Habitat GO Board of Directors
Every great organization is led by a hardworking team of people. We are so thankful for each of the dedicated and enthusiastic people that make up our Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Robert Ridley, Board Chair
Robert (Bob) Ridley has enjoyed an employment career spanning 40 years, with the common thread being an ongoing association with the land development and homebuilding industries. His employment responsibilities have included a broad spectrum of municipal, consulting and private sector roles.
Throughout his career, Bob has been an active participant in the land development and homebuilding industries, including various responsibilities for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, the GO Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and the Tarion Warranty Corporation. He is currently serving as the President of the GO Home Builders’ Association.
During 2009, Bob was awarded the Colonel Boss award by the GO Homebuilder’s Association as Man of the Year.
In addition to his work-related experience and qualifications, he has been awarded a Masters Degree in Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.
Richard Lauzon, Vice Chair
Richard Lauzon has held various positions with the Bank of Montreal over the last 32 years including Senior Branch Manager in Ottawa, Community Manager in Lahr, Germany and Senior Commercial Account Manager in Ottawa. For the past 15 years, Richard has held the role of Senior Private Banker with BMO Harris Private Banking where he has the responsibility of managing a portfolio of affluent clients.
He has been an active supporter and dedicated many hours of service to charitable organizations over the years, including the BMO Employee Foundation, the Snowsuit Fund and Starlight Children's Foundation.
Richard is passionate about the cause and currently serves on the executive as board Secretary as well as leading Habitat's Land Acquisition Committee and sitting on the Steel Toes and Stilettos Gala Committee. Richard also recently completed his first Habitat Global Village build in Guatemala.
Lindsay Amundsen, Director
Lindsay is the Director of Workforce Development for Canada’s Building Trades Unions, an umbrella organization that represents over 500,000 working tradeswomen and men across Canada. Her primary focus is on the development and operations of Build Together, a national CBTU program that works to recruit and retain tradespeople from underrepresented portions of the population: Women, Indigenous Peoples, the Next Generation & New Canadians.
Lindsay’s commitment to social justice and equity led her to the University of Manitoba to study Labour after completing her certificate in Human Resource Management. Lindsay was selected to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2015, the Harvard Trade Union Program in January 2016 and completed the Strategic Communications & Change Management program through the University of Ottawa. Lindsay is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP).
Lindsay loves travel & adventure and is most proud of her successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro & most recently Everest Base Camp.
Kevin Barwin, Director
Kevin Barwin has more than 25 years of business experience as a leader and entrepreneur in the high technology sector. He has held senior management positions in sales, business development and operations. He is currently a founding partner with Clariti Group. Winner at the 2015 BOB’s for Best New Business. Before founding Clariti Group, Kevin served as Vice-President of Business Development for Overlay.TV.
Prior to Overlay.TV, Kevin was Vice-President of Global Sales for Lumenera Corporation. Leading up to Lumenera, Kevin served as CEO and co-founder of Zequra Technologies and CEO of Oursoftware Ltd. In 2003 Kevin was the recipient of the "Top Forty Under 40" awarded by the Ottawa Business Journal for his commitment to professional excellence and contributions to the community.
Kevin holds an MBA from McMaster University and a BA in Mathematics from Queen's University. Kevin is an active volunteer in the Ottawa community. He is the current President of HRPA Ottawa (Human Resources Professional Association). Kevin is also a member of the openOttawa Innovation Fund and member at large of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
James Cooper, Director
James Cooper is a Canadian Armed Forces Naval Officer who has served his country for over 40 years. He is currently employed in the human resources field with the Chief of Military Personnel at Carling Campus.
James began volunteering with Habitat in 2000, when he took a crew of Naval Personnel to Windsor Ontario where they helped build 10 houses in five days. In 2002, he was a team leader on the Edward Schreyer Work Project here in Ottawa.
James’ previous board experience was gained with the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough. He held numerous positions during his five years on their board, including Board President from 2011 to 2013.
Emily Crocco, Director
An experienced human rights and administrative law lawyer and adjudicator, Emily belonged to several Habitat GO committees (including the Family Selections and Law Build Committees) and was an Ambassador for Habitat GO before her appointment to the Board of Directors. Emily participated in a
Habitat for Humanity build in Iqaluit in 2017 and plans on putting her steel-toed boots to good use on other build sites in the near future.
Gavin Liddy, Director
Gavin Liddy is a recently retired public servant who held a variety of positions within the Federal Public Service and the Canadian Armed Forces over a 36year period.
After many years of volunteering in support of various children’s sports activities and several years on the Government of Canada's Workplace Charitable Campaign cabinet, he recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity build and became fascinated by its mandate.
As a new Board Director, he looks forward to learning more about Habitat for Humanity and helping the families and community that it supports.
Nancy Meloshe, Director
Nancy Meloshe MCIP, RPP has over 37 years of urban planning and land development experience in the Province of Ontario in both the public and private sectors. She has a long history of land development planning in the Ottawa area and extensive knowledge of the municipal development approvals process. Nancy has expertise in the coordination and management of the complete planning and development approvals process.
She has participated in numerous master planning studies. Nancy has appeared many times at the Ontario Municipal Board as an expert planning witness. She has represented both public and private sector clients on variety of controversial appeals. After many years as a planning consultant in her own firm Nancy joined Stantec in September 2016 as a Principal in Community Development.
Janice Menezes, Director
Janice Menezes is the Chief Financial Officer for Lockheed Martin Canada. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the Corporation’s accounting, treasury, business forecasting, pricing, program control, taxation and information technology functions.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Menezes served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions at Dow AgroSciences in Calgary, Alberta, responsible for financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, internal control, taxation, implementation of business process improvements and financial systems implementations.
Janice is a Chartered Accountant, and graduated with Honours from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics.
Melanie Murphy, Director
Melanie Murphy has 13 years’ experience working in the international humanitarian aid sector. As the Safety and Security Lead for CARE Canada, she supports the safety and security needs of CARE staff working around the world providing humanitarian aid in highly insecure locations. Prior to moving to Ottawa in 2012, she spent 7 years working abroad for humanitarian and development organizations in Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Mexico. In these locations she held roles in camp management; program management; program support; grant writing; and senior leadership.
She is a current volunteer with the Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue Team and has been involved in Syrian refugee sponsorship. She has also spent time volunteering in the Dominican Republic, India and Peru.
Melanie holds an MA in Conflict Studies and a Post-graduate Diploma in International Project Management.
Ian Nicol, Director
Ian Nicol was born and raised in Ottawa. Ian recently retired from a long and successful career at local home building company, Tartan Homes. With a desire to give back, merging Ian’s work skills with Habitat for Humanity is a great fit.
Ian looks forward to serving the organization in helping families realize their dream of affordable homeownership.
Elizabeth Rae, Director
Elizabeth Rae is an independent consultant who drives business performance through strategic people practices. For more than 20 years, Elizabeth has built a reputation for creating innovative and practical solutions that give high value and sustainable returns.
Elizabeth has worked in diverse industries, including high-tech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, creative design, and professional services, among others. With her studies and practice in both interior design and business administration, her passion is helping committed teams and worthy causes reach their goals.
Scott Robertson, Director
Scott Robertson is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and an associate in the law firm of Nahwegahbow, Corbiere practicing exclusively in the area of Indigenous Law. Scott was the first lawyer in Ontario to be certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Indigenous Leal Issues: Litigation and Advocacy.
Working directly with First Nation communities, businesses and organizations Scott has developed considerable insight into the growing economic needs of First Nations. Scott is regularly called upon to assist First Nations in negotiations with private and public interest groups to develop innovative economic growth strategies which incorporate First Nation traditions and knowledge.
In addition to his solicitor experience Scott is also a skillful advocate who has represented First Nation clients at all level of Courts and Tribunals. Most recently, he represented the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation before the Supreme Court of Canada on an appeal of an application before the National Energy Board. Scott has dedicated his practice to improving the quality of life, wealth and prosperity for First Nation communities while preserving the unique identity of Canada’s original inhabitants.
Scott is currently the President of the Indigenous Bar Association and a member of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.
Anne Van Delst, Director
Anne Van Delst in a partner at Westboro accounting firm Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz (GGFL) with over 20 years of experience in public accounting. She has extensive experience in the planning, supervision, and execution of assurance engagements and other client services including income tax consulting for a broad spectrum of industries including construction, professional services, consultants, retail and numerous owner-managed businesses.
Over the years, Anne has held various positions with a number of charitable organizations in Ottawa. She has served as a member of the Ottawa Treatment Centre's Board of Directors and as treasurer and chair of their finance committee. Anne is past-president of the Women's Business Network of Ottawa, and was a board member and treasurer of SOS Children's Villages of Canada.