Officer Profiles



Margaret Huber (AMP, HBS ‘91)


margaretCompleted Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program and 2014 Fellowship in Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative. Also active in other volunteer activities  (including as President, Canadian International Council's National Capital Branch; board member Music Niagara; volunteer speaker on international development for the Aga Khan Development Network; supporter of Samara Canada).  

Margaret was the Chief of Protocol of Canada from 2010-13. She is a former Ambassador in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During an extensive diplomatic career and travels that began after undergrad studies at McGill University, she worked closely with international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the Asian Development Bank and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 



Brigitte Desrochers (MAUD '88, DDes '95)



Brigitte is a graduate from the Master of Architecture in Urban Design, and Doctor of Design programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  After dabbling in archaeology, research and design, she settled at the Canada Council for the Arts, where she administers grants and prizes in architecture and engages in a number of policy-making projects.  She and her partner Hans delight in rowing, paddling, hiking and cycling.





Meghan Sullivan (MPP, HKS '12)



 Meghan Sullivan is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she majored in International and Global Affairs. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Wellesley College, incorporating one year at Oxford University.

Since graduating from Harvard in 2012, Meghan has worked for the Government of Canada. Currently, she is a Senior Policy Analyst at Environment Canada, working on water pollution.

In the past, Meghan worked at the Conference Board of Canada, conducting research on a range of public policy issues. She also interned at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, reporting on key environmental developments from across the United States.

In her spare time, Meghan enjoys volunteering for local environmental groups and the Wellesley Club of Ottawa. She also serves as the Non-Profit and Social Media Coordinator of Opinions4Good, a non-profit. Finally, she is an avid athlete, playing both basketball and volleyball.


Olivier Dufourmantelle (MBA, HBS '13)


2869Olivier is Chief Operating Officer of Canopy Growth Corporation where he promotes efficiency, lean supply-chains, and Japanese production concepts. Prior to this, he spent a decade in various leadership and consulting roles in Asia, Europe, and North America. Olivier holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.





Alayna Miller (AB, HU ’03)

Alayna is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Law, 06) and Harvard University (English, 03). Prior to joining Sevigny Westdal LLP, Alayna articled and practised with a boutique litigation firm in Ottawa. She is now focused exclusively on the areas of labour and employment law.

Alayna is on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association – Young Lawyers’ Division East, where she assists in the realization of continuing legal education programs, social events and community volunteer projects. She devotes much of her spare time to coaching with the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club in which she draws upon her experiences as a decorated long jumper and sprint hurdler at the collegiate level. Alayna also does her best to maintain her interests in dance and literature. 


Leila El-Khatib (HKS)

Leila El-Khatib is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS). She also holds a M.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She also earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. She has worked for both the private and public sectors. She held positions in several federal departments (Canada Border Services Agency, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Transport Canada, and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada). Her breadth of public service experience covers various sectors such as emergency telecommunications, industrial security, national security, customs and immigration, transportation, small and medium enterprises and agriculture.

In 2005, she launched her own consulting firm to provide management consulting services as well as a cultural competency training component on the Middle East & Islam. Leila’s community leadership with 6 Degree Seminars Inc. earned her several prestigious awards including the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to the Community, the CBSA President's Award and the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award presented to her by the Mayor of Vancouver. For her leadership in the public sector, she was awarded the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Public Service Award of Excellence presented to her by former Governor General David Johnston. At Harvard's commencement, she was presented with the Barbara Jordan Award for Women's Leadership. 

In addition to serving on the Harvard Club of Ottawa board, Leila also currently serves as a Director on the official HKS Alumni Board.



Marco Chan (HKS '17)


Marco Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard College and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. 


Currently, Marco is a policy advisor in the Privy Council Office's LGBTQ2 Secretariat. He has also worked as a policy advisor in the Government of Québec, as a business management consultant at Bain & Company, and in international development roles at the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has particular interest in diversity and inclusion policies, government performance evaluation, and U.S.-Canada relations. 


Marco enjoys travel, with goals to visit all 50 U.S. states (reached recently), the 50 largest American cities (2 left), and all 13 Canadian province/territories (5 left). Around Ottawa, he enjoys hiking, visiting the National Gallery of Canada, catching shows at the National Arts Centre, and mentoring LGBTQ2/first-generation students.





Gabriel Poliquin (PhD, GSAS '06)

Gabriel Poliquin graduated in 2006 with a PhD in linguistics from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Gabriel’s general interest in languages dates back to his childhood, but he developed a more focused interest in linguistics while as an undergraduate at McGill University, where he studied Chinese syntax.  After dabbling in that for a while, his interests morphed into a research project on Canadian French phonology, which was the subject of his dissertation.  Gabriel was a teaching fellow for several courses in linguistics as well as a non-resident tutor in Leverett House.

After graduating from Harvard, Gabriel accepted an assistant professorship at the University of Delaware, from which he retired after a fulfilling year of teaching and research. 

So as to keep busy in his retirement, (and being only 27 years old at the time (as well as penniless)), Gabriel decided to attend law school in Ottawa, where he is originally from.  Since graduating from law school in 2010, Gabriel clerked for the Honourable Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced civil litigation for a national law firm in Montreal.  In Montreal, Gabriel was treasurer of the Harvard Club of Quebec.  Back in Ottawa, Gabriel now practices civil, commercial and constitutional litigation at Caza Saikaley LLP, a local boutique law firm.  Gabriel has published in the fields of insurance law and Aboriginal linguistic rights.

In his free time, Gabriel enjoys not answering his phone, cooking for friends and family and attending children’s theatre with Isabelle, his feisty five-year-old. Mostly, Gabriel acts as a piece of Harvard memorabilia for his wife, Prof. Emily M. Standen, PhD ’09, whom he met at Dudley House during a well-cheered cocktail for international students. Prof. Standen has not touched a drop since; Gabriel still enjoys the occasional martini.


Rebecca Barnes (HKS '17)


Rebecca is a Canadian Foreign Service Officer who has worked in diplomatic missions in Washington D.C., Australia, China and Singapore, her most recent tour. An international trade specialist, she has held numerous positions at Foreign Affairs headquarters including working on the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. Rebecca has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, Canada.








Ben Rankin (HKS '12)


Ben is a 2012 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently a Senior Economist at Finance Canada's International Branch where he represents Canada at the Paris Club. He has previously held positions at Global Affairs Canada, Treasury Board, and PCO. He also holds a BA from McGill.


Christopher Baird (AB, HU ’94)

Christopher is Senior Director, Client Engagement Sector, Acquisitions Branch at Public Works and Government Services Canada where he is responsible for management and facilitation of communications to the Branch’s client department and agencies, the management and evolution of the Branch’s client governance initiatives, and the management of the Branch’s relationship with DND.

Previously, he managed PWGSC’s Information Technology Branch’s national Telecommunications Program which delivers a portfolio of telecommunications services and solutions to government departments and agencies on a full cost recovery basis, with objective of delivering robust, enterprise class services while reducing the GC’s spend in the telecommunications space through meeting the needs of an aggregated demand for services. Christopher so held challenges roles of strategic services manager and client relationship manager, both within ITSB, where he managed client accounts, horizontal planning, governance and product portfolio management initiatives in the IT and telecommunications domain.

Before entering the public service, Christopher was a consultant with a government relations firm, responsible for working with clients across a range of policy areas including energy, transportation, the enironment, with a major focus on servicing the financial institutions sector. He experience included a four month period working in the firm’s Brussels office where Christopher consulted on client issues and challenges within the European public policy space.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Christopher holds BA in Biology from Harvard University (1994) and an MBA with a focus on high technology from the University of Ottawa (1998). He was a four-year member of the varsity Harvard Hockey team, helping it reach the national championship tournament for two consecutive years. After graduating from Harvard, he spent a year in Reims, France playing professional hockey in the Champagne region.

Christopher has served as the HUCO Schools Committee Chairperson for nine years and volunteers in his local community as a coach for both soccer and hockey.


Chris Goodhew (MLA, HES '15)

Chris is a Canadian military officer, currently posted to the military police headquarters in Ottawa.  Previous positions have included foreign liaison officer (Asia), various levels of command, instructional staff, and recruiting.  He has a BA from Carleton University (2002) and a Master of Liberal Arts in general management from Harvard University (2015) extension school.  He resides in Ottawa with his son Cameron.




Larry Woods (HBS '82)

Larry has a Harvard MBA (1982) and a Queen’s Engineering Physics degree (1978).  Larry spent most of his management career in the high-tech industry.  He was at Mitel for 4 years and Newbridge (Nokia) for 11 years in product management/marketing, project management and information technology.  As COO of Northwood Technologies, he helped sell Northwood to Marconi for $42M cash, then ran a $65M Global Business Unit for Marconi.  Larry was VP at Iogen Corporation (cellulose ethanol).  He co-founded and was CFO for several years at Troo Corporation (GPS tracking). He managed a large integration project for DragonWave (microwave).


From 2014-2016, Larry was EVP at an NPO helping youth in East Africa to learn practical skills to help them to earn a living.  He managed 20 Ottawa HQ staff and over 100 international staff, and travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda. Larry is now a management consultant, and is working on a start-up NPO to help educate children and youth in Afghanistan.


Larry swims 2-3 times per week with a masters swim club (since 2000), and is learning yoga.  He is a certified sommelier involved in many wine-related activities, and is an active member and past Director of the National Capital Sommelier Guild.  His other interests include digital photography, hiking, travel, music, cooking, family, woodworking and the cottage. He and his wife, Deborah Penton, have two sons.





Lewis Auerbach (AB MCL '63, AM '64)


lewLewis Auerbach has interests in governance, accountability, performance auditing, the future of democracy in Canada, and organizational design. Currently he is the head of Auerbach Consulting Services.

From 1988 to 2002 he was a Director, Audit Operations, for the Auditor General of Canada and the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development. Previous to his work in the Office of the Auditor General, Mr. Auerbach was a senior research and policy advisor with the Treasury Board Secretariat, the CRTC, and the Science Council of Canada. He has also worked as a private consultant for Woods Gordon, and as a radio and TV producer for CBC and TV Ontario.

Mr. Auerbach’s voluntary experience includes service as President of Tamir Foundation, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults. He is a past President at Options Bytown, which provides supportive housing in Ottawa for the “hard to house” and served on the Board of the Hospice at May Court. He has also served as a citizen representative on the City of Ottawa Task Force on Property Tax Assessment Issues, and its Public Arts Committee, as well as various Boards and Committees, including over 10 years service as Chair of the Harvard Club of Ottawa Schools and Scholarship Committee. 

 He currently serves as treasurer of Oxfam Canada and sits on the board of the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Forum for Research and Policy In Communications. He served as President of the Harvard Club of Ottawa from 2011-14. 

 Mr. Auerbach has an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College, an MA from Harvard GSAS in the History of Science, and an MBA from Yale.


Margaux McDonald (MPA, HKS and MTS, HDS '08)


467586Margaux is a dual-degree holder from Harvard University, having completed a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2008. Her studies focused on global religious conflict.

After graduation, Margaux remained at Harvard, both as a Freshman Proctor (in Canaday, Matthews, and Wigglesworth), and as a Presidential Management Fellow and Senior Financial Analyst from 2008-2012. She then moved down the street to the Broad Institute, as the Director of Special Projects.

Margaux has always maintained a passion for Canadian politics and policy, and returned to Canada in 2014 after accepting a Senior Trade Policy Advisor role in Global Affairs Canada (then DFATD) and having been recruited by the Government’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders program (RPL). In June, 2015, Margaux became the Reverse Mentor to the Deputy Minister of Trade and sits on the Deputy Minister’s Committee on Policy Innovation (DMCPI).

 When not immersed in trade policy, Margaux can be found planning her next world adventure; she has travelled to over 60 countries and has worked in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.


John Baenziger (HMS Fellow ‘92)



John is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he runs an active research program in biochemistry with a neuroscience focus. In addition to research activities, he teaches in the undergraduate Translational and Molecular Medicine program and is director of the graduate program in Biochemistry. John is President of the Biophysical Society of Canada and treasurer for the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics. John holds Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University and Doctorate form University of Ottawa. He worked as a fellow at the Harvard Medical School from 1989-1992. Born in Alberta, but raised in Ottawa, John spent most of his teenage years in the pool as a competitive swimmer. He enjoys time in the great outdoors.