About the Board of Directors

Members of the Ottawa Safety Council’s Board of Directors are motorcycle enthusiasts, parents, avid cyclists, and professionals who come to us with diverse skills and backgrounds. They value the shared integrity of road use and bring with them expertise in marketing, strategy, finance, and law. If you’re passionate about road safety and safe communities, and want to help the Ottawa Safety Council support their strategic goals, keep reading to find out how you can join our board.

Join us

Interested in Joining our Board?

We are a vibrant, $3.5 million charitable, not-for-profit organization established in 1957. Board members contribute to our mission as we continue to chart new directions as a road safety (no matter how traveled) organization.

The current OCS programs include our flagship Adult Crossing Guard program (encompassing 241 intersections throughout Ottawa); our history-rich and first-class motorcycle training program; providing leaders for the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) walking school bus program; our children’s CycleSafe program; and more. Every day, our dedicated staff and volunteers encourage folks to make smart choices about their individual safety and the safety of their families.

Your time commitment would be anywhere between 5-10 hours per month, depending on current levels of activity. The Board meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., with no meetings scheduled in July, August, October, and March. We also have two retreats yearly – one on a Saturday in January and the other over the second weekend in June so the new board can get to know each other and get up to speed on the OSC’s activities and plans. This June orientation retreat is mandatory.  All available positions are elected at each Annual General Meeting for a minimum term of three years.  The Board elects its officers.

For more information on the Board of Directors, please download the Board information package PDF.

Board Application Process

 

Step 1

Complete an application either online at Online Board Application Link or by downloading the application form Board Application Fillable PDF.

Step 2

Send your resume, letter of interest, completed Membership Application Fillable PDF and Board of Directors application (if not submitted online) to our CEO at shari.black@ottawasafetycouncil.ca.

Meet our Board of Directors

William Skorupinski

CHAIR

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.”

Ziyad Rahme

PAST-CHAIR

Vice-President Investments, Sustainable Development Technology Canada


Ziyad has extensive experience developing and operationalizing strategy, program and project management, and building trusting relationships across organizations. Throughout his career, workplace health and safety has been a top priority for Ziyad. He has participated in world-class safety programs and learned from industry-leading practitioners. Outside the workplace, the emphasis has been no different. “As a father of two school-age children, I am highly sensitive to the health and safety of not only my family but all members of the community.”

Adrian Benjamin

Sr. Vice Chair

PR, Communications Professional


Before coming to Canada, Adrian held the position of Communications and Outreach Manager for the National Occupational Safety & Health Agency of Trinidad and Tobago. He is an internationally educated professional with over 15 years of experience in public relations/communications, marketing, project management and finance. Apart from being a very safe motor vehicle driver, Adrian is also a graduate of the OSC MTP and holds a valid M1 license. He is also an avid cyclist. He enjoys working with the OSC because he believes in the programs and the positive impact on our community. Adrian has a passion for safety and health issues and is a firm believer that safety is everyone’s business. We should all “prepare and prevent instead of repair and repent.”

Cathy Anderson

SR. VICE CHAIR

Client Executive, NTT Data – managing growth and delivery for Ottawa customers


Logging over 5000 km per year cycling, Cathy’s preferred method of transpiration is her road bike. In the summer, she also rides a gravel bike on gravel roads in rural Ottawa and a fat bike in the winter. She is a runner and participates in most local running events. Cathy has extensive education and 25 years of experience helping organizations modernize technologies, transform service delivery, and in strategic growth for both private and not-for-profit organizations. “As one of the injured parties in the "Kanata 5" cycling accident in 2009, my interest in safe transportation is very personal.”

Motorcycle Safety Reminders for Experienced Riders

Jennifer Hyatt

TREASURER


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

SECRETARY

Government Relations Professional


Conal uses Ottawa's roads as both a pedestrian (who loves and prefers walking) and a motorist. His background is in government advocacy, partnerships, and strategy, which helps OSC build its relationships with the city and its stakeholders.Without safe roads, we struggle to enjoy what our community has to offer sustainably."

Greg Kostiuk

VICE CHAIR

Systems Engineer, Canadian Defence Sector


What started as a passion for contributing to motorcyclists' road safety and giving back from his own experience taking the MTP course in 1986 has now broadened to embrace many aspects of road safety in Ottawa through his continued involvement as a Director. Besides encouraging road safety and awareness to new riders as a Director and OSC Volunteer MTP motorcycle instructor for over five years, Greg also enjoys riding his vintage 1985 BMW motorcycle and relaxing walks with his dog.

Erin Peruska

DIRECTOR

Environment Health and Safety Manager in Technology Sector


With her safety and risk management experience, Erin understands the extreme importance of road safety programs and resources. As an avid road user, she is often driving her kids to sports and activities or walking around her neighbourhood with her dog. “I love that I can see our work in action through the crossing guard program.”

Katie Brack

Director

Lawyer


With experience in general governance, human resources, policy development and strategic planning, Katie enjoys using these skills to help improve the day-to-day lives of Ottawa’s citizens as they navigate the city infrastructure. She also loves connecting with others who are passionate about road safety. As a lawyer, she has worked on behalf of Indigenous governments, private businesses and not-for-profit clients. “My preferred mode of transportation is walking year-round and biking in the spring-fall. I love the freedom that comes with biking, especially along the canal or Rideau river trails.”

Alfred Coates

Alfred Coates

DIRECTOR

Strategist, Marketer, Designer and an expert Project Manager


Alfred loves all motorized vehicles, cars, trucks, boats, scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles - if it has a motor, Alfred wants to ride or drive it. However, Alfred also understands that a part of enjoying the ride is an awareness of just how dangerous our roads can be for people not in cars. When he gets behind the wheel and heads to work or out to the cottage, he makes a conscious choice to drive defensively, to give other motorists plenty of space and to keep an eye out for those riding bikes, walking or jogging. “The freedom to travel where and when we want comes with a responsibility to share the road and adhere to the rules, for everyone’s safety.” 

Mark Donnison

DIRECTOR

Senior Executive – Not for profit


Mark is a strategic leader with extensive experience navigating ambitious change agendas. He’s recognized as a builder of high-performing, diverse teams capable of adjusting to today’s work environment. He brings a broad perspective from both the private and not-for-profit sectors. 

As a dad to an adolescent son, he’s an advocate for the effective blending of various modes of transport and safety measures. As a holder of a valid M license for close to 25 years, he has a profound interest in ensuring that anyone hopping onto two wheels is highly skilled and can enjoy the sights and the sounds as the wind blows through one’s hair. Under a helmet, of course.

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