National Capital Chapter - Who We Are

Our Executive



Mary Anne Carter & Scott Thurlow


Joanne Pitkin


Laurel Ralston 

Youth Chapter Liaison

Alisa Nagorny

Communications Chair

Massey Hoveyda


Allison Smith, Bridget Duquette, Sarah Atchison,
Nicole Waintraub


The EV Ottawa Chapter Executive 2013-2015


Mary Anne Carter, Co-Chair 

Mary Anne Carter, Director of Competition Policy and Business Law at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Ottawa. Mary Anne is a part of the policy division at the Chamber, wherein she specializes in the areas of business and competition law, international arbitration and tourism policy. Her professional interests also focus on strengthening the intellectual property regime in Canada, in addition to advocating for increased support for innovation, research and development, and using digital technology more broadly. Her involvement in Equal Voice began when she was completing her undergraduate degree, recognizing the importance of engaging more young women to become politically active within their communities. As a result, (and with the help of charismatic male and female students), the Carleton Equal Voice Chapter was born. Over the last three years, she has served as the Chapter Liaison for EVNCR. In this role, she has worked closely with the Carleton and University of Ottawa youth chapters, and has developed strong relationships with EV’s youth membership within the Ottawa area. In her role as Vice Chair, Mary Anne will continue to advocate for more women to become involved within the political sphere, whether it be in the backrooms or on the front lines. She will continue to address the urgent need to roll up our sleeves and fight the good fight.

 You can connect with Mary Anne via Twitter: @MaryAnne_Carter 


Scott Thurlow, Co-Chair

W. Scott Thurlow trained as a lawyer and specializes in federal and provincial regulatory policies for environment, energy, chemical management, trade, transportation and tax. Scott also has expertise in the laws and regulations governing legislative processes, lobbying and elections in Canada.

Scott has worked in the public policy field for almost two decades, and has rejoined Temple Scott after serving as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. As President of CRFA, Scott served as the lead spokesperson for the producers of ethanol and renewable diesel in Canada.

Scott's experience includes the private practice of law, where he has represented clients at federal tribunals and boards, as well as an advocate in Ontario's provincial courts. Scott previously served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Minister of Natural Resources in 2005. In that role, Scott was responsible for providing the Minister and Government Members of Parliament with support as they worked to usher legislation through the House of Commons.

Scott completed his undergraduate degree in political science (with honours) at Carleton University. He subsequently studied at the University of Western Ontario, where he earned a Masters degree in Political Science while writing and lecturing on the role of the Provincial Governments in shaping federal policy. After completing his graduate work, Scott returned to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa's Law School, where he was awarded his LLB in 2002.

Scott started his career in Ottawa as a Parliamentary Consultant for the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (now Chemistry Industry Association of Canada) in 1997.

 You can connect with Scott via Twitter: @wscottthurlow 


Joanne Pitkin, Treasurer

Joanne Pitkin is a public affairs specialist working at international communications agency FleishmanHillard. Prior to joining FleishmanHillard, Joanne worked for various federal departments in communications and public affairs roles. She has experience in multiple industries including finance, natural resources, health, defence, and telecommunication. Her expertise lies in strategic communications, government relations and issues management.

Joanne’s experience as a consultant and project manager can be attributed to her strong skills in budget planning and management, all of which she is excited to bring to the EV NCR Chapter as Treasurer.

Joanne moved from Oakville, Ontario to study at the University of Ottawa, where she graduated magna cum laude in Communications and Business Administration. In addition to Equal Voice, Joanne is an active volunteer for the Canadian Advocacy Network and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.


Laurel Ralston, Membership

Laurel Ralston is a writer, editor, and musician with over 15 years of experience with arts-, environment-, and business-related not-for-profit organizations. She returned to Ottawa in 2013 from Kimberley BC, where she worked for a regional environmental NGO, Wildsight, served five terms as the President of the Kimberley Arts Council, one term as a Director of the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, and participated in several community consultative committees, including the Kimberley Cultural Scan, a community literacy committee led by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, and the City of Kimberley re-branding initiative. Laurel holds an MA in Philosophy and a BMus.


Massey Hoveyda, Communications Chair 


Massey is presently National Coordinator for Canada's Economic Action Plan (Infrastructure) at the department of Public Works and Government Services. Massey holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Business Management from Carleton University. Massey's involvement with EV began in 2010 with the Experience Program, where she was paired as a mentee with Member of Parliament Denise Savoie. This experience allowed her to appreciate the need for female representation in Canadian politics, and she has since then been an avid member of the EV community. Along with holding the Communications chair for the EV Ottawa Chapter, Massey is the co-chair of the PWGSC young professional Network's Real Property Representative, a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada Ottawa Chapter Events Squad as well as an Engineer in Training with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. 
Massey's passion lies in international and Canadian politics with a focus on human rights. She is now pursuing a Masters in infrastructure engineering and public administration. She is an advocate of cultural diversity and innovation and works with various non-profit organizations across the community. 

 For communications-related questions and general comments you can connect with Massey via Twitter: @massclarity



Alisa Nagorny, Youth Chapter Liason 

Alisa Nagorny is 20 years old and has been with Equal Voice since 2012, first as Vice-President of Finance and then as President of the University of Ottawa chapter. She is in her 4th year at the University of Ottawa, working towards a Bachelor in Business with a specialization in Finance. She is presently a Trade Representative with MD Management, a financial firm dedicated to Canadian physicians. Alisa is excited to work with Equal Voice National Capital Region Executive to encourage students in the area to get involved in electing more women at all levels of government and is looking forward to being part of the EV-NCR as Chapter Liaison. She hopes to continue to contribute to the organization for many years to come!




Nicole Waintraub

Nicole is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Ottawa where she manages a number of conflict analysis and conflict management projects operating in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Central Asia. Prior to working at the University of Ottawa, Nicole was an analyst with the Department of National Defence in the Directorate of Future Security Analysis. She also served as a research assistant to LGen (Retd) Hon. Senator Romeo Dallaire on nuclear nonproliferation and security issues.

She has a master’s degree from the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  During that time, she was awarded the Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation by the Simons Foundation and DFAIT's International Security Research and Outreach Programme for her master’s major research paper and the Security and Defence Forum Internship Programme Award.

Nicole’s work in conflict environments has reinforced her understanding of the role that women can and must play in local governance as well as in conflict transformation. She has been a member at large with the National Capital Chapter since 2014.


Allison Smith

Allison Smith is a Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Prior to joining the CIRB in January 2015, Allison practiced labour, employment and human rights law at a large national corporation.  She has also worked in private legal practice and in Minister's Offices in both the Ontario and Canadian governments.  She has a keen interest in public policy development.

In addition to her Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Windsor), Allison also holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree, both from the University of Toronto.

Throughout her career, Allison has had the privilege to travel extensively across Canada and meet Canadians from all regions of the country and to understand the commonalities and unique regional differences that make up our country.

Allison is an enthusiastic supporter of the advancement of women in society, business and politics.

On the non-professional side and in her spare time, Allison is a dog enthusiast who enjoys spending time with her three dogs (who together total over 300 pounds) and volunteers with Bernese rescue to help find emergency shelter and forever homes for lost or surrendered Bernese Mountain Dogs.  Allison also mentors law students through a program sponsored by her law school Alma Mater, the University of Windsor.

Please note that Allison has approval of the Ethics Commissioner to be involved in Equal Voice.


Sarah Atchison
Sarah Atchison is a Senior Analyst with the Department of Public Works and Government Services. Before trying her hand at policy, she practised law at the Department of Justice. Sarah’s interest in politics was sparked the first week of her undergrad when, instead of studying her intended course of biochemistry, she switched to politics and history. Throughout her university days she represented her fellow students in various political positions and worked at a few provincial and federal election days. Her interest in the role of women in politics and society at large has led her to volunteer for several organizations focused on human rights. She has lived and studied in five countries as well as a few provinces, including Ontario, the Northwest Territories and British Columbia. Outside work and volunteering, Sarah can be found hiking and traveling to interesting places, near and far. Sarah is looking forward to serving as a Member-at-Large for the Ottawa Chapter of Equal Voice.


Bridget Duquette 

Bridget is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa with a degree in English Literature and Translation. She became involved with Equal Voice as a volunteer translator in 2013, before becoming a Member at Large for the NCR Executive Committee in 2014. She is passionate about human rights, particularly the ongoing struggle of women in the workforce and in politics. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing.

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