Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre Names Karen Orser as New Chief Executive Officer

Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre Names Karen Orser as New Chief Executive Officer

CALGARY, September 4th, 2019- The Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) is pleased to announce Karen Orser as their new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Orser, who most recently served as President and CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of Calgary and Area, has 20 years of extensive experience within the not-for-profit sector and has established strong relationships with community partners in Calgary. In her role with BBBS, she provided strategic leadership that refocused the organization on research and outcomes leading to the development of program excellence.

“Together with the assistance of an executive recruitment firm and senior leadership within our partner organizations, our Board of Directors conducted an exhaustive search to find a CEO with the right experience and leadership style to take our organization to the next level,” said Debra Mauro, Chair of the CCAC Board. “Our number one focus is the kids and families we support, and Karen has the strategic skills to help our teams build on the strong foundation already in place to help those families.”

Orser is an accomplished leader with a proven track record managing large projects and organizations. In addition to her work at BBBS, she has applied strategic leadership and developed high performing teams at the Women’s Centre of Calgary, the YW and the town of High River’s Flood Recovery.

Orser holds an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University and an MSW in Leadership from the University of Calgary.

“I have watched the CCAC grow over the past six years and have been thoroughly impressed with the positive impact it has had on our communities,” says Ms. Orser, “the collaborative model of having all agencies involved in the most severe child abuse investigations under one roof has significantly cut down investigation times and trauma for the families involved. That’s an organization I’m excited to be part of.”


The CCAC is a non-profit organization that, together with our partners, is taking a leadership role to advance the way our country understands and addresses child abuse. We work with our partner organizations to provide wrap-around services to assess, investigate, intervene, and support survivors of child abuse while bringing offenders to justice. Our team focuses on the most complex, severe, and urgent 15% of cases. This helps ease the workload for front-line service providers who support the other 85% of child intervention cases in Calgary and the surrounding communities.


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