Board of Directors

Board of Directors

IIBA Ottawa-Outaouais Executive Team

Directors are elected by the members of the corporation at the Annual General Meeting. The board may supplement the Executive with non-board volunteer roles, as needed.

Each Officer performs a combination of governance, administrative, and operational roles. The Board meets on a regular basis to oversee the administrative affairs of the Chapter and develop strategic plans for its growth, plan events, discuss guest speakers, review the certification process, and coordinate conference participation.


To ensure continuity, Directors are elected on a rotational cycle for two year terms, alternating between odd and even years according to position. The role of President, by contrast, is a four-year commitment, beginning by election as President-Elect for one year before transitioning into the Presidency for a two-year term and, finally, assuming the role of Past-President for the fourth and final year.


The Executive Team occasionally includes non-board volunteer positions. In 2011, the position of Membership Coordinator was created to support the Member Services portfolio. In 2010, an Events Coordinator position had been created which later led to a restructuring of Board member responsibiites and the creation of the VP Professional Development role.

Here is a description of all board positions.

The IIBA Ottawa-Outaouais Chapter Executive currently includes:



Christina Abbott

Past President

Emily Tom


Alexei Samarets


J-P Thompson

Vice-President Communications

Magdalena Jaros

Vice-President Certification

Nancy Beatson

Director at Large

Vishwanath Sollapura

Vice-President Marketing

Vice-President Member Services

Alec Lumsden

Vice-President Professional Development

Ayman Nasralla







Membership Coordinator

Marie Halsey

Deputy, Marketing and Outreach

Waseem AlSaoub

Visit Past Board Members page.