About

Staff and Board

Meet the team of dedicated individuals working together towards the Vimy Foundation’s mission.

Andrew Powell

Andrew Powell

“As a resident of the United Kingdom from 1981 to 2008, I often traveled between Great Britain and France on the A26 motorway. This lane runs along the magnificent National Vimy Memorial, located on a hill surrounded by trees. A large road sign indicated the site as for the many points of interest in France: “Vimy, Canadian Memorial”. One day in 2003, I noticed that the sign was gone and after a few other trips I noticed that it had not been replaced. The motorway is an important route for traffic from Great Britain, northern France and Belgium to Paris and to the South; the opportunity to inform the general public about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and about Canada in general, was lost and I was determined to do something about it.

Every country needs legends, especially young countries like Canada, and Vimy’s story is perfect for inspiring Canadian pride. So we had the idea of bringing students from Canada, the United Kingdom and France to this site to learn about Vimy’s history and its significance for Canada. This experience gave me the motivation to create the Vimy Foundation in Canada and to register it as a charitable organization in 2006.”


Who are we?

Our Staff

Our staff members all have rich and diverse backgrounds that contribute uniquely to the Foundation’s vision and help carry out its creative initiatives.

Caitlin Bailey
Executive director

Caitlin Bailey

Claire Carny
Administrative and Billing Coordinator

Claire Carny

Pamela Plamondon
Special projects coordinator

Pamela Plamondon

Alicia Dotiwalla
Education Lead

Alicia Dotiwalla

Guillaume Bouchard
Communications coordinator

Guillaume Bouchard

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Board of Directors

The Vimy Foundation is very fortunate to have dedicated men and women who have devoted their time and efforts to furthering the Foundation’s goals. They each bring an impressive slate of experience and skills to oversee the management and the major policy decision-making of the organization.

General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier
Honorary Chair

General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier

Christopher Sweeney
Chair

Christopher Sweeney

Daniel Frajman
Board Member

Daniel Frajman

Deborah Wolfe
Board Member

Deborah Wolfe

Dan A. Doran
Board Member

Dan A. Doran

Chris Gray
Board Member

Chris Gray

Gilles Levasseur
Board Member

Gilles Levasseur

Christopher Shannon
Board Member

Christopher Shannon

Richard Williams
Board Member

Richard Williams

Geoff Irvine
Board Member

Geoff Irvine

Carolyn Patton
Vice Chair

Carolyn Patton

Who are...

Our Patrons

The very first people who supported Andrew Powell's vision for the Vimy Foundation.

Bruce Bolton

Stuart Iversen

Reford Macdougall

Dean Oliver

Desmond Morton

(1937 – 2019)

Vincent Prager

William Stavert

(1934 – 2017)

Advisory Board

John Clemes

Shaun Francis

Jonathan Leigh

Art Linton

Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve