Louise Rowlands is a Human Resource Management Professional with over 30 years of experience in a wide range of human resource, financial and organizational services. She has experience in government, private and not-for-profit organizations around the world.These experiences have stimulated unique insights into the power of individual self-awareness and development, and the impact they have on the success of organizations and the health of entire communities.She has guided thousands of people to transform their personal and work lives by promoting effective communication, positive attitude, mutual respect and personal integrity.
Philip J. Portelance
Philip is a human resources manager with over 15 years experience in supply chain and human resources management. He began his career in supply chain management in Toronto before coming to Winnipeg in 2006. He moved into the human resources field in 2009 and currently works for The Winning Combination, Inc. Philip is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business MBA program. He is also a member of CPHR Manitoba and holds the Charted Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Philip has used his expertise to create HR structures, such as pension and group benefit plans, at two different organizations.
As the Treasurer for the OVRC Board of Directors, Garry Reid offers a wealth of experience as a Financial Services and Banking Business Leader, as well as drawing from his career-long commitment to community service roles supporting organizations within the Winnipeg community.In 2008, Garry retired from Patterson Global Foods, where he had served as the Credit Manager for International and Global Sales. During his tenure with Patterson Global Foods, Garry became involved the Job Program for Manitoba Youth, a Federal program designed to mentor young entrepreneurs to develop their business and leadership acumen. Prior to joining PGF, Garry enjoyed a successful career with the Royal Bank of Canada, rising through the ranks as Loans Officer, Branch Manager, Business Banking Advisor, and ultimately a Financial Advisory Services leader.Garry is most known for his commitment to service. For more than 39 years, he has loyally served the Royal Canadian Legion, Fort Garry Branch No. 90. In 2013, Garry was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee and in 2014, he was named Treasurer, challenged to launch new programs and events that would continue to generate revenue, enrich community involvement, and expand membership. In addition, Garry has served as Treasurer for the South Winnipeg Family Resource Center and volunteered his time in support of the Salvation Army, Cancer Care Manitoba, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. In 1998, Garry was named Volunteer of the Year for his work with the YMCA Self Employment Program.Garry joined the Board of Directors for the OVRC to share his finance acumen and leadership expertise as Treasurer and Finance Chair. In his spare time, he is a dedicated runner, sports fan, and devoted grandfather.
Lauren is a graduate from the Asper School of Business and completed her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) with a double major in Finance and Human Resources. With five years of HR experience in recruitment, employee relations, benefits, safety and training, she recently joined Birchwood Automotive Group as the Human Resource Generalist. She has been an active member of CPHR Manitoba since 2012.
Lauren joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and strongly believes the community deserves exceptional support in finding meaningful employment. OVRC is able to provide a safe and inclusive environment for those making a career change.
Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends, connecting with others in the community and continuously learning. She also enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Travis Couture is a Senior Financial Advisor with more than 10 years experience at Scotiabank. Throughout his career, Travis has developed a well-rounded perspective across a diversity of employment sectors. Prior to joining the Finance sector, his early career followed the Trades, where he developed extensive experience within production, mechanics, and construction.In addition to working within Finance and the Trades, Travis has worked as a mentor and coach providing career education for youth. In this role, he helped expand his mentees borders by providing his insights and personal journey on how to develop a successful working career. Through this experience, Travis has realized his passion for helping others find meaningful and fulfilling employment.As with so many who discover their vocation after time in the workforce, Travis’ journey to his chosen career required a high degree of retraining and education. As a result, he is a strong believer in the importance and value of life-long learning to realize personal and professional goals.Travis enthusiastically joined the Board of Directors for OVRC to help the organization meet its mission of raising the bar when it comes to employment services.
John is a labour and employment lawyer with experience on both sides of the labour management relationship. Before practicing law, John held a variety of labour, technical, and office positions, and has made three major career transitions.John has a keen interest in workplace issues and is a proponent of continuing education. John got a Bachelor of Arts (Labour and Workplace Studies) and a law degree as a part time student while working full time. He graduated law school at age 45.
Paul Peterson received his Master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Upon graduation, Paul, worked for a number of years in Alberta and returned to his hometown of Winnipeg where he has spent 28 years working for Manitoba Justice. Paul has recently retired as Director of Operations within the Corrections Division after holding a variety of senior management roles within the department. A life-long career in Corrections has given Paul deep insight into the importance of meaningful employment in building a rewarding life. As a result, Paul was motivated to join the OVRC’s Board of Directors where he looks forward to assisting the staff in maintaining the great work they have been doing over the past 20 years. Paul and his wife Lyn have two children in the city and last year welcomed their first grandchild into their lives.
Ben Capili graduated with a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University with a concentration in community, policy, planning, and organizations. Ben has a passion for issues involving race, diversity, and equity. During his MSW studies, he was involved with the Equity Planning Committee to develop a Five-Year Equity Plan for the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work. Since his return to Winnipeg in 2016, Ben was employed in the field of adult mental health and is presently working in home care with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Health. Ben is also a therapist for the Therapeutic Alliance in addition to being a sessional instructor in the Social Work program at Booth University College. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and following the Winnipeg Jets.