Carmen Abela, C.Dir, CIA

Carmen is the Managing Director of WindReach Consulting Services Inc. an Ottawa-based consultancy specializing in public sector accountability. For the past twenty years, Carmen has been advising senior government leaders on public sector oversight and operational excellence. Her areas of specialty include governance, risk management and internal audit.  The scope of her career has touched virtually all functions of government, although her professional emphasis is on organizations mandated with the advancement of knowledge and the protection of the public interest. Carmen has been at the forefront of the implementation of key initiatives central to public accountability and oversight, notably the government-wide implementation of Enterprise Risk Management and the transformation and professionalization of the federal internal audit function.


Carmen is deeply committed to protecting the public interest, which she does through her professional practice and her board work. She is currently a member of the Board for Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. (AECL) where she is also a member of the Audit and Human Resources and Governance Committees. She is an elected Public Director of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and is a former member of the Board for Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) as well as the past Chair of the National Board for the Institute of Internal Auditors Canada. She is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.