The Board of Management

The Board of Management consists of eight Bells Corners Business owners and one City Councillor. The Board of Management is elected by the attendees at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on a four-year term that typically coincides with the term of the sitting City Councillor.

As well, one employee, known as the Executive Director, is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Management.

The Board of Management meets monthly at the BCBIA office. This meeting is open to all business owners (or appropriate delegate) and property owners as outlined in the catchment area defined by the City of Ottawa.

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Joe Varner

Joe Varner is the Executive Director of Bells Corners Business Improvement Area, a consultant on strategic intelligence, military operations, counter-terrorism, and a media commentator. He served as Director of Policy to the Minister of National Defence and Minister of Justice (Hon. Peter McKay) and Senior Policy Advisor to the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada (Hon. John Lynch Staunton) combining over fifteen years of policy experience.  Joe is also an Adjunct Faculty member with the American Military University which delivers online lessons on intelligence, security, and emergency and disaster management, and was Program Director for Homeland Security Studies and an Associate Professor from 2001-2009. Varner is also a Research Fellow of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Inter-University Seminar on Armed forces and Society and author of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Security Dilemma. He is a Director of the Encanto Potash Corporation and an Advisor to World Defense Holdings. His volunteer activities have included service on the Prior Council of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and past Chair of Federal District Council of St. John Ambulance and a Director of the Canadian Club of Ottawa. A native of Nova Scotia, Joe has an M.A. from Acadia University, and as a reserve infantry officer he served as Platoon Commander, Company Second-in-Command, Intelligence Officer and Adjutant with the West Nova Scotia Regiment.

Jim Sourges

Board Chairman

Jim Sourges is the owner of The Electrical & Plumbing Store and Nepean Flooring. He has participated in many business and community groups including the Greater Nepean Chamber of Commerce where he was awarded the Businessman of the Year award in 2003. Holds a degree in economics from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Elizabeth Montsko

Board Vice-Chair

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Ivan Milev

Board Treasurer

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Grant Woolsey

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Gina Vacchio

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Manny Mellios

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Rick Chiarelli

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