Meet our Staff

Caitlin Bailey – Executive Director 

An accomplished non-profit leader and public history professional, Caitlin Bailey joins the Vimy Foundation from the Canadian Centre for the Great War in Montreal where she has served as executive director since 2014. Caitlin is committed to ensuring the longevity of the memory of the Great War in Canadian life, and to finding new and interesting ways to tell its story.

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Claire Carny – Administrative and Billing Coordinator


Claire has always been passionate about customer service and helping organizations run as smoothly as possible. She’s also an ardent believer that Canadian history isn’t ‘boring’! Claire handles general inquiries, processes your merchandise orders, contributes to a variety of projects and is the go to person for the many requests that pop up in the office on a daily basis.

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Alicia Dotiwalla – Education Lead

Alicia has been working in the field of public history for more than a decade. Having worked at local, national and international heritage organizations in Canada and in France, she is passionate about history, education and the power of individual and community stories.


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Pamela Plamondon – Special projects coordinator

Recently graduated with a master in museum studies, Pamela has focused mostly on the conservation and communication of tangible and intangible heritage, at a national and international level. As the special projects coordinator of The Vimy Foundation, she wishes to contribute to the transmission of the living and unique history of the site, strong of its numerous testimonies and resolutely forward-looking.


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Guillaume Bouchard – Communications coordinator

Grad student in egyptology (he will soon complete his Ph.D. thesis), Guillaume Bouchard is also fascinated by the history of Québec and Canada. For the last three years, he created projects with the objective of solidifying bonds between academia and population, give a voice to the ordinary people and to deepen our knowledge of uncharted historical territory.


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Board of Directors

The Vimy Foundation is very fortunate to have dedicated men and women who have devoted their time and efforts to furthering the Foundation’s goals. They each bring an impressive slate of experience and skills to oversee the management and the major policy decision-making of the organization.


  • Bruce Bolton
  • Stuart Iversen
  • Reford Macdougall
  • Dean Oliver
  • Desmond Morton (1937 – 2019)
  • Vincent Prager
  • William Stavert (1934 – 2017)

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

  • John Clemes
  • Shaun Francis
  • Jonathan Leigh
  • Art Linton
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) Michel Maisonneuve


Andrew Powell (October 2, 1930 – March 14, 2014), founder of the Vimy Foundation, shared his inspirations for the creation of the Foundation:

“As a resident of the United Kingdom from 1981 to 2008, I often traveled between Great Britain and France on the A26 motorway. This lane runs along the magnificent National Vimy Memorial, located on a hill surrounded by trees. A large road sign indicated the site as for the many points of interest in France: “Vimy, Canadian Memorial”. One day in 2003, I noticed that the sign was gone and after a few other trips I noticed that it had not been replaced. The motorway is an important route for traffic from Great Britain, northern France and Belgium to Paris and to the South; the opportunity to inform the general public about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and about Canada in general, was lost and I was determined to do something about it.

Every country needs legends, especially young countries like Canada, and Vimy’s story is perfect for inspiring Canadian pride. So we had the idea of bringing students from Canada, the United Kingdom and France to this site to learn about Vimy’s history and its significance for Canada. This experience gave me the motivation to create the Vimy Foundation in Canada and to register it as a charitable organization in 2006.” заём