CORCAN Advisory Board

CORCAN's Advisory Board is appointed by the Minister of Public Safety as legislated through the Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations (CCRR) section 108. The board is comprised of prominent citizens from a variety of sectors; this can include representatives from all levels of government, business, labour, and non-profit organizations.

The Advisory Board, chaired by the Commissioner, supports CORCAN by advising senior management on the best way to position CORCAN given the current economic climate while also promoting the value of CORCAN to Canadian citizens.

CORCAN Advisory Board Members' Profiles

Joe Bova

Joe Bova founded the Man-Shield Group of Companies 33 years ago with partner Terry Ferraro. He is the Past President of the Man-Shield Group of Companies and Director of Gibraltar Concrete Canada Ltd., B&F Masonry Canada Ltd., Laureate Developments, Inc., Man-Shield Construction Inc., and DonEve Holdings Inc.

Through the Man-Shield Group of Companies and Laureate Developments, Joe has been instrumental in the lead development role for many projects in Winnipeg.

Joe received the 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Manitoba Region and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Winnipeg. Joe has an Honors B.C from the University of Winnipeg.

Marc Brooks

Marc Brooks was formerly Director General of Community Development with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Mr. Brooks has over 30 years experience with the private and public sectors, both internationally and domestically-primarily in the areas of economic development, institutional development and infrastructure.

Shannon Coombs

Shannon Coombs has been with the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA) since 1998. As President, she is the Association's spokesperson, responsible for the implementation of effective government relations', regulatory strategies and public affairs on the critical issues for member companies.

CCSPA is a national trade association representing 45 companies across Canada. Our member companies manufacture, process, package and distribute consumer, industrial and institutional products such as soaps and detergents, domestic pest control products, antimicrobials, aerosols, deodorizers and automotive products.

Shannon has an honors degree in Political Science from Carleton University, as well as extensive experience in government and political arenas. Prior to joining CCSPA, she worked for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and Agriculture Canada. Shannon lives with her family in Ottawa.

Bernard Cormier

Bernard Cormier was appointed Vice President, Human Resources of CAE in June 2010. CAE is a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in 23 countries. Mr. Cormier oversees all Human Resources services worldwide. He is responsible for the strategic planning of workforce and skills development to maintain and enhance CAE's world-class team. He is also a member of CAE's Executive Committee.

During his 29-year career, Mr. Cormier has led Human Resources departments for multinational companies, such as Molson, Bombardier Aerospace, GE China and GE Canada. Most recently, Mr. Cormier was a partner in the Bedford Consulting Group, Canada's largest independent executive search firm and was also Vice President, Human Resources at The Home Depot for Canada and Asia.

A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Mr. Cormier received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Moncton (undergraduate), and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario's, Richard Ivey School of Business.

Eric Crowell

Eric Crowell is an entrepreneurial Chartered Accountant. For the past 20 years, both independently and through Saint Mary's University Business Development Centre, Mr. Crowell has provided business consulting and training to small- and medium-sized businesses, NGOs and government organizations. During that time, he has overseen more than 600 business consulting projects in most industry sectors.

Under his tenure as Director, the centre has grown from two consultants to its current roster of 15 staff. The centre provided entrepreneurship training to youth and youth-at-risk. Saint Mary's University Business Development Centre has also led projects designed to stimulate economic development in countries in Eastern Europe and Asia.

After receiving his MBA in 1980 from the University of Toronto, Mr. Crowell completed his chartered accountancy designation in 1982. From 1982 to 1987 he was controller for an Eastland group of companies. This group created and raised equity financing for a large number of diverse projects with total assets in excess of $50 million.

Mr. Crowell has owned and operated a number of businesses in retail and growing nursery stock.

Arthur J. Field

Art Field has been a soldier, a corporate executive and an entrepreneur. In the specialty and trade publishing industry for 25 years, Art was most recently owner of Hartland Publishing Limited and publisher of two weekly newspapers in New Brunswick. He sold these businesses to the Irving interests in 2005.

Prior to acquiring Hartland Publishing, Art was Vice-President of operations at the Hebdo Mag division of Torstar Inc responsible for 37 weekly publications, six printing plants and 1, 2150 employees in Canada and the northern U.S. He directed the company's expansion into Europe and south-east Asia more than tripling annual sales revenues from $24 million to $87 million.

Art's first career was a 22-year stint in the Canadian Army, during which he saw NATO and UN-related service in Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Congo, Egypt, Vietnam Germany and France. He was honourably discharged with senior NCO rank. Art was educated at high school in Eaglesham, Alberta and completed finance accounting and human resources courses at the University of Western Ontario.

Roy Green

Roy Green is a career broadcaster and currently host of the Roy Green Show, aired nationally on the Corus Radio Network. Roy is also a columnist for the National Post and the Canadian Business Journal and provides commentary for major Canadian and U.S. broadcast and print journalism organizations. Roy is a three times consecutively recipient of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award, Canada's most prestigious broadcast honour. In 2007, Roy was inducted into the City of Hamilton Gallery of Distinction and was a finalist for Citizen of the Year for the City of Hamilton in 2003. In 2002, Roy received HRH Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee Gold Medal for outstanding community service.

Roy is a Paul Harris Fellow within Rotary Clubs International, the recipient of the 1998 Human Rights and Race Relations Centre of Canada's Gold Medal for "outstanding contribution in the area of race relations", and a recipient of the Communicator of the Year Award from the Canadian Public Relations Society. The Hamilton Spectator named Roy as one of the one hundred "citizens of influence, of excellence and a common purpose to improve our society, our economy, our spirit and well-being."

Roy is a honourary member of the Police Association of Ontario and was a board member of CAVEAT, a national justice reform and victim's rights organization. The Fraser Institute named Roy Green to a panel of 24 distinguished Canadians involved in a multi-year assessment of Canada's constitutional challenges.

Shaun Harbottle

Shaun Harbottle is the owner and operator of Crescent Beach Cottages and Motel in the Whiteshell Provincial Park since 1995. Mr. Harbottle holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba and a degree in Technology Education. Mr. Harbottle taught in the public school system as well as the private sector. Mr. Harbottle is currently also President of the Falcon/West Hawk Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the President of The South Whiteshell Medical center. Mr. Harbottle has worked hard to promote tourism in the Province and Country; he also served on the Canadian Tourism Commissions board of directors from 2007 to 2011.

Craig R. Hill

Craig Hill is Partner and Head of the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group at the Calgary Law firm of Burnet Duckworth and Palmer, where he specializes in Commercial Real Estate and Leasing Matters, condominium and Multi-Family Housing Development, Municipal Planning and Construction Law and Real Property Financing and Business Related Matters.

Mr. Hill is keenly interested in contributing to his community in a variety of ways, particularly in the area of affordable housing. He is a former National Board Member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, Former Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity Calgary and Past Chair of the Fundraising and Communications Committees. Mr. Craig is also a Member of the Calgary Chapters of the Canadian Condominium Institute and the Urban Development Institute and a member of the Boards of The Calgary Homeless Foundation and Calgary Community Land Trust Society.

Mr. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts (1981) and a Bachelor of Laws (1984) both from the University of Saskatchewan. He was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1985 and to the Law Society of Alberta, 1988.

Peter John Lawlor

For the past 20 years Peter Lawlor has been involved in helping students achieve their academic goals. Mr. Lawlor is Dean of the School of Applied Building Science at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) – the third largest post-secondary institute in Alberta and one of the largest technical institutes in Canada – where he serves close to 6,000 certificate, diploma, degree and apprenticeship students, in over 25 programs, on five campuses throughout the Edmonton region. Prior to coming to NAIT originally as an Instructor, Mr. Lawlor was a teacher and Department Head in the Edmonton Public School system. Mr. Lawlor is currently an Executive Board member for Skills Canada Alberta, an organization that promotes trades and technology related disciplines and provides opportunities for youth to get involved through various strategic initiatives.

In addition to his training as a Building Trades Instructor, Master Instructor Facilitator and Lead Instructor, Mr. Lawlor has a B.A. in Education and an MBA.

Kelly J. Lendsay

Kelly Lendsay is a social entrepreneur who is internationally recognized as a one of foremost innovators of Indigenous inclusion. His career has been a series of catalytic flashpoints demonstrating that effective networks, corporate and community goals can translate smoothly into advancing educational, employment, and economic opportunities for Indigenous people. As president and CEO of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Kelly leads a unique social enterprise that helps transform employers into high performance organizations by climbing the Inclusion Continuum, a seven-stage road map to becoming an employer-of-choice.

In 2007, in recognition of their 100th anniversary, the University of Saskatchewan honoured Kelly as one of the University's 100 Alumni of Influence – a designation given to 100 exceptional graduates whose accomplishments have influenced the growth and development of the University, the province, and the world during the last century.

A proud Canadian of Métis, Cree and European ancestry, Lendsay earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physiology Minor in 1981 and attained his M.B.A. in 1993 from the University of Saskatchewan. In the eighties he worked in aquatic and recreation management, international swift-water rescue and was the youngest person to serve as the national chairman of the National Lifeguard Service. In 1991 he entered the MBA Program and focused his research on strategies to increase Aboriginal business education and economic development. He was the co-recipient of the All-Around Outstanding MBA Graduate Award presented by the Canadian Institute of Management. In 1995 he was one of 225 Canadians to participate in the Governor Generals' Canadian Leadership Tour.

Lendsay became the first director of the new Aboriginal Business Education program at the College of Commerce in 1995. There he helped initiate and nurture several Aboriginal business education programs, including Canada's first MBA with a specialization in Indigenous management. As a professor and program director, he helped mentor students and redefine the future role Canadian universities may play in developing an Indigenous economy. In 1998 he became the first President of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council and has helped grow the enterprise into Canada's most recognized leading innovators in organizational inclusion performance.

Lendsay's consulting study, The Impact of the Changing Aboriginal Population on the Saskatchewan Economy: 1995-2045, is one of the most widely cited sources on the implications of Aboriginal demographics and the economy.

His vigorous speaking, writing and workshops are widely acclaimed as powerful announcements of the challenges and prospects of full Aboriginal participation in the Canadian economy. In 2009 he was appointed a CIM Distinguished Lecturer by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison currently works in the construction field as a Journeyman pipefitter/welder and holds a provincial red seal in the trades. Mr. Morrison has worked in the oil refinery industry out west for the past five years as a tradesman superintendent and also as a project manager.

A native of Miramichi, N.B. Mr. Morrison retired after 36.5 years in the Pulp and Paper Industry. His last 23 years was in management and was heavily involved in the $2.5 billion expansion of the former Repap Mill. His duties consisted of being part of the construction group as the local maintenance department's representative to oversee the training, hiring of trades people and being prepared for the take over and start up of the two new Light Weight Coated Paper Machines.

Mr. Morrison is a self motivated individual who possess strong organizational and communication skills. He works well under pressure and demonstrates strong leadership capabilities, problem solving and very experienced in working in a team environment.

Mr. Morison was very active in his community both as a hockey and ball player as well as coaching at various levels and has been involved in the building of ball and hockey programs that still exist today. Mr. Morrison likes fishing, hunting, curling as well as doing carpentry work.