Ottawa Convention Centre

Canada's Meeting Place

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of Ottawa Convention Centre  provide oversight and direction.

Marc Seaman

Chair, National Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, Microsoft

Since joining Microsoft Canada in 2004, Marc Seaman has held the position of National Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, including responsibility for leading and managing Corporate Communications and Citizenship across Canada. Prior to joining Microsoft, Marc worked in the consulting industry for six years as a Managing Partner of APCO Worldwide’s Canadian office, and as Vice-President and National Practice Group Leader for GPC-Fleishman Hillard. Marc also worked in marketing management roles for both the Ottawa Senators and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1990s.

Marc was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Convention Centre in December 2013 and is a member of the Board of Governors for The Ottawa Hospital. He served on the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa from 2001 to 2006, including serving on its Executive Committee and as Chair of its Communications and External Relations Committee. He was a member of the United Way Ottawa Cabinet from 2005 to 2007, and was the inaugural Chair of its Next Generation Division. Marc was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada from 2006-2009 and a member of the Board of Directors for Westboro Academy from 2005-2009.

Marc was recognized as Manager of the Year for Microsoft Canada in 2007 and was awarded the J. Elder Award as Microsoft’s Leader of the Year in 2009. His professional achievements have earned him the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Award of Excellence for Marketing as well as the Capitale Excel Award for Communications. He was a recipient of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2007. Fluently bilingual, Marc holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa


Bernie Ashe

Bernie Ashe

Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group


In January 2013, Bernie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group overseeing all facets of OSEG’s operations, including sports franchises, entertainment business and Lansdowne Park operations.  Prior to joining OSEG, Bernie served as CEO of Kott Group, a private company in the supply and installation of lumber and related products to the Homebuilding Industry.  KOTT Group consists of eight businesses operating in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal with export businesses selling to the U.S. and internationally. Bernie has also served as President & CEO of AiT, now 3M-AiT Ltd, a TSX-listed company providing solutions for traveler identity and border control.  He was also the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for the Ottawa Senators from 1991 – 1997.  A trustee of CHEO for 15 years, Bernie also served as a Board member for the Canadian Advanced Technology Association and Decision Academics Inc.  Bernie is currently a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Table on Homelessness and resides in Ottawa with his wife Nancy and their three children.


Dick Brown

President, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association (OGHA)

Dick began his career with Carleton University in 1966 and remained fiercely loyal to the school until his retirement in 1999.  During his time at Carleton, Dick served as Assistant Dean of Students, coach of the Ravens basketball team, Director of Student Housing and Food Services, as well as Director of Human Resources for 18 years.  Following his retirement, Dick joined the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association (OGHA) as their first Executive Director and continues to serve as President.  In this role Dick helped establish the very successful Destination Marketing Fee program which generates some $7M in support of Ottawa’s tourism industry.  Over the years Dick has been a key player in many business and community service activities, including the Ottawa Business Journal Editorial Board, the City of Ottawa Business Advisory Committee, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association Board of Directors and the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors.

Mona Fortier

Chief Director of Communications and Market Development at La Cité Collegiale

Mona Fortier has worked in the public, private, and community sectors for more than twenty years. Currently Chief Director of Communications and Market Development at La Cité College, where she has been working since 2008, she was previously Executive Vice-President of Equinox Public Affairs. With several years of experience as a general director and project manager under her belt, she possesses outstanding expertise in management, communications and public relations, in government relations, and in business development.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Ms. Fortier holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences (with a major in Sociology). She has made a name for herself with her organizational, strategic, and managerial leadership, as well as her results-oriented management style.

Adding to her expertise and talents, Ms. Fortier has, over the years, built up an impressive network of contacts that she is continually adding to through her personal and professional activities. She is actively and voluntarily contributing to several organizations at a regional, provincial, and federal level.  Deeply involved in her community, she is currently a board member of the Montfort Hospital (as Secretary) and chair of Santé Montfort. Ms. Fortier has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Young Achiever’s Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.

David Goldstein

President & CEO - Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)

Mr. Goldstein is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).

A veteran in government and regulatory affairs in Ottawa, Mr. Goldstein has provided guidance and direction on the advocacy and public affairs functions of some of Canada’s most respected companies and organizations.

Prior to his arrival at TIAC, Mr. Goldstein served as the Senior Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, with CTVglobemedia Inc.  In this capacity, he worked with the senior management team to establish the strategic direction of Canada’s largest media company, and oversaw its regulatory and public policy files.  He also served in a similar role as the Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs with CHUM Limited prior to its acquisition by CTVglobemedia.

Mr. Goldstein’s experience in association management includes his tenure at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), where he attained the title of Vice President, Government Affairs.  He also subsequently served as Vice-Chair of the CAB’s Board of Directors, and has sat on the boards of several other organizations.

Richard Patten

Richard Patten is the former MPP for Ottawa Centre, having served from 1987 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2007.  He was Ontario’s Minister of Government Services from 1987 to 1989 and Ontario’s Minister of Correctional Services from 1989 to 1990.  During his 5 years out of government, he was the President of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Eastern Ontario.  Under his guidance, the children’s hospital first Research facility was built, which attracted doctors from around the world. 

Before entering public life, Mr. Patten had an extensive career in Canada and abroad, working with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). He also served as President to the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

Upon leaving politics, Richard began working as a consultant with Plasco Energy Group in Ottawa and a couple of other young companies, mainly in the environmental and innovative area.  At present, Richard acts as a special advisor to a literacy organization called Arrowmight.

Though Richard contributed immensely to his community through his public service, it is his volunteer efforts that have had the greatest impact. Upon leaving government, Richard established the Richard Patten Aboriginal Student Bursary to help alleviate some of the financial barriers preventing Aboriginal students from getting a post-secondary education. He also worked with the Canadian Council for the Blind to help develop employment training programs to ensure that their clients had the skills they needed to succeed in a competitive work place.

In addition to those roles, Richard presently fundraises for the Wabano Aboriginal Community Health Centre, serves on the Algonquin College Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Student Access, is a Founding Board Member of the Lord Stanley Commemoration Group and is a Board Member of the Institute for Mental Health Research and the Ottawa Botanical Garden Society.  Finally, Richard is on the Board of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

Richard and his wife Penny have two wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Annie Hillis

Annie Hillis is passionate about building and supporting vibrant and creative urban communities. For 25 years she has worked to make cities better through innovative place-making, bold ideas and collaborative leadership.

From 2008 to 2013, Annie was the founding Executive Director of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area, where she steered the growth of one of Ottawa’s largest commercial areas. During her tenure, WWBIA was awarded the Ontario BIAs Association marketing award, a City of Ottawa urban design award, and Causeway’s volunteer of the year award.
 
Previously, Annie played a key role in developing and launching several acclaimed creative space projects, notably the Centre for Social Innovation (Toronto), Artscape Wychwood Barns (Toronto), Centre Culturel Lézarts Loco (Val-David, Quebec) and the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (Ottawa).
 
Born in Toronto and raised in Costa Rica, Annie received a degree from Trent University before heading west to work at The Banff Centre, where she spent 5 years. She later worked in Vancouver for several arts organizations, including the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program, Presentation House Gallery and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council.
 
Annie has lived in Ottawa with her husband John and their two children since 2006. As the Chair of the Somerset West Community Health Centre, she has helped to build the organization’s second facility in Hintonburg, which will open in 2014. She currently works on the public art commissions for Ottawa's Light Rail Transit project.

Maria Ricci


For nearly 30 years, Maria Ricci has worked as a professional consultant in the areas of marketing, fund raising and event planning.  Her client base has spanned across Ontario and has included a diverse number of charitable and cultural organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Canadian Mental Health, and Community Living, associations along with Philharmonic Choirs and Art Galleries.

A graduate of the School of Business at Queen’s University, she has employed her business acumen with practical experience to create some of the largest projects and events within the cities she has served.  In 2013, Maria received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her outstanding volunteer contributions to numerous charities throughout Ontario.   

Maria has served as Co-Chair of Fundraising for Villa Marconi Long-Term Care Centre and was Founder of its “Raising the Roof Corporate Gala”, one of the largest and most prestigious fund raising events in Ottawa.  In 2008, she was the originator and organizer of a successful World Record that took part during an annual event that she founded and Chaired called “ItalFest”. She has also served on the Board of Directors as Board Secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Orleans and as Board Secretary, Chair of Advertising, and Chair of Fundraising for the Gloucester Fair.  To date, she remains actively involved in community endeavours that improve the quality of life for the residents of Ottawa and Ontarians.


David W. Scott, O.C., Q.C.

Co-Chair, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Mr. Scott was called to the Ontario Bar in 1962 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1976. In 2011, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College, University of Montreal, and studied law at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Scott was a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1991 to 1999. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1984 and served as the first Canadian President of the College in 2003-2004. In 1988, he occupied the Milvain Chair in Advocacy at the University of Calgary Law School and in 2009, the Silas Hylak Chair in Advocacy at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. In 1999, Mr. Scott was awarded the Advocates' Society Medal and received honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2001. In 2005, Mr. Scott was awarded the OBA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. He currently sits on the Boards of Operation Come Home and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and has served on the Boards of the United Way, the John Howard Society, the Ottawa General Hospital and the Canadian Stroke Network. He was the Chair of Pro Bono Law Ontario from 2008-2010. In 2010, Mr. Scott received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Pro Bono from Lexpert and in 2012, he was awarded the Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Leadership. Mr. Scott is a member of Pro Bono Canada and in 2014 was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Convention Centre. He is also a member of the Honorary Council of the Canadian Centre for International Justice.



Jim Watson

Mayor, Ottawa

Jim Watson was elected Mayor of the City of Ottawa on October 25, 2010.

Mayor Watson has dedicated most of his career to public service in Canada's Capital. First elected as a Councillor in 1991, he was re-elected in 1994. Three years later he was elected as the youngest Mayor in Ottawa's history with 82% of the popular vote.

Following the amalgamation of Ottawa and surrounding communities, Mayor Watson was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission, a federal crown corporation.
In 2003, he was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and immediately appointed to cabinet as Minister of Consumer and Business services.

In 2005, he was appointed as Ontario's first Minister of Health Promotion and he successfully implemented the Smoke Free Ontario Act.

Re-elected as MPP in 2007, he was promoted to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
In that portfolio, Watson signed the largest Federal-Provincial Housing agreement in Ontario's History. In addition he co-authored an historic agreement between the province and Ontario's 444 municipalities that saw over $1.5 Billion in social service costs removed from local property taxes.

An active member of his community, Watson has also served on the boards or as honourary chair of several community organizations, including the Riverside Hospital, the National Arts Centre, the Christmas Exchange of Ottawa and the Forum for Young Canadians. He served as chair of United Way's 2002 campaign, which raised a record $21 million.
An avid volunteer with several groups, he has helped serve meals at the Shepherds of Good Hope, a local soup kitchen. His commitment to those less fortunate was evident when, in August of 2000, he contributed his entire municipal severance payment of $31,000 to Ottawa's Union Mission for Men.

His years of active involvement and community service have made him the recipient of several awards and accolades, including Maclean's magazine's "100 Young Canadians To Watch," Carleton University Honours Award, the City of Ottawa's highest civic honour, the Key to the City; the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; the Visionary Award by the Ontario Pharmacists' Association, and the National Leadership Award by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control for his role in implementing the Smoke Free Ontario Act.

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