About

Staff and Board

Meet the team of dedicated individuals working together towards the Vimy Foundation’s mission.

Where we began

Our Founders

Our founders set the stage for what the Vimy Foundation has become today.

Andrew Powell

Andrew Powell

Mark Cahill

Mark Cahill

Mark Cahill

Mark Cahill

An entrepreneur and a native of Lachine, Québec, Mark Cahill has been a passionate collector of First World War Canadiana for over thirty years. In 2014, he founded the Canadian Centre for the Great War, a heritage organisation dedicated to telling Canada's First World War story through the eyes of those who lived it. Mark served as Chair of the Board until 2020 and now sits on the Heritage Committee as an advisor.

Andrew Powell

Andrew Powell

Every country needs legends, especially young countries like Canada, and Vimy’s story is perfect for inspiring Canadian pride. After living in the United Kingdom for more than 2 decades, and travelling often on the road that passes the magnificent National Vimy Memorial, Andrew Powell had the idea of bringing students from Canada, the United Kingdom and France to this site to learn about Vimy’s history and its significance for Canada. This experience gave him the motivation to create the Vimy Foundation in Canada and to register it as a charitable organization in 2006.


Who are we?

Our Staff

Our staff members all have rich and diverse backgrounds that contribute uniquely to the Foundation’s vision and help carry out its creative initiatives.

Caitlin Bailey
Executive director

Caitlin Bailey

Claire Carny
Operations Lead

Claire Carny

Pamela Plamondon
Projects coordinator

Pamela Plamondon

Alicia Dotiwalla
Education Lead

Alicia Dotiwalla

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oUR bOARD

Board of Directors

The Vimy Foundation is very fortunate to have dedicated men and women who have devoted their time and efforts to furthering the Foundation’s goals. They each bring an impressive slate of experience and skills to oversee the management and the major policy decision-making of the organization.

General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier
Honorary Chair

General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier

Carolyn Patton
Chair

Carolyn Patton

Kent Hovey-Smith
Vice-Chair

Kent Hovey-Smith

Steve Desgagné
Board Member

Steve Desgagné

Dan A. Doran
Board Member

Dan A. Doran

Chris Gray
Board Member

Chris Gray

Geoff Irvine
Board Member

Geoff Irvine

Christopher Shannon
Board Member

Christopher Shannon

Christopher Sweeney
Past Chair

Christopher Sweeney

Richard Williams
Board Member

Richard Williams

Deborah Wolfe
Board Member

Deborah Wolfe

Daniel Frajman
Board Member

Daniel Frajman

LCol Andrew Beckett
Board Member

LCol Andrew Beckett

Our Alumni

Alumni Council

Sung Park
Secretary

Sung Park

VPA

2021

Heena Singla
Co-Chair

Heena Singla

VPA

2021

Bailey Francis

Bailey Francis

VPA

2014

Carson Jones

Carson Jones

BVP

2015

Tim Turriff

Tim Turriff

VPA

2016

Jane Harkness

Jane Harkness

BVP

2016

Sasha Emery

Sasha Emery

VPA

2017

Amy Spearman

Amy Spearman

VPA

2018

Katie Quinn

Katie Quinn

VPA

2018

Nicole Damianidis

Nicole Damianidis

BVP

2020

Sara Gehlaut

Sara Gehlaut

BVP

2020

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

BVP

2020

Yu Xin (Steve) Xia

Yu Xin (Steve) Xia

BVP

2020

Praneet Singh Arora

Praneet Singh Arora

VPA

2021

Madeleina Daigneault

Madeleina Daigneault

VPA

2021

Saara Hisham

Saara Hisham

VPA

2021

Kyah Kang

Kyah Kang

VPA

2021

Manuel Sauvé Chevalier

Manuel Sauvé Chevalier

VPA

2021

Claire Belliveau
Co-chair

Claire Belliveau

BVP

2017

Caroline Tolton

Caroline Tolton

BVP

2018

Julia MacPherson

Julia MacPherson

VPA

2018

Ian-Loïc Doré

Ian-Loïc Doré

BVP

2020

Brendan Lindsay

Brendan Lindsay

BVP

2020

Roshni Dwivedi

Roshni Dwivedi

VPA

2021

Isla Hupé

Isla Hupé

VPA

2021

Who are...

Our Patrons

The very first people who supported Andrew Powell's vision for the Vimy Foundation.

Bruce Bolton

Stuart Iversen

Reford Macdougall

Dean Oliver

Desmond Morton

(1937 – 2019)

Vincent Prager

William Stavert

(1934 – 2017)

Advisory Board

John Clemes

Shaun Francis

Jonathan Leigh

Art Linton