The Leadercast Ottawa Team

The Leadercast Ottawa Team

Francis LiskaFrancis Liska
CEO, OTUS Group.

“In 2010, I became aware of Leadercast when I was reading John Maxwell’s blog. On many levels, Maxwell’s law of the lid rings true to me. Put simply the law of the lid suggests that the lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his or her potential. The higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the lid on his or her potential. I thought it would be really interesting to see what impact our firm, OTUS Group, could have on “raising the lid” on leadership in our community because it is so consistent with why we exist – to make your business stronger.

I brought the idea to the team and our involvement with Leadercast was born. Over the years and with the help of many enthusiastic and dedicated supporters, Leadercast Ottawa has grown to become the National Capital’s premiere leadership event. In 2017 we look forward to continuing our support of the Ottawa Mission as a beneficiary. Why not join us at Leadercast Ottawa 2017 when we will discover how to be powered by purpose and once again raise the lid on leadership in Ottawa!

Richard MacNeillRichard MacNeill
President, OTUS Group.

“Several years ago I attended a Leadercast event in Ottawa and came away greatly energized, educated, inspired and motivated.   It was an amazing experience!    I very much enjoyed listening to some of the world’s best speakers and authors and having the opportunity to network with other business leaders during the day.

So when the opportunity arose in 2012 for our company to take over as lead organizer of Leadercast Ottawa, it was an easy decision to make.  Leadercast was very much aligned with our company’s philosophy.  The objective of Leadercast is to strengthen leadership which aligns well with our goal of helping organizations to make their business stronger.

At OTUS Group we have a passion for helping charitable and not for profit organizations in both a paid and volunteer capacity.   We believe strongly in giving back, and this is one of the ways we give back to the community.   Leadercast has enabled us to make a difference in our community, with all net proceeds supporting a very worthy charity, The Ottawa Mission.

I look forward to seeing you at Ottawa’s premier leadership event!”

Lynn LaddLynn Ladd
Business Development Specialist, OTUS Group.

For more than 20 years, Lynn has successfully managed small businesses in the retail, wholesale and services industries. Lynn is a demonstrated leader and team builder, and she finds great satisfaction helping organizations improve their revenue, systems and processes.

“When I saw that Richard MacNeill was promoting Leadercast 2015 on LinkedIn, I contacted him to see if there were any volunteer opportunities for the day of the event – I wanted to attend so badly, I was willing to pack boxes, handle registration – anything, really, just so I would have the opportunity listen to speakers like Rudi Giuliani and Malala Yousafzi! I am so excited and so proud to have joined both the Leadercast and OTUS Group teams!”

PeterTilley - Ottawa MissionPeter Tilley
Executive Director, The Ottawa Mission.

The Ottawa Mission is one of Ottawa’s oldest yet most progressive downtown shelters for the homeless, providing a full range of services to the less fortunate in our community.
Before taking over at the helm of the Ottawa Mission, Peter served for 14 years as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Food Bank, leading that organization to become recognized as one of Canada’s most visible and most respected food banks.
A graduate of the Business Administration Program at Algonquin College (1984), Peter has also worked as a manager in the recruitment industry and as a senior manager in the hotel industry.
Peter now teaches the Introduction to Non Profit Management course at Algonquin College on weekends.
Peter was a 2012 Ontario Premier Award nominee and was recently recognized as Algonquin College’s Alumnus of the Year.
He is the proud father of a 20 year old daughter, Samantha, who now attends Algonquin College.

Shirley Roy - Ottawa MissionShirley Roy
Senior Manager of Media & Community Relations, The Ottawa Mission.

Shirley spent the first part of her career working in radio news and now works to shine the media spotlight on the unique programs and services at The Mission.

Shirley will work with the Leadercast committee to help spread awareness about this inspiring event in the community and draw attention to the great leaders in our world.


James KarlisJames Karlis

James Karlis has been a member of the Leadercast Ottawa Committee as Technical Director since 2013: the 2017 Ottawa Leadercast event will be the fifth year in this role for him.

James 35 year plus professional background encompasses a broad spectrum. James has been employed within the Public Sector, Non-Profits Sector and Private Sector ranging from Information Technology Field to Hospitality Management to Policy Analyst to self-employed Management Consultant Entrepreneur.

James professional experience has included employment roles as Team Lead and/or Manager. Currently James is employed as Customer-centered Help Desk Analyst with extensive 17 years background in the IT industry. Creative, analytical and detail -oriented with proven track record for effectively supporting customers and resolving issues from new users to highly trained network administrators. Proven record as IT team Lead and/or Manager with strong communication and Interpersonal Skills.


PinelopiPinelopi Makrodimitris

Pinelopi is dedicated to making a difference in her clients’ lives and in the community. Pinelopi’s practice at Merovitz Potechin LLP focuses on not-for-profit corporations and charities, trust and estates, employment law and business law.  She practiced law in the United States before relocating to Ottawa.

Pinelopi has shared her extensive knowledge and experience through instructing courses at Carleton University, Algonquin College and Everest College. In addition to her work with the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and Leadercast Ottawa, Pinelopi has served as the first woman President of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa.

Pinelopi is devoted to her family and enjoys playing Scrabble, travelling and attending sporting events.

Chris BaylisChris Baylis

Chris Baylis is an expert in sponsorship valuation and sponsorship strategy. Chris works with sponsors and sponsorship seekers to define their sponsorship goals, determine market value of their assets and create strategies that work. Chris is the President and CEO of The Sponsorship Collective, a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and international speaker and consultant on all things sponsorship marketing.

Barbara BestBarbara Best, MVA CCVA
Virtual Works Inc.

Barbara is an expert in administration and remote back office management, providing customized support services to small business, associations, foundations and non-profits since 2004, at a fraction of the cost of traditional staffing. By unloading the day-to-day running of the organization, key stakeholders, Board and Committee members are freed up to pursue
their goals and objectives.

Alexander RinkAlexander Rink,
CEO and Business Founder at 360pi

Alexander Rink is the CEO and Business Founder at 360pi, the leading commerce analytics platform for retailers and brands.  Alexander has over twenty-five years of experience in entrepreneurship, strategy, and operations, including co-founding and profitably running three businesses, and serving as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company and as Material Controller at AutoEuropa (Ford/VW). Alexander speaks four languages and earned an MBA from INSEAD and a BASc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. A fitness and nutrition enthusiast who is active in his church, non-profits and the local community, Alexander is passionate about learning and growth, for himself and for everyone with whom he comes into contact.

“I am honoured to assist the Leadercast team in inspiring more ethical and effective leadership in the Ottawa area.”

Deborah LehmannDeborah Lehmann

Deborah Lehmann is a resourceful community leader with a proven track record of leading change in the non-profit charitable sector. Deborah joined the Ottawa based Parent Resource Centre (PRC) with a passion for the organization’s vital mission and a strong understanding of the community’s need for the services it provides. Deborah’s vision for the organization is to create communities where all children discover and develop skills to live the best life possible.

Prior to her arrival at PRC, Deborah spent 10 years focused on end-of-life services in British Columbia. In 2009, Deborah had the vision for a leading edge campus of care and large scale partnership in Abbotsford. She was one of the founding members of an integrated health-care development; a single location with a range of services and support networks for children, youth, adults and families; the first of its kind in North America.

Her many volunteer roles include service as a member of the Adoption Council of Canada’s Board of Directors, a member of Habitat for Humanity’s Family Partnering Committee, and more recently, a member of the Ottawa Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors. In British Columbia, Deborah was a devoted Rotarian and her other community work included membership on the Abbotsford Police Board and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Of particular interest to Deborah was her involvement with the Social Development Advisory Committee that provided advice to City Council on social issues, to help guide the City’s social planning, including its most vulnerable and marginalized citizens.

Terry LipovskiTerry Lipovski,
President of

For over a decade he has helped Leaders refine their soft skills and leadership systems to achieve their goals, engage their teams and improve their organizations. Terry has served in leadership roles at Apple, Bell and Rogers, and he is an approved Coach with brand-name organizations like Schlumberger, Union Gas, Government of Canada, APEX, Spectra Energy and Air Canada. Terry has Coached for Dale Carnegie and TEDx and he is a Licensed Facilitator for Leadscape Learning. With a background in Psychology, Terry specializes in Diversity Coaching, Performance Under Pressure & Mindful Leadership. He is registered Executive Coach with the IAC and the Author of “Quotes for Leaders” available on Apple’s iBooks and iTunes stores.