Members for the NCC

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It was reported last week that Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, the mayor of Gatineau, said that they should sit on the board of directors of the National Capital Commission since Ottawa and Gatineau form much of the National Capital Region.

It was reported last week that Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, the mayor of Gatineau, said that they should sit on the board of directors of the National Capital Commission since Ottawa and Gatineau form much of the National Capital Region. The chairman of the board, Russell Mills, replied that Ottawa has only 4% of Canada’s population and the      capital is for all Canadians. The board is supposed to represent all regions of Canada, with "5 members from the Capital Region." So who sits on the board, and what expertise do they bring to the table? Are they representative of all Canadians?
According to the NCC website, in addition to Russell Mills and the CEO, Jean-François Trépanier, there are 13 members who represent the regions of Canada, appointed by John Baird, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Two of the 13 are women. Perhaps the most impressively qualified board member is Jacquelin Holzman, a former mayor of Ottawa with over 25 years of volunteer service in the community. The second woman is Kay Stanley who is retired from teaching and the federal public service where she worked on      gender equality and health promotion.
Four members have worked in sales or marketing. Richard Aubry works for Imperial Oil, but also sat as alderman and mayor for over 20 years in Cornwall, Ontario. Michael Poliwoda works as VP of fundraising for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Jason Sordi works in market development for RBC in Ontario North and East and Denys Rivard is a VP for Fujitsu Canada after working for IBM in marketing for 30 years.
Three more have jobs that suggest    useful skills for the NCC: Robert Tennant does urban planning and design across Canada; Michael Pankiw is a planner, urban design and landscape architect with IBI group in Alberta; and Brent Stefanson is a chartered accountant and a volunteer hockey and soccer coach from Winnipeg.
Two have been high school teachers: Eric MacKenzie was Progressive Conservative MLA in New Brunswick and Richard Jennings spent 30 years teaching and 13 years as a city councillor in Aylmer and then Gatineau.
The final seat is vacant. François Paulhus, an engineer with Génivar, has "temporarily stepped down" while his possible links to collusion in the construction industry in Québec are investigated.
If you are counting, you will note that there are only 12 names, so there must be another vacant seat. With two vacant seats, why not the two volunteers ­– the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau?

Mo Laidlaw
PONTIAC