Peggy Taillon has lead the Canadian Council on Social Development,(CCSD) Canada’s longest established social policy and research organization, through an unprecedented period of renewal since 2008.
A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy and her team organized the inaugural Canadian Social Forum in Calgary in 2009 and most recently they are leading the national fight to restore Canada's long form census an essential tool for social development.
Immediately prior to CCSD, Peggy served as the Senior Vice-President at The Ottawa Hospital, and was previously Executive Director of Ontario's Mental Health Implementation Task Force.
Today Peggy's diverse voluntary roles include the International Initiatives for Mental Health and Disability Leadership, the Inner City Health Project, Vice Chair of the Ontario Accessibility Secretariat Advisory Council and the Co-Chair of the Canadian Reference Group on Population Health under the Public Health Agency of Canada, a member of the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council and the Service System Advisory Council of The Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Peggy also founded HERA Mission of Canada which undertakes many development projects empowering women and children in Western Kenya. Originally from the small northern Ontario town of South Porcupine, Peggy was educated in Toronto and Ottawa and holds degrees in Social Work and Law, as well as advanced diplomas in mediation and negotiation.
Peggy is most proud of her role as an adoring mother of her beautiful young son, Devlin.
Katherine has worked as a researcher and senior policy associate throughout her career, focusing on issues of social and economic inclusion as they affect women, children, and families. At the CCSD, she worked as the project director and principal author of the Council's publication series, The Progress of Canada's Children in 1996 and 1997.
She is the author of The Fact Book on Poverty 2000 with David Ross and Peter Smith. Her book, Funding Matters: The Impact of Canada's New Funding Regime on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, published in June 2003, highlights the profound funding challenges that nonprofits currently face. In 2007, she completed the Urban Poverty Project 2007 with Gail Fawcett - a series of analytical reports and data tables - and Growing up in North America: The Economic Well-being of Children in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
At the Vanier Institute, she has just completed work on the fourth edition of Families Count: Profiling Canada's Families IV, a databook that documents the character and circumstances of Canadian families over time. She holds degrees in political science from Queen's University and York University.
Mary joined the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) in April 2013, and is Vice President, Special Initiatives and Engagement. Mary was recruited to CCSD through a senior executive interchange from Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Canada bringing a wealth of experience in policy and program development and implementation in both the federal government as well as the not for profit arena.
Most recently she was a Visiting Executive at the Institute on Governance where she taught design thinking and created a design approach to address problems in the public sphere, and prior to that she served as Vice President, Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations, at United Way Centraide Canada. Mary has over 25 years experience in the federal government, where she has held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic and social research and analysis and strategic policy.
A long-time resident of Ottawa, Mary has also been active in community groups and voluntary sector activities.
Michel holds a Master of Urban Planning (1993) and Bachelor of Arts (1991) from McGill University, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Project Management Institute. He has practiced in Canada and overseas since 1993 as an Urban & Community Planner and Project Manager and has directed, managed or participated in numerous projects in the areas of strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation and policy analysis.
Michel is the Director and Owner of Acacia Consulting & Research, established in 1999 to help urban, municipal and community-based organizations make better use of data, information and knowledge in order to inform policy and effect change. Through his company, Michel has served as lead consultant offering comprehensive support to Canada's leading municipal indicator and community data access projects. These include theFederation of Canadian Municipalities' Quality of Life Reporting System(since 2002); the Canadian Council on Social Developments' Community Data Consortium Program (since 2005); and the Community Foundations of Canada's Vital Signs Reports (2006-2010). Michel is also serving as lead consultant to Community Data Canada, a multi-stakeholder process aimed at establishing a permanent forum for collaboration among Canadian governments & community organisations in support of improved access to and use of small area data for decision making.
Michel's professional development has a strong Caribbean influence. Following a year of study and research at the University of the West Indies' Department of Land Survey in Trinidad, Michel's first professional assignment (1993-1994) was with Trinidad's National Housing Authority. He has split his time between Canada and the Caribbean ever since.
Building on these networks, Michel has developed and led international cooperation projects on behalf of the Canadian Institute of Planners since 1998. These include the WorldLink International Internship Program for Planners, which has provided over 125 Canadian young professional planners with 6-month overseas placements in over 30 countries; and a series of Canada-Caribbean Planning Partnerships, providing CIP members opportunities to work with their Caribbean counterparts to advance and promote good planning practice.
Michel has lived in Ottawa's Wellington Street West area since moving from Montreal (via Trinidad & Tobago) in 1995. He has taken on an active role in neighbourhood development over the past decade, notably in issues related to community planning and design. In 2004, he founded Creative Neighbourhoods, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing good planning and design to Ottawa's old west end. In 2006, he led a process which resulted in the formal establishment of the Wellington Street West Business Improvement Area.
Michel operates his company from 430 Parkdale Avenue, a mixed use residential and legal non-conforming commercial property and former automotive repair garage which is now home to commercial catering, studio and gallery space, and a family home, where he lives with his wife and four children.