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ANNOUNCEMENT: Welcoming Open North’s Interim Leadership Transition Team

Open North is excited to announce the results of our search for its new Executive Director. After a rigorous competitive recruitment process, the Staff and Board hiring committee’s unanimous recommendation was to create a consolidated Interim Leadership Transition Team: 

  • Interim Executive Director, Merlin Chatwin 

  • Interim Deputy Executive Director, Maria Tomovic  

  • Director of Operations, Lana Petraznyk 

  • Director of Partnerships, TBD 

As of May 31, Merlin is being promoted from his position of Director of Research and Impact, Maria is stepping up from her role as Manager of the Advisory Services, and Lana maintains her stalwart leadership as head of finance and human resources. A new position of Director of Partnerships has been created to complete the consolidated leadership team. 

“We are thrilled with our new team and structure”, says Board Chair Chad Lubelsky. We are fortunate to have a highly skilled and talented senior leadership team. Elevating their roles and responsibilities, and creating new pathways for collaboration, will increase our efficiency and effectiveness. The Board of Directors is confident that this new structure will lead to increased impact as we work to empower transparent, accountable and inclusive communities through the responsible and effective use of technology and data”.

EspaceTalent is coordinating the recruitment process for the position of Director of Partnerships. Interested candidates should email A full job description can be found on the Open North website at

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