Meet our local chapter

Simon Kennedy M.Sc. ICD.D  
Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Co-Chair since: 2016        

Simon Kennedy is Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the ICD Chapter.
He was named Deputy Minister of Health effective January 21, 2015.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Canada's G-20 Sherpa. He oversaw the Trade Portfolio through one of the most productive periods in the history of Canadian trade negotiations. During his tenure, negotiations were successfully concluded on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Negotiations were also concluded on the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canada's first free trade agreement in Asia, and the treaty brought into force.
Prior to his assignment at International Trade, Mr. Kennedy served as the Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Industry Canada from September 2010 to November 2012. One of his key responsibilities was to administer Canada's foreign investment review regime. For almost a year during this period, Mr. Kennedy was also the Prime Minister's representative on the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Working Group. In this role, he led the negotiation with the White House of the Canada-U.S. Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, announced by the Prime Minister and President Obama in December 2011.
Mr. Kennedy began his career with the public service in 1990, serving in a variety of progressively senior roles at Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He also held several senior positions at the Privy Council Office, the department supporting the Prime Minister, in the 1990s and 2000s. These most recently included two deputy-level appointments: Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Operations (2008-2010) and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultation (2007-2008).

Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of INSEAD's Advanced Management Programme. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Institute of Health Information, a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Public Service Management Insurance Plan.  

Susan St. Amand, TEP, FEA, ICD.D
Sirius Financial Services
Co-Chair since: 2017

Susan St. Amand is the Founder and President of Sirius Financial Services in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She specializes in continuity planning for Families with wealth, including strategic risk management. Susan is a member of the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors, the Institute of Corporate Directors, STEP, ADVOCIS, and CALU. Her strong technical skills and expert knowledge of financial instruments and Governance make her uniquely skilled. These achievements have led Susan to be named one of the top 50 women in Canada's life insurance industry and the recipient of the 2015 J.G. Taylor Award by The Institute for Advanced Financial Education.
Susan's firm is built on trust and mutual respect between client and professional advisor. She works with multi-generational families and their team of advisors to integrate their values and successfully transfer assets from one generation to the next. Susan's integrity, passion, 'big picture' view, intense listening skills, comprehensive approach, technical skills and knowledge position her at the top of her field.
Susan is a Past Chair of CALU, a national organization representing 12,000 members of the Financial Advisors Association of Canada. In addition to her work within the insurance, estate, trust and financial advisory fields, Susan is Vice Chair of the board of the Ottawa Community Foundation, Director on the National Board of the Family Enterprise Xchange, Co-chair of The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Ottawa Chapter, Past Chair of the Board of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, and one of twenty founders of the Women for Mental Health campaign associated with the Royal Ottawa Centre for Mental Health.
Susan served as a chair of the board for a small private steel company, is a past chair of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, has served on over fifteen local not for profit or charitable boards. In 2010, she was a finalist for the Business Women of the Year Award in the
Professional series.

Susan continues to engage in professional education programs, keeps current with legislation, and is involved in professional associations interacting with allied professionals. Susan presents at various professional and industry events, has written articles for publication, and is frequently interviewed by the media.

Administrative Contact

Élissa Blake


Chapter Executive


Simon Kennedy, ICD.D (Co-Chair)
Susan St. Amand, ICD.D (Co-Chair)
Roxanne Anderson, ICD.D
Jim Brockbank, ICD.D
Kim Butler, ICD.D
Peter Charbonneau, ICD.D 
Patrick Coady
Jacqueline Gauthier, ICD.D 
Andrea Johnson
Peter Nadeau, ICD.D 
Glen Orsak
Ian Sherman, ICD.D  

Louise Tardif, ICD.D


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