Board of Directors
The Foundation is guided by talented and passionate individuals from all walks of life. We are very grateful for their expertise in advancing our mission of assisting low vision persons by providing access to innovative products and services that can support them in leading inclusive and normal lives.
Vitality, eagerness and aggression fuel Conrad’s fierce intellect and inherent leadership and attract him to competitive pursuits which more often than not he dominates as much for the joy of challenging himself than anything else. In the spirit of inspiration and the pursuit of excellence, arguments can be the norm with Conrad as he eagerly nourishes his high functioning imagination and intellect. Conrad’s current objectives include seeing the Foundation, which he founded and will serve as chairman, grow to serve legally blind and low vision individuals.
The Lewis Vision Improvement Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, will help to fulfil Conrad’s vision and mission to ensure that some of society’s most vulnerable are able to lead normal lives. Before this, Conrad’s 30+ year career achievements included executive level leadership roles in marketing and technology with multi-billion dollar company’s Newbridge Networks (now Alcatel-Lucent) and Mitel Corp where he oversaw large teams in research and development as well as marketing. Conrad serves as Vice-Chairman of eSight Corp which he founded in 2006. He is a Professional Engineer and holds multiple patents, enjoys reading and long walks with his dog Charlie.
Donna’s inquisitive and spirited truth-seeking energy supported her life journey along a dynamic road of self-learning and development. Donna’s open-minded and freedom loving nature resisted extended stays in conventional learning institutions and prompted her to pursue challenging opportunities to which she could fully apply her formidable learning capacity and intellect as well as her leadership and high energy. Donna’s 30+ year career included senior roles in one of Canada’s leading national law firm where she worked alongside brilliant legal minds to implement complex business transactions as well as a fiduciary role at Newbridge Networks (now Alcatel Lucent) where she served as Assistant Secretary and provided governance and transactional advisory support to the leaders of various start-up technology companies.
Donna is a business consultant and advises companies on various aspects of corporate governance and corporate transactions serving as President of Casumpec Consulting. She is a life-long sports enthusiast and has generously shared her leadership in competitive coaching and leading youth in competitive sports programs. Most recently she co-founded a veteran women’s soccer team that participated in the 2013 World Masters Games and a veteran women’s softball team that competed at the 2017 World Masters Games. Donna relishes solo time at an art studio where she quietly creates unique fused glass pieces. She thoroughly enjoys co-parenting her family dog Tanner.
Patrick (Pat) Kelly entered Canada in the early 1970’s and set about with his entrepreneurial temperament, which is a mixture of irrepressible stubbornness, a hot temper, a kindliness and tolerance for human frailties as well as personal charm and warmth, seeking opportunities for the betterment of himself as well as Canadian society. Pat’s entrepreneurial temperament together with that of fellow Irish colleague Larry Bradley, lead to the formation of Bradley Kelly Construction and the Heart & Crown, a chain of Ottawa’s most well-loved Irish pubs, in the 1980’s. Pat applied his passion for sport and rugged competition to gaelic football and lent his hand in catalyzing the formation of the Ottawa Gaels, a gaelic football club which is active to this day.
Pat has served and presently serves as a director to several non-profit and philanthropic causes including St. Patrick’s Home Foundation, Ottawa Irish Chamber of Commerce, Irish Society of the National Capital Region and Saint Brigid’s Centre. The Kelly home offers warmth, welcome and support where Pat serves as a generous host to many gatherings of friends and/or family and in his true publican form ensures that guests always experience a full cup.
Pat is the recipient of many awards and acknowledgements for his social contributions and community leadership which were exemplified in 2012 when Pat was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland. The award recognized Pat’s many contributions to Irish society and culture in particular hosting numerous fellow Irish visiting Canada, supporting seniors as well as the introduction of gaelic sports programs in Canada. Pat now fuels his irrepressible energy on the sidelines for many sports venues where his passion for competition and the human spirit thrive alongside Pat’s shadow-coaching!
Julia applied her strength of will and spirit of tenacity and optimism to garner achievements in her professional field and lead a life of joy and self-sufficiency despite profound vision loss. Julia’s spirit saw what her eyes could not and her persistent outlook supported her in academic as well as career achievements. Through her 30 year career as a new product and function pioneer, Julia founded a volunteer Association, supported a high tech start- up company, held multiple board Chair positions and is currently the Director, Integrated Risk Management at Ryerson University. Julia earned a reputation as a skilled and thoughtful lead collaborator, building consensus among diverse stakeholders, community and business leaders, regulatory and lobbying bodies and volunteers to advance solution focused strategies, innovations and pivotal partnerships. With cultivating the creative capacity of people as a leadership attribute, Julia succeeded in establishing a smart risk enterprise portfolio, a leading Centre of expertise in knowledge fusion, a sustainable organizational culture of shared responsibility for community care and achieved regulatory reforms for barrier free research, innovation and accessibility.
Julia‘s intelligence and optimism galvanizes people facing adverse circumstances from vision loss urging them to embrace challenges and bring about change in their lives. Julia represents the character that inspired her brother Conrad to create intelligent eyewear and served as a client advisor throughout the evolution of the innovative eyewear that sprouted from that inspiration. Julia embraces the opportunity to support the purpose of the Foundation to provide support to others with vision loss to lead normal and fulfilling lives.
Pauline’s calm and stable demeanor as well as her warm and easy laughter motivates those around her to immediately feel comfortable. Beneath the warm exterior, an intelligent and extremely capable professional has guided many through the intricacies of financial management and accounting in a disarmingly competent manner. Pauline has worked in a diverse group of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, high technology and not for profit and supported small and medium sized businesses in both domestic and international markets. Pauline is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. She is an accomplished amateur athlete and pursued competitive sports throughout her life until the physical demands began to wreak havoc on her knee joints. In turn, Pauline became a very accomplished amateur golfer and continues to pursue an active lifestyle that incorporates fitness into her daily living regime.