Board of Directors

Kelly J. Lendsay

Kelly J. Lendsay joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in 2013, where he currently serves as Board Chair. A proud Indigenous leader of Canadian 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

Rina Arseneault, CM
Vice Chair

Rina Arseneault joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in June 2016, where she currently serves as Vice Chair. Rina 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

Victor M. Duret, CPA, CA, IFA
Past Chair

Victor M. Duret joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in 2012 as Treasurer, and also served as Board Chair from 2015 to 2018. more

Ray Ali
Interim Board Member

Ray Ali currently co-chairs the Alumni Committee and in this capacity was nominated to be a member of the Vanier Board for a one year term in 2019. First serving on the Vanier Institute’s Board of directors from 1997 to 2003, Ray chaired the Program Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He was also asked to sit on the Nomination Committee in 2008. more

David Northcott, CM, OM
Interim Board Member

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

Glenn O’Farrell

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

Mark Schaan
Finance Committee

Mark Schaan joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in October 2017. Mark is Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Throughout his career, Mark has served as an advisor to a variety of public institutions such as Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Industry Canada. more

Hélène Chalifour Scherrer

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

Norma Tombari

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