Jo-Anne is an Ottawa native who has spent more than 35 years working with a variety of organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Jo-Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa and a graduate diploma in Public Management from Carleton University. She currently serves as president and CEO of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada. Immediately prior to that position, she spent four years as CEO of the Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) Corporation, during which time OCH received several awards for excellence including the 2011 Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award’s Non-Profit Organization of the Year. With United Way Ottawa, Jo-Anne served as vice president, resource development and CEO of the organization’s Government of Canada workplace charitable campaign. She has also played key roles with MBNA Canada, where she served as first vice president, business development as well as being deputy city manager, corporate services, with the former City of Gloucester.
Jo-Anne has served on several Boards of Directors prior to becoming Chair of Shaw Centre’s Board. She currently sits on the Board of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO-OCTC) where she is also the Chair of the audit and finance committee. She also serves as Vice Chair of the City of Ottawa Board of Health and is a member of the TVO Board, The Change Foundation Board and the Calian Group Ltd. Board of Directors. From 2005 to 2010, she was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Jo-Anne has received several awards for her dedicated work in the community, including the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Dirigeante de l’année, Secteur Communautaire (2012 CEO of the year, non-profit sector) Award from the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale.