Governance Open Mic Night

Governance Open Mic Night

Firestone Gallery, Arts Court 2 Daly Ave
Ticket price: 20$
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Ask our panelists anything under the sun....well, governance-related, that is! Our diverse experts will be able ot help you with whatever you need, so come prepared with your partiuclar questions. Small to large organizations, as well as individual artists and board members are all welcome to join. This will also be a great opportunity for networking!






Christa Casey

Christa Casey is a partner at Welch LLP and with 20 years of experience at the firm, she has become an expert in auditing not-for-profit organizations.  
In 1997, Christa completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization from the University of Ottawa and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 1999.  In 2014, Christa was honoured to be a recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty under 40 award.  That same year, Christa also received her certification in CPA Ontario’s Not-for-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership Program.  Christa is currently a member of CPA Ontario’s Practice Inspection Committee and is also the Treasurer for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.


Dr. Orlaith McCaul

Orlaith McCaul is an experienced senior level international development specialist and has worked in international development for over twenty years.  She holds an MSc and PhD in International Development. She has spent most of her professional life living and working in Africa. Her career in the nonprofit sector began during the genocide in Rwanda where she managed refugee programs in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Since that time she has worked with many nonprofit, nongovernmental, bilateral and multilateral organizations across many parts of the world. Much of her work has focused on nonprofit management and governance which she teaches at carleton University. Orlaith has recently left East Africa and since doing so has  served as Vice President, Development of WaterCan and is now Executive Director at Ryan’s Well Foundation.

Brian Toller

Brian Toller is President of Tolcor Investments Ltd., a private investment firm. He is also Co-Owner of Cognitive Workshops, which provides cognitive therapy training for mental health professionals across Canada and in the UK. Previously, he was President of real estate developer The Expernet Group; Senior Consultant of DCH Consultants; Publisher of Renewable Energy News;  and a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. He received an Honours BA in Economics and Canadian Studies from Trent University in 1975 and also did post-graduate studies in journalism at Carleton University. 

On a community level, Brian has been on the board of the Community Foundation of Ottawa for 10 years, 3 of them as Chair of the Board, and  for four years was Chair of its Investment Committee, where he led an initiative to implement Responsible Investing and Impact Investing policies at the foundation. He was chair of several committees at Ottawa Economic Development Corporation (now part of Invest Ottawa). He is an active supporter of the Ottawa arts community and is currently Vice Chair of the Board of the Great Canadian Theatre Company.