Dean Karakasis A Senior manager in Associations and Public Corporations for 30 years at all levels Dean has been a leader in developing marketing, partnership and communication programs for “profit” and “not for profit” enterprises. In addition as a consultant Dean has assisted Not For Profit Organizations develop strategic plans and appropriate governance models to meet their objectives.

Currently Dean is the Executive Director of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Ottawa, an association for commercial Real Estate representing 60 million square feet of space and the interests of some of Ottawa’s most prominent business people. Dean is responsible for managing BOMA’s Networking, Professional Development and Industry programs including the BOMA Building Environmental STandards (BEST) program for the Ottawa area, a leading Building Sustainability program for Commercial Real Estate, with over 100 buildings certified.

Both Dean and his wife Kathy’s families have a history of community service having been involved for many years in charitable projects in Ottawa and beyond.

When still a student at the University of Ottawa Business School Dean became involved in the Big Brothers program and at the same time began a long involvement with the Hellenic Community of Ottawa. It is from his Greek heritage that he found opportunities to be part of a larger “team effort” becoming an active participant in the evolution of the Hellenic Community to now include the needs of second and third generation Greeks in its mandate.

It is within the structure of the Hellenic Community of Ottawa that Dean was able to play a role in raising money for not only the cultural and religious programs of the Greek Community, but for Ottawa Heart Institute, Parkinson Disease, Kidney Research and many others. In 2009 he was recognized for his contributions within Hellenic Community and for playing a major role in raising over $1,000,000.

Along with the many local causes that Dean and his family participate in, particularly in support of their daughter Joanne’s interests, he has been a Senior volunteer with the Lung Association of Ottawa-Carleton becoming their President in 1994, the provincial Ontario Lung Association where he has just concluded his term as Chairman of the Board, and the national Canadian Lung Association where he was appointed to the Board in June of 2010.

The Ontario Lung Association is among Canada’s longest standing, most respected not-for-profit health promotion organizations in Canada being a leader in the prevention and control of chronic lung disease, asthma, tobacco cessation and prevention, and air quality and its effects on lung health. The Ontario Lung association provides education and support to people living with lung disease in Ontario and has invested more than $27 million into lung health research carried out in Ontario.