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Board & Staff

Board of Directors

The LDAC Board of Directors are volunteer representatives of the provinces and territories in Canada.

Each position on the board is a two-year term. Virtual call meetings are held every other month.

Provincial/Territorial Board Representatives:

Brendan O’Neill was raised in Halifax, N.S. and moved to Victoria for university. Finding the climate much more agreeable, he decided to settle. He worked initially in the Arts and Culture field, before some health challenges led to reduced ability. He took his love of lifelong learning, and worked for a time in adult literacy. He has volunteered with The Learning Curve, Victoria’s LDA chapter for many years and currently serves as the board secretary, and is part of the group working to reactivate LDABC.

Catherine Dunn is past Chair of the LDAM Board where she volunteered for ten years.

She has volunteered with LDAC since 2019, is a board member, and chairs the LDAC Legal Committee.

A retired lawyer, Catherine focused her community involvement and legal career on the rights of women and children.

She believes that learning is a fundamental human right.

A strategic and analytical marketer with a passion for story-telling and building great experiences whether online or in-person. Experienced in email marketing campaigns, event management, customer journey building, digital marketing and CRM development.

Kim McLean is the former Principal of 2 schools specifically for students with Learning Disabilities; Calgary Academy & Foothills Academy Society. She worked at these schools for over 40 years. Currently Kim is Principal of QUEST school which is a school for students with complex learning needs, i.e., more than learning disabilities, including physical and cognitive delays.

Lauren is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Goegan holds a PhD in psychological studies in education (PSE) from the University of Alberta (UofA). Her research and teaching focuses on important inclusive pedagogies, the transition from high school to postsecondary education and adaptive motivation. Dr. Goegan regularly incorporates motivation theory into her research including Self- Determination Theory (SDT), Attribution Theory, Expectancy-Value Theory, and Mindsets. Furthermore, she is a long- time advocate for individuals with Learning Disabilities (LD) and collaborates on many projects aimed to support these individuals in their academic pursuits and beyond. Moreover, due to the recent shift in education and an increased need for online learning, Dr. Goegan has examined the impact of instruction and assessment on university students with and without LD and their motivation, engagement, and perceptions of success.

Rhonda has extensive experience as a speech-language pathologist both in schools and community settings with children and adults. The bulk of her work has been in the public school system. She volunteers with various community and not for profit Boards, having served as Board Chair for ESC and ESNB, Vice Chair for LDANB, and on the Executive for her local Autism Resource Centre and CFUW-Moncton Chapter. She is also active in her professional association and mentors students as a clinical educator for universities. In her free time, Rhonda loves to do DIY projects, thrift, and go to the local YMCA.

Roger is Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada and Honorary Chair of the Institute of Learning Disabilities where he volunteered for 10 years.

He is a senior partner at Casgrain Company Limited and has sat on numerous boards and/or committees of Canadian organizations, associations, university and foundations.

Simon Williams holds an MSEd in Educational Leadership, he graduated with his post-graduate teaching certification from Cambridge University; where he focused upon special education. He has been an educator for over 20 years, and taught high-school and junior-high in the UK, Australia, the US and Canada. Having been at Foothills Academy since 2006, Simon has built upon his special education focus, having been a teacher and School Program Coordinator before moving into his current role as Executive Co- Director. He is involved in the wider LD community, as he sits on the Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA), and he is currently Board President. Simon is also involved with educational leadership beyond Foothills Academy, and he is the current Board President for the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA).

Thealzel is an entrepreneur, angel investor, founder, president and director of the E-Fund Angel Investment Fund ($3 mln), and she co- manages the VANTEC Angel Network and the Vancouver chapter of the Keiretsu Forum. Thealzel is a senior partner with management consulting firm Rocket Builders, where she provides advice on marketing strategy and commercialization.

Member of the board – TIMIA Capital Corporation ($20 mln)

An innovative and ambitious professional with 15 years of international experience in designing and implementing measurable growth strategies for product and business development. Experienced in strategic innovation consulting, C-level account management and brand strategy. Unique blend of using a consultative yet entrepreneurial value-driven sales approach.


Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Mark Buzan
mark@ldac-acta.ca
As Executive Director, Mark leads and implements LDAC Board policies and ensures that all association operations are carried out in accordance with stated goals. He is responsible for the management of LDAC projects, interpretation and adherence to parliamentary procedures and by-laws, coordination for annual audits, coordination with community partners and governments on advocacy files, networking through provincial/territorial conferences and workshops, as well as fundraising.

Mark has had close to 2 decades of experience in directing strategic plan initiatives, strategy and business operation plans, governance policies and annual budgets. By  surpassing organizational goals and optimizing organizational effectiveness, he has won a solid reputation for the building, management and promotion of member programs to increase the bottom-line improving member services and benefits.

PROJECTS COORDINATOR – Assma Benhadou
assma@ldac-acta.ca

Assma coordinates LDAC projects, day-to-day activities, the drop-off of mail campaigns and the distribution of newsletters.

DONOR RELATIONS
donate_don@ldac-acta.ca
For information and questions about our Donors program please send a message to the above e-mail.

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Mo Fareed
Mo looks after the day to day financial operations of LDAC. This includes, but is not limited to: ensuring that all aspects of LDAC’s financial management conform to recognized accounting principles for non-profit organizations in Canada. Mo is also responsible for developing financial policies and procedures, amended charts of accounts and developing systems for the tracking of projects, grants and donations.

Contractual staff are hired on an as need basis.