Board of Directors

Carrie Roussin

Board Chair

Carrie Roussin has spent 35 years in the federal government. During the last 15 years, she held various senior executive positions, responsible for federal pay, benefits and pension administration; corporate governance of federal Crown Corporations; and public safety interoperability (ensuring that policy, first responders, and criminal justice participants readily shared information). She is a seasoned manager and leader, particularly known for her abilities to analyse and resolve operational problems, and communicate complex information to a variety of audiences (clients, stakeholders, colleagues).

She has developed expertise and adeptness at managing change, as she led her teams through major transformation initiatives (technology, organizational, legal or otherwise).

Carrie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, and former President of the alumni association.

Adrian Benjamin

Sr. Vice Chair

Adrian Benjamin is an internationally educated professional with over 15 years of experience in public relations/communications, marketing, project management and finance. He has volunteered with many different organizations and is also an experienced Board Member. In serving as a Board Member he headed committees on strategic planning, outreach and fundraising as well as marketing and rebranding. He brings to any organization that he serves the value-added qualities of an effective team player, positive communication skills, initiative, commitment to quality and exemplary standards of performance.

Adrian is a graduate of Andrews University, of Berrien Springs, Michigan, U.S.A. with a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education and a minor in Communications. Before coming to Canada Adrian held the position of Communications & Outreach Manager for the National Occupational Safety & Health Agency of Trinidad and Tobago. There he grew a greater passion for Safety and Health issues and is a firm believer that safety is everyone’s business. We should all “Prepare & prevent instead of repair & repent.”

Tamara Miller

Vice Chair

Tamara is a Certified Human Resources Leader with over 10 years of broad HR, talent management, program development and project management experiences. Currently working with the Talent Management team at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Tamara also brings experience from the tourism, trucking and renewable energy sectors. Her work has included the development of national occupational standards and related certification & training programs, labour market research initiatives and the development of HR tools, labour strategies and program evaluation frameworks. She brings a thorough understanding of key HR-related functions, including recruitment, assessment, orientation, performance management, succession management, coaching/mentoring and training and development.

Arthur Kostaras

Treasurer & Secretary

Arthur is an accountant with a specialty in valuations and corporate finance. He began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers and has worked in private industry for nearly 30 years. He owns and manages 3 businesses including Akros Financial (Accounting, Valuation, and Tax), Global Royalty Financing (specialty mezzanine financing for businesses looking for working capital), and (matching businesses to the best CPAs), and is privileged to work with many sophisticated and intelligent clients and peers.

Arthur’s strengths are in helping his clients realize their vision, providing a clear strategy model custom designed to the client’s profile and objectives, and providing immediate tools to ensure increased profitability for the client’s business.

Arthur believes in the importance of the Ottawa Safety Council’s mission and vision and the OSC’s contribution to community safety. He is proud to support an excellent management team at the OSC and help the organization and its tremendous volunteers continue to provide valuable services to the community.

Damien Coakeley

Immediate Past Chair

Damien has devoted his entire adult life to the safety of the community in which he lives and works. He is a retired Sergeant of the Ottawa Police Service, having spent the majority of his career as an operational supervisor in areas such as patrol, communications/911, Airport Policing and Marine Patrol.

Upon retirement, Damien fulfilled his lifelong dream of returning to school and, in June 2013 was awarded a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. He is currently embarking on a second career in Emergency Management, through his own consultancy service.

Damien has extensive security and emergency management experience throughout the world, having worked at two Olympic Games, the World Equestrian Championships and the World Junior Hockey Championships. In addition, he was a mentor and trainer for the Afghan National Police, in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009/10. He currently trains the Abu Dhabi Police Service, in the United Arab Emirates, on a rotating basis.

Damien has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012 and has held various positions up to taking on his current role as Chair. He is passionate about creating and maintaining the proper safety and security environment for the community, and for providing future generations with the proper tools to continue.

Wallace Beaton


Wallace is the Active & Safe Routes to School Program Manager (Ottawa & Eastern Ontario) at Green Communities Canada.

Wallace discovered his inner active school travel advocate in 2007 as a parent volunteer at his children’s school. In 2009 he joined Green Communities Canada (GCC) as the part-time facilitator for the Ottawa School Travel Planning (STP) pilot project which has since grown into one of the largest programs of its kind in Ontario. He also conceived and launched the innovative Ottawa Walking School Bus program, co-chairs the Ottawa School Active Transportation Network and has been recognized by both the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Safety Council for his commitment to active and safe school travel.

Prior to joining GCC, Wallace worked on climate change issues for the British High Commission and has many years’ experience in communications and project management with various non-governmental organizations and federal agencies. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Université Laval and Algonquin College and a fellow of LEAD (Leadership for Environment & Development) Canada.

Ziyad Rahme


Ziyad joined Sustainable Development Technology Canada in 2016. As the Vice President of Investments, Ziyad provides leadership for SDTC’s strategy and approach to SDTC’s investment process, ensuring that the organization is sourcing and nurturing innovative clean technology companies that have the potential to deliver strong environmental and economic benefits to Canada. He oversees the day-to-day operation of the SDTech Fund investment process, from intake through to selection and recommendation of potential investments to SDTC’s Project Review Committee and Board (~$90-100M/year of allocated investment).

Prior to joining SDTC, Ziyad spent 18 years at Iogen, a leading developer of second-generation biofuels, where he contributed in various roles involving progressive and expanding leadership responsibility. As EVP Operations and Engineering, and General Manager of Iogen Energy, he successfully led the commercialization of Iogen’s technology, and completed construction and start-up of a US$105M industrial scale facility with its partner Raízen, Brazil’s fifth largest company with US$25B in revenues.

Throughout his career, workplace health and safety has been a top priority. Ziyad has participated in world-class safety programs and learned from industry-leading practitioners. Outside the workplace, the emphasis has been no different. As a father of two school-age children, he is highly sensitive to the health and safety of not only his family, but all members of his community.

Alain Jalkh


Alain Toni Jalkh is a multilingual Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). He is currently working as a Financial Advisor at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in Ottawa, where he is responsible for providing financial advice to Senior Management of the Policy Sector. For the past ten years, Alain has occupied several Finance positions for various organizations, such as the Department of National Defense (DND), Public Works (PWGSC) along with various positions in the semiprivate sector (University of Ottawa) and in the private sector.

Alain earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Ottawa. He also obtained a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) specialized diploma of higher studies at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Alain is currently completing his MBA diploma. He also currently serves on several Board of Directors in various Sectors (environment, neighborhood safety, human right, education, Accounting/Finance). Alain has also been coaching basketball for the past 10 years. Alain enjoys reading in the nature or on a stationary bike at the gym as he is subscribed to a dozen business related magazines.

Trevor Stewart


Trevor Stewart has over 22 years’ experience in coordinating the protection of Canada’s infrastructure and managing operations related project/ program implementation groups. Trevor is currently the Director of Capital Development and Infrastructure Renewal at Carleton University and has also held other senior positions at Foreign (Global) Affairs Canada; Canadian National Railway and Parks Canada (Rideau Canal). As a critical part of these roles, he has focused on accident prevention and safe workplaces for both employees and contractors; including many system wide safety audits/ evaluations

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has taken post graduate courses in fire protection, physical security and safety engineering. A professional engineer (P.Eng.) with Professional Engineer’s Ontario (PEO) since 1997 and a certified physical security professional (PSP) in comprehensive practice.

As a father of two school-age children and resident of Kanata since 2000, he is highly sensitive to the health and safety of his family as well as many community safety concerns. He also enjoys the outdoors; is an active member of many Ottawa Associations and technical committees; and has previous board experience.

Greg Kostiuk


Greg Kostiuk has worked for Lockheed Martin Canada for 33+ years in a variety of exciting and technologically challenging roles. He has supported programs related to the Department of National Defence (DND) in Electronic Defence Systems Engineering and Product Support Program Manager roles for most of his career. Greg currently provides engineering support to a variety of Canadian Forces equipment, primarily the Canadian Halifax Class Patrol Frigate, Canadian Coastal Radars, and the CF-18, the latter of which he has supported since first procured by Canada in the early 1980’s.

Greg is an avid motorcycle enthusiast, having gotten his first riding experience from the Canada Safety Council in 1986 at CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany where he was assigned to support the CF-18 from 1985 to 1993 before coming back to Canada. He currently is one of our MTP motorcycle instructors, who if he is not teaching new riders skills for safety and awareness, he is probably out turning a wrench on a vehicle, restoring a motorcycle, working on one of many projects, or more preferably, out riding, perhaps even with one of his companion parrots.