Board of Directors

William (Bill) Megill, Chair

Bill is a Rhodes Scholar who holds MAs from Oxford and the University of Kansas, a BSc from the Royal Military College, and a Diplôme en Administration from Université Laval. He is a retired Army Colonel who served outside Canada in Pakistan, Europe and the United States. Bill retired from the Canadian federal government in 2012. He was presented with the United Way Community Builder Award in the spring of 2010.

Ken Peake, President

Ken was an economist in the Industry Department of the government from 1974 to 1990.  After he had three brain bleeds, Ken had an operation in August, 1990 in Toronto. Ken started with the Aphasia Centre in 1991 as a patient/client and now he is the President of the Board of Directors at ACO.  Ken also serves on the Board of Directors for Friends in Sportfishing, an organization that takes people with disabilities fishing.

Lindsay Jones Singh, Secretary

Lindsay has been working at Transport Canada since 2006. She has served as an Officer (Secretary) to the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa’s Board of Directors since November 2015, and was a volunteer Conversation Group Mediator from 2004 to 2006. Lindsay has also volunteered on projects with the United Nations Development Programme and the Shania Kids Can Foundation through writing and editorial activities.

Evan deCatanzaro, Treasurer

Evan is a proposal writer and assistant contract manager for a local National Defence supplier. He otherwise occupies his time as a zealous philonoist, cinephile, voracious traveler, history buff, connoisseur of arcane trivia, drinker of tea, serene suburbanite, bookworm, and aspiring debonair man of letters. He holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and B.A. in English Literature and Film Studies from Carleton University.

Dr. Isra Levy, Director

Isra Levy is a Public Health physician. He has partnered on many research projects, published in numerous national and international journals, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Isra has participated on many community Governance Boards and is currently Vice Chair of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in Ottawa.

Isra joined Canadian Blood Services in 2018 and leads the Medical Affairs and Innovation division. Prior to joining Canadian Blood Services, Isra was Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health. During his tenure with Ottawa Public Health, he guided innovative and important public health initiatives in Tobacco and Alcohol control, harm reduction and immunization, and was awarded Physician of the Year by the Academy of Medicine Ottawa. Isra has also worked in leadership roles at the Canadian Medical Association, and as a scientist and policy analyst with Health Canada.

Esther Moghadam, Director

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Robert (Bob) Murphy, Director

Bob worked in the private sector and then joined the federal government and worked in mainframe IT support with several departments until he retired at 55 in 2007. In retirement, he volunteered at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans for approximately 3 ½ years, ending just before his wife had her stroke. He joined the Family Advisory Council at the retirement residence where his wife currently lives. Bob volunteers at the Ottawa Tool Library assisting clients with recommendations and technical knowledge, he has always been a great problem-solver.

Nabil Ould-Brahim, Director

Nabil is one of the most sought-after autonomy and automation systems experts in North America. From Blackberry to QNX to concept projects with VW and Maserati, Nabil has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world. After being headhunted for a 2-year stint on Apple’s special project group, Nabil broke free from his corporate ‘golden handcuffs’ to become a full-time entrepreneur. He leverages the same big-picture thinking and deep technical knowledge that made him so successful in the corporate world to create custom automation systems for small to medium-sized businesses.

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