ext. 229

Kristi is a communications graduate of Algonquin College and she is eager to connect with members of the community to promote road safety for all road users in Ottawa. Kristi takes pride in collaborating with the Ottawa Safety Council team to deliver quality education and awareness to all. Outside of the office, Kristi enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with family.

Deepshikha Saxena


613-238-1513 ext. 237

Deepshikha is a seasoned professional who brings 13 years of experience within and outside Canada. She has worked with multinationals, federal and provincial regulated sectors. Meeting timelines is her super power. She believes all roads lead to home and that increases everyone’s responsibility a wee bit more towards the community. She is an avid reader, plant lover and enjoys meditation.

Ella Trolly


613-238-1513 ext. 235

A safety patrol skater at 15, the bright orange safety vest has been part of Ella’s uniform since the beginning. Since then, she has been personally and professionally hooked on promoting safety, health, and wellness for all. Her professional experience comes from over 10 years working in a range of human service and not-for-profit sectors. 

Ella is a dual citizen of Canada and Ireland and a Band Member of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, as well as a passionate 2SLGBTQIA+ Ally. In her spare time, you can catch her walking in the woods with her family.

Dominique Rutherford


613-238-1513 ext. 231

Growing up in a rural area of Ottawa before moving to an urban centre, Dominique appreciates the different elements of Ottawa’s infrastructure and charm. “Our roads help us stay connected to others and the beauty of our community. It’s important that we remember their value and have consideration for one another’s safety”

Christine Tambeau

Christine Tambeau


613-238-1513 ext. 228

Christine grew up riding motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVs around her family home in Quebec. She tried her brother’s dirt bike when she was 12 years old, and the love for two wheels grew from there. “I enjoy riding my motorcycle around Ottawa but find the most pleasure in taking the long way through the winding country roads.”


Christine Tambeau

Lorie Drover


416-250-7287  ext. 301

With a career spanning over two decades, Lorie has held key roles in various sectors, including food service, hospitality, and grocery. With a degree from McGill University and a diploma in Culinary Arts, Lorie has a collaborative approach to leadership, and has successfully managed and led large, diverse teams, orchestrating seamless operations that prioritize both efficiency and excellence and deliver exceptional customer experiences. Witnessing and addressing different types of injuries and accidents has instilled in her a proactive approach to safety management.

She is so excited to work for the OSC, supporting dedicated crossing guards, where her work focuses on prevention and reflects a broader commitment to community safety.

Jillian MacDonald

Akshay Mahajan


416-250-7287  ext. 304

A graduate from Algonquin College, Akshay has had a diverse career spanning over 8 years within and outside Canada. From Customer Engagement and Workforce Management to Risk Management and Teaching, Akshay has donned many hats over these years. He has a natural problem solving attitude and a love for technology and long walks.

Jillian MacDonald

Leanne D’souza


416-250-7287  ext. 302

Leanne brings a wealth of experience in sales and customer service from the dynamic travel industry. Beyond the professional realm, she often immerses herself in a good book and loves experimenting in the kitchen with music always playing in the background. Her true joy lies in exploring new destinations and cultures, making each journey an opportunity for growth and discovery.

Meet our Board of Directors

William Skorupinski


Automotive Services Division, CAA

William joined the Ottawa Safety Council to share his expertise of road safety that he has gathered not only within Ottawa but throughout North America and Europe. The CAA and the Ottawa Safety Council have very similar interests: safety while enjoying the roads no matter how you travel, be it on foot, bicycle, or motorized vehicle. William uses Ottawa’s road network for travel within the community, running, and as a novice cyclist. “Living on the edge of the urban boundary allows me to appreciate the safety challenges in both an urban and a rural environment.”

Lori Henderson


Vice President - Treasury and Cash Management, RBC

Lori, originally from Atlantic Canada, moved to Ontario in 2005 where she learned how to ride a motorcycle on the winding roads of Northern Ontario soon realizing the need for road safety. Cyclists, whether motorized or not need to be the most defensive when on the roads. Living in Ottawa for the past 12 years and careers as a banker and entrepreneur for the past 19 years Lori brings her finance knowledge to OSC and hopes to help in the growth of the organization and sees the importance of advocating for safer roads. A mom to a daughter and 2 stepsons that are now adults, Lori watched her children walk to and from school, benefiting from the crossing guard program and keeping them safe.

Motorcycle Safety Reminders for Experienced Riders

Jennifer Hyatt


Jennifer has many professional titles including Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and mediator. Over the course of her career as a Forensic Accountant, Jennifer has worked with thousands of people involved in motor vehicle accidents which makes her passionate about making our roads safer for everyone.

Conal Slobodin


Government Relations Professional

Conal works for Walmart Canada, where he is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s federal and Ontario government relations strategies. He brings over a decade of experience in government relations and public policy to the OSC and currently serves as Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee. He is proud of the role OSC continues to play in road safety programs and advocacy in Ontario.

Conal has called Ottawa home since 2010 and lives in Gloucester with his wife and young daughters.

Prasath Sarma

Prasath Sarma



Prasath is a highly flexible executive with experience in strategic planning, engineering, operations and IT.  He enables transformation through cultural change and is committed to organizational and individual success.  He has an engineering degree from Ryerson and has lived in Ottawa for the past 15 years. 

As a father of 2 school-aged boys, safety is a top priority for Prasath.  He loves walking with his dog and going on family bike rides throughout Ottawa.  "I'm glad to be part of organizations like OSC that embed the safety culture so we, as a community, can live, work and enjoy our city safely."

Dwight Stewart

Dwight Stewart



Dwight is an experienced professional with a background in Information Technology and Public safety. He has been acknowledged as being a calm and decisive leader under stressful situations, and he has worked as a trainer and mentor to his colleagues.

He Is frequently outdoors and using Ottawa's roadways from driving, to motorcycling, or with family members cycling.  He has young children that love the outdoors, and he is enthusiastic about helping to ensure that they and all the members of our community can safely enjoy our beautiful city. 

“I could not be happier than to be part of an organization that helps to protect the children that will form our future."

Jonathan Thompson



Jonathan is an experienced lawyer who has spent the majority of his career conducting criminal and regulatory prosecutions on behalf of the Crown. He has extensive courtroom experience related to road safety cases under the Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code, as well as taking part in legal education for police officers and university students. Jonathan is an enthusiastic cyclist (and a reluctant runner), and he’s excited about making Ottawa’s roads safer for everyone.

Prasath Sarma

Nathalie Guthrie


Director, HR at CENGN

Nathalie is the Human Resources Director for the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), who has a strong passion for promoting safety and wellness in the workplace.  As an executive of the CENGN organization, she has extensive experience in leadership, strategy, and governance, which are essential qualities for a board member. She also has a proven track record of creating and implementing effective policies and procedures that promote ethical practices and compliance.  As a wife and mother of 2 children who bus, walk and/or bike to school, Nathalie is personally invested in road safety in her community.

Dwight Stewart

Dave Donaldson


Managing Partner, Bo’ness Management Consulting Inc.

Dave Donaldson is the retired Dean of the School of Business at Algonquin College with over 20 years as a senior college administrator in Vancouver and Ottawa, following a career with several organizations in senior marketing roles. Community activity includes the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Association of Canadian Business Schools, Tourism Development Council of Ottawa Tourism, and a past director with that organization. He is currently the Board chair of Shepherds of Good Hope.

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