ALICIA DOBSON Coordinator Arctic Inspiration Prize

Passionate about building community through connection, Alicia believes firmly in people and their capacity to come together and do amazing things. Having worked across sectors to support groups in advancing meaningful change, Alicia is always thinking of ways we can move the marker together. When she’s not collaborating on a new project, she will find any excuse to get outdoors for hiking, fishing, and fireside storytelling.

AMY MIFFLIN-SILLS Manager Innovation

Amy brings nearly 20 years’ experience as a federal public servant, including 8 years at the executive level. Amy has led policy analysis and framework development, program design and delivery, stakeholder relations and partnership development across a broad range of issues related to skills and the labour market. She has also served on the Board of Directors for non-for-profit organizations. Amy and her husband have two daughters, making them figure skating, hockey and soccer parents.

ANDREW BITEEN Manager Learning Initiatives

Andrew comes to Rideau Hall Foundation with 10 years experience in university programming and administration. Andrew has worked in Canada and the United States on programs expanding access to post-secondary education. He also worked as a lawyer for about 5 weeks. When away from work, Andrew can often be found running, in the pool, or on his bike.

BARBARA GIBBON Director Innovation

Barbara Gibbon brings 20 years of experience in the public service of Canada to the Rideau Hall Foundation. Barbara’s career spans policy, communications and corporate roles at the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, Transport Canada, Finance Canada and most recently as a Director General at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Barbara is married and has two teenage daughters.

KATE KEENLEYSIDE Development Coordinator

Kate Keenleyside joined the Rideau Hall Foundation after spending most of her career with the Ottawa Humane Society. Kate is passionate about donor relations, and she loves helping people feel good about their decision to give. In her spare time, Kate can be found enjoying the outdoors with her dogs, challenging her husband to a game of Scrabble, or volunteering for local non-profit organizations.

KATIE BLASCO Manager, Operations Arctic Inspiration Prize

Katie Blasco has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of science, communications and administrative management, most recently with ArcticNet and the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. She developed a passion for the Arctic during her time spent in remote field camps and communities across the North. Her quest for adventure continues to be assuaged through travel, writing and parenting.

Kelly-Ann Benoit
Kelly-Ann Benoit Special Assistant

Kelly-Ann Benoit joined the Rideau Hall Foundation in October 2017. She brings over 25 years of federal public service experience in a variety of sectors: the Department of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada, Parliament of Canada, the Summits Management Office, and the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. Kelly-Ann is in her element when entertaining family and friends, and enjoys challenging outdoor activities.

Komlanvi Dodjro
Komlanvi Dodjro Learning Initiatives Coordinator

Komlanvi Dodjro comes from humble beginnings in Togo, West Africa. Prior to joining the Rideau Hall Foundation, Komlanvi worked at Alliance Française as an event planner/producer, IT project leader, and marketing coordinator. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, relationship development and customer satisfaction. Komlanvi is an avid supporter of cultural heritage and believes in the richness of sharing such gifts. Komlanvi is also a Latin dance teacher, salsa dancer and choreographer.

MARIE-FRANCE BELLE-ISLE Administrative Coordinator

Originally from Hawkesbury in Eastern Ontario, Marie-France graduated from the public relations program at La Cité collégiale. She has worked for over four years as a legislative assistant for a member of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

Marie-France has participated in four different election campaigns, and acted as a campaign director in the 2015 federal election.

Maryanne Murphy
Maryanne Murphy Manager Innovation

Maryanne Murphy comes to the Rideau Hall Foundation with over 30 years of experience in the public service of Canada, including eighteen years as an executive. That career included leadership roles in consumer protection policy and in corporate governance, as well as industry sector and legal frameworks policy development work.

MÉLANIE BÉCHARD Communications Officer

Mélanie Béchard is a communications professional with 15 years experience, including working for various non-profit organizations like the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Universities Canada. She also spent four years as a reporter/photographer at a community newspaper in Northwestern Ontario. In the summer she and her husband spend as much time as possible in their large backyard vegetable garden.

RACHEL FANCY Director Administration

Rachel Fancy is an administration professional who has spent the majority of her career working in non-profit Canadian theatre. Originally from the East Coast, Rachel has lived and worked across Canada and Europe. An avid reader and traveler she enjoys exploring new cultures with her husband but also returning to her adopted home of Ottawa.


Scott Haldane is President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation. Prior to taking on this role in January 2016, Scott spent 39 years in a variety of senior leadership positions with the Canadian YMCA, including five years as President and CEO of YMCA Canada. Scott is a founding adult ally of the 4Rs Youth Movement that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people together.

Scott has been married for more than 40 years, and has two adult children and one grandchild. An avid athlete, Scott has completed 20 lifetime marathons and over 250 road races and triathlons.

TERESA MARQUES Director Strategic Partnerships

Teresa Marques is an accomplished fundraising executive with extensive experience leading development teams in the healthcare and post-secondary education sectors. She is interested in how giving patterns in Canada are changing, and is seeking to drive social change through philanthropy while strengthening the non-profit sector in Canada.

ANDREW CHUNILALL* Chief Executive Officer Community Foundations of Canada

LESLEY INGLIS* Director, Corporate Services Community Foundations of Canada
613-236-2664 ext.308

Our Team

*These staff members are employees of Community Foundations of Canada.
They support the financial management of the Rideau Hall Foundation through a formal partnership.