Board of Directors


Debra Proulx, Chair of the Board

Quebec City, ECDQ Producer (French Catholic TV)
Board member since 2010

Serving on the Board allows me to feel and be part of the Church of Canada, from coast to coast.  With CCO I keep in touch with, work with, and pray with people of great quality whom I am blessed to call friends.

My faith has been such a source of joy, comfort, and personal growth in my life that I wish the same for everyone. Every opportunity to bring Christ to the world and especially to young people must be seized. I admire the courage and faith of CCO missionaries in their commitment, against the logic of today’s world.

Bishop Scott McCaig, CC

Ottawa, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
Previously the General Superior for the Companions of the Cross
Board member since 2013

I became acquainted with CCO more than 25 years ago and have seen more lives transformed than I can count. In my opinion it is one of the most effective ministries I have ever seen. It is a privilege to be part of the movement!

Fr. Raymond De Souza

Kingston, Queen’s University Chaplain, Editor Convivium Magazine, Writer
Contributor to the National Post, Catholic Register, etc. Teaches Economics at Queen’s
Board member since 2014

CCO has transformed our chaplaincy at Queen’s University and serving on the Board grants me more regular contact with our missionaries, who never fail to inspire me with their sacrificial commitment to preach the Gospel on campus.  There are vibrant communities of faith on so many campuses, thanks in large part to the vision and work of CCO. That’s very good news about the future of the Good News in Canada.

Dr. Marcel D’Eon

Saskatoon, Professor
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
Editor, Canadian Medical Education Journal
Board member since 2016

Christian mission has been a part of my life for a long time and serving on the CCO Board of Directors is a natural extension of this. My connection to CCO goes back to the beginning when André and Angèle were members of our parish and, together with my wife, we cheered on the establishment of CCO.  How wonderful to have been there at the beginning, and be able to be a part of it now.

I think the mission of CCO is important because the message of the gospel needs to be presented and proclaimed to young people in a strong, positive light. We need to have clear, viable, and compelling alternatives to popular culture.  CCO accomplishes both of these.

John Stevens

Halifax, Manager, Office of Pastoral Life & New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth
Board member since 2017

I have always been drawn to the mission and passion for evangelization that CCO has.  I believe serving on the board allows an opportunity to answer this longstanding call and contribute to the mission of Catholic Christian Outreach in a meaningful way.

I think the mission of CCO is important because challenging students to the fullness of faith in order to be leaders in the renewal of the world is more important now than it has ever been. The institutions and cultural supports that once buoyed Catholicism in Canada have largely eroded and the whole church needs to learn again how to propose the Gospel clearly and simply. The church, and the world, also needs leaders ready to step in and approach things from a perspective of evangelization and not self-preservation. CCO students can be those leaders.

Michael MacKinnon

Calgary, Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development for Suncor Energy
Board member since 2018

I’ve personally witnessed CCO to be an incredibly effective instrument in drawing many of my friends and family members closer to Christ. As a young Catholic man attending Dalhousie University, CCO provided an amazing group of friends, an opportunity to grow in my faith, and the challenge to become a leader on campus and within the church.

As universities continually become a difficult place for the Catholic faith to flourish, CCO becomes more and more vital in supporting young Catholics on campus. CCO impacts the future fathers, mothers, business leaders and government officials in Canada and I feel very privileged to be a small part of this organization as a member of the Board.

Heather Khym

Abbotsford, Director, Life Restoration
Board member since 2018

I have a passion for evangelization and a desire to see young adults encounter Christ and become world changers. I am grateful to be able to offer my support of the CCO mission that helps to shape authentic disciples.

More than ever people need to experience Jesus as a real and powerful presence in their lives. Many have a deep desire for connection and meaning but experience a feeling of isolation. Through their model of evangelization, CCO is able to provide opportunities for building relationships that accompany people on the path to become disciples of Christ, and to live out their passion and purpose in Him.

Joan Gregorich

Ottawa, Principal, Gregorich Research
High School Science Teacher (ret’d)
Board member since 2018

A few years back, when I was gingerly exploring Catholicism from my launch pad as a life-long evangelical Protestant, I recall telling the Lord that it would be difficult for me to move into the Catholic Church unless it was engaged in purposeful evangelization. When I started hearing about CCO and meeting some of its workers, I knew the last piece of the puzzle had fallen into place and not long afterwards I joined the Catholic Church.

Being in friendship with Jesus really is the ultimate relationship. CCO is on campuses across Canada, sharing the good news of Jesus, and is moving from strength to strength as it takes its mission abroad and shares its resources with parishes. Bringing people to Jesus, accompanying them on their faith journeys, raising up leaders for the Church, listening to God for new opportunities…. It doesn’t get better than that, and I’m so pleased to be a small part of this work by serving on the Board.