Vanier Institute Team
Nora Spinks (ext. 214)
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer at the Vanier Institute, Nora works with individuals and organizations that study, serve and support families to mobilize knowledge and enhance the national understanding of families in Canada. A well-known keynote speaker and author, Nora is a sought-after guest on television and radio, where she regularly provides the “family lens” to issues of importance to Canadians. more
Nathan Battams (ext. 218)
As the Vanier Institute’s Communications Manager, Nathan has been working with a growing network of contributors, research partners and collaborators across Canada since 2012 to produce a variety of diverse digital and print resources about families and family life in Canada. more
Lucie Legault (ext. 211)
Administration and Office Management
Lucie is the Vanier Institute’s longest-serving employee, having joined the staff team in 1982. Lucie is likely your first contact with the Institute whether you call or visit the office in Ottawa, whether you speak English or French, whether you are making a contribution or a purchase, and whether you are contacting us from Canada or elsewhere around the world. more
Lauren Lysack (ext. 219)
Projects and Special Events
Lauren joined the Vanier Institute of the Family in July 2017 as a summer intern. She is currently responsible for managing a number of projects and special events with the program team. Lauren is a 2016 graduate of Carleton University, where she earned a BA in political science and women and gender studies. Since 2010, she has worked in a number of early childhood centres in Saskatchewan and Ottawa, working with families from diverse backgrounds as she developed her keen interest in families and family life.
Sara MacNaull (ext. 219)
Sara joined the Vanier Institute in December 2007. As the Program Director, she manages a variety of research and knowledge mobilization projects, networks and partnerships. She facilitates the engagement of Vanier Alumni Network members, providing a platform for retired Vanier Institute Board members and executives emeriti to continue to make a contribution to the Vanier Institute’s success. more
Colonel (retd) Russell Mann
Senior Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613-406-8501)
Russ joined the Vanier Institute in 2016, where he currently contributes as a Senior Advisor. With Russ’s 35-plus years of service in Canada’s Armed Forces, he and his family have lived most aspects of the military lifestyle, including transition as a Veteran into life in a small community on the outskirts of Ottawa. more
Denyse has been working with the Vanier Institute since August 2012. As part of the publications team, she is responsible for the design and production of print and electronic materials, such as reports, infographics and newsletters. She undertook an overhaul of the Vanier Institute brand, which has been implemented over the past few years. Denyse holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and the designation of Registered Graphic Designer, and has worked in the graphic design profession since 1984.
Gabriela joined the Vanier Institute in January 2017. As a member of the social media team, she works toward fostering greater public understanding of the diversity of family experiences in Canada. She shares insights and research highlighting the social, cultural and economic landscapes within the country and their significance for military and Veteran families, Indigenous families, LGBTQ+ families and more. A student at Concordia University in Montreal, Gaby is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Cultural Studies with a minor in Diversity and the Contemporary World.
Veronica Schami (ext. 302)
Editing, Translation and Publication Production
Veronica has been working with Vanier Institute since February 2012. As a member of the publications team, she manages the editing, translation and proofreading of all print and online publications, such as Transition, newsletters, media releases and more. She also co-designed and manages the Vanier Institute’s website alongside the program team. Veronica holds a BA in Humanistic Studies from McGill University, and has worked in publishing and communications since 1987.
Governance and CEO Support
Lynne was born and raised in Canada. Educated in Business Administration through the Open University in the Netherlands, followed by post-graduate diplomas in Human Resources and International Development, Lynne brings a depth and breadth of experience in a variety of sectors. Among other initiatives, working with Air Canada, within the political arena and in her own business have afforded Lynne the opportunity of growing and developing her level of expertise in a variety of capacities. Her constant relocations and international moves have enabled her to grow and strengthen relationships from coast-to-coast-to-coast in Canada and abroad.
In addition to these core team members, the Vanier Institute is proud to work with diverse partners, contributors, interns, students and others from our extensive network of people who study, serve and support families in Canada.