Board of Directors

HR Council Board Members represent a range of nonprofit stakeholders including employers, employees, senior managers, educational institutions and labour organizations from across Canada.

Owen Charters

Chair
Toronto, Ontario

Owen Charters is CEO of CanadaHelps, Canada’s online charitable foundation. Previously, he held senior marketing and development roles with both Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation in Toronto. He sits on the board of Imagine Canada where he is Chair of the Public Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Fundraising and Resource Development program at Georgian College. He holds an MBA, and a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management, both from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Nonprofit MBA program at Schulich.

Marlene Deboisbriand
Past-chair
Gatineau, Quebec

Marlene is the vice-president, member services at Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. Before joining Boys & Girls Clubs, Marlene was president of Volunteer Canada for nearly five years. In that role, she led a team of 25 dedicated staff members committed to supporting volunteerism and civic participation in Canada. Marlene received her Master's of Management (McGill University) through the McGill-McConnell Program in 2002. Marlene's understanding of the sector comes from more than 20 years of working with charities and nonprofit organizations. Her work with United Way established a landmark agreement between United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada and its members. On December 5, 2001, as chair of the Senior Sector Steering Group for the Voluntary Sector Initiative, Marlene joined the Prime Minister of Canada to sign the Voluntary Sector Accord.

Carl Nicholson
Treasurer
Ottawa, Ontario

Carl is the executive director of the Catholic Immigration Centre of Ottawa (CIC), an organization with a staff of 85 people who serve 7,000 clients who are newcomers to the Ottawa area. He is also the executive director of the Catholic Immigration Centre Foundation. Carl is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has previously taught fundraising and marketing courses at Algonquin College. He is active on a number of nonprofit boards and initiatives including being a founding member of Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI), a board member of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), a board member and executive of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Council and is also the co-chair for the Welcoming Communities Initiative for Ontario. Carl is a graduate of Carleton University and is an active member of ‘Third World Players’ – a local drama group, and Black History Ottawa.