New Directors at Large

Elena Merritt

By Impact Public Affairs

Elena Merritt

Elena Merritt is a lawyer and an experienced advisor with over 9 years leading complex files in the public sector and private practice. In the last 6 years, Elena’s practice has focused on environmental and natural resource law. She also holds certification as an Associate Mediator with Mediate BC and has appeared before all levels of court in B.C. She is a past Board Member of a number of sections with the Canadian Bar Association and has showcased leadership on issues of access to justice and alternative dispute resolution. Elena is delighted to be back in the National Capital Region and to be joining the Board of the Canadian Club of Ottawa. She is thrilled to be a part of organizing and hosting events that foster dialogue on issues of national importance.

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Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is currently a Senior Consultant with Crestview Strategy, based in Ottawa providing critical public affairs and government relations insight informed by several years of working in politics and government relations. His deep understanding of what drives government decision making helps clients navigate the political environment to achieve success on their priorities. He develops and executes on strategies for clients across a wide range of sectors.

Prior to Crestview Strategy, Muhammad was a Government Relations Advisor at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, leading advocacy files to advance municipal priorities at the federal level. Prior to that, Muhammad was a Senior Consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.  

Muhammad remains heavily involved politically at the federal level including managing campaigns. For almost a decade he has worked and volunteered in a variety of roles on several federal, provincial and municipal elections. 

Muhammad earned a Master of Arts in International Relations – Global Political Economy from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

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Georganne Burke

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Georganne Burke
Georganne Burke

Georganne Burke is a seasoned veteran of political activities in the United States and Canada. 

She worked on Aboriginal outreach and issues and managed the parliamentary process for a Private Member’s Bill.

Georganne also spent a decade in the private sector in marketing, both in the publishing and computer industries. She has an MBA in marketing and strategic management.

As Senior Vice President at Pathway Group, she is responsible for managing relationships with the federal government, utilizing her extensive network on behalf of clients.

She is also a political commentator, panelist, and avid social media commentator on Twitter and Facebook, as well as in mainstream and ethnic media.

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Aquilas K. Dapaah

By Andrew Bailes

Aquilas K. Dapaah

Aquilas Kapend Dapaah is a trial lawyer and fierce advocate for justice. Prior to that, she worked as a Commercial litigator representing individuals and large corporations in business law.  With a decade of experience under her belt, she employs zealous advocacy skills in the courtroom and through all stages of litigation. When she is not in a courtroom advocating, she is active in various community endeavors committed to the empowerment of women and our youth.

She is cofounder of a Non for profit called The Rise Initiative, an organization that Helps impact community based initiatives to succeed  

She is also the founder of Financially Savvy Girl, a platform that provides financial intelligence to help millennials improve their money management and one that is invested in women’s economic empowerment. 

As a mentor in law and financial literacy, her philosophy in life is as follows: we have two hands, one is to help yourself, the other is to help others  

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