The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, entrepreneurship, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

Mayor Watson and City Council established this prestigious civic award in 2012. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library.

2020 Recipients

Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey

Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey is the Coordinating Minister of Parkdale United Church in Ottawa’s central-west end, serving his congregation and the wider community in that capacity for the past 21 years. Rev. Dr. Bailey has academic degrees in social work, theology, philosophy of religion and ethics and culture, as well as experience studying and working in countries such as Barbados, the United States, Kenya and Jamaica. He has also taught at the university level.

Rev. Dr. Bailey is a person of deep faith. He is a gifted communicator and a dynamic advocate for social justice, racial reconciliation, interfaith collaboration, affordable housing, food security and the importance of a vibrant spiritual life. Eighteen years ago, Rev. Dr. Bailey spearheaded a new ministry initiative in his congregation called In from the Coldwhere members of the wider community, experiencing poverty and other challenges, are welcomed in a safe, dignified environment that provides nutritional, spiritual and artistic sustenance. He has also provided leadership in his congregation’s ongoing work of sponsoring refugees.

As a diversity and racial justice trainer, Rev. Dr. Bailey is a sought-after voice who provides multicultural, diversity and anti-racism workshops and training for schools, community agencies, federal and municipal government departments, police departments, service clubs and religious communities. He is also frequently invited by the media to offer timely and meaningful commentary on and contributions to significant social and religious issues.

As an active community supporter, Rev. Dr. Bailey serves the community as a current board member of the Ottawa Mission and Crime Prevention Ottawa. He is a former board member of the Parkdale Food Centre. He is a Leadership Circle member of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization and a supporter of the anti-racism initiative, Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, speaking annually at the Coalition’s Standing Together event.

Donald Ross Bradley

Donald Ross Bradley worked as a public servant at Statistics Canada from 1954 until his retirement in 1989. His remarkable support for Navan and the surrounding communities has spanned his lifetime, leaving an immeasurable positive impact on many individuals, families and local organizations.

Mr. Bradley has supported a great range of community organizations and activities. He was an active member of the Navan Lions Club for 60 years and served in various capacities, including as President and Chairman with the Lions Club Zone 13. Through the 1960s, he served as Chairperson and board member of the Cumberland Township Public School Board and was an active member of the Ottawa, Eastview and Carleton County Local Government Review, which led to the formation of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton. He was a member of the Cumberland Township Recreation Committee, and the Cumberland Township Historical Society, where he co-authored The Domes of Navan. He was the founding president and a long-time contributor of the Navan Tennis Club and the Navan Curling Club, and chaired both the Navan Cenotaph Renovation/Relocation Committee and the Navan Remembrance Day Ceremonies. He continues to be an active member of the Navan Community Association, the Historical Society and the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery Committee.

In 2001, he represented the Bradley Family of Navan, receiving the Key to the City of Ottawa. Mr. Bradley’s impressive list of contributions to his community over the past 75 years portrays his extraordinary devotion and commitment to his community. He is a role model and inspiration to all ages and continues to encourage youth to be good and caring citizens.

Dale Craig

Mr. Dale Craig began his 43-year career with J.L. Richards & Associates in Ottawa in 1971, serving as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for 24 years until his retirement in 2014. He continues to offer strategic advice in the areas of building science, dispute resolution, design and management of major construction projects as President of Dale Craig & Associates Limited.

Mr. Craig has contributed to building a better, more liveable city that will benefit the residents of Ottawa for generations to come. He has a respected reputation in the engineering profession for getting complex projects built on time and within budget under the highest standard of quality and excellence. He was the project manager for the construction of the new Ottawa International Airport in 2004, and oversaw construction of the state-of-the-art, $190-million Shaw Centre as Chair of the Ottawa Convention Centre Redevelopment Committee. He has played key roles in many complex projects across Ottawa, up the Ottawa Valley and beyond.

Mr. Craig joined the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies board of directors in 1991, serving two terms as Vice Chair and chairing several committees where he sought to improve the image of the consulting engineering industry and advocate for fairer procurement methods. He co-founded the Federal/Industry Real Property Advisory Council and was a founding member of the National Steering Committee on Innovation in Construction. He is a past chair of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario and, in 2000, he spearheaded the formation of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s Ottawa chapter and served as its inaugural chair.

He has given back generously to the Ottawa community, serving on numerous organization committees and boards, including for Carleton University, Algonquin College, the Ottawa Convention Centre and Hydro Ottawa.

Dr. Rouba Fattal

Dr. Rouba Fattal is a full-time public servant, currently serving as a senior policy analyst on innovation, science and economic development for the Government of Canada. She is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. She is a community builder, author of several children’s books, a dedicated volunteer and a mother of three.

Dr. Fattal founded the Kanata-Carleton Small Business Network in 2015 to help connect and empower local, small businesses. She has served as board director and Committee Chair for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and the Kanata Food Cupboard. As a board director of the Trailwest Community Association, she has organized numerous community events and activities. She has also served her community as coordinator of Neighborhood Watch, has helped raise funds for Chrysalis House, an Ottawa woman’s shelter, and is a Rotary Club board member, where she has influenced the #Canada4Refugees Campaign, raising $70,000 to sponsor Syrian refugee families in Kanata.

Dr. Fattal’s efforts are focused on ending violence against women, poverty and homelessness, and promoting diversity and inclusions around board tables. She actively promotes inclusiveness and integration through her work with newcomers of various backgrounds. In recognition of her community efforts, Dr. Fattal was recognized with the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award and the Welcoming Ottawa Ambassador Award in 2019.

Sylvio A. Gravel

Mr. Sylvio Gravel is a 31-year veteran and former staff sergeant with the Ottawa Police Service. He has devoted his life to the well-being of others, particularly those struggling with mental health issues.

He is one of the founding fathers of Robin’s Blue Circle, a peer-supported, post-trauma body, established in 1988, that has paved the way for other critical-incident and peer-support initiatives within the Ottawa Police Service. He co-founded Badge of Life Canada, a resource hub for police and corrections officers who become psychologically injured on duty. He continues to serve as a senior police advisor.

Following his retirement in 2009, Mr. Gravel wrote several books on post-traumatic stress, building peer-support networks, workplace wellness and managing organizational change. Transferring the application of his police-related mental-health-improvement experience and expertise, he began consulting with policing and non-policing agencies around the world to help them develop peer-support programs. The Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Badge of Life USA, Soldiers Helping Soldiers, the Global Mental Health Peer Network, the National Police Well-being Service of the United Kingdom and the Police Service of Northern Ireland are some of the organizations that have benefited from his help to develop strategies, policies, procedures and processes for addressing trauma and to develop peer support within the workplace.

A man of caring, wisdom, respect, and impactful commitment to community, Mr. Gravel was nominated by his peers and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and inducted by the Governor General of Canada for the Order of Merit in Policing, Canada in 2007. In 2016, he was nominated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a Canadian Champion of Mental Health.

Paul Hindo

A serial entrepreneur, angel investor and technology start-up mentor in Ottawa for 25 years, Mr. Paul Hindo has contributed immensely to the development of various business and non-profit organizations in Ottawa, across Canada and internationally. He has spent close to 40 years in senior positions in the commercial real estate sector.

With a keen interest in safety and security, Mr. Hindo is co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Cyber Defence Corporation, offering front-line cybersecurity analysis for national and international business infrastructures. He was the inaugural chair of DNA Genotek, a world leading corporation in DNA and RNA collection, stabilization and preparation products.

Mr. Hindo has sat on or led more than 20 charitable, economic-development and business boards and committees in Ottawa, including the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, Cancer Care Regional Council Ontario East, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Cancer Care Ontario, St. John’s Ambulance – Federal District and the Ottawa Community Foundation. Mr. Hindo was recently appointed to the University of Ottawa board of governors.

Mr. Hindo was the Honorary Colonel for the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, promoting the engagement of the regiment to the functions of the city of Ottawa for eight years. He is a director of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. He has been the Ontario Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is now acting as Director Emeritus. In 2017, he was appointed as the Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, the second person to ever hold this prestigious appointment.

Barry J. Hobin

Mr. Barry Hobin is the founding partner of Hobin Architecture, one of Ottawa’s leading architecture firms and well known for their many contributions to Ottawa’s architectural landscape over the past 40 years.

Mr. Hobin’s impactful and enduring influence on the quality of Ottawa’s buildings has resulted in a convergence of functionality and aesthetic appeal. His notable and award-winning projects include Westboro Station, The Ottawa Humane Society, The Rideau at Lansdowne, The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards and the Lansdowne Park redevelopment. His generous attitude and strong sense of community support have resulted in many philanthropic endeavours, as manifested in a sampling of the Hobin Architects client base, which includes The Ottawa Mission, The Salvation Army, The Boys and Girls Club and Multifaith Housing.

A strong advocate for the architecture profession, his pursuit of perfection in the craft of form, space and material is applied to every project that the firm undertakes. Mr. Hobin developed the TV series Homes By Design to showcase residential projects in Canada and internationally. A strong mentor to both colleagues and architecture students, Mr. Hobin is also on the advisory committee to the Carleton University School of Architecture.

An outstanding community supporter, Mr. Hobin has served as the president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Chairman of the Committee of Adjustments for the City of Ottawa, Design Committee Chair for the City of Kanata Town Centre, Site-selection director for Habitat for Humanity and building program chair for Carleton University’s board of governors.

Barbara MacKinnon

Ms. Barbara MacKinnon has worked in Ottawa for more than thirty years, sharing her passion for helping others, most recently as Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa from 2003 to 2018. During her tenure, she cultivated a highly functioning, well-respected and innovative organization that consistently stood out as a leader in Ontario.

Prior to that, Ms. MacKinnon served as Executive Director of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health and Resource Centre for nine years and ran two Ottawa mental-health agencies. In all the organizations she has led, she ensured that the voices of children, youth and families were at the forefront. Forging strong connections with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and with other diverse cultural organizations, was important in this work.

A visionary leader for advocacy, community support and community issues, Ms. MacKinnon consistently leads with a focus on clients, service partnerships and the community. She established partnerships with numerous organizations to advance needs in the Ottawa area. Ms. MacKinnon believes that children, youth and families are better served by strong community service networks.

Recognition of her good work in Ottawa resulted in Ms. MacKinnon being asked to take on leadership roles provincially, including as leader of the Executive Directors’ Group for Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario.

In Ottawa she has also volunteered on numerous committees and boards, including those of the United Way, Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership Council.

Fiona McKean

A social enterprise entrepreneur, philanthropist and community-builder, Ms. Fiona McKean came from a diplomat family and grew up travelling the world, but always returning to Ottawa as a beloved home base. After earning a master’s degree in Human Security and Global Governance from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ms. McKean was employed by the Government of Canada in security programming, where she led initiatives to strengthen international security.

Ms. McKean purchased The Opinicon in 2015 and led the shuttered Elgin, Ontario resort through extensive renovation and restoration. The resort reopened in 2016 and now employs many locals and welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Ms. McKean’s ownership and renovation of The Opinicon ignited renewal in the surrounding Rideau Lakes system and has been an engine for social growth, protecting community heritage and sourcing local produce for its kitchen. As a key social and business leader and innovator, she is helping the community deliver a vision of world-class tourism and a cultural heritage destination.

Ms. McKean’s leadership and community commitment are also demonstrated through her work as founder and chair of the Thistledown Foundation. Launched in January 2019, the Foundation is seeded with a $150-million endowment to accelerate frontier carbon removal technology and curtail the worst impacts of climate change.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Thistledown pivoted its team and resources, donating $5 million to Canadian COVID-19 research in partnership with Fast Grants and an additional $1 million to Conquer COVID-19, a national volunteer-driven organization that helps improve the domestic supply chain for personal protective equipment.

Bob Monette

Mr. Bob Monette contributed to public life in Orléans for more than 30 years. Elected to Cumberland Town Council in 1985, he served for six years. In 2006, he returned to politics and served as City Councillor for Orléans Ward until 2018, including as Deputy Mayor from 2014 to 2018.

While serving on City Council, Mr. Monette participated in and led many committees, including Recreation and Conservation Lands, Industrial and Economic Development, Planning, Health and Related Services, Transportation Committee, the Hydro Ottawa Holdings Board, Ottawa Police Board, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Association française des municipalités de l’OntarioMr. Monette was elected by Council to sit on the Central Canada Exhibition Association and the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association. He served as Vice President of the Canada Capital Cities Organization.

Mr. Monette assisted with the Ottawa River cleanup project, helping to secure more than $230 million in funding from all levels of government. An ardent supporter of sports, Mr. Monette has also focused on the development of Lansdowne Park, the Lansdowne Live proposal and was involved in the return of professional baseball to Ottawa.

Local Orléans Ward accomplishments and contributions include opening a community garden, establishing the first ever Seniors Park in Eastern Ontario, facilitating the development of Quality Inn, Orléans’s first hotel in 30 years, launching the Cumberland Bandits Hockey Club and working to develop the Orléans Town Centre.

Mr. Monette has been involved in many non-profit groups, including the Cumberland Community Resource Centre, the Ottawa Arthritis Society, Queenswood Heights Neighbourhood Watch Association, Queenswood Heights Community Association and the Fallingbrook Community Association. He has also coached minor hockey and minor softball.

David H. O’Malley

While studying at the Carleton University School of Architecture and Urbanism, Mr. David O’Malley founded Aerographics Creative Services, a creative agency and design studio that is now one of Ottawa’s most pre-eminent graphic-design firms. As their creative director and president, he continues to be inspired by his passion for music and aviation, and by working with people who understand emotion and design.

With close to 50 years of experience as an illustrator, and more than 40 as a graphic designer, Mr. O’Malley has led Aerographics Creative Services in producing highly creative marketing materials for numerous local, national and international companies and organizations, including Hobin Architects, Carleton University, CityFolk, Bluesfest, Lansdowne Live, the Tulip Festival, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Beavertails, OSEG, CATSA, the CFL and Chis Hadfield. Mr. O’Malley has donated or discounted his artistic talent and designs to countless initiatives in the community, including OrKidstra, TELUS Ride for Dad, Vintage Wings of Canada, CityFolk, Bluesfest and the Festival of Small Halls.

In addition to sponsoring events and charities in Ottawa, Mr. O’Malley has sat on many boards, including RBC Bluesfest, the Canadian Tulip Festival, the National Capital Air Show and the Ottawa Ballet. Presently, he sits on the boards of CityFolk Music Festival, the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, the TELUS Ride for Dad and the Canadian Research and Mapping Association.

A keen amateur historian, Mr. O’Malley spent two years researching and compiling a history of the nearly 500 families from his Ottawa neighbourhood who lost family members during the Second World War. He has also researched and written more than 400 aviation history stories, which he has shared with the 13,000 subscribers to his blog. Mr. O’Malley designed and co-wrote a book on the history of our city called Ottawa Then and Now.

Bruce G. Roney

Mr. Bruce Roney has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) since 2000 and is a progressive and inspirational leader and champion for animal welfare in Ottawa, provincially and across Canada. Mr. Roney previously worked at the Youth Services Bureau and was the executive director of Bruce House.

Mr. Roney’s most impressive contribution to the OHS has been the construction of their state-of-the-art animal shelter on West Hunt Club Road. He led a multi-year, $16-million fundraising and friend-raising campaign for this construction project. The OHS operates a more than $9-million annual budget, an almost five-fold increase since he took on the role. Under his leadership, the OHS increased its capacity and now helps more than 8,000 animals each year. He led the implementation of numerous programs that support animal welfare and adoption, educate pet owners to ensure humane treatment of animals and encourage youth to lead the charge. The OHS stands as a role model for other animal shelters across the country, helping animal welfare leaders from across Canada to learn about best practices in raising funds, constructing and operating an animal shelter.

Mr. Roney consistently ensures the highest standards of management, governance, veterinary medicine and animal care. He continually leads with innovative ideas to encourage animal adoption. The OHS is one of only two animal shelters in Canada accredited by Imagine Canada, requiring the OHS to meet rigorous standards of governance and management annually. Mr. Roney was instrumental in founding the Ontario Animal Welfare Network, bringing together the province’s leading humane societies and SPCAs.

Bharat Rudra

Mr. Bharat Rudra is a serial entrepreneur, business leader and computer engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the development, management and growth of business. Mr. Rudra’s work and volunteer efforts have had a significant positive impact on Ottawa’s field of entrepreneurship, the high-tech industry, the charitable sector and community building.

Mr. Rudra is the Vice President at 123worx, an Ottawa-based software company, and he has worked at some of the region’s most prestigious high-tech companies. He managed a $20-million fund to help Canadian SMEs collaborate with Indian and Brazilian companies at International Science and Technology Partnership Canada. Mr. Rudra successfully launched three start-ups in Ottawa over the past 25 years, creating dozens of employment opportunities.

As co-founder, former president, and current chair of TiE Ottawa, an organization that fosters entrepreneurship in Ottawa, Mr. Rudra has greatly benefited hundreds of Ottawa entrepreneurs, enabling dozens of successful ventures. He launched many successful TiE Ottawa programs, including TiECon Canada, an internationally known entrepreneurship conference that attracts world-class business leaders to connect with Ottawa entrepreneurs.

Mr. Rudra co-founded and was a former Chair of Dhadkan, a not-for-profit Indo-Canadian organization that has raised more than $10 million for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Deeply committed to supporting and removing barriers for Indo-Canadian youth, he co-created Surtaal, Ottawa’s first Punjabi radio program, hosting it for 12 years. The program has enjoyed more than 30 years on air. Mr. Rudra was nationally recognized for being influential in bringing the Indian Bhangra music revolution to Ottawa in the 1990s, organizing Bhangra events and attracting close to 500 people at each one. he amplified that spread through a Bhangra radio show. He also launched, choreographed and led Nach Pae Yar, the first Punjabi dance team in Ottawa, training hundreds of Indo-Canadian youth and children in Ottawa.

Vineet Srivastava

Mr. Vineet Srivastava accepted the role of president of Cistel Technology in July 2020, having previously served as their chief operating officer for close to 20 years. Prior to that, he had a successful career at Nortel Networks working on scientific teams and in senior management roles.

As a business leader with Cistel, Mr. Srivastava helped develop infrastructure and strategies to develop a wider base of services to offer their federal government clients. His leadership efforts yielded tremendous results leading to Cistel being one of the major suppliers of information technology services to the federal government.

Under Mr. Srivastava’s leadership, Cistel created a healthy, six-figure endowment fund at the CHEO Foundation in support of their research efforts. Mr. Srivastava personally supported Project Stitch at CHEO and was recognized with a surgery room being named after him and his wife. A long-standing community supporter, he participated in several major campaigns for both the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. He has served on the board of Chamberfest Ottawa for the past six years, including the last two years as co-chair.

Mr. Srivastava has been a charter member of TiE Ottawa since 2003, mentoring budding entrepreneurs and providing career guidance to dozens of young graduates, immigrants, and refugees over the past 18 years. He provided leadership in bringing TiECon Canada to Ottawa and served as the conference co-chair for its first two years. TiECon Canada is an annual conference that brings successful entrepreneurs and speakers to Ottawa, advancing the city’s reputation in entrepreneurship and high-tech industries.

Joe M. Thottungal

An award-winning chef and owner of the Coconut Lagoon and Thali restaurants, Mr. Joe Thottungal is also a community builder, inspiring and leading others to make a difference in their communities. He earned bronze, gold (locally) and silver (nationally) medals three years in a row from Canada’s Gold Medal Plates contest.

He is the director and chef of Food for Thought, where Mr. Thottungal donates food, staff and time for the annual A Taste for Hope and the Grinch Dinner fundraisers. He regularly donates food to the Shepherds of Good Hope soup kitchen, often cooking and serving it personally. Chef Joe’s contributions have enabled the Shepherds of Good Hope to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist vulnerable people in the community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when his restaurant was closed, Chef Joe turned his efforts to feeding people experiencing homelessness and those precariously housed. He rallied local chefs whose restaurants were closed due to the pandemic and helped gather the funds and labour to provide free hot meals to those in Ottawa most impacted by COVID-19. He manages the kitchen space in his restaurant, and cooks to make sure no one goes hungry. By the end of August 2020, Mr. Thottungal and partner chefs had produced more than 65,000 free hot meals for the city’s most vulnerable.

Mr. Thottungal has always prioritized community service, supporting charities or local fundraisers that address poverty and hunger in our community. For many years, he has supported local community organizations including Carefor, the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund and the Bahamas Relief efforts.

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching Recipient

Jean-Sorphia Guillaume

With a passion to work with and support less affluent citizens in our community and at-risk youth, Mr. Jean-Sorphia Guillaume worked for several years as a community and school social worker while teaching social work in college in Ottawa. Coupling his dream of a youth-focused career with his passion for sports, specifically football, he is now a teacher and head football coach at St. Matthew High School.

In 2016, Mr. Guillaume led the St. Matthew High School Tigers varsity boys football team to a city championship and a Metro Bowl (OFSSA) AAA provincial championship, their first event provincial bowl, in only his second year as coach. In 2016, he was runner up Coach of the Year, voted by Canadian universities. Coach Jean measures success by the number of his students who go on to college or university, particularly those from less affluent backgrounds. He believes that the mind of a student athlete should be nurtured just as much as the body, and he has created a mandatory study hall for all his players.

Given the outstanding recognition of the St. Matthew High School Tigers, in 2018, Coach Jean’s team was invited to play in the Freedom Bowl in Georgia, the only team from outside of the United States to be invited to this most prestigious American high school football tournament. The Tigers played against the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from Florida, who had suffered the terrible loss of 17 victims, including their football coach, at a school shooting earlier that year. Leading a successful travel fundraising campaign, Coach Jean ensured full team participation in this special experience. For Coach Jean, it was about the value of student reflection and learning, bringing people together, humanitarianism, and sharing a common goal and love of a special game.