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Our Team

The Connecting Ottawa team includes:

Gina Grosenick, Ph.D., Project Manager

Dr. Gina Grosenick has over 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit and community sector, as a lobbyist, communicator, executive, and project manager.   She has extensive experience working with and advising Boards and committees, managing government-funded projects and research, cultivating relationships with government officials and other stakeholders, navigating and communicating within the political process, and working with volunteers.  Gina Grosenick holds a Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa and a M.A. and B.A (Hons.) in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary.

Alexandra-Marjorie Derisier LLL, LLB, Lawyer

Alexandra Derisier has degrees in civil law and common law from Ottawa University, a civil law exchange with Universidad Panamerica (Mexico), and was called to the bar in 2009. She has experience with labour relations law, conducted research on humanitarian issues, and has worked at the Federal Court of Appeal, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Créole. She is actively involved with the settlement and immigrant services partners and the legal clinic community in Ottawa. Prior to joining Connecting Ottawa, she was an employee of Vanier Community Service Centre working as the lawyer on the Refugee Pilot Project at the Clinique juridique francophone de l’Est d’Ottawa.

Liz Majic, MA, JD, Lawyer

Liz Majic holds a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from York University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining Connecting Ottawa, Liz acted as Legal Counsel for a coalition of anti-poverty and feminist groups participating in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and was the Interim Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator for the NGO Canada Without Poverty. Liz has extensive experience practicing in all areas of poverty law, which she gained while working as a staff lawyer in community legal clinics in Belleville, Renfrew and Ottawa.