Board of Directors 2017-02-01T15:56:44+00:00

Board of Directors

Victor M. Duret, CPA, CA, IFA
VictorDuretBoard Chair, Finance and Investment Committee

In June 2015, Victor Duret was elected Chairman of the Board and President of the Institute. He joined the Board in 2012, serving as Treasurer until his election as Chairman of the Board. more



David Northcott
DavidNorthcottPast Chair, Vice-Chair, Nominations Committee (Chair)

David Northcott has been the Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank since 1984, with a short break from 2004 to 2007 to run for federal office and take part in a food study tour of Africa. David is actively involved in the community and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Food Banks and the Manitoba Association of Food Banks. more


Rina Arseneault, C.M.
RinaArseneaultBoard Member

Rina Arseneault is widely recognized as a social worker, researcher, organizer, author and educator. Rina has been the Associate Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC) since November 1993. She has extensive regional and national experience working with community organizations, individual researchers, government agencies, the media and survivors of violence. more


Bruce Hardy
BruceHardyBoard Member

Dr. Bruce Hardy joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in June 2016. Bruce is currently an associate faculty member at City University, where he teaches in the graduate program in counselling. He is a former Executive Director of Options Services to Communities Society, West Coast Family Resources Society and Chimo Crisis Center. more


Kelly J. Lendsay
KellyLendsayBoard Member

Kelly J. Lendsay joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in 2013, where he is currently serving his first term. A proud Indigenous leader of Canadian of Cree, Métis, and European ancestry, Kelly is a social entrepreneur who is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost innovators of Indigenous workplace inclusion, diversity and partnership building. more


Glenn O’Farrell
GlennOFarrellBoard Member

Glenn O’Farrell joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in August 2015. A native of Saint-Malachie, Québec, Glenn is actively involved in the Canadian media industry. more



Hélène Chalifour Scherrer
HélèneScherrerBoard Member

Hélène Chalifour Scherrer joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in June 2016. Hélène was born and grew up in Québec City, where she has remained virtually all her entire adult life. She is a former Member of Parliament who represented the riding of Louis-Hébert, Quebec (2000–2004). She also served as Minister of Canadian Heritage, appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2003. more


Benjamin Scott
BenjaminScottBoard Member

Benjamin Scott joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in 2014. He is currently Director, Business and Community Solutions with Quality Program Services in Vancouver, BC.  more



Norma Tombari
NormaTombariBoard Member

Norma Tombari is Senior Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion at RBC and has global responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion strategies and programs that impact talent, marketplace and community. Norma is recognized as a subject matter expert and is often sought out for best practices sharing on diversity, employee engagement and work–life related topics. more


Rajesh Uttamchandani
RajeshUttamchandaniBoard Member

Rajesh Uttamchandani joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in 2012 as a member of the Human Resources Committee. Rajesh is currently Chief People Officer and Managing Director at Zafin. more