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November 21, 2019
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Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson inducted 16 residents into the Order of Ottawa and presented the 2019 recipient of the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching during a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall.

The Order of Ottawa inductees are: Anand S. Aggarwal, Dr. Roland Armitage, Claude Bennett, Katherine Cooligan, Kathleen Edwards, Lisa Hébert, Marc LeBoutillier, Jean-Michel Lemieux, Gwen Madiba M. Latulippe, Madeleine Meilleur, Hindia Mohamoud, Bernard A. Poulin, L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood, Kenneth Tammadge and Chef Ric Watson.

Inderpreet Singh was selected as a 2018 Order of Ottawa recipient. As he was unable to attend last year’s event, he was honoured at the 2019 ceremony.

Victor F. Tedondo was presented with the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, an award that recognizes the contributions of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment.

The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by Mayor Watson and City Council. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Public Library.

For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa, please visit the Awards and Recognition page on


“The 2019 Order of Ottawa inductees are prime examples of outstanding individuals in our community who have contributed to making a difference in the lives of our residents through their leadership, generosity, talent and expertise. We are proud to celebrate and recognize their accomplishments, and we are confident they will inspire tomorrow’s community leaders.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

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 Biographies of recipients

Anand S. Aggarwal

Mr. Anand S. Aggarwal founded the real estate firm Manor Park Group of Companies more than 39 years ago. He is co-owner of the Infinity Convention Centre, as well as a number of hotel real estate holdings. Mr. Aggarwal has a vision to provide affordable housing for the Ottawa community. He owns Manor Park Management, which provides affordable rental properties for all demographics, including families in the Manor Park community.

As a former Board of Directors member at the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, and co-founder of Dhadkan, he helped to raise more than $10 million for the Ottawa Heart Institute. He also played a key role in the construction of the Gurdwara Sahib Ottawa, as well as the Sai Centre Ottawa. One of the founding advisors of Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber, he is also a Director and Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, a not-for-profit trade group dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.

Both his contributions and achievements have earned him recognition, including Businessman of the Year Award in 2007 (Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber), the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in 2014 (City of Ottawa), and Corporate Citizen of the Year at the Indo-Canadian Harmony Forum Apex Awards in 2018.

Dr. Roland Armitage

A decorated Second World War veteran, Dr. Roland Armitage was a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery, serving on the Western Front of the European Theatre. Following the war, he obtained Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Surgeon degrees from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. As a veterinarian, Dr. Armitage specialized in and cared for thousands of horses.

A leader in both local and national horseracing, Dr. Armitage served as President of the Canadian Trotting Association from 1976 to 1981, and then as General Manager of the Rideau-Carleton Raceway from 1981 to 1991. He served as Mayor of the Township of West Carleton and as a member of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton from 1991 to 1994. He was the General Manager of the Carp Airport for ten years. He is a published author, having written a trilogy of autobiographical books about his life as a proud Canadian, a heroic war veteran and a dedicated veterinarian.

A strong community-builder, Dr. Armitage contributed to the development of the Carp Farmers’ Market and creation of various shops, a café and a state-of-the-art retirement residence in the centre of the village of Carp. In 2011, Dr. Armitage joined a West Carleton War Memorial Project Committee, successfully developing a Carp Cenotaph to honour residents of West Carleton-March who died during the First World War and the Second World War.

Dr. Armitage is an inductee of the Canada Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. In 2007, the Carp Airport terminal was renamed the Roly Armitage Terminal after its former general manager. In 2011, a hall in the West Carleton Community Complex was named the Dr. Roland Armitage Hall in commemoration of his outstanding service and achievements.

Claude Bennett

Mr. Claude Bennett has served his community in municipal and provincial politics for five decades. He was elected to Ottawa City Council, serving as Alderman for Capital Ward from 1961 to 1969. He was elected as a Member of the Board of Control and served as acting Mayor of Ottawa for nine months in 1970 and 1971. Mr. Bennett was elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South, serving from 1971 to 1987, with 14 years in Cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Recreation, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Minister of Industry and Tourism. In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Bennett served as Chair of the Ottawa Transition Board, overseeing amalgamation of twelve municipal governments and five public utilities, as well as the election of the new City Council.

From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Bennett served as Chair of the Board of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He served as a director of the Royal Canadian Mint from 2007 to 2018, and prior to that was President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada, President of the Commonwealth Games Foundation and Chair of the Canada Safety Council.

Mr. Bennett served on the Ottawa Airport Authority Board and was Chairman during construction of the new Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport Authority, from 2001 to 2003. He has been a board member of the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Central Canada Exhibition Association and St. Patrick’s Home, and has served as Chair of the Board of Ashbury College.

An avid supporter of sports in Ottawa, Mr. Bennett was an original member of the boards of the Ottawa Sooners Football Club and the Nepean Canadians Sports Club. He worked actively with long-time friend Howard Darwin to establish both the Ottawa 67’s and the Ottawa Lynx franchises. Mr. Bennett was President of the Ottawa Sooners for many years and served as Chair of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

Katherine Cooligan

Since 2014, Ms. Katherine Cooligan has served as Regional Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Canada’s largest full-service law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais. Ms. Cooligan is part of the firm’s National Management Committee and leads the region’s Estates and Family Law Group. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Ms. Cooligan is a specialist in family law and appears before all levels of court. Ms. Cooligan is a member of the Advocates’ Society, Canadian Bar Association and County of Carleton Law Association. She is a former executive member of the Ontario Bar Association Family Law Section, a former member of the Regional Law Day Committee and a former President of the Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Section.

An outstanding role model for women and community leaders, Ms. Cooligan is a member, donor and contributor to numerous charities and organizations. She serves as Chair of Women for Mental Health at The Royal, a member of the Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast Committee, a member of the International Women's Forum, a member of the Ottawa Board of Trade, a member of the Women's Business Network, a member of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation Board’s Executive Committee, and a member of the Ottawa Build Task Force. She is a regular volunteer at the CHEO telethon and Teddy Bear Picnic.

Ms. Cooligan received the Women’s Business Network Businesswoman of the Year Award in 2019, the United Way Spark Ignite Award in 2018, the Top 25 People in the Capital in 2016 and The Best Lawyers in Canada Ottawa Family Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012. She continues to support students from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and recently spoke about women in leadership at a TEDxKanata talk in 2019.

Kathleen Edwards

A native of Ottawa, Ms. Kathleen Edwards has made her home city shine. She is an accomplished, nationally recognized singer-songwriter and musician who has achieved outstanding success as an alt-country artist, playing on stage with greats like Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams and Blue Rodeo, and appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Her 2003 debut album, Failer, contained the singles Six O’Clock News and Hockey Skates. Her next two albums, Back to Me and Asking for Flowers, both made the Billboard 200 chart and reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. In 2012, Ms. Edwards’s fourth studio album, Voyageur, became her first to crack both the top 100 and top 40 in the United States, peaking at number 39 on the US Billboard 200 chart and number two in Canada. Her albums Asking for Flowers and Voyageur were both shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and her single Soft Place to Land won the prestigious Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) Songwriting Prize. Each of her four albums has garnered Juno Awards nominations.

In 2013, Ms. Edwards returned to Ottawa, settling in Stittsville and establishing Quitters Coffee shop, developing it into a thriving business and a gathering spot for friends, community meetings and fundraisers. Now a successful local businessperson, Ms. Edwards lends her voice and support to many charities, community events and organizations, both locally and nationally, including The Royal, MusiCares, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Students on Ice and Golden Rescue.

Lisa Hébert

Lisa Hébert is one of the founders of Capital Rainbow Refuge, an advocacy group that supports and sponsors sexual and gender minority refugees. Ms. Hébert supports some of the world’s most vulnerable people. She is one of Ottawa’s leading advocates for LGBTQ newcomers. Capital Rainbow Refuge has helped to settle about 100 LGBTQ refugees since its inception, working with people from countries where being LGBTQ is a crime and who are often fleeing violence from police, gangs and their own families.

Ms. Hébert has been instrumental in creating a network of LGBTQ sponsorship groups in Ottawa to address the challenges of settling refugees. She also engages the LGBTQ community to support refugees that have no sponsors, offering workshops on LGBTQ sponsorship and settlement.

Ms. Hébert is a community contributor, known for feeding, clothing, housing and offering guidance to LGBTQ newcomers. She works with Refugee613 and other groups to mentor people and foster support for refugees. Her efforts have influenced federal legislative and policy reforms related to LGBTQ refugee sponsorship and human rights. Ms. Hébert is one of the reasons Canada stands out as a success with LGBTQ refugee settlement, making Ottawa among the most welcoming communities for LGBTQ refugees.

Marc LeBoutillier

Mr. Marc LeBoutillier is a leader and strategist in the fields of regional hospital management and laboratory medicine services. As CEO of the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital since 2007, Mr. LeBoutillier has led a $160 million redevelopment project to make that institution a model community hospital with leading-edge infrastructure and equipment, a full scope of secondary level medical programs, an academic affiliation with the University of Ottawa as a teaching hospital and a team of highly skilled physicians and professional staff.

As Vice President of Dynacare Medical Laboratories from 1996 to 2007, Mr. LeBoutillier led the company’s Canadian business development strategy and managed their Eastern Canada operations. He spearheaded the construction of the Ottawa Regional Laboratory in 2003 and established the first private National Pathology Laboratory in Canada, also in Ottawa. Mr. LeBoutillier was Associate Executive Director of the Hôpital Montfort from 1984 to 1996.

Mr. LeBoutillier received the United Counties of Prescott and Russell Award for Leadership in 2013, the National Capital Award of Excellence from le Regroupement des gens d’affaires in 2014, the Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and was a North American Hall of Fame Inductee in 2019.Mr. LeBoutillier is on the Board of the Dominican University College and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Ontario Hospital Association and le Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale.

Jean-Michel Lemieux

Mr. Jean-Michel Lemieux is a Canadian tech leader and published author. As the Chief Technology Officer of Shopify, Mr. Lemieux is responsible for the technology strategy, infrastructure and platform that powers the tools and services entrepreneurs need to start and scale their businesses around the world.

A strong believer in role-modeling success and homegrown innovation, Mr. Lemieux supports initiatives at both of Ottawa's universities. He is a founding partner, donor and mentor for the MakerLaunch program at the University of Ottawa – a program that helps students and recent graduates bring Canadian technology to market. In 2016, Mr. Lemieux founded Dev Degree, a work-integrated Bachelor of Computer Science program in partnership with Carleton University, and later expanding it to York University. Throughout the program, students split their time between school and hands-on training, acquiring 20 per cent of their credits at Shopify.

He is a founding member of Canadian Tech @ Scale, a conference that brings together the best and brightest high-tech engineers to explore how to start and scale a business and retain tech talent in Canada. Mr. Lemieux is also known for his contributions and engagement around community and social issues. He and his spouse, Nadine Martel, created a fund within The Ottawa Community Foundation to help local causes.

Gwen Madiba M. Latulippe

Mrs. Gwen Madiba M. Latulippe is an international public speaker and an advocate for women and children’s rights. A designer and former model, her work creates opportunities for all people to feel appreciated, valued, respected and equal, regardless of their social background, race, age, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

Mrs. Latulippe supports social community and cultural growth in Ottawa through charitable initiatives and projects, including I AM FASHION, SAFARA Show, The International Dialogues, The Canadian Black History Month Gala, The International Gala, The Sisterhood Talks, The One Voice – Une Voix Campaign to end violence against women, The Equal Chance Foundation and The AFRO World Festival, to be launched in the summer of 2020. She has launched education funds for Orphans Africa in Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal. From 2014 until 2016 she was the Ambassador for North America of the Nelson Mandela Legacy and Official Representative of the Honorable Nelson Mandela’s family. In 2017, she became the first black woman to pass the top 20 and land in the top two at the International Women’s Rights pageant, Mrs. Universe. Mrs. Latulippe worked at the Native Women's Association from December 2017 until October 2019.

Mrs. Latulippe was included in the Women’s Executive Network of Canada’s list of Top 100 Most Powerful Women, in the Future Leader category in 2010 and in the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category in 2019. She received the Corporate and Community Social Responsibility Conference Youth Social Entrepreneur Award at Algonquin College in 2012, and the Young Alumnus Award from the University of Ottawa in 2018.

Madeleine Meilleur

Ms. Madeleine Meilleur has served the City of Ottawa and Ontario for more than 20 years as a nurse, lawyer, and in elected office. She is known as a champion of the Franco-Ontarian community. As a nurse, she worked with infants and new mothers at the Hôpital Monfort for more than a decade. While working, Ms. Meilleur earned a law degree and changed careers to specialize in labour and employment law. She went on to pursue a career as a politician and served both municipally and provincially for more than 25 years. Between 1991 and 2003, she served as a City of Vanier Councillor and a Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor and worked with her fellow Councillors to create a bilingual policy for the City of Ottawa.

From 2003 to 2016, she served as Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier where she held various ministry position. In 2003, Ms. Meilleur became the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, a position she held for 13 years. In that capacity, she oversaw investments targeting education and health in francophone communities and played an integral part in creating the Commissioner for French Language Services position. As Attorney General of Ontario from 2014 to 2016, Ms. Meilleur focused attention on Indigenous Peoples, increasing French services in provincial courthouses and ensuring bilingualism is considered in the selection of candidates for judicial positions. She appointed the first female Franco-Ontarian Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Ms. Meilleur has fought for important projects for Ottawa including the revitalisation of Montreal Road, the Byward Market, light-rail transit, expansions of the Hôpital Montfort and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins theatre. She has supported the Ottawa Carleton Children’s Aid Society, the Champlain District Health Council, Ottawa Carleton District Health Council and the Vanier Housing Corporation, among others.

Hindia Mohamoud

Ms. Hindia Mohamoud has nearly 20 years of experience in building community solutions through research, partnership development and program design. Ms. Mohamoud has dedicated herself to addressing social inequities. Since 2009 she has served as Director of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. She is responsible for facilitating the establishment and implementation of a community-wide vision and strategy for improving the settlement and integration of immigrants in Ottawa.

Ms. Mohamoud came to Canada as a refugee 24 years ago and is passionate about ensuring Ottawa is welcoming to newcomers. Her work enables her organization’s partners to create community solutions, like the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre, led by the Somerset West Community Health Centre and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. Ms. Mohamoud’s efforts can also be seen in the work of the Ottawa Board of Trade on immigrant talent, in the Equity in Education initiative led by Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre, in the Equity Ottawa Partnership and in the Welcoming Ottawa Week – a platform to convey Ottawa’s respect and welcome to newcomers. Prior to her work at the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Ms. Mohamoud worked at Ottawa’s Social Planning Council and at the United Way. She has volunteered for multiple local causes, ranging from her local food bank to women’s organizations.

Bernard A. Poulin

For the past 52 years, Mr. Bernard A. Poulin has been a portrait painter, sculptor and muralist. Recognized in Canada and around the world, his subjects have included politicians, royalty and various national and international icons, including Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Power Corporation’s Paul Desmarais, Yousuf Karsh, Dame Jennifer Smith, The Premier of Bermuda, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Mr. Poulin sculpts in bronze, using the lost wax process. As a muralist, he has created several three-dimensional projects using acrylic, black marble and maple. These can be found in the lobby of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa Children’s Aid Society and the Solange Karsh Center for Medical Research. His commissioned exhibitions have included subjects such as Tuscany and Venice (1996), Provence (1998), Jerusalem (2000), Paris (2005) and a Grand Tour Exhibition in 2007.

Mr. Poulin is the author of 12 books and has collaborated on more than a dozen other published projects in Canada and the United States. A teacher by vocation, he has been a speaker and workshop facilitator in Canada, the United States and Bermuda for more than 30 years. An eclectic artist dedicated to the advancement of arts and culture, his contributions have been valuable influences in our community.

The Assemblée parlementaire de la francophonie internationale, the association of the world’s French parliaments, conferred upon Mr. Poulin the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre de la Pléiade in 2011 in recognition of his international efforts to promote the visual arts and the Francophonie. Mr. Poulin received an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University in 2019, in recognition of his remarkable career in the arts.

Inderpreet Singh

Mr. Inderpreet Singh is a leader in Ottawa’s South Asian community. Mr. Singh is the Director of the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards and is devoted to cultivating an audience for Indian cinema and culture in Ottawa. The festival highlights Indian films, supports Indian filmmakers, recognizes performers and business executives, and promotes the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. Working in partnership with Ottawa Tourism and other local organizations, the awards connect and promote local talent, filmmakers, distributors and producers.

Previously, Mr. Singh published a fan magazine called Bollywood Plus. He also publishes South Asian Connection, a business directory and guide to local business and professionals, targeted to the South Asian community in Ottawa. Now in its ninth edition, South Asian Connection has a distribution of more than 15,000 copies and is available free at local libraries and Metro grocery stores in Ottawa.

Mr. Singh founded the annual Job and Newcomers Settlement Fair, which allows newcomers to Ottawa to learn about settlement services, secure mentorship and entrepreneurship support, and connect job seekers with work opportunities. Mr. Singh supports fundraising initiatives for the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the United Way. In 2016, he participated in the Mayor’s Trade Mission to India, travelling with the mission to generate investments and opportunities in technology, film production and tourism.

Mr. Singh was unable to attend the 2018 Order of Ottawa ceremony, and will be honoured at the 2019 ceremony.

L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood

As founder and President of Andrex Holding Limited since 1973, Mr. Sandy Smallwood is a leader in the regeneration of landmark buildings. He offers exceptional heritage accommodations in Canada and the United States and has received six municipal heritage restoration awards. His stewardship of heritage properties includes the Strathcona Apartments, the Windsor Arms, the home of the National Trust of Canada at 190 Bronson Avenue, and the Wallis House on Rideau Street. Through these and other projects, Mr. Smallwood has provided direction on the importance of heritage properties in the city. He is the President of Historic Ottawa Developments and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario Heritage Trust.

In 2012, Mr. Smallwood was appointed as City Council’s Citizen Representation to the Ottawa Police Services Board, where he now serves as Vice-Chair. In 2013, he was elected Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Police Governance, an organization focused on issues of police governance from across Canada. Mr. Smallwood is a former Rockcliffe Park Councillor, and a former board member of both the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Arts Centre Foundation. He is a well-known philanthropist, providing significant support to the Ottawa Heart Institute.

Recognized by various organizations for his contributions, he received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Award for Achievement in 1996, the Heritage Canada Foundation Prize for Exemplary Stewardship of Heritage Architecture in 2007, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.

Kenneth Tammadge

Mr. Kenneth Tammadge is a senior accounting and business leader with more than 40 years of experience providing taxation and business advisory solutions to clients. Mr. Tammadge is a Tax Partner with Baker Tilly Ottawa LLP and has been the Managing Partner since 2012. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a Fellow and member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He has been involved in many marketing and business development activities, including co-authoring brochures on research and development tax incentives, and financial planning.

Mr. Tammadge has been a long-time supporter and contributor to many local organizations in his community. These include serving as Co-Chair of the Boys and Girls Club Ski-a-thon Committee, past member of the Community Foundation of Ottawa-Carleton’s Board of Advisors, past member of the Board of the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation, past member of the National Capital Dragon Boat Festival Committee and past Treasurer and Director of the Kanata Chamber of Commerce. He has also been past Chair and Honorary Director of the St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa, chairing their Corporate Development Committee and helping secure financial support to rebuild St. Patrick’s Home. For many years, he has organized a team to run in the 24-hour relay, a major fundraiser for The Royal.

Chef Ric Watson

As the Executive Chef and Director of Food Services at The Ottawa Mission, Chef Ric Watson is responsible for managing the staff, students and volunteers who serve daily meals to shelter clients and community residents. While preparing more than 1,400 meals per day for some of those in Ottawa facing the greatest need, Chef Ric also mentors and teaches the skills and tricks of his trade.

Having been homeless and struggled with alcohol issues himself, Chef Ric found a mentor-based program that turned his path around and led him to earn a Professional Cook Red Seal Endorsement from Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., and a certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management. His career led him back to Ottawa, and what started as occasional volunteer service became full-time employment at The Ottawa Mission in 2002.

Chef Ric convinced The Ottawa Mission to introduce a similar training program to the one that had transformed his life. In 2004, he launched The Ottawa Mission Food Services Training Program to train for individuals struggling with homelessness. Every graduate is placed with a local restaurant or caterer as part of this curriculum. The program has graduated 149 individuals, 142 of whom went on to find employment in the industry – a success rate of 95 per cent.

Chef Ric has volunteered with several community organizations, including the Algonquin College Student Advisory Board, the Board of Just Food and the Board of the Ottawa Canadian Culinary Federation Ottawa branch. He has received many awards, including the Ottawa Chef of the Year in 2014, the Maury Carp Award for Community Development in 2015, and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 2016.

Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

Victor F. Tedondo

Mr. Victor F. Tedondo and his family immigrated to Canada from Cameroon in 1996, when he was 10 years old. Mr. Tedondo went on to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces for 12 years, as a way of giving back to the country that welcomed him as a young child. He currently works as Unit Security Supervisor for the Department of National Defence.

Mr. Tedondo played high school football as a running back for the St. Peter Catholic High School football team in Ottawa and was offered a partial scholarship to Syracuse University. He also played for the Cumberland Panthers, the Myers Riders Football Club, the Gloucester Dukes Midget Club and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Mr. Tedondo has been coaching football in Ottawa since he was 17, first as assistant coach for the Orléans Bengals, and then as a student at the University of Ottawa. In 2007, he founded the Gridiron Academy – an organization committed to providing a modernized form of training, helping athletes obtain a strong athletic foundation and focus on individual goals. As the Program Director, Mr. Tedondo has helped athletes reach the National Football League, Canadian Football League and Major League Baseball. The Academy now has more than 100 youth in the program, with about sixty under the age of 14. Mr. Tedondo has seen more than 50 athletes receive thousands of dollars in scholarships to both American and Canadian universities.

Mr. Tedondo is passionate about football, continually striving to enhance the skills of young athletes. His approach to success includes both on-field and off-field growth and development, helping youth in the community, often from less affluent backgrounds, to become more confident, motivated, active and healthy.

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