Chantal Vallerand – Executive Director, Drug Free Kids Canada
Chantal Vallerand is currently the Executive Director of Drug Free Kids Canada. DFK Canada is a private sector, non-profit organization that aims to educate, inspire and support parents to prevent substance abuse by youth.
Ms. Vallerand has worked in senior management roles in the private, public, and NGO sectors where she developed and implemented organizational strategic plans. In addition to general operations management, Ms. Vallerand has led teams through periods of growth with positive outcomes. She worked with Jack Layton as the National Deputy Director with the New Democratic Party of Canada and oversaw the organization during a phase of transition.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Vallerand spent 15 years working for advertising agencies, leading strategic communications for a number of national and local organisations, developing award-winning campaigns.
Through the years, Ms. Vallerand developed a strong interest in social issues. Her volunteer work includes work with the International Civil Liberty Monitoring Group, and Dress for Success.
Ms. Vallerand, who is fluently bilingual, holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Laurentian University.