Synapcity Announces New Executive Director

An update from Synapcity.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Synapcity, Judith Maxwell is very pleased to announce that Laine Johnson is the new Executive Director, effective immediately. “We are delighted Laine has agreed to take on this role. She has served Synapcity as Acting Executive Director since October 1, demonstrating a remarkable capacity for leadership and management in a grass roots organization and we are very fortunate to have her,” stated Ms. Maxwell.

Laine replaces Manjit Basi, the visionary and inspirational Ottawa citizen who co-founded Synapcity in 2011 and served as its first Executive Director. Manjit continues to focus on recovery from a concussion. She is much loved by her colleagues and the hundreds of people who have benefited from her ground-breaking work in civic engagement. The Board extends its gratitude to Manjit, our wishes for a speedy recovery and looks forward to welcoming her back in a suitable role when that becomes possible.

Manjit stated, “It has been both a personal and career highlight to be part of creating and leading Synapcity these last 6 years. I am proud to have contributed to creating this movement that is based in optimism. Synapcity encourages people and institutions to engage constructively and respectfully with each other for the betterment of our city. The organization is in highly capable hands with Laine and I wish her and the Synapcity team all the best going forward.”

Read full letter here.

For more information, contact Nickie Shobeiry at or 613-288-5810.