Board of Directors


Allison Dixon


Executive Committee Chair

Allison brings to the ESFO Board of Directors more than 18 years’ experience with the federal public service in strategic planning and program and policy development in areas of employment, heath, and agriculture. She is an award winning leader with a proven track record for team leadership, strong strategic planning and partnership building skills, proficiency in project management, and in providing advice and guidance on complex issues. Allison has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a double major in Geography and Political Science from Carleton University, an Honours Bachelor of Social Work (HBSW) from Lakehead University, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Carleton University. Her interest on the Board of ESFO lies in the area of Business Development.

Sylvia Cesaratto

Vice President


Sylvia is a multi-lingual senior executive with the federal government.  As a career Canadian diplomat, Sylvia has represented Canada overseas for most of her career, including four foreign assignments over three continents – most recently as Canada’s Ambassador to Panama.  As such, Sylvia has acquired extensive experience in delivering Canada's foreign policy and international business development priorities with solid abilities in international relations; strategic policy planning and analysis; program development as well as program management and delivery. Proven track record in leading multi-cultural and multi-functional teams to deliver results on behalf of Canadian clients (government, business, citizens). Corporate experience in change management, human resources as well as media relations.  Sylvia also has previous board experience, having served on the executive of the Canada-Belgium Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and as an honourary President of the Panama-Canada Bilateral Chamber. 


Michael-Ann Lake, CMA


Executive Committee member

Michael-Ann obtained her certification as a Certified Management Account in 2007. She has worked in public and private organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Although currently employed as the Corporate Controller for a high-tech company, she has a special interest in the not-for-profit sector and women's issues.

Diana Majury


Executive Committee member

Diana is a professor in the Law Department at Carleton University. Her areas of research, teaching and activism include human rights, equality theory and practice, criminal law, violence against women and women’s health. She has worked extensively with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and with the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) since they began. She is formerly a member of the Women’s Court of Canada and a member of the Content Advisory Committee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Takayi Chibanda



Takayi is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Queens University. She has 18 years’ experience in accounting, auditing and finance. Her management experience focused on financial management, institutional development, corporate financial reporting and new business development. She has team leadership experience in Financial Planning and Analysis, corporate financial reporting and general administration. She is IFRS and PROSCI change management certified. She is also bilingual in English and French.

Sanya Solimannya


Hanya is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a double-concentration in Social Justice and International Law. She also completed her masters in legal studies at Carleton University. She previously worked with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, completing three major special education program reviews. She also served as a member of the executive committee for the Maison d’Amitié, a francophone shelter for women who are victims of violence and their children. Hanya joined the Department of National Defence in 2001 and since 2008 has managed the Release and Disclosure Coordination Office. She received a DND commendation for her work with the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. She also earned the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service in 2014. As a legal advisor for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (2007-2008), she accompanied Canadian delegations to conferences and working groups focused on corruption held by the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. In 2015 she participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Lynn Frappier

Director, Human Resources

Executive Committee member


Lynn is a Labour Relations Advisor and a Master Integral CoachTM.  She has over 16 years’ experience in human resources in the areas of organizational development, coaching, employee relations, instructional design and delivery and change management.  She received a B. Soc.Sc. in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Ottawa and first volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa shortly after graduating.  An active volunteer, she has been fortunate to work with the Ottawa Lifers’ Liaison Group at the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Therapy Dogs, the 2014 VDay production of the Vagina Monologues and the Discovery University program managed by the Shepherds of Good hope.

Lindsay Fraser

Director, IM/IT


Lindsay Fraser is a seasoned IM/IT consultant with over 20 years of experience in the field of information management and information technology with a focus on strategic direction, information systems implementation and information architecture. Lindsay has undergraduate degrees from McGill and the University of Ottawa and a Teacher’s College Certification from McGill (B.Ed.) in English as a Second Language. Although she began her professional career teaching ESL to refugees in Austria under the International Organization for Migration, in 1993 she joined an Internet start-up company and her career in IM/IT began. She has since worked for a North-American wide systems implementation firm and has led an IM practice for an Ottawa-based strategic consulting firm. Currently Ms. Fraser is an independent IM Consultant working for a mix of public and private sector clients. Ms. Fraser’s work on the Board of Directors includes overseeing IM/IT initiatives such as the current effort to ensure meeting PWGSC security requirements for the management of Protected B data.